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. 🙁
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.
You could bottle up two or three of these and give them as a set. All need to be refrigerated.
Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing – As beautiful as it is delicious!
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.
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 – Just three ingredients! This post includes instructions on how to make the complete Tex-Mex salad; the dressing instructions are in there. (Note: contains dairy – sour cream or yogurt.)
Savory things in jars
Sauce and soup needs refrigeration, olives should be stored at room temperature.
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.
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.
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.
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 – (contains a small amount of maple syrup)
Gingerbread bites — Three whole-food ingredients and a food processor; that’s all it takes!
Should be refrigerated, if only to hold their shape.
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.
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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