I have yet to experience a “clean” Christmas as it was only last year that I overhauled my health and cut out wheat, gluten and refined sugar. In fact, my gut was in such a bad state this time last year that after my standard Christmas dinner I spent a good few hours in the bathroom doubled over in agony wondering whether or not to call an ambulance. Since cleaning out my system with good, nourishing food my sensitivity to wheat and gluten has decreased, but I still try to avoid refined sugar wherever I can. So this will be my first gluten-free, refined-sugar free Christmas and there’s no way I’m going to miss out on my favourite treats. You don’t have to either!
I get how difficult it is to be healthy when you’re surrounded by mince pies and cocktail sausages, and I can’t stand any negative feelings surrounding food during the festive season. It’s there to be enjoyed and it’s so important to treat yourself when you want to without feeling guilty. We’re all just searching for that healthy balance after all.
However, it is definitely easy to over-indulge at this time of year so I am going to be posting some seriously yummy recipes over the next few weeks to make healthy eating a joy over Christmas. They will all be gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar free (sometimes vegan) to ensure no one has to miss out. I really hope you keep checking back in. My personal weakness is chocolate – I’ve been known to eat an entire selection box before breakfast – so a lot of the recipes will be be chocolate-based. But I’ve also got one for a healthy roast dinner with all the trimmings, a gluten-free bread for festive breakfasts and a healthy hot chocolate for keeping you satisfied when it’s freezing outside.
Let’s start with these Raw Chocolate Truffles, which are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, raw and refined sugar free. If I were you, I would double (or triple!) the recipe and store a massive batch in the freezer. That way, you can whip them out when guests pop by for mulled wine or just grab a handful to keep your sweet tooth satisfied when you curl up and watch The Grinch. You can tell my Christmases are really energetic can’t you?
. You’ll need:
1/2 avocado (roughly 50g)
50g nut butter (any will do, I used almond)
100g coconut oil
50g cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla 30g finely-chopped hazelnuts
For the topping:
Crushed hazelnuts (optional)
This is one of those recipes that I’m almost embarrassed to tell you in case you’re like, did we really need step-by-step instructions for that? But hey ho here it is anyway.
All you have to do is take all the ingredients (apart from whatever toppings you’re using) and blend them together until they are smooth and fully combined. The mixture is kinda gloopy, tacky and weird-looking. Don’t panic. Put the bowl in the freezer for 10-15 minutes until the mixture has hardened enough for you to roll it into balls. Then coat them in whatever you fancy and place them in the freezer for 20 minutes to set. Store them in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy!