12 Yummy Gluten Free Holiday Appetizers!


Holidays seem to be the hardest time for anyone eating gluten free, but no worries – I assure you that your meals can still be tasty and full of variety! This collection of 12 Yummy Gluten Free Appetizers are part of my 144 Gluten Free Mix and Match Holiday Guide, coming soon…

Recipe Allergy Key:

  • GF = Gluten Free
  • *GF = Original Recipe requires modifications to be Gluten Free – don’t worry I provide the necessary changes!
  • DF = Dairy Free
  • EF = Egg Free
  • SF = Soy Free
  • V = Vegetarian

While I have tried to eliminate or identify all potentially gluten-containing ingredients, I may have missed some. If you are unsure if an ingredient or product contains gluten, please check the label.

I’ve also created a Pinterest board featuring these 12 appetizer recipes. Enjoy!

1. Cheese Fondue


photo copyright: Break O’ Day Farm

Everything is a little retro at my house so of course fondue is on the menu! If you prefer bourbon over brandy, feel free to swap it out. GET THE RECIPE

2. Almond Hemp Crackers

Almond Hemp Crackers from Guiding Instincts

photo copyright: Guiding Instincts

Of all the baking I’ve done, I think crackers were about the last type of food I learned to make. They just seemed so intimidating. If you haven’t made your own crackers yet, these are a great one to try. This recipe is very easy to make and homemade crackers are so much tastier than the kind you can buy in a box. Don’t forget the parchment paper. It will help a lot. You can get the hempseeds and hempseed butter here. GET THE RECIPE

3. Paleo Bacon Deviled Eggs

Paleo Bacon Deviled Eggs from Real Food RN

photo copyright: Real Food RN

When cooking the bacon for this recipe, be sure to save the bacon grease. You will need it for the Baconnaise. I save all of my bacon grease (and chicken fat, duck fat, etc.) in mason jars in the fridge. I only made half the recipe because, no matter how many deviled eggs I make, the kids would fill up on them and not eat anything else for dinner.  GET THE RECIPE

4. Prosciutto Cups Gluten Free Appetizer

Prosciutto Cups from Mom What's For Dinner

photo copyright: Mom, What’s For Dinner?

These are just like little quiches, but even better, since they are naturally gluten free and there is no crust-making to slow you down. When you get a chance, read her “about me” explaining her journey to gluten-free cooking. As with my story, it all started with a munchkin 🙂 GET THE RECIPE

5. Sweet Bacon Tater Tots

Sweet Bacon Tater Tots from  The Cutting Edge of Ordinary  

photo copyright: The Cutting Edge of Ordinary

Simple and tasty, plus they look fancy on a platter. My daughter said these made her mouth explode with joy. I have no better description than that! GET THE RECIPE

6. Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip from Home Cooking Memories

photo copyright: Brandie Valenzuela of Home Cooking Memories

This recipe cooks in the slow cooker, leaving space on the stove top for other holiday dishes. Luckily, spinach is one of those cold-loving greens. You can still buy it at most farmers’ markets through the winter. GET THE RECIPE

7. Spinach Balls

Spinach Balls from The Kitchen is My Playground

photo copyright: The Kitchen is My Playground
*GF, SF, V

You’ll need stuffing for this one, for gluten free stuffing mix ideas, check out this article

Here is a wonderful recipe you can make ahead, freeze and just bake on the day of your party. GET THE RECIPE

8. Garden Vegetable Spread

Garden Vegetable Spread from Julie's Eats and Treats

photo copyright: Julie’s Eats and Sweets
GF, EF, SF, V 

This is a great way to sneak some more veggies into the kids. It’s so tasty, they won’t have a clue it’s healthy! Try this dip with the hempseed crackers. GET THE RECIPE 

9. Stuffed Mushrooms (vegan)

Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms from Girlichef

photo copyright: girlichef

Serve these little, herb-stufffed mushrooms at your next holiday party & surprise your guests when you mention they are vegan. Or don’t tell them, sometimes it’s just more fun that way. GET THE RECIPE

10. Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Hummus 

roasted red pepper and garlic hummus from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen

photo copyright: Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen

Try it with these gluten free chips or just set a bowl in the middle of your veggie tray. If you find yourself with any leftovers, take Bobbi’s advice & try it as a sandwich spread. GET THE RECIPE

11. Orange Cauliflower – A Vegitarian’s Orange Chicken

Oragne Cauliflower from Yummily Yours

photo copyright: Yummily Yours’
*GF, DF, EF, V

With all the heavy, holiday meals on the table, this recipe is a better alternative to sweet & sour chicken. It’s also a great way to sneak some veggies into your kids! Replace the 1/2 cup flour with 6 tablespoons white rice flour mixed with 2 tablespoons cornstarch. GET THE RECIPE

12. Easy Marinated Olives

EasyMarinatedOlives-from Rhubarb and Honey

photo copyright: Rhubarb and Honey

Here’s a very simple recipe, even the toddlers can help prepare. Just chop the garlic & let them stir it all up. This dish is a great one to make ahead & just pull from the refrigerator right before guests arrive. GET THE RECIPE

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