12 Yummy Gluten Free Holiday Jell-o Recipes!

Gluten Free Holiday Jello Recipes

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 Jell-O Recipes 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.

Do you remember the days when every good potluck displayed a Jell-O salad or 10? And not just plain red Jell-O in a Pyrex bowl. No, I’m talking way back, when Jell-O salads were an indisputable sign of Grandma’s kitchen skill. These were the days when old ladies would compete in a secret contest for who could float the most bizarre ingredients in her Jell-O. Cooks would toss in everything from peaches to cottage cheese, olives, or even salmon. Really? Salmon? Let’s make this year’s holiday dinners a feast Grandma would be proud of. It’s time to bring back the Jell-O salads! So venture to the basement, dig out Grandma’s Tupperware mold and get creative! I’ve chosen some of my favorites and posted them here. But I draw the line at fish in my Jell-O.

Some of the recipes recommend oiling the Jell-O molds. I have never done that with my plastic, Tupperware Jell-O molds. Once you peel the top off the mold, it will break the airtight seal and the Jell-O will slide right out. If you use a different type of mold, it may need to be oiled.

I’ve also created a Pinterest board featuring these 12 Jell-o recipes. Enjoy!

1. Rum Bumble

Rum Bumble by Break O Day Farm

photo copyright: Break O’ Day Farm

For a more grown-up version of the jell-o shot, try this vintage recipe for a Rum Bumble. GET THE RECIPE

2. A Retro Dessert – Ambrosia Jello

Retro Dessert Ambrosia Salad from Lick the Bowl Good

photo copyright: Lick the Bowl Good

I replaced the cool-whip in this recipe with one cup heavy cream, whipped with 2 tablespoons sugar. Fortunately my sister loves coconut, so I left it in there 😉 Be sure to check out her cookbook! GET THE RECIPE

3. Creamy Strawberry Banana Jello

Creamy Strawberry Banana Jello from The Food Charlatan

photo copyright: The Food Charlatan

Here’s a classic strawberry and banana in gelatin salad. I couldn’t have said it better than Karen, “Jello is a classic, embrace it!” GET THE RECIPE

4. Pomegranate Berry Salad

Pomegranate Berry Salad from The Jello Mold Mistress of Brooklyn

photo copyright: The Jello Mold Mistress of Brooklyn

This Jell-o salad is not only pretty, but also a little boozy, which happens to be my favorite type of Jell-O. If you like Jell-O, you will LOVE Victoria’s book Hello Jell-O! GET THE RECIPE

5. Makelle’s (Lime) Jello

Makelles Lime Jello Salad from Baked in Arizona

photo copyright: Baked in Arizona

Don’t fret the cottage cheese. It’s surprisingly tasty. This is a Jell-O salad like Grandma made. Again, I replaced the cool-whip with whipping cream & sugar. (It’s safe to assume for all these recipes that I replaced the cool-whip with home made.) GET THE RECIPE

6. Strawberry Banana Jello Mold

Strawberry Banana Jello Mold from Never Enough Thyme

photo copyright: Never Enough Thyme

The fruit and nuts in this recipe remind me of a banana split. So tasty. So pretty. Perfect for a fancy, holiday dinner with the whole family. GET THE RECIPE

7. Classic Jello Salad

Classic Jello Salad from Yesterfood

photo copyright: Yesterfood

A throwback to the days when Granny packed everything into her Jell-O salad. I guess cottage cheese in the Jell-O is one of those things you either love or hate. I like it as long as I KNOW it’s in there. If it come across lumpy Jell-O unexpectedly, not happy. Try it, you might like it. Take it to your next holiday dinner & make Granny proud.   GET THE RECIPE

8. Champagne Strawberry Jello

champagne-strawberry-jello-from a beautiful day

photo copyright: A Beautiful Day

See, Jell-o molds can be classy. These almost look too pretty to eat. Beautiful for a holiday brunch or candlelight supper. GET THE RECIPE

9. Candy Cane Dessert Minis

Candy-Cane-Dessert-Minis-from Jell-O

photo copyright: Kraft

Crushed candy canes make everyday Jell-o into a special, holiday treat. And the individual servings make everyone feel special, kids love it! GET THE RECIPE

10. Layered Ribbon Jell-O Salad

Layered Ribbon Jell-O Salad from Two Healthy Kitchens

photo copyright: Two Healthy Kitchens

My mom makes a layered Jell-o salad for every holiday meal. When the grandkids invade her house, it’s still the first food they dig into. Plan ahead, layered Jell-o takes a few days but it’s totally worth it. GET THE RECIPE

11. Strawberry Jell-O

Strawberry Jell-O from Let the Baking Begin  

photo copyright: Let the Baking Begin!

This may be the simplest recipe here. A light & fluffy layered Jell-o that’s simply beautiful. Simply tasty. GET THE RECIPE

12. Raspberry Pretzel Jello

Raspberry-Pretzel-Jello from Natasha's Kitchen

photo copyright: Natasha’s Kitchen

I love my jello molds, but I gotta admit, pretzel salads have just the right balance of salty & sweet & fruity. This raspberry treat is rich and delightful. It’s like a mini Jell-o party all in one dish. These are my favorite gluten free pretzels. I think they taste even better than wheat pretzels.  GET THE RECIPE

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