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.
Tips for Safe Gluten Free Holidays
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.
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!).
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.
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 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!
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.
These rolls are so easy to make, and they’re done in an hour or less! If you’ve been feeling hesitant to try making gluten free rolls at home, then this recipe is for you. I’ve included step-by-step instructions and photos, detailed instructions, and flour recommendations so your rolls will turn out perfect every time.
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!
Have you tried Swig sugar cookies? They are soft and chewy sugar cookies topped with a tangy frosting, and served cold. SO GOOD. We’ve developed a gluten free Swig cookie copycat recipe that is every bit as good as the original and is super easy to make at home! You can make them in the traditional round shape, or roll out and cut out.
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.