Christmas Biscotti

I intended to create a festive cranberry-pistachio biscotti combo last Christmas but ran out of time. Twelve months later, I finally did it! One of the advantages of waiting is that I had white chocolate chips on hand this year. I’ve been experimenting with them lately; otherwise, it never would have occurred to me [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Cranberry Orange Biscotti

This is adapted from a Cooking Light recipe I’ve been using for more than a dozen years. My version features a classic flavor combination: orange and cranberry. (CL’s has walnuts instead of cranberries.) It also includes whole wheat flour and contains 25% less sugar than the original.

Cranberry Orange Biscotti

Makes about [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Amazing Banana Nut Scones

This recipe is the result of combining a great-tasting, high-fat scone with a decent-tasting, good-for-you scone. The result is, fortunately, a great-tasting scone that is high in nutrients and low in fat and calories. The primary nutritional benefits come from the bran, whole wheat flour and bananas, boosted by some protein from the milk and [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread

I have always loved the combination of cranberry and orange flavors in bread and muffins. The cranberry orange quick bread recipe that I used for years called for more oil (in the form of butter) than I wanted and contained no whole grains. This modified version of a similar recipe replaces some of the oil [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Double Cranberry Orange Muffins

This is a nut-free variation of my Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread, created specifically for my son, who won’t eat any bread with nuts. He’s not allergic, thankfully, but he can’t—or won’t—keep them down, so we don’t even try anymore. Muffins are easier to serve to children anyway.

Don’t be intimidated by the number of ingredients; [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Cookies

Not only do these nutrient-dense cookies have more protein and fruit than a typical cookie, but children love them. Skip the chocolate chips, and you could even serve one or two for breakfast.

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Cookies

1 medium-sized banana, well ripened 1 cup peanut butter, smooth or crunchy 1/2 cup brown sugar, [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

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