Desserts

Dreamy Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls Recipe

 

I’m not sure if I’ve ever talked about my parents’ obsession with moving change.

I lived in a total of 12 houses in the first 17 years of my life.

Now, you may not think that’s a lot, but when you factor in that 6 of those 12 were temporary houses while our next house was being complete, that’s a heck of a lot of packing and unpacking in a short amount of time.

Sometimes these temporary houses would have a full kitchen, sometimes they wouldn’t. Sometimes they had a bedroom, sometimes they did not.

To make the transition as easy as possible, my Mom would make hundreds of casseroles. From manicotti, cannelloni, lasagna, to Read More »

Easy Allergen-free Gluten-free Pumpkin Pie Recipe

This recipe is taken from The Heart Of Cooking — a wonderful resource for all things allergen-free.  The blog is loaded with recipes that are “legal” on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet or G.A.P.S. Diet, are gluten-free, casein-free (or, dairy-free), soy-free, and nut-free.

Allergen-free pumpkin pie with a coconut crust. Photo: HeartofCooking.com

Coconut shreds are used in place of white flour and a traditional crust.  It’s a great gluten-free/grain-free alternative to rice flours or other starches (tapioca, potato, etc.) that are often called for in gluten-free baking. Read More »

Easy Gluten Free Halloween Sandwich Cookies

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Halloween Sandwich Cookies by Jen Cafferty

Looking for the perfect easy-to-prepare treat to take to a Halloween party? Or maybe you want to send something special in your children’s lunch?  These cookies are perfect because you can make them as you need them and you don’t even need to bake!  There is no need to make an entire batch.  Just keep the ingredients on hand and prepare a few cookies for whenever you need something cute, creative and delicious to take with you!

My baking life changed for the better when I realized that some of the canned frostings were gluten free (I use Betty Crocker). When they go on sale, I buy a few cans of various colors and flavors and keep them in my pantry.  Most versions are gluten and dairy free but make sure to read the labels carefully before making your purchase.  Of course, it is very easy to make your own frosting, but something about the ease of the can makes it even so much less daunting to make a baked good.  Or in the case of these cookies, assemble a baked good (you don’t even need to bake!). Read More »

Easy Gluten-Free Peppermint Bark Recipe

I may have. just discovered the BEST or the WORST thing ever.

Did you know peppermint bark is one of the easiest things to make? Why didn’t I ever know this? I thought the fact that you had to melt then cool…then melt…then crack and sprinkle toppings on, meant that I would be running around screaming What’s the next step?! before the chocolate hardened, like it was some type of rocket science.

Turns out I was totally wrong.

This recipe, given to me by Kathleen over at Celiac Baby, is one of the easiest things to make. It looks pretty fancy too, if I must say. I hope you like candy canes and chocolate, because it’s.about.to.go.down. Read More »

Fourth of July gluten-free desserts

The Fourth of July is almost here and it is time for festive desserts.  When this Examiner saw that the recipe for Summer Berry Trifle on FamilyFun.com was easily converted to gluten free, it just had to be shared.  Schar makes a great gluten-free ladyfinger that can be purchased locally at Return to Eden.

Summer Berry Triffle. Courtesy: Familyfun.com

If you would rather eat cake, then Jen Cafferty has a great recipe for a gluten-free flag cake.  New Harvest Naturals makes mini pound cakes that can easily be decorated with whipped cream and fresh berries to create individual flag cakes.  You can purchase New Harvest Naturals products locally at Return to Eden.

Regardless of what you choose to make, get creative and really wow your family and friends.  It doesn’t take much effort to produce a scrumptious gluten-free dessert that is a real crowd pleaser. Read More »

FrannyCakes: Nut Bon-Bon Cookies Recipe

gluten free nut bon bon cookiesLast April I attended the Nourished conference. This was an amazing experience for me and I am still thankful I had the opportunity to attend. Because I had school, my parents and I flew into Chicago the day of the conference and arrived at the “nick of time.” 

I quickly grabbed my badge, and walked into the first session room I saw. At the time I had no idea there were multiple sessions going on, but as a new blogger this session was perfect for me. The session was taught by Mary Fran Wiley of FrannyCakes and was all about Blogging 101. This was probably the one session that stuck with me the most, and was essentially what inspired me to Read More »

Get into the Holiday Spirit with These Gluten-free Cookie Recipes

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The holidays are upon us, which means lots of holiday parties and gatherings with friends and family, and of course, delicious desserts.

gingerbread_cookiesIn the mood for something new? Try these gluten-free cookie recipes courtesy of Whole Foods.

Chocolate Mocha Sugar Cookies

These cookies go great with a steaming cup of peppermint hot chocolate Read More »

Give thanks for a gluten free Thanksgiving, Part 3

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No need to be jealous of your gluten-eating family and friends at Thanksgiving dessert; there are lots of gluten free options that will be the perfect ending to your perfect Turkey Day.

pumpkinpieNo one does GF baking better, in my opinion, than Jules Shepard of Jules Gluten Free Flour Mix. Watch her video (below) on making her perfect pie crust.

Now that you know how to make crust, try some of these delicious fillings:

Here’s the pumpkin pie recipe that’s been on the Libby’s Pumpkin label since 1950.

Apply Crumbly Pie

• 1 Jules’ pie crust (uncooked)
• 6 cups thinly sliced apples (Granny Smith or other tart apple)
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 1 tablespoon GF flour
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
• 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
• 1/2 cup GF flour
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• 3 tablespoons butter Read More »

Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Pudding Mix Recipe

 

Gluten free chocolate pudding

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Here’s a very easy make-ahead recipe for Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Pudding Mix. Keep a jar on hand for a fast kids-favorite dessert, after-school snack or lunchbox treat. Use your favorite dairy-free milk in the recipe. I used canned gluten-free coconut milk which makes a really rich-tasting pudding.

Prep Time: 7 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients:

  • For the pudding mix:
  • 1 cup Dutch-Processed unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch Read More »
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