I love to bake. And I love to make candy. Not all the time, of course, because I’m sure it would get old quickly, but I typically make special treats a few times a year. For me, feeding people is my first language, and making desserts is one way of celebrating holidays and special occasions. I enjoy making desserts more than I enjoy eating them, actually, which is one of the first reasons why my husband and I connected. 😉
For most people, the holidays involve celebration and food. As I work with more and more people on a low FODMAP diet, I’m aware how few recipes are out there with holiday options, so I decided to pull together options that are either my own recipes, or ones we’ve made/enjoyed at Chez Harris. PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR ALL SWEETS, IT’S ALL ABOUT SMALL PORTIONS!
Angel Food Cake: Light, airy, delish. Perfect for a celebration.
This is a birthday present yearly for a friend–his absolute favorite!
- Chocolate bark –super quick. Just use low FODMAP options like almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, sunflower, pumpkin seeds, ginger, orange peel, etc.
- Chocolates: see above! make your own with a mold or buy
- Chocolate Banana Mousse Pie–please note, ripe bananas are higher in FODMAP, so small pieces (1/12th pie) are a must. The recipe works with just-ripe bananas, too.
- Chocolate Chip Cookies might not be traditional holiday foods–but once you taste these, you may well change your mind.
- Chocolate covered: strawberries, almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pomegranate seeds, etc.
- Clementines Of course, they’re more festive when dipped in chocolate 😉
- Clementine cake–This is a recipe from Nigella Lawson that we’ve made more often than I can count.
- Flourless torte-use a dairy free version of nutella My husband’s favorite, and very cute as mini-cakes
- Fondue, using chocolate and fodmap friendly fruit or cookies
- Fruit and whipped cream–Strawberries, raspberries, bluberries…just stick to 1/2 cup of fruit or what you tolerate.
- Glazed walnuts:these are so very yummy, quick and easy.
- Hot chocolate-MYO using lactose free milk–or hot vanilla!
- Jello–this one is just grape juice and gelatin
- Marshmallows –As long as you’re having a small portion, these work. Generally kids of all ages love these.
- Meringue cookies (see above)
- Mint Chocolate Egg cream
- Nut or seed brittle
- Peanut butter cookies or a nut free, use sunbutter
- Pralines<–this version is dairy free, so it’s more FODMAP friendly, but portions still need to be small.
- Pumpkin seeds
- Rice pudding
- Roasted chestnuts. Not quite dessert, but an amazingly seasonal yummy snack.
- Toffee–it’s essentially sugar and butter, so small portions are a must.
So…enjoy treats. Savor, stick with small portions, and remember, you don’t get points back for feeling guilty.