People love the holidays because there’s just so much to adore about them. Each one is different, but you get to spend time with family and friends and potentially receive some thoughtful presents. One thing is for sure when it comes to the holidays — you’re always going to have access to good food. No matter what meal it is, people want to go all out when they chow down on a special day, but dietary restrictions can make meal times difficult to navigate.
Your family might want to binge on traditional comfort foods, but when you struggle with a gluten intolerance, it’s hard to enjoy sitting down at the table if you can’t eat anything on it.
Stop stressing about food this holiday season. Instead, check out some easy recipes that will make you smile when you see them served. Think outside the box and enjoy some old favorites with these classic gluten-free breakfast recipes.
Cinnamon Toast Morning Muffins
Nothing says breakfast quite like cinnamon toast, and muffins are a breakfast staple as well. Why not combine the two? These fluffy and delicious muffins only take 20 minutes to bake, and they can be easily frozen for longer storage if you don’t eat them all the day you make them. They make the idea of breakfast easy, so you don’t have to worry about prepping your food the night before.
Almond Vanilla Scones
A scone is like a cross between a muffin and a biscuit, and they can be included in any gluten-free diet because their recipes are so flexible. Almond vanilla scones are a great way to make a breakfast snack that’ll hold you over until lunch. Each one is packed with complete protein, which will help keep your blood sugar leveled out. Vanilla also relaxes digestive nerves, so it’s an easy, healthy food on your stomach.
Mashed Potato Bacon Cheese Bombs
On the morning of a major holiday, like Thanksgiving or Christmas, you might have a family tradition to eat foods that are usually only made as treats. It’s a way to love on yourself while you enjoy a meal with your family. What better way to eat comfort food than with a recipe that combines potatoes, bacon and cheese? These crunchy mashed potato balls will have you drooling in no time, without forcing you to eat things like eggs or milk.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Pancakes
Eggs can be an irritant for people with gluten allergies, but it’s almost impossible to avoid them in mainstream foods because they’re so vital to the cooking process. Don’t skip out on pancakes with your family on your next holiday morning. Make your own instead.
Tofu and bananas are common replacements for eggs, and this oatmeal chocolate chip cookie pancake recipe only uses one banana. It’ll save you some money and still give you something delicious to eat with the rest of the family.
Fluffy Gluten-Free Waffles
Another food people who can’t eat gluten often believe they have to give up is waffles, but that’s not the case. It’s incredibly easy to make your own fluffy waffles, which is a solid choice if you’re preparing a holiday breakfast. Not only will you be able to make your own and trust they’re safe for your stomach, but you’ll also be able to share them with the rest of the family because they’re just that good.
Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
As far as food trends go, something that’s become popular in recent years is bowl meals. They have everything you need and can be eaten on the go, but they most often contain foods that have gluten. If you don’t want to bake every morning for the holidays, you can prep some quinoa breakfast bowls and keep them in the fridge until you wake up ready to eat. Toss in some different fruits every morning, and you’ll never feel like you’re eating the same thing twice.
Breakfast bars are amazing because they’re so quick to make and contain many serving sizes. Plus, they can be altered for any food allergy, which makes them a wonderful recipe for people looking for gluten-free food. Make some blueberry bars, and you’ll see they taste amazing and look fun too, since the blueberries naturally dye the bars purple. Serve alongside your favorite morning drink, and you’re good to go.
Basic Breakfast Casserole
Whether you’re having breakfast at home or at a work party before the holidays hit, you’re probably going to think about making a casserole sooner or later. This vegan breakfast casserole will convince your friends and family you’re a whiz in the kitchen, without straining your budget. It’s a dump of all things good, including potatoes.
Chickpea Flour Breakfast Pizza
A fun thing that lots of families do is have breakfast for dinner, and this chickpea flour breakfast pizza will double as a fantastic dinner meal and excellent leftovers the next morning for breakfast. It requires very few ingredients but will definitely be a party winner. By itself it’s a good option for those looking for something healthy to eat, but it can easily be paired with fresh fruit as a side.
Mini Mediterranean Quiche
For when you want to trick your loved ones into eating something healthy that looks too good to be true, try making mini Mediterranean quiche. When you make it, you’ll find the recipe is easy to make and the filling is full of vegetables, but it can also be personalized so everyone gets something different in their serving. It’s an easy way to feed a large group of people, and it acts as an excellent snack between meals.
When you go home for the holidays this season, don’t worry about being taken out of your normal gluten-free food routine. Anyone can make these simple recipes, so you can enjoy a nice breakfast and even have some leftovers for later. Not stressing about what you’re going to eat next will make your holidays that much more enjoyable. You can even have fun making the recipes with the ones you love, so you both learn something new and make memories at the same time.