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12 Christmas Recipes You Need to Make This Year

December 14, 2016
12 Christmas Recipes you need to make this year - festive bread, pancakes, hot chocolate, smoothie, cookies, granola, chia pudding, porridge, and more! | thehealthfulideas.com

I have something amazing for you today! I went to town with festive recipes this year and since I also posted a few last year, I decided to put them all together and create a 12 Christmas recipes roundup for you so that you know where to look when you’re out of Christmas appropriate recipe ideas.

All of the recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, with no processed sugar, and almost all of them are vegan (10 except the gingerbread pancakes and oat cookies at the end). I hope you love these as much as I do and if you end up making any of them, please let me know in the comments below how you liked them because I’d love to know. Happy holidays!


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Gingerbread Banana Bread

December 12, 2016
Gingerbread Banana Bread (vegan, GF) - the most delicious, comforting, healthy, and festive banana bread! I love this recipe. It's the perfect breakfast for Christmas Day morning. | thehealthfulideas.com

There we go again with the fake gingerbread. Spoiler alert: it traditionally shouldn’t have any ginger in it — in the Czech Republic, anyway. I know, right?! It boggles my mind too! It has loads of amazing spiced, though, and it always makes the house smell like Christmas. I know I don’t eat sugar or gluten, or dairy — or anything you’d normally put in gingerbread cookies for that matter — but I might just make a batch to put them on my presents as decoration or something just to be able to bake them and enjoy the process. I’d have to but all the ingredients, though! I have no wheat flour, no milk, no butter, no eggs, or regular oil in the house (I kind of forgot what you put in gingerbread dough???). OR better yet, I may try to make gluten-free, healthy, vegan gingerbread cookies because the thought of eating all those ingredients together topped with powdered sugar and egg whites doesn’t sound too delicious to my stomach. I’ll keep you updated how those turn out if I end up making them.

If you’re in the mood for even more weird unique gingerbread flavored recipes, you can check out this Gingerbread Quinoa Porridge with Toasted Coconut I posted the other day or these Gingerbread Pancakes and Gingerbread Granola from last year. The two from last year have some different spices in them but they’re equally as delicious. There are actually many variations of gingerbread here, it just depends on personal taste and family tradition.


Gingerbread Banana Bread (vegan, GF) - the most delicious, comforting, healthy, and festive banana bread! I love this recipe. It's the perfect breakfast for Christmas Day morning. | thehealthfulideas.com Continue Reading


Gingerbread Quinoa Porridge with Toasted Coconut

December 9, 2016
Gingerbread Quinoa Porridge with Toasted Coconut Flakes - vegan GF, and absolutely delicious. The PERFECT Christmas festive porridge! Creamy, spiced to perfection, sweet, satisfying, hearty, and filling. | thehealthfulideas.com

If you follow me on Snapchat, you probably know about my love for oatmeal. I eat it almost every single day, especially during the winter months. Today, however, I wanted to do something different and that’s why I’m sharing with you this delicious Gingerbread Quinoa Porridge. It’s so good, you guys! And it’s such a nice change from the oats. With the coconut milk, toasted coconut, juicy figs, and chewy dates, this porridge is perfect for a crisp winter morning.

If you’re not feeling this quinoa porridge, I have eleven regular oatmeal recipes on the blog (one of which is savory) as well as three blended buckwheat porridge recipes which if you haven’t tried out, you’re seriously missing out (one, two, three)!


Gingerbread Quinoa Porridge with Toasted Coconut Flakes - vegan GF, and absolutely delicious. The PERFECT Christmas festive porridge! Creamy, spiced to perfection, sweet, satisfying, hearty, and filling. | thehealthfulideas.com Continue Reading


Spiced Christmas Bread with Nuts and Dried Fruit

December 7, 2016
Christmas Spiced Bread with Nuts and Dried Fruit (vegan, gluten-free) - this bread is the perfect start to a crispy Christmas morning. You'll love this recipe! | thehealthfulideas.com

I wanted to call this loaf a ‘Christmas Spiced Bread’ but that sounded like I added Christmas to it, which with all the spices I basically did, but I decided to name this one a Spiced Christmas Bread instead.

This bread has all of the best winter cozy spices like allspice, clove, ginger, cinnamon, star anise, nutmeg, and probably also something else I’m forgetting. At the last minute I added a mix of dried fruits and nuts to the batter and oh my I’m so happy I did, you guys! It wouldn’t be the same without those. The nuts give it a crunch and the fruits an extra flavor and sweetness.


If you also want to make some banana bread, you can try my Healthy Banana Bread recipe! That one has eggs in it but I’m going to post a vegan Gingerbread Banana Bread next week so stay tuned for that, it’s gonna be a good one! I honestly can’t choose which bread I like more. This spiced one or the gingerbread one. It’s almost the same recipe actually! I just tweaked this one a bit and added the nuts, dried fruit, and different spices. This bread is also full of hemp seeds which give an extra protein boost.

Christmas Spiced Bread with Nuts and Dried Fruit (vegan, gluten-free) - this bread is the perfect start to a crispy Christmas morning. You'll love this recipe! | thehealthfulideas.com Continue Reading


Chai Spiced Pancakes with Cashew Cream (vegan, GF)

December 5, 2016
Chai Spiced Vegan GF Pancakes with Cashew Cream - incredibly fluffy, sweet, soft, comforting chai pancakes. YUM! They're easy to flip, too! | thehealthfulideas.com

It’s pancake time!! Well, it will be pancake time for me when I have a day off but it can be a pancake day for you tomorrow! Today I present to you these delicious chai spiced pancakes with my new obsession aka cashew cream. I defrosted some wild blueberries and mixed them with a little bit of the cream to make that beautiful purple color. Isn’t it gorgeous? Who needs food colorings, right? I made it look all cute and pretty and topped it all with kiwi because when in doubt, kiwi is always a good idea.

Oh did I mention these beautiful fluffy pancakes are vegan??!! Yep! My first ever vegan pancake recipe yaaay!


If you don’t mind eggs (or if you want to try making them vegan by using flax egg) here are my other pancake recipes I’ve posted:

Chai Spiced Vegan GF Pancakes with Cashew Cream - incredibly fluffy, sweet, soft, comforting chai pancakes. YUM! They're easy to flip, too! | thehealthfulideas.com Continue Reading


Tangerine Chocolate Chia Pudding

November 30, 2016
Tangerine Chocolate Chia Pudding - delicious refreshing, chocolatey breakfast you will love! Vegan, gluten-free and easy to make the night before so you can just grab it and go in the morning! | thehealthfulideas.com

Are you a breakfast person? I totally am. There are more breakfast recipes on my blog than anything else so it’s pretty clear how much I enjoy breakfast. I also enjoy Christmas and since this Tangerine Chocolate Chia Pudding is both Christmas themed and a breakfast, it’s one of my favorites!

I sneak in chia seeds into my breakfast whenever I can or I simply devote the whole breakfast to them and make chia pudding. It’s so good! If you haven’t tried chia pudding yet, you’re seriously missing out.


I already posted a few chia pudding recipes besides this one because I just love them so much. Check them out here:

Tangerine Chocolate Chia Pudding - delicious refreshing, chocolatey breakfast you will love! Vegan, gluten-free and easy to make the night before so you can just grab it and go in the morning! | thehealthfulideas.com Continue Reading


Almond Chai Hot Chocolate (vegan)

November 28, 2016
Almond Chai Hot Chocolate - incredibly creamy, delicious, and sweet. Almond milk, cacao, almond butter, tahini, homemade chai spice mix, sea salt, and maple syrup. So yummy! You'll love this hot chocolate, it's so easy to make. (vegan, GF) | thehealthfulideas.com

It’s finally ok to be in Christmas mood without people thinking you’re weird yaaaay! It’s finally okay to put up Christmas decorations and watch Home Alone while baking gingerbread cookies and I’m really happy about that. To celebrate I decided to share with you this Almond Chai Hot Chocolate which is the perfect festive drink to sip while decorating your house.

Initially, I wanted this hot chocolate to be gingerbread spiced but then I re-discovered chai spice and started making anything and everything chai spiced. I’m actually sharing a vegan chai spiced pancake recipe with you next week and I’m super excited about it because it’s oh so delicious. But for now, let’s make some hot chocolate!


You can use homemade Almond Milk in this recipe, it’s gonna be even more delicious!

Almond Chai Hot Chocolate - incredibly creamy, delicious, and sweet. Almond milk, cacao, almond butter, tahini, homemade chai spice mix, sea salt, and maple syrup. So yummy! You'll love this hot chocolate, it's so easy to make. (vegan, GF) | thehealthfulideas.com Continue Reading


Sweet Cashew Cream

November 25, 2016
Sweet Cashew Cream - raw vegan and delicious! You'll love this recipe, it's super versatile! It's incredible how similar it is to dairy cream. | thehealthfulideas.com

I’ve been wanting to make sweet cashew cream or dressing/dip ever since I made this savory vegan Cashew Dressing. So today… *drumroll* I present to you this amazing, vanilla flavored, creamy, dreamy, delicious, and sweet cashew cream!! You can make parfaits with it, pour it over banana “nice cream”, spread it on banana bread or (my personal fave) eat it straight from the jar with a spoon!

Sweet Cashew Cream - raw vegan and delicious! You'll love this recipe, it's super versatile! It's incredible how similar it is to dairy cream. | thehealthfulideas.com Continue Reading



Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers with Squash and Cranberries

November 23, 2016
Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers with Butternut Squash, Cranberries, and sage (vegan, GF) I totally love this recipe! Perfect for fall, comforting, hearty, and filling. | thehealthfulideas.com

It’s Thanksgiving Day tomorrow!! Okay, to tell you the truth, I actually don’t care about that because we don’t celebrate it here and I’ve never experienced it anywhere else. BUT if you do celebrate Thanksgiving and are looking for a very last minute recipe, you’ll love these Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers! There’s a good chance you already have all the ingredients in your kitchen!

More Thanksgiving ideas:


Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers with Butternut Squash, Cranberries, and sage (vegan, GF) I totally love this recipe! Perfect for fall, comforting, hearty, and filling. | thehealthfulideas.com Continue Reading


Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge Bites

November 21, 2016
Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge Bites - delicious vegan & GF festive treats (great for any time of the year, really). No added sugar, sweetened with dates! You'll love these! Such an easy recipe. | thehealthfulideas.com

Fudge. Chocolate fudge. Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge Bites ⇒ happiness. Rightttt?! These may not be as creamy as regular fudge but oh boy are they delicious!! They’re made with only three main ingredients! Dates, cacao powder, and hazelnuts and because the hazelnuts are roasted and processed to almost hazelnut butter, the result is somewhere between cookie dough and fudge.

I wanted to call these cake pops at first and cover them in chocolate and sprinkles but they didn’t really stick to the popsicle stick so I made them into festive bites instead. Aren’t they the cutest?


If you’re craving even more chocolate treats you can check out these:

Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge Bites - delicious vegan & GF festive treats (great for any time of the year, really). No added sugar, sweetened with dates! You'll love these! Such an easy recipe. | thehealthfulideas.com Continue Reading