Gluten-Free Holiday Staples: From Homemade Fudge to Pantry Essentials

4 years ago

Living gluten-free does not mean we won’t be able to create festive gluten-free dishes and treats for the holidays.

With the gluten free products listed here–some “mainstream” and some made specifically for a gluten-free diet–we can make many familiar holiday recipes everyone can enjoy.

Of course, keep in mind, just because a product is gluten-free doesn’t mean it is healthy or nutritious.

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Many premade products are filled with excess sugar and questionable food additives.

Always use your best judgment when selecting products to consume on your gluten-free diet. Look for healthy alternatives and continue to consume in-season fruits and veggies to maintain healthy balance.

Speaking of healthier alternatives…

In most cases, it’s simple to create these items from scratch. This is one way to eliminate unnecessary additives and to reduce the risk of allergen cross-contamination.

You’ll find links to my tried-and-true recipes under “Make Your Own,” where they exist.

All of the recipes you’ll find are not only gluten-free, but are also free of dairy/casein, soy, tree nuts and peanuts, making them ideal for families with multiple food allergies.

Either way, a happy, delicious gluten-free holiday is possible!

Solid Fats & Oils

  • Extra-Virgin Coconut oil 
  • Earth Balance Buttery Spread (soy-free is available.)
  • Melt Buttery Spread (does contain some dairy in form of real butter)
  • Most oils are naturally gluten-free.
  • Beware of specialty oils, as some do contain gluten (this is rare, but it does occur).

Chocolate Chips & Butterscotch Chips

  • Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips or Chunks

Make Your Own:


  • Betty Crocker frostings state “gluten-free” on the label.
  • Duncan Hines frostings state “naturally gluten-free” on the label.

Make Your Own:

Whipped Topping

  • Cool Whip Whipped Topping

Make Your Own:

Candied Ginger

Make Your Own:


Make Your Own:

Crackers & Popcorn

  • Schar Table Crackers
  • Crunchmaster Crackers
  • For gluten-free, non-GMO popcorn brands, see this article. (You will also find my recipe for Caramel Corn there.)


(For making homemade snack mix)

  • Rice Chex
  • Corn Chex

Nut & Seed Butters

  • Sunbutter Sunflower Seed Butter
  • Peanut, almond, cashew and other nut butters

Make Your Own:


  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Mayo (For vegan soy-free mayo, select Earth Balance Mindful Mayo)
  • Raw Coconut Aminos (for soy sauce that is gluten and soy free)
  • Tamari (for soy sauce that is gluten-free, but does contain soy)
  • Tabasco, Texas Pete and Frank’s hot sauce

Make Your Own:


  • McCormick’s single-ingredient spices are gluten-free to 20 parts per million

Make Your Own:

Flours & Starches

  • Almond Flour (also called Almond Meal)
  • Amaranth Flour
  • Brown Rice Flour
  • Coconut Flour
  • Cornstarch (Argo brand is non-GMO)
  • Oat Bran (certified gluten-free oats)
  • Oat Flour (certified gluten-free oats)
  • Potato Starch
  • Potato Flour (used less often in baking and more as a thickener)
  • Quinoa Flour
  • Sorghum Flour
  • Sweet Rice Flour (also called Glutinous Rice Flour made from Sticky Rice. It does not contain gluten.)
  • Tapioca Flour
  • White Rice Flour

Make Your Own:


  • Always read labels carefully, even when you’ve used a product safely before.
  • Be aware of potential cross-contamination. Look for “contains” or “allergen statement” on the label.
  • Keep in mind “natural flavor” and “artificial flavor” may contain wheat or gluten (or other allergens). Do not consume a product unless you are sure about its ingredients.
  • When in doubt about a product, visit the company website and search for an allergen policy or phone the manufacturer to confirm the safety of ingredients in question.

Happy, Festive and SAFE gluten-free holidays!

Gigi ~

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