10 Edible Gifts You Can Make With Love in Your Kitchen

10 Edible Gifts You Can Make With Love in Your Kitchen

The following post was originally featured on Lisa Wells| who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

It’s that time of year to start thinking about Christmas gift ideas. Nothing embodies the season more than homemade Christmas gifts u2014 especially gifts from the kitchen. There’s a gift on this list that’s perfect for everyone on your list u2014 gluten-free| grain-free| paleo| a few are even vegan. And all are delicious homemade holiday gifts.

To make these treats special for the holidays| wrap them in festive containers. I love locking glass jars for the mixed nuts and granola. Wide mouth mason jars tied with ribbon are perfect for the pots de creme. Bake the banana bread in red mini loaf pans and wrap them in cellophane and ribbon. Take out boxes or holiday cookie boxes are perfect for cookies and brownies. And decorate mini glass Jars for the herbs and spices.

So here are 10 easy homemade Christmas gifts to try this year:

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Chili Spice Mixed Nuts

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3-Ingredient Salted Chocolate Almond Haystacks

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Hazelnut Cookies

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Easy Dark Chocolate Pot de Creme

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Banana Bread

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Easy Brownies

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Cranberry Walnut Granola

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Cranberry Orange Muffins

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Herbs de Provence

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Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

And for more paleo holiday treats| check out my roundup of paleo Christmas cookie recipes.

Don’t Stop at Just One: 22 Healthy Cookie Recipes

Don’t Stop at Just One: 22 Healthy Cookie Recipes

Baking cookies often leads to a predicament u2014 one is never enough! Luckily| if you make any of our cookie recipes| indulging a little won’t cause a problem. Read on for 22 deliciously healthy cookie recipes.

u2014 Additional reporting by Leta Shy

| (I Can’t Believe They’re) Vegan Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

These special cookies are made with dairy-free chocolate kisses for an extra touch. Vegans can now indulge in these peanut butter cookies.

| Vegan Samoas

Egg-free and dairy-free Samoas? They do exist! This recipe keeps all the flavors you love about the cookie without any added trans fat.

| Vegan Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Leave the butter| milk| and eggs behind. This vegan cut-out sugar cookie recipe comes in at 68 calories per cookie and tastes just as delicious.

| Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone loves a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe| but if you’re in search of a healthier alternative| this Paleo and vegan one is your go-to option.

| Almond Lemon Macaroons

For a chewy texture and protein-loaded cookie| these almond lemon macaroons are what you’re looking for. Made strictly with almonds| the flavor is irresistible.

| Vegan| Gluten-Free Lemon Cookies

Gluten-free snackers will have a new favorite recipe in their baking arsenal. These vegan lemon cookies are anything but ordinary.

| Flourless Cranberry Chocolate Chia Cookies

If you’ve sworn off butter| sugar| or flour| you can still have the best cookies of your life. Case in point| these cranberry chocolate chia cookies.

| Cranberry-Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

These oatmeal cookies are like your beloved ones| but with a kick. Cranberries and pecans make the treats superhealthy| while the taste itself is still finger-licking good.

| Chewy Ginger-Molasses Cookies

The soft and chewy centers of these ginger molasses cookies will make you want to eat the whole batch. Luckily| the ginger aids in digestion| so eat away for a postdinner snack.

| Vegan and Grain-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fans of pumpkin pie| this pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe is right up your alley. It’s soft| chewy| and only 86 calories. Plus| the recipe contains no eggs or grains.

| Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Gluten-free-lovers will become obsessed with these peanut butter cookies. The recipe is made without flour but still cooks up to a delicious golden brown color.

| Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Even non-gluten-free-lovers will enjoy this chocolate chip cookie. They’re chewy and tasty| and as an added bonus| you don’t have to chill the dough.

| Oatmeal Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies

Packed with peanut butter flavor and just the right amount of chewiness| these oatmeal peanut butter coconut cookies satisfy whatever sweet craving you have.

| No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate| so here’s another combo: the recipe for these no-bake peanut butter chocolate cookies cuts calories by using less butter and sugar than normal cookie recipes.

| Chocolate Chickpea Cookies

They may look like regular chocolate chip cookies| but you’ll never guess that these cookies have a secret u2014 chickpeas! The hidden ingredient adds a good dose of fiber and protein in each serving. Get the chocolate chickpea cookie recipe here.

| Oatmeal Wheat Germ Chocolate Chip Cookies

A cookie under 60 calories? Bring it on. The recipe for these oatmeal wheat germ chocolate chip cookies uses smart swaps (like Greek yogurt for butter and wheat germ for regular flour) to cut major calories.

| Gingerbread Cookies

These thin gingerbread cookies pack a spicy snap without all the calories| and their strong flavor will keep you satisfied so you don’t go overboard.

| Carob Chip Protein Cookies

If you like your cookies packed with protein| try these carob chip protein cookies| which use almond butter and protein powder to add a filling kick.

| Apple Oatmeal Flax Cookies

Sneak some fruit (and fiber) into your dessert with these apple oatmeal flax cookies; using whole-wheat flour and flax meal makes these cookies even healthier.

| Vegan Peanut Butter Patties

Creamy| chocolaty| peanut buttery u2014 and dairy-free! These vegan peanut butter patties (a twist on Girl Scout Tagalongs) are a healthier way to get your cookie fix.

| Gluten-Free Carob Chia Cookies

The carob chips in these gluten-free vegan carob chia cookies keep things sweet| and the chia seeds make these cookies filling (while adding the benefits of omega-3s).

| No-Bake Almond Cookies

No need for flour or sugar; these raw almond cookies are dense| chewy| and sweet all on their own.

If You’re a Fan of Sleep, This White Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Chia Oatmeal Is a Dream Come True

Are you looking to make your morning routine a little less stressful? If so, you’ll definitely want to try this overnight oatmeal recipe from our friends at Sprouted Routes!

This overnight chia oatmeal recipe is based on two breakthroughs I’ve had recently: 1. that white chocolate is little more than a secret magical ingredient (I’ll get to that later) and milk and 2. that chia makes overnight oatmeal a million times creamier and better, and oatmeal makes chia pudding a million times heartier and more textured and that they shall henceforth live together in harmony and be called choatmeal. Yes, choatmeal. I’ve seeded it in urban high schools across the country and a few of the Kardashian’s cell phones, so keep an eye out for it to become the new cool word in 4 ¨C 5 months or so. Choatmeal will be on fleek. If you don’t know what that means, your life is probably better for it.

So what’s the secret ingredient, you ask? It’s cacao butter, probably previously known to you as that ingredient in the lotion you slather on your dry elbows and hands during the cold winter months. Let’s learn about our new little friend, shall we?

Cacao Butter

Cacao butter is the pressed oil of the cacao bean (responsible for cacao nibs and cacao powder). To extract the cacao butter, you essentially press the nibs (which are broken up cacao beans), to separate the oil from the fiber. It’s used in almost all chocolate recipes, which are typically cacao butter, cacao or cocoa powder, and some kind of sweetener (or milk, if you’re making milk chocolate). Like cacao, which is long recognized as a superfood, cacao butter is rich in antioxidants, as well as oleic acid, which has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, and theombromine, which raises energy and alertness levels.

When I discovered that white chocolate is made from a simple mix of cacao butter, milk, some kind of sweetener and vanilla, and I knew I had to try to incorporate it’s silky sweet flavor in a recipe. Choatmeal (ah, it feels so natural) felt like an easy place to start, and guys ¡ª it worked out so much better than I even expected. This breakfast is sweet but not too sweet, rich, creamy. It tastes, seriously, exactly like white chocolate. Layered in with the juicy strawberries ¡ª it’s so divine, I can’t even tell you. It feels like cheating to call it breakfast.

White Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Chia Oatmeal

From Sprouted Routes

White Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Chia Oatmeal

Overnight Chia Oatmeal Recipe

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups milk of choice (I used a homemade blend of almond and cashew that worked beautifully)2/3 cup rolled oats2 tablespoons chia seeds3 Medjool dates, pitted and soaked in boiling water for 10 min, then drained1 teaspoon vanilla extractGenerous pinch sea salt1 ¨C 2¡å cube cacao butter, about 3 tbsp melted (can be purchased in Whole Foods, most health food stores and on Amazon)1/2 cup fresh raspberries

If You’re a Fan of Sleep, This White Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Chia Oatmeal Is a Dream Come True

Are you looking to make your morning routine a little less stressful? If so| you’ll definitely want to try this overnight oatmeal recipe from our friends at Sprouted Routes!

This overnight chia oatmeal recipe is based on two breakthroughs I’ve had recently: 1. that white chocolate is little more than a secret magical ingredient (I’ll get to that later) and milk and 2. that chia makes overnight oatmeal a million times creamier and better| and oatmeal makes chia pudding a million times heartier and more textured and that they shall henceforth live together in harmony and be called choatmeal. Yes| choatmeal. I’ve seeded it in urban high schools across the country and a few of the Kardashian’s cell phones| so keep an eye out for it to become the new cool word in 4 C 5 months or so. Choatmeal will be on fleek. If you don’t know what that means| your life is probably better for it.

So what’s the secret ingredient| you ask? It’s cacao butter| probably previously known to you as that ingredient in the lotion you slather on your dry elbows and hands during the cold winter months. Let’s learn about our new little friend| shall we?

Cacao Butter

Cacao butter is the pressed oil of the cacao bean (responsible for cacao nibs and cacao powder). To extract the cacao butter| you essentially press the nibs (which are broken up cacao beans)| to separate the oil from the fiber. It’s used in almost all chocolate recipes| which are typically cacao butter| cacao or cocoa powder| and some kind of sweetener (or milk| if you’re making milk chocolate). Like cacao| which is long recognized as a superfood| cacao butter is rich in antioxidants| as well as oleic acid| which has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease| and theombromine| which raises energy and alertness levels.

When I discovered that white chocolate is made from a simple mix of cacao butter| milk| some kind of sweetener and vanilla| and I knew I had to try to incorporate it’s silky sweet flavor in a recipe. Choatmeal (ah| it feels so natural) felt like an easy place to start| and guys ¡ª it worked out so much better than I even expected. This breakfast is sweet but not too sweet| rich| creamy. It tastes| seriously| exactly like white chocolate. Layered in with the juicy strawberries ¡ª it’s so divine| I can’t even tell you. It feels like cheating to call it breakfast.

White Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Chia Oatmeal

From Sprouted Routes

White Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Chia Oatmeal

Overnight Chia Oatmeal Recipe

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups milk of choice (I used a homemade blend of almond and cashew that worked beautifully)2/3 cup rolled oats2 tablespoons chia seeds3 Medjool dates| pitted and soaked in boiling water for 10 min| then drained1 teaspoon vanilla extractGenerous pinch sea salt1 C 2¡å cube cacao butter| about 3 tbsp melted (can be purchased in Whole Foods| most health food stores and on Amazon)1/2 cup fresh raspberries

Feel Full Till Dinner With This Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad

If you’re loving packing salads in a mason jar like this taco salad, don’t limit yourself just to green salads. Here’s a salad that includes cooked quinoa and roasted sweet potatoes to make your salad extra fiberlicious and filling. You’ll stay satisfied longer, which means no need to reach for extra calories later in the day. And this homemade mango vinaigrette is so sweet, you won’t even need dessert afterward.

Related: 25 Mason-Jar Salad Recipes to Make Co-Workers Jealous

Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad With Mango Balsamic Vinaigrette

From Jenny Sugar, POPSUGAR Fitness

Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad With Mango Balsamic Vinaigrette

Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

For the salad:

1 small sweet potato, unpeeled, diced into bite-sized pieces1 tablespoon olive oilSalt and pepper to taste1/4 cup quinoa1/2 cup black beans1/4 red pepper, diced2 cups greens (you choose)1 tablespoon dried cranberries1 tablespoon salted sunflower seeds

For the dressing:

1/4 cup mango, fresh or frozen1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar1 1/2 tablespoons water

Feel Full Till Dinner With This Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad

If you’re loving packing salads in a mason jar like this taco salad| don’t limit yourself just to green salads. Here’s a salad that includes cooked quinoa and roasted sweet potatoes to make your salad extra fiberlicious and filling. You’ll stay satisfied longer| which means no need to reach for extra calories later in the day. And this homemade mango vinaigrette is so sweet| you won’t even need dessert afterward.

Related: 25 Mason-Jar Salad Recipes to Make Co-Workers Jealous

Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad With Mango Balsamic Vinaigrette

From Jenny Sugar| POPSUGAR Fitness

Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad With Mango Balsamic Vinaigrette

Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

For the salad:

1 small sweet potato| unpeeled| diced into bite-sized pieces1 tablespoon olive oilSalt and pepper to taste1/4 cup quinoa1/2 cup black beans1/4 red pepper| diced2 cups greens (you choose)1 tablespoon dried cranberries1 tablespoon salted sunflower seeds

For the dressing:

1/4 cup mango| fresh or frozen1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar1 1/2 tablespoons water

Gluten-Free Eaters, Give Thanks! 10 Healthy Sides

Gluten-Free Eaters| Give Thanks! 10 Healthy Sides

Worried about the gluten-free sides you’ll be serving at Thanksgiving this year? No need to stress about that part of the menu! Here are 10 healthy and delicious options that will do your meal justice. Both gluten-free eaters and gluten-lovers will enjoy one (or a number!) of these additions to your table.

| Sausage| Apple| and Squash Stuffing

To all the gluten-free gals out there| meet your new favorite Paleo and gluten-free stuffing. Sweet butternut squash stands in for cubed bread| while high-quality sausage and an assortment of other traditional ingredients like apples| celery| and onion round out the recipe.

| Creamy Cauliflower Mash

Lighten up your standard| starchy mashed potato side with this Paleo-friendly twist on tradition: creamy mashed cauliflower. This decadent-tasting dish has that texture you’re craving| reminiscent of the classic| while the baked-potato toppings like scallions and diced bacon make the dish even more delicious.

| Cornbread Dressing

An old family recipe with a gluten-free twist? We’re sold on this gluten-free cornbread dressing for our table this year. You’ll be happy to know that making this recipe suitable for dairy-free eaters is also a breeze!

| Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole is traditionally gluten-free| and this lightened-up casserole weighs in at under 210 calories per heaping serving. The flavor is familiar| but this recipe is fresh| new| and easy to follow.

| Panko-Crusted Green Bean Casserole

Freshen up your casserole with this healthy green bean recipe from Bobby Deen. Panko and parmesan cheese are a healthier and gluten-free revamp of traditional toppings| while fresh mushrooms up the veg factor. Trust us u2014 this lighter riff on the classic casserole is better than the original. Just be sure you’re using gluten-free panko!

| Quinoa Stuffing

Instead of a dense| bready mix to stuff your bird| this quinoa stuffing offers a lighter option loaded with Fall flavors| like butternut squash and dried cranberries. With a kick of mint| this vegan| gluten-free recipe adds unique flavors to complement your Thanksgiving turkey.

| Spicy Sweet Potato Salad

Cooking for a table of guests with dietary restrictions ranging from Paleo to gluten-free and all the way to vegan? This spicy sweet potato salad is the answer to your prayers. High-fiber sweet potatoes lay the base| while an antioxidant-rich red pepper and jalapeu00f1o dressing ties everything together. You’re going to love these leftovers the day after Thanksgiving.

| Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

These easy roasted brussels sprouts are not only packed with fiber| they also offer a truly delicious taste u2014 with very little hassle in the kitchen. Adding walnuts provides a boost of healthy fat and the extra crunch you’re craving.

| Kale and Chard Mix

Instead of a creamed spinach or swiss chard recipe that uses flour| get your green on with this nutrient-rich jewel-toned Winter greens salad. Kale and chard provide the hearty base| while pomegranate arils add some crunch| sweetness| and immunity-boosting power.

| Low(er)-Carb Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are gluten-free| but it’s butter| cream| and more butter that traditionally give the dish its richness; these ingredients are hardly necessary as long as you have our lower-carb recipe that uses a secret ingredient.

Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Paleo Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies You’ll Want to Hoard to Yourself

If you’re looking for a holiday treat that won’t pack on more calories than your holiday meal, look no further. Our friends at Sprouted Routes have an appetizing recipe for the perfect after-dinner treat.

These are officially my new favorite treat. Let’s start with the cookie, shall we? Vegan, gluten free, paleo, AND refined sugar free, these little guys taste exactly like pumpkin pie filling. The insides are gooey and decadent, with a crispy crunch on the outer edge.

They’re then stuffed with the creamiest, most divine chocolate cinnamon frosting ever. Full disclosure: all of the frosting most definitely did NOT make it into these cookies. My fianc¨¦ looked over at one point when I was guiltily licking my fingers and chastised me to stop; “you’ll have none left for the photos,” he said. “Arghwagabugga,” I said, my mouth full of cinnamon chocolate goodness. I swallowed, cradling the bowl protectively against my chest. “Go away.”

Spices add a ton of amazing flavor to this recipe, but they also have INSANE health benefits. I’ve always considered spices to be the original superfoods (OG, wha?!), and I seek them out often in even my healthiest recipes, like green smoothies, for their potent effect of both my tastebuds and my body.

Pumpkin Pie Cookie Sandwiches With Chocolate Cinnamon Filling

From Sprouted Routes

Pumpkin Pie Cookie Sandwiches With Chocolate Cinnamon Filling

Pumpkin Pie Cookie Sandwich Recipe

Ingredients

Cookies:1 cup creamy, unsalted almond butter1/2 cup pumpkin puree1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 teaspoons ground cinnamon2 teaspoons ground ginger1/2 teaspoon ground allspice1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg1/8 teaspoon ground cloves1/2 teaspoon saltChocolate Cinnamon Filling:1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for 1 hour then drained well1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon3 teaspoons maple syrup2 tablespoons cocoa powderPinch of salt

Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Paleo Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies You’ll Want to Hoard to Yourself

If you’re looking for a holiday treat that won’t pack on more calories than your holiday meal| look no further. Our friends at Sprouted Routes have an appetizing recipe for the perfect after-dinner treat.

These are officially my new favorite treat. Let’s start with the cookie| shall we? Vegan| gluten free| paleo| AND refined sugar free| these little guys taste exactly like pumpkin pie filling. The insides are gooey and decadent| with a crispy crunch on the outer edge.

They’re then stuffed with the creamiest| most divine chocolate cinnamon frosting ever. Full disclosure: all of the frosting most definitely did NOT make it into these cookies. My fianc¨¦ looked over at one point when I was guiltily licking my fingers and chastised me to stop; “you’ll have none left for the photos|” he said. “Arghwagabugga|” I said| my mouth full of cinnamon chocolate goodness. I swallowed| cradling the bowl protectively against my chest. “Go away.”

Spices add a ton of amazing flavor to this recipe| but they also have INSANE health benefits. I’ve always considered spices to be the original superfoods (OG| wha?!)| and I seek them out often in even my healthiest recipes| like green smoothies| for their potent effect of both my tastebuds and my body.

Pumpkin Pie Cookie Sandwiches With Chocolate Cinnamon Filling

From Sprouted Routes

Pumpkin Pie Cookie Sandwiches With Chocolate Cinnamon Filling

Pumpkin Pie Cookie Sandwich Recipe

Ingredients

Cookies:1 cup creamy| unsalted almond butter1/2 cup pumpkin puree1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 teaspoons ground cinnamon2 teaspoons ground ginger1/2 teaspoon ground allspice1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg1/8 teaspoon ground cloves1/2 teaspoon saltChocolate Cinnamon Filling:1 cup raw cashews| soaked in water for 1 hour then drained well1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon3 teaspoons maple syrup2 tablespoons cocoa powderPinch of salt

Meet the Easiest Low-Carb, Protein-Packed Breakfast Ever

If turning on the oven before work sounds like a pain, but you want to reap the healthy benefits of our baked egg in an avocado, try this even easier recipe that brings together this match made in omega-3 heaven. Hard-boil your eggs in advance for a throw-together breakfast that will fill you up with protein and fiber, keeping you surprisingly full and satisfied until lunchtime rolls around. Anyone on a low-carb plan who’s always on the go needs this naturally gluten-free recipe in their life!

Avocado and Egg Breakfast

From Lizzie Fuhr, POPSUGAR Fitness

Avocado and Egg Breakfast

Hard-Boiled Eggs With Avocado

Ingredients

2 hard-boiled eggs1/2 avocado, diced1 teaspoon fresh herbs, optionalDash of hot sauce, optional