Many people avoid gluten because the protein found in gluten can be difficult to digest. I avoid gluten 90% of the time (because I generally feel much better without it). Gluten is commonly found in wheat, barley, spelt, rye and kamut. Today I’m sharing some guilt-free gluten-free baked treats made using rice flour, almond meal, zucchini, oats, quinoa and coconut flour. Enjoy!

Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce

Serves 12

Cake Ingredients

  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • 6 eggs
  • ¼ cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Caramel Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried dates
  • ¾ cup coconut milk

Preparation

Combine coconut flour, cacao powder, eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup and baking soda in a bowl and mix well. Pour mixture (it is quite runny) into a round cake tin. Bake in a moderate oven for 40 minutes. Meanwhile, make the caramel sauce by combining the dates and coconut milk at high speed in your blender. Once the cake is cool, top with the caramel sauce and serve.

Choc Zucchini Brownies

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1 zucchini (finely grate and then squeeze all moisture out)
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour mixture into a lined loaf tray and bake in a moderate oven for 1 hour. Once cool remove brownie from loaf tray, cut into 8 brownie slices and serve.

Almond and Orange Cake

Serves 12

Ingredients

  • 3 cups almond meal
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Preparation

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Pour into round cake tin and bake in a moderate oven for 1 hour.

Choc Chip Cookies

Serves 12

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups almond meal
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ coconut oil melted
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 50g dark chocolate roughly chopped

Preparation

Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix until well combined. Form mixture into 12 balls and press each ball onto a lined baking tray. Bake in a moderate oven for 8-10 minutes.

Jam Drop Biscuits

Serves 12

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups almond meal
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ coconut oil melted
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons berry jam

Preparation

Mix almond meal, rice flour, honey, coconut oil, egg and baking powder in a bowl until well combined. Form mixture into 12 balls and press each ball onto a lined baking tray. Make a small indent in the center of each biscuit with your finger. Fill the indent with berry jam. Be careful not to overfill. Bake in a moderate oven for 8-10 minutes.

Baked Oatmeal Muffins

Serves 12

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cups almond milk (or your preferred milk)
  • 2 ½ cups gluten free oats
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup blueberries or raspberries or dark choc chips (whatever flavor you desire)

Preparation

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Grease a 12 cup muffins tray with a little coconut oil. Divide mixture evenly into the 12 cup muffin tray. Bake in a moderate oven for 30 minutes.

Apple and Cinnamon Muffins

Serves 12

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten free self-raising flour
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup almond milk (or your preferred milk)
  • ½ cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla powder
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 green apples grated
  • ½ cup honey

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well until combined. Grease a 12 cup muffins tray with a little coconut oil. Divide mixture evenly into the 12 cup muffins tray. Bake in a moderate oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Carrot Cake with Frosting

Serves 12

Cake Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups almond meal
  • 4 medium carrots grated
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup butter or coconut oil melted
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup pecans roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Icing Ingredients

  • 1 cup cream cheese, coconut cream or cashew cream
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup pecans roughly chopped

Preparation

Combine all cake ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined. Pour mixture into a lined loaf tray and bake in a moderate oven for 40 minutes. Once the cake has cooled, mix cream cheese/coconut cream/cashew cream with cinnamon and spread over cake. Sprinkle with pecans and serve.

Choc Banana Loaf

Serves 12

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • 3 bananas mashed
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 100g dark choc chips

Preparation

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Pour mixture into a lined loaf tray and bake in a moderate oven for 55 minutes.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

Serves 12

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups almond meal
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ coconut oil melted
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons peanut butter

Preparation

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Form mixture into 12 balls and press each ball onto a lined baking tray. Bake in a moderate oven for 8-10 minutes.

Warm Chocolate Pudding

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond meal
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined. Pour mixture into a small baking dish. Bake in a moderate oven for 25-30 minutes. Serve warm with fresh berries.

Spiced Strawberry Loaf

Serves 12

Ingredients

  • 3 mashed bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup almond milk (or your preferred milk)
  • 1 ½ cups quinoa flakes
  • 2 cups gluten free oats
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups diced strawberries

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour mixture into a lined loaf tray and bake in a moderate oven for 55 minutes.

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Serves 12

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond meal
  • ¼ cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup cacao nibs
  • ½ cup cacao powder

Preparation

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Divide the mixture evenly into 12 balls. Press each ball onto a lined baking tray. This mixture is quite sticky and will stick to your hands. You will have to wash your hands every few biscuits that you roll to prevent the mixture sticking to your hands. Bake in a moderate oven for 10-12 minutes.

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