Recipes and Ideas for Gluten Free Holiday Entertaining

Recipes and Ideas for Gluten Free Holiday Entertaining

With the holidays approaching fast, many of our minds are turning to the inevitable Christmas party. Entertaining on a budget is challenging.

Entertaining GLUTEN FREE on a budget: Even more challenging. But, not impossible. Here are some ideas to help you keep it simple and yet delicious, whether for yourself, or a guest with a gluten intolerance.

1. Go Natural

Fruits and vegetables are delicious. Make the most of them. A nice plate full of fruit is a great place to start. And who doesn’t love a veggie tray with a yummy dip?

Instead of attempting to recreate the usual “party foods” and make them gluten free (which can be disastrous), work with the foods that are naturally GF as your base, then spruce them up a bit.

A cheese tray with a few sauces is a nice addition. Or a bowl of different types of nuts. My family loves cashews and almonds especially. It doesn’t have to be a plain jar of salted peanuts. Get creative!

Here’s a great recipe for a Party Cheese Ball that I have made for years. I have yet to find someone who doesn’t rave over it. Add a box of Nut Thins or other rice crackers. With this delicious cheese ball, no one will guess they are gluten free.

Recipes and Ideas for Gluten Free Holiday Entertaining

2. Have a Cozy Drink

Sometimes a warm drink especially in the wintertime, can feed the soul much better than a table full of food. Create a delicious warm drink for your guests, and you can’t lose! Here’s an idea that my family loves:

Makes a wonderful hot, seasonal drink.

3. Serve Something Sweet

Here are a few great recipes that don’t use flour!

Recipes and Ideas for Gluten Free Holiday Entertaining

Recipes and Ideas for Gluten Free Holiday Entertaining
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Course: Desserts and Sweets
Author: Ann Timm


  • 1 cup peanut butter both chunky and creamy work great!!
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Mix together peanut butter, sugar and eggs.
  • Then stir in semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 350.

My entire extended family now bakes these instead of regular chocolate chip cookies. You cannot tell AT ALL that they don’t contain any flour, and they hold together nicely. The flavor is out of this world!

Which gluten free treats do you serve during the holidays?

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  1. I make all of our holiday foods gluten-free. I have some recipes on my blog, such as for pie/crust, sweet potato biscuits, cranberry sauce, etc. The cheese ball sounds delicious. I have a similar cookie recipe, but we use less sugar (using sucanat), add vanilla, and only 1 egg. 🙂


  2. I have been GF for years and have been able to successfully made an all-purpose flour mix that is used in all of our holiday baking that really does work wonders as just swapping 1:1 for regular flour. My wonderful in-laws also are able to do a number of baking GF things (they are German and do a type of pretzel-ball that is to DIE for…not even going to try to spell it the german way!) and that has been nice. I also think it’s fairly easy to do soups as part of the meal and hot drinks too, like you mentioned, are so helpful because they help the belly feel ‘full’ instead of just being able to eat 1/3 of what everyone else is eating.
    Good recipes–I think I’ll try the cookies!
    Sarah m

  3. Great post! Thanks for all these tips. I will definitely have to check out your blog! My daughter has been GF for about 3 months, and I am ALWAYS looking for new treats for her!!

  4. As someone who is gluten free/ dairy free I really appreciate this post! I actually can find dairy free versions of the ingredients to make the cheese ball, I am so excited to make it !!

  5. Is there any such thing as a really good GF bread? I have tried several recipes and they all end up virtually the same, edible the first day and after that, it’s cat food. I made my Thanksgiving dressing out of Udi’s white bread because it looked like it would be nasty, but I toasted one piece (after I had torn up the rest) and it was really kind of decent, although there was a huge hole in each slice.

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