As someone who is gluten, soy & peanut free due to a lot of unfortunately food allergies, the joy of Christmas can be more like the torture of Christmas. But never fear, there is a way to survive the holidays and still indulge in lots of yummy treats!
“We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup.”
-Buddy the Elf
So I can’t quite stick to those food groups (especially since I’m allergic to whatever’s in candy canes) but I do have four rules in my gluten free holiday survival guide to help make things easier!
1 – ARM YOURSELF WITH GLUTEN FREE FLOWER
This is a lifesaver. I make use the same old cookie recipe on the bag of the M&Ms bag like everyone else, but they’re gluten free and absolutely delicious! I thought that I was going to be sentenced to a life of combining four different flowers to make a complicated batch of cookies but if you buy the right flour, you can just substitute it 1:1 for regular flower in any recipe! I use the flour blend from Namaste, it’s the best one I’ve used so far and you can find it at Costco. So far I’ve mad M&M cookies, brownies, and cream cheese cookies and I’ve no complaints!
2 – MAKE YOUR OWN CHOCOLATE CANDIES
Unfortunately I can’t eat most chocolate candies since I’m allergic to soybeans so I’ve turned to making my own! I buy unsweetened baker’s chocolate, melt it in a double boiler, add some sugar, canola oil and heavy cream and then pour into silicon ice cube trays. I love doing this because I can add whatever I like to it! My favorite variation is to cover the tops of them in pomegranate seeds or a layer of white chocolate and then pop them into the freezer for a few hours for a delicious festive snack.
3 – DINNER ROLLS ARE A MUST
The biggest thing I miss about a holiday dinner is the bread! So whether you’re hosting Christmas dinner at home or traveling somewhere else, be sure to stop at a Whole Foods for a bag of Udi’s Gluten Free Dinner Rolls. They can go straight from the freezer to the oven and are no trouble at all.
4 – IF ALL ELSE FAILS, MAKE A NEW FOOD GROUP: WINE
Seriously. Grab a glass or four and call it a party. Just make sure you remember not to touch the gluten free holiday goodies!
Enjoy and happy holidays xx