Coming from a place like Gibraltar, the influence of many cultures filters through into the way we eat. Our Christmas dining habits are just a mash-up of typical British and Spanish cuisine. Papa Smurf usually cuts the Spanish Ham fresh from the leg so you can enjoy pre dinner with a selection of olives, other cured cuts, Manchego cheese and a San Miguel (Gluten-Free for me). Then, momma Smurf has cooked up the most divine yorkshires, taters, turkey and all the trimmings. In short, we get the best of both worlds tbf.
With desserts its no different!
Typical Spanish desserts consist of Turron and Polvorones which are small cakes comprised mainly of butter, sugar and almonds with the British desserts consisting of Christmas Pudding, After Eights, Gingerbread, Mince Pies to name but a few.
So, we rounded up a collection of our best Christmassy recipes inspired by our local culture and re-invented the healthy way. Grab your apron, its baking time.
Using Pistachio butter, these higher protein and higher fiber truffles are the perfect addition to your Christmas spread.
These delicious Sugar-Free Peppermint Cremes will no doubt kill those after dinner mint cravings!
Think turron, except with a peanut butter twist, made higher in protein, sugar-free and low-carb.
Gingerbread men got a Muscle Bakery makeover, made Gluten & Dairy-Free, using brown rice flour molasses and a sugar-free icing. Make a batch and make it last all Christmas!
Why have mince pies, when you can have apple pies instead? Using ground almonds for the base, these are a MUST!
PROTEIN CRISPY PUDS
We are not big fans of Christmas puds so we made our own twist! Chewy rice crispy squares meets christmas puds! healthy, delicious and no doubt play the part!
Mantecados is such a traditional fave, this one is a must! Made Vegan and using high doses of Peanut Butter goodness!
PALEO ENERGY TRUFFLES
Made using pumpkin, these are great to whip up in a sec and can easily be modified! Use your favourite nut butter or topping!
After making the Apple Pie, Cherry Pie was next on the list no doubt! The flavour of the ground almonds and cherry is just sublime, a winner with all who tried it!
XMAS MUG CAKE
In a rush but fancy something sweet and in the Xmas vibe, try this pudding inspired Mug Cake!
No matter what, i hope you all enjoy the Christmas festivities whether you choose to make it healthy or not. As long as you enjoy it, make memories and spend it with those you love most… that is what counts.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE