Wow, December has really flown by, and it’s so easy to get swept away sometimes in the holiday swirl.
For many people, the holiday season is one of the most challenging times to be gluten-free. I’ve highlighted some of my favorite tips for staying SANE and gluten-free here from Simply Gluten-Free Magazine.
Of course, this time of year is pretty much about desserts, yes? Some of us aren’t all about mixing 5 different gluten-free flours and whipping out the xantham gum. I’ve collected a list of NATURALLY gluten-free desserts over the years—tried and true recipes that aren’t specialty cooking, but just happen to be marvelously gluten-free.
Remember, these foods are only GF if you use GF ingredients. And as always, check labels to avoid surprises.
There’s a range of allergy-friendly, grain-free, low sugar and completely decadent options, but there are enough options to choose from that you can surely find something that works for your lifestyle/food restrictions that you and your family can enjoy together.
- Baked apples
- Candied orange peel (DF, EF, SF, NF)
- Caramelized bananas or Bananas Foster
- Candy canes! Dipped in (dairy free) chocolate or plain (DF, EF, NF)
- Chocolate bark (DF, EF)
- Chocolate mousse (NF)
- Christmas pudding/plum pudding
- Crème brulee (NF)
- Cheesecake-use any gf cookie crumbs for the crust, or do a crustless cheesecake (NF)
- Chocolates: make your own with a mold or buy
- Chocolate covered: strawberries, cherries, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, etc. (can be DF or NF)
- Clementines (DF, EF, NF)
- Clementine cake (DF)
- Custard (NF)
- Dessert soufflé
- Dried fruit (DF, EF, NF)
- Divinity (DF, NF)
- Flourless tortes
- Fondue, using chocolate and a variety of fruit and GF cookies (DF*, EF, NF)
- Fruit crisp (any gf flour or quinoa flakes for topping) (DF, EF)
- Fruit and whipped cream (EF, SF, NF)
- Fudge (EF)
- Hard candies (DF*, NF*)
- Hot chocolate (EF, NF)
- Ice cream/frozen yogurt (check labels!)
- Jello (DF, EF, NF)
- Mango with sticky rice (DF, EF, NF)
- Marshmallows (DF, NF)
- Meringue cookies (DF, SF, NF)
- Marzipan (some say glucose derived from wheat, so beware)
- Nut or seed brittle (DF*, EF)
- Panna Cotta (EF)
- Pavlova (meringue cake) (DF)
- Peanut butter cookies (DF) or a nut free, sunbutter cookies
- Poached pears (DF, EF, SF, NF)
- Popcorn clusters or caramel corn (EF)
- Popcorn cake (EF)
- Pralines,<–this version is dairy free (EF)
- Pumpkin seeds (DF, EF, SF, NF)
- Pudding pie with almond or cookie crumble crust
- Rice pudding ( EF, NF)
- Rice krispie bars using puffed rice or gluten-free rice Krispies (EF)
- Roasted chestnuts. (DF, EF, SF) Not quite dessert, but an amazingly seasonal yummy snack.
- Sorbet (DF, EF)
- Toffee (EF)
- Truffles (EF)
- Watermelon (DF, SF, EF, NF)
dairy free (DF), egg free (EF) and soy free (SF), NF (nut free) *=check labels
Not that these are healthy by any stretch of the imagination, BUT Martha Stewart has a slideshow and recipes of 40 holiday candies, all of which (at a quick glance) are GF. Of course, you need to make sure the chocolate is GF, be mindful of cross contamination, etc. but this is an easy way to keep traditions without venturing into specialty flours and unfamiliar territory.
Oh, right, and there’s holiday food, too. I’ve got a G-Free Turkey and Ham list for 2014.
More recipes from around the web:
- The Dec issue of Simply Gluten-Free is online and has many beautiful recipes
- Jules Shepard is again hosting a g-free cookie swap, where you can get a ton of ideas, or enter to win prizes. Or you can just ogle the pictures.
- Just saw a roundup of 50 gluten-free & grain free holiday desserts from Gormande
- Iris of the Daily Dietribe has a list of 30 g-free cookies
- G-Free Kid has a PDF of holiday favorites
- Gluten Free Girl and the Chef has a great selection of cookies
- A gargantuan Home for the Holidays from GFE and many others
- The delicious Ms. Shirley Braden of GFE has an all desserts blog, All Gluten-Free Desserts with many options perfect for the holidays
- Simply Sugar and Gluten Free Christmas recipes
- 25 days of Christmas from Gluten Free Easily 2010
- Celiac Family’s Favorites
- Gluten Free Merry Christmas from the Whole Gang
- Gluten and Dairy free Holiday tips from Gluten Free Goddess
- Christmas Cookie Roundup (from my cookie exchange)
- Christmas cookie roundup from Ginger Lemon Girl & I’d also recommend her GF 101 Cooking e-book!
- A roundup from Elana’s Pantry
‘Tis the season of giving, right? I’ve always gotten a kick out of the sample boxes because it’s always fun to see what’s new and tasty in the gluten-free world. So when Taste Guru offered to give away a box to newsletter readers, I happily agreed. Taste Guru has monthly gluten-free boxes with a variety of samples. Mine had coupons and a magazine. The products change every month, and you can *ahem* give them as gifts as well if you’re still looking.
When I got my box, I was drawn to the Justin’s samples and my husband was intrigued by the bacon jam. Yes…I indeed said bacon jam. Houdini cat, on the other hand, decided to play in the box while I was trying to take pictures, proving that everything on the internet is better when you add a cat.
If you’d like to enter to win a free monthly box from Taste Guru
- leave me a comment on the blog post saying why you’d like to win (1 entry)
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Contest ends Dec 24th, 2014, 12pm EST and a winner of the free box will be chosen at random. Your box will likely be different than the one I receive. While I did receive a free box (correction: I got the goodies, Hou commandeered the box) I was not compensated for this review/giveaway.
- My fellow nutrition professionals: for the month of Dec, my gluten-free handout set will have a special bonus for the holidays–an added handout on a gluten-free vegan diet.
- DC Area Metro Celiac OrganizationMeeting Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Tenley – Friendship Heights Library.The topic will be “Navigating Through the Holiday Season Gluten-Free.” 2nd annual Gluten Free Cookie Exchange. Click HERE to find out the details about the cookie exchange and how to participate!
- Consumer Reports has a fascinating article about eating gluten-free in their Jan ’15 issue. The section on rice was very well done and has important info.
- I’m submitting this abundance of goodies to Gluten Free Wednesdays. GFW is co-hosted by Shirley of gluten free easily, Linda of Gluten-free Homemaker, and Lynn of Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures.
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