Guys, how is it almost Christmas? But, this is the time of year we can truly relax, and enjoy the company of those we love. But another important part of this time of year is the importance of giving. Gifting around this time of year has become so commercial. And it is important now more than ever for us to remember what this time of year is all about. Creating, packaging and giving edible holiday gifts reminds me to give more of my time and love to those around me. I hope these three gift ideas inspire you to give more time and love to those people who have made a difference in your lives.
Three Easy Edible Holiday Gift Ideas
Now if you are wondering if any of these gift ideas are Paleo, Gluten-free or Vegan, no they aren’t. Now there are two reasons for that. One, I didn’t want them to be “healthy”. Two, I wanted to make these accessible to everyone. It’s easy to forget not everyone has the means to buy six to seven expensive ingredients to make a dessert paleo. Now, if you want to do gluten-free versions of these, please go for it. There is nothing wrong with that. I also don’t think there is anything wrong with having some balance in your life. That is exactly why I am such a believer in real food and programs like Whole30. I want all of you to be able to have a piece of chocolate or a cookie and also be able to get back on track the very next day.
HOT CHOCOLATE ON A STICK:
There isn’t a soul on earth who doesn’t like hot chocolate. I mean seriously is there someone who doesn’t like a hot cup of chocolate with marshmallows? Because if you are out there, we need to talk!
These are so yummy. All you need is three ingredients: chocolate, peppermint extract, and marshmallows to create comfort on a stick. Perfect for the kids to take to school and share with their friends.
Hot Chocolate on a Stick
- 6 ounces milk Chocolate
- 3 ounces dark Chocolate
- 1/8 tsp peppermint extract
- 8 jumbo marshmallows
- lollipop sticks
- treat bags
- edible glitter
- king ice cube trays
- Start by heating the chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals until completely melted and stir in peppermint extract. Scatter a little glitter in each cube and pour over melted chocolate and fill them about one-third of the way (should fill 8 cubes).
- Now add marshmallows on top of the chocolate and press lollipop sticks into the center. Transfer trays to the fridge and let cool for 12 hours or overnight.
- Now, remove the hot chocolate sticks by lightly grazing the edges of the molds with a small knife, then easily pop them out from the bottom. Then individually wrap them in the treat bags and tie them off using the ribbons.
- To turn these adorable sticks into hot chocolate, dunk them in a mug of hot milk (water just won't work here) and stir vigorously until chocolate is melted. Add extra marshmallows if necessary.
This is a very special and decadent treat. My mom would make these every year around Christmas time. It is one of those things you really should only have once a year because it’s all condensed milk. I wanted to include this because everyone always loves it every year. And it always reminds me of great memories and gives me a sense of comfort and joy.
- 2-14 ounce cans of condensed milk
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- coconut oil
- Start by heating about a teaspoon of coconut oil on medium-high heat in a non-stick saucepan and add condensed milk and nutmeg. Using a silicone spatula, continuously stir milk until it thickens and turns a nice caramel color (about 40-45 minutes).
- Quickly transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl rubbed with more coconut oil. Rub a small spoon with more coconut oil and scoop out small amounts of the mixture. Roll them into balls and transfer to a parchment lined plate/baking sheet. Then make an indent in the center of each ball using your index finger. Let them cool for 5 hours in the fridge or overnight on the counter.
- Now transfer them to small jars, add a gift tag and a ribbon and give until your heart's content.
CHOCOLATE-PEPPERMINT ALMOND COOKIES:
These cookies are an all-time favorite of mine. They are perfect for any time of the year. I mean it’s chocolate, and that is a good thing at any given time. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who loves to bake or someone who wants to start eating healthier.
Chocolate-Peppermint Almond Cookies
- 2 32 ounce mason jars
FOR EACH JAR:
- 1 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1/2 tsp aluminum free baking powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
- 2/3 cup chopped milk chocolate
- 1/3 cup chopped dark chocolate
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp melted ghee or coconut oil
- 1/8 tsp peppermint extract
- Add almond flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg in a bowl and whisk to combine and pour into the mason jar. Top with coconut sugar, coconut flakes, sliced almonds, and chocolates. Cover, tie on a ribbon and gift away. Repeat with as many jars as you like.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Whisk together egg (room temperature), melted ghee and peppermint extract. Add the contents of the jar and fold to combine.
- Measure cookies with a cookie scoop. Wet your hands and mold each cookie into 1 1/2 inch patties (you may need to wash and re-wet your hands about halfway through). Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for exactly 10 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy.