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Egg-Free Christmas Treats

Egg-Free Christmas Treats


Eggs are about as universal in baking as sugar and flour, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up holiday treats if you’re sensitive or allergic to eggs. Instead of cookies, pies, and cakes, reach for decadent truffles, festive barks, and crispy, caramelized “lace.” Many of these treats double as excellent gifts. Wrap in squares of parchment paper before adding to bags or boxes. If you can enjoy eggs in desserts but are sensitive to dairy, try these dairy-free Christmas desserts.

The Quickest Holiday Dessert

This season, there's no need to stress or spend hours in the kitchen. Serve this simple sweet treat at your next party or wrap it up beautifully for your friends. The first ingredient in this dark chocolate bark (psst, it’s quinoa) gives this treat loads of crunch. It’s a whole grain, which definitely makes this sweet even sweeter.

White Chocolate-Cherry Bark

Make a four-ingredient, no-bake treat in less than 20 minutes. Pack this cherry-spiked bark in your child's bag (or you own) for a creamy-crunchy treat.

Chocolate-Triple Hazelnut Truffles

Photo Courtesy of Oxmoor House

You’ll find a triple hit of hazelnut goodness in these creamy two-bite truffles: hazelnut liqueur, chocolate-hazelnut spread, and toasted salted hazelnuts. Eating just one of these über rich chocolate bites will leave you satisfied.

Double-Chocolate Cereal Treats

These decadent chocolate-on-chocolate cookies boast full satisfaction and a dose of whole-grain goodness. And they’re ready to eat in a fraction of the time needed to prepare typical sweet treats. For added protein and a fun flavor variation, replace ½ cup cereal with ½ cup chopped toasted nuts.

Chocolate Hazelnut Bark

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Dried cherries and crystallized ginger add a depth of flavor to this simple, four-ingredient chocolate bark. This recipe will satisfy your sweet tooth in a delicious way.

Hazelnut Lace

Somewhere between candy, cookie, and nut brittle lies this dessert that combines hazelnut meal (very finely ground nuts), a splash of Frangelico, and chocolate-hazelnut spread for a triple hit of nutty goodness. This sophisticated dessert, with its large, pizza-sized shape and artfully pebbled texture, only takes 21 minutes to make, so baking a second batch couldn't be easier.

Lemon White Chocolate Chewy Crispy Bars

Stir 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind into melted marshmallows before adding cereal. Press cereal mixture into prepared pan. Heat 4 ounces chopped premium white chocolate in microwave at HIGH 1½ minutes or until melted, stirring every 20 seconds; drizzle over cereal mixture. Refrigerate for 15 minutes before slicing.

Chocolate-Almond Toffee

Delicious and gorgeous, this chocolaty candy is topped with toasted nuts for an extra crunch. Tip: for crisp toffee, spread it thin; for crunch, go thick.

Bourbon-Caramel Truffles

Truffles typically have the added richness of cream and butter. These ingredients help stabilize chocolate, which tends to scorch, separate, or become grainy if not heated carefully. We add corn syrup and evaporated milk for smooth, creamy confections.

Chocolate Almond Cherry Crisps

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

These no-bake cookies taste like bite-sized candy bars and are terrific with a cup of coffee. Prepare them up to two days in advance, and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Ohio Buckeyes

In this classic confection from the Buckeye State, peanut butter and chocolate combine to create an adorable replica of an Ohio tree nut.

Almond Lace

Almond Lace pairs deliciously with an afternoon cup of tea. These crisp, crunchy cookies will leave you pining for more.


Recipe Summary

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed meal
  • 6 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together oats, flour, wheat germ, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt, in a large bowl.

Put butter and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk together ground flaxseed and water mix into butter mixture along with vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add oat mixture mix until just combined. Mix in raisins.

Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart. Flatten slightly.

Bake until golden and just set, about 14 minutes, rotating halfway through. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks let cool completely. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.


Muffins, Quick Breads, and Biscuits

Bananas + chocolate in a classic, yet allergy-friendly quick bread? Yes, please! Via raiasrecipes.com.


***COOKIES***

Chocolate Chip Cookies – Foodomania

Ma’amoul Cookies – Lite Bite

Melting Moments Nutella Sandwich – Averie Cooks

Checkerboard Cookies – Sizzling Veggies

Snowball Cookies – Edible Garden

Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Cookies – Averie Cooks

M&M Cookies – Tickling Palates

Chocolate Cut Out Cookies – Spicy Treats

Sprinkles / Confetti Cookies – My Diverse Kitchen

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Roshni’s Kitchen

Almond Cardamom Cookies – Edible Garden

Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies – Foodomania

7 layer (Neapolitan) Cookies – Gayathri’s Cook Spot


It’s from those kinds of experiences that I share these 31 gluten free, dairy free, and egg free recipes.

These are recipes that my family loves. All of us, even my husband, who can eat whatever he wants.

These recipes for main dishes, desserts, and snacks are delicious and comforting. And even if you don’t have anyone in your family with food allergies, I think you’ll find some new recipes for comfort food that will appeal to you, too!

Join me and learn how to successfully prepare delicious allergy friendly food your family will LOVE.

UPDATE: I’ve compiled many of these recipes, plus added 11 new ones to make an ebook from this series. Allergy Friendly Comfort Food: 40 Delicious Recipes Made Without Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, or Soy is available as a PDF for easy reading on any device, or as a Kindle book.


Sand Tart Recipe (gluten and egg free with dairy free options)


Sand Tarts are an almond shortbread-style cookie- they are a family favorite and a cherished tradition. When I first found out that I couldn’t eat gluten/wheat anymore, a couple of weeks before Christmas no less, I thought I’d never have them again.

After playing around with the recipe however, the tweaked version is as delicious if not more delicious than the original! These are my favorite cookies, delicately flavored with rich butter and almond extract, never too sweet, and a real crowd-pleaser. They go great with homemade egg nog, wassail, a hot toddy, tea or coffee. (Try Teeccino or Dandy Blend for an herb-based coffee substitute)

The recipe could be made strictly with sprouted brown rice flour, but the addition of almond meal and coconut flour lower the carb count significantly. Don’t have coconut flour? Use just almond meal and brown rice flour. It’s very forgiving! It’s already egg-free and could be dairy-free if you subbed coconut oil for the butter.

The original carb count was approx 13 grams PER cookie….it’s now about 3 grams. Now, I don’t routinely count calories, carbs or other macronutrients, but when it comes to the holidays and baking, I like to occasionally know what I’m really consuming. In addition to making these gluten-free (of course, you can still use wheat flour, try sprouted if you do), changes were made to make the recipe more nutrient-dense and more easily digestible, like using sprouted rice flour, soaked/dehydrated nuts and healthier sugars.

You roll the cookies into crescents and balls (like half and full moons), so the recipe makes about three dozen cookies, depending upon the sizes you roll. I almost always double the recipe as the cookies go fast and you’ll want to share them. Package some to give to friends, neighbors and co-workers.

Gluten Free Sand Tarts
by Amy Love, Real Food Whole Health

Ingredients:
3/4 cup (12 TBL) organic butter, softened (from grassfed cows preferred)
3 TBL unrefined sugar (sucanat, rapadura, palm sugar, or even maple syrup)
1- 1/2 teaspoon organic pure vanilla extract
1 TBL organic pure almond extract
2 cups flour of choice (I use 1- 3/4 c. blanched almond flour and 1/4 c. sprouted brown rice flour OR 1/4 c. coconut flour)
1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
2 cup finely chopped pecans
About 1/4 cup organic powdered/confectioners sugar for rolling- it’s just a dusting

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.

Cream butter, add sugar gradually and beat until fluffy (easiest in a mixer)
Add extracts, mix well.
Slowly add flour and salt to creamed mixture.
Fold in pecans.
Using your hands, shape into crescent moons and round balls.
Place on parchment-lined cookie sheet or baking stone.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until slightly browned.
Let cookies cool on baking sheet- they will be crumbly while hot.
When almost completely cooled, roll lightly in powdered sugar. Be careful not to crumble/break them, though when cool they aren’t as likely to break as while hot.

TIP: For a smoother sugar, simply throw the sucanat, rapadura or palm sugar in a coffee grinder or food processor. You can use this in the recipe, and also do the same thing for the “powdered” sugar to roll the cookies in.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sweet holiday treats: 8 delicious gluten, dairy, and egg-free recipes

Baking sweet treats to enjoy and share at gatherings with family and friends over the Christmas season has always been a fun part of our holiday preparations. In the first while after we learned about our family's food sensitivities, I was determined to find gluten, dairy, egg, and as refined sugar-free as possible cookie recipes so that Will and I could still participate in holiday dessert time (because isn't that one of the most wonderful times of the year?!). There was a lot of experimenting, throughout which some recipes were huge hits and others were huge flops, and so for a couple of Christmases, I continued to bake mostly our traditional cookies and just a few allergy-friendly kinds so there would be something for everyone. Over the past few years, though, I have either developed or found a really wonderful variety of delicious gluten, dairy, and egg-free holiday treat recipes, and so these days our Christmas cookie tray is filled only with goodies that everyone in our family can eat. It makes me feel good to be able to tell Will he can choose whichever treat he would like, and all of us, food sensitivities or not, have new yummy favourites that are healthier versions of the sweets we used to bake before.

I thought I would share all of the recipes that I used for our holiday baking this year, in the hope that it might help other families with food sensitivities who are looking for delicious and safe Christmas-y treats. I've provided a link to each recipe so you can find the ingredients and directions elsewhere on my site, or on other wonderful blogs that I visit often for inspiration.

Chocolate Hazelnut Snowballs from Pocketfuls

I have made a few changes to this recipe to accommodate our food sensitivities and personal preferences. To make the gingerbreads egg-free, I substitute two tablespoons of arrowroot powder added to the dry ingredients and six tablespoons of water added to the wet ingredients for the two eggs. I omit the yacon syrup (because I've never been able to find it!) and use an additional 1/4 to 1/2 cup of agave nectar instead. I also omit the lemon zest. I only use one generous teaspoon of ground ginger rather than a full tablespoon, and only 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda rather than a full teaspoon. The boys like to help decorate these cookies with fruit-juice sweetened dried cranberries.


Star Cookies from Elana's Pantry

Before baking these cookies, I add a little sprinkle of Let's Do. Sprinkels confetti (which is gluten-free and contains no artificial colours) to the centre of each cookie for fun.


Thumbprint Cookies based on this Linzer Heart Cookie recipe from Elana's Pantry

I follow Elana's recipe exactly for the cookie dough, but rather than rolling it and using cookie cutters to make hearts, I roll about a tablespoonful of the dough into a ball for each cookie and place them all on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. I flatten the balls with the palm of my hand, make an indentation in each one with my thumb, and then carefully place a small spoonful of raspberry jam in each indentation. These cookies melt in your mouth!

These little treats are so pretty and so simple to make! I use chopped dark chocolate (72% cocoa) rather than the chocolate chips Lexie uses I melt it in a saucepan over low heat and use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate in the paper cups.


Best Homemade Christmas Dog Treat Recipes (Not Grain-free)

1. Simple Christmas Cookies

You're late with preparing these homemade Christmas dog treat recipes, and you need a very quick Christmas cookie for that crazy puppy party that's about to take place? This is one of the easiest Christmas dog treats to make, and it's similar to Samantha's recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup all-natural peanut butter
  • Water

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375° F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Mix ingredients together well, adding water if needed to create a rollable dough. Roll out the dough and cut the cookies out. Bake for 15 min. or until browned.

2. Christmas Morning Bacon Nut Treats

Start your dog’s Christmas day off with a delicious bacon nut treat and let them enjoy the deliciousness that is a cooked Christmas morning breakfast. I was inspired to make this recipe from one of the homemade food books, which I recommend if you want to get more similar creative recipes.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ cup soy flour
  • ½ cup wheat germ
  • 1/3 cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp. natural maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 1 egg
  • 3 rashers of bacon chopped

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 300° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Skillet fry the bacon until done and set the fat aside.

Combine the peanut butter, egg, maple syrup, water, and slightly cooled bacon fat and stir. Add in wheat germ, flours, and cooked bacon and stir. Roll out the dough and cut cookies out. Bake for 15 min until brown.

3. Elfin’ Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats

Those elves are always finding ways to sneak sweet treats into Christmas stockings, but this time it's an opportunity to do something for your pooch. Dogs love pumpkin, it's good for them and very few canines will say “no” to these.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup canned natural pumpkin
  • ½ Tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix together the flour, salt, peanut butter, eggs, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Add water if needed. Roll out the dough and cut the cookies out. Bake for 30 min. until hard.

4. Peppermint Apple Reindeer Doggy Cookies

Those reindeer have been munching on apples and candy canes all night. No wonder these homemade dog treats are a hit in the North Pole (or so I've heard), but even more so in our household whenever the holiday season starts.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup all-natural applesauce
  • 1/3 cup oat bran
  • 1 ½ tsp. dry baking yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. dry milk
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped spearmint leaves
  • 7/8 cup water

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 250° F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a bread hook on a mixer and combine everything together. Mix well. Roll out the dough and cut the cookies. Bake for 1 hour until browned.

5. Gingerbread Dogs

Don’t worry, there are no “dogs” in these, but you will want to use a dog shaped cookie cutter to make them truly fun Christmas party treats. This is one of my personal favorite Christmas dog treat recipes on this list.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh shaved ginger

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper Mix together the honey, molasses, oil, and water in one bowl. Mix together the flour, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger in a separate bowl.

Combine the dry ingredients with the wet and mix to form a dough. Separate the dough into quarters then wrap and refrigerate each ball of dough for 5 hrs. Roll out the dough and cut into small pieces. Bake for 25 minutes until browned.

6. Cranberry Sauce Cookies for Dogs

Not only can dogs eat turkey, but it's a good source of protein for them. But what’s turkey dinner without a side of cranberry sauce? Don’t worry, these cookies will cover that sweet craving.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • ½ cup plain no fat Greek yogurt
  • 2/3 + ¼ cup oats
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 3 Tbsp. water

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Cover a baking tray with parchment paper. Grind 2/3 cup oats in food processor until fine. Set aside. Puree the cranberries. Mix together all ingredients adding just enough water to moisten the dough. Roll out the dough and cut cookies. Bake 18 minutes or until browned.

7. Santa’s Nutritious Christmas Dog Treats

The day after Christmas is full of regret for anyone who overindulged, so our dog owner Santa came up with this vitamin-packed Christmas dog treats recipe so that when your pooch indulges, at least they're getting more health benefits from these treats. For an alternative peanut butter dog treats recipe, check out Samantha's one here.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 cup natural pumpkin puree
  • 1 shredded zucchini
  • 1 peeled, shredded carrot
  • 1 cup chopped baby spinach

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a mixer to combine the peanut butter, pumpkin puree, and eggs. Beat in the oats and 2 ½ cups of the flour.

Add additional flour if needed to create a rollable dough texture. Mix in the spinach, carrot, and zucchini. Roll out the dough and cut cookies. Bake for 20 minutes until browned.

8. Blitzen’s Favorite Carrot Treats

Here's something very easy to make. Blitzen is a carrot fiend and when he broke a tooth this year, Santa ordered a surplus of carrot baby food. Luckily, this makes for a perfect addition to these carrot treats for dogs.

Ingredients:

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix together all of the ingredients. Roll out the dough and cut cookies. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.

9. Christmas Dinner Cookies for Dogs

Fitting Christmas dinner into one cookie sounds a little like something from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but this homemade dog dinner recipe manages to do it. It's also one of the most wholesome Christmas dog treat recipes on this list.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup cooked, shredded white meat turkey
  • 1 cup dried unsweetened cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350° degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine baking powder and flour in a large bowl. Stir in turkey and cranberries.

Mix in ½ cup broth, the egg, and the olive oil. Mix together to create a dough, adding more broth if needed. Roll out the dough. Cut cookies. Bake 25 minutes until browned.

10. Christmas Feast Dog Cookies

Another treat recipe built to accompany your traditional Christmas turkey dinner, this is a treat that’s sure to satisfy your pooch.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¾ cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 ½ cup fast cooking oats
  • 1 ½ cups cooked, shredded white meat turkey
  • 1 cup low sodium turkey broth

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Cover a baking tray with parchment paper Combine the dry ingredients and mix well. Use a blender to add the rest of the ingredients. Roll out the dough and cut cookies. Bake 25 min. until browned.

11. Healthy Green Bean Casserole Dog Cookies

Green bean casserole is a staple at most holiday meals, but it’s not exactly the healthiest option for dogs. This green bean treat recipe is a much better option, especially for those chubby pups, and it's very similar to this limited ingredient recipe (if you need more options).

Ingredients:

  • 3 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup salt-free canned green beans
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup low fat shredded cheddar
  • ¼ cup no fat milk

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350° degrees. Cover a baking tray with parchment paper. Combine the chicken, broth and green beans in a blender and puree. Mix puree with flour and cheese. Roll out the dough and cut cookies. Bake for 30 min. until browned.

12. Christmas Dessert Dog Cookies

Some of us like nothing more than a big fat slice of apple pie after an already delicious Christmas dinner. While you're enjoying that dessert, have these prepared for your dog so that they can get a taste of that tradition, too.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 egg separated
  • ¾ cup natural unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ Tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350° degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine honey, applesauce, egg yolk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Mix in the flour. Roll out the dough and cut cookies. Brush cookie tops with egg white. Bake 20 minutes or until browned.


The Best Paleo Christmas Cookies, Cakes, Fudge & Treats

Merry Christmas, Happy Hollydays, and Cheer’s to all of my Gluten-free, Dairy-Free, Paleo Friends out there!! This is a list of my personal favorite holiday recipes! Some of my personal favorites include the “Almond Roca”, my own “Grain-free Christmas Cookies”, the “Dark Chocolate Marshmallows”, the Macaroons, and my version of “Walnut Fudge”. YUMMM. Around here we do it right! We cut out the refined sugar, the grains, and indulge in treats that not only taste good, but actually make us feel good!! Wishing you are yours a warm & cozy winter season!! xo – Andrea

Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cookies (Paleo, Vegan, Egg-free) from The Kitchen McCabe

No-Bake Pecan Snowballs (Paleo, Vegan) from Detoxinista

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies (Paleo, Vegan-) from Gourmandeinthekitchen

(PS: These are a FAVORITE of mine! I’ve made them egg-free by replacing the eggs with “flax-eggs” – Andrea)

Jam Filled Thumbprint Cookies (Paleo, Vegan, Egg-free, AIP) from Delicious Obsessions

Rich Chocolate Orange Yule Log (Paleo, Nut-free) from Home of Loving Treats

Chocolate Swiss Roll Cake (Paleo) from Designed 2 Eat

Jam Sponge Roll Cake (Paleo, SCD, Nut-free)

Butter Tarts (Paleo, AIP, Dairy-free, Egg-free) from Lichen Paleo Loving AIP

The Healthy Gingerbread House (Paleo, AIP, Egg-free, Nut-free) from He Won’t Know its Paleo

Chocolate Coconut Truffles (Paleo, Vegan, Egg-free) from Beaming Baker

Dark Chocolate Dipped Orange Macaroons (Paleo) from Running to the Kitchen

Pumpkin Pie Snowball Cookies (Paleo) from Beauty and the Foodie

Almond Roca with Maple Syrup (Paleo-friendly, Egg-free) from The Nourishing Gourmet

This is one of my favorite treats of all time!! I use goat milk butter – Andrea

Healthy Turtle Pecan Bark (Paleo, Vegan, Egg-free) from Athletic Avocado

3 Ingredient Salted Nut Brittle (Paleo, Egg-free) from Emma Eats and Explores

Sweet and Salty Chocolate Nut Clusters (Paleo, Egg-free) from The Organic Dietitian

4 Ingredient Gluten-free Shortbread Cookies (Low Carb, Sugar-free and Egg-free too!) from Wholesome YUM

Soft and Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies (Paleo, Egg-free) from The Organic Dietitian

Coconut Ice (Paleo, Egg-free, Nut-free) – from Emma Eats and Explores

Healthy Dark Chocolate Marshmallows (Paleo, Egg-free) from Raia’s Recipes shared at Intoxicated on Life

Raw Peppermint Bark Brownies (Paleo, Vegan) from Oatmeal with a Fork

Date Truffles (Paleo, Vegan, Egg-free) from The Queen of Delicious

Walnut Fudge (Paleo, Raw, Vegan, Egg-free, Nut-free Option) from Forest and Fauna

(Use honey or maple syrup in place of agave for full Paleo)


Easy Christmas treats

If you think the candy and treats craze is over once Halloween has passed, then you’re wrong! You must not forget that Christmas is all about festive candies and treats as well! What’s different about Christmas candies is you will see tons of Christmas-themed packaging and colors which ultimately feels as if Christmas is already here. Ranging from chocolate wrapped Santas to the traditional red and white and candy canes, here are some of the most popular and well-loved Christmas candies and treats of all time:

  • Candy canes – You will never NOT see candy canes once December comes. Candy canes are so versatile that they can be hung on your Christmas trees or an extra festive display on your dining table.
  • Chocolate Santa – Chocolate Santas are perfect to add for Christmas gifts or stocking stuffer! They are usually plain milk or dark chocolate and are shaped to look like Santa Claus.
  • Gingerbread – Along with candy canes and chocolate Santas, gingerbreads are also one of the most popular and traditional holiday candy that you will see everywhere. What’s more is that you can build your own gingerbread house which is a well-known Christmas tradition.
  • Hershey’s Kisses – Hershey’s Kisses also go on-theme once December arrives! These little, delicious chocolates are perfect for stocking stuffer or gifts!
  • Peppermint bark – Peppermint bark pieces embody the two Christmas flavors: chocolate and peppermint!
  • Reindeer corn – Yes, reindeer corn exists! They are covered with Christmas colors and are created to look like corn kernel pieces.
  • Butter toffee – You will also see butter toffees on some families’ tables which ranges from fudge to bite-sized pieces.
  • Truffles – Truffles are definitely a guest-favorite when it comes to Christmas parties and get-togethers!