The holiday season has arrived, and with it comes the meal planning preparations, as well as the high levels of stress that accompany those preparations. Making enough food to feed everyone present can sometimes be tough all on its own, but when you add in the fact that some guests may have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, planning takes a whole different turn.
Because everyone’s favorite part of the meal is dessert, it’s important to remember your gluten-free guests when crafting those great-tasting treats. If you’re not quite sure what to make (or how to make it), we’ve rounded up seven delicious dessert ideas that are sure to be a hit with everyone!
1. Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie
When it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas, one of the most popular dessert options is good ol’ pumpkin pie. Everyone might love it, but not everyone can eat it, especially if celiac or gluten intolerance is in play.
This recipe from Minimalist Baker delivers the flavor and taste of pumpkin pie, but with only 10 ingredients. Plus, it’s gluten-free and vegan! The crust is “amazing, crisp and flavorful,” and the filling is described as “mega flavorful, super pumpkiny, firm, incredibly moist, perfectly sweet, subtly spiced, and seriously PERFECT.” What more could you want from a pumpkin pie?
- Get the full recipe from Minimalist Baker here
2. Guilt-Free, Gluten-Free Apple Pie
I’m a pretty big fan of pumpkin pie, but I also have a deep appreciation for a flaky, warm, and delicious apple pie as well. If you lead a gluten-free lifestyle or have tried anything gluten-free, you probably know that some items can come out pretty tasteless.
This amazing gluten-free apple pie recipe from Ana at Hello Natural is anything but tasteless. She uses gluten-free flour and coconut oil instead of butter for a crust that’s still delicious, but has fewer calories. Coconut sugar replaces white sugar, and full-fat milk rather than heavy cream is used for the caramel sauce.
Even your non-celiac holiday guests will love this pie.
- Get the full recipe from Hello Natural here
3. Paleo Pecan Pie
When it comes to holiday desserts, pecan pie is a staple in many kitchens. While some see pecan pie as too sweet, others like it more than pumpkin pie. This recipe is for you, pecan pie fans!
Rachel over at the Bakerita blog delivers a pecan pie recipe that caters to everyone. It’s gluten-free, grain-free, and refined sugar-free, and still tastes great. Flavored with vanilla extract and sweetened with coconut sugar, it’s the healthier, guilt-free way to enjoy your favorite pie.
- Get the full recipe from Bakerita here
4. Gluten-Free Peach & Blueberry Pie
There are members of my family who absolutely refuse to eat pumpkin, pecan, or custard pies. If some of your guests may be the same way, it’s important to have offerings they’ll be able to enjoy, too.
Joy offers up this delightful gluten-free peach and blueberry pie over on her blog, Joy the Baker. The crust for this pie contains gluten-free flour, buttermilk, and an egg yolk. It’s a little crumbly, according to Joy, but is still amazingly flavorful.
In addition to the complementary flavors of the peaches and blueberries, spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and coriander add a little extra zing for your taste buds. It’s absolutely delicious!
- Get the full recipe from Joy the Baker here
5. Easy Gluten-Free Eggnog Pie
The fall holiday season is my favorite for a number of great reasons, one of which is eggnog. It appears in the store in early November and sticks around for a few months, much to the disdain of parents everywhere, probably. Eggnog is an acquired taste for some, but if you’re not a fan of drinking it, give this recipe a look instead.
MJ over at Connect Gluten Free took the greatness of eggnog and made it even greater — she put into a pie! While the recipe calls for instant pudding mix, which some may not like, it’s still delicious. Mix in eggnog, nutmeg, and gluten-free rum (or rum extract, if you prefer that instead), and you’ve got a sure winner. Your anti-eggnog guests might even enjoy it!
- Get the full recipe from Connect Gluten Free here
6. Raw Vegan German Chocolate Pie
I know. You’re probably thinking, “Wait…German Chocolate pie?” Yes! The great minds from Unconventional Baker have taken glorious German chocolate cake and turned it into a pie that’s perfect for any holiday. The best part? It’s raw, vegan, paleo, and gluten-free — and it’s still delicious!
Made with raw cacao powder and sweetened with vanilla extract and your choice of liquid sweetener, it’s the healthy way for your special guests to enjoy dessert without ruining their diets.
- Get the full recipe from Unconventional Baker here
7. Raw Vegan Lemon Cranberry Cheesecake
Not everyone is a fan of pie. If you’re willing to cater to those healthy guests of yours who aren’t pie fans, this recipe for raw, vegan, lemon cranberry cheesecake is a great option. It’s even perfect for your gluten-free guests!
Made with ingredients like fresh cranberries, raw agave, dates, cacao powder, and fresh lemon zest, it’s the ideal way to offer a little something different for dessert this holiday season.
- Get the full recipe from SkinnyMs here
There you have it. New ideas for holiday desserts that’ll wow all of your guests. Do you have any special recipes for gluten-free holiday pies or desserts? Please share them with us in the comments section below.
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