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100 DIY Food Gifts for the Holidays

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix Recipe + 99 More DIY Food Gifts for the Holidays

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix Recipe + 99 More DIY Food Gifts for the HolidaysDo you need some last minute gift ideas? Well, I have 100 DIY food gifts for the holidays listed here for you—plus a recipe for whole wheat pancake mix, too!

Last Minute Christmas Shopping

I think it is safe to say we have officially entered last minute territory when it comes to Christmas gifts. If you still have shopping to do, you better do it soon! And oh, it will be awful. There will be lines. Screaming children. The things you need to buy will be sold out.

A Better Way: 100 DIY Food Gifts for the Holidays

But there is another way! You can make your own gifts. Everyone loves a homemade gift! (Well, maybe kids don’t. If you give your kids jars of Meyer lemon marmalade for Christmas, it will probably be something they tell their therapist about 20 years from now. Don’t give your kids homemade marmalade for Christmas.) And guess what? I have 100 DIY food gifts for the holidays in this post.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix in a Jar
One hundred! Starting with my own food gift idea, a Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix in a jar. This mix is easy to make, reasonably healthy, and the addition of mini chocolate chips makes it a crowd pleaser too. Pack it in mason jars, print out the labels below, and package it up with a bottle of maple syrup. And then instead of going to the mall, you can chill out at home in your pajamas and watch Shahs of Sunset marathons while assembling your awesome homemade pancake mix gifts.

Click on the links below to download printable jar labels by Anna from In Honor of Design (cute little whisk drawing by Kaitlin Kostus!):

Printable Jar Labels for Pancake MixDownload Front Labels Here
Download Back Labels with Instructions Here

Print the labels on sticky paper or use rubber cement to affix them to your jars.


Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix Recipe

This healthy pancake mix makes a great holiday gift. Pack it in mason jars and use the cute printable labels included in this post! Slightly adapted from King Arthur Flour’s Homemade Whole-Grain Pancake Mix.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: about 10 cups of mix 1x


  • 3 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips (use more if you want!)


  1. Place oats in food processor. Process until finely chopped (not powdered!).
  2. Combine oats, flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in bowl of a stand mixer. Using paddle attachment, mix on low speed. As mixer is running, slowly drizzle oil into bowl. Continue to mix until well-combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Transfer to mason jars or other airtight containers. Mix can be kept for up to two weeks at room temperature or indefinitely in the refrigerator or freezer.


To make pancakes: Whisk together 1 cup of pancake mix, 1 cup of buttermilk, and a large egg. Let stand for 20 minutes.

Heat a lightly greased griddle on medium-high heat. Drop batter onto griddle in 1/4 cup portions. When edges look dry and bubbles come to surface without breaking, carefully flip over pancake. Continue to cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately or keep in a warm oven until serving. (Yield: About 8 pancakes.)

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So that’s one idea. Here are 99 more DIY food gift ideas from other blogs and websites. There is something here for everyone!

Drinks (Alcoholic and Otherwise)

Pomegranate & Vanilla Vodka [Ren Behan’s Fabulicious Food]
Vegan Salted Caramel, Peppermint & Mexican Hot Chocolate Mixes [The Sweet Life]
Peppermint Schnapps [The Boys Club]
Orange-Infused Bourbon [Martha Stewart]
Homemade Mulling Spices [30 Pounds of Apples]
Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Mix [Kitchen Treaty]
Limoncello [Smedette]
Key Lime Pie Bitters [Adventures in Cooking]
Homemade Tea Blends [The Kitchn]
Strawberry Vodka [Deliceux]
DIY Flavored Coffee Syrups [Annie’s Eats]


Mixed-Nut Brittle with Sea Salt [Will Cook for Friends]
Gingerbread Caramels [Good Life Eats]
English Toffee with Almonds [Noshings]
Homemade Peppermint Sticks [Martha Stewart]
Spiced Sweet Potato Caramels
Salted Caramel Fudge [Eclectic Recipes]
Candied Orange Peel [Yujai]
Bourbon Peanut Butter Cups [Food Nouveau]
Homemade Holiday Lollipops [Just a Taste]
Cashew & Cayenne Brittle [Martha Stewart]
Cranberry Fruit Jellies [Cooking Lessons]


Sugar-Free Chocolate Coffee Truffles [All Day I Dream About Food]
Crock Pot Candy [Cookies & Cups]
Double Layer Peppermint Bark [Oatmeal with a Fork]
Salty Hot Fudge Sauce [Cheap Recipe Blog]
Chocolate Covered Pretzels [Savory-bites]
Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Truffles [The Sweet Life]
Bailey’s Walnut Bark [Got Chocolate]
Red Wine Chocolate Truffles [Pastry Affair]
Salted Quinoa Chocolate Bark with Pistachios [Cooking Quinoa]
Five Minute Fudge Wreath [Tidy Mom]
Vegan Smoked Almond Dark Chocolate Turtles [Baker Bettie]

Soups, Sauces, and Chilis

Vegetarian Five Bean Soup Mix [Back to Her Roots]
Dal Mix in a Jar [Veggie Belly]
Hot Pepper Sauce [Southern Living]
Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup Mix [Eating Well]
Cranberry Chipotle Ketchup
Vegetarian Black Bean Chili Mix [Razzle Dazzle Recipes]
Curried Lentil Soup [Good Housekeeping]
Apple Brandy Mustard [Burnt Carrots]
Layered Patchwork Soup Mix [Waking Up Vegan]
Vegetarian Black Bean Soup Mix [Budget 101]
Homemade Sriracha [Reclaiming Provincial]

Baking Mixes

Monster Cookie Mix [Tidy Mom]
Blue Cornbread with Pineapple [Food Network]
Gingerbread Cookie Mix in a Jar [Food for My Family]
Holiday Panettone [Food Network]
Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Mix [All Parenting]
M&M Cookies in a Jar [Damn Delicious]
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Quick Bread in a Jar [Mel’s Kitchen Cafe]
Peppermint Brownie Mix in a Jar [I Heart Nap Time]
Rosemary Focaccia in a Jar [An Oregon Cottage]
Blueberry Muffin Mix in a Jar []
Cowgirl Cookies [Bakerella]

Oils, Vinegars, Seasonings, and Extracts

Chili Salt [Feasting on Art]
Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar [The Kitchn]
Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix [Bake Your Day]
Indian Spice Rub [Eating Well]
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix [The Vedge]
Vanilla Sugar [Kitchen Konfidence]
Lemon & Orange Extracts [Akshayapaatram]
Infused Olive Oils [Just Putzing Around the Kitchen]
Vegetarian Furikake Rice Seasoning [The Kitchn]
Tangerine Sea Salt [Style Me Pretty]
Herb-Infused Vinegar [Whole Foods]

Quick Breads

Blueberry, Bourbon & Brown Butter Spiced Cakebread [Tasty Trix]
Vegan Cranberry Orange Almond Loaf [Vanilla & Spice]
Copycat Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf [A Cup of Mascarpone]
Chocolate, Nuts & Fruit Panettone [The Tummy Train]
Christmas Stollen [JungleFrog Cooking]
Vegan Citrus & Spice Tea Banana Bread [Healthy Happy Life]
Triple Chocolate Malt Bread [Dine & Dish]
Lemon-Glazed Eggnog Loaf [citronlimette]
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Loaf [Food Doodles]
Chocolate Cinnamon Bread [The Idea Room]
Cheddar & Chive Guinness Bread [The Kitchn]


Sweet & Spicy Candied Nuts [A Thought for Food]
Curried Cashews [Eating Well]
Macadamia Butter-Crunch & Chocolate-Almond Popcorn Tins [Martha Stewart]
Brown Butter Sage Cashews [The Kitchn]
Christmas Morning Granola with Cranberries & Pecans [My Own Ideas]
Basil & Sun-Dried Tomato Crackers
Whole Wheat Cheese Straws [Apt. 2B Baking Co.]
Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow [Sally’s Baking Addiction]
Homemade Cheez-its [My Fair Baking]
Vegan Salted Caramel Corn [Princess in the Kitchen]
Roasted Almonds with Paprika and Orange [The Kitchn]

Jams, Jellies, and Spreads

Cranberry Lemon Curd [Teaspoon of Spice]
Fig Anise Compote [Eating Well]
Carrot Cake Jam [MyRecipes]
Cinnamon Roll Flax Almond Butter [Healthful Pursuit]
Herb-Infused Caramelized Onion Jam [What about the food?]
Cranberry Pineapple Mango Preserves [Averie Cooks]
Clementine & Whiskey Marmalade [A Good Place to Gather]
Pear Ginger Jam [A Baker’s House]
Honey Roasted Peanut Butter [Red Shallot Kitchen]
Homemade Walnut Butter [Henry Happened]
Meyer Lemon & Vanilla Bean Marmalade [Epicurious]

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  • Reply
    Heidi @ Food Doodles
    December 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    What an awesome list! I love this! And thank you for including me 😀 Your mix also looks great – I’ve been meaning to try a whole grain pancake mix so it’s easy and ready to go but just haven’t gotten around to it yet. And the labels are great!

    • Reply
      December 20, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      You’re welcome! 🙂 The King Arthur recipe is a great starting point for a pancake mix. I’ve been having pancakes for lunch all week and they are SO good–you wouldn’t even think that they’re whole grain!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day
    December 21, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I adore homemade gifts! And I think people love receiving them too. Pancake mix is brilliant. Thanks for including me!

    • Reply
      December 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      You’re welcome! 😀

  • Reply
    Ren Behan
    December 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Great post, thank you so much for linking to my Pomegranate and Vanilla Vodka! Ren

    • Reply
      December 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      You’re welcome! I love your recipe. 🙂

  • Reply
    December 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I absolutely love this idea! I mean – who doesn’t love chocolate chip pancakes, but how many of us actually make them! I would love to get this for a present!

    • Reply
      December 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Yeah, I always like the idea of a big pancake breakfast on the weekends, but I am not at my best in the morning (to put it kindly)–having a pre-made mix makes it much easier!

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    December 21, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    What an awesome list of goodies to peruse! Thanks for the mention girl! 🙂 I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

    • Reply
      December 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      You’re welcome! 😀 And I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas too!

  • Reply
    December 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    What a wonderful resource you’re put together – I love homemade gifts and would love to make some of these for my friends for the holidays!

  • Reply
    December 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    What a great idea! This year, I made customized cookie boxes for all of my high school teachers!

    • Reply
      December 27, 2012 at 11:32 am

      That’s a great idea too–thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    December 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I love this idea!! And I love adding whole wheat flour to waffle or pancake batter, I don’t think you can even tell the difference. I might have to gift this next year, cute jars and all. And I’m totally intrigued by Rosemary Focaccia in a Jar and have to check it out now.

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      December 28, 2012 at 8:21 am

      You really can’t tell the difference! And you can’t even tell that there are oats in the batter either. These are the best pancakes I’ve ever made.

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    December 30, 2012 at 1:13 am

    I love this through and through and I love homemade pancake mixes better than store bought anyways!

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)
    December 1, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I love this list! Such a great resource–I’ve been meaning to make more homemade food gifts for the holidays, and I think this year I’m going to go for it. They make the best stocking stuffers.

    • Reply
      December 4, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      They really do make great gifts–everyone loves to eat! 😀

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    December 29, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Can the oil be replaced with applesauce? I’ve heard of people doing this for healther versions. If so, what ratio would be best?

    • Reply
      December 31, 2013 at 11:10 am

      No, in this recipe, you really couldn’t replace the oil with applesauce. The mix would go bad quickly.

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