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With Thanksgiving and the holiday season upon us, I thought it would be fun and helpful to gather all the holiday recipes from the blog and put them in one spot. I hope this list serves as a resource for you over the next month, as you gather together with friends and loved ones to celebrate the season.
This list includes sides for your Thanksgiving table, desserts (from Christmas cookies to pumpkin pie), to brunch classics. Each recipe on this list is special to me and my family in some way, and I hope the recipes you try become a special part of your family’s celebration, too. I’ll be sure to revisit this list and update you with any new holiday recipes that are added to the blog in the future.
Real Food Holiday Recipes
Sweet Potato Casserole (Gluten-Free)
This casserole is surprisingly low on sugar but big on taste and sweetness. The casserole is made by roasting versus boiling the sweet potatoes. The roasting process brings out the naturally-sweet flavor of the sweet potatoes. When you pair the potatoes with almond flour, pecans, maple syrup, and butter…AMAZING!
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (Gluten-Free)
This is the EASIEST way to make mashed potatoes. How easy? You don’t even need to drain the water from the potatoes.
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Herbed Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes (Stove-Top Method, Gluten-Free)
I absolutely love adding olive oil to my mashed potatoes. These potatoes feature the flavor of olive oil paired with fresh herbs. This is a stove-top method, but you could probably take the same flavor concept and adapt the recipe, using the Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes recipe (above) as a guide, to work in the Instant Pot.
Butternut Squash Mashed Potatoes (Gluten-Free)
Okay, I have a thing for any kind of mashed potato. I think that’s becoming clear. Another variation of mashed potatoes is to add butternut squash to the potatoes and then mash the veggies together for an extra nutrient-rich side dish.
Instant Pot Beef Roast with Root Vegetables (Gluten-Free)
This pot roast would be perfect to serve for a Christmas Eve dinner. The Instant Pot cooks the meat to absolute perfection.
Instant Pot Beef Stew with Hearty Veggies (Gluten-Free)
It’s tradition in Dustin’s family to enjoy beef stew for Christmas Eve dinner. I absolutely love this tradition, which is always accompanied by a cheese and olive spread. This stew recipe was inspired by the family tradition.
Making and enjoying homemade cinnamon rolls has become a Christmas tradition in our home. My recipe uses einkorn flour, which is not only easier to digest but also so easy to work with. Since its structure is very different than modern wheat, there’s no kneading or fussing with einkorn flour. A reader friend recently commented, after making the cinnamon rolls, “They were SO delicious and remind me of the Pillsbury variety I grew up on and are so easy! My husband said I’m going to have to hide the leftovers from him!”
Green Bean Casserole (Gluten-Free Recommendations)
This green bean casserole isn’t the mushy version that many of us grew up eating at the Thanksgiving feast. This version features slightly crisp green beans and a sour cream sauce. The flavor and texture are spot on.
This is an older recipe on the blog. It’s still my favorite stuffing (or dressing, depending on where you live) to make for the holidays. The flavor of the sausage paired with the mushrooms, kale, and bread is an absolute delight.
Einkorn biscuits are a must-make this season. I regularly make these biscuits when the weather drops below 80 in Florida. There’s just something about warm, fluffy biscuits on a cold day. And pair those biscuits with chili (stove-top or Instant Pot)…perfection.
If you want to change up classic biscuits with a veggie spin, this recipe is for you. And don’t skip the maple-cinnamon butter. It’s a must-have with the warm, homemade biscuits.
Bacon, Vegetable, and Kale Frittata (Gluten-Free)
A frittata is such a great meal to serve for a holiday brunch. This frittata isn’t your average egg dish. It’s packed full of hearty veggies and greens, and, of course, bacon!
Orange-Apple Cranberry Sauce (Gluten-Free)
This was one of the first holiday recipes shared on Live Simply. It’s my take on traditional cranberry sauce.
Fun fact about me: My favorite pie growing up was chocolate cream pie. And you know what? My favorite pie as an adult is still chocolate cream pie. There’s something about combining a buttery crust with chocolate and whipped cream that speaks to my tastebuds. This pie is a homemade, real food version of my favorite pie. It’s a great addition to a holiday party spread.
This pumpkin pie tastes just like the classic recipe, except it relies on real ingredients versus overly-processed milks and sugars.
The Best and Quickest Way to Cook Sweet Potatoes (Gluten-Free)
If you’re looking for a quick and easy side this holiday season, go with this recipe. This recipe is one of the most popular recipes on the blog. The title says it all!
Einkorn flour makes the best scones. The scones are lightly sweetened with maple syrup and then topped with a decadent glaze.
‘Tis the season for all-things pumpkin. This recipe is naturally-sweetened with maple syrup and big on the pumpkin spice flavor. I think the muffins would be perfect to serve as a side for Thanksgiving or alongside a holiday breakfast/brunch. Try this almond flour recipe for a gluten-free version of pumpkin bread.
This casserole is one of those special recipes that become part of your family tradition. I love making this casserole for Easter morning, but I think it would also be perfect for a holiday brunch.
One-Bowl Pumpkin Loaf Cake (Spelt Flour)
More pumpkin recipes, because it’s pumpkin season! This loaf cake is naturally-sweetened and topped with an irresistible cream cheese frosting.
This recipe is an absolute delight to serve for a Christmas morning breakfast or holiday brunch party.
Homemade Hot Chocolate (Gluten-Free)
This stove-top version of hot chocolate is a favorite with my children. It’s naturally-sweetened with maple syrup and has a rich chocolate flavor.
Pumpkin Spice Latte (Gluten-Free)
I mean, do I need to explain this one? What’s fall time without a pumpkin spice latte? Skip the coffee shop and make your own this season.
Homemade Marshmallows (Gluten-Free)
If you haven’t made homemade marshmallows before, you are in for a treat with this recipe. You must make this recipe at least once this season.
I use this recipe throughout the year to make sugar cookies for class parties and holiday celebrations at home.
Grandma’s Famous No-Bake Buckeye Cookies (Gluten-Free)
This is my grandma’s famous recipe. You must try this recipe at least once this holiday season. I think you’ll love this famous treat.
This bread is made with einkorn flour. The classic bread is perfect for any holiday celebration.
Finally, let’s talk about a gift idea of teachers, friends, and family. Cookies In a Jar are a fun way to give a thoughtful and homemade gift. This recipe is made with whole wheat flour to keep the cost down. I’ve also included printable gift cards you can attach to the jar.