3 Healthy Recipes from the Hive to Sweeten Up Your Holidays

If you're looking to avoid refined sugar over the holiday season, you've definitely got your work cut out for you. It seems like everywhere we turn there is some new sweet or savory treat calling our name—cookies, pies, breads—and almost all of them are packed with white sugar.       

Instead of waving the white flag and giving up on our dietary values for the season, we like to do things a little differently here at the hive. We sweeten our holiday treats lightly and naturally—just a touch of hive superfood sweetness here and there. And to be honest, our dishes taste so much better for it. 

Want to join in on the cleaner festive eating without feeling deprived? Here are 3 of our fave holiday recipes from the hive—so you can enjoy all the flavors and indulgences the holiday season has to offer, without the highly processed guilt. Enjoy!   

ROASTED BALSAMIC HONEY BRUSSELS

gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, dairy-free {serves 3-4}

The best way to describe this dish? Vegetable candy. Perfectly crisp, salty, and lightly sweet—no Brussels sprout in history has ever tasted this good. Who needs a main dish anyway? Bring on the greens!

ingredients

1 1⁄2 lbs Brussels sprouts

3 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp Raw Wildflower Honey

Pomegranate seeds

Salt and pepper, to taste

* Optional toppings: toasted walnuts, bacon, coconut bacon

directions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and whisk the honey and balsamic vinegar together in a small bowl.
2. Rinse Brussels sprouts. Remove any brown leaves. Pat dry.
3. Cut the Brussels in half and toss in a bowl with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread out, cut-side down, on a baking tray. Roast for 20 minutes.
4. Remove the tray from the oven. Pour the honey-balsamic mixture on the greens and gently toss them together to coat evenly. Return the tray into the oven and roast for 10 minutes, until golden brown and crisp.
5. Serve with a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds and additional toppings as desired. Enjoy!

SUPERFOOD CHOCOLATE PARFAIT with COCONUT CREAM

gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, dairy-free {serves ~4-6}  

Not only is this the thick, chocolatey parfait that wellness dreams are made of, but it requires ZERO cooking—a *major* holiday win. Plus, it’s loaded with nourishing whole foods which are perfectly sweetened with our Superfood Cacao Honey, so you can feel good about indulging in seconds.

ingredients

2 large avocados

1⁄4 cup Superfood Cacao Honey

2 Tbsp raw cacao powder

1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract

6 sprays of Propolis Spray

Sea salt (to taste)

Coconut cream (or sub with coconut yogurt)

*Optional toppings: bee pollen, coconut cream, coconut flakes, sliced nuts , pomegranate

directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except for the coconut cream in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Season to taste.
  1. To assemble, spoon the chocolate into a mason jar or tall glass. Layer with coconut cream and additional mousse on top. Add your favorite toppings and devour immediately, or chill until firm (about 1-2 hours) before serving.

BEEGAN HOT CHOCOLATE

gluten-free, paleo, dairy-free

This creamy hot cacao is a superfood unto itself, sweetened with our supremely indulgent Superfood Cacao Honey. Sorry to break it to you, but you’ll never be able to drink powdered mix again.  

ingredients

4 cups hot water

2-3 cinnamon sticks

1⁄4 cup Superfood Cacao Honey

1⁄2 cup coconut butter

* 1 Tbsp cacao powder for extra richness (optional)

directions

1. Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and warm gently over medium heat, until the honey has dissolved. Add a pinch of sea salt or cayenne pepper for a spicy kick.

2. Serve in large mugs with your favorite toppings and get cozy! A holiday season without hot chocolate is blasphemy—but who needs all that refined sugar?

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