Christmas is notoriously a time when healthy eating habits easily go out the window in place of sumptuous and rich meals, countless snacks and high calorie drinks. Usually the only sign of fruit is either lumps of marzipan shaped like oranges or pears or soaked in alcohol and made into Christmas cake. However, stop the negative thinking and check out these Strawberry Santas – a sweet snack to tantalize your taste buds and they can be healthy too.
There are a few different ways you can go about it, and you’ll likely find that one suits you and your family better than the other.
Version 1- the healthiest strawberry Santas
Black gel icing
Sweetener or vanilla essence
Cut off the leaves and base of the strawberries and then cut a clean disc about 1 cm thick.
Then peel and cut a banana into slices about 1.5 cm thick. Then mix a few tablespoons of cottage cheese with sweetener, to taste.
Using some cottage cheese mixture to stick (it also forms Santa’s white beard and hair), assemble the banana slice on top of the strawberry slice and then place the rest of the strawberry on top.
Finally, use the black gel icing to add two eyes to the banana chip. And there you have it, a delicious yet healthy Strawberry Santa that everyone will enjoy.
150g Cream cheese
2 tablespoons icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
A handful of chocolate chips
This version is a little sweeter and has slightly more calories, but again, if it hits the spot, it’s worth it and much better than many of the usual festive fancy ones.
First prepare the strawberries in the same way as version 1 by cutting off the base and leaves and then making a 1 cm disc.
Then mix cream cheese with icing sugar and vanilla essence. You can use a hand mixer for this (and burn a few extra calories at the same time) or, and this is my preference, use an electric mixer.
Then assemble your Santas by placing the small slice of strawberry on a plate or dish, adding a generous dollop of the cream cheese mixture and then placing the remaining strawberry on top.
Now add two chocolate chips to create his eyes. Finally, with a small tip, spray a blob on the tip of Santa’s hat.
If you are not concerned about the calorie and fat content of the Strawberry Santas, you can substitute cream cheese in Version 2. Whip double or heavy cream with 1 tablespoon of icing sugar until stiff.
Instead of using icing for the white piece on the hat, try melting a small amount of white chocolate and piping it on. You can do the same with milk or dark chocolate for the eyes.
Try making a larger first slice of strawberry, creating a fuller Santa instead. At that size you should also be able to add buttons using chocolate chips or melted chocolate.
However you decide to create your Strawberry Santas, I hope you have fun making them and even more fun eating them!
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