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Gluten-free pie ideas for the holidays safe for celiac disease

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Gluten-free pie

Dessert is an important part of the holidays, and people with celiac disease do not have to miss out on the delicious treats. From frozen gluten-free pies you can purchase online to gluten-free pie mixes you can find in the store, the number of options has increased dramatically in recent years. Your dessert table will never be empty this holiday season.


Frozen pies are a convenient way to prepare for the holidays, and they can save you hours in the kitchen. The Gluten-Free Mall has several brands of frozen gluten-free pies ranging from traditional pumpkin to chocolate truffle. Many of the items are also dairy, soy and egg free. Katz Gluten Free also carries frozen pies without the protein, and the Silly Yak Bakery has several versions including blueberry and cherry. Some Whole Foods stores have frozen gluten-free pie crusts in addition to baked goods. There are also other online and local bakeries that you may find in your area that offer prepared pies.

If you prefer to make your pie at home and would rather avoid the frozen versions, then there are gluten-free mixes and pie crusts that can make the process easier. You can find Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pie Crust Mix, Glutino Gluten Free Pantry Perfect Pie Crust Mix, and the Pillsbury Gluten Free Pie and Pastry Dough in grocery stores. If you prefer to shop online, MI-DEL offers several prepared pie crusts including ginger snap and chocolate snap.

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If you are making the entire pie from scratch, there are recipes that can guide you. The gluten-free pie crust recipe from Serious Eats walks you through the entire process with the option of doing it by hand or using a food processor and offers advice for nut or crumb crusts. Although most people will select pumpkin and apple pies as the traditional holiday options, there are other fillings you may want to consider such as pecan, cherry or chocolate cream.

Read more about celiac disease:
Celiac disease tips for handling gluten on Thanksgiving
Gluten-free gravy shopping and cooking tips for celiac disease

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