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Easy Gluten-Free & Vegan Holiday Desserts

Hispanic girl celebrating birthday with familyThe leaves are changing, the air is crisp and the holiday season is upon us. We’ll soon be gathering with our friends and family around the dinner table to enjoy one another’s company and feast on delectable delights.

As we are planning these gatherings, we thoroughly review all the details, big and small. Decor, guest lists, main dishes, side dishes, cocktails, etc. There is so much to think about and the choices seem endless. These days, even feeding a small group of people can feel overwhelming. Worldwide, more people are making healthier choices for their diets and restricting themselves from common ingredients. Below are some easy ways you can provide your guests with safe and delicious desserts at your holiday.

Gluten Free: One in 133 Americans suffers from Celiac disease and another 18 million have gluten sensitivity. For these celebrants, occasions where lavish sweets are served can be frustrating. Our friends at Inspired by Happiness have you covered! Inspired by Happiness sets a new standard for gluten-free, giving dessert the decadence it deserves with irresistible flavors, a homemade taste and amazing, moist textures. These cakes are so decadent and delicious, they may become the most popular desserts you serve this season.

gluten-free-3-layer-cakes-vignette-reducedDark chocolate, white chocolate, strawberry, cookies & cream, each Inspired by Happiness dessert is certified gluten-free by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. They are made using only natural flavors, with no artificial colors or trans-fat and available in neighborhood grocery stores like Target and Kroger.

Vegan: For those guests who don’t eat eggs, milk and butter, dessert can seem tricky at first, but there are plenty of ways to create desserts that avoid these ingredients. Serve vegan guests a homemade sorbet topped with a mint garnish. Or, stick to your regular recipes and make some substitutions. Tofu, cornstarch and applesauce can replace egg in pies and pudding. And a range of milk substitutes are available, including rice milk, soy milk and almond milk.

Healthy Options: Whether you have guests who avoid desert because of a specific health concern or simply are fans of fruit only, a fruit side will be a welcome addition to your dessert spread, especially after an indulgent meal. Provide guests with a fresh fruit salad side. This option can be enjoyed right alongside any and all of the other options in your spread.

We hope you find these tips helpful in planning your holiday gatherings and enjoy spending time with your family and friends! Happy Holidays from our family to yours!