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Festive Treats by Melanie McGrise

Our Health advisor, Melanie McGrice shares some recipes to get you through the festive season.

Here are 3 quick and easy recipes that will go down a treat at any gathering without the fuss. 

 

Strawberry Santa's

 

One of my favourite Christmas treat recipes are strawberry santa’s. They’re so cute that they always a hit at any party! And as they are mainly made from fresh strawberries, are relatively low in kilojoules.

 

Strawberry Santa's
Ingredients:

1 large punet of fresh strawberries
1 bottle whipped cream
Chocolate buds


Method:

  1. Wash and hull strawberries
  2. Place strawberries on a platter (you may need to cut the bottom off so that they sit evenly)
  3. Cut the pointy end of the strawberry off to make santa’s hat
  4. Carefully squirt the whipped cream on top of the strawberry, then replace santa’s hat
  5. Melt chocolate buds as per the instructions on the pack, then make a piping bag by rolling baking paper into a funnel and cutting out the end. Fill with melted chocolate.
  6. Pipe melted chocolate to decorate Santa’s, making eyes and coat buttons.

 

 

Pita Bread Christmas Trees


These are quick and easy to make, and a nice savory option when there are so many sweet options around.

 

Pita Bread Christmas Trees


Ingredients:

3 round pita bread
1 soft avocado
Lemon
1 red capsicum
Small can of corn, drained
Olive tapenade ingredients:
1 cup Black olives
2 anchovies, drained
1 garlic clove
½ tbsp. capers
1 tbsp olive oil
Squeeze of lemon

 

Method:

  1. Start by making olive tapenade by putting all ingredients into a blender, then blending until pureed. Set aside.
  2. Cut two of the three pita bread into 6 even pieces
  3. Mash avocado with a squeeze of lemon 
  4. Spread avocado mixture over the top of the pita bread slices
  5. Display your Christmas trees on a platter leaving room for the ‘trunk’
  6. Using the remaining pita bread, cut into rectangles to make the trunks, then spread with olive tapenade. Place on the platter underneath each ‘tree’
  7. Cut capsicum into thin slices and use to decorate tree with ‘tinsel’
  8. Drain corn, then scatter over Christmas trees as baubles.

 

White Chocolate Nut Slice

 

I love this treat when I’m busy as I can make it in advance. Even though it’s topped with a bit of white chocolate, it’s packed with nutritious nuts and seeds.

 

White Chocolate Nut Slice


Ingredients:

200g dried dates, chopped and pips removed
1 cup water
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup almond meal
1/2 cup pecan nuts, chopped
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pepitas
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup white chocolate buttons


Method:

  1. Line a 20 x 30 slice tin with non-stick paper and spray with a canola oil spray.
  2. Put dates and water in a saucepan and stir over medium heat until the water is evaporated and you’re left with a caramel-coloured paste. 
  3. Mix in all remaining ingredients (except chocolate). 
  4. Press the mixture evenly into the slice tin, ensuring the corners are filled.
  5. Melt white chocolate as per the instructions on the packet.
  6. Pour the chocolate over the slice. 
  7. Refrigerate overnight, then cut into bite-sized squares.
  8. When you place squares on the platter, decorate the platter with baubles for a Christmassy feel.