Christmas is a wonderful time of year to spend with loved ones and celebrate the best of seasonal food. Sharing delicious meals, spending time cooking together is one of the great joys of this time of year.

Whether you are cooking for just a few or looking for some inspiration for a large crowd you will find plenty of delicious ideas here. I wish you all a wonderful healthy Christmas. All these recipes are gluten free and many suitable for dairy free diets.

Chocolate Avocado Truffles

With just a handful of ingredients these chocolate truffles are low in sugar and a great source of monounsaturated fats. The addition of chocolate protein powder gives these little bites a fabulous protein boost too. Perfect as a pick me up treat esp after a workout. Share on Facebook Share Share on TwitterTweet Share on … Read more

Snowman Cookies

Looking for a festive treat that would be perfect to gift? These wonderful gluten free cookies are easy to make and ideal for children to help decorate. Print Recipe Snowman Cookies Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 12 minutes Servings MetricUS Imperial Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 12 minutes Servings MetricUS Imperial Share this … Read more

Persimmon, Walnut and Pomegranate Salad

Nothing is more refreshing than a bowl of crisp lettuce leaves tossed with a punchy dressing. This is a delicious sweet and sour vinaigrette which works so well with the sweet fruits and bitter leaves. I like to scatter over some roasted butternut squash or sweet potato to this salad – ideal for using up … Read more

Gluten Free & Dairy Free Parkin

This traditional Yorkshire recipe is delicious served during the winter months and was typically a treat for Bonfire night. While it is not a low sugar cake at all – you can tweak it to make it slightly more nutritious using black strap molasses, coconut sugar and honey or yacon syrup. But don’t kid yourself … Read more

Protein Maca Fudge

An indulgent tasting healthy treat. This fudge is rich and creamy but low in sugar. The addition of maca powder gives the fudge a wonderful caramel flavour. You can use colostrum powder instead of the protein powder if wished in this recipe. Watch our video showing how to make them. Print Recipe Protein Maca Fudge … Read more

Crunchy Thai Red Cabbage Salad

A delicious simple crunchy salad that is bursting with colour and nutrients. The peanut sauce can be prepared ahead if wished and kept in the fridge. It is equally delicious as a marinade for chicken or tofu. This salad will keep well in the fridge for a couple of days. Print Recipe Crunchy Thai Red … Read more

Gluten Free Tenderstem Broccoli and Roasted Tomato Tart

A delicious dairy free, gluten free tart full of flavour with the addition of roasted garlic and tomatoes. Using coconut or almond milk creates a wonderful creamy texture without the need to add cheese. Serve warm for a light lunch or dinner with a leafy green salad. Print Recipe Gluten Free Tenderstem Broccoli and Roasted … Read more

Vegan Meringues

These pretty little meringues are light and crisp just like regular meringues but of course without the egg white! They are so easy to make with just a handful of ingredients and you can store them in an airtight container ready to use in desserts or sweet treats. They could also make wonderful festive gifts … Read more

Baked Gingerbread Oatmeal

A wonderful warming breakfast option and one that you can prepare ahead of time too. All you need to do is reheat it when needed. I like to top it with coconut or Greek soy yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup but this would also be delicious served plain or with a handful of … Read more

Almond Gingerbread Cookies

Make up a batch of these delicious gingerbread cookies and get the children involved decorating. Soft and chewy on the inside and perfectly spiced. I like using sorghum flour or almond flour in these recipes but you could use plain gluten free flour as well. Print Recipe Easy Gingerbread Cookies Prep Time 15 minutes Cook … Read more

Warm Red Cabbage With Apple, Walnuts And Dried Cranberries

A delicious warm, tangy Autumn dish perfect for the festive season. The combination of apple cider vinegar and soy sauce really perks up the flavour of the red cabbage. You can serve this warm or cold either as a side dish or add some protein and it is a healthy meal in itself. You can … Read more

Superfood Chocolate Truffles

A perfect homemade chocolate truffle packed with superfoods to energise you through the festive season.  These are delicious as a homemade Christmas gift and because they do not contain any dairy will keep for about 1-2 weeks in the fridge. Print Recipe Superfood Chocolate Truffles Prep Time 15 minutes Servings MetricUS Imperial Prep Time 15 … Read more

Christine’s Gluten Free Tropical Christmas Pudding

My favourite Christmas pudding recipe and the one I make every year for my family. Light and fruity this is such an easy recipe to make and can be made well ahead of Christmas Day. Just feed it with a little brandy from time to time before the final steam on Christmas Day. Print Recipe … Read more

Pear & Fig Salad with Raspberry walnut vinaigrette

A delicious fruity salad with a wonderful tangy sweet dressing. Vary the ingredients according to taste. I love to add some toasted nuts to this salad and make sure there is plenty of protein to keep the body energised. This dressings is also good over steamed vegetables too. Print Recipe Pear & Fig Salad with … Read more

Smoky Bean Potato Soup

This creamy bowl of soup is super easy to make and with the addition of plenty of beans and vegetables makes it incredibly filling. Ideal for making in advance ready for instant lunches or light dinners when time is time. Print Recipe Pear & Fig Salad with Raspberry walnut vinaigrette Prep Time 10 minutes Servings … Read more

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pomegranate & Walnuts

This is a fabulous festive recipe even if you’re not a fan of Brussels Sprouts. If you have a food processor take the hard work out of this and use your shredding attachment to get really thin pieces of sprouts. If you wanted you could actually serve this salad raw but I like to warm … Read more

Grain Free Gingerbread Cookies

We have loads of family traditions at Christmas – mainly centred around baking and cooking together. Stir up Sunday is a favourite and even though the boys are older we all help make the Christmas puddings, stirring and making a wish & prayer. Baking gingerbread cookies is another popular weekend treat and this year we … Read more

Homemade Ginger Chocolates

Making your own chocolates is surprisingly simple – this is a delicious recipe flavoured with ginger. Choose your sweetener – for a vegan option sweet freedom or maple syrup are great choices. For a lower sugar option try xylitol or stevia Print Recipe Homemade Ginger Chocolates Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 5 minutes Servings … Read more

Gluten Free Panettone

A fabulous festive treat and a wonderful alternative to the traditional Christmas Cake. Rich and buttery this is a yeasted cake so you do need to allow time for proving but it actually is so easy to make. You can make this in advance and spike it with brandy to keep it wonderfully moist before … Read more

Mincemeat Cake Bars

If you’re looking for an alternative to mince pies then try these cake bars. Fabulously moist and sweet they are ideal for packed lunches and on the go snacks. I often make up a batch and freeze them. Ideally use your own mincemeat but if you are buying mincemeat from the shop check ingredients carefully … Read more

Lemon Polenta Cake

A moist dessert cake delicious served with yogurt. Using xylitol helps keep the sugar content low and the addition of ground almonds boosts the protein content to help stabilise blood sugar levels. This will keep well in the fridge for 3-4 days and can be frozen for up to 3 months. You could vary the … Read more

Superfood Chocolate Truffles

This recipe is a variation from the recipe in my GUT HEALTH DIET book. I often make these as a treat for my family and they make a wonderful Christmas after dinner sweet treat. You can vary the ingredients according to what you have in your cupboards. I love using lucuma which gives the truffles … Read more

Cinnamon Vegan Muffins

A delicious warming muffin – perfect for the festive season. Using bananas is a great way to avoid using eggs. They also provide plenty of sweetness and natural moisture.  You can freeze these muffins for up to 1 month. Print Recipe Cinnamon Vegan Muffins Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Servings MetricUS Imperial … Read more

Paleo Pistachio Biscotti

These hard Italian biscuits were traditionally made with hazelnut and aniseed but are now flavoured with a wide variety of nuts and lemon or orange rind. They are hard and crunchy because they are twice-cooked (‘bis’ is Italian for twice and ‘cotti’ for cooked). This makes them ideal for dipping into desserts like paleo ice cream … Read more

Strawberry Protein Chocolate Hearts

Craving Chocolate?  Why not make up a batch of these delicious homemade protein chocolates. Perfect for Valentine’s day and being rich in protein they are delicious as a post workout treat. I use chocolate moulds from Lakeland but you could simply use an ice cube tray instead. You can save time by switching the filling … Read more

Vegan Chocolate Dough Balls

These are scrummy little protein balls of goodness!  Such a simple recipe and the variations are endless. I used a chocolate protein powder for one batch and then cappucino flavour for another. You can simply chill them once made or coat them in extra chocolate to make a chocolate truffle.  These are pefect as a pick me … Read more

Raw Eggnog

I love nut drinks and this version is ideal as a festive alternative to Eggnog. Adding a spoonful of coconut oil makes this drink incredibly creamy. I love using Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil which is particularly rich in medium chain triglycerides. You can vary the nuts – I think the use of pecan makes it … Read more

Gluten Free Chocolate Gingerbread

This is a favourite at home especially around Christmas and if you’re not a fan of fruit cake then try making this as an alternative. A wonderful rich gingerbread which is lightly spiced and made more special with the addition of cocoa. This also freezes well – cut into slices and open freeze for ease. … Read more

Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip

Creamy and full of flavour this simple healthy dip is gluten and dairy free. What’s great is that not only does it take minutes to prepare but it uses storecupboard ingredients making it an ideal instant healthy snack when time is short. Perfect for topping on oat cakes, crackers and sandwich thins you’ll love this … Read more