Sugar-free, gluten-free food gifts

Paleo food gifts - sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free

I love making food gifts for Christmas! For years, that meant a box of cookies and/or candy. I loved doing it, but I can no longer give sugar-laden treats¬†and feel good about it. ūüôĀ

However, it’s still possible to make delicious treats that everyone will love, even when living with diabetes or Celiac; living by sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free or full Paleo rules. Whether to accommodate the needs of the recipient, or to just give gifts that square with your own nutritional conscience, here are some treats you can feel good about giving!

All of these are grain-free and gluten-free. All are refined-sugar-free, but some of them use a limited amount of honey or maple syrup. A few contain dairy. (Some Paleo folks allow dairy, some don’t.)

Also, most of them — other than the olives and the nuts — need refrigeration.

Salad Dressings

You could bottle up two or three of these and give them as a set. All need to be refrigerated.

sugar-free poppy seed dressing - strawberries make it sweet!

Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing – As beautiful as it is delicious!

veggie tray with dairy-free ranch dressing

Dairy-free “DumpRanch – This ain’t your traditional Ranch dressing; prepare to become addicted! Can also be used as a dip or spread. Contains NO dairy.

paleo food gift; creamy italian dressing

Creamy Italian – Don’t limit this to salad; use it on submarine sandwiches or wraps, or for antipasto.


Caesar¬†Dressing – Mayo-based; no egg-coddling needed! Shown above: two-minute Caesar salad. Romaine leaf spread with Caesar dressing, deli turkey, and sprinkled with Parm. (Note: contains dairy –¬†Parmesan.)


Tex-Mex Dressing РJust three ingredients! This post includes instructions on how to make the complete Tex-Mex salad; the dressing instructions are in there. (Note: contains dairy Рsour cream or yogurt.)


Savory things in jars

Sauce and soup needs refrigeration, olives should be stored at room temperature.

marinara sauce recipe

Marinara Sauce – Just six ingredients, and SO easy to make! Best if you can get some fresh basil, but in a pinch, you can use ready-made pesto; just be aware that it contains cheese.

Paleo food gift: cream of pumpkin soup

Soup in a jar: cream of pumpkin – One of my favorites, cream of pumpkin is a lovely color and perfect flavor for this time of year. Dairy-free if made with coconut milk.

Paleo food gift: marinated olives

Olives marinated with herbs and lemon – I’m not an olive lover, so I haven’t tried these, but they sound like a lovely combo. You could certainly experiment with the herb mix, too.

Nuts, grain-free granola, and energy bites

All these can be stored at room temp.

paleo food gift: Paleo granola

Cranberry Walnut Paleo Granola – Yes, completely grain-free granola! Mostly nuts, with unsweetened coconut and a touch of honey or maple syrup. This is good stuff!

Roasted rosemary almonds, from Michelle Tam at Nom Nom Paleo.

Smokey spicy candied cashews – Haven’t tried these; they sound dangerous – in a good way! ¬†(contains honey and coconut sugar)

Spicy maple cinnamon pecans Р  (contains a small amount of maple syrup)


sugar-free gingerbread prune cookies

Gingerbread bites — Three whole-food ingredients and a food processor; that’s all it takes!


Sweet things

Should be refrigerated, if only to hold their shape.

Paleo food gifts: raspberry chia seed jam

Chia-seed jam, using any fruit (I like raspberry), from The Kitchn. SO EASY! (The recipe for the Paleo English muffins can be found here.)

Paleo food gifts - chocolate covered cherries

Chocolate-covered cherries, from A Girl Worth Saving – For chocolate-and-cherry lovers, these sound heavenly! Contains a small amount of honey, and sugar in the chocolate.

Paleo food gift - gummies

Lemon raspberry gummies – Made with grass-fed gelatin, which provides gut-healing protein!

Have any Paleo-friendly or other diet friendly food gifts to share? Do tell!


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