What Are Some Gluten Free Recipes?

Wheat, rye and barley all contain a protein called gluten. This protein can cause problems for some people, particular those with gluten intolerance. Some people are so vulnerable to this substance that it can make them very ill and damage the intestines. This severe form of gluten intolerance is called celiac disease.

Some people are switching to a gluten-free diet even without a physician’s diagnosis of gluten intolerance or celiac disease. Those with excessive weight gain, depression or difficulty concentrating may be drawn to the diet since these conditions are similar to a few celiac disease symptoms. When the symptoms go unexplained, many turn to gluten as the culprit. If you are trying to eliminate gluten from your diet, try some of these gluten-free recipes.

Gluten Free Breakfast

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Pancakes are a staple of the American breakfast. This recipe can also be used for waffles without modification. This yields ten pancakes.

  • 1 cup blended gluten-free flour
  • 4 tablespoons dry buttermilk powder
  • 1 packet saccharine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthum gum
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cups water

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 Minutes

Directions

Sift together the rice and tapioca flours, potato starch, dry buttermilk powder, saccharine, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and xanthum gum. Add eggs, water, and oil and then blended well until few lumps remain.

Cook as with traditional pancakes, on a large well-oiled skillet or griddle at medium-high heat. Ladle batter onto griddle and cook until bubbles form on the surface of the pancakes. Flip pancakes and cook another minute or two until both sides are golden brown. Serve immediately.

Gluten Free Snack

Gluten-free does not mean boring. Here is an easy-to-prepare snack that can be shared with everyone. No one will even know it is gluten-free. If you choose a generic cereal brand, check the ingredients to be sure it is gluten free.

  • 8 cups Rice Chex Cereal
  • 1/2 cup roasted, salted soybeans or soy nuts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 3-ounce bag popped fat-free butter-flavor microwave popcorn
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: Approximately 30 minutes

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 300F. Combine cereal and soy nuts in a large bowl.

In another small bowl, combine oil, vinegar, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Pour liquid ingredients over dry mixture, stirring to coat. Add popcorn and stir until well mixed. Spread mixture onto an ungreased large roasting pan.

Bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and stir in cheese until well mixed. Return to oven and bake another 10 to 15 minutes until mixture is toasted. Cool mixture on wax paper for about 10 minutes. Serve warm or cool.

Gluten Free Lunch

What would lunch be without a sandwich? Here is a gluten-free bread that is great for any lunch. Just be sure to check your meats, cheeses and condiments for gluten before adding them to your sandwich.  If you avoid low-fat varieties or imitation meats, you should be okay. Also, watch out for modified food starch, high-fructose corn syrup, wheat and malt flavoring in any condiments you may add. This recipe yields one loaf.

  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cups warm skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon xanthum gum
  • 3 cups  blended gluten-free flour
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast

Preparation Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 hour

Directions

Start with ingredients at room temperature. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients and mix well. Sift together dry ingredients, including active dry yeast. If you make your own gluten-free flour blend, be sure you sift the flours together with a whisk for several minutes. These flours are very fine and must be well blended before the next step of adding to the liquid ingredients.

Set mixer on low speed and gradually add dry ingredients until well blended. Beat approximately 10 minutes. Pour batter into a large 9 x 5” loaf pan. Let the dough rise for about one hour and then bake it for one hour, checking with a toothpick for doneness.

Let the loaf cool for 10 to 15 minutes after baking and then remove it from pan. Let cool completely before slicing.

Gluten Free Dinner

Dinner is a little easier on gluten-free foodies. Most dishes are already gluten-free. But if you want some tasty dinner rolls, you will need to do a little extra work. Here are some excellent cheese biscuits to go with baked chicken or pork chops and a salad. Makes four to six servings.

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups blended gluten-free flour
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 beaten eggs

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine olive oil, water, skim milk, and salt in a large saucepan, over high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Stir in flour and garlic with a whisk until smooth. Let rest 10 to 15 minutes.

Stir the cheese and egg into the flour mixture. The consistency will be chunky and lumpy. Roll into ¼-cup sized balls and place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until tops are lightly browned.

Gluten Free Dessert

Do not skip desert just because gluten gives you gas. Have some brownies! Here is a recipe sure to please. Makes approximately two dozen brownies.

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 12 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup blended gluten-free flour

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time:  30 minutes

Directions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a 9×13” pan with parchment paper.

Melt the butter over medium heat in a saucepan. Add the sugars and whisk together until the butter and sugars form a well-blended mass. Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes. Add bittersweet and unsweetened chocolates to the mixture and whisk until smooth.

Add eggs, vanilla and salt, then whisk until the mixture is thick and shiny. Add flour and whisk just until lumps are smoothed. Pour mixture into prepared pan to a depth of ¾”.

Bake for 30-35 minutes so the edges appear glossy and firm. Remove and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until firm before serving.