5 Gluten-Free Stuffing Recipes So Perfect for Your Friendsgiving

Flag us if we're wrong, but the question of whether or not you like stuffing (ahem, or cranberry sauce) seems to be the ultimate Thanksgiving controversy. However, even if you're not a fan, there are plenty of people who will gladly eat your serving for you (I volunteer as tribute), so chances are you might have to have a few delicious recipes up your sleeve at one point or another. 

However, we're also living in an age where a lot of people are trying to avoid wheat, which can make pleasing a gluten-free crowd at the Thanksgiving table a tricky task, indeed. So, to cover you on both fronts, we rose to the task of selecting five of our favorites that we'll gladly eat two (or three) servings of this Thanksgiving. Healthy, easy, and yes, mouthwateringly tasty, keep reading for five gluten-free stuffing recipes that will knock the turkey-printed socks off your friends and family.

Vegan Cornbread Stuffing

Dana Shultz, the epic cooking wiz behind Minimalist Baker and the author of Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking ($24) knows a thing or two about deliciously healthy cooking. We're constantly stalking her site whenever we need some much needed meal motivation and as the fates would have it, she has multiple amazing stuffing recipes. One of which, she says, can be customized to be gluten-free. Plus, it's completely fool-proof. Simply sub her normal cornbread recipe the instructions call for, in favor of this one instead. Other star ingredients include mouthwatering fare like cranberries, onion, and chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts. Bon appetit! 

Zucchini Cornbread Stuffing

Holistic nutritionist and lifestyle cleanse expert Elissa Goodman is one of our favorite health and wellness gurus, especially when it comes to her website, which provides a font of expert information and delicious recipe adaptations, to boot. For instance, this gluten-free zucchini rendition of traditional Thanksgiving stuffing packs in all the same flavor you crave without the symptomatic impact of gluten. Filled with zucchini, celery, and carrots, a helping of this stuffing could also provide your turkey day veggie quota. 

Cornbread sausage stuffing with leeks, pecans, and cranberries

The brilliant brainchild of blogger, food stylist, and recipe developer (she does it all) Lindsey Johnson, this gluten-free stuffing recipe is chock-full of all the good stuff: leeks, pecans, dried cranberries, and sausage. Use your favorite gluten-free flour for the cornbread or abide by her easy mix of brown or white rice flour, sorghum flour, tapioca starch, and xantham gum.

Simple Beauty Detox Stuffing

With a fresh, holistic approach to wellness, Kimberly Snyder is an expert when it comes to all things nutrition. In this helpful post, she provides a handful of delicious, healthy alternatives to all of your Thanksgiving favorites. We're partial to this gluten-stuffing recipe that you can make one of two ways: with either quinoa and an egg substitute (for an extra kick of protein) or without for a more traditional, but still made-over, version of the side. (Or here's an idea: You could make two batches to try each.) 

Easy Gluten-free stuffing

Not only is this stuffing mouthwateringly good, it's also so easy to make (never a bad thing when you're trying to juggle multiple dishes and make it to family or friends' homes on time.) From the lovely food wiz Taylor of Food Faith Fitness comes this gluten-free version of the dish with savory herbs and vegetables aplenty like parsley, sage, onion, celery, oh, and lots of garlic. (Exactly how we like it.)

Next up: Seven vegetarian Thanksgiving dishes even meat lovers will enjoy.


This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of advice of your physician or other medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider first with any health-related questions.

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Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.