Here are 10 easy Christmas recipes you can make with help from your little ones. From a great alternative mulled wine and chocolate truffles to warm up your Christmas parties to cheese straw canes and Christmas biscuits to give out as gifts or to hang on your tree. They are not all super healthy, but being homemade you can be sure they are junk free. Enjoy!
1. Christmas Chestnut Houmous
I love this festive twist on a staple from Organix, and it could not be more simple to make. Blitz 250g roast chestnuts (either shop bought or you can roast your own) in a food processor until they form a fine powder. Add 125ml tahini, 125ml water, the juice of one lemon, 60ml olive oil and 5 sage leaves before blitzing again until smooth. Add additional water to thin if desired.
2. Chocolate Truffle Christmas Puddings
Kids can easily make these delicious Chocolate Truffle Christmas Puddings with you. They are also a great way to use up leftover or stale cake, which can be frozen and defrosted when needed for this recipe. Roll them in nuts or sprinkles. To make them look like Christmas puddings, decorate them with melted white chocolate and holly sprinkles
3. Cheese Straw Christmas Canes
Using two types of flour, Organix have cleverly created some stripy Cheese Straw Christmas Canes. Tie them together with ribbon to make Christmas gifts or to hang from the tree.
You will need to make two batches of dough separately. To make the first batch, rub the 50g unsalted cold butter into the 100g plain white flour with your finger tips, until it resembles bread crumbs. Stir in 75g grated cheddar and 2 tsp thyme. Create a well in the centre and add a whisked egg or 3-4 tbsps cold water a little at a time, combining the wet and dry ingredients to create a smooth dough. Knead the dough just a little to bring it together, then place onto a lightly floured surface. Roll lightly into a rectangle and cut into 12 even squares. Roll each square into a long sausage about the thickness of a straw. Make the second batch of 12 dough 'sausages' in exactly the same way as the first, but substitute the white flour for wholemeal.
To make the canes, twist together one white sausage and one brown sausage. Make a curve at one end and place on a lined baking sheet. Repeat to make 12 canes. To give a golden shine, brush each straw with a little whisked egg. Bake in a pre heated oven at 200°C / 180°C fan / gas mark 6 for approx 15 mins until golden.
4. Almond Topped Filo Mince Pies
These Almond Topped Filo Mince Pies are so easy to make and have around half the calories of a regular mince pie. Kids can help cutting filo pastry and layering it up to make star shapes as well as mixing and filling.
5. Mulled Grape Juice
This Mulled Grape Juice from eat like you love yourself is a wonderful alternative for mulled wine at Christmas, and it looks just like the real thing. Perfect with an almond topped mince pie for a guilt free Christmas! In the past I've made mulled juices which is very similar but sweeter, so kids may prefer it. I'm not so keen on sweet drinks so I'll be brewing mulled grape juice when it's my turn to drive!
6. Christmas Pudding Fudge
This Christmas Pudding Fudge recipe from Ruth at The Pink Whisk makes a lovely gift for teachers at school and only requires five ingredients. Follow her straightforward instructions and step by step photos to make this easy festive fudge. Kids can help to cut it into squares and wrap up for their teachers.
7. Candy Cane Rocky Road
Katie from Feeding Boys and a Firefighter has a fabulous no bake recipe for Candy Cane Rocky Road. Requiring only a handful of store cupboard ingredients and 15 minutes of prep, it's a great one for kids to help with. It also looks very festive and impressive.
8. Cranberry and Orange Christmas Biscuits
Perfect for hanging on a tree or giving away as gifts, this Christmas biscuit recipe from Organix is perfect for little chefs. In a large bowl mix 1/2 tsp baking powder into 200g plain flour, then rub in 60g butter with your finger tips. Add the zest of an orange and 60g chopped dried cranberries. Add 60ml orange juice a little at a time and mix to create a smooth but not sticky dough. Roll on a lightly floured surface, cut out Christmas shapes and add a hole to hang biscuits on the Christmas tree. Use a palette knife to carefully lift the biscuit shapes onto a lined baking sheet. Bake in a pre heated oven at 180°C / 160°C fan / gas mark 5 for 10 - 15 minutes until golden. For a 'snowy' topping, simply spread the top of each biscuit with a little maple syrup or coconut oil and press sticky side down into a pile of desiccated coconut.
9. Christmas Granola
I love this Christmas Granola from Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary - a Christmas twist on an everyday staple which is also super healthy too. How beautiful does it look in these jars with a bow on? Kids can also help as it's so easy to make.
10. Christmas Turkey Burgers & Parsnip Chips
I like to think of Christmas Turkey Burgers with Parsnip Chips as a sort of Christmas dinner in fast food form! These homemade turkey burgers are full of festive flavours, super healthy and delicious. The parsnip chips make a lovely change as well.
This post is in association with the Organic No Junk campaign which aims to help families to reclaim healthy eating by pledging their commitment to No Junk and to say ‘yes’ to healthy, natural and simple food for the family. Christmas is a great time to sign the pledge and join the conversation using hashtag #NoJunk.