13 Homemade Edible Gift Ideas

Hi everyone!

Thanks for your supportive words on my race.  I felt recovered much more quickly from this 20 miler than the last 20, so I’m encouraged that my body is moving in the right direction for this marathon!

It’s Wednesday- time to talk food.  I’ll start with the usual collage for What I ate Wednesday:

 [Breakfast: Salad with eggs, avocado, pomegranate and peppers; Snack: Chai Masala tea and Oatmeal cookie; Lunch: Split Pea soup and brown rice; Carrots and hummus; Snack: Almonds, cranberries and dark chocolate chips; Sharing L’s pb and banana pre-spin; Dinner: Veggie Chili post-spin + apple]


I have a yummy holiday granola recipe to share as well as some other great posts I’ve come across lately with homemade food gift ideas.  It also fits in nicely with Jenn’s recipe theme for the month. I love making and receiving homemade gifts, especially edible ones.

Here’s one of my favorite basic granola recipes, which you can tailor to suit your nut/fruit/add-in preferences.

Cranberry Dark Chocolate Granola Recipe (print recipe)

  • 6 c. rolled oats
  • 1 c. cashews, or nuts of choice, chopped
  • 1/3 c. sunflower seeds or pepitas
  • 1/3 c. ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c. maple syrup or honey
  • 1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 c. dried cranberries (or raisins, chopped apricots, etc)
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips, optional

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl (oats through cinnamon).  In a smaller bowl, whisk egg whites and salt together until frothy.  Add in sweetener and oil, then add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients until combined well.

Spread on two baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes at 350, then flip granola and bake for another 10-12 minutes until lightly browned.  (You may add the coconut for the remaining 10 minutes to toast it).  When cool, stir in dried fruit and chocolate chips.


The last few days, I came across more delicious granola recipes and rounded up a few other fun ideas for homemade goodies.


Quinoa Pumpkin Seed Granola

Gingerbread Granola

Sweet Ideas   (Note: I’m not promising the following are “healthy”- but delicious in moderation!)

Candy Stuffed PB Cookie Bars from The Lean Green Bean

Candy Cane Crinkle Cookies from Peas and Thank You

Healthier Chocolate Chunk Molasses Gingerbread Cookies from Running to the Kitchen

Nutmeg Cream-filled Cupcakes from Better with Veggies

Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Coconut Snowflakes

Peppermint Bark from The Splattered Apron

Our Whole Wheat Gingerbread People

Other Fun Edible Gift Ideas

Holiday Spiced Nuts

Homemade Soup Mix in a Jar  (3 Options)

Homemade Taco Seasoning from Fit Mom in Training

Runner’s World also had a fun article on do-it-yourself edible gift ideas, including homemade Cinnamon Cocoa (I love that this one had no powdered half and half, as so many cocoa recipes call for), an Easy Herb Rub, Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels, Creamy Almond Butter, and Pumpkin-Cherry Trail mix.

Are you planning to make any homemade gifts, edible or otherwise?

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49 thoughts on “13 Homemade Edible Gift Ideas

  1. Great round up of edible gifts. YOu can’t go wrong with making yummy edible gifts! 🙂 Thanks for mentioniong my gingerbread granola recipe! 🙂 I’m playing catch up with my favorite blogs! So I’m off to read about your recovery from your 20 miler race!
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  2. Your granola recipe look delicious! I was just thinking that I needed to make a batch of granola. And these homemade gift ideas are great. I may just have to use some of these ideas for gifts this year because I can’t think of any good gifts for people!
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  3. I’m going to make those candy bar PB bars! I’ve been looking for something to do with leftover Halloween candy (besides eat an obscene amount of it). I think I’ll have Charlotte take them in for her gym daycare providers or the church office.
    Sarah S @RunningOnWords recently posted..I scare easilyMy Profile

  4. Aww I love these ideas! We got my in laws a ton of homemade foods this year ironically because I knew they’d eat it and nothing else seemed worth gifting!
    Kat recently posted..ICE, ICE Baby!My Profile

  5. Yum, yum and YUm! I made a faux pas and brought the same hostess gift this year as i did last year (almond/apricot/dk chcolate bark) I wonder if they remember??

  6. Love all those gift ideas! I think I will make the granola to give out as gifts. It looks delicious and will last much longer than giving cookies or pumpkin bread, etc. The peppermint bark looks delicious, too! Thanks for sharing.
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