You love to cook and bake, especially around the holidays. But you’re on a gluten-free diet, and all of your favorite recipes are full of white flour and refined sugar. Before you hang up your apron and sell your stand mixer, read on!
Gluten-free flours can be found at your local grocery store or online—and there are plenty of options to choose from. You can easily swap regular flour for gluten-free flour blends, or try new recipes that accommodate your dietary restrictions.
In other words, being on a limited diet, isn’t really all that limiting. So let’s turn on the oven and get started!
Gluten-Free Flours and Holiday Recipes
Whether you have a gluten allergy, or just want to avoid it for health reasons, there are lots of festive desserts you can whip up. Here’s my go-to list of gluten-free flours and holidays recipes:
Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour is the best alternative if you simply want to swap regular baking flour for gluten-free flour. Gluten-free flour blends provide the right consistency and structure for your cookies and desserts. And buying a pre-made mix makes baking even easier. Just read the ingredient list to ensure it suits all of your allergy requirements. [https://www.bobsredmill.com/gluten-free-1-to-1-baking-flour.html#nutritional-info]
Up for blending your own flour? Check out this recipe for Gingerbread Men using a homemade gluten-free baking/pancake mix. It’s the perfect Saturday afternoon project!
Coconut flour is a good source of protein, fiber, and high-quality fats. It’s way more absorbent than regular flour, so it can be difficult to use as a substitute for white flour. Instead, look for baking recipes that feature coconut flour to start with (no swapping or adjustments required!).
Have holiday guests coming to town? Serve these Paleo Chocolate Chip Scones made from coconut flour for a sweet and indulgent breakfast or snack.
Almond flour is incredibly versatile—and you can even make your own by grinding blanched almonds. I like to use almond flour as a substitute for breadcrumbs in savory dishes like almond-crusted chicken fingers and Paleo stuffing.
If you’re craving a traditional but healthy sugar cookie, check out this recipe for Almond Flour Frosted Sugar Cookies (minus the white flour and refined sugar)!
What’s your favorite holiday recipe? Comment below and let me know what gluten-free Christmas cookies and holiday recipes you’re baking this season. Plus, follow @OfficialChefT on Instagram for more pro tips on how to Eat with a Purpose.