For many, after-dinner treats and desserts are the favorite part of the holiday meal experience. The pace has slowed, coffee and tea are being served, and holiday guests can find a comfortable spot to relax while enjoying a favorite dessert. If you happen to have a friend or family member who suffers from a food allergy, it can be a bit of a struggle making a favorite treat safe for them to enjoy. In an effort to take the stress out of reworking a recipe, here are a few holiday standards to choose from that range from vegan to lactose-, nut-, and gluten-free.
Coconut cream is a great place to start. It’s a good stand-in for heavy whipping cream and can be used in many recipes where whipped cream is called for. This recipe for coconut cream from minimalistbaker.com gives step by step instructions on how to whip up tasty cream and what to do if you mess it up a little. Another option is a newer product called Ripple. It is a nut-free, vegan, milk alternative made from pea protein. It tastes great and the Ripple creamer is great for coffee.
Crazy Good, Vegan, Gluten-Free Carrot Cake (Nut-Free)
This recipe is what’s called “crazy good!” Carrot cake is loved by many and is full of great fall flavors. This recipe comes from Allergylicious.com and has all of the flavor and taste of the cake you love, but without the nuts, raisins, or pineapple. Even the frosting is made from vegan butter and coconut cream.
Allergy-Friendly, Vegan, Pumpkin-Mousse Pie
This vegan, pumpkin-mousse pie is gluten-, peanut-, tree nut-, egg-, and dairy-free – a no-bake version of a delicious pie. All of the ingredients can be purchased at your grocery store. No one will know it’s vegan! Get the recipe here at Allergyawesomeness.com.
Cookies are a favorite during the holidays. They are perfect to take to parties at the office, day-time holiday get-togethers, and cookie exchanges. Thefitcookie.com has 50 allergy-safe cookie recipes to choose from; some are her own recipes while others have links to them. Be sure to check out the Gluten-Free Fudge Ball Cookies.
Christmas cutouts are as fun to make as they are good to eat. Making the cutouts is a great activity for kids of all ages to enjoy. The hardest part is not eating all of the cookie dough before you get the cookies in the oven! Rolling out the dough, choosing Christmas shapes, and frosting them when they are baked and cooled is fun for everyone. Betty Crocker has a gluten-free recipe that is fast and easy, and all of the ingredients can be purchased at the grocery store.
Gluten-Free, Vegan Apple Pie
This recipe for a gluten-free, vegan apple pie comes with rave reviews for the flakey, buttery crust. Options are also given to make this pie dairy-free. Find both Mom’s Amazing Gluten-Free & Vegan Apple Pie and Best Gluten-Free Pie Crust recipes at Allergyfreealaska.com.
If you don’t see a dessert you like, each of the sites has additional options to choose from. Enjoy a safe and allergy-free holiday!