FOOD  |  12.22.15  |  by Terra Wellington

The holidays are an incredibly busy time for everyone but even more so with children.  There’s family and friend gatherings, you’re pulled in a million directions.  Exhaustion!  So we thought we would give you some quick holiday treats ideas so that you can whip up something homemade, cute, and yummy without slaving a million hours in the kitchen.   Munch, munch!

Quick holiday treats for when you’re in a rush  

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Strawberry Santas

Did you know that strawberries are in season all year long?  They are packed with Vitamin C.  And so why not turn them into a holiday treat!  We say yes.  This is a super cute way to turn strawberries into little Santas by Leanne Bakes.  You’ll need strawberries, whipped cream, and chocolate sprinkles — how simple is that?  Reddi-wip makes a fat-free whipping cream if you want to cut down on the saturated fat.  And you could also experiment with low-fat, vanilla Greek yogurt as an even healthier alternative.  How to’s here.

Photo courtesy: Woohome

Photo courtesy: Woohome

Banana Santas

Lindsay Taylor is a mom from Vancouver, Canada who made this adorable Santas with bananas, marshmallows, M&M’s, chocolate sprinkles, and strawberries.  You just need a pack of wooden skewers (blunt cut any pointy ends for safety).   A super fast holiday treat.  Way to go!


Photo Courtesy: Instagram / lindzihealthylife

Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

We’ve fallen in love with this recipe from Quaker Oats for oatmeal raisin cookies because it’s super fast, and kids (and adults!) get their fiber while eating a treat.  You also aren’t having to perfectly shape each cookie, so kids can help without looking for a perfect result.  A win all around. Prep time: 20 minutes.  Cooking time: 8 minutes.  Makes: 4 dozen.

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened, plus 6 tablespoons
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 3 cups Quaker Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1 cup raisins
Heat oven to 350 F.
In large bowl, beat butter and sugars with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8-10 minutes, or until light golden brown.  Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; move to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.
Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (PRNewsFoto/Family Features Editorial Syndi)

Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (Photo courtesy: PRNewsFoto/Family Features Editorial Syndi)

Cashew Carmel Dipped Apples

Apples are everywhere because they are in season.  We have been finding more and more organic varieties available at our local grocer as well, which makes us happy!  You can add a very quick holiday spin with apple slices with this recipe from Dietician Rachael DeVaux:

  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates, soaked in water for about 2 hours
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon cashew butter

Blend all ingredients together. Can add more almond milk for desired consistency. Use as dip and top with anything you can find in the pantry like granola + choco chips + chia seeds + hemp seeds + pumpkin seeds + goji berries + shredded coconut.

Photo courtesy: Instagram / rachaelsgoodeats

Photo courtesy: Instagram / rachaelsgoodeats

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