The Way to Their Heart with Inexpensive Homemade Christmas Gifts
Want the perfect teacher’s homemade gift while also saving a little money? Inexpensive homemade Christmas gifts like my Chocolate Zucchini Bread from my Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook and Lemon Blueberry Bread from Too Hot in the Kitchen cookbook are the way to go so I want to share with you a few of my favorite recipes to make and give! DIY goodies reserve a special place amongst the array of store bought gifts. One of my favorite gifts to give are quick breads. A great idea is to make different sizes, wrap with plastic wrap and tie together for simple homemade food gifts. One recipe = 4 small loaf pans.
Chocolate Zucchini Bread is the Best Make Ahead Quick Bread Food Gift
Chocolate Zucchini Bread from my trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites is the perfect treat that will be loved by all – from friends to neighbors, teachers to doctors. Nutritious-and-delicious, Chocolate Zucchini Bread, is one of my absolute best gift-giving breads. Give the gift that keeps on giving, without blowing your budget – delicious treats with a trim and terrific twist! With so much going on this time of year, everyone is busy but with my easy healthy recipes that is no problem – quick breads are simple and quick to make and can be made ahead of time and frozen.
Another Favorite Quick Bread Recipe – Quick Lemon Blueberry Bread
You can’t go wrong when looking for inexpensive homemade Christmas gifts with my oh-so-popular Quick Lemon Blueberry Bread from my Too Hot in the Kitchen cookbook, made extra easy using Bisquick and cream cheese. I use frozen blueberries when I can’t find fresh and the bread is just as good! This recipe is sooooo delicious and easy! Another festive and delicious bread, Easy Cranberry Bread from Eating Well Through Cancer cookbook uses Bisquick too for a super easy healthy food gift!
Chocolate Zucchini Bread from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook
Just wrap the individual loaves in plastic wrap and store in a zip top freezer bag in the freezer until needed. Instead of one large loaf, I like to prepare the breads in different size loaf pans and give a combination of different loaves, making the perfect inexpensive homemade Christmas gifts! Give one, two, or several types of bread, depending on how well you like the person.
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups shredded zucchini
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven 350°F. Coat a 9 × 5 × 3-inch nonstick loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Set aside.
3. In another bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, and oil. Stir in applesauce and vanilla. Add dry ingredients, mixing just until moistened. Stir in zucchini, chocolate chips, and walnuts.
4. Transfer batter into prepared pan. Bake 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Don’t overcook. Cool in pan.
Nutritional information per serving: Calories 187, Calories from fat 34%, Fat 7 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 26 mg, Sodium 96 mg, Carbohydrate 28 g, Fiber 2 g, Sugars 14 g, Protein 4 g, Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat
Terrific Tidbit: Zucchini is grated by using a grater or shredding blade on food processor.
Quick Tip: Mini loaves of quick bread make wonderful easy healthy recipes and homemade gifts. Make ahead, wrap in plastic wrap, place in zipper-lock bags, and freeze until ready to give.
Check out more of my delicious healthy holiday gift ideas.
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