Fruit Christmas Tree

  • 1HR
  • 186KCAL

This Fruit Christmas Tree makes a fantastic centrepiece at any party – it’s slimming friendly, and perfect if you're counting calories or following Weight Watchers!

NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories186
  • Carbs45g
  • Protein4g
  • Fat1g
  • Saturates0.2g
  • Sugars38g

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Wow your guests at Christmas with this cute Fruit Christmas Tree – perfect for all the family to enjoy.  Or if you’re hosting a party or buffet then why not go large and get creative with even more types of fruit! The more the merrier – make it burst with colour by adding strawberries, grapes and kiwi!

Christmas may well be full of indulgence for some, but this post-dinner treat is a healthy version of the more calorific Christmas goodies and looks fantastic too.

What diets is this Fruit Christmas Tree suitable for?

Good news – this Fruit Christmas Tree recipe is suitable for dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets.

Please make sure to double and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Fruit Christmas Tree recipe?

  • You need to count 0 Points per portion of this Fruit Christmas Tree recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 0 Points per portion of this Fruit Christmas Tree recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 0 Points per portion of this Fruit Christmas Tree recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Fruit Christmas Tree?

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Polystyrene Cone

We’ve seen recipes use a carrot and an apple as the base, but we tried it and they’re not exactly sturdy. So we’ve gone with a polystyrene cone.

Don’t forget to wrap it in clingfilm before you use it – and yes, you can use them more than once!

Skewers

You need a skewer to pass through the centre to create the rod that your large melon/pineapple star will sit on.

Make sure to leave 3-4 inches so you can mount your large star. For the 25cm cone a 20cm skewer is sufficient.

Kale

Kale is the secret to making this Fruit Christmas Tree actually look like a Christmas tree.

It creates a nice base, so you can’t see the white cone. You could also use lettuce leaves, or even curly parsley. We like the look that kale gives, and it will last a while out of the fridge. No one likes a limp lettuce!

Star Cutters

To give the Fruit Christmas Tree some more Christmas cheer, we cut some stars out of melon slices. The best melons to use for this are cantaloupe (orange in colour) or galia (light yellow in colour).

Fruit

This Fruit Christmas Tree is designed to cope outside of the fridge for up to 4 hours if you need it.

We use fruit that won’t discolour or go soggy. We used strawberries, kiwi wedges, melon, grapes and segments from some easy peelers.

If you’re going to use apple, make sure to spray some lemon juice onto the wedges to stop them from going brown

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You can get a polystyrene cone from Amazon (they’re ridiculously cheap!) and you can get them in a range of sizes too. Most of you will be content with a 25cm cone, but if you’re catering for a party you might want something a little bigger.

We used this star cutter set from Amazon, as it has all the cutters you need. Included is a large cutter for the large star to top the Fruit Christmas Tree – can’t really go without it!

How many calories are in this Fruit Christmas Tree?

There are 186 calories per portion in this Fruit Christmas Tree, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

This Fruit Christmas Tree is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Cut out 12 star shapes out of a melon slice using a 4cm star cutter, and 1 large star using largest cutter in the pack mentioned above.

Step 2

Take the cone and wrap it in cling film.

Step 3

Insert a wooden skewer into the top of the cone and press it down until it reaches the bottom of the cone.

Step 4

Insert the cocktail sticks into the cone, leaving about 3/4 sticking out. Make sure to angle them upwards slightly or the fruit will fall off. You want to leave a 2.5cm gap between each stick.

Step 5

Thread some kale around the cone, between the cocktail sticks, making sure there are no exposed areas of polystyrene.

Step 6

Place the large star on the skewer at the top, then start sticking the rest of the fruit on the cocktail sticks. Continue until all the cocktail sticks have a piece of fruit on them.

Step 7

Place the ‘tree’ on a serving platter to serve. This will keep for a few hours on a buffet table.

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How long can you keep Fruit Christmas Tree in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

Can I freeze Fruit Christmas Tree?

We don’t recommend freezing this recipe – the fruit may go mushy in the freezer!

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Fruit Christmas Tree

This Fruit Christmas Tree makes a fantastic centrepiece at any party – it’s slimming friendly, and perfect if you're counting calories or following Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    1 HR
  • KCals 186
  • Carbs 45G
WW Points
  • 0 Green
  • 0 Blue
  • 0 Purple

Ingredients

  • 2 Cantaloupe melon
  • 2 punnets strawberries stalks removed
  • 3 kiwi tops and bottoms removed, and cut into 4 wedges (leave the skin on!)
  • 2 tangerines peeled
  • 1 punnet mixed seedless grapes

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Instructions

  1. Cut out 12 star shapes out of a melon slice using a 4cm star cutter, and 1 large star using the largest cutter in the pack mentioned above
  2. Take the cone and wrap it in cling film
  3. Insert a wooden skewer into the top of the cone and press it down until it reaches the bottom of the cone
  4. Insert the cocktail sticks into the cone, leaving about ¾ sticking out. Make sure to angle them upwards slightly or the fruit will fall off. You want to leave a 2.5cm gap between each stick
  5. Thread some kale around the cone, between the cocktail sticks, making sure there are no exposed areas of polystyrene
  6. Place the large star on the skewer at the top, then start sticking the rest of the fruit on the cocktail sticks. Continue until all the cocktail sticks have a piece of fruit on them
  7. Place the 'tree' on a serving platter to serve. This will keep for a few hours on a buffet table

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Irene GreenmanMonday 18th December 2017

I made this for a church Christmas lunch before I found your instructions – your ideas would have made it SOOOO much easier than just working from a picture on Pinterest. Cocktail sticks in a carrot were really hard to pull out. I didn’t think of using greens to fill in the spaces, either, but my effort was a real success and some even took pictures of it. It is surprising how many diabetics there are in any gathering and many of the children prefer fresh fruit than a traditional trifle.
Thanks for making it easier for anyone else making it.

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TinaMonday 19th December 2016

Looks great, but how do you get the fruit off the tree?

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