Countdown To Christmas:
Eat only what's been made by a human you know. 💜
Some of the worst Christmas food is the stuff that comes pre-made in a packet or tin. Think about it; premade Christmas cookies made with trans-fats, gravy mix that contains cranberry sauce with enough sugar to sink a ship is the worst thing to buy.
Definitely not the sort of ingredients that’ll leave you feeling energised.
The best way to avoid the junk?
Only serve up things you’re prepared to cook yourself.
Here’s a 10 min healthy recipe that you can make for Christmas.
Spiced hot fruit bake
2 cup sliced apples
2 cups pear slices
1 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
1 cup pineapple chunks (save the juice)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/3 cup coconut palm sugar (unrefined) or brown sugar
1 tbsp maple syrup, agave, or honey
1 tsp cinnamon (extra for topping)
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 stick melted butter (4 to 5 tbsp melted vegan butter can be substituted)
Optional - An additional 2 teaspoons melted coconut oil or butter to coat walnuts
1/3 cup chopped raw walnuts or pecans
extra cinnamon for nuts or serving
Preheat oven to 300F.
In a large bowl, toss your fruit and add in 1-2 tsp lemon juice. Set aside.
In another glass bowl, combine your melted butter, spices, and honey or maple syrup.
Mix in a few tablespoons of your leftover pineapple juice as well.
Add this sugar/butter mixture to your fruit and coat evenly.
Pour fruit evenly in a 9x12 baking dish.
Pour the leftover sugar/butter/oil mixture on top.
baking for 1 hr.
OPTIONAL - Toss your nuts in a tiny bit of melted coconut oil or butter and pinch of cinnamon. I usually just coat the nuts in the leftover butter/sugar from the fruit mix bowl. Then sprinkle the nuts to the top of dish and bake all together for 1 hr.
Sprinkle any additional cinnamon and spiced over hot fruit bake before serving, if desired.
See notes for Make ahead prep.
You can prep this dish the night before and baking the day of. There are a few ways.
Option 1: You can mix everything, place in casserole dish, place in fridge, then bake the next morning.
Option 2: The fruit is is more bright and crispy if you mix the fruit in lemon, place in a large dish, cover. Then mix the melted butter, sugar, spices in another bowl. Place that in fridge too. In the morning, reheat the butter/sugar mix and pour it over the fruit. Then bake.
Option 3: Bake everything the night before and then simply reheat for 20 minutes at 300F before serving.
To save on time, feel free to use canned pineapple and pears (in water or juice), drained. Ultimately, you can't go wrong with whatever method you choose.