Nothing is better to give or receive at this time of year than homemade gifts, especially the edible kind, lovingly prepared and wrapped. In the true spirit of the holidays, these gorgeous offerings are not only an expression of your creativity but also a reflection of how much you care.
For starters, we’ve updated a holiday classic, the fruitcake, into a modern, heart-healthy version perfect for gifting. You can also whip up and freeze some of our Cardamom Spice Cookie dough and prepare a batch of our minty hot chocolate mix to have on hand for when last-minute guests drop in. Canning our clementine and pomegranate marmalade in late fall will leave you with jars of festive preserves to carry you through the season until the end-of-year ball drops. And, finally, our Sweet & Sour Chocolate Bark is so quick and simple, you can make it, chill it and set it in the final hour before your big family get-together.
Happy Holidays from the Clean Eating kitchen to yours!
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Sweet & Sour Chocolate Bark
This simple dark-chocolate confection is studded with tart cherries, crunchy almonds and bits of ginger for a touch of heat. Serve as a light dessert or midday treat.
Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Mix
Instead of adding chunks of sugar-filled candy cane, this classic has been given a healthy twist with no compromise to taste. Look for high-quality organic peppermint loose-leaf tea to ensure you get the most authentic flavor with some additional antioxidant benefits to boot. Hint: Our mix makes perfect stocking stuffers for pennies a bag!
Cranberry, Apricot & Walnut Fruitcake
This isn’t your grandmother’s fruitcake! By replacing the usual candied fruit with nutrient-dense dried cranberries and apricots, we’ve reduced the sugar in this often-regifted gift.
Slice & Bake Cardamom Spice Cookies
This dough is simple to prepare, and gifting it rolled in parchment (with baking directions) and frozen provides your recipient with ready-to-bake cookies whenever he or she craves them.
Festive Clementine & Pomegranate Marmalade
Let family and friends know they can serve this fresh and tangy preserve with whole-grain crackers and cheese during a cocktail party, as a condiment for roasted lamb or poultry (yes, even Thanksgiving turkey!) or stirred into Greek yogurt for a sweet snack anytime.
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