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Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes: A Loving Journey

As the holidays are fast approaching, I want to share some gluten free recipes I have found online and that my family just loves. Having a special needs child on a special diet (and I myself having to limit gluten), I find that these recipes are yummy and very good alternatives to the real thing. Who needs gluten anyway?

I know, going gluten-free may be hard for some people – I, too, love bread! – but gluten-free recipes aren’t really that bad and sometimes you can’t tell the difference.

So let the baking and cooking begin and try something new! Also, great hint here: Most of the recipes linked have alternative ingredients listed for food allergies. Bonus!

Rice stuffing with apples, herbs, and bacon
This dish is delicious, full of flavor, and the kids enjoy it, too! Win-win for everyone.

Garlic Dill Dinner Rolls
I love bread, and some gluten-free breads are not that tasty. But this one is very close to the real deal.

Gluten Free Layer Bars
Another kid-approved recipe that the whole family will enjoy. Easy-to-follow instructions and a very tasty dish.

Almond Flour Brownies
Did I mention that I love brownies? Well, I do! And these are yummy. This recipe taste just like real brownies and smells like them, too. The boys love to eat them up and they have no idea they’re gluten-free.

Winter Squash Agrodolce
This recipe is easy to make, but looks like one of those hard-to-make Food Network dishes and taste like one, too! A great way to sneak in a little squash to your child’s diet, and they will love it.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins
Do you have a love relationship with pumpkin everything? Well, this recipe is for you! Enough said.

Banana Pudding
All my boys love bananas, so I decided to step it up a bit and make banana pudding. You can add marshmallows or gluten-free granola to top it off. (I love the KIND brand granola. It’s gluten and nut-free and tastes great.)

Gluten-Free Pie Crust
Pie that everyone can eat and enjoy. Just follow this recipe.

Thanksgiving Stuffing
Want to stuff the bird, but feel guilty about all that gluten? No need to worry. This recipe will ease the stress of what to stuff your bird with. Kid approved. You can add cranberries to the stuffing for a sweet taste.

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
Again, do you love pumpkin everything? Pumpkin seeds are actually quite easy to make and the whole family enjoys them. No guilt and all the good things.

Glazed Carrots
This recipe will amp up your plain old carrots this Thanksgiving, for sure!


Trish Schaeffer is a mom of three boys—two with special needs—and a blogger for Central Penn Parent. Follow her at You can follow Trish on Twitter @Alovingjourney and on her Facebook group A Loving Journey-Parents of special needs kids.

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