Winter Holidays: Celebrating Gluten-Free

Gluten free chocolate gingerbread
Celebrating gluten-free in style.

Looking for inspiration and recipes for your gluten-free Christmas breakfast? Winter solstice brunch with friends? Vegan Hanukkah guests? A romantic New Year's Eve? Some simple winter comfort food?

Here is my collection of holiday favorites. Browse gluten-free recipes (most are dairy-free as well) and create your own winter holiday menu. Celebrate gluten-freestyle.

With love.

A Mid-Winter's Menu

Brunch and Breakfast

Apple Cake with Cranberries
Applesauce Crumb Cake
Cranberry Banana Smoothie
Eggs Diablo on Soft Polenta
Gold Potato Frittata
Maple Apple Sausage Patties
Pumpkin Bread with Walnuts 
Pumpkin Donuts (baked, cinnamon-sugared)
Pumpkin Scones with Maple Nutmeg Icing
Pumpkin Waffles
Roasted Vegetable Cheddar Quiche
Ruby Applesauce
Smoked Salmon & Spinach Goat Cheese Strata
Sweet Potato Coffee Cake

Bread and Muffins

Banana Nut Bread
Chocolate Gingerbread
Cranberry Bread
English Muffins
Gluten-Free Ryeless "Rye" Bread
Pueblo Bread with Green Chiles 
Pumpkin Bread with Walnuts
Pumpkin Pie Bread
Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel Topping
Quinoa Breakfast Brownies
Skillet Cornbread with Green Chiles
Sour Cream Blueberry Muffins
Sweet Potato Cornbread
Whole Grain Olive Bread

A Holiday Lunch

Baked Cheddar Pasta
Best Vegan Mac and Cheese
Brown Sugar Turkey Meatloaf
Cranberry Buffalo Roast Stew
Garlicky Shrimp & Spinach Bake with Mozzarella
Mediterranean Pasta Frittata with Goat Cheese
Pineapple Salmon Brown Rice Bake with Green Chiles
Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Cranberries
Roasted Acorn Squash Risotto
Roasted Vegetable Chowder
Sweet Potato Latkes with Ruby Applesauce
Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

Appetizers & Bites

Crispy Latkes and Cinnamon Applesauce
Crispy Potato Sticks with Roasted Tomato Salsa
Hummus Tahini with Spiced Oil
Pecan CrackersRoasted Eggplant Tapenade
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Vegan Hot Artichoke Dip
Winter Pesto

Slow Cooker Comfort

Coconut Chick Pea Soup
Beef in Pomegranate Sauce
Butternut Chili
Cranberry Buffalo Roast Stew with Potatoes
Pork Roast in Apricot Mushroom Sauce
Sweet Potato Soup

Buffet & Pot Luck Dishes

Cozy Beef Rice Bake with Mushrooms and Cranberries
Horseradish Spiked Red Potato Salad- Serve Warm
Jazzed Up Turkey Tetrazzini
Pinon Rice Bake with Artichokes and Goat Cheese
Roasted Vegetable Noodle Kugel
Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas
Garlicky Shrimp & Spinach Bake
Turkey and Sweet Potato Enchiladas
Turkey Meatballs in an Asian-style Sauce

Dinner Is Served

Baked Chicken Mediterranean with Peppers
Beef and Potatoes au Chocolat
Beef in Pomegranate Sauce
Italian Meatballs
Lasagna Vegetariana
Maple Roasted Acorn Squash with Curried Apple & Cranberry Cornbread Stuffing
Pumpkin-Sweet Potato Soup
Pomegranate Glazed Green Beans & Portobellos
Roasted Acorn Squash Risotto
Savory Roasted Winter Vegetable Ragout with Shaved Parmesan
Stuffed Cabbage with Roasted Sweet Potato & Quinoa


Anise Biscotti
Apple Crisp (with Quinoa Flakes)
Apple & Pear Crisp
Apple Cake with Cranberries
Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Biscotti- low sugar
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Cupcakes with Coffee Icing
Chocolate Layer Cake
Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Chocolate Quinoa Brownies
Coconut Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
Coconut Chocolate Nirvana Bars
Coconut Layer Cake
Cranberry Crumble
Dark Chocolate Brownies
Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Lemon Almond Yogurt Cake
Lemon-Iced Ginger Thins
Maple Frosted Pumpkin Cake
Mexican Chocolate Cake
Orange Creme Cupcakes
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Pumpkin Cheesecake


  1. My oh my, what a menu!! Lovely!!

  2. Anonymous11:23

    Wow !!! If this doesn't prove you're a goddess, I don't know what does... Awesome.

  3. Pork roast and warm potato salad were on my menu for this week anyway! I think I might also take a stab at the pumpkin sweet potato soup as well. Thank you for all of the inpiration you provide us with.

  4. Happy Christmas e happy new year 2009

  5. Your holiday menu is such an inspiration. I served the pomegranate beef to my guests for Christmas dinner, and it was a stunner.

    Thanks, and happy holidays!

  6. You are such a treasure of a resource, Karina. I'm not even GF but have bookmarked this page for easy reference for these awesome recipes.

  7. I don't think I could of ever thought to make such a huge menu of food. Love the variety of options you've given. Now just if I could make all of these and eat them all without feeling over full.

    Thanks for the MANY options! Going to have to get cooking if I expect to try them all.

    Christine Medifast

  8. Anonymous13:08

    Thanks Karina for this wonderful inspiration. I'm planning my first gluten-free Christmas. Nervous! But also excited. You've given me lots to choose from. I know that I'm definitely making one of your soups and the flourless chocolate cake. Have a lovely holiday with your family. Much appreciation and gratitude, Claire

  9. FANTASTIC menu options!

  10. I am looking for a bread recipe to make sandwiches with that's similar to a Country French, Publix (here in GA) makes an Italian Sandwich Bread that's great, and afordable, and I'd like to make something similar but so far everything is too sweet. It has to be gluten (including no quinoa, millet, amaranth or anything that has similar protein chains to wheat), dairy and soy free. I can use goat & sheep milk products (cheeses, milk, butter). Thank you anyone who has a great bread recipe! Tina (

  11. Looks SO amazingly good!


  12. Karina - from one gluten free blogger to another, please accept my thanks and gratitude. You truly pave the way and help all of us realize the importance of providing resources for those looking to lead a gluten free lifestyle. Once again, you put together a fantastic menu, with a mind-blowing array of options. Thank you!!!


  13. Anonymous11:34

    I am newly gluten,corn,soy,cocoa,milk,banana,acid food intolerant and I appreciate your humor,knowledge,passion and recipes.Your posts are complete and beautiful and you are a Goddess.I am unfortunately not good in the kitchen,so I like easy recipes. God Bless you Karina and Merry Christmas.

  14. Anonymous18:20

    Hi Karina,
    Just wanted to let you know I saw the movie "The Canyon" the other night, and really liked it!!You must be very proud of your son's accomplishment.

  15. Gluten free love!!!:) I can't thank you for all the inspiration!

    My blog's gluten free too. :)

  16. The Canyon was written by my husband Steve, actually. And yes, I'm proud of him! :-)

    Thanks everyone for all the lovely feedback above.



  17. Hi Karina, that cranberry apple cake is coming to a holiday brunch with me, for sure! Did you see that "celiac" was the 2nd most frequent search on Google today? Probably because so many non-celiacs love your recipes, too!

  18. OMG! What delicious-sounding dishes you have listed for us. I'd love to eat at your house. ;-))))

    Happy Holidays!


  19. Anonymous11:47

    Lovely! Thank you!

  20. Anonymous20:25

    Thank you for all the wonderful, inspirational recipes! I appreciate greatly the ability to make things that can still excite my taste buds and best of all "I" can actually EAT these things and not just remember how good they tasted. Being Gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, corn-free and many other things -free, it's such a blessing to be able to experience lovely foods again. Warm blessings in love and light-

  21. Hello Karina.. my name is Karen,,and Im very happy that I ran accross your blog,, I was diagnoised with colitis about 11 yrs ago and have been trying to avoid going on a gluten free diet,,but it is looking like it will be i have been searching for answers and recipes via internet and blogs.. I can see that this is gonna be a real challenge,,but with Gods help and the sources out there,, here we go....

  22. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year Karina - I really hope your recent move will be all that you hoped for.

  23. Oh wow, that chocolate gingerbread looks AMAZING!!!


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