Our Favourite Eco-Friendly (Glitter-Free) Magic Reindeer Food Recipe

Jan Scott December 18, 2018

On Christmas Eve, many of us leave out milk and cookies for Santa to help fuel him for the rest of his journey, but what about those hard-working reindeer who spend the night pulling Santa’s sleigh around the world?

I’m sure their travel leaves them feeling hungry, which is why they need a snack of their own, don’t you think? Carrots are a traditional offering, but why not guide Rudolph and his team to your home by sprinkling some magic reindeer food on the lawn instead?

Made of rolled oats, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, and sugar crystals, the sweet treat will glimmer in the moonlight and brighten the way for Santa and his sleigh, while leaving something special for the reindeer to enjoy.

Unlike a lot of other reindeer food recipes that are widely available, this one is completely eco-friendly (no craft glitter!) and can be munched on by the birds if the reindeer don’t eat it all. This no-cook, four-ingredient treat also happens to be ideal for little holiday helpers to make on their own, especially if you’re busy wrapping, crafting, cooking, baking and shopping.

It also makes a great gift for kids if you want to package some up for your neighbours, nieces/nephews, etc. To do so, pour the magic reindeer food into a cello bag or jar and attach the following poem, which doubles as instructions for how to use the food:

Sprinkle on the lawn at night
The moon will make it sparkle bright
As Santa’s reindeer fly and roam
This will guide them to your home

Magic Reindeer Food

Makes approx. 1 ½ cup

You’ll Need:

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup red sugar crystals
  • ¼ cup white or green sugar crystals


Combine all of the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and stir to combine. Sprinkle over the lawn on Christmas Eve for the reindeer to enjoy.

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