Hard Honey Candies (plus other gifts from the heart)

Hard Honey Candies plus Other Gifts from the Heart | Most of the time, my gifts go straight to someone else's belly. ;) Recently, I turned old flour sacks into gift bags filled with scrumptious goodies. Inside my gift bags, I placed homemade maple roasted almonds, apricot and cranberry granola, and... these delicious hard honey candies. They were well-received and fun to make as well! | GNOWFGLINS.com

Most of the time, my gifts go straight to someone else’s belly. ;) Recently, I turned old flour sacks into gift bags filled with scrumptious goodies. Inside my gift bags, I placed homemade maple roasted almonds, apricot and cranberry granola, and… these delicious hard honey candies. They were well-received and fun to make as well! [by Tammy Trayer]

Cocoa Almond Crumbles

Cocoa Almond Crumbles | Combining almonds and chocolate was one of my many culinary dreams last fall. This combination of cocoa, nuts, and coconut is sure to please everyone. Use for easy snacks, desserts, or breakfasts. Relish this crunchy, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free delight, and/or enjoy gifting to others! | GNOWFGLINS.com

Combining almonds and chocolate was one of my many culinary dreams last fall. This combination of cocoa, nuts, and coconut is sure to please everyone. Use for easy snacks, desserts, or breakfasts. Relish this crunchy, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free delight, and/or enjoy gifting to others! [by Jenna Ettlich]

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins (Gluten-Free)

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins | In the world of muffins, quick breads, pancakes, and waffles, I vary our whole-grain flours and use many that are gluten-free. After quite a bit of reading, finessing, adjusting, and trying, I achieved gluten-free muffin success! My family was excited (and surprised!) when I finally served these chocolate chip banana muffins which didn't crumble all over their plates, taste bitter, or compromise nutrition. | GNOWFGLINS.com

In the world of muffins, quick breads, pancakes, and waffles, I vary our whole-grain flours and use many that are gluten-free. After quite a bit of reading, finessing, adjusting, and trying, I achieved gluten-free muffin success! My family was excited (and surprised!) when I finally served these chocolate chip banana muffins which didn’t crumble all over their plates, taste bitter, or compromise nutrition. I know you too will enjoy these delicious muffins! [by Jenna Ettlich]

Chocolate Cheesecake Pie (Allergy-Friendly)

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I tell you what, it is about the best thing in the world when your almost-grown-up daughter takes an interest in cooking! Because then she does the thinking about what dessert’s on the menu for the weekend (or a holiday) and she plans the shopping list and she does the work, too — smiling all the while. And all you have to do is eat. :) This scrumptious chocolate cheesecake pie graced our Thanksgiving table. It was heavenly! We just know you will love it. [by Wardee Harmon]

Chocolate Custard (Allergy-Friendly)

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We are in love with this custard. Let me say that again. We are in love with this custard! And what’s not to love about it? It’s thickened with mineral-rich and digestive-supporting gelatin (we use Great Lakes gelatin). Also, it’s allergy-friendly. You can use whatever milk you’d like, so dairy-free is an option. And it doesn’t need eggs (thanks to that gelatin). It’s arguably even gluten-free — and can be easily made grain-free. Make it now and it will be chilled by dinner time! [by Wardee Harmon]

Water Kefir Granita

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This lovely dessert can be prepared in advance, stored in the freezer, and kept on hand for unexpected company or a holiday dinner! In addition to being easy to prepare, this dessert is loaded with all sorts of healthy benefits. Kefir is the result of a very happy relationship between bacteria and yeast (in the water kefir mother culture) that ends up in a delightfully fizzy probiotic beverage that aids in digestion. Not to mention, it’s tasty! What better way to end a festive dinner? [by Jenny Cazzola]

Spicy Chocolate Ginger Snaps

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I love to bake, and I love to celebrate the holidays; so finding food that is special, fun to make, and fun to eat as well as nourishing can be a challenge. This recipe for gluten-free and egg-free ginger snaps is one that I adapted from Nourishing Traditions. I liked that it used sprouted crispy almonds and arrowroot flour, making it easier to digest. I also appreciated that Rapadura was used for a sweetener, but I couldn’t fathom a gingersnap without molasses. And all things seem to be better with chocolate. So, I took the original recipe and tweaked it a bit. They will forever be on our list of Christmas cookies to make each year! [by Jenny Cazzola]

No Bake Coconut Snowball Cookies

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We’ve been so excited to bring you this recipe. My daughter and I have been planning our week around it. No kidding! My friend Diana from My Humble Kitchen came out with her new cookbook, Nourishing Cookies for a Healthy Holiday. It’s gorgeous and includes 10 naturally sweetened cookie recipes. My daughter looked through the book, figuring which cookie she’d like to make first. Then Diana gave us permission to make and share the no-bake coconut snowball cookies, so we knew just what to do. And here they are! So beautiful, right? And incredibly easy (no-bake). And delicious. Just what you want in a cookie!