Vanishing Nuts and Other Homemade Gift Ideas

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.

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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


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix 1 Tbsp / 15 ml turbinado sugar, salt and cayenne in a small bowl.
  3. Spread out nuts on a baking sheet and roast in oven until hot, about 5 minutes.
  4. 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.
  5. Spread the coated nuts back on the baking sheet and roast for another 6-7 minutes.
  6. Let nuts cool and store leftover nuts at room temperature in a sealed container.

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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 batch of Pumpkin Spice Granola or a loaf of vegan pumpkin bread.

A loaf of the best banana bread – moist spicy and delicious!

A jar of butter – No sugar Apple Butter or Easy Pumpkin Butter

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.

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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.

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  1. I always make my daughter’s teachers a HUGE basket of homemade goodies, including spiced mixed nuts :-). It is UBER similar to yours but uses an egg white to bind the nuts together and make more of a brittle. But, I’m always up for something new!

    Curious as I was reading a past blog about the homemade cinnamon raisin almond butter (PB&Co. Cinnamon Raisin is my face, as well!!!!!) if you’ve tried Reginald’s Nut Butters? He’s a local guy and they sell his stuff at Whole Foods. His Apple Cinnamon Peanut Butter is to die for and NOTHING added!!! Super stuff.

    Thanks for your blog! I love your recipes!

    • Hi Katie. Thank you so much for reading! Yes I have tried Reginald’s peanut butters. I go to the St. Stephen’s farmers market occasionally and they have a booth there. My favorite is the Nana Honey PB!!

  2. I’m all about the quick breads for holiday gifts! Thank you for sharing another great gift idea. I would have a hard time letting those nuts go. I would need to save a jar for myself! I hope you are having a great week…enjoying the season and friends and family. Much love from Austin!

  3. I’ve had the worst luck with roasting anything – I either over roast or under-roast – neither of which taste good! This recipe is totally inspiring though, so I think I might brave it again – just with a smaller batch!

  4. I love the idea of giving healthy holiday treats as Christmas gifts this year. What a great way to spread cheer and promote healthy eating all at the same time.

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