Looking for a way to lay off the sweets this Christmas? Try out this festive, low-sugar Reindeer Pops Recipe from our newest Sassy Mama columnist and New York Times bestselling author Sarah Wilson! It’s fun to make with the kids, and will satisfy their sweet tooth without sending them into a sugar coma!
Christmas Reindeer Pops
Preparation time: 20 minutes
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 cup macadamias
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 ½ cups desiccated coconut
- ½ – 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla powder or ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
- ¼ cup rice malt syrup
- freshly squeezed juice of ½ orange
- ½ cup combined total of goji berries, pecans and cacao nibs, processed to a coarse texture
- desiccated coconut for rolling
- chia seeds or hemp seeds, optional
- Combine the first six ingredients in a food processor. Add the rice malt syrup and orange juice and whiz again. Gently mix in the goji berries, pecans and cacao nibs.
- Roll mixture into balls, roll in coconut and place in fridge for 10 minutes. Remove from fridge.
- Decorate – To make reindeers, place the balls on sticks and decorate with walnut ‘ears’ and goji berry ‘noses’. To make snowmen, stick three balls together with toothpicks, add toothpick arms and decorate with goji berries, pepitas and sunflower seeds.
- Store decorated balls in the fridge for another 10 minutes to set.
Tip: These Reindeer Pops are best kept in the fridge for a couple of weeks. If you’d like to keep them for longer, freeze them after a day or two.
For more tips and tricks on how to get your kids off sugar purchase the I Quit Sugar Kids eCookbook, available online at www.IQuitSugar.com.