10 Easy Gluten Free Desserts

easy gluten free desserts

Do you struggle with wasting time making easy gluten free desserts? If so, this post will help you a lot. One of the biggest challenges I had when I started the gluten free lifestyle was making my own easy gluten free desserts so that I wouldn’t have to spend a small fortune buying them, and I could cook at home and avoid the processed junk in most gluten free store bought items.

Here are my 10 favorites. Some of these are also dairy free but for the ones that are not, if you cannot have dairy you can easily modify them to make them dairy free.

1. Coconut Milk Ice Cream- This a great both gluten free and dairy free dessert. It’s very easy to make. All you do is combine 1-2 frozen bananas, coconut milk- usually about 3-4 oz, and either raw cocoa or vanilla stevia, or natural vanilla extract in a high powered blender like a blendtec and then blend. Then spoon into a bowl and eat.

2. Gluten Free Cookies While you can make your own, for this particular easy gluten free dessert, I like to cheat and buy some. At the blog post linked I talk about my five favorite gluten free cookies, however, my absolute favorite and the healthier ones in my opinion are the ones by Enjoy Life.

3. Coconut Macaroons- My mom found some really great ones at Costco around Easter time but if you want to make your own, they really aren’t that hard. All you do is buy some shredded coconut and mix in some sugar according to taste. Then you can roll the into balls and drizzle melted chocolate on top and harden them in the freezer.

4. Chocolate and Avacado Pudding- This one can also be dairy free depending upon how it is made. The basic recipe is to blend raw cocoa, coconut milk and an avocado in a high speed blender and serve.

5. Gluten Free Carrot Cake You can follow the recipe at this link, or you can buy a mix. In the past I’ve bought the Full Circle Spice Cake Mix that you can find at a lot of grocery stores.

6. Fruit and whipped cream or greek yogurt
For this one you wash and slice fresh fruit. Usually I like a combination of strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and pineapple and put it in a bowl. Then you top it with greek yogurt or whipping cream. There are rice, coconut and soy based whipping creams if you can’t have the milk kind.

7. Dark Chocolate- This one is really easy and probably the easiest of the easy gluten free desserts. Buy and enjoy a nice piece of dark chocolate. Make it at least 72% cocoa and double check the label to make sure it is gluten free of course.

8. Black Bean Brownies– These are actually really good. Just make sure if you use a recipe like the one I linked that you use gluten free oats. There are other recipes without oats. Just look around and find one you like.

9. Apple Cider- For this you can heat apple juice and add in a 1-2 drops of cinnamon, basil, and or clove essential oil or you can use the spice.

10. Gluten free zucchini bread This recipe has chocolate chips added. You don’t have to use them. You could leave the out. Another way to make it would be to buy a basic gluten free bread mix like Bob’s Red Mill and then just add in the zucchini along with the eggs, and other ingredients listed in the package.

Which one is your favorite?

How to Cook Gluten Free Fried Rice

gluten free fried rice

Do you like fried rice? Fried rice is and has been one of my favorite dinner time meals. However, most fried rice dishes that you get at restaurants have gluten in them. Even if they are gluten free, they also have added chemicals, refined oils like canola oil, MSG, and other unhealthy ingredients. Yet you can easily make your own gluten free fried rice at home and make sure that it is healthier, and less costly than eating out.

Here are the steps to follow to make your own delicious gluten free fried rice:

1. Make a batch of fresh cooked rice, or use rice that you have already cooked. The fried rice does work better if you use rice that has already a few days old and cold, but fresh rice can work too if you don’t have any leftover rice. White rice, brown rice or basmati rice works the best. Wild rice is not ideal but can work.

2. Get a wok for cooking. You can use another pan but I highly recommend an actual wok. If you don’t have one, you can get one from Amazon like this one. Cuisinart 726-38H Chef’s Classic Stainless 14-Inch Stir-Fry Pan with Helper Handle and Glass Cover (affiliate link).

3. Chop your vegetables and saute them in your wok using a small amount of either olive oil, coconut oil or sunflower oil. My favorite vegetables for gluten free fried rice are:

Onions(white)- red onions don’t taste as good for some reason.
Frozen or canned peas
Yellow Squash

If you don’t have all of the above you can make modifications. I personally think that some onions, carrots, celery and one of the other green vegetables is the minimum needed. You want to cook the vegetables at least half way before continuing to step 4.

4. Cook 1-2 eggs into the vegetable mixture.

5. Add the rice and keep stirring on low heat. Continue doing this until everything is cooked and the rice is heated up. It should take about 15-20 minutes.

6. Add in some gluten free soy sauce if desired or you can also use some balsamic vinegar. Make sure that the soy sauce is gluten free as most of the regular soy sauces are made with wheat flour and therefore are not gluten free.

You can also add in a small amount of chicken or shrimp if desired. If you decide to include this, then you need to either cook the chicken or shrimp in a separate pan, use meat that has already been cooked and is leftover from a previous meal, or add the meat into the wok at the same time as the vegetables so that it will cook throughly.

Have you ever prepared your own gluten free fried rice at home? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you do it. Leave me a comment and tell me about your experience with it.

5 Delicious and Simple Gluten Free Salad Dressings

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Salad dressings are one of those things that can be tricky when implementing and living a gluten free lifestyle. They often have hidden sources of gluten, and even those that are gluten free are full of sugar, canola oil, high fructose corn syrup and other unhealthy ingredients. Yet most of us don’t like to eat plain salad without some kind of dressing. Here are five of my favorite delicious and simple gluten free salad dressings. In fact, as a former addict of store bought French and Italian dressing, I guarantee you will love these. In fact, even though they are usually gluten free, I haven’t bought a single bottle of French or Italian dressing since I first went gluten free 3 years ago. In fact, I can honestly say that I prefer my gluten free salad dressings over anything else at the store.

1. This is the most simple gluten free salad dressing and therefore the one that I use the most often. I mix equal parts of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and drizzle on my salad. It’s simple and yet delicious.

2. Olive oil with your choice of essential oil. I mix in 1-3 drops of: wild orange, lemon, lime, basil or cilantro essential oil and drizzle on my salad. You could also combine 1-2 of the oils. Be careful not to use too much. If the salad is only a serving size for 1 person, then 1 drop is plenty. Also make sure that you are using essential oils that are a food grade and that say on the label that they are safe for internal consumption. If you have questions about what kinds you can use, contact me and I will be happy to talk with you.

3. Balsamic vinegar with 1-3 drops of your choice of essential oils. I make it just like above however, I use balsamic vinegar instead of olive oil.

4. Humas with a squeeze of lemon. You can use whatever kind of humus you like or make your own. I then add in a squeeze of lemon and spread it throughout the salad like a salad dressing.

5. Balsamic vinegar with red wine vinegar. I mix the two together and sometimes also add in a bit of olive oil. You can also experiment with adding in the 1-3 drops of the essential oils mentioned above for additional flavoring.

I encourage you to try them all the let me know which one is your favorite gluten free salad dressing. I hope you will like these and that they will have you realizing you don’t need store bought salad dressings to have a delicious salad.