Healthy White Christmas
Here is my super easy recipe for making a healthy version of the popular treat white christmas.
Normally full of copha (hydrogenated vegetable/coconut fat) we can use pure coconut oil as a healthy alternative. Instead of rice bubbles, you can use alernative grains such as puffed millet, amaranth or quinoa. Although I am not a big fan of puffed grains (because they are highly denatured), this is one time I make an exception!
It works best to add a little white chocolate – so it is good to choose an organic variety. White chocolate is the least nutritious of the chocolates of course, but at this time of year we can have a little treat! You could also experiment with using cocoa butter instead….let me know!
I find by using a small amount of white chocolate you don’t need to add any additional sugar or sweetener. The sweetness of the dried fruit is enough and any blood sugar spikes are tempered by the nourishing fat from the coconut oil and protein from the nuts.
- 1 cup puffed grain (eg.millet, amaranth)
- 100g white chocolate (I like Green & Black’s organic)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup of dried fruits of your choice (think of super foods like blueberries, goji berries, black currants and cranberries along with the regular ones like dried apricots.
- 1 cup of roughly chopped nuts of your choice (pistachio, walnuts, pecans & almonds)
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
Melt the chocolate and the coconut oil gently together over low heat or in a double boiler. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Add a little more coconut oil if needed to cover dry ingredients. Spread into a glass slice dish or into paper cups and refrigerate until set. Store in the refrigerator as they will melt at room temperature.