There are two things that I always have with me in the kitchen. One is my iPad, the other is a notebook. I use both to track recipe changes as I go along. I find the iPad and notebook useful to track site changes, upgrades and general bloggy thoughts and inspirations as they come to me and scads of lists. One list I make every year, is my Holiday Baking List and that leads to a list of ingredients I need to get my pantry stocked with and that in turn leads to a variety of shopping lists. Well, you get the picture…notes and lists and more lists.
Last week, I got out my iPad to make my Holiday Baking List when I thought why not make a blog post out of it? You might be looking for some inspiration, or want some gluten free versions of old traditional family favourites.
A word of warning here, most of the year I lean towards healthier, unprocessed, refined sugar-free, whole food recipes but when it comes to Christmas Baking, all bets are off…sort of…I still think its beneficial to stick with healthier reduced sugar options but I it’s okay to indulge in a little naughtiness, once in awhile. Everything in moderation, right?
Some of the recipes linked here use highly processed foods like marshmallows, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips and gasp, refined sugar. I know many of you are more committed than I am to the Whole Foods Movement, so when possible, I will try to give you options.
Important *** Please review the recipes listed here to confirm they meet your dietary requirements and remember, always refer to packaging labels for the most up to date allergy information.
To start things off, here are some recipe highlights from my 2011 Holiday Baking List…
Colourful Gluten Free Swirl Cookies
Melting Snowman Cookies whimsical and a fun project
Wreath Sugar Cookies
The Best Crispy Rice Treats
Candied Almonds based on Candied Pecans recipe by Caneel at Mama Me Gluten Free
Caramel Nut Clusters (Turtles)
Seven Layer (Magic) Bars With Gluten Free Crust
Peanut Butter Butterscotch Mounds
Snacks and Appetizers:
Rosemary Almond Crackers
Sweet and Spicy Oven Roasted Mixed Nuts
Caramelized French Onion Dip
Caprese Salad On Skewers recipe by Terri’s Table
Coconut Chicken Strips with Orange Pineapple Sauce
Orange Turkey Meatballs And Sauce
2011 Gluten Free Sweet Party Platters. Filled with some goodies from the list of Sweets above.
My 2012 Holiday Baking List includes a few recipes from last year and some new ones…
The Best Crispy Rice Treats (No-Bake) – recipe from 2011, a remake of Rice Krispies Squares, a Holiday Classic
Candied Almonds – recipe from 2011
Toffee Bars – recipe from 2011, these yummy squares freeze well
Caramel Nut Clusters (Turtles) – recipe from 2011
Homemade Graham Crackers – handy to have on hand for recipes that call for gluten free Graham Cracker Crumbs
Flourless White Chocolate Macadamia Almond Cookies – you have to try these grain free cookies. They’re fantastic!
Gluten Free Copy-Cat of Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars – working on this recipe
Candy Cane Chocolate Cookie Crumbles – a good outcome on a recipe development that went sideways
Snacks and Appetizers:
Sweet and Spicy Oven Roasted Mixed Nuts – recipe from 2011, these were a big hit last year! I think I made at least 3 batches over the Holidays.
Caramelized French Onion Dip – recipe from 2011. I can make and freeze the caramelized onions now and then its just a matter of defrosting the onions to make the Dip when needed.
Left Coast Crackers by Aunt B On A Budget [[recipe is not GF]] It will be easy enough to change this recipe to make it gluten free.
Fluffy Honey Sweetened Homemade Marshmallows by The Nourishing Gourmet
Pepita Pumpkin Seed Sandwich Bread or Dinner Buns – recipe from 2011
Gluten Free Sweet Christmas Party Platters – filled with some goodies from the list of Sweets above. I like to take one of these platters to give hosts something gluten free to serve at Christmas Parties
Caramel Nut Clusters (Turtles) – recipe from 2011, homemade version of a Holiday Classic
Cranberry Orange Mini Loaves – adapting an old favourite. Making and gifting these in colourful ceramic mini loaf pans
Homemade Vanilla Extract – as pictured (on the right) below. Tutorial to come, or check out this Sugar Free Alcohol Free Vanilla Extract by Simply Sugar And Gluten Free
Chai Spice Mix – as pictured (on the left) above. I already gifted some of this to the foodie on my list
Beverages (to help get me through the Holiday Season):
Homemade Ginger Ale Syrup – cooking this syrup makes the house smell heavenly
Apple Immunity Cocktail by Daily Bites
Chai Tea Syrup by Lucy Lou’s Journal
Before I start my Holiday Baking, these are some of the gluten free ingredients I need to stock my pantry with…
- Plenty of my three favourite gluten free flours – Almond Flour, Coconut Flour and Buckwheat Flour
- Brown Rice Flour, Sorghum Flour, Garbanzo Bean Flour and Tapioca Starch/Flour, for recipes calling for an all-purpose gluten free flour blend.
- Sweet White Rice Flour, a finely ground rice flour that I use mostly for dusting and rolling.
- Psyllium Husks to help bind baked goods. I use psyllium instead of xanthan and gaur gums
- Unsweetened Almond Milk, my go to milk alternative
- Raw Nuts - Sliced Almonds and Whole Almonds, Pecans, Hazelnuts, Cashews and Macadamias
- Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- Virgin Coconut Oil is my fat of choice for baking.
- Butter, unsalted for baking
- Eggs, I prefer organic free range eggs.
- Chocolate – Unsweetened Baking Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Chips, White Baking Chocolate and White Chocolate Chips
- Cocoa Powder, or Cacoa Powder
- Honey is my preferred sweetener. I buy it direct from the Honey Bee Centre, or in a pinch, get a 3 litre container from Costco
- Mayan Sea Salt
- Spices and my favourite Chai Spice Mix.
- Crispy Brown Rice Cereal
- Marshmallows or homemade marshmallows
- Sweetened Condensed Milk or homemade sweetened condensed milk or dairy free
There you have it, that is my 2012 Gluten Free Holiday Baking List and Pantry List. I hope you are able to find some inspiration here. If you’re wanting more, you can check out my Must-Make-List and both of my Must-Make and Christmas Boards on Pinterest.
To see a text listing of Laureen’s gluten free recipes, click here
For dairy, egg, nut and gluten free flour substitutions, click here
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This post is linked to the following events:
Melt In Your Mouth Monday hosted by Jane at Make Ahead Meals For Busy Moms
Gluten Free Recipe Round Up hosted by Jo-Lynn Shane at Musings Of A Housewife
Made From Scratch Monday hosted by Mary at Living With Food Allergies And Celiac Disease
Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays hosted by Amy at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free
Gluten Free Wednesdays hosted by Linda at Gluten-Free Homemaker
Wheat Free Wednesday hosted by Anne Marie Cain
Allergy Free Wednesdays hosted by Amber at The Tasty Alternative
Recipe Box hosted by Chaya at Bizzy Bakes
Full Plate Thursday hosted by Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
Foodie Fridayhosted by Diane at Simple Living and Eating
Gluten Free Fridays hosted by Cindy at Vegetarian Mamma
Allergy Friendly Friday hosted by Cybele Pascal
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