‘Tis the season of enduring pitying glances when the plates of baked goods are brought out and you are gluten-free. These gluten-free treats and sweets actually taste good and are the perfect addition to your holiday meal.
Though there are many different diets (paleo, keto or stranded on a desert island like in Lost), nothing seems to elicit sympathy as much as a gluten-free regimen when a donut is nearby. Luckily, you don’t have to suffer through the season of comfort and joy with cardboard-tasting lookalikes. There are delicious ways to include everyone on a holiday sugar high.
If you are looking for some seasonal sweet recipes that won’t trigger your sensitivity, we got you.
Sometimes you don’t want to fuss with plates and pies. A bite-sized bit of sweetness is just enough to satisfy your cravings following a huge meal.
After-dinner drinks and cordials do well with fine chocolates and truffles, which are gluten-free and easier to make than you think. You don’t have to be Godiva to create these delicious confections either.
To make them fun for everyone, get creative! Roll these balls in nuts and crushed candy canes. Coat them in caramel and sea salt. Dust them in chocolate powder, or maybe some chili powder if you are feeling spicy.
Pumpkin pie with a twist
Namely Marly’s pumpkin praline pie is what the fall season is all about. The coconut pecan pie crust — which is gluten-free, mind you — complements a nutmeg and cinnamon-spiked pumpkin filling. You won’t ever reach for a PSL again.
Even better? The recipe goes one step further by dusting the cake with powdered sugar, topping it with coconut whipped cream and finishing it off with a dollop of sour cherry preserves.
“Stained glass” cookies
The dreaded fruitcake has become the laughing stock of the holiday potluck dessert table. However, this spin on that old chestnut will be a welcome offering and most likely devoured before any of the other so-called normal desserts.
Dreamed up by Frugal Farm Wife, no-bake “stained glass” cookies are essentially a chocolate fudge mix with marshmallows. But adding nuts, raisins or extra chocolate chips gives them that unmistakable fruitcake vibe.
Apricot and olive oil cake
So, it’s your birthday? The idea of a lone candle sitting in a flimsy piece of flan is less than exciting when you want to be the girl with the most cake. Well, you don’t have to suffer on your special day just because you have stomach issues.
Layered with mint crème, chopped dark chocolate, white chocolate ganache and lots of French class, your guests will be scooping it up — pinkies out, of course. Bon appétit!
No-bake apple cookies
You don’t want to feel weighed down after a big holiday meal, but you still want to celebrate. Talk about a conundrum! Well, problem solved.
If you are trying to keep to your diet but want a tiny sweet treat after dinner, you can make your taste buds happy with nature’s best. No-bake apple cookies from Sarah Sarna are dressed-up slices of sweet apple with almond butter, coconut and chocolate chips.
Looking for a no-bake treat that has a hint of holiday but not a bit of flour? Get your nut fix with these coconut praline no-bake cookies from McCormick. Made with condensed milk, syrup and butter, these are heated and cooled like candy brittle and will melt in your mouth.
Vegan gluten-free iced gingerbread cookies
One of the classic holiday desserts is the beloved gingerbread man. Alas, those who are gluten-free normally look on drooling with envy while others dig into that crunchy, festive holiday cookie goodness, cursing our terrible genes.
Well, curse no more.
These GF-friendly iced gingerbread cookies from Blissful Basil don’t scrimp on taste or rich flavor. And if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can even use the recipe to craft a true holiday staple: a gingerbread house!
The best gluten-free brownie
How are you going to eat just one of these delicious, decadent, fudgy gluten-free brownies? The combo of chocolate chips and butter make this brownie from Your Homebased Mom mouthwatering and irresistible.