It can be tough during the holiday season to avoid the sugary treats that are suddenly everywhere. Or to think of healthy treats to make with your family, share with coworkers, give as gifts or suggest what your kids can leave for Santa. Here are two wintery treats that will take you through the holiday season and beyond. Both taste super sinful but are definitely healthier than their traditional versions. What a great way to spread some real holiday cheer!
7 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup boiling water
3/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup coconut milk (from a can)
In a medium bowl add the boiling water to the chocolate pieces and let stand for 1 minute. Whisk until smooth.
In a small saucepan, bring the almond milk and coconut milk just to a simmer.
Add the chocolate mixture and whisk over moderate heat until hot.
Remove the saucepan from the heat.
Pour the hot chocolate into demitasse cups or small mugs and serve.
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 2 dozen
1 1/4 cup millet flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2/3 cup unsweetened dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/2 cup cubed coconut oil/butter
1 cup coconut nectar crystals
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup non-dairy milk (almond or coconut)
chocolate chips (roughly 1 bag), you can use Gnosis bars broken into "chips" or unsweetened carob or cacao chips
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
Preheat oven to 325 and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa and set aside.
Stir in the chocolate chips and peppermint extract and let the dough sit (covered with a towel or plastic wrap) for 10-20 minutes. You can also keep it in the fridge overnight.
Scoop tablespoon size dough amounts onto the baking sheet and press the tops slightly with the bottom of a glass.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, checking to make sure they aren't turning too dark on the bottom. Some ovens may cook faster, so keep watch.
Recipes and Photography: Jenny Nelson