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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Birthday Breakfast Ideas: Waffles Just About Anybody Will Love!

Looking for ideas for a special breakfast? Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or just the kind of morning that calls for a big breakfast, we’ve found some recipes for amazing waffles that are sure to please!

Gluten Free Toasted Coconut Waffles With Maple Cream – Always sharing beautiful recipes, Joy The Baker has done it again. These waffles are so tasty there is no way you’ll miss the wheat! How about spicing it up with warm pineapple syrup?

Gluten-Free Toasted Coconut Waffles with Maple Cream – Image & Recipe by Joy The Baker!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Waffles – Strawberries & cream… a match made in culinary heaven. This recipe comes comes from Real Mom Kitchen. You could lighten it up or veganize it with soy cream cheese and swapping eggs with flax meal!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Waffles – Image & recipe by Real Mom Kitchen.

Super Simple Cinnamon Roll Waffles With Cream Cheese – We promise we aren’t purposefully seeking recipes with cream cheese, these just happen to look amazing. This is so simple and you can easily buy organic pre-made cinnamon roll dough to up it up a notch. We still think a drizzle of maple syrup would be a nice addition to these waffles! Recipe and Image from Unsophisticook!

Cinnamon Roll Waffles – Recipe & Image from Unsophistocook.

What’s your favorite birthday breakfast?

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Bake A Better Breakfast: Gluten-Free & Vegan Blueberry-Banana Muffins

Image from Food Doodles.

Looking for a new healthy breakfast recipe? Or something to take to school or the office? We’ve got the perfect muffin recipe for you. These blueberry-banana muffins are vegan and gluten-free! Oh and did we mention they are largely guilt-free because we are eliminating fatty oils and using good-for you ingredients like organic blueberries, bananas, and flax! Give these a try, you won’t be disappointed 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour (1/2 brown rice and 1/2 gluten free baking mix – like Bob’s Red Mill) If you don’t have brown rice flour, 2 cups of gluten-free mix will do
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar or stevia in the raw
  • 2 ripe organic bananas, mashed well
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup agave, or honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1/2 cup almond or rice milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (add after mixing wet and dry ingredients together)
  • 1 cup organic blueberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease the muffin pan with vegan cooking spray or butter or line with cupcake liners.
  2. In a bowl mash the bananas well. Then add the additional wet ingredients from the apple sauce through vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients from the flour through the sugar and mix well.
  4. Slowly stir together the wet and dry ingredients until well blended. Then add the apple cider vinegar.
  5. Fold in the blueberries
  6. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups about 1/3 of the way full.
  7. Bake 22-25 minutes in preheated oven or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

These muffins are tasty and healthy. A great snack or breakfast to keep around the house, and perfect for sharing with friends. Have a happy Tuesday!

What are your favorite kind of muffins?

Gluten Free Brownies

Image from Comfy Belly

Today we’ve got a recipe for delicious, cakey gluten-free brownies adapted from the book Gluten Free Baking Classics! These are so tasty nobody will even notice they don’t contain any wheat. We whipped up a batch of these for a joint birthday party this past weekend (but forgot to snap pictures), and they were a hit. These are great for birthday parties, pot lucks, or the holidays. You can add mix-ins according to your preferences. Chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, or caramel sauce make nice additions! Oh and did we mention we seriously cut the sugar on these too by using stevia in place of sugar.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All-Purpose Baking Mix
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 2 ozs. unsweetened chocolate
  • 4 ozs. semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup stevia in the raw
  • 2 tsps. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • Optional: 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, or chocolate chips, or dried fruit, or a combination.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Farenheit, 350 if you are at altitude. Position rack in lower-middle oven, and grease an 8-inch square pan.
  2. Mix flour, salt, baking powder, and xanthan gum in a bowl, then set aside.
  3. Over low heat, melt chocolate and butter in a heavy sauce pan. Once melted, remove the pan from heat and whisk in stevia and vanilla.
  4. Whisk in eggs, one at a time until mixture becomes smooth and glossy.Add the flour mixture and whisk until incorporated. If you are adding nuts or chocolate chips add them and stir to combine.
  5. Pour batter into prepared 8-inch square pan and place in the oven for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the brownies to cool completely, then cut & serve!

What is your favorite brownie recipe? And do you like dense or cakey brownies? We can’t make up our minds.

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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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Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin: 4 Recipes for Pumpkin Pancakes

Last week we shared a recipe for pumpkin cupcakes, and in the past we have shared recipes for birthday pancakes—today we are combining the two and have a collection of pumpkin recipes for all dietary needs that can be served up for breakfast on someone’s special day! Just click on the title or images to go directly to the recipes.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes by Gluten Free Goddess

GF Pumpkin Pancakes by Gluten Free Goddess

Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes by Stephstear on Spark Recipes 

Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes by Stephstear on Spark Recipes

Protein Pumpkin Pancakes by Dashing Dish

Protein Pumpkin Pancakes by Dashing Dish

Traditional Pumpkin Pancakes by Ruth on All Recipes

Pumpkin Pancakes by Ruth on All Recipes

Which recipe for pumpkin deliciousness will you try this fall?

 

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