Sweet Potato Apple Bake

Sweet Potato Apple Bake-For those of us who have been celebrating holidays for decades and making the food that is the center of the celebration, we have a basic drill that we go through, and usually prepare the same dishes each year. In some ways, the fact that the menu is predictable and set, is something that everyone looks forward to. As the years have gone by, we have focused more on healthy eating by choice, and of course, a gluten free diet by necessity. My mother’s sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving and Christmas were canned, loaded with butter and brown sugar, and amazing. I have used fresh sweet potatoes myself for many years, cut down on fat and sugar and have been very pleased with our sweet potato side dish.

Honestly, I didn’t really think that there were many variations on basic sweet potatoes, but oh, was I wrong. This sweet potato dish with apples, dates and topped with maple glazed pecans is not your mother’s sweet potato side dish. It is so delicious, it could almost be your holiday dessert. Vegan, gluten free and diary free.

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Sweet Potato Apple Crisp Instant Pot

Sweet Potato Apple Crisp-For those of us who have been celebrating holidays for decades and making the food that is the center of the celebration, we have a basic drill that we go through, and usually prepare the same dishes each year.  In some ways, the fact that the menu is predictable and set, is something that everyone looks forward to.  As the years have gone by, we have focused more on healthy eating by choice,  and of course, a gluten free diet by necessity.   My mother’s sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving and Christmas were canned, loaded with butter and brown sugar, and amazing.  I have used fresh sweet potatoes myself for many years, cut down on fat and sugar and have been very pleased with our sweet potato side dish.

Honestly, I didn’t really think that there were many variations on basic sweet potatoes, but oh, was I wrong.  This sweet potato dish with apples, dates and topped with maple glazed pecans is not your mother’s sweet potato side dish. It is so delicious, it could almost be your holiday dessert.  I made it in the Instant Pot, and feel like that gave it an even better flavor, was ready in less than thirty minutes and doesn’t take up your oven space.  Vegan, gluten free and diary free.

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Oatmeal Persimmon Bars

Oatmeal Persimmon Bars.  Persimmon is a delicious, juicy fruit that is only available October-February and if you haven’t tried this fabulous fruit, you must.  I use it in many fall recipes, and am always looking for more ways to incorporate this yummy and nutritious fruit into the menu.  Today, we are combining a traditional oat bar with persimmon to give it a touch of sweetness and juicy flavor.  Vegan, gluten free and dairy free.

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Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

Both of these ingredients are holiday ingredients…pumpkin for Thanksgiving and cranberries for Christmas.  This bread is perfect for both!  Depending on your preference, you can serve the bread plain, or dress it up with whipped pumpkin vegan cream cheese, or whipped maple butter.  This delicious bread works for breakfast, snack, or holiday dinner.  Vegan, gluten free and dairy free.

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Chocolate Tea Cake

Chocolate Tea Cake With Whipped Persimmon.  I made this chocolate cake purposefully small, so it could be a treat, without being high in calories and sugar.  It turned out perfectly–chocolate with a light sweetness, low in carbs and hidden nutrition with yellow squash.  The Urban Dictionary defines Tea Cake as:   ” pastry, bread, or cake traditionally served with afternoon tea, that can be eaten with the fingers.”  By all means, let them eat cake…with their fingers.   Vegan, gluten free and dairy free.

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