Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the homemade gifts, the traditions, and (of course) the food!
My family leans more toward a paleo diet (and I eat AIP), so many traditional Christmas foods are out. Luckily, there are lots of paleo holiday dishes that are just as good as the ones I remember eating as a kid.
If you are looking for paleo Christmas recipes, these are for you!
Paleo Christmas Recipes
Making the holidays healthy is easy with these paleo Christmas recipes. From holiday brunch to a full Christmas dinner, there’s something for everyone here.
Christmas morning is a special time in our house. There’s always a lot going on and I don’t want to miss a thing. Having something easy to pop in the oven for breakfast is a must. And these paleo Christmas recipes fit the bill.
Sheet Pan Breakfast Bake with Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts, and Bacon – Begin the day with savory veggies, eggs, and bacon. You’ll love not having to spend a lot of time prepping or cleaning up piles of dishes, too.
Paleo Cranberry Orange Scones – There’s something comforting about the combination of cranberry and orange. These high-protein paleo scones make for a delightful Christmas morning treat.
Kale & Garlic Frittata – Kick off Christmas morning with some fresh greens. This paleo frittata recipe makes for another simple and nutritious breakfast option.
Don’t forget to make a batch of dairy-free coffee creamer to share with your guests as well. These simple paleo breakfast recipes will make your Christmas morning memories even sweeter.
Paleo Appetizer Recipes
Some people skip the big Christmas dinner for appetizer parties instead. These paleo Christmas appetizer recipes will indeed have your mouth watering!
Easy Keto Deviled Eggs – As a homesteader, I love using eggs in a variety of holiday dishes. This recipe is paleo-approved and has some flavorful topping ideas, too.
Instant Pot BBQ Meatballs – These paleo meatballs are simple to make and perfect for a holiday party.
AIP Garlic & Herb Stuffed Mushrooms – These stuffed mushrooms sound fancy. Yet, they are actually quite simple to make with just a few fresh, wholesome ingredients.
Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip – Another classic appetizer turned healthy. This dairy-free, paleo spinach artichoke dip looks delicious.
Easy Instant Pot Shrimp Cocktail – This recipe shows you how to cook shrimp to perfection in an Instant Pot. Serve alongside the paleo-friendly cocktail sauce for a tasty appetizer option.
Will appetizers be your main event or set the stage for Christmas dinner? Either way, these paleo Christmas recipes would make perfect additions to any holiday menu.
Paleo Christmas Dinner Recipes
Recreate your favorite holiday dinner dishes to fit your paleo lifestyle. Here are several ideas to get you started.
Savory Roast Turkey – Marjoram and tarragon in this paleo roast turkey recipe add a grounding flavor to this main course.
Easy Instant Pot Eye of Round Roast – A filling roast is another traditional option you might choose. This Instant Pot recipe makes quick work of this main course, too.
Rosemary Garlic Keto Pork Tenderloin – Make Christmas flavorful with garlic and rosemary. I love including homegrown herbs in my holiday cooking.
Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower with Bacon – Need a paleo option of mashed potatoes? Garlic, cauliflower, coconut cream, bacon, and scallions make a delicious substitution.
Butternut Squash Soup – This is one of my favorite soups and almost always makes the list for Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner. I love serving soup since it’s unexpected but so good!
Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole – Sweet potato casserole is another holiday favorite. This recipe uses unsweetened applesauce for natural sweetness.
Paleo Glazed Carrots – Olive oil, honey, and fresh thyme are all you need to create this delicious recipe. Keep side dishes simple to ensure the natural vegetable flavor isn’t lost in the cooking process.
Pan-Fried Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Dried Cranberries – Brussels sprouts and bacon are great together. Add cranberries and you have a nutritious paleo holiday side dish.
Paleo Green Bean Casserole – For many, it’s not Christmas dinner without green bean casserole. This paleo version looks like an excellent alternative.
Homemade Cider & Elderberry Cranberry Sauce – Skip the canned version this year. Make your own healthy cranberry sauce instead with this recipe.
Roasted Butternut Squash Salad – I love salads full of nuts, bitter greens, and colorful squash. This paleo salad would be perfect alongside roasted turkey and grain-free dinner rolls.
Paleo Dinner Rolls – Speaking of dinner rolls, check out this paleo option. Having grain and dairy-free dinner rolls on the table ties everything together.
Don’t ditch your paleo lifestyle this holiday season. These paleo Christmas recipes show just how healthy Christmas dinner can be.
Paleo Dessert Recipes
On to the best part of Christmas (for adults)—dessert! Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about the healthy sweet treats you’ll want to make this season.
Paleo Pumpkin Pie – The classic favorite goes paleo in this recipe. An almond flour crust and coconut cream and pumpkin center will go great with a cup of coffee.
Molasses-Free Gingerbread Cutout Cookies – The smell of ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla will bring to mind happy Christmas memories. Honey adds the right amount of sweetness to this seasonal favorite.
Almond Flour Sugar Cookies – These paleo sugar cookies are grain-free and full of healthy fats from the almond meal and coconut flour base. I love that these offer a healthy way for the kids to have fun with our Christmas cookie cutters, too.
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies – I love how similar these are to the old favorite while still being much healthier.
I had a hard time choosing only a handful of recipes to include here. The possibilities for paleo Christmas desserts are endless and they all look too good to be true!
Festive Paleo Favorites
Whether you’ve been eating a paleo diet for a while or just getting started, it takes a huge shift in mindset and habits to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Don’t trade in your progress to enjoy the festive flavors of the season.
Start planning now to recreate your family favorites with your paleo diet in mind. When the holidays come to an end, you’ll be so glad you did!
Which paleo Christmas recipe will you be adding to this year’s holiday menu?