I enjoy making homemade food presents for Christmas. Even if we’re giving other gifts, we still usually include a treat we’ve made as well. It’s become a tradition for us.
Sure, you can buy plenty of food gifts in stores. But when you make them yourself, it’s special. It’s made with love!
And not only that, but when YOU make it then YOU have control over the ingredients. As a mostly “clean” eater, I prefer to avoid artificial ingredients in my food whenever possible. You can be sure that when you buy a food gift in a store or online, it’s probably loaded with preservatives and artificial flavorings and colorings.
So for that reason, I consider homemade goodies a healthier choice even if they aren’t necessarily lower in calories. Of course, I recommend enjoying treats in moderation.
Here are three food gifts that have been hits for us over the years, so I thought I’d pass them along to you.
Another thing I like is that they are all wheat free or gluten free. Try them out, and let me know what you think!
Homemade trail mix
Here’s a simple idea for a yummy, healthy snack you can make for yourself or give as a gift: DIY trail mix! Get the recipe
Homemade Reese’s peanut butter cups
This is something anyone would be happy to find in their Christmas stocking! These gourmet cups are no-bake and easy to make. For holiday gifts, I place a few in a candy bag or small box tied with ribbon. Try this recipe and I guarantee you’ll never want to buy the artificially-flavored kind again! Recipe with how-to video
Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with Snickerdoodle Crust
Think you can’t make cheesecake? It’s easier than you think! Here’s a delicious recipe that is guaranteed to impress your holiday guests. It also makes a wonderful gift.
This recipe by my pastry chef hubby, Keith, was featured by Udi’s Gluten Free brand and has been pinned on Pinterest over 600 times! Get the recipe