Real Food Recipes for the Holidays: Christmas, Hanukkah & New Year’s Eve

by Ann Marie Michaels on December 9, 2012

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Are you afraid that this holiday season you will be deluged with unhealthy food? Christmas cookies made with hydrogenated industrial oils, food coloring and high fructose corn syrup, factory farm turkeys and ham… oh, I could go on.

But I won’t. Because it doesn’t have to be that way. You can enjoy Christmas, Hanukkah & New Year’s Eve eating delicious, nutrient-dense foods from sustainable farms and artisan food producers.

Here are some links to some of my favorite real food holiday recipes available online. I have indicated which recipes are legal on GAPS/SCD/Paleo.

Real Food Recipes for the Holidays

Christmas Cookies & Fudge

Buttercream Frosting from Cheeseslave
Christmas Fudge from Cheeseslave
Paleo Iced Gingerbread Cookies from Beauty and the Foodie (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Homemade Peppermint Patties from Thank Your Body
Chocolate Mint Cookies from Good Girl Gone Green (Paleo)
Orange Hazelnut Biscotti from Cheeseslave
Sprouted Flour Christmas Cookies from Cheeseslave
Sprouted Flour Shortbread Cookies with Grass-fed Butter from Cheeseslave
Pumpkin Cream Cookies from Eat Naked Now

Sprouted Flour Christmas Cookies


Bubbe’s Chopped Liver from Cheeseslave
Bubbe’s Coconut Oil Latkes from Cheeseslave
Butternut Squash Kugel from Homemade Mommy
Grain Free Challah Bread from Homemade Mommy (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Latkes (Pancakes) 3 Ways: Potato, Kohlrabi, Sweet Potato from Homemade Mommy
Slow Cooker Chocolate Fondue from Real Food Kosher (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Sprouted Spelt Challah from Homemade Mommy
Wine-Braised Brisket with Orange and Thyme from Real Food Kosher (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)

Hanukkah Recipes

Christmas Morning

Gluten-Free Bacon Buttermilk Pancakes from Don’t Mess With Mama
Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal from The Sprouting Seed
Gluten-Free Maple Pecan Muffins from Ditch the Wheat (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Nut Flour Pancakes & Waffles from Real Food Kosher (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins from Green Boot Living
Pumpkin Spice Muffins from Homemade Mommy
Triple Chocolate Muffins with Buttercream Frosting from Butter Nutrition
Cranberry Pumpkin Orange Spice Muffins from Gutsy by Nature

Christmas Dinner Entrees

Cranberry-Spinach Stuffed Pork Loin from DJ Foodie
Roast Duck with Cherry Reduction Sauce from Cheeseslave (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Rosemary, Clementine and Ginger-Stuffed Whole Turkey from And Here We Are (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)

Potatoes and Other Vegetable Side Dishes

Extra Creamy Mashed Potatoes from Cheeseslave
Roasted Beets, Brussels Sprouts, and Carrots from Gutsy by Nature (GAPS, SCD)
GAPS Mashed Potatoes (Fauxtatoes) from Cheeseslave (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Green Beans with Lemon & Sage Crumbs from Meatified
Paleo Sweet Potato Gratin from Meatified (Paleo)
Parsnip Carrot Mash with Lemon Zest & Thyme from Meatified
Butternut Squash Gratin from Oh Lardy
Butternut Squash Kugel from Homemade Mommy
Chessy Oozy Baked Breadcrumb’d BNut & Cauliflower aka Gratin from Gastronomical Sovereignty
Sweet Potato Hash in Maple-Roasted Acorn Squash from The Sprouting Seed (Paleo)
Garlicky Green Beans from Cultured Palate (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
DIY Pumpkin Puree from The Moderately Crunchy Mommy
Rootin’ Tootin’ Underground Hash from DJ Foodie
Roasted Brussels Sprouts from my other blog, Reversing Food Allergies (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Simple Buttery Brussels Sprouts from DJ Foodie
Roasted Sage Squash with Honey from Whole Green Love (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Breadless Stuffing from Eat Naked Now
Mashed Cauliflower and Celery Root from DJ Foodie
Roasted Sweet Potato Purée with Coconut, Orange & Ginger from And Here We Are


Other Side Dishes

Christmas Pasta Salad from Cheeseslave
Fermented Cranberry Sauce from Oh Lardy (Paleo)
Sweet and Savory Spiced Holiday Nuts from The Savory Lotus
The Best Fruit Salad from Thank Your Body
Honey Sweetened Cranberry Sauce from Nearly Natural Momma
Infused Oils from Healing For Real
Cranberry Orange Relish from Naturally Persnickety Mom
Maple Walnut Scotch Eggs from Popular Paleo (Paleo)
Scotch Spiked Beef Liver Pate from The Elliott Homestead
Jalapeño Cilantro Cranberry Sauce from Eat Naked Now
Oven-Roasted Spiced Chestnuts from Our Heritage of Health


5-Minute GAPS Gravy from Cheeseslave (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Easy Reduction Sauce from Cheeseslave (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)

Rolls & Bread

Sprouted Flour Yeast Rolls Made with Lard from Cheeseslave
Sprouted Cornbread from Cheeseslave
Savory Sweet Potato Biscuits from The Savory Lotus

Sprouted Flour Yeast Rolls Made with Lard

Pies, Pie Crusts & Crisps

Chocolate Cream Pie from Cheeseslave
How to Make Perfect Pie Crust from Cheeseslave
Maple Apple Crisp from Whole Green Love
Texas Pecan Pie from Cheeseslave
Butternut Squash Pie from Reformation Acres

Other Desserts

Paleo Pumpkin Pie Pudding with Maple Candied Pecans from Meatified (Paleo)
Cranberry Crumb Bars with Pecans and Rosemary
from Real Food Kosher
Primal Chocolate Coconut Amaze-balls from Cheerfully Imperfect
Raw Egg Nog Ice Cream from Eat Naked Now
Cookie Dough Truffles from Thank Your Body
Honey Roasted Figs with Vanilla Ice Cream from Cheeseslave
Homemade Chocolate Orange Pudding from Green Thickies (Paleo)
Grain-Free Cranberry Apple Cinnamon Smash from Grok Grub
Pumpkin Pie Bars from The Moderately Crunchy Mommy
Vanilla Kefir Ice Cream from Cheeseslave (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Low Carb Pumpkin Cheesecake from The Wholesome Life
Gingerbread with Honey Nutmeg Whipped Cream from Thank Your Body
Gingerbread Cookie Smoothie from Good Girl Gone Green
Homemade Miniature Marshmallows from The Sprouting Seed (Paleo, GAPS)


Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Creamer from The Coconut Mama (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
GAPS Diet Egg Nog from Cheeseslave (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Homemade Cranberry Orange Glüwein from Nearly Natural Momma
Hot Cocoa with Raw Whipped Cream from Cheeseslave
Raw Egg Nog from Cheeseslave
Homemade Cranberry Vodka from Meatified
Chocolate Eggnog from Cheerfully Imperfect
Homemade Eggnog in 5 Minutes from Fearless Eating
Immune Boosting Mulled Wine from The Savory Lotus
4 Ingredient Hot Cocoa from Elston Backyard Farms
Simple Metabolism Boosting Coconut Hot Chocolate from Care Tactics
Mexican Hot Chocolate from The Sprouting Seed (Paleo)

What To Do With Leftovers

Paleo Turkey Hash from Nearly Natural Momma (Paleo)
Black Friday Pie and Turkey Soup from Small Footprint Family (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
How to Make Homemade Chicken (or Turkey) Stock from Cheeseslave (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)

New Year’s Eve

Chicken Liver Mousse from Cheeseslave (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Deviled Eggs with Salmon Roe from Cheeseslave (GAPS, SCD, Paleo)
Gravlax from Real Food Kosher
Pâté de Campagne, or Country Pâté from Cheeseslave

Gravlax by Real Food Kosher

New Year’s Day

Hoppin’ John from Cheeseslave

Green Christmas Pinterest Board

For more real food holiday recipes, eco-friendly holiday decorating and DIY gift ideas, follow our Village Green Network Green Christmas Pinterest board.

Photo Credits: Real Food Kosher

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Linda December 9, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Wow! That’s a lot of recipes. It will take me a while to go thru them.


DaNelle Wolford December 9, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Thanks for taking the time to put this together! Definitely sharing!


Melanie December 10, 2012 at 6:26 AM

Thanks for the round up, I can’t wait to dive in! :)


Hannah Healy @ Healy Real Food Vegetarian December 10, 2012 at 5:20 PM

What a great compilation of recipes! I’ve bookmarked the sprouted Christmas cookies and cant wait to make and decorate them for Christmas!


Annie December 12, 2012 at 12:23 AM

Thanks , Everything looks SO Wonderful. Going to have to give some of those recipes a go.

Does anyone know when making Potatoes Latkes if you can use Coconut , or Garbanzo bean flour?

Wishing everyone a Warm Family Holidays.


Monique Verdin December 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Just an fyi=just finished the gingerbread men cookies–major flop. Kids were so disappointed. It is EXTREMELY gooey dough, even after adding huge amounts of extra flour. We actually salvaged a few good “men” but mostly just balls of gingerbread. It tastes good, though.


Diane @ Balanced Bites December 18, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Monique- I know that The Food Lovers Kitchen has just updated their grain-free gingerbread cookie recipe, so that may be helpful for you. I ate them and they were delicious.


Ann Marie Michaels December 18, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Thanks, Diane!


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