The holidays are one of my most cherished times of the year not only for being able to spend time with friends and family, but eating delicious food as well. However, I seem to struggle with finding healthier options whenever I go home. Obviously, I can't deny eating my mother's cooking or all of the thousands of holiday treats she makes. On the other hand, introducing healthy options is a possibility. To test out this magical theory of mine, I've teamed up with Earth Balance® to conduct a "Sneaky Swap" by swapping Earth Balance® Buttery Spread or Sticks in one of my traditional holiday recipes. Earth Balance® Earth Balance® Buttery Spread and Sticks are a plant-based alternative to butter or margarine, and I've actually been using it for quite awhile now. I've tried to make it an effort to reduce the amount of dairy I consume, for personal preference, and can't even taste the difference.
Therefore, I tested this out with my five-year-old son, with this recipe for "Zesty Holiday Snowballs." With only five ingredients, they are extremely simple to make and a healthier alternative to other holiday treats that may be lurking around.
2 cup shredded coconut + extra for coating
1/2 cup almonds, peanuts, or macadamia nuts
2-3 Tbsp honey or maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp Earth Balance® Buttery Spread, melted
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until well combined. Roll into 1-inch balls, coat in coconut, and let cool in the refrigerator until firm.
Makes 12-15 balls. Calories per ball: 150.
The "Sneaky Swap" turned out to be a success, as my son loved eating and making these yummy treats! If this particular recipe isn't your cup of tea, or you're looking for a visible step-by-step guide, check out this recipe for Peanut Butter French Toast.