Gluten Free Holiday Desserts

gluten free holiday desertsDesserts are everywhere during the holiday season and most of them are filled with gluten. If you or anyone in your family is gluten free it can be hard to find the perfect dessert that everyone loves but is still gluten free.

I’ve found this to be especially true when it comes to cookies, and there really is no escaping cookies around the holidays. I’ve searched far and wide for the right gluten-free sugar cookie recipe and after making them from scratch and counting countless bagged varieties, I finally found one that even my gluten-loving husband loves. The Pure Pantry is gluten-free and organic, making it a double winner in my book. It can be hard to find in most grocery stores but luckily you can buy it (and other varieties) from their website.

Another one of our favorite cookies that make an appearance around the holidays is Italian almond cookies. The base is made from rice and almond flour so you don’t have to experiment with finding the right gluten-free baking mix to give you right consistency. A great recipe for them can be found on Holistic Health Coach Andrea Beaman’s website.

If you’re looking for a dessert to take to a party or as the grand finale of a special meal, I would suggest this recipe for flourless chocolate cake by Jaime Oliver. Instead of topping it with dusted cocoa and berries, make some homemade whipped cream and top with some crushed peppermint candy canes–the combination of peppermint and chocolate is delicious!

If you really miss gingerbread since going gluten free, don’t worry, Chocolate Covered Katie has you covered with a yummy and healthier version.  I prefer using the Pure Pantry all-purpose baking mix instead of spelt flour, and again, I’d top it with homemade whipped cream.

Homemade Gluten-Free Whipped Cream

1 8oz container of heavy whipping cream
5 drops Sweet Leaf Stevia drops in your favorite flavor (I love English Toffee)
¼ tsp. vanilla extract

Directions: 

Pour all the ingredients into a bowl and mix using an electric mixer until it reaches your desired consistency.  Then try not to eat all of it before it tops your desserts!

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor focused on nutrition and green living strategies. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception, through pregnancy, lactation and beyond to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mother and baby.

Tags: flourless chocolate cake, gingerbread, gluten-free, holiday deserts, Italian almond cookies

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