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5 Delicious, Gluten and Dairy-Free Holiday Desserts with Essential Oils

The holidays are fast approaching, can you believe it? Baking with essential oils is a fabulous way to spice up your cooking, especially during holidays. Essential Oils are used all over the world for a variety of health reasons. They act as a natural remedy for many different illnesses, plus some of them can replace dry or fresh herbs and spices in cooking.

So let's dig into our favorite essential oils for baking festive goodies and how you can add them to your holiday desserts collection!

There are several reasons that we especially love essential oils rather than other alternatives:

  • Essential oils can add A LOT of the flavor you're seeking without altering baked goods color or consistency. For example, cinnamon leaf essential oil is clear and doesn't turn cookies or muffins a solid brown like ground cinnamon spice.
  • Baking with essential oils is a better and HEALTHIER alternative than working with extracts, which most of the time are synthetic with added commercial fragrances and coloring. Lemon and peppermint essences, like many others, for example, are produced with alcohol. This often alters the taste of your goodies. Why add alcohol to your baked treats when you can utilize just a few drops of certified organic essential oils?

Make sure to heed these basic safety and usage suggestions when baking with essential oils:

  • Make sure to use glass or stainless steel bowls and utensils. Citrus oils can damage plastic and other petroleum-based products.
  • Store your essential oils properly in a dark cupboard in your kitchen, away from heat
  • To make sure you don't accidentally add too many drops of essential oils to your recipe, you can measure them over a bowl.
  • Oftentimes, a toothpick to a maximum 1 drop of essential oil is sufficient to get a huge boost of flavor. Just moisten a clean toothpick into the essential oil bottle, then transfer the toothpick and whirl it around in the mixture or batter that you want to season. This is especially useful with strong oils like clove.
  • It's also important to be cautious with your oils. If your kids regularly help you bake, then be mindful of keeping the oils out of reach.

Peppermint Essential Oil Brownie Bites

Ingredients:

  • 8 tbs coconut oil, melted
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of erythritol
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup gluten-free all-purpose or regular flour
  • 3 drops USDA organic Peppermint essential oil
  • Mini muffin pan

Instructions:

  • Place your eggs in a cup of warm water to help them come up to room temperature. This will permit them to blend into the batter without hardening the coconut oil.
  • Heat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Prepare your muffin pan by coating with coconut oil or use a silicone nonstick pan instead.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine erythritol, cocoa powder, coconut oil, and vanilla. Stir the mixture well to combine thoroughly.
  • Transfer eggs from the water and break into the mixing bowl. Stir and beat the eggs for about 30 seconds to get them integrated.
  • Stir in the flour and peppermint essential oil and blend thoroughly.
  • Transfer the batter into the prepared muffin pans.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 10 - 15 minutes.
  • Remove the brownies from pans and set them aside to cool. Serve with a bowl of ice cream or by themselves!

Blueberry and Cardamom Essential Oil Scones

Blueberry and Cardamom Essential Oil Scones

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with a piece of nonstick paper.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the baking powder, erythritol, flour, and salt. Then proceed to add the coconut oil and blueberries with a blender.
  • Add the measured milk to the batter, and then drop in the 3 drops of Cardamom oil and the 2 drops of Ginger oil. Stir gently to combine.
  • Add a little extra flour if needed to keep the dough from being too glutinous. Split the dough in half and shape into 2 balls. And the shape each ball into 6 scones.
  • Place the scones onto the lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until golden.

Baked Apple with Nutmeg & Cinnamon Essential Oil

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a pie pan with nonstick spray.
  • Mix the oats, erythritol, and flour in a glass bowl.
  • Use a stainless steel fork to blend in the coconut oil until your mixture has a nice crumbly texture. Timesaver tip: Throw all the above ingredients into a food processor and pulse 3 – 6 times until the mixture's texture is crumbly.
  • Add the dried fruit and essential oils to the mixture and combine well. Then place this mixture in the refrigerator while you prepare the apples.
  • Cut a small portion of the base of each apple to make a smooth edge so that they can remain straight in the baking pan.
  • Using a knife and spoon, carve out the core and the seeds. Make sure not to cut through the bottom of the apple. Tip: If you do unintentionally cut through to the base of the apple, just arrange the apple inside of a piece of foil. Adjust the foil around the whole base and up the sides of the apple a little to catch all the buttery goodness as it bakes.
  • Spoon the mixture into each apple. Pack it down as much as possible, and also allow it to flow onto the roof of the apples.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. The apple should be soft and allow a knife to pierce with ease.

 

Clove Essential Oil Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray your baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and erythritol. Mix well and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, blend the avocado or olive oil, coconut oil, pumpkin puree, coconut oil, eggs, yogurt, water, and all the essential oils. Mix until combined thoroughly.
  • With the blender on low, slowly combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. When the two mixtures are combined properly, switch the blender to medium and blend for two minutes until the batter is light and fluffy.
  • Distribute the batter evenly among the baking pans.
  • Bake for 45 – 50 minutes.

    Apple Pie with Holiday Essential Oils

    apple pie with cinnamon, gingergrass, and clove essential oil

    Ingredients:

    Instructions:

    • Preheat the oven to 400 F. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray. Add the bottom crust to the baking plate.
    • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the lemon juice and the Cinnamon, Ginger, and Clove essential oils.
    • Add the chopped apple pieces to the lemon juice and mix well. Once the fruit is glazed in the lemon juice and oils, combine the erythritol and flour. Stir well.
    • Empty the fruit into the pie crust on the baking plate. Place the coconut oil around the apple pieces and then top with the pie crust.
    • Fold the pie crust edges together and press into a decorative pattern, and then finally, brush the beaten egg over the top of the pie crust.
    • Bake at 400 for 25 minutes, then reduce the heat down to 375 and cover with a piece of foil or parchment, and continue baking for an extra 45 minutes.
    • The pie can be served warm or at room temperature. Serve as is or with ice cream or regular clotted cream.

    NOTE: Always buy USDA Organic oils to avoid the artificial fertilizers & pesticides sprayed on all non-organic crops; otherwise, you're defeating their therapeutic effectiveness and benefits.

    These recipes are super quick and simple, and they're great for wiping up when you have guests over the holidays or just for you to share and enjoy them with your loved ones during the holidays!

    Let us know in the comments below which recipe you've done and how you liked it, what your experience was like making them, or how we can improve these recipes. We'd love to hear from you so we can improve what we're doing.






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