The generations before us were really onto something with the idea of making edible holiday gifts. They just stopped short when they settled on fruitcake. Make something people want to eat and wrap it in cute packaging, though, and you have yourself some adorable, edible holiday gifts. And this being the 21st century, you probably want to make them with wholesome ingredients, not tongue-twisting preservatives.
That's what the baking gurus at Simple Mills call the Simple Gift of Health, and it's what you get in every box of their simple, whole food baking mixes, all of which shine in these three easy recipes. That's recipes plural: This Santa season, one box of versatile Chocolate Muffin & Cake Mix becomes our base for three—count 'em—delicious and easy holiday gifts.
Made with just seven high-quality, nutrient-dense ingredients like almond flour and coconut sugar, Simple Mills' rich and not-too-sweet Chocolate Muffin and Cake Mix isn't just versatile in the flavor department. It also happens to be gluten-free, paleo-friendly and Non-GMO Project Verified, so it can please any giftee.
Topped with Simple Mills' organic chocolate frosting — made from coconut oil and sustainable palm shortening—and given holiday sparkle with metallic dragées, these luscious treats become ready-to-go gifts when presented in takeout-style boxes, as in the photo up top. (Tip! Create a little nest out of tissue paper to keep the cupcake from sliding around.)
Chocolate Mini Muffins
Good morning, teensy treats! A gift box of these, lined with a beautiful napkin, will please anyone who appreciates a home-baked snack with their coffee. It's the type of gift a recipient could take into the office the next day and score some departmental love.
Chocolate-Almond Mini Loaf
Dusted with a snowfall of powdered sugar (optional!) and nestled in rustic burlap sachets, these nutty loaves are the gifts we're most likely to keep for ourselves. So bake multiples. (We wrapped them in wax paper before putting them in the burlap to keep them a little fresher. Parchment paper would work, too.)
Want more holiday inspo? Simple Mills has a whole bunch of resourceful blog posts, traditional holiday recipes that they've remade with a healthy spin, and even curated giveaways to help you fill your holiday season with wholesome treats you can feel good about indulging in. Happy gifting!
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