Give the Gift of Food This Christmas

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Christmas is a great time of year but can be a very stressful few weeks for some. There is a huge amount of pressure on people regarding money in the form of presents, parties and feasts to be prepared.

After nearly a year away travelling, I’m almost broke and don’t have the money for presents. This year instead I’m giving my time to others – by simply calling in to catch-up with friends, making a cake or some treats, inviting a gang over for food or deliver one of my homemade gifts to someone special in my life.

Here are some of my favourite things to make and give to others. So, if you are stuck for a gift for someone with limited money why not try one of these recipes? You will probably have half the ingredients in the cupboard already and the remainder will cost less than €5. But it’s not about the cost, it’s about the love and time you put into creating this unique gift just for your chosen person.

Sticking to a food or fitness routine can be difficult at Christmas. Check out my top tips that featured this week on the WellFest blog.

Christmas Food Gifts; Delalicious

Granola – Save the cooking for later in the day and start Christmas morning by munching on granola with some yoghurt and fresh fruit.  Homemade granola is a great gift as it will keep fresh for ages in a jar. Fill the biggest jar you have at home with granola, tie a ribbon and tag on it and another present is off your shopping list. Add a little more Christmas to the granola by adding some cinnamon or all spice, dried cranberries or apricots or some fresh orange juice to the oil.20170702_111432 - Copy (2)

Sweet Chilli Sauce – This is such a versatile sauce that is literally made in minutes. If your friend likes a little or a lot of spice you can tailor the sauce to their needs. This sauce will keep fresh for 3 months once stored in a cool place.

White Chocolate & Cranberry Oat Slices – Christmas is all about a little bit of decadence and these white chocolate oat slices are just that. Pop a few slices into a bag, tie with ribbon and you instantly have a fancy homemade gift ready for any unannounced visitors or last minute gifts.White Chocolate, Cranberry & Apricot Oat Slice; Delalicious

Homemade Pesto – I don’t think I’ve met a person yet who doesn’t like pesto! All you need is a bit of elbow grease (food processor, coffee grinder or pestle and mortar will also work well), herbs (coriander, basil, nettles), seeds or nuts (pumpkin, sunflower, almonds, cashews, pine nuts), garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and some parmesan. Keep fresh in the fridge for at least 1 month once covered in oil.

Dark Chocolate Oat Truffles – If you’re shopping for a health conscious minded person or a lover of energy balls then look no further! You will have these chocolatey oat truffles ready in minutes. No need for gift wrap just pop the truffles into a jar or resealable bag, add a little ribbon and their edible healthy food gift is ready.20171214_143511-01

Happy Cooking and Merry Christmas,

Sinéad

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White Chocolate, Cranberry & Apricot Oat Slices

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Christmas is all about sharing!

Sharing love, attention, gifts and most importantly for me time. Your time will be well spent making these extremely decadent but delicious White Chocolate, Cranberry and Apricot Oat Slices.

These oat slices are the perfect homemade gift for someone special. Easy to make, moreish and a real crowd pleaser. Simply make, store in an airtight container and then it’s time to share the joy of these decadent slices.

Why not print out and share the recipe too. After all sharing is caring!!

Makes 21 slices.White Chocolate, Cranberry & Apricot Oat Slice; Delalicious

  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 25g soft brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 egg
  • 75g white chocolate, chopped into chunks
  • 30g dried cranberries
  • 30g dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 30g desiccated coconut
  • 50g jumbo oats
  • 125g cup plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Icing:

  • 50g white chocolate
  • 90g plain Greek-style yoghurt
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 1/2 tbsp dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp dessicated coconut
  1. Preheat an oven to 180°C and line a square sandwich baking tin with parchment.
  2. Over a medium heat, melt the butter, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest together in a large saucepan. Once melted, remove from heat and allow to cool a little.
  3. Whisk the egg into the melted butter mix. Add the white chocolate, oats, dried fruit and coconut and stir until well combined.
  4. Sift the flour and baking powder into the saucepan and fold through the mix.
  5. Press the mix into the base of the lined tray using the back of a spoon. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until lightly golden.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool in tin.
  7. For the icing: Melt the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
  8. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the yoghurt and lemon juice together.
  9. Gradually add 1 tablespoon at a time of the melted white chocolate mix, mixing through with a spatula until all combined.
  10. Spread the icing over the cooled base. Sprinkle over the remaining dried fruit and coconut.
  11. Allow to set in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Happy cooking,

Sinéad

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