Christmas Snack Ideas

Throughout the holiday season family comes to visit, friends stop by, and guests drop in to wish you a Merry Christmas. It’s always nice to have snacks on hand to offer your guests when they stop by. Here are a few healthy snacks idea to make ahead of time to impress all of your guests this season!

Sparkling Cranberries
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picture and recipe from 101 Cookbooks

  • 2 cups cranberries, rinsed and picked over
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar (raw cane, brown sugar, or granulated sugar)
  • Additional sugar for coating

Place cranberries in a medium bowl and set aside. In a medium saucepan bring water and sugar to a simmer. Let syrup cool for a couple minutes and pout it over the cranberries. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The following day drain the cranberries and toss them with a sugar until well coated.  Place the coated cranberries on a baking sheet to dry for a few hours. Toss the cranberries in sugar a second time and let dry for another hour. These are such a yummy and festive treat!

Spiced Mixed Nuts
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recipe from Eat Drink and Be Vegan

  • 4 cups raw, unsalted mixed nuts (I used almonds, walnuts, and peanuts)
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp canola oil

Preheat oven to 300*F. Combine nuts, sugar, and spices together in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Stir in soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and oil. Toss for 1-2 minutes stirring well. Spread nut mixture out onto baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15-17 minutes tossing once or twice until toasted. Remove from oven and transfer to cooling rack to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator until ready to serve!

Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips
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recipe featured in CHEW Chicago December newsletter

  • apples, sliced (as many as you want)
  • cinnamon and sugar to add flavor

Slice apples into quarter-inch thick slices. Lay them on a a well-greased baking sheet (you can also use parchment paper). Sprinkle generously with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 170*F for 3-4 hours, turning every 30 minutes

Dark Chocolate Truffles
truffles
recipe from Eat Drink and Be Vegan

I made these for a New Year’s Eve party last year along with the Spiced Mixed Nuts and they were a huge hit!

  • 3/4 cup regular coconut milk
  • 2 cups dark chocolate, finely chopped (I used Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate)
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp Kahlua
  • 2-3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2-3 Tbsp powdered sugar

In small saucepan heat coconut milk until hot, but not boiling. In large glass bowl, pour milk over chocolate and mix with spatula until all chocolate is melted. Stir in almond extract, vanilla extract, and Kahlua. Refrigerate mixture for 1 hour. Spoon out about 1 Tbsp at a time of chocolate mixture and roll into balls. Coat each one in either powdered sugar or cocoa powder. Refrigerate until ready to serve!

Sugar Plums
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recipe and picture from Nourished Kitchen

I’ve been wanting to make homemade sugar plums for the longest time and this recipe looks like the perfect one to use!

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • zest from one orange
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots (unsulphured preferred)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted prunes
  • powdered sugar or shredded coconut, optional

Optional: In a mixing bowl, toss walnuts with sea salt and add warm water to cover by two inches. Allow nuts to soak over night for 8-12 hours. Drain, rinse well, and pat dry.

Toss nuts in a food processor with orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, coriander, dates, apricots, and prunes. Pulse mixture until paste forms (about 5 minutes). Transfer paste to mixing bowl and roll sugar plum balls (about 2 Tbsp mixture per ball). Roll the balls in powdered sugar or coconut if desired.

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