Healthy Strawberry Santas


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This Strawberry Santa idea originated a couple of years ago when I made a few Christmas themed recipe ideas both for my kids and for the blog.

To be honest, I am not sure if these Strawberry Santas can be called a recipe as such, it's more of basic assembly instructions, but that is ok!

Strawberries, banana slices and cream cheese made to look like Santas.

Why This Recipe Works

  • These Strawberry Santas are super easy to make!
  • They look great!
  • They are healthy!

These Santas actually started their lives as Santa Hats.  The kids and my husband picked strawberries in the afternoon and I got all excited.  I made what I thought were excellent Santa hats. But as soon as my husband walked in and saw them

  • He was like.. "What are you going to use for eyes"
  • I was like.. "hats don't have eyes"...
  • He was like... "but they are Santas aren't they"...
  • Then my son chimed in.. "cool mum, Strawberry Santas"....
  • And so I was like..."I better add eyes"

Since making these I have since discovered that there are a few versions of strawberry Santas floating around, but many include biscuits or cream cheese icing, so these are a smidge healthier at least. 

Ingredients you will need

To make these Strawberry Santas you will, of course, need strawberries, as well as banana, ricotta cheese (or something else for the beard: cottage cheese, cream cheese, coconut yoghurt), and a black gel icing to create the eyes.

The ingredients to make strawberry santas laid out on a bench top with text overlay.

Step by step instructions

  • Below you will find step by step instructions to make Strawberry Santas, if you prefer you will find a video on this page as well.
  • Remove the leaves from the strawberries.
Strawberry Santa Step 1 Remove leaves from strawberry
Step 1
  • Cut a nice slice from the base of the strawberry.
Strawberry Santa Step 2 Cut a slice from the strawberry
Step 2

Make and Bake

  • Take a slice of banana
Strawberry Santa Step 3 Slice of banana
Step 3
  • Spread with ricotta cheese.
  • It can be a good idea to whip the ricotta with a fork or whisk in a small bowl before spreading it, you will get a smoother effect and it will be easier to spread.
Strawberry Santa Step 4 Spread banana with ricotta
Step 4
  • Assemble the Santa: Slice of strawberry on the bottom, ricotta and banana, then teh rest of the strawberry on the top like a hat.
Step 5 assemble
Step 5 Assemble
  • Use your edible gel icing to add eyes.
hand holding gel icing drawing eyes onto a strawberry Santa.
Step 6 add eyes
Strawberry Santas sitting on a wooden board.
How cute do these guys look

Top Tips

Here is how you can make this recipe perfectly every time!

  • One tip for the eyes, instead of doing this when assembled, you can stand the banana slices on their sides and draw the eyes on before assembling.
  • If you are using ricotta or cottage cheese, it can be easier to spread if you quickly whip these with a fork or whisk in a small bowl.

Healthy Christmas Treats

Strawberry Santas sitting on a wooden board.

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Strawberries, banana slices and cream cheese made to look like Santas.

Healthy Strawberry Santas

Healthy Strawberry Santas A fun Christmas treat for kids. Easy to make and so cute.
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Course: Fun Food Ideas
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy christmas treats, strawberry santas, strawberry santa hats
Servings: 12
Calories: 19kcal


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  • 12 strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ Cup ricotta cheese or alternative: cottage cheese, cream cheese, coconut yoghurt


  • Take the top off a strawberry (ie the leaves).
  • Slice a second slice from the top of the strawberry
  • Slice a disc from a banana
  • Spread one side of the banana with ricotta cheese (relatively thickly, as this will become the beard).
  • Place the strawberry slice on the serving plate. Add the slice of the banana on top, cottage cheese side down.
  • Take the gel icing pen and add 2 dots on the edge of the banana slice to look like eyes
  • Place the remaining part of the strawberry on top as the hat. Repeat for as many Santas you wish to make



I purchased a black gel icing pen to create the eyes
You do not have to use cottage cheese, that is what I had to hand but the recipe will work with anything white and creamy in texture, Ricotta, Cream Cheese, Coconut Yoghurt


Serving: 1g | Calories: 19kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

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  1. They look delicious Stacey. I think I am going to make some for the boys Christmas dessert if I can find nice strawberries. They would love this! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Eeeeee.... these are so cute - I love them! And what a fantastic healthy treat! (Not just for kids either!). I love 'em!

  3. I love these! My daughter loves talking about Santa these days...I'm going to surprise her and make a few of these for her snack tomorrow! Thanks for the great idea, Stacey!

  4. Made them first time for my son birthday party in December. All adults were shocked that they not swinning in sugar. For me, raised in Europe, when sugar in food, generally seems to be on 10x lower level (subjective, of course, but with American recipes I always use maximum 1/4-1/5 sugar from instruction and it still taste to me too sweet :D) is THE BEST SNACK ever! I ate everything what kids and parents left plus did again and again, just for family (OK, for me!) I used European style white cream cheese and they are stunning. Thank you for this super recipe. I also love yours energy balls, especially these without any sugar addition - they are already pretty sweet and tasty. Thanks again!