Gluten-Free and Giving Thanks

No one should ever say “I can’t find enough gluten-free food for Thanksgiving!!!” Let’s not joke, if there was ever a time of year where pictures of succulent, gut-busting turkey, mouthwateringly good sides and guilt-inducing desserts are abundant… It’s from November until Christmas.

But how does any of that help you? There’s thousands of pictures from thousands of gluten-free bloggers, chefs and food experts – which of them should you be following for turkey day?

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

Luckily we love staring at our computer monitors and have compiled the best Thanksgiving options from our favorite gluten-free enthusiasts! These are the tried, true and trusted in the gluten-free food making department who help you eat good and worry free. Check them out and click the links for their full recipes!

The Gluten-Free Lineup:

Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom

Heidi Kelly is a loving mother, who like many, has had to take on the daunting task of going gluten-free in the meals she prepares. She shares her journey, recipes and experiences with you on Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom, often going beyond recipes into a lifestyle. Her writings are thoughtful and are great reads!

The Recipe: Eventually Instant Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes 

What’s needed:

2 Bags Yukon Golds Potatoes
Vegan butter spread, Grapeseed oil, Olive oil or Sunflower oil
Bone broth, Stock or Milk/Milk alternative
Cashew Cream Cheese

Gluten Free Mashed Potatoes

The Recipe: Green Bean Fries

What’s needed:

1-lb. Green Beans (we like Trader Joe’s Haricot Verts which are thin, crispy and already prepped for you)
1 Tbs. Coconut Oil, melted (or enough to lightly coat the green beans)
1 tsp. Kosher Sea Salt (or to taste)
2 cloves fresh Garlic, minced

Gluten-Free Green Bean Fries

Gluten-Free On A Shoestring

Former attorney turned gluten-free chef Nicole Hunn has three wonderful children, one of whom has celiacs disease. Since 2009 she’s published two cookbooks and maintained Gluten-Free on a Shoestring. Her focus is to bring affordable and delicious gluten-free food to your dining experience making her blog most definitely worth a visit!

The Recipe: Classic Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Stuffing

What’s needed:

1 loaf crusty gluten-free bread, like gluten-free brown bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
4 ounces chopped raw pecans
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 medium yellow onions, peeled and diced
5 celery stalks, chopped
1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, diced
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
leaves from 6 sprigs of fresh thyme
5 extra-large eggs (300 g) at room temperature, beaten
1/2 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
3 cups (24 fl. oz.) vegetable or chicken stock
8 ounces dried cranberries (optional)

The Recipe: Sour Cream Apple Pie with Crumble Topping

What’s needed:

Crumble Topping
1 cup (140 g) high-quality all-purpose gluten-free flour (I used Better Batter (sponsor))
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
1/3 cup (73 g) packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
8 tablespoons (112 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 recipe gluten-free pie crust, chilled
Egg white, for brushing

1 1/3 cups (300 g) sour cream, at room temperature
10 tablespoons (125 g) granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 extra-large eggs (120 g) at room temperature, beaten
5 large Granny Smith apples (or other firm, tart apple), peeled, cored, and sliced very thin

Ginger Lemon Girl

Carrie Forbes is gluten-sensitive and began creating her own gluten-free recipes in 2007. She is an accomplished “food writer, recipe creator, cookbook author, home baker, and a cook.” Her passion drives Ginger Lemon Girl, but don’t take our word for it – check her out yourself!

The Recipe: How to Quick Brine a Gluten-Free Turkey

What’s needed:

1/2 cup sea salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
2-3 tablespoons peppercorns
2-3 tablespoons dried onion flakes
2 teaspoons dried garlic powder
Whatever other spices/flavors you want to add: apple cider, orange peels, bay leaves, etc…

Gluten-Free Turkey

The Recipe: Thanksgiving Cranberry Cobbler

What’s needed  - Cobbler Ingredients:

2 cups whole cranberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar  -or- coconut palm sugar
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
1/2 cup crushed pineapple with juice
2 Tbsp grated orange rind (usually from 1 med. orange)

What’s needed - Batter Ingredients:

1/2 cup sugar -or- coconut palm sugar
3 Tbsp. melted butter -or- coconut oil
Juice from half a medium orange, freshly squeezed and strained
1 beaten egg, or two beaten egg whites
1/4 cup rice flour -or- 2 tablespoons coconut flour

Gluten-Free Cranberry Cobbler

Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef

Shauna James Ahern is a former high school english teacher, screenplay-editor, book editor, loving wife (who’s husband is a chef and aides in creating her dishes) and has been with celiac disease for quite some time. Her writing reflects much of her journey and is talented in telling stories that accompany her recipes. Read her about me section to see her struggle and how she eventually overcame them.

The Recipe: Gluten-free dinner rolls for Thanksgiving

The Recipe: How to make gluten-free gravy for Thanksgiving

Gluten-Free Goddess

Karina is an incredibly loving mother who’s overcome all the hardships of celiac disease as well as curve balls that life has thrown her way. She adds a sincere personal touch to every post and is driven to create quality recipes for others living gluten-free. Her blog is a great inspiration even for those not eating gluten-free.

The Recipe: Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie with Praline and Coconut-Pecan Crust

What’s needed - Crust ingredients:

1 cup flaked unsweetened organic coconut
1 cup pecan pieces
1/2 cup all purpose gluten-free flour blend
1/2 cup organic light brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
5 tablespoons vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)

What’s needed:

2 14-oz. cans organic pumpkin puree
1 1/4 cups thick cashew cream- see below for instructions
1 1/4 cups organic light brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut milk
3 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice or orange juice
2 teaspoons bourbon vanilla
2 tablespoons tapioca starch
2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

The Recipe: Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls

What’s needed:

1 cup sorghum flour- aka jowar flour
1 1/2 cups tapioca starch or potato starch (not potato flour!)
1/2 cup millet flour or brown rice flour
1/4 cup GF buckwheat flour or GF millet flour
1/4 cup hazelnut flour or almond flour
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 packet rapid rise yeast
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups warm liquid (3/4 cup non-dairy milk plus 3/4 cup hot water)
1/4 cup light olive oil
2 free-range local organic eggs, beaten or Ener-G Egg Replacer
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice or rice vinegar

Gluten-Free Rolls


Happy Thanksgiving

Now that you’ve had your visual fill, time to fill some bellies. Thanksgiving can be stressful, especially when the need to cook gluten-free is present. Hopefully this can make turkey day a bit easier and take scavenger hunting for dishes out of the picture. In any case enjoy and give thanks this Thursday!