Homemade Food Gift Ideas


Whether it’s for your neighbor, child’s teacher, or party host, these food gifts made from whole foods are one way to show someone your love and appreciation.

Food Gifts



Dry //

1½ cup hemp protein powder, chocolate flavor (or original just add more cocoa)
½ cup hemp hearts, shelled
½ cup cocoa powder
½ cup walnuts, ground into a coarse flour
½ cup pumpkin seeds, whole
¼ cup chia seeds, ground
¼ cup dried mulberries
2 tablespoons cacao nibs (optional)
2 tablespoons spirulina powder
¼ teaspoon pink himalayan sea salt
dash of ground cinnamon

Wet //

1½-2 cups dates, about 20 pitted
½ cup dried tart cherries
5 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 heaping tablespoon almond butter
½ cup water (start with ¼ and add gradually)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Dry //

Coarsely grind walnuts and chia seeds. Pour into a large mixing bowl and combine all remaining dry ingredients (hemp powder, seeds, cocoa, pumpkin seeds, mulberries, cacao nibs, and seasonings). Set aside.

Wet //

Combine all wet ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor. This mixture is very thick and sticky so you’ll need a powerful kitchen appliance or mix in small batches. Start with ¼ cup of water in this mixture. Pour wet ingredients into the large mixing bowl with dry ingredients. This is where you can adjust the water and pay close attention to how much you use.

Using your hands (the best tools for this!), massage and combine the mixture until everything has come together to form a large ball. If the mixture gets too wet, simply add more cocoa or hemp protein powder. If the mixture isn’t wet enough, try adding more coconut oil or a few more dates. The desired texture is a thick, chewy, sticky bar.

In an 8×8 or 9×9 inch parchment lined pan, evenly spread the protein bar mixture into the pan. Using your hands and fingertips firmly press the mixture into an even layer until it’s even and smooth on top. Chill for at least 2 hours in the fridge. Cut into small pieces or 12 whole bars. Keep some for later in the freezer by wrapping individually in clear wrap or keep in the fridge for later use that week.

Food Gifts



1 cup dates, pitted
1 cup walnuts
½ cup brazil nuts
½ cup cacao powder
½ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
¼ cup (or more) of your favorite mint dark chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons almond meal (ground almonds)
1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon peppermint extract
peppermint candies (garnish)


Depending on how soft your dates are, you may need to soak for at least 20 minutes to soften. If already soft skip this step. First grind all the nuts, set aside. Add dates into a blender or food processor and pulse, adding in ground nuts gradually until mixture combines.

In a large bowl mixture all remaining ingredients and combine with your hands until a large ball forms. Chill this mixture for at least 5 minutes in the fridge.

Take out the chilled mixture and roll into tablespoon size balls.

Optional // In a small ziploc bag place about ½ cup peppermint candies and crush with a wooden spoon, hand, etc. until the peppermint candies are completely broken.

Roll each ball into crushed peppermint candies. Store in the freezer or fridge for leftovers

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1 cup hazelnuts, unsalted
1 cup almonds, raw and unsalted
½ cup pumpkin seeds, raw and unsalted
½ cup sunflower seeds, raw and unsalted
¼ cup brazil nuts, raw and unsalted
¼ cup amaranth
¼ cup maple syrup
1 heaping tablespoon black strap molasses
1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1-2 teaspoon sea salt (to your taste)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a small mixing bowl, combine the maple syrup and all the spices/seasonings. Combine the nuts and seeds in a separate mixing bowl.Pour the liquid mixture over the nuts and seeds and stir until throughly coated.

Using a flat cookie sheet, spread the nut mixture to ensure even toasting. Check every 5 minutes and stir.Keep an eye on this mixture, every oven setting is different and when toasting nuts and seeds they may burn very quickly!

Take out of the oven and let cool (this is when it’ll start to become crisp!) Keep in an air tight bag/container at room temperature for keeping.



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McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN is an internationally known dietitian/nutritionist and the creator of Nutrition Stripped, a plant-centric whole foods lifestyle and blog. McKel shares nourishing and delicious recipes weekly while inspiring her readers to take their health to the next level. McKel coaches privately with women all over the world, hosts Nutrition Stripped Supper Clubs and workshops. Her cookbook will be published early 2016.

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