This list of Gluten Free Holiday Recipes is complete with appetizers, soups, main dishes, drinks, sides, and desserts for a show-stopping holiday meal! Made with simple ingredients, these recipes are nourishing, allergy-friendly, and full of festive flavors. Make them all, or pick your favorites for a perfect holiday feast!
- Gluten Free Holiday Recipes
- How to Plan a Gluten Free Holiday Meal
- Gluten Free Holiday Recipes
- Bonus! Christmas Brunch Recipes
- Common Questions About Gluten Free Holiday Recipes
- More Guides for Gluten Free Holiday Recipes
Gluten Free Holiday Recipes
Don’t worry, though! You don’t have to spend hours experimenting in the kitchen or searching the internet for recipes that can be adapted to fit your needs. I’ve already done the work for you! That’s right, I’ve gathered a handful of all of my favorite dairy-free gluten free holiday recipes, and I’m giving them to you for free! Think of it as an early gift, but you can thank me later. Right now, we’ve got recipes to make.
How to Plan a Gluten Free Holiday Meal
The first steps to creating a gluten free holiday recipe meal plan are to pick out the recipes you plan to make and gather your ingredients. However, to speed up the process there are a few staples I like to keep on hand at all times. From common baking ingredients to condiments, and more, the foods below can be used to create recipes in a pinch or add flavor to any meal.
Before you get cooking, you’ll want to make sure you have a few gluten-free cooking essentials on hand including:
- Store-Bought Gluten-Free Flour or Homemade Gluten-Free Flour
- Gluten-Free Buckwheat Flour
- Gluten-Free Oat Flour
- Gluten-Free Pasta
- Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs
- Tamari (Gluten Free Soy Sauce)
- Gluten-Free Vegetable Broth
Spices, Sauces, and Condiments
Who doesn’t love a little extra seasoning? By keeping store-bought options like Primal Kitchen ketchup, mayo, and more! Or, keep your own ingredients on hand such as Nomato Sauce, Dairy Free Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce, or Spicy Vegan Ranch!
Gluten Free Holiday Recipes
Below is my complete list of go-to, family-friendly recipes everyone can enjoy this holiday!
Almond Flour Pumpkin Bread with Rosemary – Give classic dinner rolls an upgrade with pumpkin puree, fresh rosemary sprigs, and almond flour!
Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes – Ready in 20 minutes, steamed artichokes are a unique appetizer full of health benefits and super tasty when paired with aioli.
Easy Cranberry Basil Shrimp Cocktail – A light and refreshing appetizer, this recipe is so much more than your average shrimp cocktail thanks to the inclusion of homemade cranberry basil cocktail sauce!
Snack Board Ideas – Why choose between one appetizer when you can have them all thanks to these allergy-friendly snack board ideas!
Easy Gluten-Free Rolls – Skip dense, store-bought varieties, and make these soft, fluffy homemade rolls with simple ingredients instead.
Hot Toddy with Spiced Rum – The perfect festive fall or winter drink to soothe the body or to simply enjoy with good company, this Hot Toddy is sweet, spicy, and delicious. There’s an alcohol-free option for the kids, too!
Yuletide Moon Red Cocktails – Made with cherries, spices, and a bit of maple on the rocks, drink recipes don’t get any more festive than these Yuletide Moon Red Cocktails!
Dairy-Free Mexican Hot Chocolate – Rich and creamy without any dairy, this Mexican Hot Chocolate takes the classic cozy drink to the next level with a hint of Mexican flair! There’s even a cocktail option, too.
Citrus Kombucha Mezcal Cocktails – A cocktail that’s good for you? Sign me up! This zippy recipe is made with refined juices and probiotics for a tasty beverage that’s good for your gut.
Note: Try pairing it with your favorite alcohol such as vodka or tequila for a spiked option.
Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup – This Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup is a lightened-up version of classic cream of mushroom soup that is gluten free, dairy-free, and vegan!
Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup with Apple (Vegan) – This Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup is made with fresh produce and warm spices for a crowd-pleasing recipe everyone will love.
Instant Pot Vegetable Soup with Bacon – This nutritious veggie soup is loaded with veggies and given a boost of smokey flavor and extra depth thanks to the use of bacon. Cooked in the Instant Pot or crockpot, it’s comfort food at its best!
Tomato Crab Bisque – This recipe is a gluten-free, dairy-free-friendly take on a classic recipe made with a flavorful tomato broth, warm spices, and lump crab meat.
Maple Bourbon Glazed Salmon – The ultimate combination of sweet and savory, this quick salmon recipe can be grilled, baked, or cooked in the air fryer. Mix and match your favorite sides to make it a meal!
Potato & Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie – Quick to make and easy for meal prep, this is a better-for-you version of everyone’s favorite comfort food full of nutrients and protein.
Balsamic Roasted Cranberry Chicken – Sweet, savory, oh-so-tender, and juicy, this chicken is a festive, flavorful dinner perfect for the holidays.
Air Fryer Lamb Chops – Made with a mint, citrus, and herb marinade, this meat dish is refreshing, savory, and ready in only 15 minutes!
Gluten-Free Baked Gnocchi – Pillowy gnocchi combines with crisp kale, smokey bacon, and parmesan cheese in this sheet pan recipe. Comfort food at its finest, it’s ready in minutes and guaranteed to be a hit!
Potato & Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie – Secretly full of veggies, this recipe is a nutritious take on a classic comfort food and can be customized to fit your dietary preferences and needs. Plus, it’s a great way to use up leftovers!
Vegan Mushroom Meatballs – These baked meatballs are an easy oven-baked option ready in under an hour for a high-protein vegan option!
Vegan Pasta With Walnut Sauce – This vegan pasta comes together with just 5 ingredients for a smooth, nutty sauce and tender noodles you’ll love.
Baked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese – Everyone’s favorite side dish is given an upgrade with the inclusion of baked cauliflower. Secretly nutritious, it tastes just like the classic recipe you love. Dairy-free option, too!
Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole – Enjoy all the flavors of this classic side dish with gluten-free, dairy-free, AIP-friendly ingredients.
Instant Pot Rice Pilaf – Guaranteed to be your new favorite holiday recipe, this colorful pilaf features lots of veggies, sweet cranberries, and fresh herbs, encompassing all the flavors of the season in a single, easy-to-make dish!
Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes – This hands-off recipe is so rich and creamy that your guests will never believe they’re made with vegan ingredients and secretly contain beans!
Air Fryer Squash – Add some nutrients to your table with easy air fryer squash! I’ll show you how to make acorn squash, delicata squash, and butternut squash so you can pick your favorite or make them all.
Vegan Green Bean Casserole – Ditch the canned soups and mystery ingredients, and use whole food items like onions and green beans to make this creamy vegan green bean casserole instead. It has all the classic flavor with better-for-you ingredients you can feel good about.
Vegan Mocha Coconut Macaroons – Chocolate + Coconut = A Match Made in Heaven. These macaroons come together with simple ingredients in no time!
Sugar & Spice Almond Flour Sugar Cookies – These sweet, spiced cookies are made with healthy fats, natural sugars, and gluten free almond flour for simple to make paleo sugar cookies that will satisfy your sweet tooth with zero guilt!
Maple Baked Pears – A healthier option for the dessert table, these pears are made with a bourbon glaze and topped with homemade (vegan) whipped cream for an impressive dessert that’s quick to make but looks and tastes like it took all day.
Peanut Butter Blossom Cookie Recipe – Amazingly soft and made with a dark chocolate center, this cookie recipe is a gluten free take on a classic dessert that’s perfect for every occasion! Vegan and nut-free options, too.
The Best Gluten-Free Apple Crisp – With a maple syrup sweetened cinnamon spiced apple filling and a crisp crumb topping, this crisp is baked until golden on top and warm and bubbly in the center. Top it with vanilla ice cream or dairy-free whipped cream for a dessert that will have all your guests drooling!
Coffee Pecan Pie Bars – Swap out your classic pecan pie with these easy-to-make, handheld bars instead. Gluten-free, grain-free, vegan, paleo, and refined sugar-free, the crust is crisp and the filling is ooey gooey and decadent inside for a dessert that’s so good you can never just take one bite.
Bonus! Christmas Brunch Recipes
4 Healthy Charcuterie Board Ideas for Brunch – Making brunch? Take a look at these 4 charcuterie board ideas, and set your table with protein-rich eggs, delicious cheeses, sliced meats, nourishing fats, and wholesome gluten free grains. Pick your favorite, or serve them all!
Easy Spiced Hot Fruit Bake – Made with fresh fruit and warm spiced, this fruit bake is a tasty topping for pancakes and waffles or just as delicious served on its own
Common Questions About Gluten Free Holiday Recipes
Of course, everyone’s Christmas dinner looks different. However, generally speaking, most traditional dishes are not gluten-free.
Plain cuts of meat are all gluten-free. However, you’ll want to watch out for breadings, coatings, marinades, and seasonings that may not be. Always make sure to read the ingredient list to double-check!
People who have Celiac Disease can generally tolerate cheese as long as they do not have an intolerance to dairy, and the cheese consumed does not contain wheat, barley, rye, or any other gluten-containing ingredients.