Amazing Edible Holiday Gifts

Dec 3rd, 2012

Amazing Edible Holiday Gifts


Karen and Louise at last year’s CFO Holiday Party (photo courtesy of TomC)

Who doesn’t love FREE food!? Especially when it’s made with love. This holiday season consider giving a gift that will feed one’s tummy as well as their soul! This week I picked some of my favorite edible gifts that are sure to please all the special people in your lives. Just put these delicious treats in a nicely decorated basket or beautifully wrapped box and viola! They make great stocking stuffers too!

Spicy Almonds

1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp powdered ginger
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups of whole almonds
1 tbsp sea salt

1. In a skillet heat the olive oil and spices over low heat for 3 or so minutes.
2. Place the nuts in a bowl and pour oil mixture over the top, toss and stir.
3. Then, spread nuts into a single layer on a  baking sheet and pop in a oven at 300 degrees for 15 minutes, shaking the tray about every 5 minutes to cook evenly.
4. Remove from oven and sprinkle with sea salt.
5. Let cool two hours. Store in an airtight container.


Easy Applesauce

8 pounds organic apples
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup water

1. Wash apples, and chop them into slices or chunks keeping the skin on
2. Put apples in a large pot and add the water and cinnamon
3. Bring the pot to a boil
4. Cover pot, reduce heat to medium, and cook for 45 minutes (stirring every 15 minutes)
5. Ladle out any excess liquid to avoid making your applesauce too watery
6. Using a blender or food processor, blend all ingredients until smooth


Pumpkin Granola

1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
8-10 dried dates, pits removed, then chopped
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. In a large mixing bowl, add your pumpkin puree, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and all spices. Mix well.
3. Then add your nuts, seeds, and dates and mix well with your wet ingredients.
4. Place parchment paper on a large baking sheet and pour your granola mixture on top. Use a spoon to spread out the mixture evenly so everything will cook at the same time.
5. Place in oven and cook for 30-40 minutes, moving the granola around half way through to be sure it doesn’t burn.