Category Dairy

Gluten Free Coconut Cake

coconut cake

I found a recipe for coconut cake on Pinterest from Cooking Classy and it looked great, so I thought I’d convert it to be gluten free and make a few tweaks. My kids and coworkers loved the cake…some didn’t even know it was gluten free!


  • 3 cups gluten free all purpose flour (I use THIS one)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups  sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter or nondairy butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature, yolks and whites separated, plus two more egg whites
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. coconut extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 c. shredded coconut
Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 12 oz. cream cheese (1 1/2 packages), at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup butter or non...
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Gluten Free Baked Oatmeal

Baked oatmeal

Sorry this isn’t the best photo of baked oatmeal, but sometimes it’s hard to get a photo in before my dishes are devoured by a hungry husband or kids! When I was 16, I went to Kenya over the summer break and built a library for the local school with a group of teens. On the cliffs overlooking Lake Baringo, I fell in love with baked oatmeal and English tea. I wish I could find the recipe that our team leader’s wife used when we were there, but this is pretty close.

3 c. gluten free oats (I used THESE ones)
1/2 c. brown sugar (you can use coconut sugar if you want)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. applesauce
2 eggs (this recipe works VERY well with 2 Tbs. flax meal mixed into 6 Tbs. warm water. Let it sit until gel-like)
1 c. milk or dairy free milk

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Gluten Free Pecan Pie Bars


I’m not a huge pie fan, but I’ve always loved the filling for pecan pie. This past spring I tasted some pecan pie bars that had a shortbread crust, so I thought I’d try making them instead of paying $6 for a small bar made by someone else. These are based on a recipe I found in Better Homes & Gardens; I made these and took them to a friend’s house; they were gone so fast that I didn’t even have a change to take a photo of them out of the pan! These will definitely be served at Thanksgiving this year.

1 1/4 c. gluten free flour blend of your choice (I like THIS one, but it does contain dairy)
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. cold butter or nondairy butter, cut into chunks (Earth Balance has a good dairy free butter that is also soy free)

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

peanut butter cookies

My husband usually isn’t one to eat lots of sweets, but he CHOWED on these cookies. He had no idea they were gluten free! (Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook: )

Cookie Ingredients:
1/4 c. butter or non-dairy butter
1/4 c. palm shortening
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 eggs (I haven’t tried egg free yet, but I’d think it would turn out fine)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. gluten free flour blend (I use THIS one, but keep in mind it contains dairy)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt

Filling Ingredients:
1/4 c. smooth peanut butter
2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3 Tbs. milk

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cream butter, shortening, peanut butter & sugars until light and fluffy.

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Gluten Free Snickers Peanut Butter Brownie Cake

Snickers ice cream cake
I ran across THIS recipe on Pinterest not too long ago and my mouth instantly started to water. I already have a to-die for gluten free brownie recipe that I used for the base of this ice cream cake, and I just followed the rest of Life, Love & Sugar’s recipe. I’ll be trying this recipe again to see if I can manage to make the entire thing dairy-free, so stay tuned for that. It’s a little labor intensive, but if you have kids, put them to work chopping mini Snickers bars with butter knives while you prep the rest. (As an FYI, if you go this route, you might need to buy more mini candy bars because the “helpers” will likely eat their body weight in candy). P.S. something like this would be great for getting rid of leftover Halloween candy!


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