Holiday Cooking

Crustless Pumpkin Pie (Low Sugar and Vegan)

This is a great, healthy twist on pumpkin pie, and is much lower in sugar and fat than traditional pumpkin pie! It’s also allergy-friendly! Plus its also only 70 calories per slice! It’s a fantastic dessert to celebrate the beginning of fall!

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  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/3 cup flour, such as spelt, oat, white, sorghum, or almond

  • 1/3 cup sugar of choice or xylitol

  • pinch uncut stevia OR 2 extra tbsp sugar

  • 1 (15-oz) can pumpkin puree

  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp milk of choice

  • 2 tbsp oil, or omit and increase milk to 1 cup

  • 1 tbsp flax meal OR 2 tsp cornstarch (can be omitted if pie will be served in a bowl)

  • 2 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

See the full recipe and ingredients at Chocolate Covered Katie.

Chocolate Peppermint Bliss Balls

This recipe is full of the flavors of the season while still being a healthy, whole food recipe. It makes a great wintery snack or dessert!

  • 1 cup dry roasted almonds

  • 1 cup dry roasted cashews

  • 12 medjool dates, seeds removed

  • 3 tablespoons cacao or cocoa

  • pinch of salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon of food grade peppermint oil or 1 teaspoon natural peppermint extract

See the entire recipe and directions at Whole Food Simply.

Hummus and Cucumber Appetizer Bites with Black Sesame Seeds

This appetizer recipe is light and delicious and also fits in with just about any special diets your guests may have: gluten free, paleo, low carb, vegan, dairy free… you name it. Plus they’re easy to put together and look rather gourmet on a platter. It’s a win win!



cucumbers, as many as desired (One large cucumber will make 10-14 appetizer bites)

hummus (use purchased hummus, or see links to hummus recipes in the recipe links below)

black or white sesame seeds

See the entire recipe and directions at Kalyn’s Kitchen.

Perfect Paleo Lemon Bars (GF & Nut Free)

These are a delicious, fresh tasting treat for gluten-free and Paleo diets! They're definitely a crowd pleaser!

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1/4 cup raw honey
1/3 cup ghee room temp*
1 egg room temp
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1/8 tsp sea salt
grated zest of 1 lemon

1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice about 4 lemons
Grated zest of one lemon
1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp raw honey
3 eggs plus 1 yolk
1 Tbsp tapioca flour
1/2 tsp coconut flour

See the entire recipe and directions at Paleo Running Mama.

Cauliflower Stuffing (Low Carb, Paleo, and Grain Free)

Thanksgiving doesn't have to mean throwing dietary restrictions out the window- there are plenty of delicious options for low carb or gluten free diets!  Cauliflower is such a versatile vegetable, and this recipe will make you barely miss the bread!


4 tbsp. butter
1 onion, chopped
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped or thinly sliced
1 small head cauliflower, chopped
1 c. chopped mushrooms
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
1 tbsp. chopped fresh sage (or 1 tsp. ground sage)
1/2 c. vegetable or chicken broth

See the entire recipe and directions at Delish.

Maple Pecan Tart

Pecan pie is a wonderful, old-fashioned dessert perfect for Thanksgiving. This recipe substitutes maple syrup for the corn syrup usually used in pecan pie, and while this is still a rich dessert, pecans are full of antioxidants and good fats!

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1 large egg yolk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, divided
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon water
2 cups pecan halves, divided
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (use gluten-free flour if needed)
½ teaspoon salt, divided
2 large eggs
½ cup pure maple syrup
½ cup packed dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons dark rum (optional)
⅓ cup dried cherries, chopped (raisins can be substituted if desired)

See the entire recipe and directions at Eating Well.


Roasted Green Beans, Mushrooms, and Onions

Forget the gross canned green bean casserole this Thanksgiving and wow your guests with these gourmet (and simple to make) green beans for a fresh take on the Thanksgiving staple!


1 1/2 lb. green beans, trimmed
1 medium red onion, sliced into rings
8 oz. cremini mushrooms, sliced
8 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 c. fresh bread crumbs or panko bread crumbs (use gluten-free if desired)
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan
Juice and zest of 1 lemon

See the entire recipe and directions at Delish.

Dairy Free Caramel Apples (Allergen Friendly)

These caramel apples are perfect for Halloween and are great for kids (and adults!) with food allergies!  This recipe is dairy, gluten, soy, and nut free!



1 cup Earth Balance soy free vegan buttery spread
2 cups light brown sugar packed
1 cup light organic corn syrup*
11 ounces full fat coconut milk*
1/4 teaspoon salt
10-12 tart apples

*Note: Many people with tree nut allergies can safely consume coconut milk, but if necessary for allergies, feel free to substitute another non-dairy milk for the coconut milk.

See the entire recipe and directions at The Pretty Bee.

Simple Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie

I absolutely love pumpkin pie, and this is a perfect version for guests who are dairy free. The recipe also includes an easy recipe for pie crust, though we do have frozen pre-made gluten free pie crusts available at the store if needed.  Also, this recipe uses a whole can of pumpkin (maybe it's just me, but it drives me insane when a recipe only uses a partial can of pumpkin).


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice milk


  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups rice milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)

See the entire recipe and directions at All Recipes.

Two Gluten Free Stuffing Recipes

Who doesn't love stuffing on Thanksgiving- or at any time, really. Here are two great gluten-free stuffing recipes- the first is more elaborate, and the second is a great basic recipe that is easy to customize (though in truth, even with all the gourmet stuffing recipes everywhere, it's the basic recipes that have always been my favorites).

Udi's Gluten Free Stuffing Recipe


1 loaf of Udi’s Whole Grain Gluten Free Bread
1 loaf of Udi’s White Sandwich Gluten Free Bread
1/4 cup of fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 tablespoons of fresh sage
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup of unsalted butter or margarine
2 onions (or 1 large onion)
1/2 cup of chopped fennel
1/2 cup of chopped celery
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream

Read the entire recipe and directions at Udi's Gluten Free.

The Basic Gluten-Free Stuffing Recipe

1 loaf gluten-free sandwich bread, diced into 1-inch cubes
1 large yellow onion, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
2 large eggs
3 cups chicken stock, heated (feel free to use vegetarian broth if desired)

Read the entire recipe and directions at The Gluten Free Girl.


We also have gluten free and vegetarian gravy mixes available at the store.

Healthy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies with Stevia

These cookies are suitable for diabetics or those watching their sugar, as well as anyone who wants to have holiday cookies that are on the lower calorie side.

Makes 26 cookies


1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup cane sugar (coconut palm sugar should work too)
1/2 cup stevia for baking or 12-13 packets
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (or another healthy oil)
1 egg
2 egg whites (or 1/4 cup carton egg whites)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup oat flour (you can make oat flour by grinding old fashioned or quick oats in your blender/food processor)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup icing sugar (but you’ll only actually use 1/4 cup)

See the entire recipe and directions at Busy but Healthy.

Paleo Gingerbread Loaf

This is a great recipe for December, that's perfect for breakfast or a snack with a nice mug of tea. It's suitable for Paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets.


⅔ cup molasses
4 eggs
¼ cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
½ cup almond flour
½ cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
optional: 1 tsp orange zest

Read the entire recipe and directions at the Primal Bites Blog.