Can you believe that Christmas is only a few weeks away? It's time to start thinking about which delicious plant-based recipes you'll make for the holiday get-together! But before we talk about ideas for your main course, here are some of our favorite holiday treats:
1. Raw Christmas Fudge
After serving this tasty treat to your guests, they'll be surprised to learn there's no added sugar!
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup Hallelujah Acres raw carob powder
1/4 cup sesame seeds – ground
1/4 cup sunflower seeds – ground
1/2 cup raw almond nut butter
5 medjool dates – pitted, soaked 2 hours, and drained
1 cup walnuts OR pecans – chopped
Place all ingredients in a food processor, pulsing until it reaches the perfect fudge consistency. Remove from blender, and press into a pan. Let set before cutting and serving.
2. Snow Ball Cookies
This Christmas classic recipe, found in Rhonda's book "Hallelujah Holiday Recipes From God's Garden," will take you back to your childhood.
2 cups almonds, pecans or walnuts – soaked overnight and drained
1 1/2 cups dried fruit – a mixture of pineapple, apple, apricots and mango is recommended
1 to 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
3 to 4 cups medjool dates – soaked for two hours and drained
Turn your food processor on, and alternate adding ingredients starting with the nuts, dried fruits and then dates. Process ingredients until well combined.
Remove the mixture from the processor, and roll into 1-inch balls. Place the balls in shredded coconut, tossing to coat. Transfer finished snow balls on a platter, and place in the refrigerator until serving.
3. Thumbprint Cookies
This recipe, submitted by Deborah Martin and found in Rhonda's holiday cookbook, is another delicious classic to enjoy while the snow falls. Keep in mind, this cookie recipe calls for a dehydrator, not an oven.
For the cookies:
1 cup almonds
1 cup hazelnuts
1/2 cup ground flaxmeal
1 cup dates – pitted
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon pure vanilla
For the fruit filling:
3 dried Turkish apricots – soaked in 1/2 cup water for at least 4 hours
1 cup dates – soaked
2 tablespoons soaking water
Place all cookie ingredients, besides the flax meal, in a processor, and mix until blended. Transfer the mixture into a large bowl, and stir in the flaxmeal. Use a small ice cream scoop to form balls out of the dough, and then place on dehydrator sheets. Press each dough ball down, making an indentation with your thumb. Set aside.
To make the fruit filling, simply blend the apricots and dates together, slowly adding water to perfect the consistency. Once the mixture is creamy and stable, spoon it into the thumb indentations of the cookies.
Place the cookies in your dehydrator at 105 degrees until the fruit filling is firm; this should take 8 to 12 hours. Once baking time is complete, remove, let cool and serve!
4. Raw Fruit Cake
What's Christmas without a traditional fruit cake? Rhonda suggested that before you make this tasty treat, use liquid lecithin to grease your baking dish or bread pan. It's a fairly thick pure vegetable product that you can find in most health stores. It's the Hallelujah Diet-approved way to ensure your baked goods don't stick to the pan!
1 cup organic dates – pitted
1 cup organic raisins
1 cup organic prunes
1 cup pecans
1 cup walnuts
1 cup shredded coconut
Raw unfiltered honey to taste
Place dates, raisins and prunes in a food processor, and blend until well combined. Slowly add pecans and walnuts, pulsing to chop until the mixture becomes coarse. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, and fold in the fruit and shredded coconut.
Transfer the entire mixture to a bread pan or baking dish prepared with liquid lecithin. Moisten the top with raw, unfiltered honey, and let set. Enjoy!
Raw Nut Loaf
A delicious recipe found in Kim Wilson's book "Everyday Wholesome Eating … In The Raw" makes a beautiful presentation. It's a great savory choice for guests looking for a treat that's not so sweet! This mixture makes five to six loaves and can also be used to make "burger" patties if desired.
1/4 to 1/2 red onion
2 stalks celery
1 to 2 colored peppers
1 cup almonds
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup pecans or hazelnuts
3 tablespoons fresh lemon
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Up to 1/4 cup distilled water
1 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
1 to 3 teaspoons sage
2 teaspoons basil
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon kelp
First, place the red onion, celery and pepper in a food processor. Coarsely chop, and then transfer this mixture to a large bowl and set aside.
Place nuts, seeds and liquids in a food processor, mixing until fairly smooth. Add seasonings, and continue to mix until this mixture is fully combined. Hand mix onion and nut mixtures together until combined.
Form mixture into loaves, and place them in the dehydrator at 105 degrees for 2 to 3 hours. Once baking time is up, remove from the dehydrator, and let the loaves sit before slicing and serving.
You can find more meals and treats that'll make you fall in love with food again just in time for the holidays by browsing our database of plant-based recipes!