Recipes to Make For Christmas

  Dec 20, 2020  |  #Recipes

If you don’t have your Christmas menu planned yet, fear not! This post is for you.

Can you believe it’s the week before Christmas? I feel like I’m just taking a big deep exhale. I love this time of year, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t even more excited for it given the pandemic year.

Whether you’re at home looking for easy meals to make this week, or with family without access to your usual favorites, hopefully this post can help spark some creativity for your holiday menu.

I made sure to stock up on some of my Thrive Market (we have an annual membership) favorites before traveling for Christmas – I love the maple syrup and coconut oil – must have’s for baking. And these chocolate covered almonds for snacking. 

Camryn loves these applesauce pouches, which are great for traveling!

collage of christmas recipes with text overlay

These recipes are tried-and-true favorites, but also highly rated among readers and followers. And if you ever make one of my recipes, I would love if you take the time to rate it, comment, and/or share on social media. I love seeing what you guys are up to!

Maple Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

This is hands down the best holiday roasted vegetable side dish. Maple Balsamic Roasted Veggies pairs well with turkey for Thanksgiving, ham or beef for Christmas, or honestly, any plant-based option too!

The colors scream festive, but the flavors are so perfect. We love love love them! So easy to make on one sheet pan too. Let your kids help mix the sauce or arrange them on the sheet pan. 

Close up of Sheetpan Maple Balsamic Roasted Veggies on silver sheetpan | Bucket List Tummy

Cranberry Pomegranate Baked Oatmeal

Talk about the best mix of holiday fruits and flavors! Tart cranberry combines with sweet pomegranate in this Cranberry Pomegranate Baked Oatmeal, a delicious baked oatmeal. Plus, make this ahead of time so you can just reheat on Christmas morning.

It’s my favorite Christmas morning breakfast!

Chocolate Pomegranate Energy Balls

If you want a festive snack to hold you over until Christmas lunch or dinner, these chocolate pomegranate energy bites are the key to that! Chocolate and pomegranate is one of my favorite flavor combinations, so you KNOW these will be good. 

Plus, have we talked about how awesome pomegranate seeds are? So full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties – gobble them up!

Chocolate Pomegranate Energy Bites | These Chocolate Pomegranate Healthy No-Bake Energy Balls are the perfect high-fiber on-the-go snack, naturally sweetened with dates. Not only are they full of antioxidants, but they are gluten-free and can be made vegan. 

These are also great pre and post workout snack options if you feel like getting a little holiday work out on!

Steel Cut Gingerbread Oatmeal

This crockpot gingerbread oatmeal is the best! It’s made with steel cut oats, but you could also use rolled as well. This is a great way to make your kitchen smelling wonderful with all of the gingerbread sensations!

We always buy steel cut oats from Thrive market (we have the annual membership and it’s a great way to get Trader Joe’s variety of foods with Costco prices!)

Gingerbread oatmeal in white bowl topped with berries and banana

Protein Gingerbread Pancakes

More of a pancakes for breakfast type of person? I can’t argue with that! These gingerbread protein pancakes are easy, fluffy (thanks to the greek yogurt) and full of protein, in addition to calcium and Vitamin D.

I love them slathered with peanut butter, chocolate chips and more fruit on top. 

overhead view of gingerbread protein pancakes with slab of butter and pomegranate aerils

If you’re new to putting greek yogurt in your pancakes, this post on greek yogurt smoothies breaks down why I add it to pretty much everything!

I also love these berry waffles and baby french toast for kids too!

french toast cut into small strips with blueberries and maple syrup on a white plate with gray napkin

Oatmeal Raisin Peppermint Cookies

Are you an oatmeal raisin cookie lover like me? Have you ever thought about adding a hint of peppermint in there?

These oatmeal raisin peppermint cookies are soft and chewy (the ONLY way to eat a cookie), made with fiber-rich oats, but also with a mix of chocolate peppermint in there. 

I’m telling you – this combination is to die for. If you’re searching for other Christmas cookie ideas, here’s a big list of some of my other favorites. 

oatmeal raisin cookies with peppermint

Cranberry Strawberry Chia Sauce

If you enjoy making your own cranberry sauce (I sure do), try adding chia seeds and strawberries to it to buff up the flavor and nutrition a bit more. 

This cranberry strawberry chia sauce is the best combination of tangy and sweet!

clear glass with cranberry strawberry chia sauce

Cod Sliders with Cranberry Chutney

If you need a quick and easy (though, honestly, this looks much fancier than it is) appetizer idea, make these alaska cod sliders! It’s a great way to increase seafood in your diet, and reduce your meat intake if you’re looking to do so. 

Plus, they are festive and topped with a homemade cranberry chutney made with orange, cinnamon, sugar and honey. This is a fun one to enjoy!

Open faced fish sliders topped with cranberry sauce on brown plate


What are your favorite Christmas foods? Do you have any meal traditions?

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