These easy gluten-free desserts will let you enjoy the holiday festivities minus the guilt.
5 Yummy Gluten-Free Desserts to Prepare for Christmas
1. Gluten-Free Buckwheat Gingerbread Cookies
- 2 1/4 cups buckwheat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 Tbsp finely grated ginger
- 1/3 cup of buckwheat honey
Step 1: Make the dough
Sift the buckwheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves, salt, and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Beat the butter in a bowl using an electric mixer at medium speed. Once it turns creamy, add sugar and beat for another three minutes or until the mixture turns fluffy.
Beat one egg, ginger, honey, and the dry flour mixture until well-combined. Transfer the dough to a 6-inch round bowl and pat it.
Wrap the bowl with plastic, put it in the fridge, and leave for four hours or overnight.
Step 2: Preheat the oven
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place a parchment paper in two baking sheets.
Step 3: Divide the dough
Lightly flour a work surface and place the dough on it. Divide the dough into six equal parts.
Slightly wet your hands and turn every piece into a 6-inch-long log. Put three logs per baking sheet, arranging them three inches apart.
Step 4: Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes
Beat the remaining egg in a small bowl and use it for brushing the logs. Put the baking sheet in the oven and leave it to bake for 12-15 minutes.
Once the logs have turned springy, transfer them to a rack and allow them to completely cool.
Step 5: Serve
Slice the logs into 1/2-inch thick diagonal cookies before serving.
2. Vanilla Torte with Raspberry Filling
- 2 cups blanched almond flour
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 3/4 cups agave nectar
- 1/2 cup raspberry jam
- 10 eggs
- Vegan chocolate frosting
Step 1: Make the batter
Combine the almond and coconut flour with salt in a medium bowl, then set aside. Whisk the eggs, vanilla, and agave in a separate bowl.
Next, whisk in the flour mixture into the egg mixture. Get three 9-inch cake pans and line each with parchment paper at the bottom.
Evenly divide the cake batter among the three pans.
Step 2: Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes
Put the pans inside the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350°F. Remove the cake from the oven once it turns golden brown.
You can also check if the cake is ready by inserting a toothpick into the center. If the toothpick comes out clean, it means the cake is good to go.
Allow the cake to cool for at least an hour.
Step 3: Layer it
Loosen the cake from the pan by running a knife around it. Remove the cake from the pan, and take off the parchment paper.
Put the bottom layer on a cake plate and spread the raspberry jam. Put the next layer on top and spread it with the jam as well.
Place the top layer and finish it all off with the chocolate frosting before serving.
3. Cranberry Bars
- 6 cups fresh cranberries
- 1 cup raw pecans
- 5 pitted dates
- 1 cup agave nectar
- 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil
- 1/4 tsp Celtic sea salt
- 1 Tbsp orange zest
Step 1: Pulse the ingredients
Pulse the dates and pecans in a food processor until coarsely ground. Add the oil and salt and pulse the ingredients until they form a ball.
Step 2: Bake the crust
Grease an 8×8 baking dish and press the crust into it. Put the dish in the oven and bake for 8-12 minutes or until the crust turns light brown.
Then, set aside.
Step 3: Make the cranberry topping
Put four cups of cranberries, orange zest, and agave in a pot. Boil the mixture over low heat.
Then, cover it and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the cranberries begin to dissolve. Throw in the remaining cranberries.
Cover the pot and cook for five more minutes.
Step 4: Serve!
Remove the pot from heat and allow the mixture to cool for 10 minutes. Get the pecan crust and pour the mixture over it.
Allow the bars to set for 1-1 1/2 hour before serving.
4. Chocolate-Walnut Cookies
- 1 cup walnut halves
- 3 cups of confectioner’s sugar
- 4 large egg whites
- 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup plus 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/3 tsp salt
Step 1: Preheat the oven
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place one rack at the upper third of the oven and another one at the lower third.
Put a parchment paper on two large rimmed baking sheets.
Step 2: Toast the walnuts
Spread the walnut halves on a large baking sheet. Put in the oven and toast for nine minutes or until they turn golden and fragrant.
Allow the walnut halves to slightly cool. Then, chop them finely.
Step 3: Prepare the batter
Whisk confectioner’s sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and chopped walnuts in a large bowl. Add the egg whites and the vanilla extract.
Beat until the batter turns moist. Spoon the batter and spread it equally onto the baking sheets.
Step 4: Bake at 350 for 20 minutes
Bake for 20 minutes or until the cookie tops become lightly cracked, glossy, and firm to the touch.
Step 5: Serve
Allow the cookies to completely cool before serving.
5. Peppermint Bark
- 24 hard peppermint candies
- 1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Step 1: Melt the chocolate chips
Place the white chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl and microwave on medium-high for a minute or until they are melted and smooth.
Step 2: Add the peppermint candies
Put the peppermint candies in a plastic bag. Smash them until crushed.
Hold a strainer over the bowl of melted chocolate chips. Pour the crushed peppermint candies into the strainer.
Make sure to stir the mixture well.
Step 3: Serve!
Spread the mixture on the baking sheet to your desired thickness. Let the mixture stand for an hour or until it becomes firm.
Break it into bite-sized pieces before serving.
The desserts won’t leave you feeling guilty. Try out these easy gluten-free desserts for your Christmas dinner!
You can also try these recipes in making gluten-free Thanksgiving desserts. In a nutshell, you can still enjoy the holiday festivities even if you are allergic to gluten, provided you have the right recipes.
Remember, though, to still be cautious about the other ingredients included in many other holiday recipes. If you are uncertain about a particular ingredient, ask your doctor about it, especially if you have a medical condition.
Make your holiday dinner extra healthy by including taking natural supplements in your plans.
What are your best gluten-free dessert recipes for Christmas? We’d love to hear about your thoughts in the comments section below!
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