3 Gluten Free Party Perfect Treats!

We know we said these recipes are perfect for parties, but honestly they are simple enough to whip up for an afternoon snack or weekend treat. These recipes are sweet twists on traditionally savory treats. So make any day feel like a party, and whip up one of these sweet treats that are great for sensitive tummies!

Gluten Free Almond Butter & Banana Quesadilla – This recipe from With Style & Grace promises to knock your socks off… and we don’t doubt it. Who doesn’t love the classic combination of nut butter with bananas? And if nut allergies cause you troubles, why not try a soy nut butter or  apple butter? Want another way to really amp it up? Drizzle  a little honey or agave on the inside for an extra decadent kick. You won’t regret it!

Gluten Free Almond Butter & Banana Quesadilla – Image & Recipe from With Style & Grace.

Gluten Free Brownie & Berries Pizza – This recipe from Betty Crocker is super easy to whip up since it uses a mix, but is sure to make you look like you spent hours in the kitchen. Who doesn’t love cookie or brownie cakes? If you don’t want to use Betty Crocker GF Brownie Mix you could always swap it out for your favorite organic or natural brand… or use your favorite from scratch recipe. We also think you could swap out berries for a cherry pie type filling for a tasty alternative!

Gluten Free Brownie & Berry Pizza – Image & Recipe from Betty Crocker.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Empanadas  – Yum! We love pumpkin, even though Fall is passed. This simple recipe from Simply Gluten Free makes 12 tasty dessert empanadas 🙂 How adorable are these? It would be so easy to swap out the filling for warm apples, cherries, or even a sweet cinnamon & cream cheese filling!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Empanadas – Image & Recipe from Simply Gluten Free.

Hope you enjoyed these seriously fun, seriously delicious, and seriously gluten free treats! And even if you aren’t sensitive to gluten we still think these recipes are worth a try. Let us know your thoughts!

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3 Recipes for Homemade Pretzels

There’s nothing quite like a hot, fresh soft pretzel! With a little salt, some mustard, or cheese dip you have a truly satisfying snack. And pretzels would make for the perfect finger food at your next party! They could work for kids and adults, we are thinking circus-themed for the little ones (maybe the adults too)! Today we’ve got three recipes from around the web for the perfect homemade pretzels for just about any dietary need too!

Homemade Soft Pretzels with Roasted Jalapeno Cheese Sauce – This recipe comes from the beautiful blog Smells Like Home! Such a great tutorial and recipe with pictures to guide you along the way!

Soft Pretzels with Roasted Jalapeño Cheese Sauce Image & Recipe from Smells Like Home

Gluten Free Soft Pretzels – This recipe and tutorial comes from the blog Gluten Free Girl & The Chef. A sweet little blog you should check out if you are eating gluten free! Don’t these pretzels just look amazing!

Gluten Free Soft Pretzels Image & Recipe from Gluten Free Girl & The Chef.

Vegan Soft Pretzels – A great recipe from Little Miss Vegetarian! Jessica recommends serving these pretzels up with a side of spicy mustard!

Vegan Soft Pretzels Image & Recipe from Little Miss Vegetarian.

Have you ever made your own soft pretzels before? How did they turn out?

Gluten Free Pizza – 3 Recipes You’ll Love!

Roasted Veggie Pizza (Image from All Recipes)

So we are always looking for tasty recipes that work great for everyday but also for special gatherings—like birthday parties. What is more classic at a birthday party than pizza? Today we have 3 recipes to create 2 different semi-homemade pizzas your family and guests will love!

The Crust (Makes 2 12-inch pizzas)

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg (16 oz) Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix (3 1/4 cups)
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 Eggs*
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Yeast Packet (enclosed)
  • 1-2 Tbsp dried herbs of your choice, such as basil, rosemary, garlic, (optional)

*For vegan version replace the eggs with 2 Tb Flaxseed Meal + 6 Tb Water; let stand one minute. Add to recipe as you would the eggs.

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the water and yeast. Let the mixture stand a 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs (or egg replacement) and oil to the mixture and blend briefly.
  4. Add GF Pizza Crust Mix and blend with a hand blender for about a minute on medium speed, until combined.
  5. Split the dough in half, leave it in the bowl, and cover it with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place to rise for at 20 minutes.
  6. Place the dough on greased pizza pans. Using wet hands, spread out dough to cover the full pizza pan. Bake without topping for 7-9 minutes.
  7. Remove the half-baked crusts from oven, cover with sauce and toppings (see our suggestions below). Bake for 15-18 minutes.


Balsamic Caramelized Onion, Gorgonzola, & Parsley Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 large vidalia onions thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp sugar or stevia in the raw
  • 1/2 lb crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • Half-baked pizza crust (see above)
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley or basil (whichever you prefer)

Directions:

  1. In a large sauté pan, warm olive oil over medium heat. Sauté onions in oil until the onions are soft and dark brown, approximately 25 minutes. Stir in sugar (or stevia) and balsamic vinegar, and continue cooking for 1 or 2 more minutes.
  2. The oven should be preheated to 425°F already and the pizza crusts should have been baked for 7-9 minutes.
  3. Spread onions evenly over the half-baked crusts, top with crumbled Gorgonzola and chopped parsley or basil.
  4. Continue baking for additional 15-18 minutes.

Roasted Veggie Pizza With Red Sauce

Veggie Ingredients:

  • 8 to 10 medium fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced green pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced zucchini or yellow squash
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon each dried oregano, thyme and dried rosemary
  • Pinch of salt & pepper

Veggie Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Line a large baking sheet with foil. Arrange chopped veggies on pan.
  • Drizzle with olive oil, spices, garlic, salt & pepper.
  • Roast veggies for 20 minutes. Then remove from oven and set aside.

Sauce & Cheese Ingredients:

  • 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 14-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 small (6-oz) can tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp. sugar or stevia in the raw
  • 1-2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onions
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 tsp each dried oregano, basil, and parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup parmesan grated

Sauce Directions:

  1. Saute garlic and onions over medium heat for 8-10 minutes until onions are soft.
  2. Add diced tomatos, tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, vinegar, spices, sun dried tomatoes and stir. If the mixture is too thin or not sweet enough add more tomato paste or sugar.
  3. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes then add salt & pepper to taste.

Assembly Directions: 

  1. Oven should be preheated to 425°F and pizza crusts should be half baked.
  2. Spread sauce generously over pizza crust (save the extra for dipping crust in).
  3. Top with cheese, then sprinkle roasted veggies on top.
  4. Bake an additional 15-18 minutes.

If you are in a rush you can always use pre-made pizza dough, and if you are vegan you can substitute the cheese with vegan alternatives. What is your favorite pizza recipe?

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