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RECIPES: Low sugar festive nibbles

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 23, 2016


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IF you want to indulge this Christmas but don't want to go overboard on sugary foods then these recipes from Diabetes UK might be useful.

The low fat, sugar and salt recipes are ideal for anyone who is looking for healthy treats.

Party foods, nibbles, canapes and drinks have all been given a healthy makeover to help the 3.9 million UK people living with diabetes manage their condition better over the festive season.

"Our Enjoy Food recipe hub is a really useful tool for people living with diabetes, for whom physical activity and a healthy balanced diet is key to helping them manage their condition," said Susi Calder, South West volunteer development manager. "However, it is really important for everyone, regardless of whether they have been diagnosed with diabetes, to embrace a healthy diet and these recipes can help everyone do just that."

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For more Diabetes UK's seasonal recipes visit www.diabetes.org.uk/enjoy-food-whats-new

Gingerbread Decorations

Edible and fun decorations to make with the kids. Stars or bells look great hanging on the tree and last two to three weeks if you can resist them!

Makes 20

Prep 20 minutes

Cook 10 minutes

Low sugar– vegetarian - dairy free – nut free


1 egg

50ml rapeseed oil

10-12tsp granulated artificial sweetener

125g wholemeal flour

½ tsp baking powder

2 tsp ground ginger

edible gold spray or paint


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4.

2. Beat the egg in a bowl. Add the oil and artificial sweetener, and mix well.

3. Stir in the flour, baking powder and ginger, and mix again.

4. Roll out the mixture to about 1cm thick and cut out your chosen shapes. If hanging on a tree, carefully make a hole for ribbon in one end with a skewer or chopstick. Roll out the leftover dough and cut out more shapes as you go.

5. Place on a lightly oiled baking tray and cook for 8–10 minutes.

6. Place on a rack to cool and decorate with the silver or gold paint. Thread the ribbons through and knot to make a loop. Hang on your tree.

Chef's tips

If you're hanging the biscuits, after 3-4 minutes cooking time check the holes are still open and if necessary carefully press the skewer or chopstick through again while they are on the baking sheet.

You could add cinnamon or a pinch of cloves for a different flavour.

Squid And Prawn Skewers

Impressive, yet simple, these spicy seafood skewers are a great healthy Christmas nibble – or any party. They can be eaten hot or cold.

Makes 10 skewers

Prep 10 minutes + 5 minutes to marinate

Cook 5 minutes

Low fat – low sugar - dairy free – nut free – gluten free


20 squid rings

10 raw peeled jumbo king prawns

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 small red chilli, finely chopped

Juice and finely grated zest of 1 lemon

1tsp rapeseed oil


1. Mix the squid and prawns with the garlic, chilli, lemon juice and zest, saving a little zest to garnish. Leave to marinate for 5 mins.

2. Thread a squid ring, a prawn and another squid ring onto each skewer.

3. Heat the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan and cook the skewers, turning once, to ensure the prawns are fully cooked.

Chef's tips

If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 10 minutes before threading on the seafood.

The skewers can also be cooked under a hot grill for 4-5 minutes turning once, to ensure the prawn is fully cooked through. Put a little foil over the exposed wood on the skewers to prevent them from burning under the grill.

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