Not too long ago, people were suffering painful stomach upsets without ever really knowing the root cause, and still today, it’s even been estimated that a whopping 99% of the people suffering from either a gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never diagnosed. But it’s official: gluten intolerance is a growing problem, and when gluten hidden in so many things, it really for those who are intolerant to ensure they stay feeling well.
Luckily for us, many health bloggers and chefs have adapted recipes for a gluten-free lifestyle. Whether you’re after some hot pancakes drizzled with syrup and topped with berries for breakfast, or a gooey, cheesy quesadilla for dinner, there are plenty of awesome recipes out there for living a happy, healthy, GF life!
1. Cranberry & Walnut Breakfast Cookies
Cookies for breakfast sounds like every child’s dream, and these cookies are so healthy, even the most health conscious mom would be happy to serve them up with a big glass of almond milk! Make a batch of these from the recipe by Nicole at Yes to Yum and take them to work, give them to your kids as snacks, or just devour a freshly made batch all to yourself. There’s no judgement here.
2. Raw Vegan Double Fudge Chocolate Brownies
These delicious bites will really have you convinced you’re devouring something insanely bad for you, but rest assured these chocolate brownies are all good! Ilene of The Colourful Kitchen deserves a medal for this sweet-potato based recipe–it’s not lacking in flavour or texture, and will have even the most devoted chocoholics addicted.
3. Lemon & Pistachio Cake
If you’re living a healthier life, green is a colour you’re used to seeing. But in a cake? Rest assured, this cake is packing a serious punch in all the right ways. This recipe from Desserts With Benefits is not only gluten free but sugar free, too.
4. Hazelnut, Apricot & Fig Granola
Whether you have it with some coconut or soy yoghurt with berries for breakfast or have it with some almond milk this recipe is so, so good. It’s crunchy and sweet and packed full of nuts and fruit. Vicky of Avocado Pesto‘s mixture will keep you satisfied all morning long, and when it comes out of the oven all baked and crunchy, you’ll be trying your hardest not to dive in and devour it all off the tray, trust me!
5. Lemon & Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes
Pancakes are something we can’t quite give up, right? Served in a stack with lashings of maple syrup and decorated with freshly chopped strawberries, we’re already drooling. But if you thought the creativity stops there, think again. There are so many ways to cook healthified pancakes, and we were thrilled to find this lemon & blueberry pancake by Gena of the Choosing Raw blog. They look super indulgent but are super good for you! And if you somehow cook one too many, why not pop one in your lunch box as a snack the next day?
6. Superfood Bread
If you’re not willing to give up on your morning toast, never fear: there’s still ways to enjoy bread without suffering afterwards. This GF superfood bread by Ella Woodward of Deliciously Ella is so versatile! You can cut a slice of it and toast it with peanut butter and banana for breakfast, or enjoy a slice with your soup or smash some avocado over it. You can get creative with whatever your preferred toppings are.
7. Vegan ‘Chickpea Tuna’ Salad
‘Chickpea tuna’ is a vegan substitute that’s slowly gaining popularity, and no wonder: many species of tuna are on the brink of extinction, and what is still available is full of harmful mercury. Enter ‘chickpea tuna’, the perfect sandwich or salad substitute if you’re a vegan, or are simply have concerns about eating tuna. Coupled with homemade mayo, this recipe by Gluten Free Vegan Girl is great if you occasionally do miss the flavour of an old-fashioned tuna salad.
8. Vegetable Lasagne
Sometimes, we all just need to sit down and enjoy a delicious cooked meal, and this lasagne will feel so indulgent, you’ll forget you’re simply eating veggies and nuts! Heather of YumUniverse has created a delicious lasagne that will have even have Italian nonnas converted!
9. Quinoa & Butternut Squash Cakes
If you’re a vegan it’s sometimes hard to find meat-free alternatives at summer events like BBQs, and coupled with the need to eat GF, eating out with friends can be really difficult, if not downright impossible. So why not make your own ‘burgers’ and take them along? These quinoa and butternut squash cakes from Simply Quinoa look like a burger and will be filling either on their own or inside a GF bun. The perfect summer food!
10. Hemp & Lemon Pesto Sauce
Pesto sauce is a staple in many homes. It’s such a quick fix for sprucing up bland pasta dishes, and with the addition of hemp seeds in this recipe from Veggies Don’t Bite, you’ll be cramming in a beneficial superfood at the same time. Whether you get home and cook up some gluten free or brown rice pasta or make some zoodles, whip up some pesto and you’ve got a quick and healthy dinner sauce that you can throw over just about anything.
11. Pumpkin Spice Latte Donuts
These donuts look anything but healthy, but guess what? They’re gluten free and vegan! Sarah of Sarah Bakes has created the perfect recipe to curb those donut cravings, without packing your body with lots of sugar. And not only are they tasty, they look good enough to rival any donut shop. Krispy Kreme, watch out!
12. Lime, Maple Syrup & Toasted Coconut Crepes
If sickly sweet desserts aren’t your bag, then this zingy crepe recipe by Clean Food Dirty Girl may just be perfect for you. It’s a twist on the traditional pancake recipe of sugar and lemon, but a lot more healthy, and dare we say it . . . tastier? The use of buckwheat in the crepes is a great addition, and the mixture of the sweet maple syrup and toasted coconut against the tartness of the lime works wonders. Serve this up as a Sunday brunch or as a refreshing dessert after a heavy dinner and we can guarantee you’ll have zero complaints!
13. Spinach Muffins
Not everyone likes their gluten free recipes on the sweet side, and this is a great savoury addition to add to your cookbook. Inspired by Green Kitchen Stories, Cathy of What Would Cathy Eat? has vegan-ised their recipe, making this gluten free AND vegan! And we have to say, after all those sweet recipes this savoury one is looking might good. This is the perfect snack to have on hand when on the go, or take them as part of a picnic.
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