The Best Vegan and Gluten-free Treats for Christmas
Christmas is a time when family and friends come from near and far to spend time together, share stories and news about their lives, and celebrate the goings-on of another year. No matter how or where you celebrate the holidays, the universal gathering place is the dining room table. Wherever there is good food, you can find happiness.
This year, whether you’re hosting Christmas dinner or simply bringing goodies to add to the mix, treat your family and friends to tasty morsels suitable for any diet. Ranging from naturally-derived cruelty-free food dyes to dairy-free Christmas pudding, there is no reason anyone should be left out at your dinner table once you’ve had a look at this list.
Cruelty-free Christmas Decorations
Baking all kinds of yummy treats and then adorning them with frosting and sprinkles is a favourite holiday pastime for many families. While most synthetic food dyes are not derived from animal byproducts, many are tested on animals.
Give your family the gift of a cruelty-free Christmas this year and use Hopper natural food colouring instead to achieve any festive shade under the sun without ruffling a single feather. These food dyes are derived from the gorgeous colours provided to us by mother nature. Safflower creates bright yellow and green pigments for Christmas trees and tinseled wreaths. Radish and black currant help you achieve a deep and vibrant red, perfect for a Santa suit or Rudolph’s red nose.
Gluten and Dairy-free Christmas Desserts
Once you’ve assembled your decorating kit, you need something to decorate! Vegan Christmas cookies, gluten-free Christmas cookies and other gluten-free vegan Christmas desserts like gluten-free vegan cake require you to stock up on one very important ingredient: gluten-free all-purpose flour.
Some gluten-free Christmas treats may also call for a thickener or emulsifier like xanthan gum (only if your all-purpose flour doesn’t already have it).
Dairy-free Christmas Cookies
Dairy-free Christmas cookies use dairy substitutes and some recipes for dairy-free Christmas treats may even omit the need for milk altogether, as traditional recipes only call for a couple of tablespoons at most anyway. If you’re interested in whipping up some dairy-free Christmas desserts and you wish to keep the milk, you’ll need to stock up on some dairy substitutes like almond milk, soy milk, and coconut milk.
Gluten-free Christmas Cake
Some gluten-free Christmas cakes and other baked gluten-free Christmas desserts may call for a combination of gluten-free self-raising flour and gluten-free all-purpose flour in order to achieve the desired fluffy results you’re looking for. If baking all day isn’t on your holiday to-do list, check out our Hopper Chocits. They’re just like vegan Christmas cake pops without the stick. They look like little adorable snowballs and they’re sure to please any crowd, especially your vegan and gluten-free friends and family.
Gluten-free Christmas Pudding
Christmas pudding is one of those holiday treats where you simply cannot forgo the milk, so if you’re looking to make a vegan Christmas pudding, non-dairy milk is going to be your best bet! Or you can skip the effort and treat your guests to these Christmas Crackle Puddings. Gluten-free and delicious!
Vegan Advent Calendar
What’s Christmas without a countdown?
Try a vegan Advent calendar this year and enjoy a guilt-free countdown as you treat yourself to some vegan Christmas chocolate each day. The So Free Organic Dairy Free Advent Calendar is stocked with chocolate that’s made from raw cane sugar, cocoa butter, and vegan emulsifiers. These delicious dairy-free Christmas treats are made in a factory that never processes dairy or gluten. Your gluten intolerant and vegan friends and family can rest easy and enjoy wonderful gluten and dairy-free Christmas dessert.
Vegans and those with gluten-free or dairy-free diets shouldn’t miss out on any of the Christmas fun this year, especially not dessert. After all, everyone has a sweet tooth to satisfy and what better excuse to indulge than the holidays?
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from hopper HQ!
- Kris Reid