Christmas is the best time to indulge in some delicious holiday dishes! If you’re looking for gluten free and dairy free Christmas recipes, you’ve come to the right place! From festive appetizers to desserts to breakfast recipes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy here!
With the holidays upon us, you may be thinking about what your Christmas menu will be. If you’re dealing with multiple food allergies or intolerances, it can be tough to figure out recipes are safe as well as celebratory during the holiday season.
There are so many delicious recipes to enjoy that are not only free of gluten and dairy, but of other allergens as well. I have lots and lots of tasty holiday cookie recipes on my site. It’s also pretty easy to make simple appetizers for holiday parties, or a tasty breakfast for Christmas morning.
Let’s take a look at some of the best dishes to make this holiday season if you’re avoiding wheat and dairy.
Gluten Free Ingredients
If you’re going to be doing a lot of gluten free baking, you’ll need to have a good gluten free flour blend. There are a lot of gluten free blends available in the store. One brand that works well for cookies is Namaste Perfect Flour Blend. You can find it at Costco, Whole Foods, or on Amazon.
You can also make your own gluten free flour mix with a blend of rice flours, potato starch, and tapioca starch.
Some recipes call for grain free flours such as coconut flour or cassava flour. If the recipes does not specifically list there flours, I don’t recommend using them They won’t work the same way as a cup-for-cup gluten free flour blend.
Dairy Free Ingredients
If you’re going to be making dairy free desserts or other recipes, you’ll need to have a few dairy free substitutions on hand. You will probably need:
- Vegan Buttery Spread – We use Earth Balance Soy Free Vegan Buttery Spread. It works well in everything from cookies to cakes, to savory dishes like casseroles. The Earth Balance baking sticks are also a good choice.
- Non-Dairy Milk – Choose a neutral tasting non-dairy milk for making beverages and sauces. Plant based milks like coconut milk, oat milk, soy milk, and rice milk are usually good choices.
- Dairy Free Cheese – Some recipes, like creamy casseroles or cheesy dips will require some dairy free cheese. There are many brands and varieties of diary free cheese available today. Read my guide to dairy substitutions to learn more.
- Whipped Topping – There are a few brands of whipped topping that are similar to Cool Whip. We like So Delicious Coco Whip for topping pie, cake, or a cup of hot chocolate.
If you’re looking for a way to make the holidays easier, take a peek at my complete holiday dinner menu. It’s top 9 allergen free and absolutely delicious. LEARN MORE…
1. Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
It’s easy to prepare this recipe the night before you want to serve it. Then you just have to wake up and pop it into the oven the next day!
2. Gluten Free French Toast
This French toast is super easy to make, and my family likes it much more than the traditional version.
3. Vegan Gluten Free Banana Bread
Fluffy, tender banana bread is perfect for serving with your Christmas morning coffee or tea.
4. Chocolate Gingerbread Donuts
Chocolate and gingerbread come together perfectly in this recipe for baked donuts. The glaze on top is a delicious finishing touch.
5. Vegan Hot Chocolate
A cup of vegan hot chocolate is a cozy way to start the festivities on Christmas morning.
6. Dairy Free Peppermint Hot Cocoa
A cup of hot chocolate gets a holiday twist with crushed up candy canes and whipped cream on top!
7. Nut Free Chex Mix
Everyone loves Chex mix! This version is gluten free, dairy free, and nut free, too!
8. Dairy Free Cheese Ball
This cheese ball takes just minutes to make, and it’s delicious when served with fresh veggies, gluten free crackers, or bread sticks.
9. Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms
You can get creative with this stuffed mushroom recipe. Top these mushrooms with bread crumbs, crushed crackers, nutritional yeast, or even a sprinkle of spicy pumpkin seeds.
10. Creamy Vegan Spinach Dip
Your guests won’t believe this flavorful spinach dip is dairy free! This easy recipe if full of flavor and goes so well with tortilla chips or crunchy potato chips.
11. Gluten Free Dairy Free Charcuterie Board
Learn how to make a colorful, delicious, allergy friendly charcuterie board for your next event.
12. Gluten Free Scalloped Potatoes
A creamy sauce, salty ham, and thinly sliced potatoes combine to make the very best scalloped potatoes. This is a side dish that’s sure to disappear!
13. Vegan Cheesy Broccoli Casserole
This cheesy broccoli casserole is a perfect holiday side. It’s creamy, flavorful, and topped with a coating of crispy bread crumbs.
14. Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Save time and room on the stove top by making these fluffy dairy free potatoes in the crockpot. These are always a hit at potlucks and parties!
15. Gluten Free Gravy
If you’re serving mashed potatoes, you’re going to need a delicious gravy to go with them. This simple gravy is so easy to make!
16. Wild Rice Salad with Apples and Cranberries
This colorful salad goes well with ham or turkey, and it can be made ahead of time, too!
Main Dish Recipes
17. Dairy Free Chicken Rice Casserole
Sometimes a comforting casserole is just the thing to serve at a holiday party. This casserole has it all – fluffy rice, tender chicken, a creamy sauce, and crunchy bread crumbs.
18. Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
A delicious base of lentils and vegetables is topped with buttery mashed potatoes to make a tasty vegan dish that’s just right for cold weather.
19. Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Take some stress off of yourself with this slow cooker beef stew recipe. With minimal prep time, this hearty stew is perfect for the busy holiday season.
20. Three Ingredient Dairy Free Fudge
You only need three easy to find ingredients to make this super decadent fudge! Make it for yourself or to give away as gifts. Try the original version, or this festive chocolate peppermint fudge.
21. Vegan Buttercrunch Toffee
If you love salty caramel and rich chocolate, this buttercrunch toffee is for you! You can make a big batch of this to share at your next holiday gathering.
22. Chocolate Gingerbread Bundt Cake
A tender chocolate cake with a hint of gingerbread spice is the perfect finish to your holiday dinner.
23. Gluten Free Vegan Gingerbread House
If you love holiday sweets, you’re going to love this adorable gingerbread house! A classic A-frame house with icing and candy is both festive and tasty. Kids and adults will love decorating this charming house.
24. Vegan French Silk Pie
A smooth chocolate filling, dairy free whipped topping, and a graham cracker crust make this no-bake dessert a winner!
25. Gluten Free Vegan Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookies are a classic holiday dessert, and this recipe doesn’t disappoint! These simple, frosted cookies are perfect with a cup of hot tea or coffee.
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Thank you Kelly. I’m going to look through these and try some.
Thank you! Your recipes are so helpful for me. I’m waiting for a printed cookbook! :)