Don’t let the bare trees and gray skies fool you: There’s a veritable rainbow of juicy, delicious fruits that are at their best in the winter months. There’s also no better time to turn on the oven. We’ve rounded up our favorite baked recipes starring in-season fruits. Even sweeter, all of these recipes are whole-food, plant-based, and totally free of animal products and oil. So preheat the oven, don your apron, and enjoy one of these good-for-you goodies today.

Persimmon Cake with Pistachios

We’re at the tail-end of persimmon season, so try to scoop up some of the juicy red-orange fruits while you still can for this gooey, gorgeous dessert. (Tip: Check Asian markets, as they tend to more reliably carry persimmons in my experience.)

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Polenta Cake with Apples and Cherry Compote

Polenta’s mildly sweet taste and fluffy texture make it an ideal base for healthy whole grain pies and cakes.

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Chocolate-Orange Dessert Donuts

We’re at peak orange season. These deluxe doughnuts feature a triple dose of the sunshiny citrus fruit, using orange juice, segments, and zest.

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Pear Spice Cake

Opt for one of the several pear varieties that are at their best right now to make this warmly spiced cake, which is a fan-favorite.

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Apple-Maple Cinnamon Rolls

Apple season begins in the fall but continues through midwinter, too. These melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon rolls make a great holiday-breakfast treat.

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Yuca Coffee Cake with Walnuts and Orange Zest

Yuca flour (aka cassava flour) is the key to this light, moist, gluten-free coffee cake. A vanilla glaze adds a dash of decadence.

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Mini Apple-Raisin Muffins

Many store-bought mini muffins are high on sugar and low on nutrients—not these. Fruit adds natural sweetness along with fiber, so you can feel good about eating these for breakfast.

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Almond-Poppy Seed Cake

Freshly squeezed lemon juice, dates, and cashews form the icing on this fragrant and festive poppy-seed cake.

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Cranberry-Orange Biscotti

These orange-infused crunchy cookies make a great holiday gift for friends and neighbors. Or gift them to yourself, and enjoy with a hot mug of your favorite herbal tea.

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Cranberry Carrot Cake with Chocolate Ganache

This low-effort loaf cake takes just 15 minutes of active prep time.

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Triple Apple Cake

Apples and oats make up the bulk of this sneakily healthy recipe from Chef AJ, the queen of whole-food, plant-based desserts.

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Courtney Davison

Courtney Davison is Forks Over Knives’ assistant editor. A writer and editor on a wide range of subjects, she co-wrote a nationally syndicated advice column from 2016 to 2018 and co-authored the 2018 book Ask Me Anything: A Year of Advice from Dear Annie. Courtney is a longtime vegan and in her free time enjoys trying new recipes and spending quality time with her cat.

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