The holiday season is here and everyone is gearing up for their ugly sweater parties and family gatherings. With all of these holiday traditions and occasions, many of us find our selves in search for a cost friendly and thoughtful gift. From hostess gifts, to themed party gifts, our Healthy Homemade gifts are the way to go! Dress them up in pretty paper and a holiday ribbon to really make your homemade gift special.
Here are two recipes that make for great Healthy Homemade Treats.
No Bake Cookies
- 3 cups Oats or Quick Cook Oats (Not Cooked)
- 2/3 cup Natural Peanut Butter
- ¾ cup honey
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup coconut oil
Warm the honey, coconut oil & vanilla extract in microwave for 15 – 30 seconds. Add remaining ingredients and let cool until oat mixture is a thick texture. Scoop tablespoon size amount and roll into round cookies. Place on baking sheet to cool in refrigerator. Serve or package in holiday wrapping for a great gift.
- 2 ½ cups Dark Chocolate
- 1 cup toasted almonds
- ½ cup goji berries
- ½ cup pistachios, shelled
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbs dried/shredded coconut
Melt chocolate SLOWLY, using a microwave or stove top. Constantly stir every 10 – 15 seconds and keep the heat low. Chocolate is very easily burned, if your chocolate starts to harden or clump quickly add honey to save it from seizing up. Once chocolate is fully melted, add in the remaining ingredients (except for shredded coconut) and softly fold until well mixed.
Pour chocolate mixture onto a nonstick baking sheet lined with parchment paper; make sure the chocolate is evenly spread and not too thin or thick. Sprinkle coconut shavings on top of chocolate. Then place in refrigerator for quick cooling. Once hardened, break off random pieces, giving your chocolate bark a homemade and rustic look; package into bags with ribbon or holiday wrapping for a delicious homemade holiday gift.
Healthy Tip: Add extra nuts or seeds, such as cashews, chia seeds & sunflower seeds for more crunch and healthy omega-3’s!