11 Comforting Recipes To Finish Out Winter

If those winter-weather cravings have hit you hard this season then you’re in the right place. 

From gooey chocolate mug cake to slow cooker ragu, we’ve rounded up 11 of our favourite healthy comfort-food recipes so you can enjoy the best part of winter, guilt free.

healthy apple crumble

Healthy Apple Crumble

Honestly, who can say no to an apple crumble in winter? It’s the quintessential dessert that just so happens to be a cinch to transform from guilty pleasure to nourishing dessert. This one is sugar free, using a sprinkling of complementary spices to spruce up the apples and a mix of rolled oats and almond meal for a fibre-rich crumble. 

Cauliflower Fennel Soup

Creamy Cauliflower and Fennel Soup 

We adore Liv’s fast and healthy recipes, with this one a standout for the winter months. Roasting the veg adds another level of flavour while the coconut cream adds a good dose of MCTs and essential vitamins and minerals along with that creamy consistency we all crave from a good soup. 

Eggplant Bharta Curry

Nourishing Eggplant Bharta With Indian Dosa Pancakes

Even though this traditional Indian dish is a bit fiddly it’s more than worth it. The charred flavour of the eggplant gives it a divine depth while the concoction of spices warms you from the inside out. Be sure not to skip the Dosa pancakes..

Vanilla Berry Teff Porridge

Vanilla Berry Teff Porridge

Kick the day off with a decent chunk of your recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals with this delicious Vanilla Teff Porridge. Highlighting the yummy nut-like flavour of teff with berries and vanilla bean paste, you’ll be earmarking this simple yet delicious winter brekky option to enjoy all season. 

Sticky Asian Pork

Sticky Asian-Style Pulled Pork

There’s nothing better than throwing a mix of ingredients into a cooker for a few hours and coming away with a melt-in-your-mouth meal. This one from the deservedly popular recipe whiz Not Quite Nigella creates a sweet asian flavoured pork that literally melts in your mouth. And the spruced up nori and sesame rice makes for a tasty and more nutritious alternative to plain.

Loving Earth Chocolate Mug Cake

Chocolate Mug Cake

This Chocolate Mug Cake is ridiculously good. It’s divine. Otherworldly. Words cannot express how much your tastebuds will love this easy (and addictive) chocolate mug cake. It’s everything a chocolate cake should be: gooey, rich, and ready in a few minutes. Did we mention it’s delicious?

Jess Sepel Eggplant Parmigiana

Healthy Eggplant Parmigiana

This healthified parmigiana from healthy living advocate Jessica Sepel, could not be any easier. With just 5 ingredients and a throw-everything-in method, it’s perfect for a mid-week meal that delivers on those winter-induced comfort food cravings.

Baked Berry Custard

Baked Berry Custard

This is a baked custard that tastes decadent but is as good-for-you as healthy desserts come. It’s super easy to prep, making it perfect for busy mums, and is a favourite with the whole family (another win for the mums ;-)) Using whole ingredients instead of sugar-laden over-processed ones, you’ll happily fill little tummies up with this custard, morning or night. 

Peanut Butter Brownies

Fudge Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

If brownies had a match made in heaven it would be peanut butter. Lucky for us the talented Fit Foodie has created a version that blends the two to create one heavenly-tasting brownie. And with 4 simple ingredients, they couldn’t be any easier to whip up and enjoy. 

Slow Cooker Lamb Ragu

Slow Cooker Lamb Ragu

This flavour-packed Ragu from My Sugar Free Kitchen is all kinds of good, created with a simple selection of ingredients and minimal effort. Serve with pappardelle pasta and a sprinkling of fresh herbs for a hearty and wholesome meal that will warm your body and soul.

Pork Mince Curry

Pork Mince Curry

A delicious take on the classic Indian dish, Kheema masala, this dish is a wonderful combination of fast and flavourful. The Spice Adventuress is an expert at blending the perfect mix of spices and this Pork Mince Curry is no exception. Using aromatic cardamom, mace, bay leaves and other traditional spices, it packs a powerful flavour punch.

Sarah Vercoe

Article by Sarah Vercoe

Sarah is a freelance writer and award-winning photographer with a special interest in health, travel, and fitness. Based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, she can be found hiking the trails of Noosa National Park, or, more likely, chasing after her one year old daughter, Illyana.

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