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The Ultimate Guide to GAPS Holiday Recipes

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Daddypotamus: “Who taught Katie ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?”

Me: That would be me. Last July.

Oh holidays. The food. The love. The traditions. The opportunity to count blessings and give some away. Who am I kidding? I’ll celebrate just about anything.

Still, I want these days to shimmer and sparkle in my children’s eyes . . . but not at any cost. We’re a GAPS family, holidays or not. Does that mean the grinch wins? Absolutely not! With these fabulous recipes on hand, he never had a chance.

Photo courtesy of The Urban Poser

Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Marshmallows

Jenni from The Urban Poser – aka Marshmallow Maker Extraordinare – has done it again with this recipe featuring organic fair trade cocoa, coconut milk and peppermint swirl marshmallows!

Peppermint swirl marshmallows? How did she think of that?!!?!? I don’t know, but it’s a mystery I’m most willing to unravel over a steaming mug on Christmas morning.

Find the recipe here

Photo courtesy of The Urban Poser

Raspberry Hamantaschen

Do you love jelly doughnuts? I LOVE jelly doughnuts. These, of course, are actually cookies from Jenni at The Urban Poser , but I can’t stop staring at that ooey gooey raspberry filling. Yes, please!

Want to know the best part? That filling is just a hint of things to come in 2011. Oh yes, Jenni is going to be a regular contributor on Mommypotamus! I am so excited to feature her creativity here . . . and the fact that she insists on bringing me samples to try before publishing a recipe doesn’t hurt, either!

Find the recipe here

Photo Courtesy of The Urban Poser

Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

If you’re not convinced you should be over-the-moon excited about Jenni’s guest posts I have two more things for you:

First, these heavenly little morsels  are SUPER chocolatey and filled with a rich creamy, melt in your mouth, peppermint dairy free ‘butter cream’.

And second . . . .

Photo courtesy of The Urban Poser

Honey Candied Citrus Peel

These candied citrus peels are a fresh twist on the “orange in the stocking” tradition.  They’re sweet, chewy, dredged in powdered coconut and to quote Jenni directly “full of citrusy goodness”.

Find the recipe here. But wait, there’s oh so much more!

Photo courtesy of Nourished Kitchen

Sesame Honey Candy

This traditional Greek recipe from Nourished Kitchen features only three simple ingredients: toasted sesame seeds, honey and unrefined sea salt.

We make it year-round as a takealong for packed lunches, road trips and picnics.

Find the recipe here.

Photo Courtesy of Nourished Kitchen

Grain-Free Gingerbread Men

And now to one of the recipes I am most excited about this year: Gingerbread men!

These date sweetened delights would be fabulous paired with marshmallow creme piped on top instead of icing. Just follow this recipe but don’t whip the full 10 minutes so the marshmallow is more malleable.

Find the recipe here


Photo courtesy of Our Nourishing Roots

Chocolate Peppermint and Coconut Citrus Fudge

“I really love it when I find a dessert recipe that is not only GAPS-legal but actually and truly very, very delicious.  I mean really delicious, as in: you-don’t-have-to-have-real-food-tastebuds-to-appreciate-this delicious. And it is a really special day when I have not one, but two, recipes to share that are up to this standard,” says Kendahl at Our Nourishing Roots. If you haven’t discovered it yet, this is a fabulous blog for GAPs families and mamas interesting in learning real food basics!

Check out the recipe here and her homepage here

Pecan Sandies

These buttery pecan cookies are the potamus definition of chewy perfection.

It helps, too, that they’re ridiculously easy to make and little finger love pressing pecans into the dough.

Find the recipe here.

Photo Courtesy Real Food Forager

Coconut-Date Linzer Cookies

These lovely little cookies feature a grain-free roll out butter dough coupled with lemon zest and date filling. Yum!

Find the recipe here.

Photo courtesy of Health Home & Happiness

Buffalo Chicken Wings

Ready to move on to some savoury dishes? Alrighty, this buffalo chicken recipe with homemade bleu cheese dressing is a fun twist on the traditional holiday meal. Use the leftovers to make stock and then whip this easy egg drop soup for a fuss-free lunch the next day!

Find the recipe here.

Bacon Wrapped Scallops and/or Dates

Forget “pigs in a blanket”, THIS is where it’s at, ya’ll! Sweet firm scallops or almond stuffed dates rolled up in juicy bacon goodness.

Oh, and did I mention that they take less than five minutes to prep and only 20ish minutes in the oven? Easy peasy!

Find the recipes here

Holiday Spiced Nuts

Substitute honey for sugar and this recipe from Cheeseslave becomes the perfect party snack for the holidays “Or,” she says, “put them in mason jars tied with ribbons and give them out as holiday gifts.”

Great idea!

Egg Nog

And of course, we can’t talk about holiday recipes without EGG NOG! This recipe from Cheeseslave is soooooo easy to make and, of course, GAPS-friendly!

What, you’re not an egg nog fan?!?!?

Then how about an. . . .

Orange Julius!!!

I am seriously thinking of featuring this new twist on an old favorite at our Christmas breakfast with bacon, eggs and celery root hash browns.

And maybe pancakes, because I REALLY like breakfast!

Check out the recipe here.


Happy holidays, ya’ll! If you have a favorite GAPS holiday recipe please share it below!

Photo credit: astrangegirl

This recipe is participating at the Weekend Gourmet Recipes Carnival.



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36 Responses to The Ultimate Guide to GAPS Holiday Recipes

  1. Jenni says:

    Can’t wait to try that fudge and Ben will be LOVING those buffalo wings!

  2. Diane says:

    You just made my day with all of these WONDERFUL looking holiday recipes, can’t wait to try some of these!

  3. Joan Advent Maher via FB says:

    Thanks for posting so excited to get started. And glad there are some cookie choices that don’t rely on nut flour as we have allergies.

  4. Ashley says:

    wow, THANKS!!!

  5. charity dasenbrock says:

    I have eaten a lot of the citrus coconut fudge this season so far. It is yummy!! Thanks for a great collection of recipes.

  6. Linda Bernal Stromsodt via FB says:

    Thanks for sharing these!!!

  7. Janna Greenroyd via FB says:

    Thank you!!

  8. Nikki Freeman via FB says:

    thanks mommy :)

  9. Joanna Moore says:

    WOAH momma! that is a ton of delicious looking stuff. i better get started right now =)

  10. Jessica B. says:

    What gorgeous photos! And, the recipes look wonderful, too. ;D

  11. Kristine Winniford via FB says:

    I was excited for the gingerbread men… but then I saw that orange Julius! I think I HAVE to make that today, I just happen to have more eggs than I know what to with and today is milk pick up day. You know what is weird? As a kid I loved those until I found out they had raw eggs in them. Now I’m like “yes, another way to get in some raw egg yolks!” Thanks for sharing, I’m looking forward to Urban Poser’s guest posts. She had me at marshmallows. =)

    • Heather says:

      Ha! I love any opportunity to get extra egg yolks in, too! And Jenni is so awesome. Daddypotamus calls her The Food Artist and is always happy when she drops by with something to try!

  12. TreaSon Holdings via FB says:

    Thanks for sharing these!!!! :)

  13. rachel says:

    So, I didn’t think cocoa was legal in the GAPS diet. Is it? If so, I’m doing a happy dance right now!

  14. Daniel Coles via FB says:

    This looks like an excellent resource. Hopefully I’ll get to try some of them. Thanks.

  15. JessicaS says:

    Has anyone tried the chocolate peppermint cookies with coconut flour? I know I would have to use less, probably half as much coconut as almond. Also, thoughts on nut-free subs for the cashews in the cream?

    • Heather says:

      Sorry . . . I’ll be making these for the first time tomorrow and don’t have any thoughts on possible substitutions yet :(

  16. Rose says:

    You saved the day! Thank you for posting. I will be visiting this site again.

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    Gorgeous post! Just scheduled this to be posted on at 5pm.


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    By the way, please submit this to my blog carnival today!

  21. Cindy says:

    I just made the Orange Julius and the taste took me right back to the mall during my high school days! My 3 and 5 year old loved it, too! Thank you for sharing.

  22. Heather says:

    I couldn’t find the delicious-looking chocolate peppermint sandwich cookies; the link couldn’t find a recipe match anymore. Do you, by any chance, have the recipe that you could share, please? Thanks so much for such a great compilation of recipes!!

  23. Jill says:

    Is the date sugar in the gingerbread cookie GAPS legal? I know it isn’t in SCD but can’t find anything about it for GAPS. She’s very specific that honey can’t be substituted for date sugar.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Melana, I’m honestly not sure. I know the criteria has changed a few times, and I don’t have an up-to-date list on what’s allowed/not allowed. Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

  24. Nicole says:

    Are these recipes still available?

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