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5 Gluten-Free Holiday Treats That Don’t S#ck

5 Gluten-Free Holiday Treats That Don’t S#ck


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For those who are gluten-free, big family gatherings can pose some serious challenges, and this is especially true around the holidays, when Christmas cookies, stuffing, and other tempting gluten-filled foods lurk around every corner. Thankfully, there are plenty of gluten-free holiday treats out there, and these are five of our favorite.


Gluten Free Palace is a wonderland of gluten-free foods, and their Christmas section is awesome. There are cookies in shapes like Santa, reindeer, and gingerbread houses, as well as ample gift boxes.


Made by Northern California’s Galaxy Desserts, these delicious cakes are all-natural and just need a few minutes in the oven to warm up.


From Williams-Sonoma, these treats are made with flour from Cup4Cup, which was developed by chef Thomas Keller. The package includes yuzu cranberry pound cake, chocolate cupcakes, ginger spice financiers, gingerbread cookies, matcha shortbread cookies, and kinako chocolate chunk cookies. Here are all of Williams-Sonoma’s gluten-free selections.


The most classic of Christmas desserts, this British dessert from Marks & Spencer is filled with fruits, cider, rum, and sherry, and is gluten-free.

Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Candy Cane Joe Joe’s


Available at every Trader Joe’s, these resemble Oreos whose vanilla filling is studded with candy canes, and now they’re available gluten-free.


5 Cookie Recipes You Won’t Believe Are Gluten Free

When it comes to desserts, cookies are a treat that no one should be deprived of. However, when you have gluten intolerance, it can become hard to find gluten free cookie recipes that meet your dietary needs. Nowadays, flours like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour can be substituted in recipes for standard flour, making all kinds of cookies available to you. Plus, there are plenty of cookie recipes that don't call for flour at all. Meaning never again will you have to enjoy a movie night without a cookie and milk by your side.

Because we know how incredibly delicious gluten-free cookies can truly be we’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up five of the sweetest, most mouth-watering recipes that will have you turning your oven on in seconds.

Always remember that when making gluten-free treats you should read labels and recipes carefully, ensuring that the ingredients meet your dietary needs!


23 Supremely Delicious Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

Whether you're gluten intolerant or choose to avoid gluten for other health reasons, dessert can be difficult: Most homemade cakes and cookies are made with wheat flour, and the same can be said of store-bought desserts. But if you want to bake without gluten, we have delicious dessert recipes such as the Dark Chocolate-Walnut Date Bar, pictured here.

Baking without gluten can mean using gluten-free flour, which works wonderfully in everything from sumptuous fudge brownies and a full-bodied spiced pumpkin pie to our favorite two-bite chocolate cupcakes. You can also bake gluten-free desserts by using almond flour or almond meal in place of wheat flour. Some recipes even combine different ingredients to create a version of gluten-free flour. Concerned that gluten-free baked goods won't be as fluffy as those with gluten? Don't be because our recipes have been tested and proven to work.

When you need a quick gluten-free dessert for a party or potluck, our go-to ideas include ice cream, fresh fruit and whipped cream, and other fruit-filled sweets. And if you're just here in search of a gluten-free chocolate-chip cookie recipe, well we've got that covered, too. Best of all, it's made with just five ingredients and can be made in one bowl!

If you're baking these treats for yourself or for friends or loved ones, you'll find the following gluten-free recipes to be just as straightforward and attainable as our other triple-tested dessert recipes. Any baker will enjoy adding these 23 gluten-free recipes to their arsenal for delightful sweet treats all year long.


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Why make your own gluten free dog treats at all?

Meet my dogs .

I have 3 dogs. They’re all rescues, and their names are Ralphie (the little guy in the photo just above), Friday (the black dog in the photo below), and Gracie (in the video she was on a field trip the day I took the still photos!). Since I work from home, they are my only coworkers, my mostly companions. My heart.

They are not well-trained. They are extremely food-motivated, especially since there are so many of them so they know if they don’t eat something, someone else will. They are sweet (mostly) and loving (always) and my house never smells bad because I’d rather die.

When we do and don’t treat our dogs

We don’t give them many treats, because I’m neurotic about making them fat. That is never a word that I would use to discuss anyone else in my house, for better or for worse.

I grew up with an unhealthy relationship with food and I have two daughters who are perfect whatever their bodies look like. “Fat” is not a word we like to use at all. But my veterinarian tells me what my dogs’ healthy weights should be, and I consider it my responsibility to keep them healthy.

My husband’s new office is dog-friendly, so he’s been bringing the dogs to work one at a time. They take the commuter train, sleep on a very fluffy bed his coworker bought for them, and they get some treats. They’re in heaven.

If my dogs are going to get treats, I’d much rather know exactly what is in them and make sure they’re all healthy ingredients. No binders, no additives, no colors. Just pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, and bean flour.

Plus, they get really excited when they can smell that their homemade goodies are baking in the oven. And I think that these homemade dog treats make a great host gift for the holidays when your host has a dog. I challenge you to find a cheaper, higher impact, lower cost gift! ?

I make gluten free treats specifically because my whole house is gluten free, and so are my dogs. They lick us all, including my gluten free son, and I never wanted to hinder my son’s relationship with his pets.

How do I know that these dog treats taste good to dogs?

I have 3 dogs and they will all eat anything. Because there are 3 of them, and if you don’t eat it, someone else will.

When I had one dog (Friday, the big black dog), he would turn up his nose at bananas, even though he’s a big food-lover. Ever since we got dog #2 (Gracie, the dog from the video), Friday will kill you for a banana. You get the idea. So how do I know that these aren’t the bananas (for Friday) of dog treats?

First of all, my husband (bless) and my youngest (double bless) tried these treats and pronounce them “fine,” (HIGH PRAISE FOR A HUMAN EATING A DOG TREAT). Sit with that for a minute.

Second, my lovely neighbor’s dog Rosie is an only dog and she doesn’t really like treats except for one brand (Greenies). Rosie will not touch a Milkbone. But she ate these crunchy gluten free dog treats hungrily and then she begged for more.

They’re good. And they’d make a great holiday hostess gift for anyone with a dog. Also, one of my 2 cats loves them. The other couldn’t care less, so do with that what you will…

Is gluten free flour safe for dogs?

According to the American Kennel Club, whole grains, peanuts, pumpkin, and eggs are all good for your pup. Simple carbs like white rice aren’t bad for your dog, but they’re also not good for him.

You could almost certainly make these treats with one of our rice-based all purpose gluten free flour blends, but I’d really recommend against it. Those flour blends aren’t nutritious, which is fine as a sometime-food for humans.

This whole blog is packed with tons of sometime foods, and I make no apologies for it! But I don’t like to feed things like that to my dogs, since they are just as happy with something that is good for them. And feeding them well is my responsibility alone.

Using a gluten free bean flour blend in these treats

When I first started out in 2004, I made my own bean flour blend with a recipe from Bette Hagman, the Gluten Free Gourmet, the very first gluten free baking pioneer. I was so grateful that I could make anything at all. When I found Bob’s Red Mill bean flour blend, now sold as its gluten free all-purpose baking flour, I hit the jackpot since I didn’t have to blend my own.

When I first learned the wonders of baking with rice-based all purpose gluten free flour blends way back in 2005, I vowed never to go back to baking with bean flour-based blends. They’re healthful, but they don’t taste or even smell good during baking.

But since my dogs don’t mind at all, and the bean flour blend is cheap and healthy for them, I buy it whenever I’m baking for them. The ingredients are:

  • garbanzo bean flour
  • potato starch
  • tapioca flour
  • whole grain sorghum flour
  • fava bean flour

I’ve searched high and low (online and offline) and I can’t find the bean flour blend ratio that I used back then. I’m fairly certain it contained garfava flour (a blend of garbanzo and fava beans), sorghum flour, and potato starch, but I don’t remember any more than that. And I’ve long since given away all of Bette Hagman’s cookbooks.

Bob’s Red Mill bean flour blend is readily available in the U.S. in nearly every larger grocery store and natural food store. I’ve found it on the shelves in nearly every city I’ve ever visited (yes, I look just out of curiosity). If you’re outside the U.S., I imagine there’s another brand of bean flour-based blend that you can use?


33 Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes You'll Actually Want To Eat

Even though you don’t necessarily taste it, flour is the foundation of most desserts we love. Cookies, pies, cakes and brownies are all loaded with the wheat-y, glutinous powder.

Whether you have celiac disease, a gluten intolerance or are just cutting gluten out of your diet, the baked goods you eat on a gluten-free diet will likely need a major overhaul. And because the definition of gluten is so incredibly specific, it’s not always easy to know what you can and can’t eat.

The Celiac Foundation defines gluten this way:

Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat (wheatberries, durum, emmer, semolina, spelt, farina, farro graham, kamut khorasan wheat and einkorn), rye, barley and triticale ― a cross between wheat and rye. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. Gluten can be found in many types of foods, even ones that would not be expected.

You can see why people might find it daunting to navigate a gluten-free diet.

But thanks to years of recipe development, it’s all getting easier. Coconut flour, oat flour, rice flour, almond flour and others can be used as substitutes, not to mention gluten-free flour blends like Cup4Cup, which is a 1:1 substitution for all-purpose flour that works in almost any recipe.

Below are tried-and-true recipes from bloggers who’ve mastered making gluten-free desserts. We were extra picky in our selection, because we want to spare you the disappointment of biting into a gluten-free brownie that tastes like it’s made of paper towels. We’ve done it, and we love you too much for that.


13 Gluten-Free Christmas Cookie Recipes to Bake for Your Holiday Celebration

Christmas is just around the corner, which means that it's all about cookies in every shape, size, and flavor. Here are more than a dozen delicious gluten-free Christmas cookie recipes to enjoy during the holiday season. Some of these recipes, like Basic French Macarons and Chocolate-Chestnut Meringues, use a flour alternative, such as almond flour or chestnut flour, to add body to the cookie dough. Others, like Flourless Peanut-Chocolate Cookies, don't use any flour at all. If fact, they taste fudgy, moist, and sweeter than ever.

While many of our gluten-free cookie recipes are designed for the holiday season&mdashthe Mini Peppermint-Meringue Cups with Ganache pictured here are the perfect example!&mdashthey are delicious all year long. Cut gluten-free sugar cookies into any shape you please depending on the time of year and decorate with icing and sprinkles for the occasion. For example, these Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies can be shaped into stars for the holidays or cut into hearts and decorated with red icing for Valentine's Day.

If you can't decide between baking coconut macarons or traditional French macarons, these flourless, nut-free Macaroon Sandwich Cookies are a winner. Mini mounds of coconut are flattened and baked in the oven, then filled with jam (use any flavor that you like such as raspberry or apricot).

Whether you're celiac, gluten-intolerant, or just want to try a new recipe this holiday season, these gluten-free cookie recipes are sure to help you spread the Christmas cheer.


Pumpkin Pie Squares with Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust by Oh She Glows

No matter how you slice them, these pumpkin pie squares are a delicious gluten-free, vegan spin on a traditional pumpkin pie. The home-made graham cracker crust is topped with a fluffy, creamy pumpkin layer that makes for the perfect holiday indulgence. (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, soy-free)


Food Ingredients to Avoid if You Have Ulcerative Colitis

People experiencing a UC flare-up should avoid foods that may worsen symptoms. A flare-up may cause frequent bowel movements, diarrhea, bloody stool, and stomach pain, as well as fatigue, loss of appetite, and weight loss.

“Limiting sugar is especially important during a time of active diarrhea, as sugar can make this worse,” says Kennedy. “I’d recommend avoiding added sugars at all costs, and switching to unsweetened applesauce instead.”

If you’re thinking about using artificial sweeteners, that may not be such a wise choice, either.

“Artificial sweeteners are controversial, with some people feeling that they could possibly be a trigger food for those with IBD,” Kennedy explains. “It would be a personal choice to include them in a colitis-friendly diet.”

Although the evidence is thin, some research, including an article published in April 2012 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, points to the use of saccharin and sucralose as culprits in suppressing the good bacteria in the gut, causing a disruption that could lead to IBD.

People with UC may also be more sensitive to gluten, a protein that’s found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley. The symptoms of a gluten intolerance include bloating and diarrhea.

There isn’t an ideal frequency for indulging in sweets, but moderation is key. When you’re not dealing with a flare, Kennedy says you may be able to indulge a little, but the main goal is to try to limit the chances of triggering UC symptoms.

“If it just won’t be Thanksgiving without a slice of grandma’s apple pie, then just have a small slice and skip the ice cream,” she says.

And if you need to satisfy that craving for sweets, try one of these UC-friendly dessert recipes:


RICE KRISPIE TREATS VARIATIONS

Get creative with mix-ins or make themed treats for holidays. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • For a holiday variation try these Christmas Rice Krispies Treats with white chocolate and peppermint
  • Dip in chocolate &ndash Melt chocolate chips or candy melts in the microwave or over a double broiler. Once the treats are set, dip part or all of the treat in the chocolate and let dry.
  • Peanut butter &ndash Stir half a cup of peanut butter into the melted marshmallows before adding the cereal.
  • Fruity or Cocoa Pebbles &ndash Surprisingly, these cereals are also gluten free! Replace part or all of the crispy rice cereal with one of these for different flavored treats.
  • Make lollipops &ndash Instead of making squares, form the treat mixture into shapes around lollipop sticks. Then, lay them on a sheet of wax paper until they are set.

If you love these gluten-free rice krispies treats as much as we do leave me a comment/rating below. I&rsquod also be happy to help with any questions. Happy Cooking!

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