It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is filled with lots of sweets and delicious desserts! This is a great time to get your kids involved in the kitchen. I’ve included some of my favourite holiday desserts below. These recipes are all very simple to make and can be baked and enjoyed by the whole family. The White Chocolate Funfetti Cookies also make a great drop-off gift option for family, friends and neighbours, especially since we are unable to celebrate together this year.
Homemade Egg- and Dairy-Free Nog
- 2 frozen ripe bananas
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1-1 ½ cups coconut milk
- Garnish: additional cinnamon, nutmeg or cinnamon stick
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 2-3 minutes until smooth.
- Serve over ice and enjoy!
Date-Caramel Baked Pears
- 4 pears
- 6-8 Medjool dates, pitted
- 2-3 Tbsp water
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds, shelled
- Vegetable oil
- Preheat oven to 350° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut the pear lengthwise and remove the seeds and place cut side down on the baking sheet.
- Drizzle with oil and cook for 15-25 minutes, until soft.
- While your pears are baking, toast the sunflower seeds in a pan over medium heat.
- Add the dates and water into a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
- Once your pears are baked, drizzle with lots of date-caramel sauce on top and sprinkle with the toasted sunflower seeds.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
White Chocolate Funfetti Cookies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 ½ tsp cornstarch
- ¼ tsp salt
- 4 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 4 Tbsp red, white and green sprinkle mixture
- 6 Tbsp white chocolate chips
- In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, cornstarch and salt.
- In another bowl whisk together the butter, eggs and vanilla. Stir in the brown sugar.
- Add the two mixtures together, stirring just until incorporated.
- Fold in the sprinkles and 4 Tbsp white chocolate chips.
- Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350° F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Divide the cookie dough into 24 balls and slightly flatten them on the cookie sheets. Press 3-4 white chocolate chips into the top of each cookie.
- Bake for 11-13 minutes.
- Let cool and enjoy!
Eat well, be well and have a very happy holiday season!
Emma Minden, Registered Dietitian, Wholesome GO