Winter Wonderland: Special-Diet Dessert Cookbooks Spotlight


It wouldn’t be the holidays without that perfect dinner with all the trimmings. What could be more perfect than ending that repast with the perfect sweet tooth cravings. What with parties, impromptu gatherings, family dropping by unexpected and those lovely gift baskets, it just wouldn’t be the holidays without dessert. What happens when you dietary restrictions. Below are a few cookbooks available on Kindle to address some of those concerns

According to these cookbooks you can bake your cake and eat it too, and your cookies, pies, puddings and fruit tarts.

indexThe first cookbook on today’s list is the Weight Watchers Christmas Dessert Recipes: 50 Desserts to Die For Holiday Recipes by Ashley Peters. After a quick run through of how the Weight Watchers program works, dive right into 50 terrific sounding recipes complete with points values. I generally tend to avoid “diet”dessert because a smaller portion sounds better than fake food, but some of these recipes had me wanting to breakout the Christmas baking. I am certain my boys will never notice the difference if I don’t tell them. Plus Dessert is year round thing and I can see serving recipes like Strawberry Chocolate Shortcake, Apple Cinnamon Cake, and the family favorite bread pudding, just because. The book also includes a link to the free Weight Watchers Smoothie Recipes. The only major drawback that comes to mind is that I prefer pictures to compare my efforts to when trying new recipes and they are in short supply here.

20890801Next up is the Gluten-Free Desserts: Quick and Easy Delicious Recipes by Sophie Miller. There is nothing worse during the festivities than watching everyone else pig out on food you can’t have because a dietary issue or allergy. This book is chock full recipes that can be shared with everyone. My 12 y/o son has the best gluten free, milk free, egg free cookie recipe in the world, though I will admit that my experience with gluten free is his one cookie. If the pictures in this book are any indication, I have been missing out. The Double Chocolate Chip brownies simply look to die for and don’t get me started on luscious the Cheesecake looks. Of course in a Pinterest world I will have to admit that on my best baking day, my gingerbread men would never come out looking so delightful.

23455175Finally I took a look at Best Healthy Vegan Holiday Recipes: Christmas recipes by Jonathon Vine. This is not specifically a dessert cookbook, however vegan is lifestyle that is taking hold in my extended family for health reasons and there is no reason why those who choose to eat vegan should miss out on traditional holiday fare. There are sections for all the major food holidays, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas with section for Halloween as well. Nearly all the recipes in this cook book seem simple, healthy and delicious looking I will admit it seems a bit of a stretch to label most them as “Holiday” recipes, despite the adorable cover art. It does offer a few holiday favorites such as Spiced Pumpkin Pie (in the Halloween Section), Spiced Thanksgiving Sweet Casserole (butternut squash), Pumpkin Gingerbread, and Raw Chocolate Fudge.

Wishing your family a happy and healthy Holiday Season


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