Healthy Recipes hot chocolate on a stick

Published on December 22nd, 2017 | by Andrea Bertoli


Last Minute Edible Gifts for the Holidays

I don’t know about you, but I don’t really worry too much about giving gifts at Christmas time…  until, about RIGHT NOW!

If you also struggle with this particular malady, don’t worry! I have polled my sweet food blogger friends for their best last minute edible gift ideas for the holidays, and shared a few of my favorites too, including some things that I will likely make this weekend for the few holiday get-togethers I plan on attending.

These are the quick little edible gifts you can make for a hostess party, or if you’re going to a White Elephant or something fun like that. Or, just make them all and keep them for yourself.

Spice Cookie Granola

spice cookie granola

Sarah at Fried Dandelions says, “I love gifting bags of my Spice Cookie Granola! It is SO delicious, and meets most food allergy requirements too, so it’s a ‘safe’ gift to give! And the best part—it tastes so decadent, but is actually pretty healthy. Perfect for all of those New Years Resolutions!”

Marshmallow Swizzle Sticks

These look adorable and awesome! This Marshmallow Swizzle Sticks recipe is also from Sarah and she says these cute gifts, “are fun to make, and fun to eat too! I love making them with my kids to give to their friends! Just stir them into a cup of hot milk and you’ve got instant hot cocoa! What kid wouldn’t love that?”

Vegan Rocky Road Bark

Amy at Veggies Save the Day shows that really chocolate saves the day (or the holiday!). She says, “It’s hard to go wrong with the gift of chocolate! Rocky Road Bark is easy to make with only 3 ingredients.”

Hot Chocolate on a Stick

hot chocolate on a stick

I feel like this is a new idea for me, but one that I can definitely get behind! Melissa says her Hot Chocolate on a Stick is perfect for teachers, co-workers, friends, postal workers, family, neighbors or anyone who loves chocolate, and that is like EVERYONE! She told me that this is an especially cute gift when topped with mini marshmallows and wrapped up all cute and festive!

Cookies in a Jar

Really any cookie idea would work here, but why not make it super festive with some cranberries AND chocolate! Melissa has a great recipe and tutorial for Cranberry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies; put it in a jar and it’s a perfect little holiday gift in a flash!

Homemade Cookie Butter

homemade vegan cookie butter

Becky makes it clear that Homemade Vegan Cookie Butter is not a healthy food like regular nut butter, but it is delicious and wonderful and makes a great little gift. “You can package this cookie butter recipe in a pretty jar for a holiday gift, or keep it all for yourself,” she says (I would probably make a double batch, just in case!

Vegan Caramel Corn

Once a year we were gifted those huge tins of flavored popcorn, and like most kids I suppose, the caramel corn was my favorite, so it’s an nice nostalgic food for me. This recipe comes together easily and is so very yummy. Put it in some cute little bags and give as gifts to those you love.

Homemade Cookie Dough Truffles

These are one of my favorite recipes ever. The filling is made with an unlikely combo of dates, bananas, and coconut flour, and it tastes pretty magical, and even better when covered with dark chocolate.

More Vegan Treats for Christmas

I have really fond memories of my grandma making all sorts of sweet treats for the holidays, and it’s a tradition that I like to enjoy too. Here are some of my favorite Christmas recipes for cookies and cakes that I enjoy making for the holidays.  


Spiced Pumpkin Bread: A little bit sweet and a little bit spicy, these pumpkin breads (or muffins) are great to serve for brunch, snack or as a slightly healthy dessert.

Vegan Chocolate Cake with Cherries: A slightly fancy cake (especially if you include the fresh fruit!), but it actually comes together quite easily and it’s wildly delicious.

Vegan Gingerbread Cake: Hands down, my favorite Christmas food. Easy to make and a lovely, not-too-sweet treat.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies: easy, delish and gluten-free optional! Make with all-purpose flour or all-purpose gluten-free flour). Here’s an alternative Raw Peppermint Chocolate Brownie Recipe too!

Teff Ginger Molasses Cookies: Interesting ingredients for a wildly delicious cookie with classic flavors!

Mostly Raw Hazelnut Cakes: Easy and festive! Swap out the nuts for what you have at home, and play with flavors: add crushed candy canes atop the cakes to make it more Christmas-y.

Cinnamon Almond Cookies: The best quick cookie recipe: try with chai spices, mint, cherry or many other flavor variations!

Vegan Sugar Cookies: Classic and simple, get those cookie cutters ready! This is a vegan version of what we made each year as kids!



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A vegan chef, cookbook author, educator, writer, surfer, and yogi based in Honolulu, Andrea is also the Accounts Manager for Important Media. Follow her foodie adventures at, Vibrant Wellness Journal, and Eat Drink Better. Find more from Andrea on Facebook and Instagram

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