Gluten Free Fluffy German Pancake

IMG_1144A great mystery to me when I was growing up, was the fluffy pancake. What made it so puffy in the oven? Recently I tried experimenting to make a gluten free version of the fluffy pancake. I love the fluffy or German pancake because it’s one of those quick and easy breakfasts I can whip up on a weekend morning that feels special but doesn’t take too much time. Pair it with my mixed berry fruit salad (See below for recipe), powdered sugar and lemon juice or maple syrup for a delectable treat. If you are feeding a crowd, double the recipe and baked in a 9×13 pan. One pancake serves 2-4 people.

While researching how to make a gluten free version, all the websites recommended against using a flour substitute that DID NOT have xanthan gum. Since all my flour bends already have xanthan gum, I used Bob’s Red Mill’s gluten free oat flour, and it turned out delicious! My husband couldn’t tell it was gluten free, which is my quality control test. Another tip, is use a pre-heated baking dish or cast iron skillet for best results.

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Gluten Free Fluffy German Pancake Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill GF Oat Flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 TB melted butter

Directions for Gluten Free Fluffy German Pancake:

  • Pre-heat oven to 450. Pre-heat 10 inch cast iron skillet or baking dish in oven.
  • Beat or whisk eggs.
  • Add milk, and vanilla extract, sugar, and salt.
  • Sift or break down flour to get rid of clumps before adding gradually to the egg mixture.
  • Melt butter in cast iron pan or baking pan. Then add melted butter to egg mixture.
  • Pour batter into pre-heated cast iron skillet (or greased baking dish) and bake for 12-18 minutes until pancake has golden edges.

Serving Suggestions

  • Powdered sugar
  • Maple Syrup
  • Whipped cream
  • Mixed Berry Fruit Salad (combine all ingredients and let marinate for 20 minutes)
    • 16oz fresh strawberries chopped
    • 6oz raspberries
    • 6oz blueberries or black raspberries
    • 1 bunch of mint leaves finely chopped
    • Powdered sugar
    • Juice from one lime or lemon (optional)

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Gluten Free Dutch Apple Crumble

Tomorrow is the first day of autumn, and I absolutely love this season! Fall means apples, pumpkins, colorful leaves, sweaters, leggings and boots, and hot beverages all day long. We have been getting a plethora of apple from our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share, so I have been experimenting with gluten free apple desserts.  I’ve created this recipe which is loosely based off of a Dutch Apple Pie, and I gotta say, it’s really delicious! Since it only has one crust instead of two, it’s easier to make than a traditional pie and also lower in calories!

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Gluten Free Dutch Apple Crumble Recipe

Filling Ingredients

  • 6-8  medium apples, peeled and sliced to 1/4 inch thick
  • Cinnamon (try Saigon cinnamon for a richer flavor)
  • Lemon juice

Crust Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened at room temp
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour blend ( I used Bob’s Red Mill 1 to1 Baking Flour)
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup oat flour (Can grind gluten free oats in a Ninja or food processor to make oat flour)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar

Directions: 

  1. Toss chopped and peeled apples with 1-2 tsp cinnamon and 1-2 tsp lemon juice. Place into 9×9  square pan or pie pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Combine flours and sugar in a bowl.
  3. Cut butter into small pea sized pieces and work into flour mixture with hands or a pastry cutter until a crumb mixture forms. Sprinkle evenly over apple mixture.
  4. Bake at 400 for 30-40 minutes or until apples are slightly bubbly, and topping is golden. Apples should be easily pierced with a fork.
  5. Serve warm by itself or with vanilla ice cream!

 

 

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Gluten Free Peach Crisp

Summer time means an abundance of locally grown fresh fruit! Lately, we have been getting lots of peaches from our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share. Since I’m allergic to raw peaches (who knew that was a thing?!), I’ve been making a gluten free version of peach cobbler with oats and nuts. This is one of my favorite summer time breakfasts or desserts! Hope you enjoy!

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Gluten Free Peach Crisp Recipe

Fruit Filling (For 9×9 pan)

  • 6-8 peaches, 1 cup berries (cherries, blueberries, strawberries etc)
  • 1 TB Cornstarch
  • Cinnamon

Crust

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill One to One gluten free flour blend
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter

IMG_0918Directions for Gluten Free Peach Crisp

  1. Peel and chop peaches, and combine with berries.
  2. Toss peaches and berries with cornstarch and cinnamon.
  3. Melt butter in microwave.
  4. Combine oats through brown sugar and pour melted butter over mixture. Stir until evenly combined.
  5. Pour oat mixture over fruit mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until fruit is bubbly  and can be pierced gently with a fork.
  6. Eat as is for breakfast or serve with vanilla yogurt or whipped cream for dessert.

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I can’t wait to try this recipe in the fall with apples! Yum!

Pasta Primavera a la Zoodles

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Summer means an abundance of fresh, seasonal vegetables. Especially that iconic, multi-purpose vegetable- zucchini! I enjoy roasting zucchini, baking with zucchini, and making zucchini noodles. Zucchini noodles make a delicious gluten free, low carb and super healthy alternative to regular pasta.  Plus, this meal comes together in about 20-30 minutes! I made my zoodles with the Zoodler, but you could also try a spiralizer, or KitchenAid attachment.

Recipe for Pasta Primavera Veggie Noodles

Veggie Noodles

  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 medium onion, sliced very thin
  • 1-2 TB minced garlic
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • Olive oil

Primavera Sauce

  • 1-2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2-4 TB cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup white wine (optional)
  • Italians Seasonings, pepper, salt to taste
  • Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Combine cornstarch with cold chicken broth and stir until dissolved. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil and garlic in 5 quart sauce pan.
  3. After 1 minute, add onions to the pan and heat them up while you are preparing the carrot and zucchini noodles.
  4. Grate carrot and zucchini using a Zoodler machine, spiralizer or Kitchen Aid attachment.
  5. When onions are translucent, add carrot to pan with onions and garlic and heat for about 5-10 minutes. Then add zucchini noodles and peas.
  6. Stir pre-made sauce into pan with cooked vegetables.
  7. Keep temperature on medium heat, stirring to prevent burning.
  8. Add white wine, Italian seasonings, pepper and salt if desired. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  9. Serve immediately! Leftovers reheat well in the microwave!

Side Note: For a more decadent option, toss noodles with some cooked, chopped bacon.

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Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake

My favorite summer time dessert- Strawberry Shortcake!IMG_0474

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ever since I was a little girl, my favorite summer time dessert, other than my mom’s famous “Buster Bar” ice cream cake (more on that later), has been strawberry short cake.   Since strawberries and whipped cream are already gluten free, it’s a relatively easy dessert to adapt into a gluten free version.  Hope you enjoy!

Joelle Bella’s Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1.5 cups Bob’s Redmill Gluten Free One to One Flour Blend (divided)
  • 2 TB cornstarch
  • 2 TB sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 TB butter, cold and cut into pea sized pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk or 3/4 cup milk with 2 tsp vinegar

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Combine almond flour, 1 cup of Bob’s Red Mill one to one gluten free blend, cornstarch, sugar, salt and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Cut butter into pea sized chunk and gradually cut into flour mixture with a fork or pastry blender until evenly distributed. Pour buttermilk into mixture and mix until just combined. Add the rest of Bob’s Red Mill One to One flour blend, as needed, until dough is able to be rolled out into a one inch thickness. Cut dough into circles using the edge of a glass, or biscuit cutter. Place biscuits onto pan, and arrange into two columns so that they are touching each other.  Bake for 15 minutes or until biscuits begin to brown on the bottom. While biscuits are baking, make the toppings!

Toppings

  • 1 lb Strawberries, washed and sliced
  • 3 TB granulated sugar
  • 8oz heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract (optional)
  • 3 TB powdered sugar (optional)

Directions: To make toppings, toss strawberries in 2-3 TB sugar, mash slightly to release juices. Can also add blueberries for a patriotic dessert!

Chill mixing bowl and wire whisk attachment/s for whipping the cream. Add vanilla extract and powdered sugar, once cream has reached desired consistency.

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Joelle Bella’s Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake

 

P.S. Can be eaten for breakfast, no just dessert!

Gluten Free Cinnamon Coffee Cake

IMG_0431Looking for a coffee cake recipe that tastes delicious, but contains no refined carbs and a fraction of the added sugars compared to traditional coffeecake? Look no further! This recipe is family tested and approved for flavor and texture (i.e., just as good as the “normal” stuff).

As a dietitian, I have three criteria for my recipes.

  1. They need to taste good.
  2. They need to be made of mostly “good for you” ingredients.
  3. They need to be easy to make and contain easily available ingredients.

This coffee cake recipe is gluten free, “good for you,” and tastes just as good as traditional coffee cake.  This recipe features whole grain oat flour, almond flour and coconut flour, a combination which is chock full of fiber, protein, and healthy fats, as well as vitamin E, magnesium and iron.  Unlike a lot of gluten free replacements, this coffee cake is rich in flavor, texture and nutritional value!

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Gluten Free Cinnamon Coffee Cake 

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond flour (not almond meal)**
  • 1 cup gluten free oat flour (or grind oats* in a food processor until they turn into a fine powder)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour**
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 3 eggs (beat together with a fork in a small bowl)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup 1% milk or non-dairy milk
  • 1 TB vanilla

Cinnamon Crumb Topping

  • 1 TB Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 TB butter
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds or chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup oats*

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Coat 8×8 pan or 9in round cake pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2.  Combine all dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. Combine all wet ingredients in mixer. Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour into prepared pan.
  4. Spread coffeecake with topping, bake for 25-30 minutes until set, and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Serve with butter if desired. Enjoy!

For Topping: Melt butter, cinnamon and sugar in the microwave. Stir well. Hand mix in nuts and oats and spread topping over the unbaked coffee cake.

Reheat leftovers the next day in the microwave for 15 seconds with a little butter or heart healthy margarine for the best results!

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Gluten Free Cinnamon Coffee Cake

*To make sure this coffee cake is Celiac-Safe, be sure to use Certified Gluten Free Oats, as most commercial oats are contaminated by gluten.

**  Store high fat flours, like coconut and almond flour in the freezer or refrigerator to keep them from going rancid.

You’ll Never Guess What Vegetable is in this Delicious Cake! (gluten free)

This cake is dense and rich, but not dry, and it has half the fat and sugar of regular cake. The secret ingredient? Sweet potatoes!

Sweet potatoes have been my favorite vegetable for a long time, so years ago, when I found this Sweet Potato Chocolate Cake recipe in a Reader’s Digest magazine I had to try it. I recently adapted it into a gluten free version and it tastes even better than I remembered!

For a stronger cinnamon flavor, I recommend Saigon Cinnamon instead of regular cinnamon. Saigon cinnamon has a lighter hue and a much stronger flavor profile. It’s found in the spice section at most grocery stores.

IMG_0373Chocolate Sweet Potato Cake Recipe

 Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour One to One Blend
  • 1/2 cup Oat Flour (Pulverize oats in a food processor to make flour)
  • 1/4 cup Almond Flour
  • (Can substitute 2 cups regular flour for the above flour blend if not making cake gluten free)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp Saigon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 11/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3oz Unsweetened Baker’s Chocolate
  • 1 TB butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (substitute 1/2 cup milk mixed with 1 tsp vinegar)
  • 2 Medium Sweet Potatoes (1 lb) (peeled, chopped into 2 in chunks and boiled)

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 8oz block of 1/3 less fat cream cheese (neufchâtel) at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar (adjust for desired thickness)
  • Chopped walnuts and chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

  • Pre-Heat Oven to 350. Prepare 2 8inch round cake pans by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Boil sweet potatoes until soft. Drain and set aside.
  • Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Combine oil, vanilla and sugars in a mixing bowl. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  • Puree cooked sweet potatoes with buttermilk in food processor, until smooth.
  • Melt unsweetened chocolate with butter (in microwave or in double boiler on stove.)
  • Fold in dry ingredients with wet ingredients, alternating with sweet potato puree and melted chocolate.
  • Pour batter into prepared cake pans and bake for 30 min or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Let cakes cool 10 minutes in pans, then remove onto cooling racks.

To Frost: Let cakes cool completely before frosting. Top first layer with frosting and then sprinkle with chocolate chips and/or walnuts if desired. Layer second cake on top of first frost all sides of cake. Sprinkle with cinnamon and more chocolate chips and walnuts or decorate as desired. Store leftover cake in the refrigerator to keep fresh.

Do you have any favorite ways of hiding vegetables in baked goods? Let me know by posting a comment! And let me know if you try baking the cake!