Easy holiday treats to make with kids this Christmas

If you and the kids are looking for a fun activity in the kitchen this Christmas holidays, why not try some of Mayver’s nutty recipes that the whole family can enjoy. 

Christmas can be overwhelming with the amount of indulgent meals and sweet treats typically associated with the festive season. Leading dietitian, Susie Burrell says that Christmas feasting doesn’t have to necessarily lead to a ‘silly season blowout’, and that substituting traditional recipe ingredients in favour of nut spreads or butters have the added benefit of being healthier, while still tasting delicious. 

“There are plenty of healthy and low sugar alternative recipes for Christmas classics such as cookies, ice creams and pies, which is a great way to reduce intake during the most indulgent season of the year.” says Susie.

Nuts are ‘high’ in good fats and sesame seeds, tree nuts and peanuts are considered to provide impressive health benefits, including being a great source of fibre, protein as well as being rich in vitamins and minerals, including magnesium and vitamin E. Mayver’s natural spreads are vegan and contain absolutely no added oil, sugar, gluten, dairy, cholesterol or hardened fats, meaning the jars are filled with nothing but goodness for your family.

Some of Mayver’s favourite Christmas recipes include the Peanut Butter Cookie Christmas Tree and the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Reindeers as they’re super easy and exciting for kids to make, with the bonus of being healthy too! As well as being a great boredom buster for the kids these Christmas holidays, the recipes can also double as a thoughtful, homemade gift for grandparents and other extended family!

Make sure to tag us in any uploaded photos of your Christmas recipes, we love seeing everyone’s creations! For more inspiration you can also head to our Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest where we have a whole collection of recipes for you to try.

Mayver’s products are available at Woolworths, Coles and independent retailers Australia-wide. For more information or recipe inspiration visit mayvers.com.au 

Peanut Butter Cookie Christmas Tree
Serves: 12

Ingredients

1 cup Mayver’s Dark Roasted Smooth Peanut Butter

1 vegan egg replacer

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup plain flour

A few pieces of vegan white chocolate

Green food colouring

Vegan sprinkles

Method

  1. In a large bowl, stir egg replacer into Mayver’s Dark Roasted Smooth Peanut Butter, then stir in dry ingredients until smooth. Pop dough into the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 170°C and line 3 oven trays with baking paper.
  3. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough between two pieces of baking paper, about 5mm thick. Using multiple sized star-shaped cookie cutters, cut out about 4 cookies in each size and place them onto your lined trays about 2cm apart.
  4. Bake one tray at a time on the middle shelf for 12 minutes, let cool on the tray for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Once cookies have cooled completely, melt the white chocolate, stir in a few drops of green food colouring and dip the corners of the cookies into the chocolate, and then into the sprinkles. Place onto a clean tray lined with baking paper as you go. Once all cookies are decorated, pop the tray into the fridge for 5 minutes so the chocolate can set.
  6. To make the tree, simply arrange the cookies in a stack starting with the biggest cookies at the bottom.

This delicious recipe was provided by the talented Jodi of @jodiskitchen 

(Link: https://www.instagram.com/jodiskitchen/)

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Reindeers  

Ingredients

Cookie dough

1/2 cup Mayver’s Dark Roasted Smooth Peanut Butter

1 tbs coconut oil, melted and cooled

1 tbs rice malt syrup

3 tbs coconut flour

1/2 cup almond meal

To decorate:

1 block of dark chocolate

A few pieces of vegan white chocolate and red food colouring (OR pink vegan smarties)

Small vegan marshmallows, sliced

Small pretzels, broken into antler shapes

Method

  1. To make cookie dough, stir together Mayver’s Dark Roasted Smooth Peanut Butter with the other wet ingredients in a large bowl. Mix in dry ingredients.
  2. Scoop out tablespoons of dough and roll into balls and flatten slightly, pop onto a tray and into the freezer for an hour to firm up.
  3. To make the eyes – melt dark chocolate in a small bowl. Dip a toothpick into the chocolate and drop onto the middle of the sliced marshmallows to make the pupils. Place into freezer to set the chocolate.
  4. To make the nose – melt white chocolate and stir in a few drops of red food colouring. Drop small amounts into oval shapes on a lined tray and pop into the freezer to set. Alternatively, use pink vegan smarties.
  5. Dip cookie dough balls in melted dark chocolate, place on a lined tray. Dip two pieces of pretzel into the chocolate coated cookie dough and hold until the chocolate sets. Add the eyes and nose and place into the freezer to ensure they set.
  6. Repeat until you have enough reindeers and enjoy!

This delicious recipe was provided by the talented Jodi of @jodiskitchen 

(Link: https://www.instagram.com/jodiskitchen/)

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