There’s no more waiting for it… it’s officially the best time of the year to get baking all kinds of healthy and cozy recipes!
I’ll admit that I know I majorly slacked off this past Thanksgiving season with recipes, but with mom being in the hospital for a month and us adapting to an out-of-routine schedule, I did the best I could, you guys. Food just had to take a back seat for a month, not to mention I wasn’t in my kitchen much at all until later each night after we got home. My family is so glad that Mom is home even though she’ll have to go back to the hospital for three months, four days each time. Still, I couldn’t be more grateful to see Mom doing so well after everything she’s been through with her leukemia diagnosis. We can’t wait until she’s in remission in 2018!
I do have all kinds of posts planned for December, though–trust me! Things have normalized here at home a little more, so I wanted to share some of my favorite healthy and cozy recipes today to kick things off appropriately. I love to enjoy these recipes this time of year for cozy, filling dishes that are still good for me too. I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do! 🙂
*All these recipes are vegan, free of refined sugar, oil-free, and gluten-free.
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This vegan, oil-free soup may be healthy, but it’s also hearty! Featuring cauliflower, sweet and creamy sweet potatoes, and some simple spices and herbs, this soup comes together in no time and is a hit with a piece of toast. For a spicy twist, add some red pepper flakes or a bit of tomato paste to the recipe to give it a little kick!
If you’re looking for a hearty meal to take the chill away and keep your tummy full for a good bit, this tasty soup is it! It’s full of plant-based protein, iron, B vitamins, magnesium, and has a delicious flavor that’s a mild mix of sweet and savory.
This recipe is one of my favorite healthy snacks and a great way to curb the sweet tooth this time of year. It’s also light even though it contains peanut butter and maple syrup, thanks to it having zero oil, flour, or refined sugar. These cookies are soft, sweet, and chewy… what more could ya want in a healthy treat!
I’m a huge fan of apple butter and this recipe was my spin on traditional apple butter that’s truly worth the wait. Just let it sit in the slow cooker and wait for a delicious condiment that goes great on toast, oatmeal, or whatever else you want. Or, let it sit in the fridge and chill it to eat it like applesauce.
Looking for a healthy breakfast or snack? This recipe is one of my favorites since it’s baked in mini ramekins and is perfect for small serving sizes. If you don’t have mini ramekins, you could always use a loaf pan or even muffin cups (just divide the batter accordingly). Just drizzle on some of your favorite pure maple syrup and call yourself set!
This recipe sounds fancy smancy, but I promise it’s not. It’s basically just roasted potatoes that are covered with simple (oil-free) sauce that has an awesome savory flavor, plus probiotics from the miso it contains. Miso is just a cultured condiment that’s fantastic in soups and other recipes like salad dressing. You can find miso at your local health food store in cold section near the salad dressings, and some stores also store it on the shelf in shelf-stable forms (which is also available online).
It sounds like a strange combo, yes, but sweet potato and bananas taste so delicious together in cold recipes like this one–promise. As the sweet potatoes chill, they develop a sweeter flavor than pumpkin and work perfectly in this snack cake recipe. This recipe is also grain-free, so if you eat a paleo or gluten-free diet (I don’t), this recipe works great. These little bites are chewy and have a great holiday flavor thanks to the pecans and spices without any butter, oil, or sugar!
Do you know how hard it is to find muesli or granola made without sugar, oil, dairy, or a bunch of funny additives? It’s pretty difficult, actually. So this recipe is my solution to that problem that I created last year and is still one of my favorites for whipping up when I want a sprinkle of something similar to muesli or granola to use on top of smoothies or to put in a bowl with a little almond or soy milk as a quick snack. You can also toast this mix in the oven on a sheet pan for a few minutes to make homemade granola!
These little guys are hard to quit eating thanks to their holiday flavor. They’re just sweet enough, chewy, soft, and like a mix between a cookie and a muffin–hard to beat!
One of the things I love most about this soup is that you can make it in just 10 minutes; it’s really that simple. It’s also a great superfood-boosted soup recipe thanks to the use of turmeric, broccoli, and butternut squash which are all powerhouses for our health. Feel free to kick up the spices if you wish and enjoy spicier recipes, or keep the recipe as is if you have a testy tummy as I do. 🙂
I prefer my cookies really soft and chewy versus thin and crispy, and these tasty cookies fit the bill perfectly. They’re easy to whip up, kid-friendly, and are actually full of nutrition too. I plan to make a peanut-free version of this sometime this season for those of you who can’t have peanut butter for allergy reasons, but if you like, you can use almond or cashew butter in place of the peanut butter for a peanut-free option until then.
This stew is all you need to keep the winter woes away and keep your spirits up! It’s my favorite veggie soup/stew to date and one I make several times a month each year. It even uses frozen veggies for a quick-fix meal and is really easy to put together using whatever protein suits your fancy (I love red split lentils).
There’s no denying that baked oatmeal is like a cheater’s healthy meal since it’s like cake and oatmeal all in one–how convenient! This rendition that I made this fall is super dreamy and naturally sweet thanks to the pure maple syrup used on top (which is my latest favorite healthy topping for oatmeal). You can even sneak some sliced pears in this recipe for a festive touch if you like!
Warm up to something cozy and healthy with this seasonal turmeric latté. I actually use all the spices in this recipe in all my lattés so for the flavor and health benefits they have, but I have to say, they really shine in this recipe with pumpkin, non-dairy milk, and the superfood spice turmeric. So pick your favorite latté mug and whip this recipe up to give it a try!
These cookies were actually one of my first fall recipes a couple of years ago and they’re still perfectly fitting for winter, too. Just like the other cookies featured above, these little babies are healthy enough to eat for breakfast or a snack even though they taste like a treat! Or for another option, spread some of my pumpkin apple butter recipe above on top of them or even some regular apple butter.
Want more? A mug of this deliciousness is all you need for a healthy holiday treat. I make this cozy recipe all the time during the winter season and I promise that if you love it as much as I do, you’ll be joining me!
You can also check out the goodies below for some of my favorite holiday staples! 🙂