Healthier Christmas Cake

Posted by Mairead O'Keeffe

gluten free christmas cake
I thought it would be good to look for some delicious and different healthier Christmas cake recipes that you can bake at home.

If you don’t want to bake your own we are taking orders for the wonderful cakes, puddings and pies by the fabulous Nibbles in Millstreet. Telephone us on 029 51922 or call in to order yours. Special dietary requirements accommodated.

Coeliacs and those with gluten intolerance should avoid gluten. On the whole though, if you don’t show a reaction to gluten then avoiding it can mean that you are missing out on some wholesome grains. Gluten-free isn’t necessarily healthier, but these recipes look delicious and if you are sharing them it is great to accommodate guests with special dietary requirements!

Refined sugar is really bad for your health – many of these recipes have alternatives to traditional icing decoration and look incredible.

A selection of healthier Christmas Cake recipes


Christmas Ring Cake by the Coeliac Society of Ireland

This recipe claims that the hardest part of making the cake is preparing the tin, but the effort is worth it, it looks amazing. A standard cake tin has a tin can placed in the middle to create the ring – doesn’t look that hard to me!


Healthy Christmas Cake by Teresa Cutter

This is an unusual Christmas cake that uses ground almonds as an alternative to flour and contains no sugar other than that which is naturally occurring in the fruit.


Traditional Christmas Cake by the Coeliac Society of Ireland

This is a classic – often preventing the fruit from sinking can be the hardest part of baking a gluten free christmas cake and this recipe will give you a wonderful dark rich cake that keeps the fruit even.


Jamie Olivers Gluten Free Apple Christmas cake

This recipe is for a lovely apple spiced cake and is really easy to make. It’s topped with toasted pine nuts for a different and simple finish. A great idea for anyone who doesn’t like icing or is avoiding a sugar overload.


Christmas cake (gluten, wheat and dairy free) by Delicious Magazine

A lovely, moist Christmas cake that can be enjoyed by everyone, including those with gluten, wheat or dairy intolerances.


Gluten-free Christmas cake by Michelle Berriedale-Johnson

This Christmas cake ensures everyone can have a slice. Free from wheat, gluten, and soya; can be dairy, egg and nut free. Plus no added sugar.


Crispy filo mince pies with pear and apple mincemeat by Lorraine Pascale

Try this lighter version of mince pies made with filo pastry and fresh apples and pears. Great for mince pie skeptics.


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