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20 Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Holiday Treats


It’s because I love you that I put this list together for you. It’s also my love for you that has me wanting to ensure you get through the holiday season indulging in the best kind of sweetness, without all the crappola. And so here I have a list of my favourite gluten-free and dairy-free holiday treats, some from me and some from some of my bestest health-cheerleading, culinary-nutrition-rockstar-living kitchen kings and queens.

Grain-Free Fruit Crumble


This recipe works with any seasonal fruit and has both grain-free and gluten-free options. This is always a HUGE winner and great for every occasion – you can even have this for a healthy breakfast.


Baked Apple Gingerbread Cake

Apple Gingerbread Cake

This cake is rich in spicy holiday flavours – spices that also add a super healthy dose of immune power. This is the perfect weekend afternoon cake to be served with a hot cup of tea.


Vegan + Paleo Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate cream pie


An ultra-luxurious chocolate pie recipe that has quickly become a reader favourite. You should see some of the swirls people have designed on the top – a beautiful yet simple dessert that will garner some ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ at the holiday table.


Chocolate Turtles

chocolate turle recipeI can’t get enough of these. For one, they are super simple to make and the caramel filling – made mostly with dates and a little almond butter – is actually mighty confusing. Confusing because it is so much like actual caramel. These are a must-try!


Gluten-Free Cookies and Cream Layer Cake

One of the ugliest but most delicious desserts I have EVER made.


Sticky Fig Pudding Cake

Sticky Fig Cake - Sticky Fig Pudding

A healthy re-make of a classic British/Aussie recipe that’s enjoyable for absolutely everyone. I highly recommend topping this with vanilla ice cream or coconut kefir.


Dairy-Free Maple Cream Custard

Dairy-Free Maple Cream Custard

An incredibly fueling recipe filled with healthy fats – I practically lived off of this one when my son was a newborn. There is absolutely nothing to feel guilty about in this recipe and it freezes easily for a fantastic make-ahead dessert. Freeze in little Mason jars, defrost and then top with fruit, cinnamon, chocolate sauce or just serve them plain.


Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chia Chocolate Pudding - Dairy-Free

This pudding recipe is not only delicious, but soothing for digestive health – and many of us need the digestive support during the holidays. Make it vegan by skipping the collagen protein!


Caramel Fudge Chocolate Bars

Caramel Fudge Bar

A triple-layered chocolate bar covered in chocolate. Plus it’s grain-free and Paleo. What more could you want in your holiday treats?


Anti-Inflammatory Ginger Cashew Cups

Anti-Inflammatory Ginger Cashew Cups

By Amanda Maguire via Academy of Culinary Nutrition

This is a very popular recipe on the Academy of Culinary Nutrition blog created by Culinary Nutrition Expert, Amanda Maguire – she has successfully made chocolate our favourite medicine of choice!


Gluten-Free Orange Almond Cake

Best Gluten-Free Holiday Desserts

By Maya Henry via Academy of Culinary Nutrition

A gluten-free and grain-free cake recipe that originally began as a New Year’s dessert and went on to be a family tradition for many occasions that need dessert!


Mini Gluten-Free Apple Galettes

Best Gluten-Free Holiday Treats

By Macy Diulus via Academy of Culinary Nutrition

These are basically little apple pies and they are super easy to make! Be sure to double or triple the recipe for a crowd because they will be snapped up quickly.


Molasses Spice Cookies

molasses-spice-cookies-gluten-free-rowby Elana Amsterdam of Elana’s Pantry

I’ve been a huge fan of Elana’s grain-free, super simple recipes since I began doing this work. Her entrées are some of the best out there, and her desserts? These I LOVE!


Vegan Golden Milk Ice Cream

Best Holiday Treats

by Sondi Bruner

Sondi is the queen of vegan and dairy-free ice cream. Her recipes are always very thoughtful, keeping a great balance of culinary nutrition and flavour. This gently spiced turmeric ice cream is a perfect example!


Black Bean Lava Cakes

Black Bean Lava Cake recipesby Davida Kugelmass of The Healthy Maven

If anyone were to ever believe that good-for-you, real-food desserts weren’t possible, that conversation would end right here with this decadent and absolutely beautiful creation by Davida. Her whole blog is pretty much rockstar awesome.


Vanilla-Rooibos Fig NewtonsVanilla Rooibos Fig Newtons

By Sarah Britton of My New Roots

Remember Fig Newtons? These are the delicious, healthified version from Sarah B over at My New Roots. Not only are they an upgrade in taste, but these yummy treats are infused with rooibos tea, which makes a great conversation starter at holiday parties!


Raw Hazelnut Chai Brownies

Raw Hazlenut Chai Brownies

By Green Kitchen Stories

Another tea-infused dessert? Yes, please! This time, we are talking the perfect marriage of chai and hazelnut from our friends over at Green Kitchen Stories.


Dark Chocolate Doughnut Holes

Chocolate Donut HolesBy Andrea from Barre3

Chocolate snow ball fight – eat this, Timmy’s! These healthy donut treats will be a winner around any table.


Coconut Black Rice Pudding


By Sarah Britton of My New Roots

This is NOT your Grandma’s rice pudding! It’s sweet and creamy and tastes like a tropical dream. No one will even suspect that the dessert is good for them.


Vegan Salted Bourbon Caramel Ice Cream


By Dana from The Minimalist Baker

Holiday booze, only better! Add some frostiness to your desserts as an extra special treat. Or better yet, make some extra cookies for Santa and whip up some ice cream sandwiches!


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10 responses to “20 Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Holiday Treats”

  1. Gena says:

    This is a lovely roundup, full of incredible talent, and I feel really lucky to be included! Happy holidays, Meghan!

  2. Davida @ The Healthy Maven says:

    Seriously awesome round-up! Thanks for including me and for the sweet shout-out :) You’re the best Meghan!

  3. Erin Harner says:

    Thanks for a great list of recipes Meghan! This is on my top 20 for sure:
    Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Truffles with Raspberries

  4. sjheathcote says:

    I bring these to share at holiday parties when I know I can’t eat any of the desserts. I’ve eaten them instead of pie at Thanksgiving. The topping is a must. They are beautiful with the topping and chopped pecans on top. Your list looks fabulous. I can’t wait to try some of them!!

  5. Leesa says:

    OMG Meghan – I don’t know which to try first!!! Kinda leaning toward the butternut squash brownie, though…

    One of my FAV gluten-free chocolate treats is Body Unburdened’s “Superfood Snack Bites”

  6. Anna says:

    Amazing Meghan! Here are the festive, chocolate treats I’ve been making variations of and eating for breakfast for about a month now.

  7. Christine // my natural kitchen says:

    This is a great list! I love checking out new-to-me blogs and this list had a few!
    I have some really delicious but healthy cookie recipes that I’ll be bringing along to get-togethers over the holidays this year, but my special dessert for Christmas will be this raw and vegan white chocolate cheesecake slice:

  8. Satkiana says:

    I can’t wait to try out the dark chocolate almond butter cups! And, my number 20 would be the ever so fabulous chocolate cream pie recipe from The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam: Mmmmmmmmm! Happy holidays everyone:)

  9. Claire says:

    Great list! All looks delicious! I also love mince pies this time of year.

  10. Cathy says:

    What a great list. My #20 would be the traditional Canadian Gluten-Free Maple Syrup Butter Tarts.

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