Sugar-free Sweet Christmas Treats
With Christmas fast approaching it's time to think about both the savory and sweet dishes that will be on the menu over the holiday. Last year, Max had only recently started solids and would pretty much eat whatever was in front of him. This year is a different story and lately, he has been obsessed with bread and anything sweet (which means fruit most of the time).
We don't forbid anything in particular as we don't feel that that promotes a healthy relationship with food. So we won't try to rule out the Christmas carbs and sweets. However, it's actually not difficult to make Christmasy treats without the sugar and that's what the Sweet Christmas Bread Bites are all about.
Christmas Bread Bites Nutritional Stuff
Another source of carbohydrates in this recipe is wholewheat flour. It has much higher micronutrient content than white flour and forms a very easy dough to use no matter how much baking you've done in the past.
To add in some sweetness, we used a banana since it's also a great source of potassium and vitamin B6.
Agave syrup adds a little extra sweetness. Due to its fructose content instead of glucose, it doesn't spike the blood sugar like sugar does, while you also need much less of it to get to the right taste.
To add a little Christmasy flavor, we threw some cranberries into the mix as well which also contribute significant antioxidants.
Christmas Bread Bites Preparation Tips
These bread bites can be as sweet or savory as you like – just add more or less agave syrup and choose how heavy to go on the cranberries. You can also choose to swap in another sweetener, but avoid honey for babies under 1 year old.
We made a batch of 16 bread bites from this batter. However, you can easily make them larger as sweet buns or bagels.
Finally, add your favorite spices to make them taste like Christmas for you. I love them with a little cinnamon (both in the recipe and sprinked on top once they are made).
Sweet Christmas Bread Bites
- 1½ tbsp oats
- water to cook the oats
- 10 tbsp wholewheat flour
- 4 tbsp dried cranberries
- 1 banana
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp agave syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 180°C / 360°F
- Put the oats into a pot with the water and bring to a boil, then simmer until all the water is absorbed
- In a separate bowl mix the agave syrup and coconut oil and add the banana (mashed) and vanilla extract
- Mix the flour and oatmeal together before mixing well with the wet ingredients
- Stir in the cranberries
- Form small bites with your hands and line on a baking sheet
- Bake for about 15 minutes