2 Christmas Recipes That Will Tickle Your Tastebuds Without Adding Any Guilt

Our friends from The Brown Paper Bag Wellness And Nutrition organization have decided to give our readers a treat, two in fact! When thinking about what to bring to your festive party, or simply something you want to make at home, here are two recipes that will not threaten your waist line, and still fill your body with plenty of nutrition. They are the experts at recipes and creations like these. We have been following them for a while and are thrilled they agreed to share some exclusives with us! Happy (and healthy!) feasting.

BUCKWHEAT BEETROOT BLINIS
makes 16 small blinis for canapé service

½ cup buckwheat flour
1 egg
½ cup rice milk
1tbsp coconut oil + extra for cooking
3tbsp finely chopped cooked spinach, drained well
1 spring onion, finely sliced
1tbsp finely chopped chives
5tbsp finely chopped danish feta (optional)
freshly ground black pepper
100g raw beetroot, finely grated
small handful baby rocket leaves, finely sliced
squeeze of lemon juice

+ in a medium sized bowl mix together buckwheat flour, egg, rice milk + coconut oil until it comes together
+ add spring onion, chives, feta + mix to combine
+ heat a medium (non-stick preferably) fry pan on medium heat + add a couple of drops of coconut oil + heat
+ drop 1tsp of batter to the pan at a time + spread gently to the approximately 2.5cm round (the trick is to not make these too big so your guests can enjoy them in one mouthful)
+ cook 2-3min or until golden on one side before flipping to the alternate + cooking just 1minute further
+ lightly mix together the finely grated beetroot, rocket + lemon juice in a small bowl, being careful not to over mix + the beetroot juice overpowering the colour of the rocket
+ once blinis are cooked, pop on a board with the most recently cooked side up + top with a pinch of beetroot + rocket
+ best served immediately but can be kept out of the fridge + served at a later time if desired

buckwheat beetroot blinis

BANANA CAROB BALLS
makes 16 guilt free treats for parties or as a snack

2 ripe bananas
½ cup mixed raw nuts, soaked overnight
2tbsp carob powder
½ cup currants, chopped
1tsp balsamic vinegar
1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut + some additional for rolling

+ chop drained nuts in food processor
+ add bananas, currants, carob powder + vinegar to the nuts
+ pop the mixture into a medium sized bowl, add coconut + mix together with a fork
+ sprinkle some additional coconut on a separate plate
+ using a heaped dessert spoon as a measure roll the balls in the palm of your hand + run through the additional coconut to finish
+ refrigerate for approximately 30min before serving

carob banana 4

We hope these recipes give you a fresh perspective on health and happiness during the festive season. Great food doesn’t have to be laden with calories and fat, and organic food isn’t all boring. More more recipes be sure to ‘Like’ The Brown Paper Bag Nutrition And Wellness on Facebook.

Jacqueline Allwill   The Brown Paper Bag Nutrition and Wellness

Jacqueline Alwill is the founder of The Brown Paper Bag Nutrition And Wellness and is a mom to 2 year old Jet. She conducts health and wellness workshops around Sydney, Australia, and is a regular at the Bondi Beach Farmers Markets selling organic products. Her organization offers holistic and inspiring guidance in diet and nutrition, cooking, fitness and living for optimal health. For more information you can contact her direct: jacqueline@thebrownpaperbag.com.au

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