Real Food Holiday Recipe Roundup: 398 Wholesome Recipes

Real Food Holiday Recipe Roundup: 398 Wholesome Recipes

quinoa stuffing
Quinoa Stuffing at The Nourishing Gourmet

I thought of this recipe roundup again as I was pondering all of the amazingly delicious and nourishing recipes that are available throughout the blogosphere for the holidays this year.

It can be tough to find “real food” recipes. I know, because I’ve gone to local stores and looked around online and found little. Yes, there are books on whole foods, but rarely with traditional techniques. There are books that don’t use processed foods, but they shun animal fats and dairy. It’s not hard to see why real food blogs have grown tremendously over the last couple of years!

When it comes to holiday cooking, many of us have family stand-bys or favorite recipes that we used to make, but now with our new knowledge of what real food really is, we get a bit stuck and wonder what to prepare for all of our special meals and get-togethers this season.

I decided to round up a huge selection of nourishing, whole foods holiday recipes. It’s nice to have everything in one neat and tidy list, isn’t it? Bookmark this list, Stumble it, tweet about it, share on Facebook, or send it to friends and family. Let’s share the real food love this holiday season, shall we?

So here you have it… a whopping 398 whole, real food recipes to choose from. Enjoy!

piled up gingersnaps

Here at Keeper of the Home:


Incredibly Yummy Homemade Egg Nog

How to Make Your Own (Unrefined) Powdered Sugar

Rich Carob Balls and “Sugar” Cookies (made with honey)

Scrumptious Gingerbread Cake

Chewy Gingersnaps (No gluten, no grains, no dairy)


Nourishing Wife-Saver Breakfast Casserole

Baked Oatmeal

Sides and Appies

Guilt-Free Christmas Snacking (with recipes for Deviled Eggs and real food Cheesecake)

Green Bean Casserole (The Real Food Way)

How to Make Your Own Lox

homemade lox
My own homemade lox– delicious!

From last year:

Healthy Holiday Eats and Sweets Carnival- This was a carnival that I ran last December and it features 43 recipes, including beverages, desserts, main and side dishes, breakfasts, and even edible gifts.

Saving Naturally (our sister site)

Healthy, Whole Grain Pumpkin Pie

Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Honey Whole Grain Dinner Rolls

Have a Healthy Holiday Recipe List- A nice selection of healthier holiday recipes for every part of your meal, from a group of 8 bloggers that I was a part of on my other blog. Find all of the recipes listed in this one post, along with a few reader contributions. Not every one is made with 100% traditional ingredients, but they are all made with whole foods and would be easily adaptable.

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Whole Foods for the Holidays: Real Food Progressive Dinner

This was a collaborative effort with some of my favorite real food bloggers. Each link below contains a good 20-50 recipes with a nourishing, whole foods focus. They’re separated into different category of recipes (breads, side, etc.) and many have photo thumbnails for you to preview the recipe, making it simple to find what you’re looking for!


Kitchen Stewardship :: Appetizers

A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa :: Bread

Keeper of the Home :: Main Dishes

The Nourishing Gourmet :: Side Dishes

Modern Alternative Mama :: Desserts

Frugal Granola :: Beverages

Naturally Knocked Up :: Salads

sprouted spelt salad
Sprouted Spelt and Cranberries Salad at Naturally Knocked Up

From the Kitchens of the Keeper of the Home Contributing Writers

The faithful, incredible women who write here alongside me also have their own blogs bursting with culinary goodness. These are some of their best holiday-style recipes:


Chocolate Walnut Fudge

Chocolate Almond Coconut Candy

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread and Chocolate-Coconut Fudge

Real Homemade Eggnog

Spiced Kombucha

Soaked Applesauce Cake

Sticky Popcorn Balls

Apple Latkes


Thanksgiving Recipes (Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes)

Uno Mas Breakfast Crepes

Polenta and Avocado Frittata

Inside-Out Ravioli

Pork Tenderloin with Apricot Chutney

cranberry cheese bread
Cranberry Cheese Bread from Delighting in the Days

Sides and Appies

Herb-Roasted Potatoes

Green Bean Casserole

Cranberry Cheese Bread

Favorite Salad Nuts

Sweet Apple Chutney

Creamy Cabbage Salad

Aunt Helen’s Heavenly Fruit Salad

Jewel Yam Candy

Easy Black Bean Hummus

Sweet Broccoli Salad

Baked Goods

Soaked Whole Wheat Rolls

Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins

Healthy Banana Bread or Muffins

What will you be making this holiday season?

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  1. These all look great and I’m looking forward to “clicking” on each one to check them out!

    Is it okay to use grocery store kefir, buttermilk and yogurt when the recipe calls for those ingredients? They seem to be my biggest problem ingredients when trying to cook whole food meals. The dairy where I buy raw milk doesn’t offer other products.

    1. @Melissa, Sure, you can definitely substitute those things and you won’t notice any difference. A lot of bloggers specify that you should use the homemade/raw milk ones only because that’s the nutritional preference, but not because it will truly change the recipe. Do the best you can with what you have! 🙂

  2. Wonderful Stephanie. So glad to have all these in one place.

    Thanks for all your hard work.

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