HotM 22: Heart Healthy Decadence (Round-up)

This month's theme for Heart of the Matter focused on decadent treats that were heart healthy. Unfortunately, we didn't get very many entries this month, and so I waited a few extra days, hoping that we might get a late entry or two because December is such a busy month anyhow - and it seems to have worked, because we did! Thanks to the wonderful bloggers who participated this month, even in the midst of all the holiday hustle and bustle!

Our first entry comes from Ricki, who authors the blog Diet, Desserts and Dogs. She reminds us in her post that real women bake cookies too (I love this!) and offered her recipe for Tutti Fruiti Christmas Cookies. Since we're already after Christmas now, these pretty little treats would still make lovely hostess gifts or anytime cookies.

Labelga, a regular participant of HotM and the author of Leafy Cooking went with some premium ingredients and made a Bisque d'homard (or, Lobster Bisque) - she served it fresh and hot and it didn't even need the cream the recipe called for, making it really healthy but still full of flavor. This truly shows that heart-heathy treats can be delicious and decadent!

Ilva, my co-host at Lucullian Delights, has posted a beautiful Apricot Almond Cake with Oats and Coconut for her decadent treat. This would make a very lovely holiday breakfast or a delicious treat any time of the year!

Lastly, my own entry was for Caramel Macadamia Nut Sticky Buns - these little treats were an early holiday breakfast for us and are perfect if you're having guests this holiday season.

Thanks again to the participants this month and I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday!

10 comments from you:

Ricki said...

Thanks for hosting this, Michelle! And these entries truly do sound decadent. Once the holiday sweets overload wears off a bit, I'm going to try those sticky buns and that cake! :)

Paz said...

Very nice line up. Doesn't matter the number of participants.

Season's Greetings and Happy, Happy New Year!


Michelle said...

Ricki, thanks for participating! Without participants, it's hard to do a round-up! It was fun to find your blog too!

Paz, Thanks - that makes me feel better! Season's greetings to you too, my dear! I hope the new year brings only good things your way!

Debinhawaii said...

I am a bit behind in my visiting. A great line up of some wonderful and very decadent looking treats! Hope you had a great holiday!

I finally posted the salted caramel tart this afternoon. I am sure it isn't heart healthy! ;-)

Christie @ fig & cherry said...

Darn I missed this again! Fingers crossed I can get it together for next month... what's the cut off date? I need to put it in my diary.

They're all delicious entries but Michelle's little macadamia nuts buns have stolen my heart. I'm a BIG macadamia nut fan and they look scrumptious. Mmmm. xx

Michelle said...

Deb, well I'm glad that I'm not the only one! I can't wait to see your pictures of that tart (I think it was my favorite!).

Christie, Aw, you are just a big sweetheart, you know that? xoxo
I'll let you know when the next one comes around - the new announcement hasn't gone up yet.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Anything this good and heart healthy has to be REALLY (expletively) good!! Happy New Year Michelle. x

Nerissa said...

Happy New Year, Michelle. May 2009 bring you all sorts of fun and happiness!

katiez said...

I would have liked to play in this one.... I'm so lost without adequate internet time. Soon, tho, soon!
They all look great, anyway.
Happy New Year!

Michelle said...

Amanda, Nerissa and Katie - thanks and a very happy new year to you all too!