DIY Gift – Cookie Mix in a Jar – Gluten Free!

Can you believe it? The holidays are just over a month away! Which means, I’m thinking about baking.

Every year for the past few years I’ve gotten together with my best friend Ali and we’ve done homemade christmas gifts which includes cookies and awesome goodies in jars (pssst – I share delicious food photos on my instagram page @empowerwithfood) 🙂

I realized I hadn’t ever shared how and what we do to make these gifts on my blog so this is the year! Now you guys can make yummy and thoughtful homemade gift ideas in a jar for your friends and family 🙂

But, it’s also cool if you don’t do the homemade thing – it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

how to - cookies in a jar gluten free

Quinoa Coconut Banana Cookies in a Jar – Gluten Free and Vegan!

We use my recipe for the cookies but this is how you put the dry ingredients in the jar to make it look all purdy.

You’ll need a 1L mason jar (I prefer the look of the wide mouth ones) per recipe/gift

Layers Per Jar
Brown rice flour (2/3 cup)
Baking soda (1/2 tsp)
Cinnamon (1 tsp)
Sea salt (pinch)
Quinoa flakes (1 cup)
Unsweetened shredded coconut (1 cup)
Chocolate chips, semi sweet, dairy free so they are vegan (1/2 cup)
Quinoa flakes (1 cup)
Brown rice flour (2/3 cup)

Use a spoon to pack the ingredients down tightly into a wide mouth 1L mason jar. If the last ingredient won’t fit just keep pushing that air out – it will fit!

*in the picture above you’ll notice one jar with quinoa flakes as the last ingredient at the top, but that was because we ran out during the process and had to go buy more 🙂

how to - gluten free christmas cookies in a jar

You can print the tag and instructions by clicking here which will lead you to a PDF that can be printed with Avery Printable Tags with Strings #22802 2 x 3.5 – wide or tall options are both fine. If you prefer to use your handwriting you can use the instructions below to add to your own tag.

Instructions for the tag/jar

Yields 30 – 35 cookies
Dry Ingredients
quinoa flakes, brown rice flour, unsweetened coconut, semi sweet chocolate chips, cinnamon, baking soda, sea salt

Add to mixture:
4 – 5 frozen and defrosted bananas
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup 100 % maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine wet ingredients. Add jar ingredients and stir. Place flattened spoonfuls onto parchment paper and bake at 350F for 20 – 30 minutes until browned.


I hope your loved ones enjoy the gift! Don’t forget to come on over to my instagram page where I’m having fun with food photography! @empowerwithfood 

gluten free gingerbread in a jar gift

About Sarah Maughan

Sarah Maughan is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist based in Toronto, ON and has been consulting since 2009. Her website aims to educate you, make you laugh, help you live and inspire you to eat whole food! To stay up to date sign up for free blog and recipe updates! In the meantime, empower your body with food!
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  1. This is such a great idea! G-free people will love this!

    • Thanks! I was surprised I hadn’t shared it after all these years, but it’s true, gluten-free items in a jar are hard to come by. Stay tuned for more!

  2. This is such a great idea, Sarah! I specifically like all the pretty layers 🙂


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