It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but sometimes it can be harder for us to indulge when reading multiple ingredient lists and being careful to avoid cross-contamination at holiday parties.
We thought it would be nice to spread some holiday cheer by letting you in on our best kept secrets – the gluten-free holiday products we are incapable of living without!
These tasty treats are great for late night indulgences, for bringing along to holiday parties, kid-friendly and of course, incredibly tasty.
1. Glutino Peppermint Yogurt Covered Pretzels
I wait all year long for these and then stock up! While Glutino always offers yogurt covered pretzels, these peppermint delights are only available during the holiday season. Please trust me and pick some up, they are amazing!
2. Williams Sonoma Gluten-Free Mini Latkes
These bite-sized latkes come in packages of 48 and are perfect for family gatherings or holiday parties! Best served with applesauce and sour cream on the side.
3. Dr. Lucy’s Holiday Sugar Cookies
Dr. Lucy’s sugar cookies are divine, so you can imagine that they are even better with some festive sprinkled sugar on top. These are also super pretty to look at and are a great addition to a gluten-free holiday gift basket.
4. King Arthur Flour Gingerbread Cookie & Cake Mix
This gingerbread mix is spiced with molasses, ginger and cinnamon – meaning that when you bake with it your entire house smells amazing! We love how convenient this mix is. Whether you want to bake cookies, muffins or a big cake, this mix is for you.
5. Organic Valley Certified Organic Egg Nog
While egg nog is usually gluten-free, I always prefer to find brands that are certified and pay special attention to spices and cross-contamination concerns. Organic Valley is also a company that uses high quality, organic ingredients. Their egg nog is really tasty, and my personal recommendation is to add a splash of brandy and some nutmeg and cinnamon. Mmmmm!
6. Schar Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Panettone
The perfect companion to any Christmas meal, this chocolate chip panettone does not disappoint. Schar has usually offered a plain version that is just as tasty, let us know if you’ve seen it because we have missed it this year!
7. Katz Gluten-Free Jelly Donuts
I will admit from years of personal experience, baking and taste-testing, that the best way to go for gluten-free jelly donuts (sufganiyot) is to make them from scratch. But with 8 nights of Hannukah to fill with yummy treats, who has that kind of time?! Katz are well known for their high quality gluten-free products and their jelly donuts do the job for when you have a craving but don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen.
8. Tate’s Bake Shop Gluten-Free Gourmet Holiday Gift Basket
It can definitely be no small task to create a gift basket for a friend or colleague who avoids gluten. Tate’s Bake Shop makes high quality gift baskets full of tasty products for everyone to enjoy. Their gourmet holiday gift basket includes chocolate chip cookies, double chocolate chip cookies, brownies, peppermint cookie bark, crunchy apple dip, mini Lara bars, Mary’s Gone crackers, and an adorable chalkboard tray. It may be time to send myself a gift basket…
9. Williams Sonoma Gluten-Free Ginger Spice Cookie Mix
These cookies require few words: they are delicious. Get them while they are 20% off!
10. St. Claire’s Organics Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix
Peppermint hot chocolate is the perfect companion to snowy holiday nights, but it’s important to make sure that drink mixes don’t have hidden gluten and that their facilities take the care necessary to provide you with a certified gluten-free product. St. Claire’s peppermint hot chocolate is not only gluten-free, but also free of dairy, soy, casein, corn, peanut, egg, shellfish and GMOs. Our kind of hot chocolate (even though I think it’s best with steamed milk).
11. Mi-Del Gingerbread Men Cookies
I frosted some of these delicious cookies with my son and it was a super fun activity. Great to send along with kids who are attending holiday parties, or to leave some out for Santa!
12. This delicious recipe for Reindeer Chow:
Making this gluten-free reindeer chow from The Pennywise Mama is one of my favorite holiday activities with my son. It is incredibly simple and a delicious, crunchy snack!
9 cups of gluten-free Rice Chex or Corn Chex
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup holiday M&Ms
1. Pour cereal into a large bowl
2. In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter on high uncovered for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave for 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla.
3. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable plastic bag.
4. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag, shake until well coated. Spread on wax paper to cool.
5. Add M&Ms and stir into mixture. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.
Hope we helped to make your gluten-free holiday season a little sweeter! Please share your favorite gluten-free holiday products with us as well, we’d love to try out some new stuff!
Have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season,
The CeliAct Team