Holiday Baking From the Whole Foods, Gluten Free, Grain Free and Vegan Kitchens
Are you gluten free? Vegan? Still figuring it out? This lineup of holiday goodies runs the gamut from grain free to gluten free to vegan and back again for those who just want a healthier version of sweets. We have something for everyone on your list and you may discover that indulgence won't exact quite so high a price on your waistline!
Vegan Rice Pudding with Cardamom, Cinnamon and Almond
This whole foods, vegan, Indian-inspired rice pudding with cardamom and almond was birthed from a longing for this luscious comfort food –minus the sugar, eggs and dairy. Not-too-sweet, creamy, and warm with spices, it is wonderful on its own, with a sprinkling of nuts, raisins or currants, or with a bit of fresh fruit like berries or bananas.
Cooking with Apples: Whole Foods Recipes for Every Course
Fall offers up an incredible abundance of apples: tart, sweet, juicy, crisp, complex and just plain delicious. These wonderful fruits can be eaten raw or cooked, though the latter are easier to digest.
Desserts We Love for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving can be a slow food feast with desserts that are both satisfying and healthier than the American norm. We have a whole list of wonderful treats that range from low-fat to gluten-free, low sugar to vegan to just plain yummy. They can be paired with whipped cream for more traditional folks, or vegan dessert sauces for the...
Raw Banana Date Nut Pudding
This delicious, rich and creamy raw banana date nut pudding will satisfy your sweet tooth in spades and add a nutrient dense profile to boot. Try this pudding as is, for tart filling, or as a topping for fresh fruit.
Vegan Cherry Almond Biscotti
This simple recipe for vegan cherry almond biscotti is an alternative to its classic cousin Cherry Orange Almond Biscotti. The only difference here is the replacement of egg and butter with vegan ingredients.
Vegan Egg Substitutes and Replacers
Many of my clients have asked for alternatives to egg and dairy for baking projects, and egg substitutions top the list. Different recipes require various approaches; not all substitutes work interchangeably. Some replacements work for cookies and bars, others are good for the lighter batters of cakes and quick breads. Still others can also...
Gluten Free Chocolate Panforte
This recipe for gluten free chocolate panforte is an adaptation of an ancient recipe. Panforte is an Italian sweet dating back to the Middle Ages, and literally translates as “strong bread”. Dried fruits and nuts are stirred into thick honey syrup and baked into a dense cake with an exceptional shelf life. No one really knows how panforte came...
Berry Recipes: Desserts, Smoothies, Muffins and Compotes
Berries make the best desserts ever. They make a homely muffin luscious, bring pancakes to a new level, and are also wonderful sprinkled in salads or a sparkling drink.
Watermelon Granite Ice
This simple whole foods/macrobiotic recipe for watermelon granite ice is a refreshing and delicious dessert when watermelon is in season. Watermelon is a Ph-neutral food and is a rich source of Vitamin C, lycopene (more than any other fruit or vegetable), and electrolytes. Watermelon is excellent for hydrating the body, which may be one of the reasons we like it so much on a hot day.
Baked Figs with Walnut Cream
This easy whole foods recipe for baked figs and walnut cream is a delicious dessert when figs are in season. If you are not fond of nuts, try using Vanilla Tofu Whip, or a non-dairy ice cream instead. Either way, you are in for a wonderful treat.
Fresh Figs with Almond Cream
This easy recipe for fresh figs with almond cream is a healthy alternative to the classic Italian dessert of figs stuffed with mascarpone. Just remember that the almonds need to soak overnight (or a minimum of 8-10 hours) before using. The lime juice adds a lively, fresh burst to the sweetness of the figs.
Pumpkin and Quinoa Pudding with Apples and Figs
At once creamy and textured, and packed with nutrients, this recipe for pumpkin and quinoa pudding with apple and figs is a family favorite and especially wonderful because it’s healthy. It can be served as a not-too-sweet dessert, snack, or even breakfast food.
Maple Pecan Jam Dot Cookies
This yummy, nutty, maple pecan jam dot recipe is a healthy version of the classic jam dot, and is another family favorite. Pecans, oats and maple syrup with a touch of spice make a delicious spin on what was a butter-and-sugar laden dessert. These cookies can be baked off and frozen; be careful to pack with layers of parchment paper between them so they don’t stick.
Spiced Pear Kanten
This recipe for spiced pear kanten is a cross between pudding and Jell-O, and is exceptional when made with fresh pear cider from the farmer’s market. Cinnamon stick, ginger and cloves give it a warming, but subtle scent of spice.
Summer Berry Parfait
This easy recipe for summer berry parfait can be made with either Vanilla Tofu Whip or, for a really rich treat, Walnut Cream. It is perfect layered with blueberries or raspberries, and makes an easy but impressive summer dessert.
French Blueberry Pie
This recipe for French inspired blueberry pie should become a staple dessert: it’s quick, it’s easy, and most importantly, it’s sublimely delicious. Raw blueberries perch atop a filling of sapphire blue cooked berries. The pie is a mix of creamy filling with the firmness of raw fruit. I love this best made with wild Maine blueberries (the best in the world to my mind), but it can be made with any quality berry.
Cherry Berry Kanten
Kanten is a cross between pudding and Jell-O, and this version is exceptional when made with sour cherry juice from the farmer's market. Fresh blackberries and raspberries (or sweet bing cherries) make this an exquisite summer dessert.
Raspberry Mint Kanten
Kanten is a cross between pudding and Jell-O, and this recipe for raspberry mint kanten is exceptional when made with raspberry apple juice from the farmer's market. A touch of lime and fresh mint along with fresh raspberries create a fresh, delightful summer dessert.
Vegan Chocolate Pudding Recipe
This creamy, luscious, gluten-free chocolate pudding recipe is an amazingly simple dessert, and the big surprise is that it's vegan. It is nearly as rich and velvety as its traditional cousin, but is low in fat and naturally sweetened.
Sweet Potato Pudding Recipe
Lush, creamy, and packed with nutrients, this recipe for sweet potato pudding is a family favorite and especially wonderful because it’s healthy. It can also be baked in a piecrust for sweet potato pie. Serve plain or with Vanilla Tofu Whip.
Nectarine or Peach Crisp
This luscious, gluten free, vegan recipe for an old-fashioned favorite gives Nectarine or Peach Crisp a new and healthy spin. Serve this lovely dessert on its own or with Coconut Sorbet, Vanilla Tofu Whip, or Walnut Cream.
Recipe for Peach or Nectarine Kanten
Kanten is a cross between pudding and Jell-O, and this macrobiotic peach or nectarine kanten recipe is perfect for summer, when stone fruits are at their best. Cinnamon stick and ginger give this kanten a lively boost, and are digestion-friendly spices.
Rhubarb Kanten Recipe
Kanten is a cross between pudding and Jell-O, and this rhubarb kanten recipe is perfect for spring and early summer, when rhubarb is at its best. Cinnamon stick gives it a warming, but subtle scent of spice.
Rhubarb and Strawberry Crisp
This luscious and healthy recipe for an old-fashioned favorite gives Rhubarb and Strawberry Crisp a new lease on life. Serve this lovely dessert on its own or with Coconut Sorbet, Vanilla Tofu Whip, or Walnut Cream.
Pomegranate Kanten Recipe
Kanten is a cross between pudding and Jell-O, and this version is exceptional when made with fresh pomegranate juice from the farmer's market. You can add fresh blackberries, blueberries or raspberries to this exquisite summer dessert to add color and additional texture.
Coconut Sorbet Recipe
Luscious and creamy, a coconut lover’s delight, this sugar free macrobiotic recipe for coconut sorbet does require an ice cream machine for optimal consistency.
Macrobiotic Berry Sorbet
This quick, luscious, sugar-free recipe for macrobiotic berry sorbet is one of the best, healthiest desserts you’ll find for spring and summer. Serve with a plain version of the Coconut Oatmeal Cookie for an extra special treat.
Vegan Strawberry Mousse
This vegan strawberry mousse recipe is light, delicious, low fat and absolutely fabulous when made with deep red berries.
Spiced Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
These chewy cookies are not like Grandma used to make, but are a healthy, wholesome macrobiotic version. Try adding dried cherries, or dark chopped chocolate instead of raisins for a decadent twist.
Raw Nectarine and Raspberry Cobbler
This easy and scrumptious raw stone nectarine and raspberry cobbler recipe is perfect in the height of summer when peaches and nectarines are at their sweet best. It’s a sensual healthy, gluten-free treat that still satisfies our desire for dessert.
These festive cookies can be made any time of year using different shapes: trees, hearts, stars, leaves and people shapes all work. Make sure you have one large and one smaller cutter of the same shape, to make a “window” for the jam to show through.
Jam Dot Cookies
This macrobiotic version of the classic jam dot is a family favorite. Almonds, oats and hazelnut flour with a touch of spice make a delicious spin on what was a butter-and-sugar laden dessert. These cookies can be baked off and frozen; be careful to pack with layers of parchment paper between them so they don’t stick.
Balsamic Macerated Strawberries
Quintessentially Italian, this simple dessert is stunning on its own, and can be served with sliced peaches or Vanilla Tofu Whip. Buy organic berries at peak season, and wipe gently. Strawberries lose a great deal of texture and flavor when washed in running water. If you feel you must wash them, dry individually with a paper towel to absorb as much water as possible.
Raw Spiced Pear Cobbler Recipe
This easy, gluten free, raw pear cobbler recipe is perfect in the fall when pears are at their sweet, juicy best. This is a healthy, satisfying treat that can serve as a snack, dessert or even part of breakfast.
Macrobiotic Desserts can be truly satisfying and delicious. Less sweet than their refined counterparts, they can take a bit of getting used to, but the pay-off is a much healthier way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Pear Ginger Compote
This warming pear compote is delicious for dessert, a snack, or with oatmeal for breakfast. Try dressing it up with Walnut Cream and mint leaves for a simple but elegant finish to a fall dinner.
Walnut Cream This dessert sauce is great with any cooked fruit, or with simple cakes. Other nuts can be substituted for the walnuts if desired.
Cherry, Berry and Orange Kanten
Kanten is a cross between pudding and Jell-O, and this version is exceptional when made with sour cherry juice from the farmer's market. Orange zest and segments along with fresh blackberries, blueberries or raspberries make a delicious dessert.
Spiced Baked Apples
Good year round, these are especially wonderful in fall and winter when apples are at their peak and we crave a warm dessert. A healthy alternative to cakes and cookies, baked apples are also a great comfort food, and can be dressed up with Vanilla Tofu Whip . This recipe can be prepared without the nuts and raisins.
Cinnamon Apple Kanten
Kanten is a cross between pudding and Jell-O, and this version is exceptional when made with fresh apple cider from the farmer's market. Cinnamon stick and cloves give it a warming, but subtle, scent of spice.
Vanilla Tofu Whip
This is a light, creamy dessert sauce, and can be used in place of whipped cream with fruit, cakes, or tarts.
Peach or Nectarine Kanten with Mint and Lime
Kanten is a cross between pudding and Jell-O, and this recipe for peach or nectarine kanten with mint and lime is perfect for summer, when stone fruits are at their best. Mint and lime give this kanten a lively boost, and the whole effect is cooling on a hot day.
Favorite Warm Weather Desserts
Quick and easy, low-fat, and cooling: these are some of the traits of our favorite warm weather desserts. Puddings, kanten, sorbets, and quick baked desserts are all in the landscape of goodies we enjoy in the warmer months. Most of these are great for entertaining as well, and lend themselves to being dressed up as parfaits or with a dessert...
This ultra easy recipe for natural applesauce just requires a vertical wand blender: no need to peel the apples as long as they're organic! The skins add vitamins and color and puree nicely into the mix. This is a great topping for granola and yogurt; oatmeal or other hot cereal; and makes a lovely dessert sauce.
Spiced Pear Pecan Crumble
This simple, homey spiced pear pecan crumble is at its best made with Anjou or Bosc pears, and is a healthy (and vegan) spin on an old-fashioned classic. By substituting gluten free flour in the topping and filling, and making sure to purchase oats that have not been processed in a wheat plant (these are marked gluten free), you can prepare a...
Spiced Apple Crisp
This simple, homey, spiced apple crisp recipe is at its best made with tart-sweet apples, or a mixture of the two. The recipe is a healthy (and vegan) spin on an old-fashioned classic. By substituting gluten free flour in the topping and filling, and making sure to purchase oats that have not been processed in a wheat plant (these are marked...
Traditional Vegan Pie Crust Recipe
A fabulous vegan pie crust recipe is an elusive creature. If you want a tender, flaky crust, some sort of butter substitute and/or shortening is necessary. This recipe uses Earth Balance sticks and yields enough dough for two crusts.
Best of the Best: Holiday Cookies From Around the World
Every year the Guides of about.com compile a list of holiday cookie recipes to share with our readers. This year we have contributions from Eastern Europe, Italy, Mexico, Spain, South America, Holland and Germany. From our own back yard come local, southern, low fat, easy, kid-friendly and whole foods recipes. We hope there is something for...
Raw Mixed Berry Cobbler
This quick and easy raw, vegan, gluten-free berry cobbler recipe is a truly healthy treat that still satisfies our desire for something sweet. Coconut, dates, spices, extracts and nuts create a lovely topping with layers of flavor.
Poached Peaches with Raspberry Sauce
This spectacularly yummy recipe for poached peaches with raspberry sauce –also known as Peche Cardinal or Peach Melba- is a wonderful dessert for entertaining or simply using up an excess of peaches or nectarines.
Favorite Recipes with Stone Fruits: Nectarine, Cherry, Apricot, Peach and Plum
June brings with it the ripe juicy flavors of stone fruits. Cherries, peaches, apricots and plums join berries to create a rainbow of color and nutrients. Here are a few of our favorite recipes for fruits of the season.
Gluten-Free Pie Crust: Vegan and Vegetarian Versions
This gluten-free pie crust recipe evolved after many experiments with many different recipes and flour combinations. It can be prepared as a vegan or non-vegan recipe, and adapted for savory baking by eliminating the zest.
Gluten Free Almond Tart or Pie Crust
This easy, nearly fail-proof recipe for gluten free almond tart or pie crust is a snap to make and is a great base for any kind of fruit tart, custard pie or cheesecake.
Whole Foods Pumpkin Pie with Gluten Free Almond Crust
Lush, creamy, and packed with nutrients, this recipe for dairy-free pumpkin pie nestled in a gluten free almond crust is a family favorite and the result of experimenting with traditional butter-and-cream laden recipes. The addition of cardamom adds a bit of different flavor.
Gluten Free Mexican Wedding Cookie Recipe
Also known as Viennese Crescents, Italian Butter Balls, Russian Tea Cakes, Snowballs or Polvorones, these light, buttery, crumbly and not too sweet Mexican wedding cookies are a top pick around the holidays.
Old-Fashioned Deep Dish Apple Pie
We love old-fashioned, deep dish apple pie in my family, and it has been a common dessert on our table during apple season for as long as I can remember. Every good baker has her own version, and I like my pie stacked with fruit, well spiced, and encased in a tender crust.
Vanilla Poached Kumquats with Mixed Berries
This utterly delicious recipe for vanilla poached kumquats with mixed berries makes fine use of these little fruits. Sliced kumquats are quickly poached in vanilla scented apricot nectar, then cooled and spooned over mixed berries.
Honey Roasted Pears with Ginger, Orange and Cinnamon
This quick, easy and absolutely delicious recipe for roasted pears with ginger, orange and cinnamon makes a wonderful dessert for fall entertaining and an equally delicious add-on for salads or roasted meats.
Vanilla Orange Poached Pears with Variations
This recipe for vanilla poached pears with orange is wonderful for the fall and winter table, when pears are at their peak. These are wonderful on their own, sliced onto hot cereal, added to salads or served as a sweet condiment to roasted meats.