Category Dairy

Gluten Free Gooey Butter Cake

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Apparently this thing called a Gooey Butter Cake is somewhat of a delicacy in St. Louis. As the story goes, a baker mixed some ingredients together in inaccurate proportions, but he decided to bake his concoction anyway and he ended up with this cake that is a little like a lemon bar in texture, but light in flavor. And, really, it is VERY easy to make. *Disclaimer: this is the first time I’ve made this recipe, so I can’t tell you if it’ll work in a dairy/egg free version, but I suspect that it would be just fine!*

Ingredients:

  • 1 gluten free yellow cake mix (I used this one)
  • 1 c. butter, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
  • 4 c. powdered sugar

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a bowl, mix the glute...
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Coffee Heath Bar Ice Cream

Coffee Ice Cream

Who doesn’t love a great ice cream? One of my favorites is Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, but it is pretty expensive for a little pint. So, I decided to try making my own. This recipe is SOOOOO easy (literally, it takes less than 10 minutes to prepare), is egg-free and does NOT require an ice cream maker! Try it and let me know what you think!

Ingredients:

  • 1 serving’s worth of instant coffee of choice (I used 1 package of Starbucks Via)
  • 2 tsp. gluten free vanilla extract
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 Heath Bars, crushed

Directions:

  • In a small bowl, mix the instant coffee and vanilla. Set aside so that the coffee dissolves. Do NOT skip this step or you will have grainy coffee ice cream…ew, just ew.
  • Bash your Heath ...
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Gluten Free Coconut Cake

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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!

Ingredients

  • 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

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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

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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.

Crust:
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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