It’s no crime to look forward to all the indulgent — and sometimes completely over-the-top — treats that populate holiday celebrations. But sometimes it’s hard to stop after just a bite, or a serving, or…well, you know.
With these healthier, celebration-worthy delights from our partners, it’s not so bad if you sneak seconds (or one for the road).
|With Edible Perspective’s Flourless Peanut Butter Ginger Cookies, Ashley’s divine baking alchemy wins again! (And now we know how to use that gorgeous Grade B real maple syrup.) Chewy, flourless, peanut buttery…we vote yes. (And often.)|
|We could argue that any of the home-baked cookies that Amelia makes for Eating Made Easy are perfect, but The Perfect Cookie could literally be just that: an easy, hearty crowd-pleaser that’s great for a party or holiday cookie exchange. Leaves a few out for Santa, she says, and you’ll surely get an extra present or two.|
|Amie’s colorful Holiday Cranberry Peach Galette from The Healthy Apple is gluten-free and full of fruity goodness — perfect for any vegan’s holiday revelry. When fresh peaches aren’t available, try Earthbound Farm Frozen Organic Sliced Peaches (just defrost, blot with paper towels and use as directed for fresh). Delicious!|
|Made with whole wheat flour, seeds and grains…yet still full of chocolate-chip delight! Sara’s Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies from Go Gingham give us all about 7 dozen excellent reasons to keep our pantries stocked with healthy ingredients. (Or at least, these ingredients!)|
|These Easy Light Brown Sugar Apples from Stacie at One Hungry Mama are a lovely, aromatic respite from heavy, sugary desserts — but as Stacie says, “they don’t taste like a respite at all.” Which is the whole point, especially during the celebration season. This recipe is great to have in your back pocket whenever you have apples, holidays or not.|
|One taste and you’ll know where this recipe’s name came from. “No More Left!” No-Bake Apricot Coconut Oatmeal Cookies from Tess at The Blender Girl are gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free and soy free, but certainly not flavor free. Because you’re not baking them like a traditional cookie, these deliciously chewy gems are packed with live enzymes and goodness.|
|In our own Spicy Ginger Cookies, whole wheat pastry flour creates a richer (and more nutritious) foundation for the delightfully intense ginger flavor from both fresh and ground ginger. This cookie is a bold, chewy take on one of the signature flavors of the holiday season — enjoy one (or more) with a frosty glass of milk or a creamy latte.|
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