Holiday goodies can be indulgent without being terrible for us. This year, instead of going overboard with the sugar and butter, why not try a few alternatives that will leave you and your guests feeling satiated without being overloaded?
This recipe for cherry almond orange biscotti can easily be doubled. These festive biscotti make a wonderful gift, but they may not make it out of your kitchen, so bake extra! Orange zest, almond extract and dried cherries make a delicious combination of flavors.
These fabulous double chocolate biscotti with ginger and walnuts are well worth the time it takes to make them, and you might consider making a double batch. They will fly off the cookie tray at lightening speed!
This easy recipe for dairy-free chocolate walnut biscotti is a simple and not-too-sweet treat that keeps well and makes a great gift. Try adding different types of nuts, or a few tablespoons of chopped crystallized ginger, dried cherries or apricots for a variation.
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.
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.
Try these for another version of jam dot. These are made with almonds, hazelnut flour, oats, cardamom and maple syrup. Yummy!
This warming pear compote is a delicious dessert. Try dressing it up with Walnut Cream and mint leaves for a simple but elegant finish to a fall or winter dinner, or serve it with gingerbread cake as well for a sumptuous treat.
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, or the more traditional whipped cream.
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. Kanten makes a marvelous parfait when layered with non dairy whipped cream, Tofu Whip or Walnut Cream.
This recipe for vegan gingerbread cake is rich and densely flavored with layers of spice and molasses. It’s a family favorite, and is more appropriately termed a whole foods rather than macrobiotic dessert. The cake keeps well, can be frozen, and is lovely plain or with a dessert sauce.