Fun Christmas Crackers (Bon bons)

Christmas Cracker (Bon Bons)

I love turning simple breakfast food into a visual delight. This is not something that is tricky to make and transforms the humble wheatbrick into a great, fun food Christmas icon.

Use whatever fruit you have in stock to decorate. I used yoghurt coloured by raspberries and blueberries to give it a bright coating.

Healthy breakfast food Christmas

Recipe

– 2 Wheatbricks

– I used yoghurt coloured by crushed raspberries and by blueberries for colour

– I used Greek yoghurt, blueberries and strawberries for decoration

Method

1. Cut the ends of a wheatbrick on the diagonal.

Christmas Cracker - 1 wheatbrick (1 of 1)

2. Slice another wheatbrick in half then cut the inner ends on a diagonal too.

Christmas Cracker - 2 ends (1 of 1)

3. I coloured the ends using yoghurt mixed with raspberries. You could use just the berries crushed if you choose.

Christmas Cracker - 3 pink (1 of 1)

4. Then I did the same for the centre with yoghurt mixed with blueberries.

Christmas Cracker - 4 purple (1 of 1)

5. And then made some stripes for detail with plain yoghurt.

Christmas Cracker - 5 stripes (1 of 1)

6. I used blueberries and chopped strawberry to give a jewel effect.

Christmas Cracker - 6 blueberries (1 of 1)

7. And then to finish I used some of the yogurt/raspberry mix for a party effect.

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8. I had made another but it looked too “sweet/candy” like ..

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Fun Christmas Angel

Christmas Angel

Christmas seems like the right time to make angels!! This is a super simple fun food angel that can be whipped up really quickly.

I had some rare help in the kitchen yesterday from Grandma Jenny. She is over visiting her grandchildren Ilira and Isla and popped in to The Art of Nutrition to provide inspiration ….

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Recipe

– Red apple

– I used raisins for eyes and sunflower seeds for wing detail

– Desiccated coconut is perfect for stars

Method

1. Slice the apple in half and use one of the largest central pieces to cut the triangle body.

Christmas Angel - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Then cut a circle for the head (I cheated and used a cookie cutter as I’m not quite mad enough to cut perfect circles yet!).

Christmas Angel - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. I used the other large slice of apple to make the wings. I just cut three descending semi-circles on one side and mirrored on the other side. Then I cut the piece in half.

Christmas Angel - 3 wings (1 of 1)

4. I used the outer part of the apple to cut a little mouth and shoes.

Christmas Angel - 4 mouth & feet (1 of 1)

5. Then to give some detail to the wings I placed sunflower seeds along the edges.

Christmas Angel - 5 wing detail (1 of 1)

6. And added some raisin eyes.

Christmas Angel - 6 face (1 of 1)

7. Then she needed her halo which I cut from the outside of the apple.

Christmas Angel - 7 halo (1 of 1)

8. And here she is floating in a celestial sky.

Christmas Angel snack food

9. But she fades into the background on the pink plate so as per Grandma Jenny I moved her to blue …

Healthy food Christmas Angel

10. And then the mini chefs said the attachment on the bottom of the halo needed to go …..

Fun Christmas food Angel

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Fun Mash Snowman

Mash Snowman

Snowmen are such a seasonal icon, even in the Southern hemisphere where we’re sweating in our socks!!

This is a great, comfort fun food that the boys love to make themselves. It’s all a bit messy but tonnes of fun.

Healthy Christmas food

Recipe

– Mash potato (do not make too soft)

– Carrot – for the nose

– I used peas for the buttons but any veggies cut into circles would work

– I used olives for eyes (peas/corn/carrots cut)

– I used roast pumpkin for the hat but roast sweet potato or carrot would be good

– I used beans for arms but then changed to carrot (or asparagus or strips of celery etc.)

– I used broccoli for some bushes

– I used cauliflower grated as snow (or cheese or oat bran)

Method

1. Make the snowman by rolling the potato into 3 balls. Using hands works best!

Mash Snowman - 1 mash (1 of 1)

2. Give him a set of buttons and some eyes.

Mash Snowman - 2 eyes & buttons (1 of 1)

3. Then put in some arms. I started with beans but then realized they didn’t show up very well with the dark plate so swapped them for carrots.

Mash Snowman - 3 arms (1 of 1)

4. The hat was fashioned from some roasted pumpkin (or sweet potato). They are good to work with as they can be squished and molded!

Mash Snowman - 4 hat (1 of 1)

5. Then he needed his iconic carrot nose.

Mash Snowman - 5 nose (1 of 1)

6. I added some broccoli bushes.

Mash Snowman - 6 bush (1 of 1)

7. Then grated some cauliflower to make snow.

Healthy Christmas food for kids

8. And he would have been finished but he needed some new arms!

Healthy snowman food

Ahh, those are more comfortable …

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Fun Fruit Rudolph

Fruit Rudolph

OK, it’s third week of Nov so about time to start on the Christmas season designs. I don’t want to feel like a department store and begin months too early but then again at this time of year we are all so manic we also need to plan ahead!

I was really pleased with this fun food plate as it was simple and effective. That was until I showed it to Roy who said “that’s a great Bullwinkle”. Hmmm, had meant to go deer rather than moose but I think the antlers probably are a bit less Rudolph than ideal. Fortunately the mini chefs thought he was really cute and couldn’t wait to eat him. They got me to cut him exactly down the middle to share fairly.

Rudolph fun food christmas

Recipe

– Papaya (or melon/pear/apple) for antlers

– Apple (or pear/melon) for face

– I used strawberry for nose and mouth (or other red fruit)

– I used blueberries for eyes (raisins/dates)

– I sprinkled desiccated coconut for snow

Method

1. I cut a face shape from near the centre of an apple.

Fruit Rudolph - 1 face (1 of 1)

2. Then I carved the antlers from papaya. When I needed a bit of extra length I just cut a little extra as it fits together fairly seamlessly.

Fruit Rudolph - 2 antlers (1 of 1)

3. I sliced the top from a lovely, bright red strawberry for his nose.

Fruit Rudolph - 3 Nose (1 of 1)

4. I cut circles of apple for the outside of the eyes.

Fruit Rudolph - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Then used blueberries as the pupils.

Fruit Rudolph - 5 eyeballs (1 of 1)

6. Little slices of apple gave him some ears.

Fruit Rudolph - 6 Ears (1 of 1)

7. Then all he needed was a strawberry smiling mouth.

Fruit Rudolph - 7 mouth (1 of 1)

8. A sprinkle of desiccated coconut for falling snow and he’s good to go!

Healthy rudolph christmas

 

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