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Healthy Chocolate-Cherry Almond Biscotti for CEiMB


Whew! Happy New Year everyone! I’m hoping that in finally coming up for air after all the holiday craziness- I can actually get back into the swing of posting here. I’m sorry I’ve neglected you all as the time has gotten away from me during the last several weeks or so. I am also changing the way I eat and that is affecting everything else.

 One of my friends asked if I am low carbing- no- I am increasing my nutrition to calorie ratio by including more fruits, vegetables and healthy beans and whole grains- easy peasy. And deliciously good for you I might add- full of fiber and micro-nutrients.  In all of the “diets” I’ve seen out there I’ve never heard or read any of them say to stay away from vegetables and leafy greens. Have you?


I recently read Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and I have to say I already agreed with most of what I read there. It made complete sense to me- if a bit difficult to put into practise- given loving food and living in a world that doesn’t equate food solely with health. For instance the recipe below would not be in accordance with the Eat to Live principles, but even Dr. Fuhrman allows that you might like an occasional treat and advocates trying to eat healthfully as a percentage in your life with celebrations allowed. I am determined to improve my own healthy body and I am of the opinion that if you put lots of healthy foods in- the not so good stuff will have to make way and you’ll be naturally fuller and healthier. We already eat a lot of vegetables around here but making an effort to eat more in a conscious way doesn’t hurt anything. So healthy- happy new year everyone!!!

I still have packages to mail to a few of you- the post office and I were unfortunately not destined to be with each other in recent past. But I will get them out and you’ll have something to look forward to soon. I promise. 🙂 xoxo

I am catching up on Craving Ellie in My Belly here too, I did make these yesterday but missed posting them here. So without further digression….


Chocolate-Cherry Almond Biscotti from page 302 of The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger. I almost chose these myself last week so when Leanne of Enjoying My Favorite Things chose them I was very happy to make them. 

FYI- One tip I’ve learned as I’ve baked lots of biscotti is to let them cool completely before slicing and rebaking no matter what the recipe says- that way they slice easier and they don’t fall apart. It takes a little longer to complete the process but they turn out loads better.

I think that these are quite good- they do taste a bit healthy with the whole wheat flour- but they don’t taste like cardboard which is a plus- as Rick my favourite in house taste-tester said. He gives them a thumb’s up for adding whole grains- being relatively low in fat and still being a treat worth its calories. Much of the flavour is due to the additions- I personally think you can’t go wrong with dried tart cherries, almonds and dark chocolate. Lots of things in there to add to your healthy bottom line and give great taste.  Get the book and give them a try.  Go on- have a healthy tasty start to better nutrition you don’t have to punish yourself to be more healthy.


I am a writer, artist, gardener, obsessed cook/baker and recipe lover. I spend my time finding new ways to enjoy my life and try to encourage everyone around me to do the same. I like creating a cozy, warm, comforting and inviting atmosphere and hope to share some of that here. Hopefully, I get to learn from others who share my interests too.


  • Kalyn

    Hate it when things like this happen! I’m writing about the SL Tribune article and mentioning some other Utah blogs, and I realize I never added you to my list of Utah blogs. So sorry! It was definitely not intentional, and you’re going on there right now!

  • Holly

    Hi Gabs! Happy New Year to you and your family! Your biscotti look like they turned out really good. I missed out on the this one too, but I’m hoping to get back in gear now. Let me know what your schedule is like and let’s try to get together soon. 🙂

  • casalba

    Happy New Year to you too, Gabi. Be Healthy & Happy. In what everyone is now calling the “credit crunch” it doesn’t mean for a second that we have to eat badly. Indeed, really good food can be less expensive and much healthier. With love, Sally

  • maryann

    I’m doing the same. Lots of fruits and vegetables. My body needs a detox from all the wonderful Christmas treats 🙂

  • Marie

    Gabi, I vow to be healthier in 2009! Having a food blog, and being surrounded by blog after blog of fabulous food, is very hard!! I’m thinking hard of ways to manage it all, I do have some ideas I need to put into effect ASAP!!
    Hugs, Marie

  • Foodista

    That really looks delicious. I’d like to invite you to take some time to drop by at Foodista and share this delicious recipe with us. We have launched an online food and cooking encyclopedia ala wikipedia. Add a recipe and you can win a $100 gift card to Sur la table. Don’t forget to register first so we know who to thank the recipe for. Thanks! Happy New Year!

  • Leanne

    We enjoyed the recipe too. I wished I would have sliced smaller for it to be lower in calories. I’ll have to remake them and try that! Thanks for the tip.

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