Have a Merry, Allergy-Safe Christmas

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Christmas time is officially here! And even though it is the most wonderful time of year, my stress level during the holidays goes through the roof. Along with traffic, masses of people in the stores, and the rush to get everything done, I have to worry about making or finding allergy-safe food.

This Christmas we hosted some of my high school friends for an Office (our favorite show ever) Christmas party. Along with my many allergies, my close friend is gluten-free, so our menu was peanut-free, tree nut-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

And I have to say, with the many food restrictions, the food came out great, and everyone had a really fun time!

People without food allergies may think it’s impossible to work with all of these food restrictions, and not even try. For me, I see it as a challenge, and I know how great it feels to have a table full of safe food to choose from.

So here are the three, no-bake, allergy-friendly, delicious Christmas desserts that I made:

Peppermint Chocolate Marshmallows: 

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These was super simple to make, and are delicious to eat as a treat, or put in coffee!

Ingredients: 

  • 5 candy canes
  • 2 cups dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1/2 bag marshmallows

Directions:

  1. Heat chocolate chips in microwave for one minute (or until completely melted).
  2. Put candy canes in freezer bag and smash with large spoon until they break into little pieces. Put candy cane pieces into bowl.
  3. Dip bottom half of marshmallow into chocolate. Then dip into crushed candy canes.
  4. Set on parchment paper and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Serve when ready!

 

Christmas Muddy Buddies: 

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Ingredients: 

  • 9 cups Chex gluten-free cereal (I prefer Corn Chex)
  • 1 cup dairy-free semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Microwave chocolate chips, sunflower butter, and margarine uncovered on high for 1 minute. Stir, then microwave for 30 more seconds. Stir in vanilla.
  2. Pour over cereal in separate bowl, and mix until evenly coated.
  3. Put powdered sugar in 2 gallon freezer bag.
  4. Pour coated cereal in freezer bag and shake with powdered sugar until evenly coated.
  5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Serve when ready, and enjoy!

 

Grinch Fruit Kabobs: 

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 box strawberries
  • 1 box green grapes
  • 2-3 bananas
  • mini marshmallows

Directions: 

  1. Wash strawberries and cut off the hull (green top).
  2. Wash green grapes.
  3. Cut up bananas into 1/2 in. slices.
  4. Skewer fruit onto kabobs along with mini marshmallows.

If you want to try to make it look like a grinch head with the Santa hat, you put the mini marshmallow on top, followed by the strawberry with the small end touching the marshmallow, the slice of banana, and the grape. When I tried this, the proportions of the fruit didn’t really work, so I just skewered multiple rows on a kabob. It still looks festive!

All of these recipes are simple, and delicious! I hope you have a safe and Merry Christmas!

 

 

Caitlin has grown up in Los Angeles acquiring food allergies, a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, a loving husband, and an amazing job as a Children's Librarian. She enjoys spending time with family, trips to the beach with her husband, Sundays at church, and writing. Having food allergies is a struggle, but Caitlin hopes with more resources available, people can learn to thrive with food allergies.

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