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On the Third Day of Christmas my True Love Made for Me….Monster Cookies, Rice Krispie Treats, Homemade Hot Chocolate & more! The holidays are upon us and that means the kids are home from school. We have compiled a list of some of our favorite holiday treats that are super simple, fun for the kids and healthy, too! 

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Recipe & Photo Courtesy of www.dashingdish.com

1. Dashing Dish's Clean Eating Monster Cookies

Love Monster Cookies but not all of the fat and calories that typically come with them? This healthy alternative will leave your kid's sweet tooth satisfied and you happy knowing they are not full of sugar!  

INGREDIENTS

Peanut Butter Version:
1/2 cup Oat flour (or 3/4 cup old fashioned oats)
1 cup Old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 cup Baking stevia or 1 cup sweetener that measures like sugar
1 large Egg
1/2 cup Plain low fat Greek yogurt (or mashed banana)
1/2 cup Peanut butter (room temp)
Optional:
1/4 cup Chocolate chips 1
1/4 cup M&M's 1
 
Peanut flour Version:
1/2 cup + 2 tbs  Oat flour (or 3/4 cup old fashioned oats)
1 cup Old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking soda
1 cup Baking stevia or 1 cup sweetener that measures like sugar
1 large Egg
1/2 cup Plain low fat Greek yogurt (or mashed banana)
3/4 Peanut flour + 1/4 cup water
Optional:
1/4 cup Chocolate chips 1
1/4 cup M&M's 1

DIRECTIONS

1. (Pictured above!) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line a baking pan with parchment paper, or foil sprayed with cooking spray.

3. In a medium bowl, combine everything except for the m&m’s. Mix until thoroughly combined.

4. Roll dough into even size balls, and flatten into cookie shaped disks (they will not spread). 

Add 40 calories to each cookie if you want to add the chocolate chips and M&M's. Or add 20 calories to each cookie if you want to add just one of these.

NUTRITION

Peanut Butter Version:
12 Servings (1 cookie per serving)
120 Calories per Serving
9 g Fat
12 g Carbohydrate
2 g Fiber
2 g Sugar
6 g Protein
Peanut Flour Version:
9 Servings (1 cookie per serving)
120 Calories per Serving
3 g Fat
16 g Carbohydrate
3 g Fiber
2 g Sugar
9 g Protein

 

2. Tree Trimmer Rice Krispie Treats

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These festive ornament treats are a great activity for a child's holiday party. You can even make the ornament shapes ahead of time and let the kids enjoy being creative with their decorations! 

INGREDIENTS

12 (6-inch length)   Red or black string licorice
12 JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
3 Tbs Butter or margarine
1 Package  (10 oz., about 40) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows or 4 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
6 Cups Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® cereal
Frosting Red and green or colors of choice 
1 Bag M&M'S® brand chocolate candies

DIRECTIONS

1. Fold each licorice piece in half and push ends through centers of 12 miniature marshmallows. It may be easier to poke hole with a toothpick first. Set aside.

2. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add 10 ounces marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using 1/2-cup measuring cup coated with cooking spray divide warm cereal mixture into 12 portions. Using buttered hands shape each portion into ornament shape around licorice ends. Cool. Decorate with frosting and M&M'S® chocolate candies or your favorite holiday candy. Best if served the same day.

MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS: In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 through 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.

NUTRITION

12 Servings
250 Calories per Serving
5.1 g  Fat
3 g Saturated Fat
8 mg Cholesterol
145 mg  Sodium
48 g Carbohydrate
.5 g Fiber
29 g Sugar
2 g Protein

 

3. Homemade Hot Chocolate 

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Recipe & Photo Courtesy of www.marthastewart.com 

Hot Chocolate is an easy holiday staple for any household! This simple recipe is not only all natural, but also economical compared to store-bought mixes. Skim milk will make this recipe healthier but feel free to use your favorite kind! 

INGREDIENTS

5 3/4 Cups Dry Mix  
OR 
92, 8-ounce
Servings
3 1/2 Cups  Sugar
2 1/4 Cups Cocoa
Skim Milk For serving

 

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large bowl, combine sugar, cocoa, and salt, and whisk to combine well. Store the mixture in an airtight container.
2. For individual servings, pour 1 cup whole milk into a microwave-safe mug, and microwave on high just until hot. Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa mix, and stir to dissolve. For a larger batch of cocoa, warm the milk in a saucepan set over medium-low heat, taking care not to let the milk boil; as it warms, stir in 2 tablespoons of mix for each cup of milk. 

NUTRITION

Don't forget to add in calories from the milk you choose to mix with! Skim milk will add about 80 calories, 12 carbs, and 8 grams of protein! 

92 2 Tbl Serving 
34 Calories per Coca Mix Serving
.3 g  Fat
.2 g Saturated Fat
0 mg Cholesterol
0 mg  Sodium
8.8 g Carbohydrate
.1 g Fiber
7.7 g Sugar
.5 g Protein

4. Grinch Kabobs

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Photo & Recipe & Photo Courtesy of www.nourishingminimalism.com 

These Grinch fruit kabobs are super simple to throw together for your next holiday gathering. Kids can easily help create the treats and they are fun to eat too! 

INGREDIENTS

Green Grapes
Strawberries
Bananas
Mini Marshmallows 
Toothpicks

 

DIRECTIONS

1. Wash grapes and strawberries.
2. Slice bananas and cut of the green end of the strawberries.
3. Poke a toothpick into the top of the grape, thread on a banana slice, then the strawberry top, followed by the mini marshmallow.

5. White Chocolate and Peppermint Covered Popcorn

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Photo & Recipe & Photo Courtesy of www.simplyscratch.com 

White Chocolate and peppermint make a fabulous and festive holiday duo. Kids will love the hands-on (and slightly messy!) recipe crushing peppermints and drizzling chocolate. The only hard part is waiting on the chocolate to set! 

INGREDIENTS

16 1 cup servings 
16 oz White Chocolate Baking Morsels
1 Cup Finely crushed peppermints (10 candy canes or about 30-35 mints)
4 Quarts     Air popped popcorn (lightly salted popcorn will work too. If popping your own, add sea salt to it)

 

DIRECTIONS

1. Slowly melt white chocolate or almond bark in the microwave or on stove-top with double boiler. Stir often to keep chocolate from burning. 
2. Crush peppermints and stir 1/2 cup of them into the white chocolate. 
3. Place popped corn into a large bowl.  Pour melted white chocolate and peppermint mixture over the popcorn.
4. Gently stir to coat popcorn while sprinkling remaining crushed peppermints over the popcorn.
5. Pour out onto parchment paper and cookie sheet and allow coating to harden. Popping cookie sheet in the refrigerator for 15 minutes will help it set faster.

NUTRITION

16 1 Cup Servings
133 Calories per Serving
6 g  Fat
3.2 g Saturated Fat
0 mg Cholesterol
13 mg  Sodium
18 g Carbohydrate
.1 g Fiber
12 g Sugar
2.2 g Protein

 

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