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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

Cape Cod Apple Cake with Cranberries (Gluten-Free)

Sweet and Tart.   No philosophy today. Dust off your cake pan, Babycakes. This is a moist and tender apple cake laced with a hint of cinnamon and studded with fresh tart berries. After seven   twelve   - er, 19!- years of baking various gluten-free incarnations of my tried and true family apple cake recipe, this could be our favorite. Maybe it's the sweet-tart combo. The subtlety of flavors. In a food culture obsessed with kicking up recipes with more for the sake of more (white chocolate peanut butter bacon swirled maple donut ice cream drizzled in dulche de leche coconut marshmallow syrup and dusted with sugared Meyer lemon zest and shaved cacao, anyone?) the clean and classic flavor contrast of apples and cranberries is somehow new again. Even, refreshing.  I don't need dessert to taste like candy. I like my cake to taste like cake.  You can bake this recipe with eggs and dairy, or vegan alternatives. See options below.

Gluten-Free Goddess Lemon Yogurt Cake

Luscious Lemon Cake So  I've been jonesing for a cake laced with citrus- not too sweet and not too light. A cake with character and heft.  Something akin to a lovely simple cake I remember liking as a child, a store bought bakery cake called Louisiana Ring made by Freihofer's. The cake featured a hint of orange. The day I decided to bake, I did not have oranges in the pantry- but I did have some lemons, organic Greek yogurt, and plenty of blanched almond flour.  And this simple home baked lemon cake was born.  In time for Spring. Love, Karina xo

Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas

YES PLEASE.  This award winning budget-friendly Santa Fe inspired vegetarian enchilada recipe is one of those happy accidents that springs from a burst of creative imagination. Or rumbling hunger. In that what-have-we-got-in-the-pantry sort of panic. I was craving the soft and spicy comfort of enchiladas one windy spring night back in 2003, and I had none of the usual suspects on hand (no chicken, or beef, no pinto beans).  But! I had one lovely mother of a sweet potato.  A can of organic black beans.  Some roasted green chiles.  One lonely lime.  And your intrepid Mamacita-Goddess at large thought, Hmmm. Why not? Deliciousness ensued. These wrapped little gems are soft and creamy and a little bit spicy- Just like a certain cook , my point-scoring husband wisecracks. It's the yams, I tell him. Er, sweet potato. I can never tell the difference. Can you? In the end, it doesn't matter.  What matters is how it tastes. And darling, these are so mucho scrumptiou

Gluten-Free Goddess Pasta Frittata with Kale

An Italian Classic - Updated. Today I offer you a simple recipe spun from the magic of leftover gluten-free spaghetti and eggs- a creamy, light frittata. Perfect for the weekend. Or when you're simply too tired to cook. Or you have nothing in the fridge but a carton of eggs, half a bag of kale salad and last night's leftover cooked spaghetti. It's one of those intuitive, spontaneous recipes I've pulled out of thin air, so many times. For dairy-free folks, the "cheese" pictured in this version was a vegan "mozzarella" (my current favorite is Vegan Gourmet). But if you prefer using dairy- select one or two of your favorite Italian organic cheeses. I've also made this yummy dish using goat cheese (and roasted red peppers!), and another time I tried a blend of fresh mozzarella and shaved Parmesan. It's a very versatile recipe. Celebrate Spring. Have fun with it! XOX Karina

Gluten-Free Goddess Flourless Chocolate Cake

Ah, flourless chocolate cake. The perfect rich dessert. Forgive the hyperbole. But I just can't help it. This is rich, sexy chocolate deliciousness on a plate. And such an easy recipe, especially if you use a food processor to do the work. Serve this to non-gluten-free folks with no apologies. None. Zip. Nada. And for gluten-free folks? Hand out seconds (we deserve it, don't we?). And the best part is- the recipe is inherently gluten-free and wheat-free. Always has been. No substitutions. No funny stuff. This is the same flourless chocolate cake I've been making for decades. It never contained flour. The only thing I've tweaked post-celiac diagnosis is adding more coffee and vanilla. Just because. And PS: See below why I make this recipe in a food processor- thanks to Bobby Flay. Karina xo

Gluten-Free Goddess Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

A classic cookie made gluten-free. I suppose you could argue that one oatmeal cookie recipe is enough. I mean, how many oatmeal cookie recipes does a person need? To this I answer, at least two. Why? Well, first you have one with raisins (my oatmeal raisin cookies here ). Raisins give oatmeal cookies that old school chewy sneaky nutrition boost. They're old fashioned and comfy cozy. Kinda like spending one of those Saturday afternoons at your Aunt Martha's house, chillin'. Watching Mr. Rogers and laying on the floor with a pile of coloring books. Coloring outside the lines with a beat up box of Crayolas. Wishing the silver crayon was more than a lonely nub. And right at that nub lamenting moment she'd bring you a plate of cookies. Truth is, I never had an Aunt Martha. But I did have a chain smoking platinum blond babysitter who liked martinis a little too much. Or maybe it was gin and tonic. There was ice in the glass. If I was lucky enough to scro

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