Looking for gluten and dairy free recipes for the holidays?
It seems that many of our friends and family are now choosing to be gluten and / or dairy free.
This can be tricky during the holidays so I have put together some alternative ingredients and some gluten and dairy free recipes. Most of these are Paleo, so actually grain, dairy, bean and sugar free (and still Delicious!)
Of course, should you wish to cheat with the gluten it is possible to take specific enzymes, available from most health food stores, to reduce the reactions you may have.
Gluten and Dairy Alternatives
There are now many alternatives for the standard ingredients used in recipes. It is often possible to simply switch them over. It is good to try different products to work out what you like.
Many of these products are available in grocery stores such as Loblaws and Independent where they may be found in the natural / organic section, and in health food stores.
Alternative Milk Products:
Soy is now considered by many to not be a great food – it contains phyto-estrogen which has been linked to various health concerns including adversely affecting your thyroid.
An article on Web MD
An article by Dr Axe
So what do you choose instead?
Milk: a wide variety of cartons – coconut, almond, hemp, rice, pea etc.
Butter and oil: coconut (great for frying and baking), olive, avocado, flax, hemp, sesame etc
Cheese: Deiya cheese is tapioca based, cashew or rice based cheeses
Cream in cooking: Coconut milk or cream (organic tins are best), or cauliflower puree
Yoghurt: coconut yoghurt
Ice cream: coconut and rice ice cream
Wheat, gluten and corn
Many gluten free options contain corn instead. Most corn is now GMO, in addition to which many of us do not digest corn well. You may feel better using other alternatives.
Flours: Oat, buckwheat, arrowroot, sorghum, potato, arrowroot, rice, coconut, almond etc
Gluten and Dairy Free Recipes For The Holidays
I hope you enjoy the following recipe ideas. There is a link to the original source for each one. The linked websites do provide many equally delicious recipes!
Stuffing – Savoury sage and sweet apple
Cornbread (grain free) for the stuffing
Christmas Pudding – Raw quick
Christmas Pudding – Steamed
Pumpkin Pie – a nice option for Boxing Day or New year!
3 ½ cups onion, diced
2 ½ cups celery, diced
1 cup apple, cored and diced
1/4 cup dates, chopped into small pieces (raisins or dried cranberries would also be good)
2 cups almond flour
2 teaspoons sage
2 teaspoons thyme
1/4 teaspoon marjoram
1/4 teaspoon rosemary
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, ghee or coconut oil
3 eggs, whisked
Preheat oven to 350F
Grease a medium-sized baking dish (If you’re using a cast iron skillet or pan that can go from stovetop to oven, skip this step
Add 2 tablespoons butter/ghee/coconut oil to a saucepan and warm over low/med heat.
Add onion, celery, apple and herbs and sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
In a large bowl, add almond flour and dates and mix. (Note: If you have a cast iron or pan that can go from stovetop to oven, you can just mix everything in the pan.)
Add the lightly beaten eggs to the bowl and mix well.
Add mixture to baking dish if using, or simply place the pan in the oven. Bake at 350F for 45 minutes for 1 hour
2 cups almond flour
3 tablespoons coconut flour
3 teaspoons baking powder or baking soda (make sure it’s grain-free )
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons coconut sugar (or 1 teaspoon honey)
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, ghee or coconut oil melted and cooled slightly
1 cup plain, whole coconut yogurt
2 medium jalapeños, minced (optional)
Shredded cheese (optional), Deiya cheese will work
1/2 yellow onion, minced
Preheat oven to 425°F and adjust rack to middle position of oven. Butter an 8 x 8-inch baking dish.
Whisk almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, sea salt, baking soda and coconut sugar together in a large mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, butter or coconut oil, and coconut yoghurt. Pour this mixture, jalapeños if using and onions into flour mixture and gently fold all ingredients together. Pour half of the cornbread batter into the baking dish and spread out evenly.
Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top if using, and then pour the remaining batter on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
1 set of turkey parts (neck, heart, liver, giblets)
1 tbsp butter or coconut oil (for browning)
1/2 onion, chopped
1 bay leaf
2-5 cups chicken or turkey broth – allow about 1/2 cup per person
turkey pan drippings and trimmings from carving
1/2 cup whole cream or coconut cream
salt and pepper to taste
3 tbsp potato or arrowroot starch
Melt the butter / coconut oil in a pot on medium heat.
Add the turkey parts and brown them for a few minutes. Next, add the chopped onion and simmer until the onions soften, about five more minutes. Add the broth and bay leaf, and bring it to a gentle boil; reduce the heat to low and let it simmer while the turkey cooks (at least two hours).
Once turkey is cooked and resting add any pan drippings to the broth. Use a fat separater to remove as much fat as possible. Return the broth to the pot, add chopped up turkey parts (optional). Bring the broth back to a gentle simmer as you carve the turkey.
Carve the turkey, chop up any leftover turkey trimmings and add to the broth, as well as the cream. Allow it to simmer for about five minutes, stirring often. Add salt and pepper to taste.
To thicken, mix the potato / arrowroot starch with a little water, and stir about half of it into the gravy. Simmer stirring continuously for a few minutes. If it isn’t thick enough, add more of the starch and let it simmer again.
When done – serve immediately.
2 tablespoons turkey fat from pan drippings, ghee or coconut oil
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 cups chopped cauliflower
1-2 cups chicken or turkey stock
several sprigs fresh thyme or other herbs
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Heat fat over medium heat in sauce pan. Add onions and cook until onions start to brown. Stir in cauliflower and thyme sprigs.
Measure pan drippings and add enough stock to equal 2 cups of liquid. Add pan drippings/stock mixture to pan with vegetables. Simmer until cauliflower is fork tender, about 10 minutes. Remove herb stems.
Place in a blender on high until smooth and creamy.
Return gravy to pan to reheat. Add more stock to thin to desired consistency, if needed.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve and enjoy
These are made into individual puddings. Ideal for family times. This recipe makes 8.
60g dried figs
2 tbsp orange zest
50g flaxseed meal
2 tbsp dried sour cherries
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
100g dried apricots
250g fresh dates, pitted
170ml almond meal / flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp allspice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ cup orange juice
1 tbsp coconut oil
100g raw organic cacao butter, chopped (available from health food stores)
100ml coconut cream
40g maple syrup, good quality
1. Line 8 x 5cm (2-inch) diameter moulds, 50ml capacity small cups or any other oven proof suitable containers with plastic wrap.
2. Combine all the ingredients, except for the orange juice and the coconut oil, in a food processor and blend until the mixture forms into a crumb-like consistency. Transfer to a large mixing bowl, add the orange juice and coconut oil. Knead the mixture until it comes together into a large ball.
3. Divide the pudding mix into 8 portions and pack into the moulds firmly. Refrigerate for 15 minutes to firm. Remove from the moulds, peel off the plastic wrap and place on a tray.
4. Make frosting – melt the cacao butter in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. Remove from the heat, thoroughly mix in the coconut cream and maple syrup. Cool at room temperature to thicken the frosting, stirring occasionally.
5. Spoon the frosting over the puddings and refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes or until the frosting is firm.
6. Decorate the puddings with some fresh raspberries and serve.
80g dried sour cherries or dried unsweetened cranberries, plus extra for garnish
30g raw almonds, roughly chopped
200g kombucha or freshly squeezed orange juice
zest of 1 orange
40g almond meal / flour
20g coconut flour
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp mixed spice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
55g coconut oil
40g apple, peeled & cored
1/4 tsp fine salt
1/4 tsp bicarb soda
Simmer dried fruit and almonds with kombucha or orange juice for 6 mins and set aside to cool.
Place orange zest, almond meal, coconut flour, spices, salt, soda, apple, eggs and coconut oil into a blender and mix. Scrape down sides of bowl.
Add soaked fruit and nuts into bowl and mix.
Scoop mixture into cupcake cups or small ramekins and place into a steamer, with lid on. Cups / ramekins should be about 3/4 full.
Steam for 25 mins.
Allow puddings to cool, covered, and store in fridge until needed.
Drizzle with Coconut Vanilla Custard, with a dried cranberry or sour cherry on top for decoration.
Paleo pie crust:
1 cup blanched almond flour
2 Tbsp coconut flour sifted
2/3 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup palm oil shortening cold, or grassfed butter, or a combination of both
1 Tbsp Maple Sugar or coconut sugar*
1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
15 oz can pumpkin puree
2/3 cup full fat coconut milk blended
6 Tbsp pure maple syrup or more if you’d like it sweeter
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
2 large eggs room temp
1 egg yolk room temp
(pumpkin pie spice: 1/4 cup ground cinnamon 4 teaspoons ground nutmeg 4 teaspoons ground ginger 1 tablespoon ground allspice)
Make the Crust:
Preheat oven to 375F.
In a food processor pulse all crust ingredients EXCEPT egg to create thick crumbs, then pulse/process in the egg until a dough forms.
Gather the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic, chill in the refrigerator at least 20 minutes prior use.
To get your dough into a 9in pie dish:
Either roll out dough into a circle between two sheets of parchment. Place pie dish upside-down over the dough, then using the bottom parchment paper, flip the dough into the dish. Press into the bottom and sides of the pie dish to fit. The dough will break easily, however it also repairs incredibly easily, just patch and pres into place as needed.
Or simply press evenly into pie dish using your hands. Be patient and refrigerate dough as needed to make it easier to work with**
Once in the pie dish, gently pierce the dough with a fork all over so it doesn’t puff up while baking.
Bake pie crust at 375F for 12-15 mins until bottom is set, remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
Make the Filling:
Whisk all ingredients together except eggs, then whisk in eggs and egg yolk 1 at a time, don’t over mix.
Pour filling into the baked crust, spreading it all around to seal edges. Cover top with aluminum foil and bake at 375F for 40-45 minutes or until centre is nearly set (still a bit jiggly) and crust is deep golden brown.
Allow to cool completely at room temperature to avoid excessive cracking of the filling.
Serve, or cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Serve topped with whipped coconut cream if desired.
*Coconut sugar will cause the crust to darken more than maple sugar
**Unlike a traditional gluten-containing crust, you can’t “overwork” the dough, so take your time as needed pressing it into the pie dish.