Between mail carriers, yoga teachers, coworkers, cousins, gym buddies, and regular old friends and family, our holiday gift lists are getting longer than Santa’s! This year, save a little dough by making homemade treats instead of hitting the shops. When paired pretty packaging and a hand-written note, your kitchen creations will make the holiday season merry and bright (and delicious). We found five (slightly) healthier gift-worthy recipes that won’t break the bank — or anyone’s healthy diet.
Apple Cinnamon Almond Butter via Make It Naked
Photo: Krissy / Make It Naked
Made with nothing but freeze-dried apples, almonds, cinnamon, and salt, this homemade spread is a tasty and healthy way to perk up toast, yogurt, or fruit. Although it requires a food processor and toaster oven, it’s fairly easy to whip up a batch in an afternoon.
Healthier Holiday Fudge via My Humble Kitchen
Photo: Diana Bauman / My Humble Kitchen
For many people, it’s not the holidays without a few pieces of rich, chocolatey fudge. This recipe is a bit healthier than most versions, with unsweetened coconut, raw honey, nut butter, and unrefined sea salt.
Bacon and Habanero Infused Vodka via Kitchen Konfidence
This spicy, savory booze would make the perfect gift for someone who’s more into Bloody Marys than baking cookies. With just four ingredients, this flavorful vodka is easy, tasty, and pretty darn cool.
Dark Chocolate Bark with Sea Salt and Superfoods via The Iron You
Photo: Mike / The Iron You
The name says it all with this recipe! Made from dark chocolate, goji berries, hemp seeds, and almonds, this sweet treat is loaded with good-for-you antioxidants. Just don’t go overboard, since all chocolate (even the super-dark variety) has a fair amount of sugar and fat.
Chocolate Coconut Truffles via The Vedge
Photo: Shae / The Vedge
Why splurge on a fancy box of mystery chocolates when you can make your own at home? These cute treats are vegan, gluten-free, and raw (and still delicious — trust us!).
What is your favorite edible gift to give during the holiday season? Share in the comments below or get in touch on Twitter @SophBreene.