What do you give when you don’t know what to give??
EVERYONE LOVES COOKIES!
I struggled to think of a good gift ideas for a fair few people this Christmas. Giving gifts that people will actually like can be particularly hard, especially when you are on a tight budget. My big aim this year was to not buy any gifts for people that they won’t ever use and would just end up being thrown away. Cute candles, soaps and anything c
overed in glitter suck you in and convince you that Aunty Betty would love to receive them, but a lot of the small gifts I receive at Christmas I struggle to find use for (#honesty).
BUT, no one throws food away! And I guess that’s why everyone gives chocolates at Christmas. But, being a health conscious person and really wanting to embody a lifestyle of healthy choices, I don’t want to gift anything to anyone that I wouldn’t eat myself… And my days of eating m&ms by the bag full are far behind me.
So I whipped up this cute little mason jar label with the directions to my FAVORITE date and almond chip cookie recipe (which you can read here) and filled some mason jars with all the dry ingredients needed to make them. All that my family will need to do after receiving them is add coconut milk, roll them into balls and bake them! So super simple.
And it was super simple on my end too as all I had to do was measure out ingredients and put them in jars. AND it was actually really really fun! I LOVE a good Christmas craft and I love Christmas baking even more.. so putting the jars together was Christmas heaven!
Who knows, maybe the gift of these cookies might inspire some of the people in your world to make healthy choices!
Tie some festive cookie cutters to the jars for extra cuteness!
I’ll put the link to all the ingredients you will need to put in the jars in case you don’t already have them in your kitchen at home. You can also save and print these labels to stick on your jars so your family and friends know how to prepare the cookies. I glues the front and back labels together like a book (see pictures).
What you will need to fill the jars with:
- 1 cup Almond flour
- 1 1/2 cups gluten free Oat flour
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup crushed almonds
- 1 1/2 tbsp ground flax seed (I ground the flax seeds myself in my Nutribullet)
- 1/2 a vanilla bean or 1 tsp of Loving Earth vanilla bean powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 15 dried chopped dates or some date pieces.
Some of the more peculiar ingredients can be found for a very affordable price at iHerb.com … I shop there all the time because it’s much easier to get these ingredients this way. You can use the code JWV697 at the checkout for $5 off your order (: