Healthy Christmas recipes

Four days ’til Christmas! I’m definitely getting very excited about the festive celebrations now!

For me, Christmas time means family time. We eat way too much delicious food, spend quality time hanging out and create many lasting memories. There’s nothing more important in my life than my family and as we live across three different states we sadly don’t see each other often. However, when we are under the one roof we certainly make up for lost time.

Emma Lauren Food.

Christmas morning last year

I’ll be heading up to the Gold Coast in a few days to spend Christmas with my family. I’m really looking forward to enjoying early morning beach swims, soaking up the Queensland sunshine and of course, some recipe testing – I’m sure my ‘taste testers’ AKA my family won’t mind too much!

As Christmas usually involves indulging in way too much food, I like to make sure there are healthy options available so we aren’t filling up on ’empty’ foods. The healthy treats will include my Raw rum balls, Raw caramel coconut crunch slice and Chocolate bark, just to name a few!

No doubt you have already planned your Christmas Day menu, filled with family favourites. I just wanted to share with you some of my favourites and provide some last-minute healthy recipe inspiration! That way you’ll be able to indulge during the festive season without sacrificing your healthy lifestyle!

Healthy Christmas Recipes

Christmas Morning

We usually have a light breakfast as lunch is always quite a large spread. I need to save plenty of room for all the fresh seafood! For breakfast, Christmas ham on toast and fresh fruit are staples for us, and I normally make some muffins. These are always enjoyed fresh from the oven with a coffee.

If you’ve been invited to a Christmas breakfast but are still deciding on what to bring, why not take some fresh muffins or a breakfast loaf? These can be made on Christmas Eve and warmed in the oven just before serving. Plus, they keep well and are easily transported. Here are a few different flavours to choose from:

Apple cinnamon muffins with almond butter. Emma Lauren Food.

Fresh from the oven: Apple cinnamon muffins with almond butter

Christmas Lunch/Dinner

As Australian Christmases are typically warm, salads are a staple. Using in season produce works well as it ensures the salads are fresh and the produce is readily available. As we enjoy fresh seafood and a BBQ, I like to keep the salads light yet full of flavour. For as long as I can remember, we have made a mango salad – serve with King Tiger prawns and Moreton Bay bugs, and you have a winning combo!

Here are a few light salads for you to enjoy this Christmas:

Mango, macadamia and basil salad

Fresh and in season – Mango, macadamia and basil salad

Christmas Dessert

I’m sure this comes as no surprise to you all but dessert is my favourite meal on Christmas Day! I’m definitely someone who indulges in Chocolate bark throughout the festive season. What I love most about the bark is that you can change-up the toppings to keep the flavours interesting!

As for the cake, something fruity always goes down well. My Raw festive fruit tart is a winner, especially when served with coconut ice cream. However if you love more traditional flavours, try my Raw gingerbread tart – the smooth gingerbread filling complements the crunchy maple walnuts.

For the real chocolate lovers, my Raw vanilla and cacao hazelnut cake hits the spot every time. How can you go past salted caramel and chocolate drizzled on top? So decadent.

However, if chocolate slices are more your thing, enjoy making these:

Raw Vanilla Macadamia Cream Festive Fruit Tart. Emma Lauren Food

Raw festive fruit tart – fresh and healthy Christmas dessert!

Christmas Treats

Looking for a thoughtful Christmas gift? Why not make some healthy nut balls and festively wrap them! Make sure you whip up a double batch as they are so yummy you’ll want to keep a few for yourself.

For those loved ones who love chocolate, my Chocolate nut balls are always a favourite! Alternatively, for those looking to boost their superfood intake over the silly season then make my Superfood balls.

For more of a traditional gift, make my Raw rum balls – they won’t even notice they are healthy! You can also omit the rum if you prefer.

Raw rum balls. Emma Lauren Food.

Mountain of Raw rum balls to be devoured!

Hope these recipes have provided you with some healthy inspiration to inject into your Christmas. Be sure to share your creations with me by tagging #emmalaurenfood on Instagram and Facebook – would love to see your festive foods!

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas spent with loved ones – creating many wonderful memories!

Raw gingerbread tart. Emma Lauren Food.

Raw gingerbread tart – traditional Christmas flavours!

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