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More Holiday Baking

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!                    pictures of snow covered landscapes

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!


Cashew Cookies

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.  


                    Christmas candles

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? 

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rubyday - December 23, 2009 11:14 AM

We have our last Christmas party tomorrow (in Winona Lake!!!) and I'm bringing the usual ... vegetables w/hummus dip and Hawaiian Beans and Brown Rice.
These dishes are healthy and they don't scare the SAD addicts. :)

Stephanie FW - December 23, 2009 12:53 PM

My family really likes what they are seeing in me, but they are still too entrenched in their SAD ways. I will be taking food for me and my children so their is no burden on them to provide extra food.

Kinzie - December 23, 2009 1:18 PM

Those sweet beet carrot bars look outstanding! I will be baking "black bean brownies" and "zucchini carrot bread." YUM!

Deana Ferreri - December 23, 2009 3:47 PM

I'm making those cashew cookies tonight! For tomorrow, my family requested my spinach & potato soup to start off Christmas Eve dinner, and I'll be making some kale to share too.

Emily Boller - December 23, 2009 5:28 PM

Can you share your recipe for black bean brownies? That sounds intriquing!

Sounds like everyone is all prepared to have a healthy Christmas!

As citizens of a SAD, processed food culture, we CAN change our unhealthy habits and traditions; one holiday at a time.

Enjoy the freedom of great health everyone!

Michael - December 24, 2009 9:21 AM

Black Bean Brownies
1/2 cup cocoa
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 can black beans
1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 cups dates
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup walnuts

Put first 6 ingredients in a food processor. Turn the food processor on and add the 2 cups of dates, one at a time until blended. Add the flour and continue to mix until everything is blended. Turn off the machine and stir in the nuts. Spread in a 13 x 9 inch pan. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

Emily Boller - December 24, 2009 11:28 AM

Thanks Michael.

Black bean brownies is definitely a recipe that I will need to make for my family during a time they are out of the kitchen. If they see the black beans before tasting . . . .let's just say they are Americanized pretty well. I will make the brownies sometime this next week.

As I'm writing this, fresh garlic, onions, leeks and about ten other vegetables are cooking on top of the stove. The smell is absolutely wonderful wafting throughout the house!

Enjoy healthy memories everyone!

Meredith - December 28, 2009 2:43 PM

Deana-- i'd love the spinach and potato soup recipe! i'm always looking for another good soup recipe to try during these cold winter nights.

Gerard - December 29, 2009 8:43 AM

can anyone tell me where to get date sugar? is it readily available?

and thanks for the black bean brownie recipe...will definitely be trying that!

Sharine - February 9, 2010 12:45 AM

I've been making soups for my husband and myself throughout the fall/winter, and one of our faves is Butternut Squash Soup with (homemade) Spicy Italian Vegan Sausage.

Another hit is Smokey Split Pea & Rosemary Soup.

My food blog includes Eat To Live friendly recipes as well as Fully Loaded recipes, so don't judge me. When my man and I party, we go all out. Next meal, back on ETL track.

Email me if you can deal with this! Link to my blog with recipes and link to companion site will ensue.

Au revoir!

montreal florist - June 23, 2010 1:09 PM

It's beautiful christmas centerpiece. Pine, white candle and fruit is great ensemble for Noel.

Jessica - December 26, 2011 6:39 PM

I didn't see any reviews of these recipes anywhere, so I thought I'd post my own. :)
We made the cashew cookies and the sweet beet carrot oat bars. I will probably not make either again, unfortunately.
I followed the directions exactly right for the cookies, but the batter was so runny that I knew there was no way I'd be able to spoon it onto a pan and make a well in it for the jam. So I added some whole wheat flour, to thicken it up. That helped. I baked them, they looked great, but then I tasted them and they tasted like the epitome of what everyone thinks of as "health food" - bland, plastic-y, unexciting. I was so disappointed!! I knew I couldn't serve them to my family. We ate them all, but it wasn't very enjoyable!
The bars turned out a little better, but I'll just admit that I'm not a fan of recipes that use all whole wheat flour. Maybe I'd like these more if I used half white half wheat. Besides that, they have a strange fruit smell to them, almost rotten. Maybe the beets? I wonder if some ginger would be a good addition here too. We decided we aren't a fan of these bars, unfortunately!

My husband and I eat pretty healthy. We have Dr. Fuhrmans list of nutrient dense foods on a magnet on our fridge, and we live by it! We enjoy subbing flax seed for eggs in baking, using oats, using applesauce as a sub for oil, and even using whole wheat flour as well. But these recipes were a bit overkill for us! I wouldn't rather eat the usual holiday treats (with all the processed ingredients); I think I'd rather just drink some tea and eat some trail mix for dessert!!

I'd love to hear some other reviews! Maybe there's something I did wrong, or maybe I'm just not used to eating baked foods this hard core!!! :)


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