Jamaican Festival Dumplings (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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These amazing Jamaican Festival Dumplings are Vegan and Gluten-Free, they are reminiscent of the popular street food that I ate while growing up in Jamaica.

Jamaican Festival Dumplings (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Jamaican Festival Dumplings (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

I decided to share my Jamaican Festival Dumplings (Vegan, Gluten-Free) recipe for those people like myself who cannot handle gluten and are also vegan. This recipe is similar to hush puppies recipes, it is made with cornmeal and gluten-free flour mix, sweetener and then it is fried in oil. It is traditionally served with fish but I served mine with Scrambled Tofu and Southern-Style Collard Greens.

It is normally deep fried but can be lightly fried to cut back on the amount of oil used. It is easy to prepare and tastes delicious! They are crispy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside, they make the perfect side dish.

For the gluten-free flour, I used Bob’s Red Mills Gluten-Free 1:1 Baking Flour with great success.

Jamaican Festival Dumplings (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

My hubby loved these festivals so much he couldn’t stop complimenting me how great they were, I believe that it brought back memories of Jamaica as well for him. I hope that you will try this recipe and that it will become part of your family as well. Bon Appetit!

Jamaican Festival Dumplings (Vegan, Gluten-Free)




(Per 100g)
  • Energy: 135 kcal / 564 kJ
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Carbs: 27 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 5 min
  • Cooking: 10 min
  • Ready in: 15 min
  • For:
  • 8 servings



  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, flaxseeds, and salt.
  2. Mix in water and vanilla until fully combined. Knead and form into a dough ball.
  3. Separate dough into equal pieces, about 6-12 depending on size. Shape each piece into sausage shape by rolling between the palm of your hands and flatten slightly.
  4. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Place dough into the skillet and cook for about 3 minutes on one side, reduce heat and flip the dough on the other side for another 3 minutes. Fry dough until golden brown on all sides.
  5. Remove and place on paper towel to absorb excess oil. Serve immediately!


Jamaican Festival Dumplings (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Chris
    November 29, 2020

    Hubby made these, they were delish. Something new for me to try, he used almond flour and cut recipe in half so made about 6. Going to make some patty’s now.

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      November 30, 2020

      Chris, I’m so happy you enjoyed them. I hope you enjoyed the patties.

    • Deborah
      January 6, 2021

      Thank you so much for this, I haven’t tried it yet but I know this will be great! I am gluten intolerant for 20 years and I miss so many Jamaican foods I grew up with!!

  2. Erma
    July 27, 2020

    Thank you fir the recipe I’m also familiar with those recipe. I’m from Grenada.

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      July 27, 2020

      Erma, welcome to my website, I have lots of close friends from your homeland, our foods are so similar. I hope you enjoy.

  3. Suzi B.
    July 14, 2020

    Great recipe. I made it with both Pamelas products baking mix, and King Arthur’s baking mix. I used less sugar, to make it more fried dumpling instead of festival…My family loved it. Anytime I make it I do a double batch. Thank you for the recipe!

  4. Esmina Chin
    October 1, 2018

    Have you triode making festivals with almond or coconut flour?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      October 1, 2018

      No I haven’t but it should work.

  5. Opal
    January 21, 2018

    Oohh yes festival, can’t wait to try

  6. Erin
    November 2, 2017

    I assume these would also bake up well. Do you have any suggestions for baking the festivals? I would love to surprise my husband with them as a memory of our vacation there last year.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      November 2, 2017

      Sounds like a lovely idea, the only thing is I didn’t get to try them in an oven because my oven broke. I’m still waiting for the technician to fix it, thinking of getting a countertop convection oven in the meantime. Lightly frying in a ceramic pan and covering with a lid midway to make sure the middle is done, then remove the cover to brown the outside. I will do a live video soon to show how I fry with very little oil.

  7. Robin M
    November 2, 2017

    These look delish. Can they be shaped in a pancake shape or is it best in a sausage like you suggest?