Baking gluten-free doesn’t have to be hard. Here are four of the best gluten-free baking recipes that include cookies, muffins, and more.
1. Gluten-Free Cake Mix Cookies
I love making cookies out of boxed cake mix, and now that Betty Crocker offers gluten-free boxed cake mix, I can now make gluten-free cake mix cookies. All you need is one box of gluten-free boxed cake mix, 1/2 cup of butter, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and 1 egg. To make these cookies, first preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Take a large bowl and mix all of the ingredients together to make the cookie dough. Drop the dough by teaspoons onto a cookie sheet and bake for 9 to 11 minutes.
This is a very simple way to make cookies and you’ll find that they tend to be more fluffier than cookies not made from cake mix. These cookies also have a stronger buttery taste so if you would not prefer that taste you can substitute the butter for margarine. To add variety to your cookies you can add colored sugar for decoration.
2. Gluten-Free Banana Nut Muffins
I’ve always made banana nut muffins throughout my life, but unfortunately, the original recipe that I used was not gluten-free. This recipe is. To make gluten-free banana muffins you’ll need 1 cup of almond butter, 2 bananas, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 2 tablespoons of stevia, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1 cup of shelled walnuts. First preheat oven to 400 degrees F and then simply blend all of the ingredients into a bowl. You may need to use a blender or mixer to thoroughly blend it all together well. This will make 12 regular sized muffins and 24 mini muffins. Cook the regular sized muffins for 15 minutes but if you are making mini muffins only cook for 10 minutes.
It’s very important that the walnuts that you use in this recipe are certified gluten-free. You should be able to read on the packaging if the factory handles wheat as well. If it does then the walnuts may have traces of gluten which would then not make these muffins gluten-free. You may also decide to not add nuts at all if you don’t want to chance it or don’t particularly enjoy nuts.
3. Gluten-Free Bread.
It might sound almost impossible to make gluten-free bread but it is possible with almond flour. This recipe is rather simple and easy to make. You’ll need 2 1/2 cups of blanched almond flour, 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, 3 eggs, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 1/2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. First stir all the dry ingredients together then stir into the wet ingredients. Pour batter into a bread loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes.
Careful with the honey as most honey bottles sold in stores have a lot of added ingredients in them. Try getting all the ingredients from a natural food store to ensure that your loaf will turn out. As far as the almond flour goes, you may not like the taste of it at first but over time you should get used to it.
4. Gluten-Free Pizza Dough.
I’ll be honest, making gluten-free pizza dough isn’t the easiest thing to do but it can be done. You’ll need 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed, 4 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour mix, 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 4 teaspoons of active-dry yeast, 1/4 cup of olive oil, and 1 cup of warm water. First you’ll need to make a “slurry” with the flaxseed by pouring two tablespoons of boiling water over the flaxseed to create a thick paste. Set this paste aside and then mix the flour and salt together. Activate the yeast by combining the yeast, olive oil, and warm water into a bowl. Next add the flaxseed paste to the flour mixture and then add all that with the activated yeast into a mixer. Now let the dough rise for an hour. After the hour is up preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
You can now roll out your dough to form a circle. To make it easier to spread the dough out you can try using wax or parchment paper under and on top of the dough while spreading it out. Once you have your desired shape brush olive oil onto the crust and bake in the oven for about 8 minutes. Pull the crust out to add your toppings, including cheese, and bake more until the cheese is melted. This pizza will have the same feel as a wheat or multi-grain crust. That means it won’t be like a traditional crust most commonly seen in pizza restaurants.