This time of year many people are baking or making tasty little treats to gift or share with family for the festive season. It’s such a lovely thing to receive a handmade gift, something baked with love. That is, as long as it’s not filled with processed grains and sugars.
The festive season can be hard to avoid those foods that you have chosen to remove from your diet. For many people it takes an extra effort to resist. So receiving a girt made with real food ingredients shows the extra care and effort has been put into that gift. Here I have put together 10 recipes that would make great homemade gifts. Things I’d love to receive myself.
This time of year, all around Australia and New Zealand, hundreds and thousands of cookies are being baked. Some love them chewy, and some love them crunchy. They are the humble Anzac biscuit.
It’s thought that because the ingredients did not spoil, Anzac’s cookies were ideal for wives and mothers to mail their soldiers serving. They were also suitable for long trips for naval officers. The Anzac biscuits the Army issued were not like the commercial sugar filled packets for sale today. They were very hard and used as a substitute for bread at times.
These cookies are to die for! Possibly the BEST cookies I have ever made. Its a big call, I know, but they really are delicious and are a perfect treat to not feel too guilty about.
I’m not suggesting these should be a regular baking recipe, these cookies are definitely for special occasions, parties, or yummy gifts. They are not something that I want you to associate with eating daily on a paleo diet. If that was the case, then you need to do a sugar detox. If you are struggling when starting out, missing your chocolate fix or want to take a plate to a party that you know you can enjoy, then these cookies are for you.
One of the harder things about following a Paleo diet is the thought that you have to give up all the things you love and you can only eat meat and veg. By now, you will understand that as long as you stick to the principals, the modern day caveman or cavewoman bakes and creates meals that use Paleo ingredients, but reflect modern day recipe classics.
Crackers are something that I have missed! There are gluten free options out there that are delicious, but always left me feeling I had somehow cheated myself out of sticking to my choice of eating and lifestyle. I sometimes eat gluten free when I go out to restaurants (they don’t cater for Paleo widely yet where I live) and that feels like a naughty treat. So eating crackers that are GF feel more naughty for me and not part of my meal I can freely enjoy.