Are you looking for some healthy Christmas treats the kids (and you!) will love? These treats are not only tasty and 100% kid approved, they are a fun activity to keep the kids entertained in the kitchen this festive season, without the worry of sugar overload.
Healthy Christmas treats the kids (and you!) will love
For my family, Christmas time is just as much about enjoying delicious food together, as it is about exchanging of gifts and spending time with loved ones.
It can be hard with young children to find a balance between allowing them to have ‘treat’ food, as it is a special occasion, whilst still making sure their little bodies aren’t being overloaded with sugar and processed foods.
By getting creative with fresh fruit and vegetables in bright, vibrant colours you can create gorgeous festive snacks that the kids will love to make (and eat!).
These treats are fun to:
- Serve up on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day
- Put out on a plate for Santa
- Take to family gatherings
- Keep the kids occupied making them over the holiday season
- Serve up whilst doing Christmassy things with the kids such as setting up the Christmas tree, writing letters to Santa, wrapping presents, etc
Here are our top picks, as chosen by my boys Julian (5) and Orlando (2.5).
Kiwi Berry Christmas Tree
What I love about this recipe is you can make mini individual trees on a little plate for each of your kids. The star works well cut from pineapple, mango, peach or nectarine. So festive and fun!
Photo: Vans Foods
Real Food Candy Canes
Just strawberry and banana. No instructions necessary, and super cute! It does not get any easier than this!
Photo: Nourishing Minimalism
Green Mint Chocolate Smoothie
Smoothies are such a fabulous way of jam packing goodness into little bellies. We call this our Super Gecko Muscles smoothie (anyone with little peeps that love PJ Masks will get that one!) and my boys just love it. I tend to serve smoothies in our Squeasy Gear Pouches as we will often take them out and about with us and these are non-spill and super convenient!
Tasty Banana Santas
Such simple ingredients – fresh strawberries, bananas, marshmallows and M&M’s. You can use chocolate sprinkles for the eyes or choc chips work well too. Even though its just the tiniest bit of chocolate on these my boys really feel like they are getting a treat!
Photo: Clean & Scentsible
Pita Tree Appetisers
These couldn’t be easier to make. Julian is a pro at cutting things since starting using his kids knife which is completely safe to use and will not cut his fingers. He enjoys to chop up the capsicum and pita bread triangles for this one.
Recipe: Betty Crocker
Full points for cuteness! Simple to make, simple ingredients, this one ticks all my boxes!
Recipe: My Kids Lick the Bowl
What a perfect dish to serve up to your little peeps on Christmas morning!
Photo: Vans Natural Foods
Watermelon and Yoghurt Trees
Perfect for the typical hot Aussie Christmas, these Watermelon and Yoghurt Trees are served up straight from the freezer, ready to cool down the kids after they have been working up a sweat playing with all of their new pressies from Santa!
Recipe: One Handed Cooks
Cheese Plate Christmas Tree
This really is one that the whole family will enjoy, and is fabulous to take to Christmas gatherings as a share plate. Simply a combination of your favourite cheeses, red and green grapes as well as some fresh herbs and you have yourself a great looking tree! I will often do a row of cherry tomatoes too for extra vibrancy and colour.
Photo: Kevin and Amanda
Cranberry & Orange Ice Cream
I promised you that you’d be loving these ideas too and oh my goodness… if you are anything like me you will be going back for seconds of this! Dairy free too so great for any dairy intolerances.
Recipe: My Fussy Eater
Snowflake Tortilla Crisps
All you need is olive oil, tortillas, Christmas cookie cutters, and salt! Couldn’t be easier. Serve with your favourite dip!
Refined Sugar Free Shortbread Cookies
This is my go-to shortbread recipe, as without fail, I have always got the ingredients readily available! And they are soooo simple to make and tasty.
So there you have it, healthy Christmas treats the kids (and you!) will love to make.
Wishing your family a very Merry Christmas!
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