Hello there beautiful people, I hope you’re well!
I’ve been thinking about what to give my loved ones for Christmas, and one thing that I am regularly asked for is – FOOD! I often get messages and calls from friends and family who see my posts on Faebook, Instagram (both @holisticnutritionninja) or here, asking me for left overs or to make them whatever food I just posted!
So, I thought I’d make some treats for everyone this year as Christmas gifts or as little additions to the gift I’ve bought them.
I think it’s a really sweet, very customize-able gift that many would appreciate so I thought I’d share it with all of you here today – in case you’d like to share your love for food and cooking with your loved ones.
I chose four of my all time favourite recipes for this:
My healthy fruit cake: https://holisticnutritionninja.com/2019/11/30/healthier-fruit-cake-just-in-time-for-christmas-%f0%9f%8e%84/
The recipe is linked above.
Not much of an explanation is needed for this one – I just made my fruit cake and wrapped it up nicely to take to friends when we were invited over for lunch last week.
This recipe is really simple, it take 15 mins to put together and just 30 minutes in the oven , ingredients are wholesome and easy to find and no equipment is required! It’s Christmasy, it’s delicious, it’s easy to make and if you have someone in your life who loves fruit cake, they’ll definitely enjoy this one 🙂
The second recipe is one that I’ve made too many times to count and one that I absolutely love – my homemade nutty granola!
This recipe is totally customize-able, in the recipe linked below, I use nuts and apricots; the one I made this week to give to family and friends contains nuts, seeds and dried blueberries. The quantities are the same as shown in the recipe but with this one, feel free to change ingredients to your liking. If you prefer using just seeds, that’s delicious, if your fave nuts are hazelnuts, use just those and the result will be amazing too!
This time, I made mine using: dried blueberries, pecans, almonds, macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds this time – I kept some for myself too because it was just too good not to save myself a bowl! Recipe here: https://holisticnutritionninja.com/2019/09/07/homemade-nutty-granola-%f0%9f%a5%a3/
For my third recipe I made a big batch of my chocolate-date energy bites – this recipe uses just four ingredients and the result is absolutely delicious. Moreover, these last for AGES in the fridge – you can leave them in there for months or store them in the freezer for up to a year!
I’ve made these and shared these with friends, family and even workshops time and time again and they are always a crowd favourite so choosing this recipe for my DIY Christmas gifts was a no-brainer.
The recipe for these bad boys is linked here: https://holisticnutritionninja.com/2019/05/16/four-ingredient-energy-bites/
For my final recipe, I made a big batch of my new apricot bites which I shared here just last week! These are really delicious, really easy to make and ideal for anyone who is allergic or does not like nuts. These contain seeds, apricots, a touch of maple syrup and rolled oats, which make them the perfect breakfast on the go!
Try these out 🙂 I’m sure you’ll love them!
Now, once I made all the above recipes, the DIY could commence. I always keep glass jars from nut butters and olives and that sort of thing. I think it’s a shame to simply throw them away where I can re use them over and over again. My boyfriend always makes fun of me for it – he calls me nanna (grandma) BUT I found the perfect use for them here!
What you’ll need:
Glass Jars (with lid)
Sack (to cut up and glue to lids)
Any other decorations you’d like to add 🙂
Glue 1 to 2 square pieces of your cut up sack to the lid – leave extra material on each end to be able to tie down using your string. Once the glue dries, load up your jars with your freshly made treats, then secure the lid and wrap your string around the lid. I added a little tag that reads ‘Merry Christmas’ and on the back, an explanation of what’s inside 🙂
I also glued some red felt stars on the tops for just a little extra Christmas touch!
Here are some other recipes I thought of making for these DIY Christmas gifts:
No – Bake Nut Bars: https://holisticnutritionninja.com/2019/09/17/no-bake-oat-bars-%f0%9f%98%8b/.
Cranberry Bites: https://holisticnutritionninja.com/2019/04/08/cranberry-energy-bites/
Coconut Cookies: https://holisticnutritionninja.com/2019/08/26/low-carb-coconut-cookies/
Peanut Butter Oat Balls: https://holisticnutritionninja.com/2018/11/12/no-bake-oat-energy-balls/
My Fave Banana Bread: https://holisticnutritionninja.com/2019/11/13/banana-bread-2-0/
All of these would make awesome tasty gifts 🙂
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