There are many holiday treats that can be made naturally gluten free and there are those that need to be adapted. These sweet holiday recipes are ones that I have adapted because my kids love them!
My son can clear a whole plate of pancakes in seconds. He is a pancake vacuum. He has been since before his celiac disease diagnosis, so I had to find a way to continue to make pancakes for him.
Pancakes can be an easy breakfast for Christmas morning. Make them the day before or several days ahead and freeze and just reheat in the toaster, toaster oven or regular oven. This recipe for Whole Wheat Buttermilk pancakes from Cooking Light has been my go to pancake recipe for years. I have adapted it to be gluten free and change the flavoring according to season. So for Christmas it is Gingerbread pancakes!
1 1/2 cups of Cup4Cup GF flour (substitute your favorite flour)
4 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
1 1/2 cups milk + 1 Tablespoon white vinegar (or 1 1/2 cups buttermilk)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 1/2 Tablespoons molasses
Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix wet ingredients together in another bowl that is easy to pour. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Let it rest for about 10 minutes. Cook on a griddle set at 375 degrees or a pan on medium high heat.
I serve it with maple syrup. You can add come whipped cream and strawberries to make it a festive holiday breakfast.
Now if that isn’t enough sweetness for you, here is another holiday treat idea. I have been making these pretzel kiss sandwiches for years! Even BGF (Before Gluten Free). I first got the idea from Cookies and Cups. A minor substitution is all it takes to make this treat safe for you, your family or friends who have celiac disease. Use gluten free pretzels. That is it. Hershey kisses (plain milk chocolate) are gluten free.
Pretzel Kiss Sandwiches
1-8 ounce bag of Snyders Gluten Free Mini Pretzels (need about 160 pretzels)
2 – 12 ounce bags of Hershey Kisses (won’t need all the kisses, but probably about 80)
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Place parchment paper on 2 cookie sheets. Unwrap about 80 Hershey Kisses. Lay out one layer of pretzels on each cookie sheet and place a Hershey Kiss on top of them. Place in oven for 2 minutes. Take out and let rest for 1 minute then top each with another pretzel. Allow to cool. Keep in an airtight container.
Tomorrow I’ll continue with some savory dishes for your holiday parties! Here are some other sweet ideas: