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Easy & Healthy Homemade Holiday Gifts

November 20, 2019 / Franki D'Ambrosio

The holidays are the greatest time of year, but it can get complicated when it comes to presents. What do you do when you just don't know what to get someone? Co-workers or your children's friends can be easily solved with homemade gifts. Continue reading for some easy and healthy homemade holiday gift ideas. 

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix

Easy & Healthy Homemade Holiday Gifts

Everyone loves a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day. That's what makes this gift perfect for everyone on your list. You can buy a couple of glass jars from your local craft store and some ribbon, then the wrapping is complete. The ingredients are simple as well. 

  • 1 cup of instant dry milk
  • 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of granulated white sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
  • Marshmallows
  • Peppermint candies 

Chocolate Chai Bread 

Easy & Healthy Homemade Holiday Gifts

This bread is the best for not only holidays, but as a weekend treat as well. It is not hard to make and everyone will enjoy this bread. You can easily take this to any holiday party as well. 

  • In a sauce pan, boil 1/4 cup of sugar and add 3 chai tea bags. This should take about 3 minutes and allow for it to cool off. 
  • In a medium bowl mix flour, baking powder, and salt. 
  • Using the cooled tea, add eggs, milk, and sugar and mix well.
  • Now, pour the dry ingredients in small increments into the wet ingredients bowl.
  • Melt chocolate in the microwave for 15 seconds. If the chocolate is not fully melted, place it back in for another 10. 
  • Pour the mixture into a rectangular pan and then add the chocolate. Using a knife, swirl the chocolate around the pan to ensure that is throughout the bread. 
  • Bake for 1 hour and enjoy!

Healthy Chocolate Truffles

Easy & Healthy Homemade Holiday Gifts

There's no one that dislikes a truffle, but to make this even better, this recipe is healthy. These treats have no real sugar or even actual chocolate, but are still delicious, soft, and chewy. This is the best dose of chocolate if you don't want that guilty-feeling afterwards. 

  • The first ingredient is a little odd but, you are going to soak dates in hot water so that they can soften. Then drain and squeeze out excess water after a few minutes. 
  • In a food processor, finely grind almonds, pecans, and cocoa powder. 
  • Add the dates with vanilla and chocolate extract into the processor as well and mix until a dough is formed. 
  • Once all the ingredients are combined, roll out tiny balls on parchment paper. They should be at least 1 inch in diameter. You can also add optional toppings like sprinkles or melted chocolate.
  • Place in the freezer until you are ready to serve. 

Whole Wheat Jelly Doughnuts

Easy & Healthy Homemade Holiday Gifts

You can't go wrong with a good jelly doughnut. Especially that these are only 99 calories and they are whole wheat! Wrap a few of these up in a pretty box and you have great and delicious gift. 

  • Mix together whole wheat flour and salt then set a side. 
  • Now in a small bowl mix yeast, water and sugar. Then let it rise. 
  • Using a mixer, beat eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and orange zest. Then add the yeast mixture and continue to beat. 
  •  Next, add the flour mixture and coconut oil.
  • Knead the dough on a floured surface until it is soft and smooth. Form doughnut shapes on a baking tray and set aside for 1.5 hours until they rise or double in size.
  • Brush the doughnuts with oil and bake for 10 minutes until golden brown. 
  • After they are cooled, add jelly to the middle.
  • Serve and enjoy

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-Franki