Christmas Recipes Packed With Flavor—Not Calories

Thanks to this easy and delicious recipe, you can enjoy the best flavors and dishes of the holiday season without packing on the pounds.

Every year I struggle with finding the right balance of sharing fun holiday treats, but also keeping them mostly healthy.  I know we all fight the battle of having ten million un-healthy options around us everyday, but it is especially hard this time of year.  The cookie trays, hot chocolate and chocolate is everywhere.  And while there is a time and place for all of those it’s also nice to have some healthy options up your sleeve.

  • ½ cup cup raw almonds
  • ⅓ cup pitted medjool dates (about 6)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon mini dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup crushed peppermint
  1. Put almonds in a food processor and chop.
  2. Add the dates and blend well.
  3. Add the cocoa powder, vanilla extract. peppermint extract, and coconut oil. Blend for several minutes until starting to combine. Add a couple drops of water if necessary to help it move.
  4. Add the chocolate chips and pulse a few final times to combine well. You don’t want to pulverize the chocolate though.
  5. Take a heaping teaspoon of the mixture in your hand and roll into a ball. The coconut oil will soften and it will be very messy. The warmth of your hand will allow the coconut oil to help bind the bite. You will end up pushing it more together than actually rolling it. While it is still warm press into the peppermint.
  6. Allow the finished bites to set in the fridge for 30 minutes to re-solidify the coconut oil.


  • Spinach – fresh or frozen
  • Eggs
  • Grated cheese of your choice – I probably tried 10 different sorts of hard grated cheese and all goes well. My favorite is emmental, cheddar and mozzarella
  • Panko crumbs – gluten free or not as you like
  •  Fresh herbs – parsley or coriander are my favorites
  • Garlic salt – or fresh garlic and salt but I am lazy sometime and both result in a delicious spinach ball

This is a NO FAIL recipe. If you have got a large mixing bowl and you are not scared to get your hands a bit dirty, here you go! You are a few minutes away of making the most delicious spinach balls for your next party.

Those spinach balls are way better HOT and dipped into the sauce ! 

Vegan Tzatziki Dip


  • 1 cup (250 ml )dairy free coconut yogurt (if not vegan use low-fat greek yogurt)
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 10 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 large cucumber, unpeeled
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Slice the cucumber in half and scrape out the seeds. This part has to be removed to avoid water into the dip.
  2. Grate the remaining cucumber part. Squeeze out the extra liquid with your hands. Discard the liquid.
  3. Place the grated cucumber into a small bowl.
  4. In another bowl combine olive oil, crushed garlic clove, finely chopped mint, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  5. Stir into the grated cucumber and finally stir in the dairy-free coconut yogurt until it forms a thick dip.
  6. Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for at least 2 hours to let the flavor blend.

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