3 Easy Gluten-Free, Vegan Holiday Desserts

Written by Susannah Faulkner. Susannah serves as the University Outreach Specialist here at Udi’s Gluten Free Foods, and was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2005. She proudly lives her life both gluten and dairy free, and loves creating new desserts.

Everyone deserves to chow down on delicious holiday treats, even if you are gluten free and vegan! When I first was diagnosed with celiac in high school, I didn’t cope well with the thought of missing out on the schmorgesborg of desserts at holiday dinners around this time of year. I would become bitter after we finished dinner, because I couldn’t satiate my sweet tooth!

Now, I always offer to bring a gluten free and vegan dessert to every holiday party I attend. By simply adjusting every day recipes, you will be able to make some delicious holiday treats that everyone will enjoy!

Gluten Free Gingerbread Cake1. Gingerbread Cake
This one is always a big hit and can be taken to any kind of soiree. I use this awesome gluten free recipe with a few modifications. First, make sure to use vegan butter, such as Earth Balance’s Vegan Buttery Stick. This product holds up better with baking compared to vegan spreads. The only other easy adjustment is to take out the egg, and add an additional ½ cup of applesauce, for a total of ¾ of applesauce. Follow the directions accordingly, and you’ll have a delicious, moist gluten free vegan gingerbread cake! The cake goes great with a scoop of your favorite vegan vanilla ice cream or soy whip cream, like Soyatoo. Trust me, no one will have any idea that this one is free from gluten, dairy, and egg!

Gluten Free Rugelach2.Scrumptious Gluten Free Vegan Rugelach
(Photo by Yuko Chan)
This Jewish pastry goes great at any Hanukkah festivity, and can be enjoyed by everyone with this great recipe. If you’ve never tried rugelach before (I hadn’t until I found this recipe!), it is like a sweet, nutty croissant. The recipe above calls for apricot jam and walnuts, but you can use any of your favorite fillings! One of my favorites is a raspberry and pomegranate blend. Chocolate filling is also very common for rugelach. For a simple vegan solution, use:

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon melted vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (microwave in a small bowl for 15 seconds)

Simply mix and use in place of the fruit jams!

3. Berry Crisp
Last on this list of easy gluten free vegan holiday desserts: a lovely berry crisp! This one is so easy and is perfect to take along to every holiday party, or to just enjoy at home with family!


  • 3/4 cup Udi’s Gluten Free Au Natural Granola
  • 1/3 cup all purpose gluten free flour
  • 1/3 cup vegan butter
  • 3 cup frozen berries (feel free to create a blend of your favorite varieties )
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • Sugar to sweeten


1.    Blend oats and flour in a medium sized bowl.
2.    Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.
3.    Pack half of the mix into the bottom of 8 inch square baking pan.
4.    Slowly bring cornstarch, berries, and sugar to a boil while stirring.
5.    Cover the oat mixture in the pan with the berry filling.
6.    Top with remaining crumb mixture.
7.    Bake about 35 minutes at 350 degrees.

Make sure to let the crisp cool before serving. Just like the gingerbread cake, this one also goes great with vegan ice cream or soy whip.

I hope these three recipes help you with your holiday planning, and that you are able to enjoy them in the warm company of family and friends! Happy holidays from all  of us here at Udi’s!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload the CAPTCHA.