Are you still looking for something sweet yet healthy to make as dessert for Christmas?
I’ve got you: how about some red berry jelly? It’s filled with antioxidants, it’s easy to make, it’s christmassy sweet, with a touch of spicy in the vanilla sauce, it’s free of refined sugar, it’s vegan, and I promise that everyone will like it!
Sounds good? Let’s do it!
As far as I know red fruit jelly is something pretty typical for Northern Germany – where I come from. I know this dessert since childhood but somehow forgot about it, when I stopped eating refined sugar. A year ago, when I discovered that there is actually jam sugar made from xylit (birch sugar) out there, I tried to make red berry pudding for the very first time all by myself. And guess what? It was SO easy, took me five minutes, and allowed me and my entire family to get aaaaaaall those berries in.
I am sure you know about all the health benefits of berries; a huge amount of antioxidants being only one of them. Many nutritionists, including myself, recommend eating at least one cup of berries every day. In summer I find that easy to achieve, in winter, however, not so much. I still have berry-smoothies every now and then in the cold season, but overall I don’t feel like eating or drinking a lot of cold foods. And the red berry jelly is just the perfect alternative!
Here is what you need to serve four people:
300g mixed berries (frozen)
Add the berries to a pot, add a little bit of water and the xylit jam sugar.
Let everything boil (stir well and watch out if maybe you need to add a little more water) for a few seconds.
Then portion into glass jars or bowls and let cool down. It will harden when it cools down.
For the vanilla sauce with a touch of Christmas:
1 Cup soaked Cashews
4-6 Medjoul Dates (pitted)
1/2 Cup – 1 Cup Water
Two drops Vanilla Aroma Essential Oil (or a knife tip vanilla powder)
Knife Tip Gingerbread-Spice-Mix
Add all ingredients into your blender and blend carefully until you have a creamy sauce. Depending on if you like your sauce thick or thin you can add more or less water to the recipe. Also feel free to add more spices if you like.
I like to use the vanilla essential oil from Baldini for this recipe, however, if you do not have it, feel free to use some pure vanilla powder.
Birch sugar is actually my most used sweetener around Christmas! I use it for baking and for making desserts. It is actually very healthy for your teeth and is used in many tooth pastes (and in my homemade dental care poweder 🙂 ).
Just be careful of not overeating on birch sugar since you may get bloating and digestion issues from it. But I guess the same happens when you overeat on any sugar. So my recommendation is rather: do not overeat in general 😀
What are you going to serve as a dessert for Christmas? I would love to know! And have you tried red fruit jelly before? Feel free to leave a comment!
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