Keep the Fun in your Festive Food with Guilt-Free Holiday Indulgences
‘Tis the season to be jolly – a time of sugar and spice and all things nice – but wouldn’t it be so much better if come January 2019, you didn’t have to double your cardio regime to shed all your holiday excess? That said – we also recognise it’s not the time of year to cut back and deny yourself delicious indulgences. The good news is you can enjoy the best of both worlds with our NuMe range of premix baking products. This range of not so naughty products will guarantee guilt-free eating this festive season – while keeping the fun in festive. Low carb, high protein, gluten-free baking products, made from ingredients that are not just tasty – they’re good for you and that makes them functional food!
Functional food is described as food containing health-giving additives – foods that have a potentially positive effect on health beyond basic nutrition. Proponents of functional foods say they promote optimal health and help reduce the risk of disease. And that’s exactly what this range of baking premix products is all about. Our NuMe pre-mix muffins for example include pecan nut flour, cocoa butter, cocoa, xylitol, and bicarb and cream of tartar. Each of these ingredients has its own unique health benefits. What this means is that while you are enjoying a melt in your mouth kind of magic NuMe muffin – you are doing yourself a favour.
To help you along this season, we’ve rounded up some classic, festive baking ideas – our best of Christmas baking suggestions – that will charm the socks off family and friends and even impress Santa’s happy helpers:
For a great Christmas bake for kids over the holidays – why not fashion the NuMe gluten-free rolls dough into triangular Christmas trees. Top with cheese, ham and olives and bake. Before popping in the oven – be sure to make a hole in the base of the triangle dough so that you can easily insert a wooden kebab stick after it comes out the oven. This will form the basis of the “tree trunk”. Serve on black slate for maximum impact and dot decorations between the trees.
Christmas in a Cup
If you are pressed for time but want a desert that mirrors the elegance of your event – then the 2 minute NuMe Cake in a Cup is a more than doable delight – because baking doesn’t have to be complicated to be gourmet. This wheat and gluten-free, hot and gooey chocolate dish, is a blend of the highest quality cocoa and coconut. For a festive feel, sprinkle grated dark chocolate and cinnamon over the top and serve with Chantilly cream. If you need berries in your desert – simple serve with nuts, cherries, berries and cream and dust with icing sugar. A hit of grated orange rind and a small slice of orange with cinnamon is another popular option.
The versatility of this range allows you to get quite creative in the kitchen so if you are in the mood to turn things upside down this festive season, why not bake this rich and decadent chocolate Christmas cake – that’s both low in sugar – and wheat-free.
Making this recipe is the epitome of quick and easy. Simply beat 3 eggs and ½ a cup of coconut oil with a teaspoon of Vanilla Essence. Add a box of NuMe Not so Naughty Brownie mix with six sachets of NuSeed Canadian Blueberry and Cranberries. Place mixture into a round or square baking dish and bake for 15 mins. Allow it to cool before cutting into slices. Remove from baking dish once cooled and serve either as is or with whipped cream or custard. For a real show stopper, decorate with dried fruit and nuts and allow some brandy or orange liqueur to seep into the baked cake before serving and top with sparklers.
Home Made and Heartfelt Gifting
Festive baking can also give rise to great gifting ideas. NuMe Brownies make a deliciously decadent teacher year-end gift. Sugar-free, low carb, with no artificial additives – yet dense and delicious; with the added benefit that they are incredibly easy to bake. You can add nuts to the mixture for extra crunch. Once cooled you can either dust with icing sugar or leave as is – or even drizzle with sugar-free Belgian chocolate. Wrap in brown paper and decorate with twine. This is homemade and heartfelt giving at its best.
For a full Christmas baking recipe round up with ideas perfect for home cooks – go to our recipe page.
All the NuMe baking premixes are in Dischem Pharmacies, as well as selected supermarkets and at The Health Food Emporium in Northlands Deco Park. To find out more about the full range of NuSeed and NuMe products follow us on Facebook or Instagram.