Come Christmas, we all enter the celebration mode. This festival is all about relishing various types of scrumptious dishes with our loved ones and now that there are just two days left for the festival, the majority of us have already started planning for it! While an X’mas cake is a must on the feasting table, how about adding the goodness of healthy nuts to some sweet recipes for your family and guests?
If you’re still scrambling for special recipes for sweets or sides, HealthShots can save you some time and can serve you with the best recipes for Christmas and New Year. The fact that they are made with nuts makes them strike a balance between taste and health! Plus, these are all so festive and delicious!
Can’t wait? Neither can we… So let’s begin!
1. Walnut Tea Loaf (Healthy Cake)
Chef Sabyasachi Gorai suggested this walnut tea loaf recipe to HealthShots. Antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids rich walnuts make this walnut tea loaf a super healthy dish.
100g dried apricots, roughly chopped
75g dried figs, quartered
75g pitted dates, roughly chopped
2 earl grey tea bags
2 medium eggs
250g self-raising flour
200g light brown soft sugar
75g walnuts, roughly chopped, plus 12 whole walnuts
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 1kg loaf tin.
Mix together the fruit in a bowl and add the tea bags, pour over 300ml boiling water and leave to soak for 20 minutes, then discard the tea bags.
Whisk together the eggs, flour and sugar in a large bowl and stir in the dried fruits plus all the liquid and the chopped walnuts. Pour into the prepared tin, arrange the whole walnuts on top and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean, cover with foil if the top begins to get too dark.
Allow to cool before removing from the tin and then enjoy.
2. Matcha Avocado Walnut Smoothie (For Hangover)
As the name suggests, this recipe is going to be a powerhouse of nutrition as it contains avocado plus walnuts. So, indulge in the goodness of matcha, avocado, bananas and walnuts with this quick and easy smoothie recipe!
1 cup low fat milk (or substitute non-dairy milk of choice)
Place the rice in a blender or spice grinder and process until thoroughly pulverized. Transfer to a large bowl or pitcher and add walnuts, cinnamon, and lime zest.
Add hot water. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight.
Transfer mixture to a blender and blend as smoothly as possible. Add 2 cups cold water and blend again until thoroughly combined.
Line a strainer with cheesecloth and set it over a large bowl. Slowly pour rice mixture into the strainer and let liquid drain into the bowl. Slowly press as much of the solids through the strainer as possible. (The more slowly you strain the mixture, the smoother the horchata will be).
Transfer to a pitcher and stir in remaining 2 cups of cold water. Then add sugar and vanilla extract and stir well. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.
4. Almond cinnamon tart (serves: 3-4)
A perfect combination of salted biscuit crumble with crunchy almond flakes and decadent toffee sauce, this dessert is sure to please all your senses. The credit for this recipe goes to Chef Manish Mehrotra.