29 Better-For-You Goodies Perfect for Mishloach Manot
Purim is usually a time of major sugar overload, with trays of cakes, cookies, and candies delivered to our doors at all hours. That is, until now! We’re switching things up and providing you with healthier ideas to satisfy that sweet tooth! So put down the processed candy, the sugary energy drinks, and the packaged cookies, and try making one of the 29 recipes below!
- Hazelnut Date Biscotti by Rorie Weisberg
Dates have a great chewy texture and delicious sweetness, so they star in many of my recipes. Once you try this recipe, you’ll be making a lot of it!
- Double Chocolate Spelt Brownie Bites by Tamara Friedman
These Double Chocolate Brownie Bites are so easy to make, and yummy to eat! Moist and delicious, these can be made a little "healthier" using Truvia, and white spelt flour. Whip up these adorable brownie bites in no time for a quick homemade snack!
- Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cookies by Sheindy Unger
- Spelt Biscotti by Victoria Dwek
I don’t know if it’s a good thing when healthier baked goods taste so good, because we rationalize that they’re healthier and we eat more of them when, really, they’re still a treat. But these biscotti are really good and just the thing you want with your coffee.
- Homemade Cereal Bars by Elky Friedman
One of my children gives me a hard time about breakfast. She doesn’t like most cereals; yogurt is “too cold” and oatmeal is “too mushy.” I finally found a solution. These homemade cereal bars have no sugar, they’re healthy and filling—and they’re also exciting (almost like a cookie, which she used to beg for every morning).
- Healthy No-Bake Cheesecake Jars (Gluten Free) by Esther Begun
The layers of cheese filling, nutty crust and berries give these jars the perfect amount of richness, creaminess and freshness! This versatile cheesecake can be made in individual cups with various toppings (think Oreos, chocolate, or caramel) or as one big cheesecake in a pie dish.
- Allergy-Friendly Oatmeal Tahini Cookies by Rorie Weisberg
Gluten free, nut free, egg free (vegan), and refined sugar free oatmeal tahini cookies with chocolate chips or raisins. These cookies are a mini macro snack. Oats are a great source of complex carbohydrates combined with the fiber, fats and protein in the tahini and flax seeds offer you the macros you need to feel satisfied for hours.
- Full 'n Free Grain-Free Hamantaschen by Rorie Weisberg
Using Rorie’s grain-free mix makes these hamentaschen not only gluten-free but grain-free and high in fiber and healthy fats, making it the low glycemic way to bake. These delicious hamentaschen are refined sugar-free using minimal amounts of honey and silan. Enjoy Purim’s traditional favorite with ingredients that love your body back!
- Nut Butter Rice Krispie Treats (Gluten-Free) by Rivki Rabinowitz
What your kids REALLY love eating (and let's face it – you too!). A gluten free treat that can be made nut-free as well.
- Oatmeal Craisin Bars by Brynie Greisman
This garnered rave reviews from all. They aren’t too sweet and have a creamy flavorful filling you’re going to love.
- Raw Coconut Date Truffles by Vera Newman
Gluten free sticky date truffles are a welcome healthy addition.
- Cranberry Pecan Biscotti by Estee Kafra
I always double this recipe. ‘Nuff said.
- Candied Cinnamon Nuts by Estee Kafra
A friend of mine gave me this recipe many years ago, and somehow I never had the chance to try it. While looking for ideas for Mishloach Manos that can be prepared in advance, I found this recipe and decided to try it out. It really is as delicious as she claimed, and the house smells amazing while it's baking.
- Gluten Free Almond Cookies by Sina Mizrahi
These gluten-free cookies will be your new go-to healthy cookie alternative. At their base is almond meal, which is coarser than almond flour, and is known to be an excellent high-protein, grain-free substitute for flour. The cookies also contain just enough sweetener to be pleasantly tasty. And though their consistency isn’t that of a typical cookie, they have a nice, dense interior and slightly crisp exterior. Overall, a great cookie to have on hand for a guilt-free snack.
Green Tea Hamantashen by Paula Shoyer
When I was visiting Paris in 2011, I saw macarons, chocolate candies and even cakes made with green tea powder. Green tea is an anti-oxidant and believed to reduce risks of cancer and heart disease, so this is a hamantashen that is good for you. I fill them with apricot jam, but you can substitute with any flavor you like. You can find kosher-certified green tea powder online.
- Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse by Estee Kafra
When making recipes with so few ingredients, it’s really important to make sure that each ingredient is of the best quality. Good quality ingredients make all the difference. I like to serve this in a small shot glass or bowl with some cake and some sliced fruit.
- Sweet Potato Apple Mini Loaves by Brynie Greisman
Served in mini loaves, and drizzled with a cinnamon glaze, these are an elegant and classy choice for your Purim seuda. They freeze beautifully too.
- Fresh Fruit Compote by Gitty Greenberg
This is my family’s version of compote, which we always serve for dessert on Shabbat, using different fruits depending on the season. Compote also freezes beautifully.
- Overnight Oats by Victoria Dwek
Overnight oats are usually made by mixing oats and milk and letting it sit in the fridge overnight, softening the oats. If you use different flavors of Greek yogurt instead and load up the toppings, you get the best and most filling way ever to enjoy yogurt for breakfast. Choose your favorite or design your own combo with any other flavor of yogurt. There are so many options—so much fun!
Moist Bran Muffins from the Dining In Cookbook
Learn how to prepare delicious, moist low-fat wheat bran muffins, perfect for a breakfast on the go or a midmorning boost.
- Granola with Mix-Ins from the Dining In Cookbook
This is a great breakfast cereal with milk or a delicious, nutritious snack to munch on.
- Pure Pudding by Rorie Weisberg
Thick and creamy, with a frozen-yogurt-like texture, this pudding is one that will satisfy you and your taste buds. It's my personal breakfast favorite. There's lots of healthy fat inside from the avocado and coconut almond milk. Pair with protein or add protein powder and it will keep you going through the morning!
Don't be scared off by the avocado. It adds delicious creaminess, and the other fruits completely mask the avocado flavor.
- Best Homemade Strawberry Applesauce by Devorah Raskin
This classic homemade strawberry applesauce is very popular with the kids.
- Whole Wheat Muffins by Esther Ottensoser
Delicious! And that’s just the muffin itself. Add to that your choice from these four toppings; you have a perfect healthy snack, or even a full hearty breakfast.
Strawberry Fruit Leather by Amy Spiro
- Fruit and White Chocolate Bark by Jamie Geller
This beautiful white chocolate bark combines delicious dried fruits and nuts for an elegant but simple dessert, treat, or gift. Try it with your favorite combination of dried fruits and nuts for something different. My favorite is salted pistachio with dark chocolate.
- Infused Water by Rorie Weisberg
These beverages are the perfect way to get a hint of flavor without added sugar. Bursting with eye-catching color, they make great refreshers on a hot summer day. Infused water also has strong detox benefits, so try out these recipes and pick your favorite!
- Almond Clusters from the Dining In Cookbook
Chocolate, nuts, and dried fruit; a classic, addictive treat.
- Rorie's Trail Mix by Rorie Weisberg
Prepare individual bags of the mix for easy grab-and-go. Feel free to personalize your trail mix by adding kale chips, seeds or other air-dried fruit, like strawberries, peaches or a combination.