If you are looking for a super cute Christmas dessert that the kids will not only love eating, but making too, then give these Strawberry Santa Hat Brownies a try. Just a few ingredients are needed to make these healthy Christmas brownies and then top them with yogurt and strawberries to make Santa hats. Perfect for a Christmas party.
About these Santa Hat Brownies
As soon as Halloween is gone, we start thinking about delicious festive treats. These Christmas brownies couldn't be any more perfect with their little Santa hats on.
A simple raw blended mix of almonds, dates, cocoa, honey and festive spices rolled into balls and then topped with yogurt and a strawberry Santa hat. Kids will LOVE making and eating these.
There are just 115 calories per mini Santa hat and they are packed full of natural ingredients. There is no cooking involved in there, as everything is just blended up and mixed together.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Almonds - These are what make these brownie bite Santa hats a protein packed and filling snack. You could swap them some another nut like cashews or peanuts. It needs to be something that blends well, so anything you would usually find as a nut butter. You could use a mixture too, or even use seeds.
- Cocoa powder - This is what gives the Santa brownies all the chocolatey flavour. We used unsweetened and try to use the best quality that you can, as you really will be able to taste the difference.
- Dates - To give it some natural sweetness, and also the stickiness, we used pitted dates. You could use raisins instead, but it doesn't have the same consistency, and tends to fall apart a bit more.
- Honey - To give it some extra sweetness, we added a good quality honey. You could swap it for maple syrup if you wanted to keep these vegan.
- Water - This loosens the mixture up a little to make it more mouldable. You only need a tiny bit though.
- Strawberries - This is what makes up more of the actual Santa hat. Try to use even sized strawberries so they all look the same.
- Yogurt - This makes the lining and the bobble of the hat. We used 0% Greek yogurt. You could use a plant based yogurt if you wanted to keep these vegan.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make Santa Hat Brownies - Step by step
One: Blend the almonds until the are a fine flour texture. Add the cocoa powder and dates and blend until they are well chopped up.
Two: Tip the mixture into a bowl with the honey and water.
Three: Mix well.
Four: Using your hands, make the mixture into 12 balls. Press the balls down a little to make a flatter top. Add a teaspoon of yogurt to each ball.
Five: Add a strawberry and then a little more yogurt for the bobble of the hat.
Santa brownie flavours
The great thing about these strawberry Santa hats is how easy they are to adapt - you can add any of your favourite flavours to the brownie base.
Peppermint extract will give it a really festive flavour, or you could use orange extract as chocolate and orange go so well together.
We used a little bit of ginger to give these some festive flavour, but you could use a mix of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
Frequently Asked Questions
The brownies themselves would stay fresh in the fridge for about 5 days if you made extra of those (roll them into balls for little raw snack bars), but it is the yogurt that wouldn't say fresh as long.
If you have made up the full Santa hat brownies, then they will be good in the fridge for about 48 hours.
No, we wouldn't recommend freezing these.
Yes, these are gluten free. Just be careful that there isn't any cross contamination.
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Strawberry Santa Hat Brownies
- 100 g (0.75 cups) Almonds
- 100 g (1.25 cups) Cocoa powder - unsweetened
- 150 g (1 cups) Pitted dates - finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- 6 tablespoon Water - (maybe more if it is too dry)
- 12 Strawberries - (top sliced off)
- 12 teaspoon Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
- Blend 100 g Almonds until the are a fine flour texture. Add 100 g Cocoa powder and 150 g Pitted dates and blend until they are well chopped up.
- Tip the mixture into a bowl with 1 tablespoon Honey and 6 tablespoon Water.
- Mix well.
- Using your hands, make the mixture in to 12 balls. Press the balls down a little to make a flatter top. Divide 12 teaspoon Greek yogurt to the top of each ball.
- Add the 12 Strawberries and then divide 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt for the bobble of the hat.
- We used almonds to make the base of these strawberry Santa hat brownies, but you could use a mixture of other nuts like cashews and walnuts.
- Make flavoured brownies by adding peppermint or orange extract or ground ginger when you add the water.
- These brownies will keep in the fridge for 2 days.
- To make these vegan, use maple syrup instead of honey and use a vegan yogurt.
- If you want to make these a little more indulgent then you could use whipped cream instead of yogurt, or even white chocolate ganache.
- You could just cut out circles of regular brownies if you didn't want to rather than raw brownies.
- You could put little marshmallows on top of the strawberry Santa hats.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.