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Recipe: 10 Delicious (and Healthy) Baked Goods for the Holiday Season

Gingerbread cookies on a red plate next to a glass of milk


Some of the best memories during the holidays are sparked by the smells that fill the house from the oven. Take a look at these 10 mouthwatering recipes for healthier baked goods to get you into the holiday spirit.

Some of the best memories during the holidays are sparked by the smells that fill the house from the oven. Take a look at these ten mouthwatering recipes for healthier baked goods to get into the holiday spirit.

Maple-Sweetened Apple Cake. Apple Cake, made with natural sweeteners like maple syrup, is the perfect thing to bake next time you are called on to offer love, support, and service others—or when your spirit needs some love itself.

Chai Spiced Pear Bread. There’s been a recent obsession with chai and for good reason—it’s delicious. And paired with pears? … mmm …

Rustic Raspberry Cake. With a complex browned butter and almond flavor, this cake is dense yet charming. It wears a crusty top and hides a moist crumb. And the raspberries scattered throughout are easily the most savored bites.

Salted Dark Chocolate Nutella Cookies. There are few things more delicious than nutella. Add that to a salted dark chocolate cookie and you’re in cocoa heaven.

Gluten-Free Beignets. Made with a artisanal gluten-free flour blend (recipe included), these beignets would give New Orleans Café Du Monde a run for its money.

Rich Gluten-Free Molten Chocolate Cake. Gluten-free baking often requires using several different types of flours and starches in one recipe, this recipe, I use a whisk to combine the sorghum and tapioca flours, the potato starch, and the xanthan gum, along with the powdered sugar, to make sure my dry ingredients are homogenous.

Coconut Oatmeal Whole Wheat Cookies. These cookies were created with the intention to turn the goodness of a biscuit into a denser cookie. The result is oatmeal cookie that will please any palate.

Cherry Almond Meal Muffins. Unlike most pre-made muffins you see at stores, these are packed with protein from the almond flour and eggs and only a touch of sweetness from the honey and cherries is needed. They happen to be gluten and dairy-free, but more importantly, they taste amazing too.

Soaked-Grain Buttermilk Biscuits. These buttermilk biscuits made with soaked flour are a healthier treat for Christmas breakfast.

Vegan Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich. The inflammatory effect of gluten and dairy can wreak havoc on the digestive and immune systems. This vegan, gluten- and soy-free ice-cream sandwich won’t give you those problems.

Want more recipes? Try these 11 tasty vegan holiday recipes.

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