Fun with Food: Christmas Edition

This Fun with Food is for all my friends that celebrate Christmas! Edible Christmas trees, apple wreaths, candy canes made out of fruit, and festive pancakes are all on the menu. These are vegan and gluten-free Christmas snacks for kids!

It’s time for another round of Fun with Food: Christmas edition! You may remember from Halloween and Hanukkah that I LOVE making themed snacks for my little ones. They get involved in the process, it gets us in the holiday spirit, and I enjoy getting creative and brainstorming creative ways to make seasonal snacks!

Fun with Food: Christmas Tree Waffles

Christmas Tree Waffle

O Tannenbaum, o tannenbaum, how delicious are thy branches! These green waffles came from a little green food dye, my favorite grain-free waffle mix, and a circular waffle iron. I just cut the circle into quarters, stacked them up, and decorated to my heart’s content! We made a banana star and tree trunk with pomegranate and raspberry decorations. You could let your kids help dig around the pantry and refrigerator to find unexpected ways to decorate their trees. They could to a pretzel tree trunk, blueberry ornaments, miniature chocolate chips…endless possibilities!

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Christmas Tree Waffle

Christmas Tree Waffles


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Diet: Vegan
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Ingredients

  • 1 batch of your favorite vegan and gluten-free waffles (I use Crispy Almond Flour Waffles)*
  • 1 bottle green food dye
  • Christmas Tree Decorations:
    • raspberries/pomegranate arils (for ornaments)
    • coconut whipped cream and/or unsweetened shredded coconut flakes (for snow)
    • banana (for star and tree trunk)

Instructions

  1. Mix together the waffle batter and the green food dye.  Be sure to see the note below to adjust the wet ingredients accordingly. 
  2. Cook on the lowest temperature in your waffle iron.  If you have a round waffle iron you can use that to make the rounded triangle sections of the tree.  If you have a square waffle iron, pour the waffle batter into the center and allow the batter to spread into a circle but don’t coat the entire pan so that the batter makes a circle shape.  Either way, when the waffle is done cooking you will use a knife to cut into four sections.  
  3. Arrange the waffle sections into a Christmas tree shape as shown in the photos.  I only used three sections but if you have a large enough plate or platter you can use all four.  I ate the fourth waffle section as I was decorating!
  4. Decorate your Christmas tree with a banana or mango star using cookie cutters/shape cutters (linked below in equipment), a banana trunk and raspberry and/or pomegranate for ornaments.  You can add shredded coconut flakes for snow and coconut whipped cream as well.  Have fun with it and use whatever you have on hand!

Notes

Because you will need a lot of green food dye to make this work you will want to omit the same amount of the liquid ingredient (water or milk) in your recipe and let the food dye replace it.  For example, my waffles call for 1/3 cup of water so I first fill the 1/3 cup measuring cup with a bottle of the green food dye and then I fill the rest of the measuring cup with water.  This way adding the liquid food dye will not throw off your dry/wet recipe ratio.

Do not overcook the waffles or they will start to turn golden brown instead of green.  

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Fun with Food: Apple Wreaths

I absolutely cannot get over how sweet these apple wreaths are. My favorite touch is definitely the wreath bow, made from fresh mint or raspberry leaves! I spread a little bit of my Creamy Vegan Vanilla-Cinnamon Fruit Dip on each cored apple slice. This makes the coconut “snow” and pomegranate arils stick on, in addition to adding some really wonderful flavor (seriously…this creamy white fruit dip is addicting). For apples with a reddish interior look for Lucy Glo or Lucy Rose apples. Aren’t they gorgeous?!

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Wreath Apple Rings

Apple Wreaths


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 10 wreaths 1x
  • Diet: Vegan
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Ingredients

  • 1 red apple*, skin on, sliced crosswise into 1/4-inch rounds (for wreaths)
  • 1 green apple, skin on, sliced crosswise into 1/4-inch rounds (for wreaths)
  • Creamy Vegan Vanilla-Cinnamon Fruit Dip (thinned out if needed to drizzles) OR melted coconut butter (not coconut oil)**
  • pomegranate arils (for wreath decorations)
  • unsweetened shredded coconut flakes for “snow”
  • raspberry and fresh mint leaves (for wreath bow)

Instructions

  1. Place apple rounds on a serving platter.  Discard the very ends of the apple or snack on them!
  2. Use a small circle cookie cutter to remove the seeds and create a wreath/ring shape. 
  3. Drizzle fruit dip or melted coconut butter overtop the apples.
  4. Decorate with pomegranate arils.
  5. Add coconut flakes for snow to the “background” (and overtop apples if desired).
  6. Garnish each apple wreath with one raspberry with 1-2 mint leaves on either side of it for the wreath bow.  

Notes

*Lucy Glo and Lucy Rose apples have the pinkish red interior

** If you do not have coconut butter and do not have time to make the fruit dip (or have a nut or coconut allergy) you can use thinned out plant-based vanilla yogurt or vanilla frosting (thin it out with plant-based milk to drizzle it).  

If you do not have a small round cookie cutter to cut out the center you can use an apple corer before you slice the apple so that when you slice it it is already in a ring shape.  If you do not have either you can try using a paring knife to carve out the center of the apple.  

  • Category: Snack or Appetizer

Fun with Food: Strawberry Banana Candy Canes

This is the perfect Fun with Christmas Food to get little ones involved with! They can practice making a pattern and following a shape, all while sampling nutritious fruit. To make it even yummier you could outline the cane shape out of whipped cream or fruit dip on the plate for them to follow. Challenge older kids to do two red stripes, then one white…or make up their own pattern! No matter what, this is a really simple and tasty Christmas-themed snack.

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Strawberry Banana Candy Cane


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 3
  • Total Time: 3
  • Yield: 1 candy cane 1x
  • Diet: Vegan
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Ingredients

  • 68 large strawberries, hulled and cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 2 bananas, peeled, cut into 1/2 inch slices

Instructions

  1. Alternate the strawberry and banana slices to form a candy cane shape.  If possible use the ends of the banana to form the tip of the candy cane for the best look.
  2. Serve and enjoy immediately.  

Notes

Optional: Sprinkle unsweetened shredded coconut flakes on the serving plate before adding the candy cane.  It will look like snow and make it a bit more festive.

Tip: if the slices are wobbling you can trim a small slice off to create a flat surface.  I find once they are all propped against each other they help support each other.  

Make one as an example and serve your kids the slices to create their own candy cane.

  • Category: Snack

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman Pancakes

Sugar-Free Christmas Pancakes

This is one of my most recent posts and I cannot get over how CUTE these little cheery characters are! These sweet pancakes are gluten-free and vegan and my kids ADORE them. They have so much fun making little snowman outfits and poking Rudolph’s bright red nose. It’s a favorite around here!

If you make any of these fun Christmas snacks I hope you’ll post and tag me on Instagram! I love seeing what you make!

More Christmas Recipes

Vegan Turmeric Eggnog

Cinnamon Roll Cookies (paleo)

Mint Chocolate Smoothie

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad (this salad is red and green and beautiful on a holiday table)

Gingerbread Steamers

Hot Chocolate

Cranberry Pomegranate Spritzer

Cinnamon Roll Cookies (paleo)

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