10-Spice Mix Gift Jars + Printable 10-Spice Veggie Soup Recipe!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 21, 2015


If you’re looking for a lightening fast and cost efficient homemade holiday gift, I have just the thing for you!

I love to make homemade food gifts for friends and family around the holidays. It’s fun to give them and all, but mainly, I love having a reason to buy more glass jars. SEE ERIC, I ACTUALLY NEEDED THESE JARS. And cute tags…oh my goodness, the cute tags. I die.

I almost didn’t get a chance to make any homemade gifts this year because the past two weeks have been consumed with the cookbook photoshoot (behind the scenes one, two, three). So, we just started our Christmas shopping/gift planning on Saturday which was fun. Our tree is still not up yet, but it is what it is. We’re squeaking in at the last minute this year, and I’m just going to have to make peace with the fact that the holiday season is never “perfect”. Isn’t it so much better when you just accept that?

My motivation was running a bit low after the excitement of last week, but sometimes inspiration strikes when I least expect it. I got a text from my sister Kerrie on Friday night. She wrote:

“Mixing up your 10-spice mix and putting them in jars with your recipe attached! I’m giving some out for Christmas! How’s that for an idea?”

Then she attached a photo. Immediately, I knew I had to do this.

Then a short while later, I received another text from Kerrie:

“Do NOT touch your face when using the CAYENNE pepper!!!! OH MY GOODNESS!!”

I just about died laughing.

A short while later, another text:

“A frozen face cloth helps.”

She kills me, she really does.

So, a big thanks to Kerrie for this post’s inspiration (and hilarious personality). I love you.

Also, thanks to Eric for being my crafting partner in crime yesterday (he was the one who insisted we do this idea!) and for being the best hand model eva. If you are following me on snapchat, you saw the entire process (as well as the Crispy Almond Butter Cookies from my cookbook)! We had a blast.

The fine print: Do not attempt to use a mixing bowl this small. I only used it for the photo and then promptly transferred the spices into the biggest, baddest bowl I own (a bamboo Caesar salad bowl that could feed 25 people – 3 pics down).

4.9 from 17 reviews

10-Spice Mix Gift Jars

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, no bake/raw, nut-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free


This 10-Spice mix takes just a few minutes to throw together, and it can be used in a variety of dishes, such as soups, stews, pastas, potatoes, salad dressings, and more! I love using it in my 10-Spice Vegetable Soup with Cashew Cream (also see: page 137, The Oh She Glows Cookbook) which is one of my most loved soups of all-time (and a reader favourite, too!) These spice jars make a quick and easy holiday gift that won't set you back much money. Just pair the spice mix with the soup recipe or, if they don't have it, The Oh She Glows Cookbook with the page bookmarked.

7 packed cups of spice mix
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  • 2 cups smoked paprika
  • 1 cup garlic powder
  • 1 cup dried oregano
  • 1 cup onion powder
  • 1 cup dried basil
  • 2/3 cup dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup white pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 cup fine sea salt
  • 1/3 cup cayenne pepper


  1. Gather 8-9 (3/4 cup/175 ml capacity) glass jars.
  2. Add all of the spices into an extra-large bowl (I used a huge Caesar salad bowl) for easier mixing.
  3. Whisk together all of the spices until thoroughly combined. It takes a while to mix it all together, but keep going until you don’t see any clumps or patches of spice.
  4. Divide the spice mix between small jars using a funnel.
  5. Secure lid, tag, and ribbon on each jar.
  6. Print off the 10-Spice Vegetable Soup recipe and give the recipe (or The Oh She Glows Cookbook) with the jar for a fun gift! Shake the jar before each use.


1) To make the soup: If the gift recipient doesn’t have a high powered blender such as a Vitamix (which can get the cashew cream in the soup very smooth), I recommend making a note for them that they can substitute 3/4 cup of cashews for 1/2 cup of raw cashew butter. It’ll blend much easier.


2) I bought my spices in bulk at a bulk food store called Bulk Barn. I also found the jars there too. You can also find small jars for a good price at the Dollarstore.


p.s. – I have a couple exciting tidbits to share today!

– Pinterest selected The Oh She Glows Cookbook for their Pinterest 100 list which features the top trends and predictions for 2016! So cool and exciting. Thank you, Pinterest! Check out the top 100 trend predictions for 2016 here.

– The Oh She Glows Cookbook was selected by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the Top Cookbook Stories of 2015! You can read the article here.

– I’m hosting a big giveaway on Instagram this week! Up for grabs is a signed copy of my book and a $200 Amazon gift card! See the deets here.

p. p. s. – My jars are from Bulk Barn and they hold 3/4 cup of spice mix. The funnel is from Lee Valley (had it for years and so in love). Tags and ribbon are from Michael’s craft store.

Last but not least, I’d like to wish you all a very happy holiday! Merry Christmas to those of you celebrating later this week. I hope you can enjoy some downtime spent with loved ones, and lots of delicious food! We have a lot of exciting things in the works for 2016 and I can’t wait to share them with you. Thank YOU, as always, for your incredible support and encouragement this year. xo

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Louise December 21, 2015 at 10:37 am

Regarding the Oh She Glows! cookbook: OMG. I bought this and it was fabulous. I gave mine away and got a Kindle verson for myself. I heartily recommend it, and Angela is a fellow Canadian to me!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 21, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Thank you Louise! I appreciate your enthusiasm and support for the book. :)


Bianca Alexis December 21, 2015 at 10:49 am

Where did you purchase the funnel for the spices?


Eric December 21, 2015 at 10:55 am

Good idea Kerrie, thanks sis! Finally my old-man hands have some use. Hope everyone has a happy holiday!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 21, 2015 at 12:57 pm

hah old man hands photograph the best ;)


Kerrie December 21, 2015 at 9:42 pm
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You are so funny! Fabulous hands! Hands down :)


Cassie December 21, 2015 at 10:57 am

Beautiful pictures! Great idea! I will try to remember it for next year’s gifts. This year with a new baby – 15 weeks old this week – I didn’t have time for sweet, little personal touch presents. I ordered frames, hubs and I took 1 decent family photo of all three of us, and they are getting pictures!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 21, 2015 at 12:58 pm

that’s what we did last year with our 3 mo old! :) Way to go. Even that was challenging for us to pull off last year. All the best with your little one!


Heidi Kokborg December 21, 2015 at 11:43 am

Congratulations on being selected! You deserve it so much! & I just can’t wait for your second cookbook to come out! & homemade food gifts are such a great idea! Who wouldn’t love to receive one of these cute little jars for Christmas? I know I would!
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas! :)


K December 21, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Great gift idea!!
I always get in trouble with my husband for the number of jars we own and I continue to buy. :P

This is a great way to use some of the smaller ones up!

P.S. just made the African peanut soup last night, one of our faves from your book.


kathy patalsky December 21, 2015 at 1:01 pm
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Love this DIY gift idea! And that text is too funny. happy holidays Angela! xoxo


Nicole W December 21, 2015 at 2:41 pm
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I actually made this soup from your cookbook last month! One of my daycare moms bought your cookbook several months ago but her mom “borrowed” it right away and she is still waiting for it to be returned so I packaged up some of your 10 Spice Vegetable Soup for her…she in turn brought it to work for lunch and all of her co-workers were commenting on the delicious scent. I can’t take the credit for that, it’s your recipe :) A wonderful gift giving idea!
My little daycare kids are making a granola recipe from your upcoming cookbook and your maple-cinnamon almond butter from your original cookbook for their parents’ Christmas gifts. Nothing like having breakfast already made on early Christmas mornings with kids!
Thanks for the yummy recipes and packaging ideas. Michaels is only a few minutes away from me.


Paige December 21, 2015 at 3:12 pm

These jars are so fun and cute! I love giving fun practical gifts like this!



Emilie @ Emilie Eats December 21, 2015 at 3:17 pm

This is such a great idea!! I LOVE making gifts way more than buying them – I think it shows a huge amount love! And gifts in little glass jars are the cutest :)


Laura ~ Raise Your Garden December 21, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Just in time for the teacher gift, bus driver gift and newspaper girl gift. I have gift cards for them but wanted to add a little something to spice up their lives. This should do it! Love the tags, glad I can get those from Michaels. And I’ll make an extra set for my Ugly Christmas Sweater Party I’m hosting next week. I need a prize for the 1st and 2nd winners (you know, who’s comes up with the bets Goodwill or Salvation Army Sweater. And will include on my $200 wood board I’m giving away on my blog this week. Thanks!!


Erin @ Erin's Inside Job December 21, 2015 at 4:21 pm

This is such a great idea. I still need to get around to making my own chai masala since I can’t find any that I like aside from ones from India haha. I’ve been making big batches of my maple spiced pecans to give to people but this is even quicker!


Aria December 21, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Sooo cute, love the idea!


Tisha December 21, 2015 at 6:25 pm

This is such a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration :)


Kerrie December 21, 2015 at 9:43 pm

Hey Sis, so happy I could be your inspiration for a change :) Love you, see you soon! Thanks for sharing!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 21, 2015 at 9:47 pm

These are so adorable, Ange!! I really do miss having a Bulk Barn so close by, but one of my Christmas presents from my mum was a Bulk Barn gift card so I’m planning to drive to New Westminster after the holidays and stock up on my essentials – it’s been too long! Major congrats on your recent blog awards – that is a BIG deal and you deserve all the praise! I hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas. I imagine that now with Adrianna growing up, Christmas must be SUCH a fun time for her because she understands more about what’s going on. Sending you all a great big virtual hug!


Amelia Littlejohn December 22, 2015 at 5:24 am
Victoria December 22, 2015 at 7:42 am

I did this weeks ago! My cousin was very happy to receive the spice mix and soup recipe, she’s a fan of yours too! And bonus for me I get to keep the left overs :D


Mel @ The Refreshanista December 22, 2015 at 8:18 am

This is a lovely idea! Homemade gifts are my favourite and these little jars are so cute and easy to put together! Not to mention, that spice mix sounds heavenly. Would be so yummy on roasted potatoes.


Audrey December 22, 2015 at 9:02 am

I was in hospital recently for some minor day surgery. The anesthesiologist came to visit and after she had checked me over, she asked why I had become vegan. Apparently that info had been included by my family doctor. We chatted for a few minutes and then she said “I bought a really great cookbook recently. You should look for it. It’s called the Oh She glows Cookbook”. I laughed and told her that everyone in my family cooks from that book and my daughter often references it in her blog. It’s good to see that non-vegetarians are intrigued enough to buy your book. Good for you!!!


Katie @ Adultingdaily December 22, 2015 at 9:08 am

This is such a great idea!! I love giving homemade gifts, but sometimes I feel like they seem too DIY and I look cheap, but this takes thought and effort AND sounds delicious,


MonicaP December 22, 2015 at 9:40 am

Great idea! Will keep this idea for next year though. Finished my xmas shopping early and I’m sure not doing any more .. lol :-)



EAS December 22, 2015 at 9:57 am

Thanks for the great gift idea. The link that is supposed to be to the soup recipe is to your Amazon cookbook page. I have your book (excellent) but it would be a great convenience to be able to copy/paste the recipe instead of typing it out.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 22, 2015 at 6:14 pm

The link in the headnote directs to the recipe to print – but just saw that the link in the recipe below should too. Thanks will fix it now! Hope you enjoy :)


heather December 22, 2015 at 12:57 pm

Another tip for cayenne is to rub hands and area of face with olive or coconut oil and leave it for a bit. Then wipe away. I usually end up doing this more than once. I always forget to be careful when chopping hot peppers, so I’ve had to use this trick more than I care to admit.


Sue December 22, 2015 at 6:07 pm

I LOVE your 10 spice vegetable soup. It is my go to comfort food! I just served it at our Family Christmas party.


Annie December 22, 2015 at 7:34 pm
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My FAVORITE soup, I make a batch almost weekly!


Annaliese December 23, 2015 at 11:30 am
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ohhh fun! I love the creamy veggie soup recipe, I make it a few times per year and it is always a hit! Especially good when I use my home canned tomatoes! Love the spice mix idea along with the recipe…will keep in mind for future gift giving!!


KJ | Om Nom Herbivore December 23, 2015 at 12:08 pm

I love adding a homemade touch to my Christmas gifts! This spice mix sounds great!! :) This year I did a sugar scrub, last year scarves! I never thought to do a spice mix though – so this is great!


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Josh @ Whole Fresh Dates December 24, 2015 at 10:04 am
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Homemade gifts are always a tricky item to navigate. Too frugal and lacking some creativity they come off looking a little cheap. But, Angela these look great and very crafty. They have the earthy vibe which is important I feel when making homemade gifts. Nice work and thanks for the share Angela.


Christine (Run Plant Based) December 24, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Such a creative and beautiful gift idea, thanks! And congrats on the book news, so exciting!


sosusam December 26, 2015 at 11:13 am
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I love your cookbook–and this is probably my favorite recipe in it. I made it yesterday as part of Christmas dinner, in fact! I used a store-bought cajun spice mix because I didn’t have all of the ingredients for your 10-spice mix on hand. But you’ve inspired me to whip up a new batch soon. It’s wonderful. Happy holidays and new year to you!


Bita December 26, 2015 at 11:46 am

Hi – I love the cute jars! I have a little collection of cutey jars that I can’t resist and yet haven’t had a chance to do anything with. Spice jars are a great idea. Love that they are non-perishable. Hey, holiday gifts don’t have to come before Christmas right? I can think of a neighbor who still needs a little love. A spice jar sounds like the perfect fix. thank you for sharing! Hugs and cheers, Bita


Christy December 26, 2015 at 11:56 am

May your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ bless you and your fellow Christians with a magical season!! Amen Hallelujah!


Valerie Halston December 26, 2015 at 12:30 pm
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Hi Angela! I made the 10-spice soup a couple of days before Christmas – love it so much! Do you have any favorite brand of smoked paprika?


Candy Barth December 26, 2015 at 6:38 pm
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Great idea. I have to Oh She Glows cookbook so went to make this delicious soup. It referred me to page 11 to understand how to soak the cashews and I noticed that several pages were missing from the cookbook and pages were out of order. I ordered the cookbook in 2014 so not sure how to get the missing pages.


P. December 26, 2015 at 8:11 pm
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Great Idea!



Cara December 26, 2015 at 10:01 pm

Merry Christmas, Angela! Thanks for your INCREDIBLY delicious holiday kale salad in the cookbook–in one bite, we knew it was to be a permanent fixture at our Christmas Eve and Christmas day tables! My 9-month-old LOVED it! Also, since you, a complete stranger, will be happier for me than anyone else in my real life :-P, I have to tell you the best thing I got for Christmas … a VITAMIX!!!!! Yes, my husband is awesome :-) And after the Sunshine Smoothie tonight, I may be spoiled for store-bought orange juice FOREVER. Thanks for that :-P


Kathy December 27, 2015 at 3:38 pm
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Merry Christmas, Angela! My in-laws and I were all raving about your blog/cookbook Christmas Day. I am awaiting publication of OSG #2, and that’s what everyone is getting for Christmas next year!

I made a triple batch of your Almost-Instant Chocolate Chia Pudding for Christmas dessert. If anyone wants a good NY Eve idea, this was a show stopper and easy on the budget:

I toastedSimply Organic Unsweetened Shredded Coconut and put in a small dish with a spoon; in another cute, small glass dessert bowl I put Enjoy Life mini chips with another spoon. Toasted almonds went in a third small bowl with yet another spoon. Small, medium and “large” French white ramekins surrounded the topping bowls (great for portion control!). It was a huge hit! I decorated the pudding bowl with candy canes. Even non-vegans were going back for seconds!

May you, Eric and your whole family be blessed in 2016! You deserve to be showered with the same amount of joy you’ve brought into all of us blog reader/healthy living/foodie-types’ lives!

With gratitude-


Joyce December 27, 2015 at 9:53 pm

Very nice pictures! Love them so so much.


janna December 30, 2015 at 10:30 am

I LOVE this idea. Does the cayenne make it very spicy if you’re serving the soup to kids who don’t like heat?



Van.yoga January 11, 2016 at 11:10 am

Such a creative and beautiful gift idea, thanks!
And congrats on the book!
Christmas is over, but tomorrow I will try to do it.


Food Mumbai February 16, 2016 at 2:11 am
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Amazing offer!!! I tried this 10-spice soup after viewing yours… everybody loves it & praises me… Thank you so much… Online food order in Mumbai


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Tina February 24, 2016 at 1:39 am

This recipe looks absolutely great!!


Sally February 29, 2016 at 10:11 pm

Your spice blend looks awesome! I love the idea of using it on pasta – how would you do it? Any thoughts would be appreciated! Thank you!


Lovisa Karlsson March 10, 2016 at 8:11 am

All the recipes are looking very yummy and crispy. I want to know all these recipes are healthy or not.


Airyfairycelt March 14, 2016 at 4:34 am
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I love the jars of ready foods in my store. Oldies get tired and when having one of THOSE days it is lovely to reach for the ready cake or spice for rice, chalks, souls or cake but all gf, vegan and healthy. A wonderful idea. I give myself the oresents too! A good lazy day so thank you ?


أفضل جامعة بدبي March 15, 2016 at 6:31 am

incredibly awesome !


Amir Ali March 29, 2016 at 6:33 am
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This is such an incredible thought. Despite everything I have to get around to making my own chai masala since I can’t discover any that I like beside ones from India haha. I’ve been making enormous clumps of my maple spiced pecans to provide for individuals however this is much speedier!


robyn June 27, 2016 at 12:57 pm

angela – will be using this for my daughter’s teacher’s present as she finished kindergarten this week and i am in desperate need of a great homemade gift. thanks so much! just wondering where the little jar with metal clips in from in the first photo? i love those jars and have been looking hopelessly for ages. thanks so much!


Emily July 6, 2017 at 6:24 pm

Weck canning jars


Danielle September 5, 2016 at 3:12 pm

In case you want to make a smaller batch, one conversion is:
2 cups = 1 T, 1 cup = 1 1/2 tsp, 2/3 cup = 1 tsp, 1/2 c = 3/4 tsp, 1/3 cup = 1/2 tsp.
This makes 4 1/4 T of spice mix.


Anna Wright October 4, 2016 at 6:54 am

Great work. I never thought one can combine various spices to make a veggie soup. I am definitely going to try this out. Plus I am going to check out your cook book “Oh She Glows” to see what other brand new dishes and spices I can learn about.


Angela Liddon October 4, 2016 at 8:05 am

Hey Anna, I hope you enjoy the soup once you give it a go! :)


Crystal December 3, 2016 at 8:35 am

Love the idea of 10 spice gift jars
When attaching the recipe printout how much of the spice blend would you use for your soup recipe as it is already a bulk mix blend? Thank you
Love your recipes!


Dee Yezbak December 13, 2016 at 10:58 am

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Debbie December 20, 2016 at 9:37 am

Thanks! I love homemade spice mixes. To me, the seasonings either make or break a dish, more so than any meat ever could.


Em July 12, 2017 at 11:58 pm

How does the flavour profile of the spice mix change whether white pepper is included or not? I am asking because I don’t understand why the white pepper is considered optional.
Thanks, Em.


Angela Liddon July 19, 2017 at 9:03 am

Hey Em, The white pepper makes the spice mix spicier (ore heat), but I’ve used it both ways and it always turns out with or without it. It can be hard to find for some readers which is why I’ve made it optional so as to not discourage someone from making it. :) I hope this helps!


Mustapha January 23, 2018 at 8:06 am
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I love this idea.


Cate December 23, 2018 at 4:50 pm
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We love this spice mix so we made it as gifts this Christmas. I got my little elves involved too! You can see them here https://youtu.be/4LjXkVLb-GM


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 24, 2018 at 11:38 am

Such a cute video Cate! Thanks for sharing :)


Marc-Antoine Gagné December 23, 2020 at 9:01 am
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This such a good spice mix. I sometimes sneak a little pinch in my mouth while I cook.


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