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Festive & Sugar-free Protein Pancakes

The holiday season is known for its eat-fest of cookies, pies, fudges, sweets and different kinds of heavy desserts, with loads of sugars and fatty creams…

Unfortunately there are too few delicious and healthy Christmas recipes…

Yes, they taste may amazing, but the sad truth is that none of them are really healthy, clean or natural.
Then I thought to myself, “what if I make a recipe that will save Christmas?“.

A recipe that looks like, feels like and tastes like Christmas, but healthy and clean, prepared without grain flour or sugar.

Well that’s a big challenge, but I’m up for it. Because fit girls deserve to get their creamy and tasty sweet treats too.

Since my father is diabetic, my mother traditionally makes a healthier dessert for the holidays.

So I decided to step up this year and take the mixer in my own hands!

I came up with the healthiest and yummiest Christmas dessert recipe of all time – my Protein Christmas Pancakes!

LET THE HOLIDAYS BEGIN! 🙂

Festive & Sugar-free Protein Pancakes
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Since my father is diabetic, my mother traditionally makes a healthier dessert for the holidays. So I decided to step up this year and take the mixer in my own hands! I came up with the healthiest and yummiest Christmas dessert recipe of all time – my Protein Christmas Pancakes!
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Servings Prep Time Cook Time
2 people 15 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Blend the raspberries into a puree (don't worry about the seeds)
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients into a blender: the banana, egg, egg whites, coconut flour and the olive oil. Blend them until you make sure they've transformed into a homogeneous mixture It should be thick, but pour-able
  3. Heat a frying pan on medium temperature You should cook every pancake for about 2 minutes on each side, or until they turn golden brown. When the pancake starts getting bubbles, you’ll know that it’s time to flip it.
  4. Separate the coconut milk form the coconut water
  5. Pour the milk in a mixing bowl. Prepare the mixer and start mixing it on medium speed. After a minute, start adding the protein powder one tablespoon at a time, without stopping the mixer. After you finish pouring the protein powder, mix for another minute.
  6. Crease the whipped cream onto each pancake, arranging them one on top of the other.
  7. Mix the 3 ingredients, cocoa, honey and water, in a small bowl, with a tablespoon. Mix them until you get a homogeneous mixture. The dressing should be creamy and thick, but pour-able.
  8. Splash the dressing over your 7-story cake with the help of a tablespoon. To make a nice finish, add a tablespoon of whipped cream on top of the pancakes and a few fresh raspberries. And pour few tbsp of the raspberry puree.
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This recipe can be found at Fit Girl's Diary.

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Swedish Tea Ring

During the holidays in Sweden, many people celebrate Saint Lucia Day as well as Christmas. Saint Lucia day falls on December 13th and honors the Saint Lucia, who is known to bring love, kindness and light to the Swedish people during the dark times of winter. On the morning of December 13th, a family’s eldest daughter dresses in a long white nightgown and places a wreath lined with ligonberries and nine candles on her head. She wakes the household carrying coffee and baked treats, such as saffron buns, tea cakes and gingerbread cookies. Saint Lucia’s presence on this morning symbolizes the return of light and a joyous start to the holiday season. Here, Tea’s Design Director, Hannah Robinson, shares her family’s Swedish Tea Ring recipe.

Swedish Tea Ring
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"When I think about my family’s holiday traditions, one of the first things that comes to mind is the beautiful Swedish tea ring that my mom makes every Christmas morning. By the time I get out of bed, my mom has already formed the kneaded dough into a ring and has placed it in the oven to bake. Quite frankly, nothing is better than waking up to the smell of sweet dough baking when it’s chilly outside! After the tea ring cools, my mom adds a festive touch by lightly drizzling icing across the top of it and placing a crimson-colored candle in the center. We then gather as a family to start our day of celebration by opening stockings and each enjoying at least one slice of my mom's delicious breakfast treat."
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"When I think about my family’s holiday traditions, one of the first things that comes to mind is the beautiful Swedish tea ring that my mom makes every Christmas morning. By the time I get out of bed, my mom has already formed the kneaded dough into a ring and has placed it in the oven to bake. Quite frankly, nothing is better than waking up to the smell of sweet dough baking when it’s chilly outside! After the tea ring cools, my mom adds a festive touch by lightly drizzling icing across the top of it and placing a crimson-colored candle in the center. We then gather as a family to start our day of celebration by opening stockings and each enjoying at least one slice of my mom's delicious breakfast treat."
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
8people 20 minutes 30minutes
Servings Prep Time
8people 20 minutes
Cook Time
30minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. To make the dough, start by scalding the milk and stirring in the butter, sugar and salt. Cool to a lukewarm temperature. Dissolve the yeast in warm water. Add milk mixture, eggs and half of the flour to the yeast and beat until smooth. Stir in as much of the remaining flour as necessary to make the dough slightly stiff.
  2. Turn dough on floured board and let rest 5 minutes. Knead the dough 5-8 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic. Put in greased bowl and grease the top. Cover and let it rise in a warm place until double in size (which will take about 1 hour).
  3. To make the tea ring, start by working the butter into the sugar. Add in a lemon peel and almonds and mix well. Roll dough into a 14" x 10" rectangle and sprinkle sugar mixture evenly over the dough.
  4. Arrange dried fruit evenly over all and roll up from the long side. Form it into a circle on a greased baking sheet and seal ends together firmly. Snip the dough with scissors from the edge of the circle—3/4 of the way to the center every 1 1/2".
  5. Turn the cut pieces on their sides. Place a greased tin can in the center to keep the hole round for a non-drip candle. Cover and let it rise until it’s double in bulk (which will take about 1 hour).
  6. Now, to make the icing, mix all the icing ingredients together. Preheat your oven to 350-degrees. Bake it for 25-30 minutes. Let it cool and lightly drizzle icing on top of it. To finish it up, place a candle in the center and enjoy the start to your holiday!
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Rolled Empanadas

phyllo dough empanadas
Rolled Empanadas
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We first had these phyllo dough empanadas during our stay at the Candelaria Del Monte estancia in Argentina. The light and crispy shell was a nice change from the doughy empanadas we had in Bolivia. Give these a try – they’re simple & satisfying and the kids can be involved in the process!
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We first had these phyllo dough empanadas during our stay at the Candelaria Del Monte estancia in Argentina. The light and crispy shell was a nice change from the doughy empanadas we had in Bolivia. Give these a try – they’re simple & satisfying and the kids can be involved in the process!
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
16 25minutes 25minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 25minutes
Cook Time
25minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a non-stick pan over medium high heat. Stir occasionally, until ground beef is fully cooked and browned. Set aside to cool.
  3. When meat is cool, combine with additional filling ingredients.
  4. Lay 16 phyllo pastry sheets carefully in a large tray. Cover with a damp towel (paper towel works too) to prevent breaking.
  5. Take one spoonful of the filling mixture and place it on the short end of the phyllo strip. Roll away from you a few times, then fold the sides of the strip in and continue to roll the dough until there is no dough left to roll.
  6. Brush with a little olive oil and egg wash and place onto a large (and lightly oiled) baking sheet.
  7. Repeat this process with all phyllo rolls and place in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
  8. Serve warm with your favorite yogurt dip. Enjoy!
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Double Apple Pie

Double Apple Pie
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This year's Thanksgiving apple pie is getting an upgrade with the addition of smooth and rich apple butter, making this apple pie as deeply flavored as an apple pie can be. I know that lattice crust can be daunting, especially when you have one million other things to make, but trust me, it is easy one you get the hang of it and so worth it for the wow factor in the end! We guarantee this will be your new apple pie tradition for years to come.
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This year's Thanksgiving apple pie is getting an upgrade with the addition of smooth and rich apple butter, making this apple pie as deeply flavored as an apple pie can be. I know that lattice crust can be daunting, especially when you have one million other things to make, but trust me, it is easy one you get the hang of it and so worth it for the wow factor in the end! We guarantee this will be your new apple pie tradition for years to come.
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
8people 25 minutes 1 1/2hours
Servings Prep Time
8people 25 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2hours
Ingredients
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove ready-made pie crust from the refrigerator. Once it has reached room temperate, lay one pie crust into a pie pan. Line the crust with tin foil and place pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes; remove foil and weights and bake until pale golden (about 5 minutes more).
  2. Toss sliced apples with sugars, tapioca, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the lemon juice. Gently fold in the apple butter. Transfer the apples to crust and press gently to make sure fruit is tightly packed.
  3. Roll out the remaining crust disk. Use a knife to cut strips 1 3/4 inches wide. Arrange strips in lattice pattern. Brush the top with 1 beaten egg with a pastry brush. Sprinkle with granulated sugar.
  4. Place pie on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil. Bake for 15 minutes; reduce heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and continue baking until crust is golden brown and juices are bubbling thickly, about 1 hour and 15 minutes more. Let pie cool on a wire rack for at least 2 hours before cutting. Serve with whipped cream!
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