Gluten Free Treats

It is that time of year to enjoy lots of sweets.  For those that have to eat gluten free, it can be a frustrating time.  If you are GF or know someone that is, check out some easy recipes I have gathered that happen to be gluten free and don’t require any special ingredients. Even if you are not GF, you might enjoy these.

I always volunteer to bring a plate of treats to Christmas gatherings, so I won’t feel left out.

Sweet Treats for Christmas

And check out the other recipes on my blog…they’re great for the newly diagnosed.

PS  Take a look at Flourless Chocolate Cake, everyone loves it.

Flashback Friday – Christmas Treats


Those who have to eat Gluten Free can feel a little left out at Christmas time.  Most of the delicious sweet treats are off limits for us.  I have gathered a few alternatives that use everyday ingredients easily found at the market.  The best part is that most of the recipes just happen to be GF, so everyone will enjoy them.  Make some treats for yourself and always take some with you to holiday parties.

Also, there are now many mixes offered that aren’t so bad.  Yes, I have never been a big fan of them, but they are improving. 

Here is a quick change up to make Christmas Brownies from a mix.

Choose your favorite brand of brownie mix.

Add 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract into the mix.

10 minutes before baking is done sprinkle crushed candy canes over the top (about 1/3 cup or as much as you want).


Take a look at the Christmas recipes and maybe one will become a new family favorite.

Gluten Free Sweets for Christmas (or any time).

Peppermint Bark


PS  If you are newly diagnosed or know someone who is, check out my Gluten Free collection of recipes that are naturally GF using everyday ingredients.


Flashback Friday


It is time to flashback to some Gluten Free cooking.  There is nothing like some Pulled Pork BBQ in the summer time.  Once the Pulled Pork is made, it can be used in a couple more recipes.  If you have had enough, it is easy to freeze the meat.  I put some extra BBQ sauce on top of the pork before popping it into the freezer.

My favorite is the Tostados.  I love the crunchy tortilla and guacamole.

  • If you know someone that has been recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease, please send them to my blog.  I have easy recipes made from everyday ingredients and enough variety to keep them cooking for until they figure out how to eat gluten free.


Easy Pulled Pork BBQ

Pulled Pork Tostados

Pulled Pork Arepas Appetizers

Pulled Pork Pupusas

Flashback Friday


The Flashback this week is Onion Casserole.  It is a naturally Gluten Free recipe that everyone will enjoy.

If you need to eat GF or are newly diagnosed, please check out the recipes on the Gluten Free part of my blog.  All are easy to make with ordinary ingredients that can be found in your local market.  I have included a variety of foods to get you started on the diet.

Flashback Friday

The other part of my blog is Gluten Free recipes.  I knew I would never be able to keep up a GF blog, as I am not as passionate about cooking or photographing food.

The main reason I included this part to the blog was to provide easy GF recipes made of everyday ingredients that can be bought in any grocery store.  When I was first diagnosed, I was hungry and confused. There was not much help out there.

My recipes are for the newly diagnosed and the HUNGRY!  Not to mention, they can be shared with family and friends.

The dish I am highlighting is BBQ Chicken made in a slow cooker.  Yes, not on the grill!  Summertime is for grilling, but believe it or not, with temperatures reaching 100 degrees, it is just too hot to be outside grilling.

This Chicken is great for anytime of the year and will be enjoyed by even those that aren’t Gluten Free.


Easy Chicken BBQ


GF Sweets Made with Everyday Ingredients

Christmas can be difficult for  Gluten Free people who enjoy sweet treats for the holidays.  Below are some recipes using ingredients that can be easily found in local markets.  These are especially good for the newly diagnosed.

Some other suggestions are homemade fudge and cheesecake.  Use a cheesecake recipe that does not include flour.  Use GF cookies for the crust.  I like to use GF ginger cookies that can now be found at most supermarkets.




Pupusas de Queso! (Cheese Pupusas)


This was spotted on the grocery store shelf and is clearly marked Gluten Free.  Instant corn flour is used to make tortillas and pupusas.  Pupusas are a traditional food from El Salvador and can be filled with cheese or pork.  But after researching recipes, there are many different ways to dress them up.  This recipe is going to be simple and just filled with cheese. 


There are many versions of how much flour and water to use.  The making of pupusas is probably handed down through the generations and is made by “feel” or just knowing how much water to add to the flour.  The best advice would be not to add all the water at once.  Some describe the dough as having the texture of playdough but not sticky.

This recipe will make 6 pupusas

3 cups of masa

1 1/2 cups of warm water

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

vegetable oil

1. In a large bowl, mix the masa, water, and salt  Don’t use all the water at once, although more may be needed. It is advised to mix with your hands until it feels just right.

2. Let the dough rest about 15 minutes.

3. Divide the dough into 6 pieces and roll each into a ball. Make an indentation in the ball and fill with cheese then close it up.  To make appetizer size, divide into 8 to 10 pieces.

4. Flatten the ball to a  1/4 inch thick, being careful to keep the cheese inside.

5. Heat a skillet or griddle on medium to medium high and lightly coat with vegetable oil.

6. Cook about 4 minutes on each side until golden brown.  Serve immediately.

Full sized Pupusas make a filling lunch.  They can be made smaller to use as appetizers or as a bread substitute for a meal.  Pupusas can even be stuffed with Pulled Pork (a great way to use left-over pork) for a main dish. If these are to your liking, check out the many variations online. 

Lemon-Herb Roasted Chicken in a Clay Pot

Clay pots make tender and moist meats and is a technique that has been used for thousands of years.  If you do not have a clay pot, try using Reynolds Oven Bags to retain moisture or your favorite roasting method. This recipe is naturally gluten free and the simple ingredients can be found at any market.


Soak the clay pot according to product instructions.

1 (5-pound) roasting chicken

2 lemons

2 tablespoons of dried oregano

1 tablespoon of dried basil

2 teaspoons of cracked black pepper

2 teaspoons of salt

1 teaspoon olive oil

6 garlic cloves minced

1.  Peel and section lemons, saving the peels.

2. Combine lemon sections and rest of the ingredients.  Mash them together with a fork.

3. Prepare chicken by discarding giblet and neck.

4.  Loosen skin from around the breast and drumsticks and rub lemon mixture under the skin.

5. Fill the body cavity with the lemon peels and tie legs.

6.  Place in clay pot breast side up and place in clay pot and put into a COLD oven.

7.  Bake at 450 degrees about 85 minutes until the thermometer reads 180 degrees.  Remove skin and carve.

Serve with a wild rice blend and broccoli.  The broth will make great soup later.  Carefully pour it through a sieve into a freezer container and freeze for later.

Pizza Appetizers

These are quick and easy appetizers or a weeknight meal.  I am not giving exact amounts to use in this recipe, as you have to buy full packages of the ingredients anyway.  The left over ingredients can be refrigerated or frozen for use later.  All ingredients are easily found at your market and the recipe is Naturally Gluten Free!

Corn tortillas  Most are marked Gluten Free

Small jar or can of pizza sauce  Check for a GF brand

Package of shredded mozzarella cheese

Mini pepperoni  Hormel is marked GF.  Regular pepperoni can be cut if mini can’t be found


You will need a muffin tin to accommodate the amount of pizzas you want to make.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Cut the tortillas using a biscuit cutter or the top of a clean empty can or glass

Spray the muffin tin with cooking spray and tuck the cut tortillas into the forms

Bake for 5 minutes to start to crisp the tortillas, then remove from oven


Put about a tablespoon of pizza sauce  (or to your taste) in each tortilla

Sprinkle with as much cheese and pepperoni as you would like

Bake 5 more minutes or until cheese begins to melt

Cool slightly and carefully remove pizza appetizer with a fork


These great little pizzas can be enjoyed as appetizers, dinner, game day snacks, movie night bites and kids love them.  It is easy to make 6 or 24.

Pulled Pork Arepas Appetizers

Recently, I had Arepa Appetizers at a South American restaurant.  They were simple small Arepas with just enough BBQ on top to easily eat.   Arepas are from Venezuela and are made from Harina de maiz Precocida or corn flour.  The corn flour should be Gluten Free, but some are processed in facilities with wheat.  I found that “Bob’s Red Mill” is marked GF.  So, if you have to be GF, check your ingredients carefully.  The recipe for Pulled Pork was posted on August 10, 2013.


1 cup of harina de maiz  (corn flour)  corn flour is different from corn meal

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups of boiling water

Combine flour and salt  in a large bowl.  Add water and stir until well mixed.  Cover and let it stand for 5 minutes.

Put dough on a sheet of plastic wrap and shape into a 2 inch thick circle.  Divide into 6 portions.

Shape each portion into a ball and flatten into a 1/2 inch thick 3 inch circle.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees


Heat the Arepas in a large skillet coated with cooking spray  on Medium for 7 to 10 minutes on each side or until a brown crust begins to form.

Put the Arepas on a cooking sheet coated with spray or  use Release Foil and bake for 20 minutes until they sound hollow when tapped.

Finally,  top with hot Pulled Pork BBQ.

These are great appetizers, but could also be eaten as a main course along with black beans and rice.  Arepas are a good Gluten Free substitute for bread or a roll at any meal.