Make your friends or yourself yummy edible homemade Christmas gifts this year!
There are many reasons people turn to homemade and edible Christmas gifts. They’re sick of the commercialization, they prefer personalizing the gifts they give, or they don’t trust the quality and standards of many things you get commercially. Well, these are all legitimate reasons, and if you’re in the mood for a homemade Christmas, you might want to keep food on your Christmas giving list.
Food is always a popular gift, but there are only so many boxes of chocolates and jars of muffin mix one person can use. That’s why I love to give these homemade Christmas oatmeal packets. They taste delicious, are practical, require very little effort or money, and — best of all — they put you in the driver’s seat as far as sugar and fat are concerned.
What You Need
–A mason jar (or small plastic bags for individualized servings)
–6 cups quick-cooking oats
–1 and 1/3 cup dried skim milk
–1 cup dried applies
–1/4 cup sugar or splenda
–1/4 cup packed brown sugar
–1 tbsp ground cinnamon
–1 tsp salt
–1/4 tsp ground cloves
–ribbon, cinnamon sticks, or fabric for decorating (optional)
What To Do
1. Chop the dried apples into bite-sized pieces and mix all ingredients together, stirring well. Either seal the entire thing in a jar or divide it into smaller portions and package them individually. This recipe makes sixteen servings, so you can decide how to divvy them up from there.
2. Seal the packages. If you’re using plastic bags, it’s a nice touch to tie a cinnamon stick to the bag with a ribbon.
3. Print instructions for homemade Christmas apple oatmeal on the gift card and attach one to each package. They should read:
Bring 1/2 cup water to a boil in a small pan. Shake the mix well and stir 1/2 cup mix into the water. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously, for one minute. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand one minute longer. No milk or sugar necessary — enjoy!
Health-conscious parents and family members will appreciate this low-sugar, low-fat alternative to high-calorie prepackaged oatmeal, and they’ll have your thoughtful gift to remind them all year long that, sometimes, edible Christmas gifts are still the best.