We try to eat healthy all year round and don’t like to make an exception for the holidays, especially if our meals come from this deliciously dairy-free + gluten-free Christmas menu ideas we rounded up this year. It's worth going the extra mile to make it happen because we continue to feel better and don't suffer so much after everything settles back down.
Gluten-free + Dairy-free Christmas Menu
The holidays can be stressful so keeping a healthy, un-inflamed body makes it easier to handle during all the hubbub. No bloated, upset tummy for us this year!
These amazing recipes range from appetizers to desserts that will make a lovely holiday meal and could also be used individually for holiday parties. We usually have family or friends over for our big meal or for a casual meal and each of these recipes have been loved by all.
Don't miss our top 12 dairy-free dips for holiday parties!
Dairy-free + Gluten-free Appetizers
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus by Damn Delicious is an amazing mouthful of flavor combining two of my favorite foods. Prosciutto is wrapped around each asparagus stalk and then placed in your choice of oil (I use avocado oil) and cooked until the prosciutto slightly browned. The asparagus is still a crunchy texture and the taste together will have your guests coming back for more!
Crab Stuffed Portabellas by A Not So Simple Life are a treat that I want to have all year round now that I realize how easy they are to make. And even though our older kids thought they would never eat portabella mushroom, they've now changed their mind after after one taste! The crab mixture is really delicious with just the right spices and mayonnaise (this is our favorite organic mayo). Just fill the portabella caps bake for about 30 minutes in a 400 degree oven and you're good to go.
Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Mayo Dip by Savory Tooth is a great way to start off any holiday gathering. This recipe calls for 12 brussel sprouts wrapped in bacon, but I can promise you that we as a family definitely ate more than 12, especially with the yummy dip (a little mayo and balsamic vinegar mixed together)! These are crunchy on the outside, but tender on the inside.
Amazing Dairy-free + Gluten-free Salads
Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad by Julia's Album has a great combination of textures in one bowl. It has a tart Granny Smith apple and a sweeter Gala apple with spinach and cranberries topped with cashew nuts. Then add a store-bought or homemade creamy balsamic vinaigrette and serve. This salad has a refreshing taste to clean your palette during any meal.
Butternut Squash & Spinach Salad with Pecans, Cranberries, Pomegranate by Julia's Album is just a great winter salad and the Honey Lime Dressing puts it over the top. The recipe calls for roasted butternut squash. Then spinach, pecans, cranberries, pomegranate seeds can all be added to the bowl. Drizzle the homemade Honey Lime Dressing over the top and add a few more pecans and pomegranate seeds.This salad will seem like a meal in on its own. It might be one to serve when just having a few guests over.
Honey Mustard Broccoli Salad by Modern Little Victories is definitely a win in my book. I love raw broccoli so I knew for me this would probably easily have my vote to make again. The broccoli is cut up into small pieces, add carrots, cashews, cranberries and sunflower seeds and then mixed with the honey mustard dressing. Super easy to make and turns out to be a delicious crunchy salad every time! I have also added bacon to mine as an added flavor.
Dairy-free + Gluten-free Main Courses
Easy Beef Wellington with Mushrooms and Jamon by Happy Foods Tube is a great way to start out if you have never made Beef Wellington before. This puff pastry wrapped beef tenderloin and prosciutto ham with mushrooms melts in your mouth. The meat is seared on all sides, slathered with mushroom and olive oil mixture, then wrapped in prosciutto. It needs to chill for a bit before enclosing the entire thing in a gluten-free puff pastry (here's my favorite recipe). It's actually easier than it sounds and tastes amazing!
Slow Cooker Sweet Balsamic Pork Roast by Kitchen Divas is a great extra main dish with a new flavor for the holiday. I like that I can put this one in the crock pot and forget about it until it is time to eat. This recipe uses a 3-4 pound pork roast over sliced onions in the crock pot. Then a mixture of broth, honey, balsamic vinegar, worcester sauce, garlic and salt and pepper to taste. This gives the roast a great flavor. The juices may be utilized to make gravy at the end.
Baked Salmon with Strawberry and Asparagus by 1m recipes is a great fish meal for all your guests to enjoy. Salmon bakes in the oven with a little oil, brown sugar and paprika. Meanwhile, the asparagus simmers on top the stove in water until a little. When the salmon is ready, place on a dish with asparagus spears and strawberries, it's coated with lemon juice and maple syrup on top, followed by a dairy-free yogurt drizzle. This is a simple dish but the flavors together are superb!
Paleo Chicken Pot Pie Casserole by My Heart Beets is a great addition to your holiday table. It's really a simple two-step process with lots of veggies and fresh spices. The whole casserole is topped with gluten-free flatbread which browns to a great crispy texture. This recipe can also be prepared ahead of time and popped in the oven for 40-50 minutes.
Dairy-free + Gluten-free Side Dishes
Cinnamon Roasted Carrots by Lean Clean and Brie is an easy side dish and guests will be coming back for a second helping. Simply prepare the carrots for cooking and toss in a bowl with maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and your favorite oil. Then bake in the oven on a sheet pan for about 20-30 minutes and you have the first side dish complete.
Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Praline Topping by Meaningful Eats is a holiday favorite and everyone looks forward to tasting it. This is a simple mashed sweet potatoes placed in a casserole dish mixed with maple syrup, coconut milk, vanilla cinnamon, nutmeg and a little oil. YUM! Then top with the pecan mix and bake for about 25-30 minutes until it bubbles for a sweet holiday spice taste.
Curry Roasted Cauliflower by Healthy Seasonal Recipes packs a flavorful punch with the curry spice, a little oil to roast, and finished off with a squeeze of lemon + fresh chopped cilantro. The cauliflower roasts to a great looking yellow color and the curry sifts down into every little crevice. It creates a wonderful smell for the whole house!
Dairy-free Scalloped Potatoes by The Pretty Bee is a great old fashion taste with garlic, fresh yukon gold potatoes cut into slices with creamy coconut milk. It's baked in the oven and browned on top under the broiler. It doesn't take long to prepare at all.
Crock Pot Cranberry Applesauce by the Crock Pot Ladies is great because using the crock pot during meal time makes life easier and more efficient. Simply core and cut up 10 yellow delicious apples and add a 12 oz. bag of cranberries to the crock pot. It cooks for about 6 hours so you can get it started and not worry about it until later. If you don’t feel it's sweet enough, add some of your favorite sweetener to taste (we make our own stevia glycerite).
Dairy-free + Gluten-free Stuffing
Crock Pot Stuffing with Wild Rice, Cranberries and Almonds by Well Plated is great to accompany your meal. To prepare for the crockpot you will saute onion, celery and mushrooms on the stove. Then put your wild brown rice mixture with the vegetables and broth in the crockpot. Cook for 3-4 hours and add dried cranberries, sage and thyme. This recipe makes a lot but we never have left overs 🙂
Butternut Stuffing Sausage Stuffing with Apples and Cranberries by Paleo Running Momma is a recipe that takes some prep time but you will not regret the time spent, promise! You will need to cut up and roast the butternut squash first in the oven. However, while it is roasting you can prepare the other ingredients. In a skillet saute onion, celery, brown the loose sausage, then add apple at the end. Add the poultry seasoning and pepper and salt to taste and allow to simmer for about 2 minutes. Remove the squash from the oven and toss lightly with the sauteed vegetables and add dried cranberries. I opted to then put it in a casserole dish for 30 minutes of baking and I opted out of using an egg. It became crunchy and slightly brown on top. Delicious!
Dairy-free + Gluten-free Desserts
No Bake Paleo Chocolate Pecan Bars by the Beaming Baker are easy to make and add on to the list of goodies you have on your dessert table. The first layer is made from dates, pecans, almond butter, salt and vanilla extract. After blending in the food processor press down into a greased pan. Then make the chocolate layer with vegan chocolate chips and almond butter melted in a double top broiler or the microwave and pour over top the first layer. Add additional chopped pecans to the top.
Eggnog Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce by Flippin Delicious is both gluten-free and dairy-free but they won’t be able to tell the difference! I was never a big bread pudding fan but this is really a holiday treat.You can use your favorite gluten-free bread and dairy free eggnog to make the base of the bread pudding. Then for the sauce use a bourbon, sugar, coconut free milk and honey. It is a wonderful sauce to pour over the warm bread pudding and will be an amazing dessert.
Pumpkin Pie by Mama's Hire is easy to make gluten and dairy free and have it still be yummy. This uses a can of pure pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and sea salt with cashew milk. The chef uses their own homemade sweetener which is included in this recipe. There are also recommendations for a single pie crust. I made this and thought mine could use a little more sweetener but the basic pie is good.
Gluten Free Deep Dish Pumpkin Coconut Cream Pie by This Mama Cooks is so good that you might want to just sit down with a fork and hide in the closet! It's full of mouth-watering tastes with pumpkin puree, eggs, dairy-free yogurt, pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar, vanilla extract and sea salt. The super simple pie crust is made with the gluten-free animal crackers and bake. Then make the whipped coconut cream layer for on top the cooled pumpkin pie. Keep in the refrigerator for a mousse like consistency. It can also be frozen if you would prefer a more solid texture. It seems like a lot of steps but is not really longer than making a regular pie. I cannot wait to hear what you think of this recipe!
Hopefully this nice array of unique dairy-free and gluten-free Christmas menu ideas gives you SO many holiday options to entertain with this year that you'll end up adding them to your family meal tradition! Try them all – or maybe just a few – that sound delicious to you. It's always worth sticking with your allergy-free diet since it's easy with all the normal flavors are present and accounted for in full-force. Please feel free to comment your own favorite recipes below so we can try them out too!