Vegan Food Gifts and a Giveaway!


If you have been reading my blog for awhile you know I love Joni Newman. Not only does she dabble in comfort food, burgers and delicious recipes in general – she is also the answer to your holiday budget. She will help you spread the vegan tastiness around!

Last year I gave away her Salted Caramel Sauce as gifts and it got rave reviews. I have to admit I gifted myself a jar of it too.

The recipes inVegan Food Gifts  are varied enough to fit everyone on your gift list and include cookies and other baked goods. My favorite chapter is her dry mixes for soups, dressings, mocha and much more. The selection of goodies in the canning chapter is mazing – and if any of you were wondering I’d love some of the Lemon Lavender Curd in my stocking.

Oh yeah, there are infused liquors like a homemade coffee liquor and even a vegan Irish creme. Not to mention the Minty Doggie Biscuit recipe below that my pups love.

All in all this book is my best friend for the holidays and I think it can be yours too! Right now I’m marking recipes to make this years gifts for friends and family.


Minty Doggie Biscuits

Excerpted from Vegan Food Gifts by Joni Marie Newman

Four-legged friends like vegan food gifts, too!

This recipe is courtesy of my awesome-rad-übercool mom. She makes these for my three girls every Christmas. My girls love their Gramma Kim.

  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (235 ml) water
  • 2 1⁄2 cups (300 g) whole wheat flour
  • 1⁄2 cup (39 g) quick-cooking oats
  • 1⁄3 cup (20 g) fifinely chopped fresh mint
  • 1⁄3 cup (20 g) finely chopped fresh parsley

Preheat the oven to 325°F (170°C, or gas mark 3). Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the oil and water. Slowly add the flour, oats, mint, and parsley and mix until well combined.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll out to 1⁄4 inch (6 mm) thick. Cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters.

Bake for 35 minutes, turning them halfway through to make sure they don’t brown too much on one side. Let cool before packaging.

Yield: About 2 dozen biscuits depending on the size of your cookie cutter

Gift it!

Wrap in cellophane bags, Super Simple Gift Envelopes (page 12), or Window Treat Boxes (page 16) tied up with pretty ribbons with an attached card that reads, “The fresh flavor of parsley and mint helps freshen a doggie’s breath. Mint can also be soothing to the stomach and nervous system, while parsley can help with joint pain.”


  1. My favorite homemade food gift would have to be something baked with love. Loafs & muffins are a favorite of mine.

  2. I love making homemade nut butter for gifts!

  3. We gift the dogs in our life homemade biscuits every year, going to add these into the mix :)

  4. I love putting all the necessities for homemade cookies in a jar and gifting it with a beautiful label with the recipe :).

  5. LOVE making ~healthy~ doggie treats as gifts – many thanks for this post !

  6. I give brownies and/or cake for the neighbors.

  7. I love this book, read it from the library and would love to own it. We are trying homemade vanilla as a gift this year. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Jennipher Hulse says:

    What a great idea for gift giving!

  9. I like the idea of something baked or a soup ready to cook just by adding water!

  10. My favorite home made gifts are cookie and cake mixes in a jar.

  11. Laura Hansen says:

    I love to gift spiced pecans. However, salted caramel sauce and lemon lavender curd sound like pretty awesome gifts.

  12. My favorite gifts are sharing time and a meal with my husband and precious friends. I also love to gift someone with a starter kit for growing microgreens.

  13. My favorite homemade gifts to give are banana bread, pumpkin bread, and gingerbread cookies.

  14. I’ve gifted a pan of peanut butter blondies multiple times, and they’ve always been devoured!

  15. We regularly make caramels and fudge for gifts along with banana and carrot breads too.

    Would love to have this book. Good luck to everyone who enters.

    Thanks Kathy.

  16. I love to make homemade breads and nutbutters for gifts!

  17. I think my favorite homemade food gift would definitely be something baked liked cookies, muffins, or cakes. I’ve had friends do that for me before and it always warms my heart. Thank you for doing this giveaway. :)

  18. I make vegan cookies.

  19. salted caramel sauce sounds great!

  20. I love those mason jars full of everything you need to make cookies with! So cute! thanks for the giveaway!

  21. I love home made gifts – to give and to get :)

  22. Jams and jellies, chutneys and relishes – love to make them, and then to give them away :-)

  23. I make quick breads, like pumpkin or banana-chocolate chip.

  24. I have given homemade baking mixes for cookies and brownies to my cousin and her three daughters at Christmas one year. They love baking and it gives them a nice activity to do all together on a snow day!

  25. I love making sugar cookies and decorating them along with baking chocolate crinkle cookies

  26. Terri Cole says:

    I like to make mini loaves of bread. My favorite is a yeasted eggnog bread with nuts and dried fruit. Last year was my first holiday season as a vegan, and the bread was even better made with Silk Nog!

  27. dorothy mora says:

    Cookies! They travel well and have infinite variations. The lemon cooolers in vegan food gifts are yummier than yummy!

  28. Mary Syrenne says:

    I make preserves, cookies, and chutney to give away. Thanks to this recipe I can add dog treats to the list.

  29. Different flavored nut butters! They go with everything. And you can make some super cute gift baskets with them. :)

  30. I love giving cookies as gifts. I have a famous chocolate chip cookie recipe that I use and they are always a huge hit!

  31. Homemade biscotti in a nice jar or canister is great!

  32. I love making gift baskets full of things in jars.

  33. i love knit scarves

  34. I like to send candied nuts in the mail at Christmas since they travel well (at least I think they do!) Even the broken pieces would be tasty I’m sure.

  35. I made herb vinegars as gifts a few years back. Everyone loved them, so I’m gonna go the homemade food-gift route again this year. Thinking about soup mix/ spices in a jar. Encouraging my carnivore friends to try a vegan soup!

  36. Any and all! haha. Pumpkin butter.

  37. The pecan praline sauce pinned here:

  38. I love making my own nut butter or chocolate spread to gift for friends and family.

  39. My favorite homemade food gift would be homemade granola!

  40. Simona Cattina says:

    I love anything in jars, especially presevers

  41. Mini banana bread with a jar of homemade cashew butter is always much-loved. :)

  42. Every winter, I make about 20 gift boxes full of homemade vegan sweets for my closest friends.

  43. Deanne O'Donnell says:

    My favorite food gift is anything homemade for my pets.

  44. I think making yummy food gifts is the best way to convert people to veganism!

  45. Homemade mixes: drinks, seasonings, and more .. I try and come up with something new each year :D

  46. Lisa Hochstetler says:

    I love infused vinegars

  47. Thank you for the giveaway! My favorite homemade food gift is cookies.

  48. My favourite food gift is brownies. Delicious and versatile!

  49. Still trying to show people that healthy can taste good. I live in the land of meat (Texas) where everything has something animal in it! I would love to win this and prove you don’t need animal products for food to taste great!

  50. I love to give/receive mixes. They can be so versatile and fun to work with.

  51. Jennifer K says:

    I bake cookies and gift them during the holidays

  52. Homemade dog treats are a great idea!

  53. I love giving homemade cookies as gifts.

  54. Terri David says:

    Vegan pies.

  55. I have a few friends with furry family members that will appreciate these biscuits, but my 3 will appreciate them just as much (and so will we with them having fresher breath LOL!). And giving vegan food gifts is such a great way to share with family and friends while showing that vegan food IS just as great, if not better.

  56. I like to give away Whole Wheat bread.

  57. What a nice giveaway! I would love to give vegan food gifts and doggie treats too! Do I dare mention that receiving vegan foods gifts would be loved as well?

  58. I am a huge health nerd so I don’t eat it very often, but I think amish friendship bread is really sweet :) It’s a great way to pass on the love.

  59. I have a number of friends who would appreciate homemade doggie treats!

  60. Love homemade gifts for friends and neighbors during the holidays! Thanks for the new ideas.

  61. I like homemade Fudge and Snickerdoodles
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  62. I love making homemade cookies for gifts- snickerdoodles and buckeyes are my specialties.

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