Gluten Free Holidays

Gluten Free Holidays recipe roundup

Enjoy the holidays again with this gluten free holidays guide! Tips for eating safely + tried-and-true recipes including cinnamon rolls, gravy, & more.

Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of living a gluten free lifestyle is doing so during the holiday season.

Missing out on your favorite foods, learning how to navigate parties and other social events, and even family meals can make gluten free holidays challenging, to say the least! 

We hope that these simple tips and tasty, tried-and-true recipes help you enjoy the holiday season.

If you’re just looking for recipes, skip the tips and scroll down to the recipes.

How to enjoy the holidays when you're gluten free. Picture of people with Santa hats, eating at a table and pouring wine.

Tips for Safe Gluten Free Holidays

  1. Plan ahead. Waiting until the last minute to call about the menu or plan what you’re going to take will lead to unnecessary stress. Take these actions as soon as you find out about the party or even, and plan accordingly.For last minute get-togethers, it’s a great idea to keep some safe party foods on hand in your pantry or freezer, so you can grab something to bring and share.
    A few ideas are packages of your favorite gluten free cookies, chips, or snack foods, and items like prepared gluten free cake or cheesecake you can keep in the freezer.
  2. Be the host. Hosting guests at your house might be a lot of work, but it allows you to have full control over the food (and surfaces). You can make the process a little easier by choosing to purchase some ready-made items like gluten free cheesecake (Gem City is our FAV!), cakes, cookies, and snacks.Having a turkey dinner? Consider purchasing a safe rotisserie chicken or two instead. Make Instant Pot mashed potatoes before hand and use the IP to keep them warm until meal time. Buy pre-cut veggies and/or prepared green salads (check labels to be sure they’re safe!).
  3. Be your own advocate. If you need to eat gluten free for medical reasons, you need to feel confident in advocating for yourself! If you’re going somewhere for a meal, ask about the menu beforehand. While it is certainly appreciated if your host makes accommodations, many people still don’t understand what gluten free means, are intimidated by preparing gluten free food, or might not know how to do so safely.It is not worth it to get sick in order to avoid feeling uncomfortable or spare someone else’s feelings. Taking care of yourself is your responsibility and you shouldn’t feel guilty about it.Determine if your host will have safe food options, and what you can do to help. Offer to bring a main dish or side dish. We always bring a few items to parties so my husband has options if there isn’t anything safe. We bring to share, but he dishes up what he wants before we put it out to avoid cross contamination.
  4. Call restaurants ahead of time. If you’re invited to go to a restaurant, find out if it is a safe option before agreeing. Call ahead of time and ask if the restaurant has a gluten free menu and what steps they take (if any) to avoid cross contamination. If you don’t feel comfortable eating at a particular restaurant, you can politely decline or, if you feel comfortable, suggest a safe restaurant you enjoy.

Gluten Free Holidays recipe roundup

Gluten Free Holiday Recipes

Gluten free holidays can be just as enjoyable as they always have been! There are SO MANY great gluten free products and recipes, and we hope you find a few favorites in our collection below. We have worked hard the past few years to develop easy, tried-and-true recipes you and your family can enjoy during the holidays without feeling like you’re missing out. 

As always, we LOVE to hear how the recipe turned out for you! If you make a recipe, please come back and leave a comment and/or star rating. Thank you!

The recipes below are in the following order:

  1. Rolls/Breads
  2. Breakfast Foods
  3. Cookies/Desserts
  4. Sweet Breads
  5. Other (gravy, sides, etc.)

Gluten Free Rolls (dairy free option)

These gluten free rolls are perfectly soft, fluffy and so easy to make! Ready in just one hour, they are the perfect addition to any meal and will be enjoyed by everyone, gluten-eaters included! Dairy free option included. 

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Gluten Free Julekake

Gluten Free Julekake is a beautiful Norwegian Christmas bread studded with raisins and candied fruits with a subtle hint of cardamom. This bread is light, fluffy, and SO easy to make! 

If candied fruit isn't your thing, feel free to substitute raisins, dried cranberries, or any other dried fruit.

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Gluten Free Crescent Rolls (dairy free option)

The BEST No-Fail Gluten Free Crescent Rolls – easy to make and ready in 1 hour! Soft, light, fluffy, these rolls are the perfect addition to any meal and come with a dairy free option. 

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Easy Gluten Free Biscuits (dairy free option)

These easy gluten free biscuits are perfectly fluffy, tender, and light and are SO EASY to make with just 4 ingredients!

If you're looking for a super EASY bread option to serve with your holiday feast, this recipe is perfect.

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Gingerbread Waffles

Gluten Free Gingerbread Waffles are packed with perfectly spiced gingerbread flavor and a feature a perfectly delicate texture. You would never know they’re gluten free!

We make the batter every year on Christmas Eve, then cook the waffles for breakfast Christmas morning.

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Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls

These soft and fluffy gluten free cinnamon rolls are the real deal thanks to a secret ingredient! Complete with flour recommendations and easy step by step instructions. 

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Blueberry Biscuits {gluten free}

Perfect for breakfast or brunch, these beautiful gluten free blueberry biscuits are perfectly light and fluffy, slightly sweet, and studded with blueberries.

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Gluten Free Pie Crust

Finally, a flaky, tender, gluten free pie crust recipe that actually tastes good! Step-by-step instructions included for this easy and fail proof recipe.

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Gluten Free Soft Sugar Cookies

These just might be the BEST sugar cookie you've ever had! Pudding makes these gluten free sugar cookies soft and full of sweet vanilla flavor.  Easy to make and there’s no need to refrigerate the dough!

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Cinnamon Stars

Cinnamon Stars (Zimtsterne) are classic German Christmas cookies. This is a simple and easy recipe that is naturally gluten free, dairy free and DELICIOUS! 

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Gluten Free Candy Cane Chocolate Chip Cookies

Take your Christmas baking to the next level with these Candy Cane Chocolate Chip Cookies! These soft and chewy (and gluten free!) cookies are the perfect addition to any holiday platter. 

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Orange Poppyseed Bread

Gluten Free Orange Poppyseed Bread is a fun twist on an old favorite. A beautiful pound cake filled with tangy orange zest, sweet poppy seeds, and topped with a beautiful orange glaze.

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Gluten Free Pistachio Cake

A show-stopping Pistachio Cake that is secretly easy to make with your favorite cake mix and a few other simple ingredients. Gluten Free.

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PISTACHIO SALAD

A simple Pistachio Salad recipe that is perfect for any occasion! Smooth, creamy, and easy to make, the green color makes this pistachio salad perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Christmas.

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Gluten Free Gravy Recipe (3 ingredients & Dairy Free)

The holidays can be hard when you’re gluten free, and they’re even more difficult when you also can’t have dairy.

Here’s an easy, 3 ingredient gluten free gravy recipe that’s also dairy free! It’s packed with flavor and a smooth, creamy texture that will have everyone wondering what your secret is.

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Cardamom Spiced Almonds

Cardamom Spiced Almonds are a beautiful addition to any holiday spread! Sprinkle them on salads or serve as part of your holiday snack tray,

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Cranberry Kale Salad with Cardamom Spiced Almonds and Homemade Cranberry Vinaigrette

Cranberry Kale salad is a deliciously festive dish with tart cranberries, crisp kale, and sweet pears. It is topped with fresh gorgonzola and cardamom spiced almonds then drizzled with a homemade cranberry vinaigrette.

It is the perfect marriage of flavors and a great addition to any party or get together.

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