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Edible Gift Ideas

Get creative with a DIY approach to gift-giving. Here are five ways to spread some edible joy -- with a healthy kick.

Easy Granola

Preheat the over to 325 degrees. Combine 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup maple syrup, 2 tablespoons butter, and 1/4 cup brown sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat; reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often. In a large bowl, mix 4 cups rolled oats, 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture and stir. Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet and spread granola evenly. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool before transferring to airtight glass containers.

Tip: Deliver in an airtight glass container with a tag giving helpful suggestions of serving with yogurt and fresh fruit -- or just using as a healthy snack on the road.

Ready-to-Make Hot Cocoa

Not your typical chocolate beverage, this sweet concoction includes cinnamon and cardamom, known in Ayruvedic medicine for boosting energy. Bonus: It's made with flavanoid-rich dark chocolate, which prevents hardening of the arteries. Get the recipe.

Tip: Fill a jam jar with the dry ingredients, then attach these instructions: Combine with one quart soy milk and whisk together over medium low heat for about five minutes before serving. filling the jar with the dry ingredients, attach these instructions: Combine with one quart soy milk and whisk together over medium low heat for about five minutes before serving.

Cranberry Tea Bread

Breakfast is served! Packed with antioxidant-rich cranberries, this delicious gift should replace fruitcake as the holiday standard. Get the recipe.

Tip: Skip the plastic wrap and deliver in a basket, covered in a reusable cloth napkin.

All-Purpose Spice Rub

Amping up the flavor of meat, poultry, or fish, this blend contains cayenne pepper, known for boosting circulation, fighting infection and aiding digestion. Get the recipe.

Tip: Deliver in recycled spice shakers with a homemade label.

Double Chocolate Biscotti

The addition of crystallized ginger in this recipe helps with digestion and gives the rich dipping cookie a surprising twist of flavor. Get the recipe.

Tip: Package with a bag of fair trade coffee for dunking.

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