HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >


Healthy holiday gift basket ideas

I'd like to bring a gift basket of something to my gym as a holiday thank you. Normally, I'd just bake something, but I feel like it'd be kind of silly to march into the gym with few dozen brownies. Does anyone have any tried and true recipes for a healthy treat? It doesn't have to be a dessert -- just something that doesn't need to be refrigerated and could be enjoyed behind a desk.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. What about homemade energy bars or protein bars? I've made the one in Super Natural Cooking a couple of times--you do need to wrap them in wax paper. Or perhaps some homemade granola--you can control the amount of fat and sugar and make it to your liking. Or healthy muffins. eatingwell.com should have recipes that are healthy and tasty--it's my favorite healthy cooking magazine.

    1. How about some spiced nuts? A handful is a healthy amount. Or perhaps some whole-grain muffins...or quickbread. Oh, I see that nofunlatte has already suggested muffins and granola, good calls...I do have a somewhat healthy oat-banana bread recipe if you need a recipe. Oh, there might be some healthified Chex mix recipes out there too, not sure, though.

      1. i agree with mini-bran muffins.

        you could also do mini egg-white frittatas, as these can hold at room temp.

        you could also do a nice platter of fruit with some yogurt dips.

        if you want to go sweets, but not too unhealthy, rice krispy treats are at least fat free ;-)

        1. Spiced pumpkin seeds with dried cranberries or cherries?

          1. The only reason why I go to the gym is so I can have a few dozen brownies. =) But if you must, why not just do a fruit and (shell on) nut basket with a potted plant? You could also toss in some homemade meat or tofu jerky, dried fruit, fruit leather, veggie chips, etc...

            1. 1 - nofunlatte has great ideas.
              2- get vanilla whey protein and mix it into a great whey protein, whole wheat chocolate chip cookie! the gym regulars would thank you for the protein boost
              3 - homemade lara bars - process dates + nuts/seeds, etc
              4 - lighter version of decadent treats. an oatmeal cookie w/dried fruit, dark chocolate, nuts and no sugar would be my call but here are others:


              america's test kitchen lowfat and fudgy ones:

              3/4 cup all purpose flour
              1/3 cup cocoa powder
              1/2 tsp baking powder
              1/4 tsp salt
              2-oz bittersweet (or semisweet) chocolate
              2 tbsp butter
              1/2 cup sugar
              1/2 cup brown sugar
              2 tbsp low fat sour cream or yogurt
              1 large egg
              1 egg white
              1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

              Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8 or 9-inch round cake pan with parchment paper and lightly grease it.
              In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
              In a small bowl, melt together bittersweet chocolate and butter. Transfer to a large bowl and whisk chocolate mixture with sugars and sour cream. Whisk in egg, egg white and vanilla extract. Gently mix in the flour mixture, mixing until no streaks of flour remain. Batter will be thick.
              Spread batter into prepared pan.
              Bake for about 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs attached.
              Cool brownies completely in the pan. Store in an airtight container.

              Makes 12 brownie wedges.

              1. I've packed up all my cookbooks and think it came from weight watchers but it's an awesome carrot cookie - very heatlhy and totally delish. I'll see if I can find it!

                this might be ok, but I can't find the one I was talking about, maybe someone can chime in. had shredded carrots, craisins, oats???

                2 Replies
                1. re: lexpatti

                  101's site also has a recipe for an energy bar that is really good!

                  1. re: HillJ

                    i've made numerous versions. a baked bar will hold longer than non, fyi. these were very good and held shape nicely w/o a fridge and didn't use oats or too many ingredients. they were tasty. i used brown rice krispies and you can sub the corn syrup.

                    alton's is also very popular

                2. Benjamin Twiggs has an addictive Deluxe Cherry Berry Trail Mix that you could add to a homemade granola or possibly re-create. Dried Michigan Red Tart Cherries, Dried Cranberries, Dried Blueberries, Almonds and Pecans. Healthy and yummy.