I love building new holiday traditions now that I have a family of my own. We are on the healthier end of the spectrum and find that our options are sometimes limited or costly (allergic reactions) when we go to holiday gatherings.
In the name of wanting normalcy, I have been perfecting 4 yummy holiday treat recipes that are great for time at home with family and friends or to take out into the office potluck, white elephant parties and Secret Santa escapades galore.
Generally all four recipes to be debuted over the Christmas season and will be healthy, lower calorie, nutritious and tasty. Let us begin.
Holiday Treat # 4: Vegan Shortbread Cookies
2 ½ C. Flour (I did half wheat flour/ half white flour)
1 Medium ripe banana
1/2C. Vegan butter 2 Tbsp. Vegan Butter
1/2C. Dried cranberries
1 Tsp. Baking powder
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
Ground Cinnamon and Ginger (optional)
Egg Replacer (3 Tsp. + 2 Tbs water blend together)
½ C. Vegan chocolate chips
2 Tbsp. Vegan Butter
Sprinkles for decorating
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream vegan butter, sugar, banana and vanilla extract. Next take all the dry ingredients (flour, spices, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt) and whisk together. Next prepare the Egg Replacer and add to mixture. Once mixture is consistent add in the dried cranberries.
Roll your dough into a ball, and then flatten to ½ in. depth. Cut with pizza cutter. Bake in the oven for 11 minutes. Allow cookies to cool.
Next, take the 2 tbsp. of vegan butter, and the vegan chocolate chips, melt and mix on stove using a double boiler so the chocolate will not burn, or you can use a microwave. I drizzled the melted chocolate over the cookies and then sprinkled decorations on before the chocolate cooled. Refrigerate for 10 minutes, then enjoy!
These cookies taste like a banana split! J