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Whole Foods Desserts

Whole Foods Desserts include ingredients such as chocolate or eggs, but are healthier than "traditional" counterparts. They incorporate unrefined sweeteners, and oils rather than butter whenever possible. Whole foods desserts offer more flexibility to those of you who want a healthier dessert option but are not necessarily looking for strictly vegan recipes.

Chia, Coconut and Banana Pudding Parfait
This textured yet creamy recipe for chia, coconut and banana pudding parfait is a delicious and healthy, no-guilt, gluten free dessert. Salvia

Whole Foods Pies and Tarts
Pies and tarts the whole foods way means less sugar, alternative sweeteners, gluten and grain free recipes and generally less fat. Less delicious? Not in my kitchen! These recipes should give you plenty of ideas for healthier dessert optio

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.

Raw Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Recipe with 3 Variations
This recipe for raw chocolate coconut macaroons with three variations (chocolate orange, chocolate chai and chocolate mint) can be prepared in about 10 minutes. They are rich and delicious, with a deep chocolate flavor, and make a satisfying treat.

Classic Raw Coconut Macaroon Recipe with 3 Variations
This kid-friendly recipe for classic raw coconut macaroons can be prepared in about 10 minutes. There are three variations on the original: vanilla chai, lemon or orange, and chocolate dipped.

Vegan Mango Banana Coconut Pudding
Creamy, rich and delicious, this mango pudding is an easy no-cook recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to make. Served as is, or with berries, sliced fruits or crisp wafer cookies, it is a lovely vegan and gluten-free dessert.

Gluten Free Chocolate Hazelnut Torte Recipe
This recipe for gluten free chocolate hazelnut torte can be made with coconut flour or almond meal if you’re not a hazelnut fan. Dense and delicious, it can be made a day ahead and chilled. It’s wonderful as a romantic dessert, or for a dinner party or a holiday meal.

Sesame Tahini Halvah
Halvah(or halva), a sesame sweetmeat found throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and even into Asia and India, is perhaps one of the most nutritious, whole foods sweets we can make. It is rich in protein, polyunsaturated fats, calcium, iron, magnesium, and plant sterols. Just as importantly for people with a sweet tooth, its delicious and...

Strawberry Coconut Parfait
This creamy dessert is a wonderful way to serve ruby red strawberries. Sliced berries are layered with Vanilla Tofu Whip and crumbled macaroons (or amaretti cookies).

Fresh Fruits with Chocolate Sauce
This easy recipe for fresh fruits with chocolate sauce will become a staple in your entertaining repertoire; it’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s beautiful to look at. Best quality chocolate, vanilla, baby bananas, strawberries, raspberries and pineapple are all libido-enhancing ingredients for a delicious and sexy dessert.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Double Chocolate Ginger Walnut Biscotti
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!

Luscious Vegan Gingerbread Cake
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.

Dreamy Creamy Raw Coconut Cream “Candy” Recipe
This recipe for creamy raw coconut ‘candy” utilizes organic coconut cream* which is then lightly sweetened and flavored. The variations on this recipe are almost endless and limited only by your imagination. We have included several of them here, including three citrus flavors, Chai Spice, Vanilla Nut and Chocolate.

Chocolate Walnut Biscotti
This easy recipe for 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

Maple Pecan Pie
This lovely whole foods maple pecan pie recipe combines tradition with a healthier view. Instead of corn syrup, dark Grade B maple syrup gives a rich and deep flavor to the custard.

Vanilla Roasted Peaches
This simple and utterly delicious whole foods recipe for vanilla roasted peaches is a quick and wonderful dessert for summer entertaining. Top the peaches with ice cream, coconut sorbet, Vanilla Tofu Whip or Walnut Cream, along with a few raspberries, and you have a truly special dessert.

Roasted Plums with Ginger and Lemon
This simple and utterly delicious recipe for roasted plums with ginger and lemon is a quick and wonderful dessert for summer entertaining. Serve the plums with ice cream, mascarpone, Greek yogurt, Vanilla Tofu Whip or Walnut Cream, along with a sprig of mint, and you have a truly special dessert.

French Blueberry Blackberry Tart
This quick and easy whole foods recipe for French blueberry blackberry tart is a sure hit for dessert. We make this every summer when berries are at their peak, and I have yet to encounter anyone who doesn’t love it. Add a spoonful of ice cream, coconut cream, or other dessert whip for a rich treat.

Whole Foods Baked, Spiced Pumpkin Pudding
Lush, creamy, and packed with nutrients, this recipe for pumpkin pudding is a family favorite and especially wonderful because it’s healthy. Pumpkin is loaded with beta-carotene and potassium, and is also rich in fiber. The pudding can also be baked in a piecrust as a pumpkin pie.

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.

Baked Indian Pudding
The only thing Indian about this whole foods recipe for baked Indian pudding is the ground corn, to which Native Americans introduced early American settlers. This simple, delicious, nutritious pudding is often overlooked in the search for fall and holiday desserts.

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.

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.

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.

Simple Chai Spice Blend Recipe
This simple chai spice blend recipe comes in two variations. The first is extra easy and utilizes spices that can be found in any grocery store. The second is a bit more complex and may require a trip to a specialty foods store or a health food store that carries a nice variety of whole spices. Either way, you can mix up a batch and sprinkle...

Raw Cashew, Date And Almond Superfood Energy Bars
This recipe for raw cashew, date and almond superfood energy bars is great for anyone who wants a nutritious snack to carry. They are rich in protein, fiber, healthy fats and other nutrients, and contain flax or chia, lucuma, maca and coconut. Kids love them, and there’s plenty of room to experiment with variations (see below for some ideas).

Raw Lemon Coconut Energy Bars
This easy recipe for raw lemon coconut energy bars is a nutrient dense snack rich in healthy plant fats, protein, vitamins and minerals.

Raw Stone Fruit (Peach, Plum or Apricot) Cobbler Recipe
This quick and easy, raw, gluten-free, stone fruit cobbler recipe is perfect in the height of summer when stone fruits are at their sweet best. It’s truly healthy treat that still satisfies our desire for dessert.

Whole Foods Spiced Applesauce Cake Recipe
Fragrant with the rich flavor of maple sugar, and bursting with raisins and nuts, this easy recipe for moist, whole foods spiced applesauce cake can easily be made in a gluten free or vegan* version.

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.

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.

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, Dairy-Free Pie Crust Recipe
We love making this recipe for gluten-free, dairy free pie crust when we want a quick rustic fruit galette or vegetable crostata. This crust can be made with pastured organic butter if dairy isn’t a problem for you, and can be made as a vegan recipe as well.

Gluten Free Rustic Apple or Pear Galette Recipe
This lovely recipe for gluten free, rustic apple or pear galette is actually very easy to make, and makes a country style free-form pie. The addition of optional raisins and Calvados (apple brandy) will make this just a bit unusual and extra tasty.

Creamy Vegan Egg Nog –Otherwise Known as Spiced and Spiked Nut Milk
I’ve been disappointed in the packaged eggnogs that appear in the grocery store every holiday season, and decided to experiment and create a recipe for egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, creamy vegan eggnog that I really liked.

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.

Our Favorite Gingerbread Cookies with A Gluten Free Variation
This whole foods recipe for our favorite gingerbread cookies –and a gluten free variation- is based on my mother’s years of Christmas baking. These cookies are rich with spices and tender rather than hard or crisp.

Italian Ricotta Cheesecake with Cookie Crumb Crust
This light and delicious recipe for Italian ricotta cheesecake with crumb crust can easily be made gluten free. This is a great make-ahead dessert, and is delicious served plain, with berries or with a simple pureed berry coulis.

Baked Apples with Crystallized Ginger and Toasted Almonds
Good year round, these lovely baked apples with crystallized ginger and toasted almonds are a healthy alternative to cakes and cookies. Baked apples are also a classic comfort food and can be incorporated into breakfast or eaten as a snack as well.

Gluten Free Plum and Ginger Galette Recipe
This lovely recipe for gluten free, rustic plum galette is actually very easy to make, and makes a country style free-form pie. The crust combines almond and millet flours with ground gluten free oats and a touch of lemon zest. The addition of optional crystallized ginger and brandy will make this just a bit unusual and extra tasty.

Spiced Chia, Coconut and Vanilla Pudding
This full bodied and creamy recipe for spiced chia, coconut and vanilla pudding does double duty as a delicious and healthy, no-guilt, gluten free breakfast pudding or dessert.


Ruby Red Poached Pears in Wine

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.

Applesauce and Coconut Yogurt Parfait
This quick and easy recipe for applesauce and coconut parfait is one of my answers to clients' sugar dilemma. Many people -and their children- really struggle with sugar, and defining healthier options as we are learning to live with less becomes crucial. Not everyone can give up on their sweet tooth without a fight, so my clients frequently ask for suggestions "in the meantime". This is one of them.

Gluten Free Biscotti with Almonds and Dried Fruit Recipe
These crisp gluten free almond and fruit biscotti are absolutely delicious, and you'll be hard pressed to discern that they're gluten free. Gently scented with anise seed and lemon, and generously studded with almonds and dry fruit, they are a wonderful treat for home or gifting.

Gluten Free Biscotti with Almonds and Dried Fruit Recipe
These crisp gluten free almond and fruit biscotti are absolutely delicious, and you'll be hard pressed to discern that they're gluten free. Gently scented with anise seed and lemon, and generously studded with almonds and dry fruit, they are a wonderful treat for home or gifting.

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Mandelbrot With Anise, Almond and Lemon
This recipe for gluten free, dairy free mandelbrot with anise, almond and lemon is a version of Jewish almond bread, rusk or biscotti.

Blueberry Sauce
This easy recipe for blueberry sauce is a great add-on to dress up all sorts of desserts and breakfast foods: ice-cream, sorbet, biscuits, or pound cake; yogurt, pancakes, oatmeal and porridge all get a bit more cheerful with blueberry sauce on top.

Gluten Free Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Chewy, gluten free and vegan, these fabulous oatmeal cookies will please the toughest of customers with their rich and delicious flavor and texture.

Quick Spiced Pumpkin "Pudding" Recipe
This fast, easy and absolutely scrumptious treat makes a great snack, dessert or even breakfast. Organic pumpkin, cultured coconut or almond milk (or yogurt if you eat dairy) and spices are whisked together to create a creamy and nutrient packed pick-me-up.

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