My Gluten-free Kitchen Recipes for decadent gluten-free desserts & easy family dinners. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:18:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Product Review: Foster Farms Gluten-free Corn Dogs Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:18:53 +0000

Foster Farms has sponsored today’s post to share about their new Gluten-free Corn Dogs– available now at a store near you!

Gluten-free Corn Dogs from Foster Farms Review - My kids LOVED these!
Sometimes I feel bad that my kids miss out on some of the traditional “kid foods” that are fun to enjoy once in a while since we don’t allow gluten in our kitchen. One of those meals that my kids have NEVER had in our home is corn dogs. That changed this week! Foster Farms just came out with gluten-free corn dogs that you can enjoy at home. I baked these up this week as part of a “Carnival Food Night” for the whole family to enjoy. We enjoyed oven baked fries and caramel apples alongside our corn dogs!

The verdict: Thumbs up all around! My boys and hubby had a regular corn dog at the fair this summer, so they had something more recent to compare this with, yet they all thought these were really good! My boys were already asking me to go buy these once our free box ran out! I haven’t eaten a corn dog in years, and thought the breading was really good. I thought the honey flavor was just right. I honestly couldn’t think of how they could improve the breading. I’m hoping that they’ll come out with a nitrate-free version of the chicken hot dogs next.

I love that Foster Farms went about this the right way, in pursuing gluten-free certification from the Gluten Intolerance Group for these, versus just doing their own testing and calling them “gluten-free”. I always prefer to buy a product that I see this certified gluten-free symbol on. They are actually testing to make sure that the final product tests at less than 10ppm of gluten per serving.

Foster Farms gluten-free corndogs are certified gluten-free

I also appreciate the easy cooking options. This is definitely a product I can keep in the freezer for hubby to pull out on one of his nights to “cook”. Trust me, this is right up his alley! We did prefer the ones we baked over the ones we microwaved, but you’d probably expect that. The breading cracked when we microwaved them, but they still tasted great. The ones we baked stayed just perfect, as seen in the photo below! Definitely recommend baking them.

Foster Farms Gluten-free Corn Dogs - My boys liked these!

Find these Foster Farms gluten-free corn dogs at your local Safeway, Kroger, Raley’s, Lucky, Albertsons, Giant Eagle, Woodman’s, Copps/Roundy’s, Schnucks, Food Lion, HyVee and Marsh stores. You can also call Foster Farms at 800-255-7227 for help finding a retailer in your area.

Foster Farms is giving away a voucher for a free box of the gluten-free corn dogs to 5 of my readers. Just enter below for your chance to win one!
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Butterscotch White Chocolate Cookies with gfJules {Gluten-free} Thu, 20 Nov 2014 01:50:23 +0000

Favorite flavors of butterscotch and white chocolate come together in these chewy, buttery cookies using gfJules new flour. Make sure to enter the “Real Jules, Real Good Giveaway” below.

Gluten-free Butterscotch White Chocolate Chip Cookies  - Love this flavor combo!

One of the flour blends I’ve used for years, with great success, is from my friend Jules Shepard. I had been using Jules’ flour for several years before getting to meet her in person. I first met her back before I was blogging, at a Gluten-free Expo, where I volunteered to help her in her booth and she took me up on my offer. I was a bit starstruck when I finally got to meet her – total fan girl moment! You all can have your celebrity autographs, I was excited to come home with an apron from her! :) She is a fun combination of easy-going and energetic. Over the years, she’s become a treasured friend as well.

After an unfortunate situation with her former business partners, earlier this year my friend Jules had the opportunity to start fresh, founding a new company called gfJules, where she sells her one-of-a-kind gluten-free mixes, oats, and all-purpose gluten-free flour. Jules has been a passionate advocate for celiac research and gluten-free labeling laws for many years, and was very instrumental in bringing about the gluten-free labeling that went into effect this year. Jules goal has always been to help families gather for safe, economical and delicious meals, which is the same goal I have for my blog. Hmm, maybe that’s one reason we get along so well!

Cup of gfJules gluten-free all-purpose flour

I love that gfJules all-purpose gluten-free flour can be used as a cup for cup replacement for regular flour in your favorite recipes. It already contains xanthan gum, so if a recipe calls for that as well, just omit adding it, as it won’t be needed. I’ve had great success in using gfJules in my cookies, brownies, cakes, and quick breads.  Did you know that I test every recipe on my site with two flour blends before posting? One of the brands is gfJules. For yeast bread recipes, I recommend you try one of Jules tried and true recipes, available on the gfJules blog.

gfjules Thanksgiving ebookSpeaking of recipes, Jules has made her very helpful Thanksgiving e-book full of recipes and tips available to my readers for free! Jules 60-page e-book will guide new and experienced gluten-free’ers through the often tricky ordeal of being a guest in a non-gluten-free household for Turkey Day, but will also teach the techniques necessary to navigate hosting the meal when not everyone is GF. Just go to gfJules shop and add to your cart. At checkout, use the code:  gfjules54601c422c635  to get your copy for free, available until Thanksgiving day!

In addition to her ebooks, Jules has also authored 3 books. I own all of them and find them very helpful! You can find her books on Amazon (affiliate link) here: Jules’ books

I get to host a giveaway so that some of my readers can try out gfJules all-purpose flour for themselves! I’ll be choosing 3 winners to receive a box of gfJules all-purpose gluten-free flour. Just enter the “Real Jules, Real Good Giveaway” below:
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Favorite Gluten-free Butterscotch White Chocolate Cookies

Now on to the new recipe! You all know I love my sweets, and I love white chocolate in them! I decided to try combining white chocolate with butterscotch chips, which my family loves too, and add them to a buttery cookie. These cookies have a crispy edge and chewy center and are so so delicious! I froze half of them and pulled them out later to enjoy and they were just as good after being frozen too! While I made these with butter, I believe you could definitely substitute your favorite non-dairy substitute, even coconut oil (measured solid) should work, but I haven’t tried that yet.

Make sure you triple check your packages of butterscotch chips as some brands contain gluten (usually in the form of barley). Nestle butterscotch chips are NOT gluten-free.  I always use Guittard butterscotch chips as they are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility.

4.7 from 3 reviews
Butterscotch White Chocolate Chip Cookies with gfJules {Gluten-free}
Recipe from:
  • 3 cups gfJules all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter or non-dairy alternative like Earth Balance
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 8 oz. butterscotch chips* (verify gluten-free)
  • 4 oz. white chocolate or vanilla chunks or chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk gfJules all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your mixer, cream together sugar, brown sugar and butter (or non-dairy alternative).
  4. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until fluffy.
  5. With the mixer on low, slowly add dry ingredients until just mixed.
  6. With a spatula, stir in butterscotch chips and white chocolate chips/chunks.
  7. Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop balls of dough onto parchment or silicon lined baking sheets. My dough balls weighed 1⅛ oz. each. and I had 12 per cookie sheet.
  8. Bake at 350° for 10-11 minutes. Leave cookies on pan for 3-5 minutes, then move to cooling rack.
  9. If your cookies spread too much during baking, try the following:
  10. Chill dough for an hour before baking.
  11. Make sure to let your pan cool well between batches.
  12. Consider adding an additional ¼ tsp xanthan gum to the recipe.
*I recommend Guittard brand for the butterscotch chips and white chips as they are made in a dedicated gluten-free factory. A chopped up Baker's white chocolate bar would work as well and tastes great!
*Avoid Nestle butterscotch chips as they contain gluten.
If you aren't using gfJules flour, or another flour that already has xanthan gum in it, you'll need to add 1 tsp xanthan gum to the recipe.

I was provided with gfJules flour for review and to use in my recipes. But honestly, I was using it already since I love it! :)

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October 2014 Favorites Mon, 10 Nov 2014 01:41:55 +0000

Did September and October just fly by for you all too? Man, this fall has been so busy! I can’t believe we’re already in November now!

I traveled to the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference at the end of September where I had a blast hanging with all my old and new blogger friends. Early October found my family making the drive over to Salt Lake City where we had a blast eating ALL the gluten-free food and checking out the National Gluten-free Expo that is held there every October. Always lots of fun trying new products. I helped out at Gluten Free Mama’s booth there and even got to meet a few of my blog readers! So so cool!

My Gluten-free Kitchen's October 2014 Favorites
Hopefully you’ll find some new favorites to add to your gluten-free kitchen or buy for your gluten-free loved one! While this post contains affiliate links, all opinions are my own and are not sponsored by any individual or company.

My favorite finds in October:

I finally got to read an inspirational book that had been on my must-read list for a long time, Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption and boy was it good! I definitely recommend you add this to your stack of books to read!

Overwhelmed by all the varieties of apples at the store and wondering which kind is best for what purpose? This Fall Apple Variety Guide from Cafe Johnsonia is so helpful!

One of my favorite evening snacks is air-popped popcorn.  I buy Trader Joe’s Organic Popping Corn.

Best new app for my phone: Buzzer (by naRRu). I pull this out at the end of dinner and if my boys forget to put their dirty dish in the dishwasher, I give it a buzz. The best! I don’t have to nag remind them every time, it gets everyone smiling, and it is working at making my boys realize how often they forget!

I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but before this month, I’d never tried hummus before. I know, crazy right?! Now one of my favorite lunches includes Sabra hummus topped with freshly made guacamole, eaten with gluten-free crackers or chips. Yum!

I laughed so hard at this article “Do Not Sass Talk Your Mother” and laugh every time I re-read it!

Totally in agreement with this article: Sometime I ignore my children, and that’s okay.

I found out this fall that I have something in common with Venus Williams. Who’d have thought?! I was diagnosed with Sjogren’s Disease, something she has too. What a relief to have a diagnosis!

Another funny find: Funniest Parenting Tweets. Especially loved the last one!


5 gluten-free recipes I want to try soon:

  1. Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Glaze – I’m always game for trying a new muffin!
  2. Scarecrow Munch Trail Mix – Fun, festive and would be great road trip snacks too!
  3. Cheesy Pepperoni Squares - I think my hubby and kids would really like these
  4. Baked Acorn Squash with Maple Glaze – I’m hoping this will be the recipe that convinces my family that squash is yummy. If not, well I won’t complain about having all of this to myself either!
  5. Caramel Apple Coffee Cake – This looks like a delicious way to use some of those apples I just bought at the orchard!


I started a few new Pinterest boards I think you’ll like! Check out:

Gluten-free Pumpkin Recipes

Gluten-free Soups & Stews

Gluten-free Thanksgiving Recipes.

How about you? Any fun new things you found recently?

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Leftover Halloween Candy Cookies {Gluten-free} Tue, 04 Nov 2014 03:41:08 +0000

Gluten-free Leftover Halloween Candy Cookies

Okay, be honest. How many of you have a “Candy Tax” where your kids have to give you some of their Trick-or-Treating loot?

Whether your kids scored a ton of candy or you just bought way too much candy this year, you might find yourself with a LOT of candy around. After I go through all of the candy my kids bring home, getting rid of all of the candy that has gluten in it, then I snag a lot of the chocolate treats for baking.

This time, I used Reese’s Pieces and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in my cookies, but you could also use Plain or Peanut M&Ms, Heath bars, and Hershey milk chocolate bars. Verify that the chocolate candy/bar is gluten-free by double-checking on the Hershey’s US Gluten-free List or consult the Celiac Disease Foundation’s Halloween Gluten-free Candy List which includes phone numbers for each company so you can call them directly with questions. Please please note that Hershey’s says the seasonal shaped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are not considered gluten-free. So stick with the regular peanut butter cups, not the pumpkin shaped ones!

Also, feel free to adjust the amount of candy that you use. I just kept opening more packages to add more candy to the dough or press into the dough balls. Use as much or as little candy as you’d like! Also, don’t forget that most of the stores have their candy on sale now after Halloween, so you can even buy a bit more just for your baking!

Leftover Halloween Candy Cookies {Gluten-free}
Recipe from:
Recipe type: Cookies
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1¾ cups good quality gluten-free all-purpose flour blend
  • ½ tsp. xanthan gum (*omit if your flour blend has xanthan already)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup Dutch or regular cocoa powder
  • ~1 cup chopped candy bars (such as Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Butterfinger, Heath, Hershey's chocolate bar)
  • ~1 cup candy pieces (Reese's Pieces or M&Ms)
  • ~1/2 cup additional candy pieces to press into top of cookies, if desired
  1. Line a large cookie sheet or baking pan with parchment paper or a silpat liner.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°.
  3. In a stand mixer, beat butter & sugars until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla, beating well until combined.
  4. Place flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder into a large bowl and whisk together to mix.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing slowly mixing just until combined.
  6. Using a spatula, gently stir in chopped candy bars and/or candy pieces.
  7. With a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough onto lined cookie sheets, leaving about 2" space between cookies. I did 6 cookies per sheet on my large cookie sheets.
  8. Press additional candy onto surface of cookie balls. (This is just for looks really. I did about 3 pieces of Reese's and a candy bar chunk on the surface of each.)
  9. Bake at 350° for 14-16 minutes, until set.
  10. Let cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  11. Makes about 28 cookies.
Please note: DO NOT eat Reese's "Seasonal" shaped Peanut Butter Cups as Hershey's says those are NOT gluten-free. That means the pumpkin shaped ones, Christmas shaped ones, Easter shaped ones, etc.

Use a good quality gluten-free flour blend such as Gluten Free Mama's, gfJules, Pamela's or King Arthur flour. Results will vary, but those blends should all do well in this recipe.

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Celiac Research Study Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:41:18 +0000

This post is sponsored and written by CeliAction. I am sharing it for informational purposes only so that my readers with celiac disease can consider participating.
CeliAction Research Study Seeks Participants

Even when you try your best to stay gluten-free, you never know for sure if something you’ve eaten has been cross-contaminated or mislabeled until after the fact. Most people with celiac disease can relate to accidentally ingesting gluten and then paying the price later on.

Well, there is research currently underway to evaluate if an investigational drug can reduce the symptoms of unintentional exposure to gluten. If proven effective, the drug would offer a new way to manage celiac disease and supplement a gluten-free diet by reducing the risk of gluten’s impact on the body. The best part is that you have to stay on your gluten-free diet in order to participate – no gluten challenge!

The clinical research study is called the CeliAction Study and you may qualify if you:

  • Have been diagnosed with celiac disease by a healthcare professional
  • Are attempting to be on a gluten-free diet
  • Have experienced at least one moderate or severe symptom of celiac disease in the past month

If you participate in the CeliAction Study, you:

  • Will be able to maintain your current diet restrictions
  • Will be provided with study-related care at no cost
  • Do not need medical insurance to take part
  • May be compensated for time and travel
  • Will help advance medical research for celiac disease

To learn more about this research study and see if you qualify, visit or call 1-855-3333-ACT.

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Avocado, Bacon and Egg Sandwich {Gluten-free} Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:13:07 +0000

I partnered with the Hass Avocado Board for this post since I already eat avocados daily! This sponsored post is part of their Love One Today campaign. #LoveOneToday

Gluten-free Avocado Bacon and Egg Sandwich
These past few years, I’ve found that with both of my boys in school all day, I can easily skip making myself a healthy lunch since it is just me at home. It is far too easy for me to grab a bit of this and that and make unhealthy choices. This school year, I’ve been making a real effort to make myself healthy lunches each day. Some foods I try to include in my lunch or snacks every day are almonds, avocados and spinach. Since I was already eating them everyday, I was happy to partner with the Haas Avocado Board to share some of the reasons that I include avocados in my diet each day.

Avocados are high in fiber, which we all know can be lacking in our gluten-free diets. Just one ounce of avocado contains 8% of the recommended daily amount of fiber. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have my fiber come from food sources like avocados instead of a pill!

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If you are looking to add good monounsaturated fat into your diet, avocados are a great source. You can use avocado in place of unhealthy fats. One way I do this is using avocado on my sandwiches in place of mayo.

I use about 1/3-1/5 of an avocado each day, which I found out contains nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. I love how versatile avocados are, and use them in a variety of ways: in salads, for guacamole, mashed and eaten with hummus or spreadable cheese, or sliced and put on a sandwich. My oldest son asks me to make my guacamole all the time, and I’m happy to oblige since I know it is good for him!

Avacados & Tomatoes - Naturally gluten-free choices!
Today I’m sharing one of my favorite sandwiches that incorporates avocados. You can make this for breakfast, lunch or dinner, whatever works best for you! I fed these to my whole family for dinner one day last week, then made for just me today for lunch because I like it so much. It is a filling, all-in-one meal that is easy too!

Gluten-free Avocado Bacon and Egg Sandwich with Hass Avocados
I start with cooking up some bacon. Personally, I cook bacon until the smoke alarms go off. :) Really, I do like it nearly burned, nice and crunchy! But please, just cook however crisp you want. After setting aside the bacon on some towels, I cook an egg in the same pan. I like to do a scrambled egg, but a fried egg would work well here too. I try to form the egg into a square/rectangle shape about the size of the bread so that it will fit nicely! Slice up some good Cheddar cheese, fresh tomato, and ripe avocado and you are ready to go! You can also add mustard or mayo to your sandwich if you desire. For me, the avocado adds enough flavor and moisture that I don’t feel like it needs those, but feel free!

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Avocado, Bacon and Egg Sandwich {Gluten-free}
Easy and healthy lunch for one! Just double, triple, etc. if you are feeding more!
Recipe from:
Recipe type: Sandwich/Lunch
Serves: 1 serving
  • 2 slices gluten-free bread (I use my homemade gluten-free bread)
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked
  • 1 cooked egg (fried or scrambled)
  • 2 slices Cheddar cheese
  • 2-3 slices tomato
  • 2-3 slices Hass avocado (I used ⅓ of an avocado)
  • 1 tsp. mustard or mayo if desired
  1. Cook bacon to desired crispness, set aside on paper towels. Wipe away excess bacon fat, then cook egg in same skillet. Feel free to do a fried egg or a scrambled egg, shaping it into about the same square or rectangle shape as your bread.
  2. While egg is cooking, lightly toast gluten-free bread just until warm and slightly firm.
  3. If desired, spread mustard and/or mayo on the lightly toasted bread.
  4. Between your bread slices, layer egg, bacon, cheese tomato and avocado slices.
  5. Enjoy!

The Hass Avocado Board is giving away a $50 Visa gift card to one of my readers! Just watch this video about the Love One Today campaign and the health benefits of avocados. You can get two entries. 1) Watch the video and leave a comment below with something you learned. 2) Share it on your social media and leave a second comment with how you shared. Giveaway ends 11/7-2014 at 10:00pm MT. Winner will have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!
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Giveaway: Jumpstart your Holiday Shopping with $300 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:01:34 +0000

Jumpstart Your Holiday Shopping with this $300 Paypal or Amazon giveaway!

I just realized that there are less than 4 weeks until Thanksgiving! I’m usually well into my Christmas shopping at this point – with my spreadsheet of ideas and notes about gifts I’ve purchased. I try to have all of my shopping for my husband’s side of the family done before Thanksgiving, so we can deliver those gifts during our Thanksgiving travels instead of shipping them later. This year I haven’t even started!

I’m feeling like I just need to survive this busy Halloween week, which for some reason is crazy this year, then next week I need to buckle down and start brainstorming and shopping. I do LOVE Christmas shopping! I love thinking about and searching for the perfect gift for each person on my list. My Dad and the teenagers on the list are always the hardest for me to think of gifts for, so I need some time to just sit and think!

Have you started on your Christmas shopping? If you have, I bet you are thinking how nice it would be to have $300 extra in your shopping budget! I had the opportunity to team up with a bunch of other food bloggers to bring you your chance to win $300 paypal or Amazon gift card.

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Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware Giveaway Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:21:09 +0000

Fall Stoneware Giveaway

As we enter fall baking season, I wanted to provide you with something new and fun for your kitchen. I’ve teamed up with several of my blogging buddies to host a fantastic giveaway that will help make your holiday dinners even more stunning! We’re giving away one of these beautiful Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware dishes like the one pictured above! I totally wish I could win this one actually!

(P.S. If you want to read more about the specific prize, you can follow this affiliate link to look at it on Amazon. This is the exact prize we’ll be giving one of you: Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware 12-by-9-Inch Covered Rectangular Dish in Cherry Color)

Epi-Family and Vegetarian Mamma, along with My Plant Based Family, Table for Seven, What the Fork Food Blog, My Gluten Free Kitchen, Flippin Delicious, I’m a Celiac and Life Made Sweeter have come together to offer this special giveaway.

One lucky US Winner (lower 48) will get a

Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware, 12-by-9-Inch Covered Rectangular Dish in Cherry Color

Entering is easy….
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Important things to know…This prize will be shipped to you directly from Amazon. This giveaway is a thank you to our readers and is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Rafflecopter or directly to any of the bloggers listed. The winner will be chosen at random by the widget. The winner will be contacted and given 48 hours to respond with their shipping information. If winner does not respond within 48 hours a new winner will be randomly picked.

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Apple Crisp {Gluten-free} Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:20:23 +0000

Family Favorite Gluten-free Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream
My husband loves fruit desserts. While I’m obviously a huge fan of gluten-free brownies, my hubby would always prefer a homemade fruit pie or crisp for dessert. This recipe for gluten-free apple crisp is a long-time family favorite recipe, adapted from my mom’s recipe. Crisps are very easy to convert to gluten-free, as you can substitute pretty much any gluten-free flour and gluten-free oats in the topping.

Pick your favorite apple to use in this recipe. The variety of apple that you pick will affect the texture of the apple crisp. Some varieties, like McIntosh will become very soft, while others, like Honeycrisp or Pink Lady, will retain their shape. I prefer to use a somewhat tart variety like McIntosh, Braeburn or Pink Lady as I find it goes well with the sweet crisp topping. This guide to apple varieties can help you choose which variety you want to use.

I love making this to bring to fall potlucks! My hubby or kids are very willing to use our handy apple peeler corer slicer to peel and slice up all the apples I need while I mix up the topping. I can have this in the oven in minutes after the slicing is done, or put it in the fridge to bake later. Several times, I’ve put it together before dinner, then I wait to put it in the oven until I pull dinner out of the oven. It bakes while we enjoy dinner, and we’re ready to enjoy dessert right after.

Gluten-free Apple Crisp - My favorite dish to bring to fall potlucks!
We love it with a scoop of ice cream, but you could definitely enjoy with a non-dairy ice cream or whipped topping instead.

Apple Crisp {Gluten-free}
If you don't need a large pan of this yummy dessert, feel free to halve all ingredients and bake in an 8"x8" pan instead.
Recipe from:
Recipe type: Fruit Desserts
Serves: 12-16 servings
  • 12 cups peeled, sliced apples
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1½ cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats or old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter or non-dairy alternative
  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together sliced apples, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, lemon juice and water. Scoop into 9x13 baking pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together all topping ingredients except butter. Use a pastry cutter or 2 knives to cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over apples.
  4. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is crisp and browned.
  5. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream or non-dairy alternative.
Most brands of gluten-free flour should work just fine in this recipe. The flours I've used and recommend (affiliate links) are: Gluten Free Mama, gfJules, and King Arthur flour.
For the oats, I recommend Gluten free Prairie and GF Harvest.

Get what you need for this recipe on Amazon by shopping through these links (affiliate links):

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Linking this post up at Gluten-free Wednesdays with gfe and Gluten-free Homemaker, Gluten free Fridays and I’m Lovin’ It.

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Applesauce Banana Zucchini Muffins {Gluten-free} Tue, 23 Sep 2014 03:59:46 +0000

Gluten-free, Dairy-free Applesauce Banana Zucchini Muffins - The whole family loved these! They freeze well too!

What do you make when you have overripe bananas AND your neighbor brings by a bunch of zucchini?  That’s what I was wondering! Since my kids love muffins, I decided to see about combining these to make a healthy-ish muffin. Applesauce is a great addition too, as it adds more Vitamin C and using it allows me to use less butter or oil as well. I was able to combine applesauce, bananas, and shredded zucchini together in these delicious gluten-free muffins that my family happily devoured!

I’m always looking for new recipes to use up zucchini from our garden and our neighbor’s gardens. When I have a huge zucchini to use up, I pull out my food processor, put on the shredding blade (the one you use for shredding a bunch of cheese) and shred up the whole big zucchini, skin and all. This weekend, we did that with two huge zucchini that my neighbor dropped by. I was able to make two batches of these applesauce banana zucchini muffins, our favorite zucchini cake brownies, and froze the remaining zucchini in 1 1/2 – 2 cup portions in freezer bags for future baking.

You could definitely pack even more nutrition into these by adding in some ground flaxseed, in fact I’m going to do that next time! We’re firmly in the no nuts in muffins camp, but if you like nuts, feel free to mix in 1/2-3/4 cup or so or your favorite nuts (pecans would be good), stirring them in at the end of the mixing process.

These muffins freeze well too. I froze some and am pulling them out to send as part of my boys’ lunches. Quick and easy!

What is your favorite way to use up zucchini?

4.5 from 2 reviews
Applesauce Banana Zucchini Muffins {Gluten-free, Dairy-free}
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Recipe type: Muffins & Quick Breads
Serves: ~2 dozen
  • 3 cups good quality gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. xanthan gum
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil or melted unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup applesauce
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed (yields about ¾ to 1 cup mashed)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1½ cup finely shredded zucchini
  1. Line 2 cupcake/muffin pans with paper liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, xanthan gum, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, beat together melted butter, applesauce, mashed banana, eggs, sugar and brown sugar for 1 minute on low speed. Scrape down sides of bowl and beat on low another 20 seconds.
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix on low speed just until mixed.
  6. Add shredded zucchini, mix just until combined.
  7. Use a large scoop to fill paper lined muffin tin cups ¾ full.
  8. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until muffins are set and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached.
  9. Cool in pan 5 minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Once cooled, store in airtight container at room temperature or stack in freezer bag and place in your freezer to enjoy later!
*I tested this with Gluten Free Mama's Almond Flour Blend.

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