This year was special and specific in many fields. We wished for a year of change, and if we can be honest – we got such a year. Many of us started exercising during the pandemic and isolation, but also started a healthier diet. Although the year was challenging in itself, some took advantage of these challenges to introduce new habits.
With the arrival of the holidays, we are thinking about various holiday menus, family gatherings and celebrations. These holidays will be special and different in many ways. And when everything around us is different, why not use it in a positive direction and make a new change in, say, the holiday menu?
We bring you three recipes for slightly healthier versions of holiday cakes and desserts, and it’s up to you to decide if you want to try them!
1. Healthy rafaelo balls
Rafaelo balls are very common on sweet holiday plates. This time let them be prepared in a healthier but equally fine tone!
Ingredients: 100 g of coconut flour
About 20 g of coconut crumbs + crumbs for rolling balls
4 tablespoons coconut milk (canned)
2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (add a few drops of rum if desired)
Mix coconut flour, crumbs, solid canned coconut milk and vanilla extract. In another bowl over low heat, mix the coconut oil and honey until melted. When the oil and honey have melted, stir them into the first mixture. Stir until combined into a mixture, then shape into balls with your hands. Press one peeled almond into each ball. Roll the finished balls in coconut crumbs.
2. Gingerbread made of wholemeal flour
Is there anything better than the smell of gingerbread spreading through the kitchen before Christmas? Have Integral gingerbreads without sugar!
Ingredients: 1 cup wholemeal flour
2/3 cup rye flour
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup cold pressed sunflower oil
½ teaspoons baking soda
Heat the honey and oil over a low heat and mix until they are combined into a mixture. In another bowl, mix the other dry ingredients and add the liquid ones. Shape the mixture with your hands and leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours, preferably overnight to cool and combine. The next day, form balls from the cooled mixture and bake them in a preheated oven at 170 ° degrees for about 15 minutes.
3. Lizners made of spelled flour
Who else do lizards remind of grandma? While Grandma’s recipes are worth their weight in gold, try a slightly different recipe this year – with spelled flour in the lead role!
Ingredients: 300g of spelled flour
50g ground almonds
70g coconut flower sugar (or birch sugar)
170g of softened butter
3 tablespoons almond milk
100 grams of jam without sugar for gluing
Mix all the dough ingredients in one bowl. Using your hands, first crumble the dough and then knead it until it becomes smooth. Wrap the smooth dough in foil and leave in the fridge for about an hour to combine all the ingredients. Then roll it out and use a mold to cut circles or some other shapes. Drill a circle inside each other shape. Bake the biscuits at 180 ° for about 12-15 minutes and be careful not to burn them. After cooling, spread half of the jam on one half and cover with the rest of the biscuits.
Healthy doesn’t always have to be complicated or expensive, and these simple holiday recipes show it. Remember that it is okay to treat yourself and sweeten from time to time, but you should always keep moderation in mind. We wish you good fun in the preparation of different holiday desserts and a nice (but careful) time with your loved ones!
We believe that next year will bring us even more training, fun and friendship in our gyms.
We wish you happy and pleasant holidays and a successful New Year!
Your Gyms4you team