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Winter Holidays: Celebrating Gluten-Free

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Celebrate: Gluten-Free Style!


Looking for recipes and inspiration for your gluten-free Christmas breakfast? Winter solstice brunch with friends? Vegan Hanukkah guests? A romantic New Year's Eve? Some simple winter comfort food?

Here is my collection of holiday friendly favorites. Browse these gluten-free wheat-free recipes (most are dairy-free as well) and create your own winter holiday menu.

Celebrate gluten-freestyle.

With love.

Read on for the recipes...






A Mid-Winter's Menu





Brunch, Breakfast, & Tea


Apple Cake with Cranberries


Applesauce Crumb Cake


Cranberry Banana Smoothie


Eggs Diablo on Soft Polenta


Gold Potato Frittata


Maple Breakfast Sausage Patties


Pumpkin Bread with Walnuts


Pumpkin Bread Pudding


Pumpkin Donuts (baked, cinnamon-sugared)


Pumpkin Scones with Maple Nutmeg Icing


Pumpkin Waffles


Roasted Vegetable Cheddar Quiche


Smoked Salmon & Spinach Goat Cheese Strata


Sweet Potato Coffee Cake






Bread and Muffins


Banana Muffins

Banana Nut Bread


Chocolate Gingerbread


Cranberry Bread


Pumpkin Bread with Walnuts

Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel Topping


Skillet Cornbread with Green Chiles


Sour Cream Blueberry Muffins


Sweet Potato Cornbread


Whole Grain Olive Bread




Light Fare & Christmas Eve Supper


Classic Mac and Cheese

Best Vegan Mac and Cheese


Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Cranberries

Roasted Acorn Squash Risotto


Roasted Vegetable Chowder


Sweet Potato Latkes with Ruby Applesauce





Appetizers & Bites


Crispy Latkes and Cinnamon Applesauce

Crispy Potato Sticks with Roasted Tomato Salsa


Pecan Crackers with Roasted Eggplant Tapenade


Roasted Red Pepper Hummus


Vegan Hot Artichoke Dip


Winter Vegan Pesto




Slow Cooker Comfort Food


Coconut Chick Pea Soup

Beef in Pomegranate Sauce


Butternut + Bean Chili


Cranberry Pot Roast Stew




Buffet & Pot Luck Dishes


Cozy Beef Rice Bake with Mushrooms and Cranberries


Horseradish Spiked Red Potato Salad- Serve Warm


Jazzed Up Turkey Tetrazzini


Pinon Rice Bake with Artichokes and Goat Cheese


Roasted Vegetable Noodle Kugel


Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas


Garlicky Shrimp & Spinach Bake


Turkey and Sweet Potato Enchiladas


Turkey Meatballs in an Asian-style Sauce




Dinner Is Served

Beef & Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash

Baked Chicken Mediterranean with Peppers


Beef and Potatoes au Chocolat


Slow Cooked Beef in Pomegranate Sauce


Italian Meatballs


Lasagna Vegetariana



Lasagna in a casserole style slow cooker:
- Three Cheese with Ground Turkey

Maple Roasted Acorn Squash with Curried Apple & Cranberry Cornbread Stuffing


Winter Solstice: Pumpkin-Sweet Potato Soup





Dessert


Anise Biscotti

Apple Crisp with Oats & Brown Sugar

Apple Crisp (with no oats)


Apple Cake with Cranberries


Chocolate Biscotti- low sugar


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Chocolate Cupcakes with Coffee Icing


Chocolate Layer Cake


Coconut Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing


Coconut Chocolate Nirvana Bars


Coconut Layer Cake

Dark Chocolate Brownies

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Lemon-Iced Ginger Thins

Maple Frosted Pumpkin Cake


Orange Creme Cupcakes


Pumpkin Bread Pudding


Pumpkin Cheesecake


TRENDING

Gluten-Free Goddess Raspberry Jam Bars

Sweet and simple raspberry jam bars. Let's be honest. I am here today to tempt you. To coax you. To seduce you with a gluten-free dessert worthy of every single luscious calorie. In full transparency, I am admitting up front these are not fat-free. Or sugar-free. These aren't diet food. They're not proper for breakfast (unless you serve them with Champagne). And you won't be able to sigh ever-so-wistfully at parties and mention, off hand, how hard it is to eat gluten-free at family gatherings and parties. Because, Darling Reader, you'll score zero sympathy points once people sink their teeth into the luscious raspberry jam filling nestled between buttery toasted coconut-almond crunch topping and tender hazelnut cookie crust. Nope. In fact, these decadent raspberry coconut-almond bars should come with a warning:   Be careful who you share these with. Because they are sure to fall madly in love with you. Seriously. Karina xox

Gluten-Free Baking Tips + Substitutions

Need wheat-free gluten-free baking tips? Help is Here. Here's what works- and what doesn't- in quirky Gluten-Free Baking and Substitution Land. From Karina, Gluten-Free Goddess®. Baking Substitutions for Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free and More Notes on GF Flours: Gluten-free non-wheat flours generally fall into three basic weights- light starch, all-purpose medium, or heavier whole grain. A blend of medium and heavy flours with some starch mixed in to lighten, tenderize, and help bind the batter or dough works best, and tastes best (too much starch can result in a gummy texture). Light, starchy GF flours include sweet rice flour, white rice flour, and the ubiquitous gluten-free starches- tapioca starch, cornstarch, potato starch (NOT potato flour, which is whole different animal) and arrowroot starch. Medium flours are akin to 'all purpose flour'- these include sorghum flour, certified gluten-free oat flour, and superfine brown rice flour. If you cannot find sorg

Gluten-Free Goddess Blueberry Muffins- No Xanthan Gum

Baking Without Xanthan Gum, I Am. When I first set foot on this lonely gluten-free road (it was 2001, remember, pre-gluten-free boon; there was nary a gluten-free bagel or wheat-free blueberry muffin in sight), I wrestled with converting my beloved tried and true wheat flour recipes, gamely baking and tossing too many gluten-free hockey pucks and brick loaves to count. Until I discovered xanthan gum- the weirdo secret ingredient that gave gluten-free batter and dough a hint of that elusive stretchy tenderness that gluten once gifted. Xanthan gum was a find. And it has been a nifty little problem solver for many years. Until it wasn't. After a decade or so of cooking, baking, and eating strictly gluten-free I began to feel- shall we say- less than wonderful after eating something with xanthan gum (or guar gum, or locust bean gum, or carrageenan). Ingredients my grandmother never heard of. Ingredients I never used to eat. Or bake with. I had a gluten-free shakabuk

Gluten-Free Goddess Brownies- The Best

Why bake a gluten-free brownie from scratch and not a mix? While baking mixes are perfectly acceptable in a pinch, and no doubt a boon to busy cooks on a gluten-free diet (well, honestly, who isn't busy, preoccupied, overwhelmed, and anxious these days, I ask you?), your taste buds will tell you why. In a heart beat, Darling. A dark chocolate brownie made from scratch is deeply delicious and decadent. Impressive, even. Company worthy. Dare I say, date night worthy. I'm not kidding. This brownie recipe is swoon inducing. (You know what they say about chocolate.)  But here's the best part. Throwing this recipe together takes only a few minutes longer than opening up a box of mix. In fact, you can whip up these luscious gooey babies in a mere ten minutes. In less time than it takes you to scan your daily dose of cute animals IG feed.  Seriously.  So what is more rewarding? Watching baby donkeys frolic on Instagram or stirring together this rich, tender, dark chocolat

Gluten-Free Lasagna In a Casserole Style Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Lasagna As it Should Be. Delicious! And perfect for old fashioned family comfort food. It's been a long time since I flirted with a new kitchen appliance. Truthfully? I barely have room for the few gems I still have, after all these moves. Though I've got more room these days, post apartment living. We're finally in a house. And the days of a kitchen without an oven are in the rearview mirror.  You remember those rental days, right?  In Rental World they don't always give you a full size, actual oven. They might just give you a four burner cooktop. And a rickety microwave.  So what's a gluten-free lasagna craving girl gonna do? Make a mug of chai.  Cruise Amazon.  Because this. A  Crock-Pot Casserole Manual Slow Cooker .   Brilliant. My first lasagna in this new Crock Pot Casserole Slow Cooker Please note: This is NOT a sponsored post.  I assembled this classic family style lasagna at noon today-

Gluten-Free Goddess Bread Recipe - dairy-free and rice-free, too

One Delicious Loaf... Man shall not live by bread alone, so the famous saying goes. In other words, we need ideas to feed us, too. We need awareness. Conscious action. An expression and celebration of the spirit. And yet (here's the sticky part, folks) almost every spiritual tradition includes the bread we shall not solely live by, whether it be a hand-torn loaf, a paper thin wafer, a piece of matzoh, a curve of naan, or a sprinkle of cornmeal. Breaking bread and sharing grain is a cherished and beloved symbol for community, celebration and tribal nourishment. From Holy Communion to the Super Bowl gatherings around an elevating principle or a family milestone (from birth to marriage to funerals) include the simple but connecting gesture of sharing food. Because cooking makes us human. And eating illustrates our kinship with the entire animal kingdom. Humans are animals, after all, interlinked and cousined by astonishingly similar DNA and subatomic particles from the

Gluten-Free Goddess Zucchini Breakfast Cake

Zucchini Cake! Yep. What's for breakfast, you ask? Cereal? Yogurt? #Boring Instead, let's eat cake.  A tasty breakfast cake inspired by those lovely  maple sweetened almond zucchini mini-muffins . Remember those? I sure do.  They've become one of our favorite grab-and-go gluten-free treats. I tuck a bag of them- fresh out of the freezer- into my (bulging) purse/backpack/tote whenever we venture far afield. Because, well. You never know. And even if we are still stuck at home, isolating ourselves week after week like champs... today I remembered those zucchini muffins and thought--- hmmmmm.  What. If. We. Make. Zucchini. Cake. For breakfast!? Because. #notboring Karina xox Gluten-Free Goddess Zucchini Breakfast Cake Recipe By Karina Allrich May 2012. Sweetened only with a half cup pure maple syrup, this cake is not overly sweet. Which makes it perfect for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack. Almond meal, sorghum flour and quinoa flakes add protein and nutritio