You may have recently read my Best Recipes for Gut Health blog and noticed gluten-free foods are optimal for gut health. Here are my favorite gluten-free recipes to help you live a more gut-friendly life.
Easy Baking Gluten-Free Recipes
My love for gluten-free baking began when my friend who has celiac disease and I decided to get creative with making some of our favorite desserts gluten-free. We even tried to make our own little business and would sell the baked goods in Dr. Shakib’s office. One of the office favorites was a modified Trader Joe’s recipe. If you are a Trader Joe’s freak like me you know their bag of gluten-free rolled oats has a delicious recipe on the back of the bag which is as follows:
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 1/3 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 cups Trader Joe’s Rolled Oats
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 6 oz chocolate chips
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds or chopped walnuts
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup peanut butter
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
- Mix all ingredients
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly brown around the edges
When I started making these cookies I was also vegan. I substituted butter for Earth Balance vegan butter. I used flax eggs, which are made by mixing 1 tbsp of flaxseed meal and 2 1/2 tbsp of water instead of regular eggs (you can use a half banana for this as well). I also made sure to use vegan chocolate or cacao nibs.
Another office favorite was my gluten-free lemon bars. I honestly do not remember my recipe as this was over ten years ago but this recipe by Gluten Free on a Shoestring is very close. I hope you enjoy it!
The Best Gluten-Free Lemon Bars
- 1 ⅔ cups (233 g) basic gum-free gluten-free flour blend
- ½ cup (58 g) confectioners’ sugar plus more for dusting
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Zest of 1 large lemon
- 9 tablespoons (126 g) unsalted butter melted and cooled
- 4 (200 g (weighed out of shell)) eggs at room temperature
- 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ⅔ cup (5.33 fluid ounces) freshly squeezed lemon juice of 4 to 5 lemons
Instructions part 1:
- Preheat your oven to 325°F.
- Grease an 8-inch square baking pan, line with crisscrossed pieces of parchment paper that overhang the sides, and grease the parchment paper. Set the pan aside.
Instructions to make the crust:
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine 1 cup (140 g) of the flour, confectioners’ sugar, salt, and lemon zest and whisk to combine, breaking up any clumps of lemon zest.
- Add the butter and mix with a fork until well combined. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish in an even layer.
- Place the baking dish in the center of the preheated oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until firm.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool briefly.
Instructions to make the custard layer:
- In a medium-sized bowl, place the eggs, granulated sugar, baking powder, lemon juice, and remaining 2/3 cup (93 g) flour, whisking vigorously to combine after each addition. Pour the custard mixture into the baked crust.
Instructions to make the bars:
- Return the pan to the center of the oven. Bake until just set (about 25 minutes).
- The custard is set when it does not jiggle more than a tiny bit in the center when the pan is shaken gently back and forth.
- Remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for about 20 minutes.
Instructions to chill the bars:
- Place in the refrigerator to chill until firm, about 2 hours and up to overnight.
- Remove the bars from the pan by running a butter knife or thin spatula around the perimeter of the baking dish, and then lifting the bars out of the pan by the overhung pieces of parchment paper.
- Dust lightly with confectioners sugar, and slice into 9 or 12 squares with a large knife. Serve chilled.
Recipe for Gluten-Free Pancakes
My favorite gluten-free pancakes are super easy to make and packed with the superfoods I drink daily.
Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 medium apple, peeled, sliced
- ¾ tsp. ground cinnamon, divided use
- 4 large egg whites (½ cup)
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 scoop whey protein powder, vanilla flavor
- ¼ cup dry rolled oats
- 2 Tbsp. coconut flour
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. ground ginger
- 1 dash ground nutmeg
- Heat medium nonstick skillet lightly coated with spray over medium-low heat.
- Add apple and ¼ tsp. cinnamon; cook, stirring constantly for 3 to 4 minutes, or until apple is soft. Remove from heat. Set aside.
- Combine egg whites, applesauce, and almond milk in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.
- Combine protein powder, oats, coconut flour, baking powder, remaining ½ tsp. cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a medium bowl; mix well.
- Add applesauce mixture to oat mixture; mix until just blended.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet lightly coated with spray over medium heat. Ladle about ¼ cup batter for each pancake; cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until bubbles form on top. Flip. Cook for 90 seconds, or until golden brown and cooked through.
- Divide pancakes between three serving plates. Top evenly with cooked apple slices.
Gluten-Free Recipes for Pasta
Some common pasta substitutes that are also lower in carbohydrates are zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash and I love heart of palm noodles. Starchier pasta substitutes are brown rice or quinoa pasta substitutes. Lentil pasta is also delicious. I like any of these kinds of pasta paired with my famous meat sauce.
I literally saute ground beef in coconut oil with a fresh chopped 1/2 yellow onion, about 2 cloves of garlic, and then I copiously add Italian seasoning, sea salt, and paprika to taste.
Gluten-Free Potato Casserole
In doing research for this blog I surprisingly came up with large amounts of recipes for potato casseroles. This one looked most healthy and delicious because of the added vegetable content, if I wanted the recipe to be even healthier I would substitute cauliflower for the potatoes.
- 4 pounds of Potatoes, peeled & diced (2 kilos)
- 2 tablespoon Oil
- 1 Onion, minced
- 8 cups Fresh Spinach Leaves
- 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 7 ounces Sour Cream (200 grams)
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper (or less)
- 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 8 ounces of Cheddar Cheese
- Preheat the oven to 400° Fahrenheit (200° Celsius).
- Transfer peeled and diced potatoes into a pot and pour water in. Use just enough water so they all are submerged.
- Add salt (I used 2 teaspoons per 3 cups of water). Cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Then, reduce the heat to low and simmer until they are almost done (don’t overcook).
- Meanwhile: Heat oil in a large frying pan/skillet and add onion. Sauté until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add fresh spinach in stages and sauté until all leaves are wilted. Now, stir in minced garlic and cook until it releases its aroma. Turn off the heat.
- In a small bowl, mix together sour cream, salt, black pepper, oregano, and garlic powder until smooth.
- Drain the water from the potatoes and combine them with the spinach and sour cream mixture (either in the pot or directly in an oven-proof dish).
- Pour the mixture into an oven-proof dish and cover with grated cheese.
- Cook at 400° Fahrenheit (200° Celsius) until the cheese is golden brown and potatoes soft, about 25 minutes.
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