Friday, 9 December 2016

38 Alternative Guilt-Free Christmas Bakes

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Do you know what you're going to be cooking for your Christmas cake this year? Do you have your sticky fruit pudding all set for Christmas dessert?

I don't. But after looking through this gorgeous lot, I reckon I'll be able to decide on a cake (or two) to make by then. And possibly before, you know, for taste testing. Just to be sure.


I've gathered up some of the most gorgeous Christmas cakes, mince pies, treats and puddings for you, all here. There are 38 of them altogether. Some are primal, others are paleo and some are AIP. There are cakes here that are dairy free, too. And there are some that are nut-free. And some you don't even need to cook.

Like, seriously. This is one Christmas roundup you're going to want to pin, pretty sharpish.

Celebration Christmas Cakes

Gluten Free Paleo Christmas Cake, Whole Life Full Soul

Gluten Free Paleo Christmas Cake - Whole Life, Full Soul
Pumpkin Spice Cake - Eat Heal Thrive
Carrot and Parsnip Cake - And Here We Are
Paleo Chocolate Ganache Cake - Eat Primal Run Hard
The Best Chocolate Cake - Code To Wellness
Vanilla Cake - Flabs to Fitness
Upside Down Gingerbread Pear Cake (AIP) - Eat Heal Thrive
No Bake Chocolate Matcha Cream Tart - I Heart Umami
Plantain Chocolate Cake - The Castaway Kitchen
Raspberry Valentine Cake (AIP) - Healing Family Eats
Cashew Cream Naked Cake with Caramel - The Castaway Kitchen
Double Dark Chocolate Cake with Pistachio Mint Swiss Merengue Buttercream - The Castaway Kitchen
Rosemary Roasted Butternut Cake (AIP) - Healing Family Eats
Spiced Dark Chocolate Cake - Delicious Obsessions
Orange Coconut Cake - Delicious Obsessions
Paleo Pecan Fruit Cake - A Girl Worth Saving
Paleo Rainbow Cake - A Girl Worth Saving
Fudgy Chocolate Banana Cake - A Girl Worth Saving
Guilt Free Christmas Cake - Eighty20Nutrition
Gluten Free Christmas Cake - Natural Kitchen Adventures
Sweet Potato Flour Cinnamon Coffee Cake (AIP) - Beyond The Bite
Clementine Cake - The School of Balance
Chocolate and Orange Cake - The School of Balance

Yule Logs and Rolls

Gluten Free Yule Log, Zenbelly

Peppermint Brownie Roll - Primally Inspired
Gluten Free Yule Log - Zenbelly

Mince Pies and Nibbles

Paleo Star-Topped Mince Pies, Greens of the Stone Age

Paleo Mince Pies - Natural Kitchen Adventures
Christmas Fruit Mince - Eight20Nutrition
Paleo Cranberry Mince Pies - Greens of the Stone Age
Paleo Frangipane Star-Topped Mince Pies - Greens of the Stone Age
Paleo Star-Topped Mince Pies - Greens of the Stone Age
Paleo Lebkuchen - Greens of the Stone Age
Raw Vegan and Paleo Christmas Puddings - Greens of the Stone Age
Very Merry AIP Christmas Mince Pies - Joanna Frankham

You might also like this Paleo Figgy Pudding recipe... (which actually makes it 39!)

Have you seen the ebooks below? They might help for your Christmas meal planning, too. Click on the image for more details... 

What are you making for Christmas? Let me know in the comments below...

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Coconut and Vanilla Snowball Truffles

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So, we're in December now, so it's really OK now to talk about Christmas. My tree is up, I'm sitting here with the heating on and I'm wearing my Christmas jumper with a jingly bell on it. 

I'm totally all about Christmas now. 

And I know that for us dairy-free eaters, our options for desserts, treats and gifts are a bit limited. And it was in the local corner shop, when I saw boxes of chocolate truffles lined up on the tinsel-lined shelves, that I had the idea to make these. 

Coconut and Vanilla Snowball Truffles. 

Don't they look Christmassy? 

Coconut and vanilla snowball truffles - vegan dairy free

Now I know sleep is important. But these babies kept me awake at 2am, wondering how I could get a creamy consistency to them. Would I use just coconut butter? Mix it with something else? And in what quantities? And how could I make it look festive? 

Here's the result. 

The creamy coconut literally melts in your mouth. Slowly. The musky vanilla works beautifully,  and they're finished with a snowy dusting of desiccated coconut. 

They'd make great gifts - put a few in a gift box and tie it up with a spangly ribbon. Or just keep them in the fridge whenever sweet cravings strike. 

Coconut and vanilla snowball truffles - vegan dairy free

Coconut and Vanilla Snowballs
Makes 10
½ cup (120g) coconut manna
1 tsp maple syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tsp full-fat coconut milk
pinch of salt
1-2 tbsp desiccated coconut

In a small saucepan, gently warm the coconut manna, maple syrup, vanilla and coconut milk - stirring, until melted together. Stir in the salt and then turn off the heat. Leave to cool, slightly. 

Measure out the desiccated coconut onto a plate. 

Take teaspoonfuls of the mixture and roll them into balls, coating them in the desiccated coconut as you go, and arranging them in a shallow bowl or container. Store in the fridge, allowing them to cool fully. 

To enjoy them at their best, take them out of the fridge a little whole before eating, to just take the chill off them and allow them to soften only very slightly. Store any leftover snowball truffles in the fridge until needed. 

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