Happy Holidays, Everyone!

While this time of year is usually the happiest, it’s not always the healthiest. From cookies to fried latkes, many people (myself included!) find it hard to escape the unhealthy temptations.

A sweet lover through and through, I am usually overwhelmed by the amount of sugar-filled treats that come by way. Do I get sick of them? Um, hello! Never! But, I do know it’s not the best idea to ride a constant sugar high.

That being said, I’ve come up with a couple recipes to make your holiday indulgences more or less guilt-free.

Let’s get a cookin’!

PRO TIP: Bring one of the following treats to your next party! Should you feel the need to let loose (a.k.a tell yourself you’ll start that diet tomorrow), you can snack on these yummy and nutrient snacks instead!

Peppermint Chocolate Bark

4 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup honey
8 drops peppermint essential oil

Place chocolate and coconut oil in double boiler on medium high heat. Once it is all melted, turn off heat and add the honey and peppermint essential oil. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet and in fridge or freezer until hardened. 

Donna’s Hot Nuts

2 egg whites
2 cups roasted almonds
2 cups roasted cashew nuts
2 cup walnut halves
2 tbsp curry powder
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 ¼ tsp cayenne peper
1 tsp ground cardamon
1tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp honey

My mom’s recipe! Mix everything together and place it on a baking sheet. Bake for 45 min at 250°F.

Coconut Oil Fudge

¾ cups coconut oil
¾ cups cocoa powder
½ cup coconut milk
⅓ cup raw honey
2 teaspoons vanilla essential oil
A pinch of salt

Mix the ingredients together and put it in the fridge to harden.

5-Ingredient Brownie Bites

2 eggs
1 banana
2 scoops of Quest chocolate milkshake protein

Mix and bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes. Spread a little Nutella (not so clean) or nut butter (clean) and top with crushed nuts.

Save the calories and eat the sweets!

Peace & Love,

Emily Burkhardt

Feature image via One Little Project