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