This is the best time of year to putter away in the kitchen and mix up something sweet. So, I’ve rounded up my favourite weekend baking recipes for the coziest time of year, all a touch healthier, made with less sugar, healthy fats, and wholesome flours.
There’s a little something for everyone here, including gluten-free baked good options and, of course, chocolate. These are wonderful in addition to or in place of traditional holiday cookies, cakes, and squares–everyone is happy!
Whole Wheat Banana Pecan Streusel Coffee Cake
This cake, a banana nut bread meets damp-crumbed banana cake, tastes buttery and rich, remaining incredibly moist thanks to buttermilk.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Gingerbread Petit Fours
Spicy bites of ginger cake fudge covered in chocolate and topped with snowflakes of sea salt make for the ultimate food gift. Package one or two up to gift, or keep them in your freezer for petit four emergencies.
Salted Brown Butter Black Bean Brownies
Black beans make these brownies super fudgy and dense; brown butter adds a rich, nutty taste to the base; and a bit of flaky salt makes these come to life.
Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cream Pies
A healthier homemade version of the classic Little Debbie oatmeal cream cookies (aka Oatmeal Creme Pies).