Festive Treats that Taste Great, and Are Good For You Too! – Dr Wendy Davis ND

Festive Treats that Taste Great, and Are Good For You Too!

Melt in your mouth Turtle Brownies, Creamy Pistachio Bars, Cookies of Joy

Turtle Brownies

These turtle brownies have an easy-to-make date caramel topping without added sugar, these will melt in your mouth!
  • 2 cups Medjool pitted dates packed
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • salt

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Then fill a medium-sized bowl with room temperature water and add the pitted dates to soak for 15-20 minutes.

2 In a small dish, mix the flaxseed meal with 2 1/2 tbsp water and stir. Let it rest for 5 minutes to thicken.

3 In a separate bowl, mix oat flour, almond flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Then fold in the melted coconut oil, almond milk (leave 1 tbsp aside for the date caramel), vanilla extract and add the flax egg.

4 Line an 8in by 4in loaf pan with parchment paper, transfer the batter and bake for 10-12 minutes.

5 For the caramel date, strain the dates and put them to a high-speed blender. Add 1 tbsp almond milk, 1 tbsp vanilla extract, 2 tbsp water, and a pinch of salt and blend until the mixture is smooth.

6 Transfer the date caramel to a mixing bowl and fold in the pecans.

7 Allow the brownies to cool completely. Then spread an even layer of the date caramel on top of the brownies.

Optional: Sprinkle the top with sea salt.

Creamy Pistachio Bars

These no-bake Creamy Pistachio Bars are a delicious healthy dessert. The creamy pistachio filling with the crunchy date oat crust is a match made in heaven!

  • 1 cup pistachios
  • 1 cup cashews
  • ⅔ cup dates
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • salt

1 Soak the dates for 10 minutes in a small bowl. Fill a separate bowl with hot water and soak the pistachios together with 1/2 of the cashews for 20 minutes.

2 For the crust, combine oat flour, 1/2 cup of raw cashews, 4 tbsp of almond milk and a pinch of salt to a high-speed blender or food processor. Then add the soaked dates and blend until everything is evenly combined.

3 Transfer the blended mixture to a bowl and mix in the oats with a wooden spoon.

4 Line an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper. If the parchment paper falls, you can use clips to hold it up. Then transfer the oats-date mixture and press it to the bottom.

5 For the filling, put the soaked pistachios and cashews into the blender. Add maple syrup, 1 cup of almond milk, and vanilla extract and blend the filling is evenly combined.

6 For the filling on top of the crust and freeze everything for about 5 hours or until firm.

If you would like, you can add some extra pistachios or salt on top of the bars to serve!

Finally slice and enjoy!


Cookies of Joy

Eat Like a Medieval Saint With Her Recipe for ‘Cookies of Joy’
St. Hildegard was a mystic, healer, and passionate proponent of spelt and nutmeg.
  • 12 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (or black strap molasses)
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 1/2 cups spelt flour (you can usually find it in the baking aisle)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves

1  Melt the butter, then add it to a medium bowl with the sugar, honey, and egg yolks. Beat gently, then fold in the rest of the ingredients. Refrigerate the dough for an hour.

2  Flour a surface and then roll out the cookie dough until about a 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough into small circles using a cookie cutter or an upturned glass.

3  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, or until a golden-brown. Let cool, then enjoy.