DIY Healthy Holiday Treats

DIY Healthy Holiday Treats

Annie Lee, Staff Writer

While holidays are filled with exciting parties and festive potlucks, some people worry about food overload from indulging in those delicious yet high-calorie dishes. For those wishing to have equally tasty but more healthy holiday treats, try following these four easy recipes.

Cucumber Christmas Tree

  1. Slice a cucumber into 10 pieces of similar size. Plate the slices into a triangular shape.
  2. Cut a block of cheese into a star shape and place it at a tip of the triangle.
  3. At the bottom of the tree, place a cracker or a rectangular sweet.
  4. (optional) Arrange colorful fruit and scraps of cheese on top of the cucumber slices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peanut Mochi Rolls

  1. Put 125 grams of glutinous rice flour, 30 grams of all purpose flour, 85 grams of sugar, ¼ teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon vanilla powder and 175 milliliters of milk into a bowl.
  2. Mix until there is a smooth consistency.
  3. Pour into 2 bowls.
  4. Mix 10 grams of cocoa powder and 25 milliliters of milk and mix it into one container.
  5. Brush oil on a square pan and pour the other container. 
  6. Steam for 8 minutes on medium heat. 
  7. Pour the mixture with cocoa powder on top and steam for another eight minutes.
  8. Roll the mochi into a cylinder shape.
  9. Cover the mochi with peanut butter powder or if allergic, roll the mochi in toasted sesame seeds.
  10. Cut the cylinder into equally sized pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Pie 

  1. Crack 3 eggs into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add ¼ teaspoon of salt and 50 grams of sugar.
  3. Mix the ingredients until the color has lightened.
  4. Add 190 grams of milk, 80 milliliters of light olive oil, and mix.
  5. Sieve 300 grams of cake flour, 8 grams of baking powder
  6. Mix well.
  7. Slightly spray a pan with cooking spray and layer the bottom with parchment paper. 
  8. Pour the batter into the pan and flatten the surface.
  9. Wash 2 apples, remove the seeds and slice into thin pieces.
  10. Arrange the apple slices on the surface of the batter in a flower shape.
  11.  Bake at 350℉ for 45 minutes.

 

Banana Snowmen 

  1. For each snowman, slice 3 banana pieces.
  2. Thread the pieces onto a chopstick or skewer.
  3. Form the eyes and buttons with raisins.
  4. Skewer a strawberry or raspberry on top of the snowman.
  5. (optional) Create a smiley face using nerds candy.