I can’t believe that Hanukkah starts tonight and Christmas is 5 days away! If you haven’t quite figured out what you’re getting everyone on your list, there’s still plenty of time to whip up some homemade goodies to give as gifts. I have a few ideas up my sleeve that I’d love to share.
The first recipe is for the best roasted nuts I’ve ever made and it’s a new one here on EBF. The others are simply links to previous recipes I’ve posted that would make great (healthy) holiday gifts.
You can’t go wrong with giving nuts as a gift, especially when they’re sweet, spicy and semi-addictive.
I used the Vanishing Party Nut recipe from Tosca’s Eat Clean Diet Cookbook 2 to make these and they turned out fantastic! I had 3 batches and divided the nuts up to give to my family members as gifts, but you could also serve these warm at a holiday party. Just be careful because you can’t stop with just one nut. <– I know from experience that these nuts really do vanish.
Vanishing Party Nuts
from Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Diet Cookbook 2 (reprinted with permission)
The only thing I changed about the recipe was the preparation method, which is reflected in the version posted below.
- 2 Tbsp / 30 ml raw turbinado sugar or other unrefined sugar, divided
- 1 tsp / 5 ml coarse sea salt
- ¼ tsp / 1.25 ml cayenne pepper
- 2 cups / 480 ml of your favorite unsalted mixed nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, cashews, Brazil nuts and hazelnuts (I used almonds, pecans and cashews)
- 1 Tbsp / 15 ml organic unsulfured molasses
- 1 heaping Tbsp / 15 ml fresh rosemary leaves
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Mix 1 Tbsp / 15 ml turbinado sugar, salt and cayenne in a small bowl.
- Spread out nuts on a baking sheet and roast in oven until hot, about 5 minutes.
- Transfer nuts to a medium-sized bowl. Add sugar mixture, molasses and rosemary to bowl. Stir well to combine. (Heat from nuts will cause seasonings to melt slightly and adhere.) Add remaining 1 Tbsp / 15 ml turbinado sugar and stir again to evenly distribute over nuts.
- Spread the coated nuts back on the baking sheet and roast for another 6-7 minutes.
- Let nuts cool and store leftover nuts at room temperature in a sealed container.
And speaking of gifts, I have a fun “gift” coming up for EBF readers that involves Tosca’s Eat Clean Diet Cookbook 2. Hint, hint.
Beyond the nuts, I have a little list of other homemade gift ideas that you can whip up in a flash, just in time for the holidays…
Cinnamon Raisin Almond Butter – the nut butter fans in your life will love you so much if you make them this.
Homemade Natural Face Cream – leaves your face silky smooth, smells wonderful and is has only three ingredients!
A loaf of the best banana bread – moist spicy and delicious!
Homemade cookies, biscotti, bars or other treats are a great options as well! I’ve posted a ton of great recipes as part of the 12 Days of Cookies Series over the past two weeks that would be perfect for this. You could make a few different types of goodies and package them up in cute bags or containers for friends, family and co-workers. Mason jars with a little ribbon go a long way.
Do you have any favorite homemade gift ideas? This year I gave out pumpkin butter, spiced nuts and I have another craft I’m still working on. I hope to post the details about it soon.
Last but not least, if you are member of the Tone It UP Diet Plan, please look for my contributions to the TIU Holiday Special edition that launched yesterday including EBF holiday survival tips, healthy cookie recipes, my favorite seasonal salad recipes and a few sweet (but not sinful) breakfast options. Enjoy!