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6 Best Gluten-Free Recipes for the Holidays [Slideshow]

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Who doesn’t want a happy holiday? The holidays are a time of joyous gathering, enjoyment, and commonly—dining with intent to savor. Each family and culture does things just a little bit differently, but for some, modifications to enjoy the holiday are necessary. For those with gluten allergies or intolerances, relishing in seasonal holiday dishes that aren’t gluten-free means sacrificing how they will feel.

Don’t hesitate with these recipes. Nobody will be able to tell they’re gluten-free.

A bowl of low carb Mashed Cauliflower with a piece of melted butter in the center
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Mashed Cauliflower 

Trade high carb, starchy mash for creamy, superfood low-carb veggie goodness. Have a second helping without the side of guilt. 

Prep time: 15 mins | Total time: 15 mins | Serves: 8

What You'll Need: 

2 medium heads cauliflower without florets 

6 oz. softened cream cheese

1/3 cup of milk

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Freshly chopped chives

Butter

Get the full recipe here

A spoonful of Dried Cherry Wild Rice Stuffing and Toasted Pecans
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Dried Cherry Wild Rice Stuffing and Toasted Pecans 

This sensory rice smells amazing and touches contrasting taste buds to bring a well-rounded flavor that satisfies sweet and savory. 

Prep time: 30 mins | Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes | Serves: 12 

What You'll Need: 

1/4 cup butter

2 cups sliced leek (about 1 large)

1 tablespoon  fresh thyme

1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

3 cups water

2 cups fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth

1 cup wild rice

2 cups long-grain brown rice

1/2 cup peeled turnip

1/3 cup celery

1/3 cup carrot

2/3 cup pecans, 

1/2 cup dried sweet cherries

2 green onions

Get the full recipe here. 

Maple-Sage Cornish Hens with Roast Apples
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Maple-Sage Cornish Hens with Roast Apples 

This hearty cold-weather classic's name speaks for itself. Sage, maple, and apple are brilliant companions to tender white meat for the holidays.

Prep time: 30 minutes | Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes | Serves: 4

What You'll Need:

1 cup apple cider

3 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1/4 cup chopped fresh sage

1/2 shallot, chopped

2 Cornish hens

2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, divided

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided

4 apples, peeled, cored and quartered

Get the full recipe here

Delicious macadamia-almond cake with a slice cut out
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Macadamia-Almond Cake 

Rich and light, macadamia and almond are the duo you didn't realize your dessert table needed. The hint of vanilla and coconut melt seamlessly into the flavor. 

Prep time: 15 mins | Total time: 1 hour | Serves: 10

What You'll Need: 

Baking spray with flour

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

3 1/2 ounces almond flour (1 cup)

1/2 cup macadamia nuts

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt 4 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup toasted unsweetened flaked coconut

Get the full recipe here.

A round Crustless Pumpkin Pie with a whipped cream dollop in the center
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Crustless Pumpkin Pie 

This light twist on the spice-filled, smooth holiday favorite is a crowd-pleaser, especially among those who don't care for the crust. 

Prep time: 10 mins | Total time: 6 hours, 15 minutes | Serves: 8

Cooking spray

1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin puree

1 cup heavy cream

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Get the full recipe here. 

gluten free chocolate cookies with peppermint Hershey's kiss in the center
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4 Ingredient Christmas Cookies 

I would say that the name says it all, but what it leaves out is just how quick these little guys will go. Quick and convenient, they're a delicious addition perfect for accompanying you to any last minute events. Brownie and peppermint are a great seasonal pair, but feel free to substitute with other flavors for fun.

Prep time: 5 minutes | Total time: 15 Serves: Approx 20 cookies

What You'll Need: 

1 box of choice of Devil's Food cake mix

2 eggs 

1/3 cup of oil 

30-40 Candy Cane Hershey's Kisses 

Get the recipe here


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Amanda is a GR8NESS contributing writer who lives in celebration of self care, and endeavors to approach all things with a student mentality. Her love for the study of self-development is rooted in fitness, holistic wellness, and skin care. She is an advocate for mental health; and hopes to connect others to their own way of daring to care.
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