Favorite Holiday Recipes

With so much magic surrounding the holiday season, I find myself wanting to bring that same magic to the foods I prepare to share with others. Whether it’s a holiday party or a cookie exchange, I want to add that something extra. I spend time testing recipes and poring over favorite cookbooks and Pinterest, but not everyone has time for that…oh hey shopping, wrapping, decorating, doing all the festive things. That’s why I want to share some of my favorites with you here. I have personally tried or developed these recipes and given them my stamp of approval AND have gotten rave reviews from friends. So you know they’ve gotta be good. And if you like pomegranate and pistachios you have come to the right place. I am addicted to sprinkling them on basically everything this time of year. So pick your faves, get cooking and be sure to share with me what you make (@whollynourishedrd on Insta)!

 
Garlicky white beans and arugula crostini

Garlicky white beans and arugula crostini

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 And what we’re all really interested in if we’re being honest…

Sweets:

Fig crumble bars…ya know, instead of the figgy pudding. (I couldn’t resist) To make your life easier you can use a jar of remade fig jam. I like to get mine from Trader Joe’s.

I know I raved about them over thanksgiving, but once again these no-bake vegan pumpkin tarts from the detoxinista are perfect for the holidays.

Matcha tea cookies definitely make the list because their green color is perfectly festive.

These grain-free chocolate nut butter blondies from My New Roots are so fudgy and delicious. Don’t forget to sprinkle the sea salt on top for that something extra.

These roasted pears with espresso mascarpone cream are too gorgeous not to make your holiday table.

This honey almond cake with rosemary and citrus makes my tastebuds burst just thinking about it.

If you’re looking for a gluten free chocolate chip cookie then look no further than these oatmeal teff chocolate chip cookies from The Bojon Gourmet. There’s also a tutorial on how to turn the ingredients into the sweetest gift in a jar.

And if you know me then you know my obsession with dark chocolate and almonds is real so these dark chocolate sea salt almonds or this coffee and roasted almond chocolate bark would make the perfect little treat to gift to someone.

 
 
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That’s a wrap. Anyone else salivating after that roundup?

Jaime Shelbert