A Gluten Free Christmas

(This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosure policy.)

One of the most challenging things I’ve found about our son Einstein being gluten free is the holiday meals. When it comes to Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas, it can be difficult to go to different events and have to worry about what there will be that is safe for him to eat. He has been gluten free for a few years now so I am getting better at adapting our recipes and knowing what will work for him. I keep a stash of gluten free baking on a shelf in the freezer and try to remember to bring a few treats for him with us when we are going to a holiday gathering so that he won’t feel left out.

a Gluten Free Christmas

I’ve also gotten quite a repertoire of gluten free recipes that I make for holiday meals. By doing a bit of planning, it is possible to have an entirely gluten free Christmas and not miss out on anything!

Christmas Planning and Baking:

Rice Krispie Candy Houses from here on The Chaos and The Clutter – This is a wonderful alternative to the traditional gingerbread houses and even easier to decorate. It’s one of our favourite pre-Christmas traditions.

Rice Krispie Houses...a Holiday Tradition at The Chaos and The Clutter

Gluten Free Candy Cane Playdough from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

Gluten Free Holiday Baking – over 30 recipes for the best holiday baking you can find

Gluten Free Holiday Baking

Christmas morning:

Gluten Free Overnight Holiday Breakfast Casserole from My Gluten-Free Kitchen

The Best Gluten Free Cinnamon Buns from The Baking Beauties

Gluten Free Granola Muffins from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

Mini Frittatas from The Midnight Baker

Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole from Chew Out Loud

Gluten Free Aebelskivers (Stuffed Pancakes) from Recreating Happiness

Breakfasts for a Large Family from here on The Chaos and The Clutter (several gluten free options)

Large Family Breakfasts

Snacks:

Chocolate Caramel Popcorn from Peace but not Quiet

Gluten Free Chex Mix from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

crunchy, snackable Gluten Free Chex Mix

Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow from Smockity Frocks

Reindeer Chow from The Pennywise Mama

Candied Cranberries from The Peaceful Mom

Holiday S’Mores from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

Poppycock from Noshing with the Nolands

Candy Cane Crunch Peppermint Puppy Chow from Joyously Domestic

Appetizers:

Bacon Wrapped Buffalo Chicken Bites from The Appetizer Chick

Cream Cheese Cranberry Dip from Julie’s Eats & Treats – very festive colours.

Tri Colour Spread from The Appetizer Chick

Mediterranean Cucumber Roll Ups from The Wholesome Dish

Baked Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Dipping Sauce from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Nacho Bites from The Appetizer Chick

Nacho Bites

Zucchini Bruschetta from The Dinner Mom

Mediterranean Spread from The Appetizer Chick

Avocado Salsa from Cooking Classy

Gravy:

Gluten Free Leek and Herbed Gravy from Premeditated Leftovers

Best Ever Brined Turkey and Gluten Free Gravy from Gutsy by Nature

Gluten Free Turkey Gravy from Gluten Free on a Shoestring

Easy Paleo Gravy from Cook Eat Paleo

Stuffing and Dressing:

Wild Rice, Chorizo and Gluten Free Bread Stuffing from Premeditated Leftovers

gluten-free-stuffing-recipe

Gluten Free Stuffing from Yammie’s Gluten Freedom

Grain-Free Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing from Deliciously Organic

Gluten Free Stuffing from Serious Eats

Slow Cooker Gluten Free Cornbread Dressing from The Weary Chef

Meat:

Best Ever Brined Turkey and Gluten Free Gravy from Gutsy by Nature

Slow Cooker “Melt in Your Mouth” Pot Roast from Joyously Domestic

Honeybaked Ham at Home from Mom, What’s for Dinner?

General Tso’s Meatballs from I Breathe…I’m Hungry

Cranberry Apple Stuffed Cornish Hens from Running to the Kitchen

Salads:

Simple Beet Salad from here on The Chaos and The Clutter – The colours of this are very Christmasy!

Simple Beet Salad

Spinach Salad with Cranberries & Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette from The Peaceful Mom

Strawberry Chicken Salad from Mama Miss

Loaded Baked Potato Salad from Six Sisters’ Stuff

Bean Salad with Molasses Vinaigrette from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

Pear, Pecan and Blue Cheese Salad from Thrifty Little Mom

Greek Salad from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

Side Dishes:

Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole from The Happy Housewife

Butternut Squash Casserole from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

Maple Glazed Roasted Carrots from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Roasted Vegetables from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

Yummy Roasted Vegetables

Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries from La Casa de Sweets

Cabbage Rolls from Seeded at the Table – this may seem like an unorthodox holiday dish but my mom grew up in a small town that was predominantly Ukrainian and some of those traditions have carried through to our family.

Secret Weapon Sweet Potato Casserole from Frugal Living Mom

Dessert:

Gluten Free Chocolate & Peanut Butter Trifle from here on The Chaos and The Clutter (so yummy!)

Gluten Free Chocolate & Peanut Butter Trifle

Best Pecan Pie Ever from Nature’s Knockout

Gluten Free Fudge Cake from A Girl Defloured

Gluten Free Chocolate Roll Cake (Roulade) from Carla’s Gluten Free Recipe Box – This is like the traditional dessert in our house that we call Bouche de Noel except a gluten free version of it.

Gluten Free Apple Crisp from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

The Best Gluten Free Pie Crust from Comfortably Domestic

Cranberry Cheesecake from Roxana’s Home Baking

If you are looking for more gluten free ideas, you may want to follow my Gluten Free Recipes board on Pinterest.

Follow Sharla Kostelyk’s board Gluten Free Recipes on Pinterest.

Gluten Free Holiday Baking

(This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosure policy.)

One of the things I most look forward to about the holiday season is the baking. I’m actually not much of an eater when it comes to cookies and cakes, but I enjoy making them. And there is something extra special about baking with the sound of Christmas music in the background and the Christmas spirit in the air. What I like best of all though is watching others enjoy them.

Unfortunately, after our son Einstein became gluten free, many of my usual holiday baking recipes didn’t work for him so I had to begin a quest to find some new holiday favourites. I was also able to adapt some of our usual recipes to make them gluten free.

Gluten Free Holiday Baking

This year, I’ve gathered up a list for you of delicious gluten free holiday baking. There’s no reason that gluten-free should equal taste-free!

Cookies:

Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies from Smart School House

Gluten Free Salted Peanut Butter Cookies from Diethood

Grain Free Gingersnaps from Intoxicated on Life

Gluten Free Sugar Cookies from The Peaceful Mom

Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Toffee Cookies from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

Gluten Free Mocha Fudge Cookies from Premeditated Leftovers

Chewy Coconut Sugar Cookies from Yammie’s Gluten Freedom

Gluten Free Dairy Free Candy Cane Cookies from Once a Month Meals

Gluten Free Ginger Molasses Cookies from The Bojon Gourmet

Gluten Free Whipped Shortbread from The Baking Beauties

Squares:

Gluten Free Brownies from Premeditated Leftovers

Raspberry Coconut Almond Bars from Gluten Free Goddess

Gluten Free Lemon Bars with an Almond Crust from Big Girls Small Kitchen

Gluten Free Magic Cookie Bars from Meaningful Eats

Mint Chocolate Brownie Decadence from My Gluten-Free Kitchen

Nanaimo Bars from Wheat Free Mom

Chocolate Raspberry Brownies from Barefeet in the Kitchen

Paleo Monkey Bars from Paleo Mom

Fudge and Bark:

White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge from Don’t Waste the Crumbs

Skinny Eggnog Fudge from Amy’s Healthy Baking

Mint Chocolate Bark from Chocolate Chocolate and More

Candy Cane Fudge from Food Fanatic

Easy Peppermint Bark from Premeditated Leftovers

Crock Pot Peppermint Fudge from Sugar-Free Mom

English Toffee Bites from Shugary Sweets

Frozen Yogourt Bark from My Fussy Eater

Candy:

White Chocolate Candy Cane Truffles from Your Cup of Cake

Almond Joy Truffles from High Heels & Grills

No Bake Coconut Snowballs from Intoxicated on Life

Sea Salt Chocolate Cheesecake Truffles from Paleo Parents

Caramel Turtle Cups from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Homemade Twix Bars from Blissful Basil

Bonus:

The Best Gluten Free Pie Crust from Comfortably Domestic (use this recipe to make Butter Tarts or whatever your favourite pie is)

If you are looking for more gluten free recipes, including even more holiday baking ideas, you may want to follow my Gluten Free Recipes board on Pinterest.

Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Toffee Cookies

(This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosure policy.)

One of the cookies I’ve been making for years and years is a cake box chocolate cookie recipe that I got from my friend Patti. It originally made so many dozens of cookies that I felt like I had to stand in the kitchen all day so I adapted it to be less overwhelming. The original recipe was just chocolate but it is an extremely versatile dough.

This is one of the recipes that I make in some capacity every year for my holiday baking, sometimes adding white chocolate chips or holiday M+Ms or rolling the balls in icing sugar before baking. A few years ago when Einstein became gluten free, these cookies became one of the many things that were off limits for him.

Like I’ve done with many of our favourite recipes, I experimented to find a gluten free version that would work so that Einstein could still enjoy them.

Gluten Free Chocolate Toffee CookiesThe reason that this recipe is so easy is that it is aided by a cake mix. It requires very few ingredients which is very handy.

Gluten Free Chocolate Toffee Cookies Recipe:

1 gluten free chocolate cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup toffee bits (I used Skor bits)

Mix together the cake mix, eggs and oil with an electric mixer. The dough will still look a bit dry. That’s ok. It will all come together later…trust me.

Stir in the Skor bits. With your hands, grab some of the dough and smoosh it together. It’s at this point that you’ll see the dough begin to stick together better. Form the dough into balls, smaller than a golf ball and place them on a cookie sheet. Space them far enough apart that they have room to grow as they will flatten while baking.

Bake in a 350° oven for 8-10 minutes. When you take them out of the oven, slap the cookie sheet down on the counter. This will further flatten the cookies.

You can switch out the toffee bits for white chocolate chips, holiday M+Ms, mint chips, or peanut butter chips. You can also skip the toffee bits altogether and roll the balls in icing sugar before placing them on the cookie sheet.

Rice Krispie Candy Houses (a gluten free gingerbread alternative)

Gluten Free Chocolate and Peanut Butter Trifle

Gluten Free Chex Mix

12 Christmas Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

(This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosure policy.)

In a large family like ours, there is never a shortage of empty toilet paper tubes. I know that they are recyclable, but it does seem a shame to just always throw them in the blue bag, especially when I remember making crafts with our paper tubes as a child. It’s funny how the memory works. In my mind, my brother and I made something out of every empty toilet paper roll in our childhood, but I’m sure that can’t be true. It was probably only a handful of times that we used them for crafting and I’m sure my mom threw the rest away, but I only have memories of the things we made with them and of the bag she used to collect them in for future projects.

It is precisely because of those memories that I feel a small measure of guilt in getting rid of empty toilet paper rolls so I am always on the lookout for craft ideas that use them. They are also a very inexpensive craft supply!

This Christmas season, we have made a few new t.p. roll crafts and will be making our annual homemade Christmas crackers. It is so much easier now with Pinterest and the internet to come up with ideas!

Here are 12 projects for the holidays that use empty toilet paper rolls:

12 Christmas Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

Cardboard Tube Gnomes from Crafts by Amanda

Toilet Roll Reindeer from Happy Hooligans

Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Trees from Reading Confetti

The Grinch Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Craft for Kids from Crafty Morning

Homemade Christmas Crackers from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

Toilet Paper Roll Advent Calendar from Danya Banya

Toilet Paper Roll Holiday Elves from Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Cardboard Tube Christmas Tree Ornaments from I Heart Arts and Crafts

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Ornaments from Happy Hooligans

Easy DIY Christmas Ornament for Kids from DIY Inspired

Cardboard Tube Children and Snowmen from Crafts by Amanda

Cardboard Tube Painted Poinsettia from The Preschool Toolbox

If you are like me and have a never-ending supply of toilet paper tubes, you may want to follow my Toilet Paper Rolls board on Pinterest to get even more ideas.