Gluten Free & Dairy Free Holiday Cooking Substitutions Guide

Short on time or cooking abilities?  These quick substitutions for your gluten-free or dairy-free guests will help make your life easier.  Of course, cooking your own version is almost always healthier but sometimes life happens and we need shortcuts to help us out!

Our Recommended Gluten-Free Holiday Food Subs:


  • Schar Baguette, Ciabatta or Kaiser Rolls (egg free)
  • Udi’s French Baguettes or Classic Dinner Rolls
  • Violette Bakery in Cambridge, MA-fresh bakes vegan and dairy free loaves/rolls


  • Simply Organic Brown Gravy Mix


  • For cooking: King Arthur Gluten Free Flour
  • For baking: Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose 1:1 Gluten Free Baking Flour or Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Baking Flour


  • Aleia’s Plain/Panko Breadcrumbs
  • Namaste Italian Herb Coating Mix (egg free)


  • All McCormick Single ingredient spices are GF
  • Healthy Solutions Spice mix
  • Spicely Organic spices
  • All fresh herbs should be safely GF


  • Pacific Foods Organic Stock and Broths-Chicken Stock (Regular and Unsalted) as well as Chicken/Beef/Turkey/Vegetable Broths
  • Swanson-Organic Chicken Stock/Unsalted/Broth/Bone Broth, Regular Chicken Broth, Organic Vegetable Broth and Regular Stock/Broth

Our Recommended Dairy-Free Holiday Food Subs:


  • Earth Balance Vegan Butter
  • Miyoko’s Vegan Butter


  • Treeline Herb-Garlic Soft Cheese
  • Kite Hill Ricotta
  • Miyoko’s Vegan Mozzarella
  • Follow Your Heart-Vegan Gourmet Cheddar Shreds

Cream Cheese

  • Tofutti Dairy Free Cream Cheese
  • Kite Hill Dairy Free Cream Cheese


  • Use Creamer below or Full-Fat Canned Coconut Cream


  • Califia Farms Better Half unsweetened Coconut and Almond Creamer
  • Ripple Original Half and Half


  • Kite Hill Plain Greek Yogurt-for thicker replacement
  • So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Yogurt


  • Ripple Unsweetened Pea Milk
  • So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk
  • MALK (completely gum free plant milk)


  • So Delicious Coconut or Cashew Milk Ice Creams **some flavors not gluten free-check label**
  • So Delicious No Sugar Added (monk fruit sweetened) Ice Cream
  • Fomu-(at Whole Foods, made locally in Boston)-tahitian vanilla/vanilla bean/salted caramel/cold brew/chocolate flavors gluten-free

Happy Holiday Eating!

*All options provided on each list are both gluten and dairy free

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