Gluten-Free Holiday: Edible Gifts of Good Taste (Gluten-Free Chipotle-Maple Mixed Nuts) and a Giveaway!

This giveaway has ended. The winner of the copy of Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes by Kelli & Peter Bronski, chosen by, is #22 – Janis! Congratulations, Janis.

It’s Week 3 of A Gluten-Free Holiday, and we’re sharing Edible Gifts. This is a topic near and dear to my heart (well, Thanksgiving Favorites, the topic for Week 2, is a very close second), as I love to make and give away various edible treats – not just around the holidays, but throughout the year. During the holidays, however, I go into treat-making overdrive. I read about holiday treats, spend days and nights dreaming and thinking up treats, bookmarking my favorites, and I make plans to turn as many of these recipes into delicious gluten-free, dairy-free goodies. And I bestow the results of my efforts upon family, friends, and coworkers.

Because after all, those on a restricted diet need a holiday treat, right? At least, that’s what I think!

Of course, my goal with each of these treats is to make them tasty enough to be enjoyed by anyone – not just those on a gluten-free and/or dairy-free diet. This means that my ultimate taste testers are, many times, my co-workers, as none of them are on such a diet. If the speed in which they devoured these chipotle-maple mixed nuts is any indication, these are definitely tasty treats.

In fact, I had to hide a jar from myself so I can ensure there will be some to snack on for Thanksgiving. I can’t make any promises that the jar will be full come next week, however. Might have to make some more.

Chipotle-Maple Mixed Nuts (gluten-free, casein-free)

1 egg white

3 T freshly squeezed orange juice

½ t orange zest

1 – 1 ½ t chipotle chile powder

½ t cinnamon

1 ½ t kosher salt

1 ½ T minced fresh rosemary needles

3 T ghee (clarified butter), butter, or coconut oil

1/3 c coconut palm sugar or brown sugar

1/3 c maple syrup

2 c raw pecan halves

2 c raw almonds

2 c raw cashews

2 c raw walnuts

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease a large baking sheet and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk the egg white until it starts to froth. Add orange juice, zest, chipotle chile powder, cinnamon, salt, and rosemary needles and whisk until combined. Set aside.

In a large, heavy skillet (I used my cast iron skillet), heat ghee over medium-low heat. Add coconut palm sugar and maple syrup and stir. Add nuts and toss until well-coated, stirring frequently. Add in bowl of egg white/spice mixture and toss again until evenly coated. Stir for another 3-4 minutes.

Transfer to prepared baking sheet and spread out. Bake for 20 minutes and stir well. Bake for another 20 minutes. Stir again, and bake for 10-20 more minutes or until nuts are no longer sticky. Allow to cool to room temperature. Break apart as needed before storing in jars.

More holiday edible gift ideas:

Roasted Almond Caramels

Chocolate Peppermint Covered Marshmallows

An Assortment of Vegan Treats

Cranberry Walnut Granola

Peanut Butter Cups

“Mounds” chocolate-coconut candies and peanut butter fudge

Cookie mix in a jar

Flourless chocolate chip peanut butter cookies

Anise biscotti

Dairy-free fudge

Vanilla cake mix

Chocolate chip cranberry multi-grain cookies

Twisted chocolate bark

Chocolate-dipped dates with spiced nuts

Chocolate curry bites

I know you have many more gluten-free edible gift ideas! You’ve just been waiting for me to give you the go-ahead to share them, haven’t you?

Well, you can! What’s even better, you can share them, and be entered for a chance to win a copy of Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes by Kelli & Peter Bronski.

Because who doesn’t love a good cupcake?

This book looks amazing. I had the pleasure of meeting Peter Bronski at the GFAF Expo last month. (He and Kelli are also authors of No Gluten, No Problem) Peter is an exceptional individual that definitely is dedicated to celiac awareness – he ran a 50-mile ultramarathon in October to raise money for the National Foundation of Celiac Awareness and the gluten-free community! I might run 5 miles…but 50? That’s beyond impressive.

The same goes with this book, which can be yours! How to enter:

1. Link up your favorite gluten-free edible gift recipe.

2. Leave a comment below.

3. Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Leave me a comment for each time you’ve shared.

That’s it! This contest ends at 11:59pm on Wednesday, November 23, 2011. Winner will be contacted via email.




    • Marie Bunt says

      Awesome recipe I’m “NUTS” about! I’m going to make this for holiday gifts.
      I just posted this link on my FB wall – I hope I win the Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes book!
      Thanks for all of the awsome recipes & tips!

  1. says

    I am new to gluten free, and have really learned a lot through other food bloggers. I am also new to being lactose intolerant, so this recipe is perfect in my book! Take care, Terra

  2. says

    I already know who I will be making this nut mix for this year. My father-in-law would literally eat an entire batch of these in one sitting. They have everything he loves in them. What a great recipe, Alta! And such a perfect gift!

  3. Robbie Wood says

    This book looks and sound amazing! I would absoulutly LOVE to win!!! Thank you for the contest. 😉 Mmmmm, I can smell the goodies in my kitchen now.

  4. says

    I am so glad I found this page and am going to make these peanut butter cups for my family. My 12 year old son is gluten intolerant and loves cupcakes so I would love to have this book. The link I added is one I am making for Thanksgiving as he loves crescent rolls to and really misses those!

  5. says

    My son is gluten intolerant and loves cupcakes! I would love to win this book for him! I am going to make these peanut butter cups for the whole family. The link I attached is for gluten free crescent rolls as my son loves those and misses them so much. I’ll be making those for Thanksgiving!

  6. dana says

    i love to gift raw almond butter — it’s wonderful on GF toast, crackers, out of the jar, on fresh or dry fruit. i make it in small batches, stir in a few grinds of himalayan sea salt, sometimes add a touch of honey or maple syrup, pack it into little jars, and tie it up with ribbon and a gift card. every one loves it :)

  7. Melissa C. says

    Would love to win this cookbook. I really like that it has info on how to make the cupcakes dairy free and egg free!

  8. says

    Added my favorite gluten free editable gift of Chocolate Mint Cookies…the best ever!! :) I’ve really been enjoying your blog…lots of good stuff :) My family and I are on the GAPS diet which is grain and sugar free and I was gluten free before that. Hopefully sometime I will be back on at least gluten free grains. Cupcakes sound SO good :)

  9. Alison says

    Would love to win the book! I am under 18, however, don’t know if that’s a problem… looks like a terrific book!! :)

    • altawrites says

      Alison – because if potential legal concerns, the giveaway is restricted to those 18 and older – however, could one of your parents enter for you?

  10. says

    I just linked up my homemade granola carob candy.
    Please, stop by and check out my blog.
    I love followers, and comments.

  11. says

    Those nuts look fabulous, Alta! I can’t resist homemade glazed or flavored nuts–yum! I’d love to received these nuts as a gift, or just about anything that’s linked up actually. 😉 Will link up a few gift ideas like my vanilla extract (does not have to be ready for use at gift time, but if made now will be close), honey butter (quick and easy), and perfect pound cake (mini-loaves make lovely little gifts).


  12. says

    Seeing all these things makes me want to MAKE all my holiday gifts!! Only problem will be deciding! I shared homemade nutella…I always get requests for this spread…it is always a decadent hit with everyone who tries it!

  13. Melissa Friend says

    Can’t decide which to try first – the dairy-free fudge, chocolate dipped dates or the cranberry chocolate chip cookies!

  14. Ms. E says

    Oops – i think I mis-named the gift recipe link. I found it on someone else’s blog, not my own – it’s for GF, dairy-free caramel candies.

  15. cupcakefiend says

    I think the name says it all. I *LOVE* cupcakes, but my newly-discovered gluten intolerance has made it difficult to indulge myself. The cookbook sounds like the answer to my cupcake-deprived prayer.

    Thanks for the the awesome giveaway contest and the links to all these yummy gifts!

  16. Jessen says

    I’m not a Baker at all. I never get the results I want, so the Book would help me bake away good treats for the family!!

  17. Ms. E says

    I put up the caramel link and I also put a link to this page on facebook. My first comment disappeared (?) but I really want to win this book! Thanks :)

  18. Colleen Gagnon says

    The photo on the cover is so yummy looking, I would love to have a look inside this book. Cupcakes are so tempting!!

  19. Caitlin says

    I am so excited to try some of these recipes! I have to eat gluten and corn free, I’m looking forward to some “safe” treats.

  20. says

    I love the holidays, but my heart rate rises when I visit homes where I am unsure of the foods being served. And dessert can be a bummer, so this year I decided to take charge and make some desserts to take with me on my trip, like my coconut flour chocolate chip cookies!

    I’m also excited to be entered into the contest to win the Artisanal Gluten Free Cupcake cookbook! I have the Artisanal Gluten Free cookbook and it is fabulous. I haven’t heard anything but good reviews about this collection of dessert recipes.

  21. says

    I love the holidays, but my heart rate rises when I visit homes where I am unsure of the foods being served. And dessert can be a bummer, so this year I decided to take charge and make some desserts to take with me on my trip, like my coconut flour chocolate chip cookies!

    I’m also excited to be entered into the contest to win the Artisanal Gluten Free Cupcake cookbook! I have the Artisanal Gluten Free cookbook and it is fabulous. I haven’t heard anything but good reviews about this collection of dessert recipes.

  22. says

    Hi Alta,
    I linked up my recipes and instructions for Gluten Free Melting Snowman Cookies. A fun project that kids would love and they make adorable edible gifts to give.
    Gluten Free cupcakes is one area that I haven’t had much success with. I would love to win a copy of Kelly and Peter’s book.
    Thanks for hosting!

  23. Stephanie Cann says

    Every year I make lovely edible, gluten-free and dairy-free gifts for friends. This year I’ve made pear butter from pears I harvested. But I will be making some peanut butter cups to satisfy some folks this year.

    And I’d appreciate the cupcake book, I won a cupcake contest with gluten-free dairy-free s’more cupcakes last year. I have to out do myself.

  24. anie says

    Dreaming of cupcakes daily. not baking them cause of gluten so this would be so practical.
    I enjoy making energy balls to give as gifts.

  25. Angela R says

    Making these for New Year ‘s Eve for a stay at home party with my man, and a double batch to take to the office for gifts. Couldn’t stop licking the spoon during the baking, so it made for a sink full of utensils!!!


  1. […] As for many people, this tends to be a busy of time of year at my job, so, as a quick break from work,  I am just stopping by with a recipe for these wonderfully crunchy, sweet with a touch of savory chocolate bites. They are gift-giving-worthy, which is why I am submitting them to Gluten-Free Holiday, created by Amy of Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free and hosted this week by Alta of Tasty Eats at Home.   […]

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