Our Favorite Paleo Christmas Recipes
Post by Lucha: World traveler, culinary student and Media Director at Paleo Flourish Magazine. Lucha will try most food but prefers Indian, Thai and Mexican food above all else. She is currently either cooking, eating, grocery shopping, or browsing recipes on Pinterest.
Even though my heritage is Jewish, my family always celebrated “secular” Christmas with our family friends. We never took up the Jewish tradition of movies and dinner at a Chinese restaurant, and for good reason: we didn’t want to miss out on the food! Not to mention another opportunity to join around the table and celebrate the holiday season with our community. For me, that’s what Christmas is all about.
But I’ll stop myself now from getting sentimental and introduce our awesome selection of Paleo Christmas recipes. No matter your background or how you celebrate the holidays, we can all agree that the end of the year is the perfect time for delicious and healthy food to be shared with those we love! So without further adieu, here are our favorite Paleo Christmas recipes.
Paleo Christmas Cookie Recipe
These cookie recipes are suitable for holiday gift boxes and end-of-the-year parties that will be in order well before Santa arrives!
Using almond flour and a yummy mix of winter spices, Mike makes this yummy Paleo gingerbread cookies egg-free! (Thanks to Mike for letting us use the photo from him blog, The Iron You.)
These frosted cookies can be made it whatever shape you like. They use a Paleo-friendly sweetener that I had never heard of, but it’s a new option that I’m eager to discover.
What beautiful star cookies! Simple and elegant, they would be the perfect topping on the tree if I weren’t planning to eat them all up.
Paleo Christmas Eggnog Recipes
I’ll admit I personally was never that into eggnog, but being such a key part of the Christmas tradition, here is a short list of a few eggnog recipes that keep it Paleo.
This wild and crazy eggnog recipe is “veganized and healthified” with the help of coconut milk, almond milk and … carrot juice?! Also slippery elm is an optional component that adds texture. (Photo courtesy of Lauren from Oatmeal with a Fork.)
Here’s a skinny eggnog recipe that is more traditional, with vanilla, grated nutmeg and a pinch of salt. It’s sweetened with coconut sugar and stevia extract. (Another great photo and recipe from Lauren at Oatmeal with a Fork!)
Kelly’s eggnog recipe is slightly similar to the above eggnog, but also includes a great cinnamon spiced meringue recipe to be used as a topping!
If you’re OK with dairy, try this Primal eggnog recipe, which includes raw milk, grass-fed cream and maple syrup as a sweetener.
The simplest eggnog recipe on the list, this one uses only a few ingredient, and nothing that is too hard to find.
Paleo Christmas Recipes – Starters and Appetizers
These sweet and spicy nuts are a great snack for early-bird guests, or as a healthy snack to munch on while you’re cooking up a storm! (Joshua from Slim Palate gave us permission to reproduce his photo. Thanks!)
Forget chestnuts roasting on an open fire; everything is better with bacon, no exceptions! These bacon-wrapped water chestnuts make great hor d’oeuvres and are a nice blend of salty and sweet. (Thanks to first time contributor Cassandra for allowing us to use the photo from her blog, Fed & Fit.)
Brussel sprouts are a positive contribution of something ‘green’ for the Christmas table (admit it – besides the tree and cookie frosting, there’s not much more green of the natural variety at Christmas!) This is a simple salad with nuts, raisins and a tasty dressing.
Another great fusion of sweet and savory flavors, this sausage stuffed acorn squash is a creative and original way to impress your guests alongside that fabulous ham and turkey!!
Paleo Christmas Recipes – Sweet Potato Side Dishes
With almond flour, coconut butter and coconut milk in the mix here, these delicious Sweet Potatoes include some of my favorite Paleo friendly foodstuffs. The thyme and sage add subtle herbal flavors to this creamy mix of yum. (Photo credit to Rach from Meatified. Thanks!)
This is similar to the above recipe but this one has the nutty addition of walnuts mixed with shredded coconut for a crunchy top-coating on this tasty casserole.
These beautiful hasselbacks (check the photo if you don’t know what I’m talking about!) come alongside a yummy and Paleo-friendly apple chutney recipe that gets mixed into the slitted sweet potatoes and harmonizes perfectly with the help of cinnamon, walnuts and apple chunks. It’s a sweet side-dish with the best flavors of winter!
This bread-free stuffing gets it typical texture from the sausage but is also helped by the sweetness of fruits and the crunch of healthy walnuts.
Paleo Christmas Entrée/Main Recipes
Ham is often considered the centerpiece of the Christmas table and with honey in the mix to make that savory and sweet flavor harmony, who could complain?! (Thanks to Meghan and Angel for permission to use the photo from The Paleo Effect!)
I wasn’t aware until recently of the Feast of Seven Fishes, that is, the Italian-American tradition of eating fish on Christmas Eve! Here is a delicious dish using salmon to honor that tradition (or start a new one!)
Here’s another fishy dish (that also uses chicken) for Christmas Eve or the big day! It is a Spanish-inspired paella that isn’t shy to mix chicken, chorizo and shrimp all in one. A pinch of saffron is the special secret to the color and subtle flavor boost.
These mini-meatloaves are not only a delicious mix of beef, almond meal and some great flavor boosters; the gravy sauce made of portobellos and coconut milk works well atop this meatloaf and many more delicious Christmas dishes!!
Paleo Christmas Pies and Cakes
I originally thought this was savory but it turns out it’s just an awesome meringue-topped pie made with a sweet potato filling! The crust uses arrowroot and coconut flour and the filling is a yummy orange-and-spice-infused sweet potato mash. NOTE: There are some f-bombs in the instructions for this recipe.
Another sweet pie that could be confused for savory, this spinach-infused creation also includes almond flour, coconut flour, and that elusive but aromatic rose water!
This blueberry cream pie doesn’t leave room for confusion; it’s definitely sweet. Gelatin makes this filling firm and consistent. Just be careful when diluting the gelatin in hot water – it deactivates above 60ºC!
In Latin countries, bread with dried fruit baked into it is the classic Christmas treat, and here’s a great example. Spices and nuts also make this yummy bread pudding flavorful while olive oil balances out all the sweetness and leaves it moist.
This upside down cake (with its good looks hidden in the crust underneath and revealed upon flipping) is a beautiful banana and coconut-flavored piece of heaven!
A gorgeous walnut crumble tops this coffee cake, but note that the recipe includes butter (usually considered Paleo-friendly) and calls for sour cream or Greek yogurt (usually considered only Primal-friendly). Alternatively you can use coconut cream.
Seemingly of Italian origin, this delicious chocolatey cake is made with a base of chestnut flour and topped with one of my favorite items – pine nuts!
More Paleo Christmas Dessert Recipes
This surprisingly simple Christmas treat looks darn tasty!! Remember to heed the tip of using a double boiler to melt that chocolate as burnt chocolate is not so tasty. Alternatively you can microwave the chocolate to melt it but make sure to take it out to stir every 10-20 seconds until ready. (Thanks to Adriana for another great from her blog Living Healthy with Chocolate.)
I’m used to having poached pears in red wine sauce but that’s not so Paleo, now is it! This pomegranate molasses (instructions included) looks to be the perfect healthy alternative for these divine poached pears!
This recipe is on the elaborate side (compared to the first two in this section) but if your goal is to keep it Paleo-version classic, don’t skip out on this awesome Paleo figgy pudding recipe. You can sing about it afterwards.
Shame on me for not realizing that fudge is a typical American Christmas treat! (It is, I looked it up.) Megan, The Detoxinista gives us this simple, low-ingredient count, no-cook recipe. Too easy!
Here’s another simple dessert recipe (5 ingredients only!) that doesn’t require cooking. Just mix up the batter, roll up the balls and cool.
A trifle is a layered dessert cup that includes custard, fruit, sponge cake, and often jelly and whipped cream. Irena makes this fancy Paleo version, as well as providing some ideas for other trifle varieties. This makes me want to have another party just to celebrate this awesome dessert!
How Christmasy, an eggnog pudding dessert! As I mentioned before though, be careful when you dilute your gelatin in hot water. It’s a necessary step but if the heat exceeds 60ºC the gelatin will deactivate and your pudding won’t solidify.
These pumpkin treats are too yummy (and bite-sized) to stop at one! The crust is made from hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds and dates while the filling uses pumpkin puree and a great mix of spices (cinnamon, clove, ginger powder and all spice). It’s all topped off with a decadent chocolate drizzle. The best part? No bake!
If you’re looking for a traditional Christmas pudding recipe complete with brandy, then look no further!
These truffles are easy to make to in advance – bring them out as a snack for guests or pack them into a box and give as a homemade gift.
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without some gingerbread, so check out this recipe for a deliciously Paleo dessert.
What To Do With Christmas Leftovers?
Monica May offers some ideas here including a protein pancake and a smoothie.