Don’t let the bare trees and gray skies fool you: There’s a veritable rainbow of juicy, delicious fruit that is at its peak during the winter months. We’ve rounded up our favorite baking recipes with seasonal fruits. Best of all, all of these recipes are whole-food, plant-based, and completely free of animal products and oil. So preheat the oven, put on your apron and enjoy one of these delicious recipes today.
APPLE DESSERT PIZZA:
Combining two great loves – apple pie and pizza – these delicious mini pizzas stand out in any crowd. Apple pie flavor comes from a filling of sliced apples drizzled with maple syrup and lemon juice and a handful of crunchy granola. Serve them with vanilla yogurt or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
BAKED FLOWER APPLES WITH CINNAMON CREAM:
Between earthy nuts, tender sweet apples, and tart cranberries, every bite of this amazing vegan baked apple dessert is infused with flavor. Top it with a simple cinnamon flavored banana ice cream for a hearty dessert worthy of any holiday.
VEGAN APPLE PIE:
Enjoyed across the country and around the world, apple pie is a comfort food. It’s also a great way to use up all those apples. Packed with whole ingredients, this vegan apple pie features a subtly tangy apple filling that pairs perfectly with the earthy tones of the date-sweetened oat crust. Top it with an almond butter crumbly oat topping for extra richness.
GINGERBREAD WITH POACHED PEAR:
Poached pears never tasted so good as in this fluffy and perfectly sweet gingerbread. For extra spice, sprinkle with cinnamon and serve with whipped chickpea cream. Yum !
FALL FRUIT TRIGGAGE WITH PUMPKIN GINGERBREAD:
In this occasional dessert, the combination of intensely flavored roasted winter fruits, gingerbread, vegan yogurt cream and fresh pomegranate creates a truly memorable dish.
KAKIS AND ALMOND CAKE:
December is the perfect time to enjoy a delicious persimmon and almond cake. This traditional Spanish cake is often served during the holiday season. To prepare the cake, the persimmons are peeled and diced, then mixed with flour, eggs, sugar, baking powder and almonds. The mixture is spread in a baking dish and baked in the oven until golden brown. The cake can be served plain or with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream. Just one bite of this festive cake will have you feeling all the holiday cheer!
POLENTA CAKE WITH APPLES AND CHERRY COMPOTE:
Polenta’s slightly sweet taste and chewy texture make it an ideal base for healthy wholegrain pies and cakes.
CRANBERRY AND PEAR CRUMBLE PIE:
Fancy a crumble? Unlike traditional fruit crumbles, which contain lots of refined sugar and butter, this fruity beauty is made entirely from whole foods and plants. The combination of an oat and nut crust filled with a pear and cranberry filling is heaven in a pie dish.
CHOCOLATE-ORANGE DESSERT DONUTS:
The orange season is at its peak. These deluxe donuts contain a triple dose of this sunny citrus, with orange juice, segments and zest.
PEAR AND SPICE CAKE:
Opt for one of the many varieties of pears that are in top form right now to make this hearty spice cake, which is a fan favorite.
CINNAMON, APPLE AND MAPLE ROLLS:
The apple season begins in the fall and continues until mid-winter. These fudgy cinnamon rolls are a great holiday breakfast treat.
MINI APPLE-RAISIN MUFFINS:
Many store-bought mini muffins are high in sugar and low in nutrients, but not these. Fruit adds a natural sweet taste and fiber. So you can feel good about eating them for breakfast.
CRANBERRY AND ORANGE RUSKS:
These crunchy orange flavored cookies are a great Christmas gift for your friends and neighbors. Or offer them to yourself, and enjoy them with a hot cup of your favorite herbal tea.
ORANGE BLOSSOM AND POMEGRANATE CAKE:
December is the perfect time to make an Orange Blossom Pomegranate Cake. The intense flavor of oranges blends perfectly with the sweetness of pomegranates. And the bright colors are a festive touch. Best of all, this cake is easy to make and can be enjoyed by everyone. Just mix the ingredients, bake it in a 9 inch cake pan and enjoy!