Struggling for a gift to get for your vegan friend this Christmas? If they love food-based gifts, you’ve probably already covered the basics in previous years. So this year, why not put aside the dark chocolate selection box and give them a gift that’s truly personal? Read on for our list of the best edible homemade gift recipes you can make for your plant-based friends.February 05, 2021 11:26 am November 20, 2020 9:44 am
Strawberry and Aronia Fruit Roll-Ups
With a shape similar to brandy snaps or classic French tuiles, our fruit roll-ups make an elegant gift for a snacking connoisseur.
If you have trouble getting hold of fresh strawberries this time of year, simply sub in frozen berries. Defrost them in the fridge overnight before you start the recipe.
These are best eaten fresh, so prep them just before you intend to give them. Alternatively, you can make them up to two weeks ahead and pop them in the freezer. Simply defrost before you gift.
How to wrap our fruit roll-ups
Our roll-ups look effortlessly elegant rolled into a square of greaseproof paper and tied with thin red ribbon or string. Alternatively, to give your edible homemade gifts the star treatment, tuck them into a small cigar box lined with greaseproof paper and finish with a festive bow.
Festive Dark Chocolate Bark
Chocolate bark is a classic Christmas gift – and so easy to make! In essence, all you need to do is select your favourite festive flavours and pepper them through indulgent dark chocolate.
What’s more, because you make our bark in a large slab which is then broken into shards, you can experiment with adding different toppings. Give them out to different people, or give everyone a selection of flavours.
For Christmas, we love adding dried cranberries, pistachios and candied orange peel to our chocolate bark.
How to wrap our Dark Chocolate Bark
Once you’ve broken your bark into shards, simply stack them into recyclable cellophane bags and tie with red ribbon. To avoid any melting, it’s best to store your bark shards cool, so don’t forget to tell the lucky recipient to store them in the fridge.
Gluten-free Amaranth Cookies
If you have children, or are likely to be entertaining some over the Christmas period, these biscuits are a lifesaver.
Simple and quick to make, they’re perfect for involving your little helpers. Assuming that any remain uneaten once completed, they make fantastic edible homemade gifts for friends and family.
As they’re made with amaranth flour, they’re also completely gluten-free. For additional Christmas spirit, our chef suggests adding cinnamon, cardamom and orange peel to the basic recipe.
Use Christmas cookie cutters to shape them into pine trees, reindeer, stars and snowflakes. Decorate with white icing, if you like.
Alternatively, throw caution to the wind and leave the kids to decorate with coloured icing and sprinkles.
The final cookies may not end up quite as elegant as yours, but they certainly will have provided a lovely afternoon activity for little hands.
How to wrap our Amaranth Cookies
Our amaranth cookies have a texture similar to a sugar cookie, so they hold their shape well and can easily be stacked. Recycle a biscuit tin and wrap with gift paper to help them stay fresh for longer. Out of all our edible homemade gifts, these cookies are the most hardy.
Alternatively, turn them into Christmas crackers by stacking a few cookies of the same shape. Roll the stack up in recyclable cellophane, leaving lots of free space on either side. Secure the cellophane with tape (you should now have a cylinder with two open ends).
Now, pick some festive twine or ribbon and tie it tightly around the open ends, as close as possible to the biscuits. Fluff out the remaining cellophane to create the shape of a Christmas cracker.
"Throw caution to the wind and leave the kids to decorate with coloured icing and sprinkles. The final cookies may not end up quite as elegant as yours, but they certainly will have provided a lovely afternoon activity for little hands."
Streusel Granola and Coffee Morning Muffins
If you’re heading to a relative’s house on Christmas Day (restrictions permitting!), earn lots of brownie points by arriving with a freshly-made batch of our muffins.
Warm from the oven and exuding the luxurious scent of coffee, they’re certainly healthy enough to be eaten at breakfast, elevenses, or throughout the unwrapping of gifts.
They’re quick and easy as pie to make; no whisking required. Just a simple stir, crumble, and into the oven for fifteen minutes Yet, they’re an impressively grown-up treat, and healthy to boot.
On Christmas Day, we have no time for fuss; make these muffins with fresh espresso, or simply with instant coffee powder for ease.
How to wrap our Streusel Granola and Coffee Morning Muffins
There are few things as appealing as a freshly-baked muffin, which is way we take a ‘less is more’ approach to wrapping them.
Make your own tulip muffin liners with parchment paper and bake your muffins inside.
You’ll need to find a small jar (like a spice jar) which fits snugly into the cups of your muffin tray.
To make the tulip shape, cut out squares of parchment paper and place them on top of your jar. Scrunch the parchment paper firmly over the jar and smooth it down, creating lots of pleats in the sides. Once removed, you’ll have a tulip shaped cup to bake your muffin in.
We rather like the ‘rustic’ look of our tulips, but if you would prefer a more precise approach, simply make four corner pleats by pressing the parchment together and down around the jar.
To add a festive finishing touch, tie a little candy-striped twine around the ‘waist’ of each muffin.
If prepared in advance, these muffins – which tend towards crumbliness – are best transported in a biscuit tin or Tupperware box.
Apple Bread with Sweet Almond Oil
Bringing over a loaf cake is perhaps the ultimate sign of neighbourly care. The staple choice is, of course, banana bread. However most of us have had rather a lot of that this year.
Therefore, we’ve opted for a combination of apple and almond. Equally comforting but slightly novel, it’s also packed with nourishing nutrients and contains no refined sugar.
This makes the perfect gift when you really want to show that you care.
Spelt flour and our Organic Almond Oil provide a sweet nuttiness. Apple sauce adds flavour and removes the need for eggs or oil. If you’re making your own, sprinkle a little cinnamon in with the apples as they stew for a hint of warming spice.
How to wrap our Apple Bread with Sweet Almond Oil
Our apple bread is one of the ultimate edible homemade gifts. Cosy, comforting and sweet, it’s an honest-to-goodness delight paired with a cup of tea. As such, it requires no bells and whistles; simply the knowledge that it was baked with love.
Wrap it simply in parchment paper and secure with a length of twine, if needed. Present in person.
A few other good gift ideas for vegans
If you don’t have time to whip up your own edible homemade gifts, there are lots of other great vegan Christmas gift options out there.
For home chefs who love to create fabulously complex dishes in the comfort of their own kitchen, a high quality extra-virgin olive oil will go down a treat.
It’s not to be used for cooking, but rather to finish off luxurious Italian dishes, roasted vegetables or simply served alongside fresh bread for dipping. For additional luxury, choose an oil sourced from a single estate (ours comes from Apulia, Italy).
Teas, tisanes and coffees also make a thoughtful gift. To make sure it’s ethical and sustainable, check for fair-trade coffee beans which are sourced organically. You should also look out for a Rainforest Alliance stamp, as this means the product meets their standards of ethics and sustainability.
You could also make your own tisanes at home – you may even grow some of the ingredients yourself! Dried mint and lemon verbena make good bases, to which you can add fruit peel and dried flower petals to create your own unique recipes.
Alternatively, take a trip to Japan with our Organic Ceremonial Matcha Powder. Sourced from outside Kyoto, Japan, it’s the highest possible quality of matcha green tea. If the person you are buying for enjoys herbal and green tea, our matcha will be the perfect addition to their collection.
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