To many, the idea of a sugar-free Christmas is something only the Grinch could dream up (before he met Cindy Lou, of course).
I mean, what is Christmas without glazed ham, fruit cake, gingerbread, or the dark lord of all festive treats, White Christmas?
We hear ya. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of healthy Christmas recipes that pack all of the flavour and none of the fructose. Trust us – yule never believe they’re actually sugar-free*!
(Click on the headings to get the recipe.)
Look up any recipe for glazed ham and it’s sugarmageddon: honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, glacé ginger. This version uses fructose-free rice malt syrup, which will help stop the sugar high from starting before you even get to dessert.
Sarah’s taken this recipe out of your Nan’s cupboard and into the 21st century. With beetroot to sweeten (weird, but it works), you won’t get a mouthful of candied fruit with this one… but it does still contain Nan’s brandy.
If you want an even lighter Christmas cake, the plums in this upside down cake cut through the sweetness and add a hit of nutrition. Feel free to use whatever seasonal fruit you can find, like peaches or apricots.
Have you caught our sugar-free gingerbread tutorial? It’s ridiculously easy AND they make a fantastic last-minute homemade gift for that family member you forgot was coming over for Christmas dinner.
5. Eggnog Popsicles.
The concept of eggnog is foreign to Aussies – warm, eggy milk on a 40ºC day just isn’t appealing. Thankfully, these eggnog pops are perfectly suited to warmer climes, and definitely don’t contain as much as sugar as the American original.
We ordinarily wouldn’t touch White Christmas (coconut, raisins, glacé cherries, rice bubbles, milk powder, icing sugar and hydrogenated coconut oil) with a 10-foot candy cane. This version, which only has one tablespoon of rice malt syrup per batch, is a much sweeter deal.
It may not be totally traditional, but when the traditions are so full of sugar, they’re meant to broken. This cheesecake is a total crowd-pleaser, with yoghurt and coconut cream to balance the rich cheese filling.