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Holiday Treats and Sweets

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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?

1. Cherry, Almond and Orange Biscotti

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.

2. Double Chocolate Ginger Walnut Biscotti

Jen Hoy
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!

3. Dairy-Free Chocolate Walnut Biscotti

Jen Hoy
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.

4. Vegan Linzer Cookies

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.

5. 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.

6. Macrobiotic Jam Dot Cookie Recipe

Try these for another version of jam dot. These are made with almonds, hazelnut flour, oats, cardamom and maple syrup. Yummy!

7. Pear Ginger Compote

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.

8. Spiced Baked Apple Recipe

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.

9. Spiced Pear Kanten

Jen Hoy
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.

10. Luscious Vegan Gingerbread Cake

Jody Hoy
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.

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