I live in northeastern Indiana, and as I’m writing this post the ground and evergreen trees are covered with a blanket of beautiful, sparkling snow. I took the pictures below from my front door. (Note the cross country ski trails on the right ~ that’s the fancy footwork of my teenage daughter.) Hopefully, it will continue to be a white Christmas!
As you are baking for holiday gatherings, the following recipes from the Member Center of DrFuhrman.com, including Dr. Fuhrman’s Healthy Times Newsletters, may be of interest to you. After the gifts are unwrapped, the company is gone, and you have a moment to relax, I encourage you to browse through the many wonderful recipes on the Member Center.
A holiday treat does not have to be junk food or damage the health of your loved ones. -Dr. Fuhrman
Enjoy making health promoting memories with your family and friends!
1 cup raw cashew butter or 2 cups raw cashews
1 cup oats
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 cup date sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla
Unsweetened strawberry jam
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend oats (and raw cashews if you are using them) in a food processor or VitaMix until it’s the consistency of flour. Pour blended ingredients into a large bowl and stir in all the remaining ingredients except the jam. Mix thoroughly. Drop by teaspoonfuls on a cookie sheet. With your fingertip, form a small well in the center of each cookie. Place a small amount of jam in each well. Bake for 15 minutes. (makes approximately 2 dozen)
Chocolate Oat Clusters
2 cups unsweetened applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup date sugar
2/3 cup raw walnuts, ground
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 ¼ teaspoons arrowroot powder
4 Tablespoons Dr. Fuhrman’s Cocoa Powder or other natural cocoa powder
¾ cup oats
8 dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
¾ cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Blend applesauce, vanilla and date sugar in blender until creamy. In a large bowl, combine the flour, arrowroot powder, ground nuts, and cocoa powder. Add the blended wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in oats, chopped dates and chopped nuts. Bake for 10 minutes. (makes approximately 4 dozen) These cookies freeze well. For a chocolate-coconut cookie, add 3 tablespoons of unsweetened, shredded coconut.
Sweet Beet Carrot Bars
2 cups whole grain flour
1 cup beets (raw, peeled and shredded)
1 large carrot (peeled and shredded)
3 teaspoons baking soda
½ cup date sugar
2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup pineapple (blended)
1 banana (mashed)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup currants
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour and baking soda in bowl. In a larger bowl, beat date sugar, blended pineapple, mashed banana, and applesauce together. Stir in the vanilla and then add the flour mixture along with the chopped walnuts, shredded carrots and beets. Mix well. Spread in a non-stick baking pan. Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool and cut into squares.
At our house, when the fresh pine boughs are placed around the centerpiece of candles and fresh fruit, that means Christmas is just around the corner. All of my children will be home by lunchtime tomorrow so I'm making a big pot of their favorite vegetable soup to welcome them all home!
What health promoting foods and/or memories are you creating with your loved ones this Christmas?