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The holidays are right around the corner, and these DIY vegan gifts are not only cute, they’re cruelty-free. Here are the tastiest treats to give this season.
One of the best parts of the holiday season is all the tasty treats.
Creating recipes that fit a vegan diet plan might seem tough. So many ingredients used in homemade baked goods are not vegan-friendly. Butter, eggs, and milk seem to be in just about everything that’s being served.
If you’re someone who likes to make yummy treats for friends and family, vegan gifts can be a challenge.
But some holiday recipes can become vegan-friendly recipes by swapping out a few ingredients. There are many vegan-friendly ingredients that make great substitutes for dairy products.
With a little experimenting, you may be able to recreate your favorite treats, vegan-style.
Coconut and nut-milk are great choices. Nut butter is also vegan-friendly, so recipes that feature it are easy to tweak.
While substitutions are great, there are also lots of original vegan recipes out there.
Many of them are sweet treats that are great for the holidays. With creativity and some cute packaging, these tasty treats also make great vegan gifts.
The great thing about making vegan gifts is that they’re as healthy as they are tasty. The healthy benefits of a vegan diet are even better when they mean avoiding unhealthy holiday favorites.
Check out these nine vegan gifts that are seriously tasty treats.
1. Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Bread
Nothing says holidays quite like fresh baked bread.
Whether you bake it yourself or put the mix in a jar, this Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Bread recipe makes a great gift.
If you’re gifting the mix, layer flour, sugar, spices, baking powder, and bittersweet cocoa.
A mason jar makes a great container for the mix. Top it with a cute ribbon or a festive tag. All your recipient will need to do is add non-dairy milk and pumpkin puree.
You could even include a small bread pan to create a nice gift for friends or family. Or, if you make the bread to give away, you could leave it in the pan or wrap it in paper.
Either way, this is a tasty, classy spin on a classic holiday gift.
2. Pumpkin Butter
If you’re looking for a tasty topping for that Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Bread, this is a great choice.
This creamy Pumpkin Butter recipe doesn’t even require any substitutions to be vegan-friendly.
Just mix one cup of brown sugar with 2 1/2 cups of pumpkin puree, 1/3 cup of water, and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
Scoop it into a cute jar and deliver it solo or alongside a jar or loaf of the Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Mix.
3. Vegan Hot Chocolate Mix
Hot chocolate mixes make an easy, fun holiday gift to warm up your loved ones with during the holiday season.
Rather than using dairy-based chocolate, swap out dark chocolate cocoa, a vegan-friendly alternative. You can make peppermint, spicy, or even pumpkin pie spice flavored variations.
This makes a great gift, but keeping some mix on hand is also a great idea. That way you’ll always have a warm, tasty treat on hand for all your friends, regardless of their diet.
4. Gluten-Free Vegan Almond Butter Cookies
Not only are these Almond Butter Cookies easy to make, they also perform double duty. They’re vegan-friendly and gluten-free.
Gluten-free baked goods are hard to come by, which makes this a great choice for holiday parties. They’ll have all your friends, vegan and gluten-free or not, begging for your recipe.
You’ll need a 1/2 cup of brown sugar, grated zest and juice from a lemon, and a teaspoon of Chinese 5-spice powder. Add a little water to create a paste, then roll up the ingredients in the puff pastries.
Bake the cookies for ten minutes, then dust them with powdered sugar, and you’ll be ready to go.
Buckeyes are always popular during the holiday season. But because of their chocolate coating, they won’t work as vegan gifts.
But with a little substituting, you can make these tasty peanut butter balls a vegan recipe.
While creating the peanut butter mixture, swap out vegan butter for regular. Use the same amount that the original recipe calls for. Then, melt vegan semisweet chocolate chips to dip the peanut butter balls in.
These are so tasty that your non-vegan friends won’t even notice the difference. Add a cute plate or a festive container, and you’ve got a yummy gift that anyone would be happy to receive.
6. Three Ingredient Chocolate Bars
You’d be hard-pressed to find another recipe this simple.
These Three Ingredient Chocolate Bars make a great vegan gift. They’re also a thoughtful gift for health-conscious friends who aren’t vegans.
All you’ll need is cocoa powder, coconut oil, and a liquid sweetener like agave or maple syrup. You could add peppermint pieces, sprinkles, or other mix-ins for a fun, festive touch.
Wrap these bars in craft paper and tie them with ribbon for a rustic look.
7. Cherry Moonshine
This fun adult drink will be a hit at your holiday parties.
To make this Cherry Moonshine, slice two vanilla bean pods in half. Then, add the pods and 16 ounces of frozen cherries to a jar. Cover in a pint of your favorite vodka, then let the concoction sit for three to six days.
This recipe also makes a great gift. Simply add a ribbon to the jar and you’re good to go.
8. Vanilla Bean Sugar
Looking for a creative gift for your friend who loves to bake? Why not make your own Vanilla Bean Sugar?
All you need is sugar and a vanilla bean. The bean should have the seeds already scraped out. A good ratio for this recipe is one vanilla bean to one cup of sugar.
This recipe is also a great chance to use up any jars you’ve been saving.
Small glass jars that once held sauces, olives, or anything else work great. Just make sure that they’re scrubbed clean and sanitized before you add the sugar mix.
9. Infused Olive Oil
Olive oil has definitely skyrocketed in popularity in the past few years. Many restaurants are even serving up their own special blends.
This holiday season, you can create your own.
All you’ll need is a bottle of olive oil and your chosen ingredients for infusing.
Mix and match your favorite herbs with garlic, dried mushrooms, or citrus zest. This infused olive oil will be a hit will all your friends, vegan or not.
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