Homemade teachers gifts

Its the end of school for another year! This year my baby has finished preschool and will be starting big school, with her sister, in 2017! That’s both of them at school, no more childcare fees, one location for drop off and pick up and both in uniforms. Its going to be glorious!


As we start the last term and Christmas is in sight, I have all these fabulous ideas for end of year gifts for the teachers and kids. Problem is, I never get around to doing anything about it until the very last minute and all those ideas are out the window. So, my fall back gift is always food.  I love to make food and I love to share it with people. So teachers usually end up with some delicious treat that I made them last minute. Lucky them!

This year, I made a few things that are really simple and yummy. So if you need a last minute gift, have a go at one of these. (disclaimer – the truffles are not really that healthy, but super good. You could make a healthy version…….but its Christmas!)

Truffles –For these I used a vanilla packet cake but you could use any store bought or homemade cake. Just scrape the icing off if you buy one already made, it might be too sweet otherwise. Once cooked and cooled, just put everything in a food processor and process until you have the right consistency. Roll into balls and coat in coconut.  Put them in the fridge to firm up before packing them up to send off to school/preschool.

Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

  • one packet cake, cooked
  • 1 cup of raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4cup  cocao powder
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconutchoc-raspberry-truffles

Candy Cane Truffles

  • one packet cake, cooked
  • 1/4 cup cocao powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 6-8 small candy canes
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • I used a few drops of food colouring in the coconut to make it red and green but you can leave it white.candy-cane-truffles

Here are a few other combinations you could try;

  • chocolate and orange (use orange zest and a bit of juice)
  • lemon and coconut (use lemon zest and coconut cream)
  • chocolate and peanut butter
  • chocolate and rum (a shot of rum)
  • mocha (shot of espresso coffee)
  • roll them in choc sprinkles or crushed nuts

Toasted Granola/Muslie – Super simple and easy to make. I use a base of oats, buckwheat, coconut and coconut oil. Then just add in whatever flavours you fell like,  or have in the cupboard. Dates, cranberries, cocao, apricots, almonds, sunflower seeds, pepitas, cinnamon, flax seeds, you get the idea.

  • 2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw buckwheat
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

Start with melted coconut oil, the add in the oats and buckwheat. Make sure they are well coated. Put the tray in the oven for 5 minutes. Add whatever you are using and mix well. Whack it back in the oven for a few more minutes, depending how toasty you want it. Once its done, wait till it cools completely and store in an airtight jar.toasted-granola

I use jars that were previously home to Mayvers spreads. They are the perfect size to hold just enough delicious treats and easy to transport. I can be crafty when packaging them up to send off to school but this year my craft stash seems to be a bit low. I found a bit of Merry Christmas ribbon that did the trick, but that is only one. I’ll have to go shopping.jar-full-of-truffles

If you have more time, I have lots more ideas on Pinterest

What do you usually give your children’s teachers?

I would love more ideas. Maybe next year I’ll get more organised!

Amy xxx