Note: I have not tested out these apps. This post is intended to be an overview of what is available this holiday season.
Since it seems like there is pretty much an app for just about everything these days, my colleague Cheryl and I thought it would be interesting to see if there are any gluten-free holiday apps out there. And, as you probably guessed, there certainly are quite a few to choose from. Check out the apps that could make your gluten-free holiday season a little less stressful:
The holiday edition of So Simple Gluten Free Recipes is full of easy-to-make recipes for the holidays. It’s created by Jen Cafferty, the brains behind Gluten Free Classes, LLC and the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo. The app includes breakfast, snack, entrée and drink ideas for your gluten-free holiday. Plus, this pocket pal will let you search for inspiration while you’re already out and about doing your grocery shopping. You can grab this app from iTunes for $1.99.
Ok, so this one technically isn’t an app, but you can download the cookbook to your Kindle, so it sort of counts, right?
Jeanne Sauvage, known for her blog “Art of Gluten-Free Baking,” took her baking ideas and adapted traditional holiday treats to new gluten-free favorites. With all the traditional holiday desserts, like apple pie, plum pudding and a gingerbread house, this recipe book will be sure to give you some baking inspiration this holiday season.
“Gluten-Free Girl,” aka Shauna Ahern, has taken her baking tips to the app store. She worked with a developer to create an interactive app exclusively for the iPad. If you’ve ever visited her blog, then you know you can expect some delicious recipes and helpful commentary. The app even has video illustrations designed to walk you through the most important steps and techniques, which can make even novice bakers more apt to step out of their comfort zones.
Word on the street is that Shauna will be publishing a Gluten-Free Holiday Baking app sometime in early December, too. I’ll also be posting a full review of the Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Baking app, so stay tuned!
This one isn’t holiday specific, but it’s always helpful to share with your friends and family, especially if they’re hosting the family get-together. You just type in the name of a product you’re looking to buy, such as “bread” or “pasta” and it tells you the gluten-free options and brands to look for. It also includes manufacturers’ notes explaining if something is made in a dedicated facility or not. It’s a little pricy at $17.99 for the download, but the extensive information it provides can be useful for your family. Fooducate also has a similar app available for $4.99 that can help your friends and family while they’re shopping for gluten-free groceries. Keep in mind that apps can be super helpful, but it’s still a good idea to check the food labels for yourself, as manufacturers can change ingredients and an app might not be 100% accurate.
This app is $.99 to download and is the “dictionary” of gluten-free recipes. You can search by recipe name, holiday or food group. The app has a simple design and is updated regularly to include recipes for various holidays. One thing that struck me as a little odd was the description line in the iTunes & Android app stores: “The goal of ‘Gluten-Free Recipes’ is to provide tasty dishes for low fat and healthy conscience individuals.” This leads me to think the app was created in response to the gluten-free trend instead of being designed to fulfill this medical need. If you check out this app, take caution and double check all the ingredients before eating.
Have you found any helpful holiday or gluten-free apps that you’d add to the list?