12.27.2015

Nog French Toast Bake {dairy + gluten free}

Updated December 27, 2015

I love making Christmas a special time for my boys. We do lots of activities on Christmas Eve, including sprinkling reindeer food outside, leaving our magic key for Santa to get into the house, and our Elf on the Shelf, Teddy always leaves them a special gift. Teddy didn't show up this year though. Apparently he knew that his shenanigans would be too stressful for us with a new baby in the house or something. ;) 

In the past I've always made pancakes or coffee cake for breakfast on Christmas morning, and felt rushed to prepare and bake that early while the gift-unwrapping is occurring. A couple of years ago, I decided to make something for breakfast in advance so that I could just pop it in the oven first thing and enjoy the rest of the morning with the boys rather than standing over the stove the whole time.  

Nog French Toast Bake {dairy + gluten free} from Making it Milk-free

12.07.2015

Winter Wonderland Holiday House {dairy+egg free}

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Christmastime is full of traditions, whether new or old. Mason and I have a tradition that we started when he was just a year old. Every year around his birthday in early December, we create a "gingerbread house." Because of food allergies, we always have to be careful with the ingredients we choose for the house and decor. Honey Maid graham crackers have always been our item of choice to build the house from because they don't contain milk. Another bonus? Mom doesn't have to spend time baking safe gingerbread and cutting the pieces out because the graham crackers are ready to go!

Winter Wonderland Holiday House | Making it Milk-free

12.06.2015

Cranberry Bliss Oatmeal Cookies {dairy + gluten free}

Now that I've discovered an awesome dairy-free white chocolate, it is my goal to create as many amazing holiday treats using it as possible each year. For some reason white chocolate makes me think of the holidays. Also, oatmeal cookies are one of my absolute favorites, so it's a win-win!

Cranberry Bliss Oatmeal Cookies {dairy + gluten free} from Making it Milk-free






This time of year is always conflicting. On one hand, I want to try and eat healthfully in spite of all the delicious goodies around, but on the other hand I want to bake and create new festive holiday recipes. I figure that as long as I can find someone to share the treats with, they won't be in my house tempting me to eat them. This is where cookie exchanges come in handy.

With food allergies and intolerances, exchanging foods with others can be tricky. Most often the things we receive from others are not dairy and gluten free. The one upside to cookie exchanges is that I don't have any desire to eat most of them, knowing how miserable I would be afterwards, so it helps me to not be tempted by everything.

As much as I love sharing recipes with you, especially around the holidays, I decided to make it even more fun this year by giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to lucky reader (see details below)! 

Update: Thanks to my generous friends at Premium Chocolatiers, the winner will also receive their Signature Truffle Collection (15 pieces of vegan, nut-free, gluten-free deliciousness worth $29.50)!



For a fun twist on a holiday cookie exchange, I'm participating in a Virtual Gluten-free Christmas Cookie Exchange with 17 other fabulous bloggers. Not only are we sharing an array of delicious gluten-free cookie recipes, we're also each giving away some fantastic prizes! After you've entered to win below, head on over to the others and find some recipes to satisfy any sweet tooth this holiday season and check out the other giveaways too!

Cranberry Bliss Oatmeal Cookies {dairy + gluten free} from Making it Milk-free

Cranberry Bliss Oatmeal Cookies {dairy + gluten free}

  • 1 cup dairy-free butter substitute 
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup gluten free flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cups gluten-free oats
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 bar dairy-free white chocolate, chopped into small pieces (I used Milkless Polar Dream from Premium Chocolatiers)

In a large bowl, cream together dairy free butter and brown sugar. Add eggs one at a time and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. 

In a separate bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour, cinnamon, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients gradually while mixing on low speed, just until combined. 

Fold in the gluten-free oats, dried cranberries, and dairy-free white chocolate pieces until evenly dispersed throughout the batter. Cover mixing bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least one hour. 

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Using a cookie scoop or spoon, scoop batter onto parchment paper in balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Press the center of each ball down slightly to flatten the cookies a bit. Bake for 12 minutes.



Check out all 18 recipes in our virtual gluten-free cookie exchange, listed in the order they appear in the photo, left to right, row by row:


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