5 Organic Healthy Sweet Ideas for the Holiday Season
At Earth’s Daughter, we offer natural lifestyle products to help our customers look and feel great. From our 99.75 percent organic Aloe Vera Gel to our hypoallergenic Nature’s Blender Blending Sponges, we strive to provide high quality goods. As part of our commitment to our local and global communities, we also donate at least five percent of our profits to charities, helping feed the hungry with our success. The Earth’s Daughter team knows that the holiday season can make maintaining your well being even trickier than usual. During this time of year, you’re surrounded by processed, fatty, genetically modified, sugary treats. Although these might taste great, they could increase your risk for weight gain, acne breakouts, illness, and more. We want to keep our valued clients happy and healthy all year round. In the following blog, we offer five organic healthy sweet ideas for the holiday season.
For some additional healthy vegan food and beauty ideas and an all around fantastic resource for coconut lovers check out this great guide from happyhappyvegan.com .
1. Eggnog Cream Pie
Eggnog is a yuletide staple. People typically start sipping on this rich, spiced concoction around Thanksgiving and don’t stop until the New Year. Unfortunately, store bought eggnog often contains harmful additives, and it’s easy to knock back too much. For a delicious holiday treat, Simply Organic provides a recipe for eggnog cream pie, “a cool, refreshing treat that provides the perfect spice combination for the holiday season.” The process for making this delectable dessert is simple—it should take just 15 minutes to create the pie filling before you pour it into an organic graham cracker crust and chill it for four hours.
2. Pumpkin Bundt Cakes
Pumpkin is one of the most ubiquitous holiday season ingredients, making an appearance in everything from traditional pies to special Starbucks lattes. For an organic take on this favorite flavor, you could make Deliciously Organic’s pumpkin bundt cake recipe. In addition to being organic, these treats are grain-free and in accordance with the popular Paleo diet. Once you’ve buttered a mini bundt cake pan, you’ll combine organic eggs, maple sugar, melted coconut oil, pureed pumpkin, coconut flour, arrowroot, pumpkin spice, and vanilla extract to create a bundt batter, put it in the pan, and bake it for about 25 minutes. This recipe makes six little cakes for you and your family to munch on.
3. Apple Crunch Pie Apple Cups
Apple pie is an American classic, but it can be quite dense in calories, and you’ve got to watch out for non-organic ingredients, especially when it comes to fruits. In her food blog Just Putzing Around the Kitchen, D.C.-based food blogger, Tina, provides her recipe for Apple Crunch Pie Apple Cups. She explains that she makes these sweets when she wants to “feel like [she’s] indulging in something, deliciously naughty, but actually be consuming something low cal and relatively healthy.” To make this recipe even better, you can use organic versions of the gala apples, granulated sugar, lemon juice, flour, butter, and cream it calls for. These treats pack in a lot of fruit and fiber while giving you the fun flavor and crunchy texture of apple pie. In addition, serving them in scooped out apples provides a fun presentation your friends and family can appreciate.
4. Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies
Sugar cookies are a simple yet wonderful holiday sweet. Since they’re so versatile, it seems like everyone has a unique take on how to make them. Averie Cooks describes her health-friendly, natural recipe: “No butter, no white sugar, no complaints. Just dark and rich cookies so soft that they bend rather than break.” To make these soft batch dark brown sugar coconut oil cookies, all you have to do is “[combine] coconut oil with dark brown sugar, an egg, vanilla, and cream the ingredients until they’re soft and fluffy, about five minutes,” refrigerate the batter for a couple of days, and then bake the cookies for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Especially if you use organic ingredients, these cookies are delicious and nutritious. Coconut oil lends a rich, sweet taste to these cookies while offering a host of health benefits, including improved digestion and boosted immunity.
5. Healthy Peanut Butter Cups
Peanut butter cups are delicious in every season, but especially around the holidays. As Karielyn explains in her food blog, The Healthy Family Home, “just like all S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) candy bars, [typical peanut butter cups like Reese’s] are filled with GMo ingredients, highly refined salt and sugar, preservatives and dairy. They are also filled with empty calories and do not nourish the body. Also, non-organic peanut butter can contain up to 8 different pesticides.” As an appealing alternative, she provides a recipe for organic homemade peanut butter cups. The peanut butter bottoms are made of organic peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil. They’re topped with organic raw cacao powder, maple syrup, and (once again) coconut oil. With healthier ingredients, these peanut butter cups are scrumptious and sustaining.