Whether you’re whipping up cookies for a last-minute cookie swap or working on treats for a New Year’s Eve bash, there are few things that get the party started like a warm tray of delicious baked goods—that is, unless you can’t eat said treats. For the millions of Americans who suffer from food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances, the holidays can be tough to navigate. So whether you’re a member of that group or are baking for someone else who is, we’ve got everything you need to turn out yummy cakes, pies and bars that everyone can enjoy.
Sadly, gluten free doesn’t always equal healthy, and there are many gluten free baking mixes that are chock-full of chemicals and preservative that most people should avoid—gluten intolerant or not. Simple Mills remedies this with a line of mixes that contain only a few simple ingredients. There’s no refined sugar (they use coconut sugar), and thanks to the reliance on almond flour as opposed to rice flour, Simple Mills mixes offer considerably more protein than traditional gluten free mixes. We love the muffins for breakfasts on busy mornings, and even though the recipe calls for eggs, those allergic can easily swap them for applesauce with the same delish results.
Now, even allergy suffers can have their cake and eat it, too. And Cherrybrook Farms doesn’t want to just provide food that allergy suffers can eat—they want to make them tasty enough for everyone to enjoy. In addition to wheat/gluten, this mix is also free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy and eggs, and it requires only oil and the dairy-free milk of choice to pull together.
How about some frosting on that cake? Thanks to Frost’d’s new line of all-natural, coconut oil frosting (just coconut oil, sugar, water, salt and all-natural flavors!) you can serve cakes and cupcakes with pillows of delicious frosting on top. The Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla is a classic choice, but the Honey Lavender Lemon and Mexican Hot Chocolate are just as yummy—and kid-friendly.
What’s a sweet without a little sweetener? Like the name suggests, Wholesome! produces a line of organic, gluten free and vegan granulated and liquid sweeteners that make yummy—and healthy—desserts possible. The organic cane sugar is great in traditional baked goods, but we also love their organic coconut palm sugar and organic coconut palm syrup for low-glycemic options.
When Diana Blue’s son was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis just before his fourth birthday, she reeled for only a moment, but then she bounced back with a plan to feed him dairy-free, nutrient dense food. And that didn’t mean she wanted to deprive him of the occasional treat, either. The result is her brownie mix made with almond flour and hemp seeds. This decadent mix is filled with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and heart-healthy omega 3 and omega 6 fats—and it’s available for order nationwide.
Everything’s better with a little chocolate in it, and Enjoy Life has garnered a cult-like following for their mini chocolate chips (now also available in mega chunks) because they’re free of dairy, gluten, nuts and soy. We love them in cookies, bars, brownies and as a super-easy ganache (just microwave with some dairy-free milk). But we also them straight out of the bag, too.
When even mixing up cookie batter seems like an impossible task amid the chaos of life, Meadow Lane Cookies makes enjoying a delicious and allergy-free dessert still possible. The ingredients are all wholesome (read: you can pronounce them all) and include chickpea flour and gluten free oat flour. The best part? The mix is already complete—with liquid ingredients included—so all you have to do is scoop and bake.