Comforting Seasonal Desserts for Cozy Winter Nights

February 17, 2021

When you think of seasonal produce, you probably think of summertime farmers’ markets. But fresh fruits and vegetables are actually growing year-round—including right now. These recipes highlight seasonal produce in sweet and unexpected ways.

Sweet Potato Marshmallow Bars [Just a Pinch]
These sweet potato bars are kind of like a throwback to Thanksgiving! But this updated version of sweet potato casserole is served up in brownie form. Boil and mash fresh sweet potatoes, or make things easier by simply mashing soft canned sweet potatoes. Add ample amounts of sugar and butter, along with ginger and cinnamon, and a few other ingredients. Bake the gooey bars, add a layer of mini marshmallows on top and use the broiler to torch them to a beautiful golden-brown.

Heartbeet Chocolate Cake [Bon Appetit]
Beets might not be the first thing you’d think to add to chocolate cake, but given their abundance of natural sugar, it makes sense that they’d star in this recipe. Along with brown sugar and bittersweet chocolate, they lend their sweetness to a rich, dense cake. The homemade glaze also features bittersweet chocolate melted with coconut oil, vanilla, and a dash of kosher salt.

Pomegranate and Apple Crisp [AllRecipes]
Pomegranate seeds serve as a delicious extra in this otherwise pretty traditional apple crisp recipe. It’s pretty easy to make, especially if you buy the pomegranate seeds already extract from the flesh of the fruit. Toss them with chopped apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, then spread the mixture into an even layer in a baking dish. Add a crumbly topping of oats, flour, sugar, and butter, and bake the crisp for 45 minutes. Then enjoy!

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