We’re all for being crafty & DIY friendly when it comes to presents. It’s sometimes difficult when you can’t quite figure out the perfect gift for someone, but the truth is, you can never go wrong with food!
Here are three DIY food gifts you can make for just about anyone on your list
#1: COCONUT BACON
Clear Plastic Baggies + Covers (we got ours at Michaels)
Bake your coconut bacon (we used this recipe from Cookie & Kate’s blog), and let it cool complete. Evenly distribute your coconut bacon into the clear plastic baggies, and seal them with the covers/tops. Feel free to add a name tag! The “bacon” works wonders on salads and sandwiches (although the possibilities are endless!)
#2: SPICED GRANOLA
Cardboard Gift Tents (we got ours at Michaels)
Thanks to Minimalist Baker, we found this super festive Gingerbread Granola recipe tried out for this gift. Once your granola has completely cooled, empty it into the gift tents and seal them with a ribbon. Feel free to add a little jar of milk and a spoon for a ready-made breakfast gift kit.
#3: MASON LOAVES
Tall, straight mason-type jars
Cranberry-Orange Loaf (see our recipe below)
- 1/2 batch fit into 1 750 mL jar, expanded above the rim during baking but then settled back down the 7/8 mark by the time cooled.
CRANBERRY-ORANGE LOAF RECIPE
1 ½ c flour
1 tsp salt
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 c sugar
1 Tb orange zest
½ c sour cream
½ c buttermilk
½ c vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 c fresh or frozen cranberries
shortening (for greasing)
Preheat oven to 350 F and move the oven trays to fit the height of the jars. Grease 2, 750mL mason jars (or 3, 500mL mason jars) with shortening.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar, zest, sour cream, buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla until smooth.
Add wet into dry and stir until combined. Add in cranberries and stir just to incorporate.
Pour batter into prepared jars and place directly onto oven rack.
Bake for about 50-60 min until a long toothpick comes out clean. Don’t be alarmed if the bread expands over the rim of the jar, it will settle back down when cooling.
Remove from oven and let cool completely. Once cooled, screw lid on and store refrigerated for up to a week or at room temperature for up to 2 days.
Don’t worry if the loaves initially exceed the height of the jar, they will deflate as they cool! For the final touch, tie some ribbon and a name tag around the rim of the jar.