The Baked & The Not-So Baked

by HEAB on December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays to everyone!  I am finally done with work until January 5!  Today is my first official day off, and I spent the morning baking…well sort of.  My mom put me in charge of a healthy dessert for tonight’s Christmas Eve dinner.  I had already baked cookies (see below) for tonight’s festivities, but Mom wanted a healthy alternative.

Eggnog Oaties

Eggnog Oaties

I read about this holiday treat at Hangry Pants.  I followed Heather’s tasty recipe, but added Heath Toffee Bits because I always like to chunkify my cookies.  Dried cranberries would have been a festive holiday addition as well, but I did not think of it until after these were done baking.  Oh well, still delish!

Next up, Chocolate Peppermint Clouds…

Monster Sized Cookies

Monster Sized Cookies

I followed this recipe, but swapped chopped Candy Cane Hershey Kisses for the chocolate chunks and before baking, sprinkled the tops with crushed candy canes.

Back to the healthy dessert.  I had some sweet potatoes that I needed to use before Chris and I leave town on Friday, but I also wanted to make some sort of raw treat.  So, in perfect Heather style, I made a half-raw pie 🙂

For the un-baked crust, I combined 2 cups of pecans with about 1.5 cups soaked dates in the food processor.  I then added the zest of one lemon, dash of salt, and some grated nutmeg.  The simple filling was 2 large baked sweet potatoes pureed in the food processor, skins and all.  For the topping, I blended 2 cups of roasted macadamia nuts (raw ones are crazy expensive) with water and maple syrup in my Vita-Mix.  I topped it all off with a little more grated nutmeg and some unsweetened shredded coconut.  I hope the family likes it!

My Favorite Raw Crust

My Favorite Raw Crust

The Finished Product

The Finished Product

I also came up with a new cranberry recipe to serve Christmas day.

Ginger Cranberry Butter

Ginger Cranberry Butter

I pureed 1 bag of frozen cranberries with a cup each of frozen blueberries and strawberries.  I then added maple syrup (1/4 cup?), 1 cup water, and 1-2 TBSP of minced fresh ginger.  Next, I  simmered the mix on the stove-top for about 20 minutes.  There is a strong ginger flavor – a nice alternative to traditional cranberry sauce.

Chris and I are spending Christmas day with my family here in Nashville and then flying to Arizona on Friday to spend a week with his family.  My next post will be from warm and sunny Scottsdale!  I hope everyone is enjoying this time with friends and family.  Don’t let the craziness overwhelm you.  Breathe it all in and savor every moment 🙂

One last thing…

My Breakfast Bowl - Too pretty...had to share

My Breakfast Bowl. Too pretty. Had to share.


Miz December 26, 2008 at 5:29 am

Im ready for breakfast.
shall I try to recreate your lovely bowl with my costco raspberriesinbulk? or if I wait are you gonna deliver??

Heather's Brother December 25, 2008 at 8:37 pm

The sweet potato half raw pie was my favorite with the cranberry butter and chocolate clouds a close second! It was all incredible, thanks Heather!


carolinebee December 25, 2008 at 8:29 pm

Merry Christmas Heather, hope it was wonderful!

teenageveggiehead December 25, 2008 at 7:27 pm

wow those chocolate peppermint clouds looks amazing!
merry christmas 🙂

Maggie December 24, 2008 at 11:41 pm

Hooray for Chunkified cookies. They are most certainly the best.

Merry Christmas!

glidingcalm December 24, 2008 at 10:02 pm

wowwwwwwwwwwwie! everything looks so delicious! and you have no idea how excited I was to see your almond buter demo!! I have a ton of almonds that I don’t know what to do with….since instead of eating nuts, i always opt for cheese, pb, or avocado! if i could make almond butter….well that would be the PERFECT solution! thanks so much Heather!!

and yes, your breakfast WAS very prettttttttttty!

eatingbender December 24, 2008 at 8:26 pm

The cookies look GREAT! You’re coming to Scottsdale?!?! AWESOME! Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS, HEATHER!

VeggieGirl December 24, 2008 at 2:22 pm

So. much. freaking. deliciousness. period.

Meghann December 24, 2008 at 12:51 pm

Yay for the break from work! I feel ya on that one! I’ve made Heather Eggnog Oaties before as well and I can attest that they realy are amazing. 🙂

Erin December 24, 2008 at 12:38 pm

A half raw pie sounds super cool! I’m making your raw fudge today. 🙂 Rob doesn’t like coco nut or dates…we’ll see if he notices!
Is that honey almond butter on top? 🙂

Evey December 24, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Mmm! Your desserts look so good! I’m sure all your guests will have a very satisfied sweet tooth tonight!

Merry Christmas!

FollowMyWeigh December 24, 2008 at 11:40 am

That IS a pretty breakfast! Bet it was yummy too =)
Those first cookies look especially yummy! I like cookies that are chunkified too :).

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