For some of you, you’ve had your Christmas shopping and wrapping done since Thanksgiving (yeah, I’m talking about you Jen-Jen, you remarkable human being, you).
Maybe you were still on top of your game and got it all finished between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Or, option 3, you’re like me and still scrambling around to find something heartfelt, budget-friendly, and pleasing to those last few people on your list.
If you’ve browsed through my Foodie and Fitness gift guides and my His and Her gift guide still didn’t help you out, go for my ultimate back-up plan: homemade yumminess. Who can turn down something heartfelt and homemade?
Let’s explore one possibility for those neighbors, coworkers, mailmen, secretaries, or other people you want to show a little love and appreciation for without going overboard.
I think my Paleo Cranberry Orange Bread would do just the trick!
While I will forever be in love with all things pumpkin spice, it’s only appropriate to branch out at Christmas time to the other holiday heavy hitters. Gingerbread, chocolate mint, and cranberry are some of my favorite festive flavors.
Y’all, today let’s give some love to that tart, bog-born berry that usually only gets respect aside the turkey platter. The wonderful world of cranberries extends so much farther than just the sauce. Muffins, breads, cookies, bbq sauce and, yes, even meatloaf (that recipe’s coming next week friends) can all be upgraded with the antioxidant-rich berry.
Savory or sweet, baked or raw, these little beauties deserve a little more attention this Christmas season.
So this quickbread. It truly lives up to its name. The batter comes together in minutes, and the loaf is ready in under an hour. Plus, thanks to half a dozen eggs, this bread is super fluffy and light, not dense at all like a lot of Christmas breads can be.
And holy moisture, Batman (sorry to use the m-word, but it’s the best descriptor for this bread)! The bread itself is rich thanks to the coconut milk and oil. And, tis the season for a little extra, I’ve whipped up a buttery orange glaze on top to up the decadence factor even more.
Giving the gift of homemade baked goods is always a solid choice. It shows you took the time to prepare something from your own heart and kitchen to brighten someone’s day.
Could you give my pumpkin bread instead? OF COURSE!
Could you give this bread AND a jar of my cranberry sauce? OF COURSE!
I’ve got plenty of recipes up my sleeves that could be transformed into tasty Christmas gifts. In fact, I’m working on a round-up posts for y’all of homemade gift ideas so you don’t have to comb through my archives..I’ll do that for ya!
If you’re already set on your Christmas gifts, hold on to this recipe for those Christmas brunches! My family always has some tried and trued recipes like sausage-egg casserole and ham biscuits. But they always allow me to experiment with the sweet contrinution to the meal; this year, I know what I’ll be baking up and adding to the Glover’s brunch table.
Could you make these into mini loaves or muffins? For sure! Just adjust the baking time by ten-ish minutes and you’re set!
Alrighty friends, a slice of this decadent yet sneakily healthy bread is calling my name with my morning coffee. This bread and my decaf pumpkin spice coffee is OUT OF THIS WORLD. So, as you can understand, pregnant lady’s gotta go eat.
Have a festively fabulous Friday, y’all! And happy baking!
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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