Get creative with a DIY approach to gift-giving. Here are five ways to spread some edible joy -- with a healthy kick.
1. Easy Granola
Preheat the over to 325 degrees. Combine 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup maple syrup, 2 tablespoons butter, and 1/4 cup brown sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat; reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often. In a large bowl, mix 4 cups rolled oats, 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture and stir. Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet and spread granola evenly. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool before transferring to airtight glass containers.
Tip: Deliver in an airtight glass container with a tag giving helpful suggestions of serving with yogurt and fresh fruit -- or just using as a healthy snack on the road.
2. Ready-to-Make Hot Cocoa
Not your typical chocolate beverage, this sweet concoction includes cinnamon and cardamom, known in Ayruvedic medicine for boosting energy. Bonus: It's made with flavanoid-rich dark chocolate, which prevents hardening of the arteries. Get the recipe.
Tip: Fill a jam jar with the dry ingredients, then attach these instructions: Combine with one quart soy milk and whisk together over medium low heat for about five minutes before serving. filling the jar with the dry ingredients, attach these instructions: Combine with one quart soy milk and whisk together over medium low heat for about five minutes before serving.
Breakfast is served! Packed with antioxidant-rich cranberries, this delicious gift should replace fruitcake as the holiday standard. Get the recipe.
Tip: Skip the plastic wrap and deliver in a basket, covered in a reusable cloth napkin.
Infused with healing herbs and spices like garlic, saffron, mint, and basil, this heart-smart present makes a great gift with an accompanying loaf of fresh bread. Get the recipe.
Tip: Pour into empty twist-off wine bottles and add your own label.
Amping up the flavor of meat, poultry, or fish, this blend contains cayenne pepper, known for boosting circulation, fighting infection and aiding digestion. Get the recipe.
Tip: Deliver in recycled spice shakers with a homemade label.
6. Double Chocolate Biscotti
The addition of crystallized ginger in this recipe helps with digestion and gives the rich dipping cookie a surprising twist of flavor. Get the recipe.
Tip: Package with a bag of fair trade coffee for dunking.