Dec 14

Sugar Plums

When we talk about “visions of sugar plums” and the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” it certainly brings on the essence of Christmas.

Healthy Sugar Plums Recipe

You know the iconic lines of The Night Before Christmas and have seen the beauty of the Nutcracker ballet. What are sugar plums? They do exist, but why are they not more apart of Christmas other than these stories?

Homemade Sugar Plums

These candy gems were of course inspired by the classic Christmas stories, but we first saw a recipe for them a few years ago at our moms house. In an old newspaper clipping from over 30 years ago we found a simple recipe. Our hearts were set on creating this nostalgic candy for modern times. We are happy to say they are just as special as we imagined them to be!

Sugar Free Sugar Plums

These candied plums are not as sweet as other holiday fare, and definitely not as common, but their sweet spiced bites are full of flavor so charming they are bound to become a December tradition. They are pretty enough to be included with favorite foods aside the pies, cookies and eggnog and knowing they are actually healthy is worth extra celebration! Healthy and delicious, they are absolutely one of the most magical treats you’ll eat this season.

Healthy Sugar Plums  Sugar Plums

Sugarless Sugar Plums  (raw, vegan, no-bake, soy-free, sugar-free!)
Print Recipe

1/2 cup gently packed Prunes
1/3 cup Dried Apricots
1/4 cup Dried Cranberries (homemade or store-bought)
2/3 cup Walnuts
1 teaspoon Orange Zest
1/3 cup Agave or Raw Honey
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
¼ teaspoon Nutmeg
¼ teaspoon Coriander
1/4 teaspoon Pink Salt
1/4 cup Xylitol or Erythritol for rolling
1/2 teaspoon Rice or Oat Flour

In a food processor, combine the dried prunes and apricots until fruits are chopped and mixed. Add the walnuts, cranberries, orange zest and honey. Mix until incorporated and mixture begins to come together. Add the vanilla and spices and mix until almost smooth. Mixture will be sticky. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before assembling.

Pour xylitol or erythritol in a shallow bowl with flour and mix. Scoop out about 1 tablespoon amount of mixture and roll into smooth spheres, roll in xylitol or erythritol. Repeat until all sugar plums are rolled. Serve right away or store covered in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

NOTE: The flour helps the sugar not to dissolve into the sugar plums. For prettiest appearance, roll sugar plums in sugar right before serving.

Yields 10-12 Sugar Plums

Dec 14

Homemade Dried Cranberries

If you’ve tried to find all-natural, sugar-free cranberries at the store, you know that store-bought cranberries that are HEALTHY are about as real as Santa Clause.

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As we were searching our health food stores and internet resources for options, we recently found cranberries sweetened with apple juice. Yes, a Christmas miracle! You can even buy these healthy craisins here on amazon! We were so pleased to find this option in time for our holiday baking!

Even thought store-bought is often the most convenient, sometimes we need a backup plan. Products can be expensive or may not get to us in time. What then?

You can make your own! You can actually make these like the store version, sweetened with apple juice, at home!

This recipe is different from anything you’re going to find at the store.  Not only are these cranberries sweetened with healthy sweeteners, but they are totally raw! Dehydrating them keeps their nutritional value intact – making them the healthiest craisins around. They add the perfect burst of flavor to any holiday recipe. Enjoy them in baked goodies or right on their own!

Homemade Dried Cranberries (raw, sugar-free & preservatives free!)
Print Recipe

2 cups Frozen Cranberries
1/2 cup Natural Apple Juice
3 Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup or Raw Honey
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil

Cut cranberries in half. Marinate the berries with the other ingredients for 7-8 hours or overnight. Spread berries on dehydrator sheets and dehydrate at 115* for 20-22 hours. Transfer to an airtight container and then use in all your favorite recipes! Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

** We use frozen berries because they are accessible all the time, but also because they produce a beautiful richer red color!

Nov 14

Vegan Sugar-Free Eggnog

Welcome to the Christmas season!

Healthy Sugar Free Eggnog

December is almost here and we’re well into the holiday spirit. If you haven’t caught the Christmas bug yet, make a cheery cup of this – vegan eggnog!

It was sometime around February or March this last year when we realized how creamy and delicious coconut milk would be in an eggnog drink. We love coconut milk for it’s extra creamy consistency and flavor – it mimics cream or half and half so well! We clearly couldn’t make eggnog after January so this recipe was saved until now! While we may have let go of the dairy and eggs in this drink, there isn’t any unique ingredient alternatives used, making this eggnog seriously the easiest drink ever!! Even though it’s vegan and may not taste exactly like the eggy stuff, it’s completely creamy and flavorful just like good old-fashioned eggnog. Cheers!

Vegan Eggnog

Vegan Eggnog (vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free)
Print Recipe

2 cups Light canned Coconut Milk
1 cup Almond Milk
4 Tablespoons Maple Syrup (mostly for flavor so please don’t substitute)
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg, divided
1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Dashes Stevia or a couple drops of Liquid Stevia

In a small mixing bowl, combine the two milks together. Whisk in all the other ingredients, reserving 1/4 teaspoon of Nutmeg for garnish.  Pour into glasses and sprinkle with remaining nutmeg.

Serves 3