Guest Post By Susan Yoo-Lee
We’re getting closer to fall, which means the holidays are just around corner. The first things that come to mind when I think of the holidays are presents and sweet treats. There’s really something to be said about grandma’s apple pie and mama’s pumpkin loaf bread. What’s better than sitting in front of the fireplace and drinking apple cider as you enjoy spicy aromas wafting from the kitchen?
While I love being on the receiving end of these wonderful treats, I’m also allergic to dairy. Over the years, I’ve tried testing a few dairy-free recipes to share with my family and friends. And because dairy prices are at a record high, it’s actually more affordable than many traditional recipes.
I’ve collected three of my favorite, tried-and-true dairy-free recipes to share with you. Not only do they each take less than five minutes to make, but you can give these as gifts for less than $5 apiece!
1. Gingerbread Cake Mix in a Jar (By Vegan Richa). Who doesn’t have fond memories of making a gingerbread house during the holiday season? If you want to give that special someone in your life a very thoughtful holiday gift, this is it! Not only do you package the gingerbread cake in a jar, but the person who receives the gift can microwave it in the jar or place it in the oven to cook. I think this is by far the cleverest idea and one that I will use and reuse in the coming years.
2. Pretzel Frozen Hot Chocolate (By Minimalist Baker). I love hot chocolate! When I think of the holidays, I think of sitting by the fireplace with a hot chocolate or an apple cider. While one wouldn’t think to have their hot chocolate frozen, it goes along the lines of ice cream tasting better during the winter (it just does!). Everything here is dairy-free, but people claim that it tastes better than any full-fat dairy version.
3. Raw Caramel Apples (By Fork and Beans). Need I say more? When you dream about pumpkin pies and peppermint-infused hot cocoa, you also dream about caramel apples. My kids love it, but usually I can’t join in on the fun. This recipe uses dates in place of the regular caramel sauce, which makes it possible for someone like me to enjoy it. The raw caramel apples also make for a great holiday gift for all ages.
I hope you’ll enjoy and share these treats this holiday season. Not only will they make great gifts or treats for holiday parties, but they will keep your pocketbook fat — just in time for the New Year!
Susan Yoo-Lee is a mother of two and the editor at The Scratch, a Savings.com blog where professional funny people take a crack at saving you a buck. She founded Mommas in the House in 2009 when she was pregnant with her 2nd child. Currently, you can see some of her published work on LHJ.com, More.com, WomansDay.com, AJC.com, ClarkHoward.com, US News & World Report, Military.com, LearnVest.com and more.