10 Delicious Paleo Christmas Gift Ideas

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.

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Paleo Cacao Mug Cake

We have knuckled down and been eating very clean paleo for the past week. Hubby and I both thought we needed to tidy up our eating and concentrate on portions, sweeteners, and making sure that we are getting enough carbohydrates, good fats and proteins. We have both up’d our efforts at the gym in the attempt to tone things up a bit more.

For me, I probably wasn’t getting enough fuel for the demands I have been putting on my body. For hubby, the balance probably wasn’t right and he found himself wanting to snack more. I don’t find these times too hard, but hubby can. He’s done very well so far, but last night he was struggling after ‘one of those days’. He admitted he really wanted some chocolate…the devil sugar monster was whispering in his head as it does for a lot of us. More often than not, we turn to food when we are stressed, emotional or tired. Am I right?

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Whole Orange & Almond Cake (Paleo)

Morning tea anyone? Here is a cake that is easy to make, take with you when friends invite you over for morning tea, invite the kids for a ‘play date’ or similar. It’s very simple.

This recipe is a Thermomix original. I first made this cake recipe when I was a new Thermomix owner. I had recently made the switch to eating paleo, but the rest of the family wasn’t quite on track with me yet. We had family coming for lunch and I needed a dessert that wasn’t going to break the ‘rules’ for me. Funnily, the cake was a big hit with everyone, especially my hubby. I’ve only made the recipe once or twice since, we don’t have sweets that often in our house, but I think it is a lovely cake for this time of the year.

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Paleo Dried Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is a must on the Christmas table to go with those tasty turkey’s and hams. The only problem if you are trying to follow a Paleo, low carb/high fat, sugar free or diabetic style of eating those shop bought varieties have added sugar and preservatives.

Here is my simple Paleo Dried Cranberry Sauce that is so easy to make. Yes, you still have time.

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Paleo Glazed Christmas Ham

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Wow, hasn’t that year flown by! This year not much will change on our table to cater for the Paleo eaters. Here in Australia its usually warm so we celebrate with a lot of meats and salads. There will be some changes to the desserts on offer, but I won’t be acting like the paleo police. I’m hoping for a relaxed day, filled with family and laughs. Thats what Christmas is about for me anyway.

This year I wanted to attempt my first glazed ham. My husband grew up always having a glazed ham on the table, as a result he loves ham on the bone. It was something that my family never did, we always had cold sliced ham instead. So, for a few years now, I have wanted to make my own glazed ham for him. This year I have finally organised myself enough to give it a go.

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