By Lora O’Brien
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!
Angela of Oh She Glows! has captured absolute perfection in this breakfast recipe. If you love your carrot cake but haven’t been able to eat a slice of it since going GF, then this is the perfect breakfast recipe for you. The warming mixture of creamy, chewy oats with raisins and the touch of spice from nutmeg and cinnamon is blissfully delicious, and the perfect breakfast to fill you up and get you started for the day. And not only are all the ingredients incredibly good for you, but there is so much flavour in this one bowl it almost seems more like a dessert. If you have little ones, this is the perfect indulgent Sunday breakfast you can cook up in a big batch and hand out for all to enjoy.
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!
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?
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.
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.
We can always count on Madeleine Shaw to provide us with a tasty recipe, and this one is the perfect substitute for the iconic roast dinner. If you’re vegan and looking for a GF option to serve up on a Sunday, this recipe is perfect, and packed full of so much goodness.
The healthiest way to consume soup is to make your own. That way you’re in full control over what goes into it, and there’s no hidden nasties lurking within! And it’s actually so easy to make soup, it’s almost impossible to go wrong. Alexandra of Inmybowl has us constantly drooling over her instagram photos, and this soup is no exception. Vibrant and colourful, it looks gorgeous and as with all of her recipes, is incredibly good for you and gluten free.
This is a perfect recipe to replace shop bought sandwiches. It’s so easy to make and you can pack anything you want inside of it to always change up the flavour. Natasha of Honestly Healthy has really outdone herself with this quesadillas recipe: it’s truly scrumptious!
Who doesn’t love sushi? Every mouthful is like pure culinary perfection. But most many are unaware that gluten is even hidden in things like ketchup and soy sauce, so those packaged containers of sushi you buy and restaurants you go to may not be so friendly to your intolerance. But that’s okay because it’s so easy and tasty to make your own from home. Grab your bamboo mat, get the rice cooking and follow this simple recipe by SheKnows.
‘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.
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!
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!
Who doesn’t love pizza? And if when giving up gluten you thought you’d never be able to enjoy a slice ever again, you’ll be happy to know you’re so wrong. Cauliflower makes a fantastic pizza base, and this recipe by Love & Lemons is a fab little recipe to add to your repertoire for when the guilty craving for pizza strikes. Instead of being wracked with guilt after eating this, you’ll feel great because it’s packed full of plant-based goodness.
Traditional mac and cheese is a heart attack waiting to happen. It’s packed full of cheese, butter and milk, just waiting to clog up your arteries and increase your waistline. But now there are new ways to enjoy this famous dish without the guilt, and without the bloating. Step forward this little vegan cutie, Max. At just 9, he’s already got a blog called The Gluten Free Kid, packed with mouthwatering recipes. This mac and cheese one was our favourites: with just six ingredients, this is super quick and easy to make and the best part? It’s vegan and GF!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
20. 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.