Saturday, October 10, 2015

15 Gluten Free Recipes that Taste Amazing

Say ‘gluten free recipes’ to people and they immediately think of boring, bland and breadless meals. But that is most certainly not the case.

In fact, even though I don’t have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, some of my favorite meals just happen to be gluten free.

I’ve rounded up 15 of the best gluten free recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.

Oh, and they’re simple, healthy and incredibly tasty to boot. You’re welcome!


If you can’t have gluten, there are a ton of breakfast recipes that you can enjoy – like eggs, smoothies, oatmeal, and yogurt.

But every now and then, it’s nice to have something a little different. Try mixing up your morning routine with one of these incredibly tasty gluten free breakfast ideas.

Oat Crepes with Tomato, Basil and Goat Cheese

Oat Crepes with Tomato, Basil and Goat CheeseThese savory crepes from Naturally Ella are pretty light so you can really taste the filling. Instead of traditional wheat flour, this recipe uses an oat flour, which you can buy or even whip up yourself in a food processor or high-speed blender.

Scandinavian studies have shown that adding oats to a gluten free diet can enhance the nutritional values of the diets, in terms of vitamins, minerals and antioxidant levels.

We already know that eggs are a nutritional powerhouse, but have you checked out goat cheese?

Well, goat cheese is low in calories, fat, sodium, and cholesterol, yet has more vitamin D, vitamin K, thiamine, and niacin that cows cheese. It can also sometimes be tolerated by those who cannot have dairy cheese.


Crepes (makes 8 to 10)

  • 2/3 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp melted butter, cooled

Filling (enough for 2 crepes)

  • 1 oz goat cheese, room temperature
  • 5-6 thin slices tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp basil, minced


  1. Whisk together flour, salt, eggs, honey, milk, and melted butter until smooth.
  2. Heat 8″ skillet and lightly grease with oil. Place 1/4 cup of batter in pan. Tilt the pan so that the batter covers the entire pan and cook for about 30-45 seconds.
  3. Flip and cook for another 15 seconds. Layer crepes, slightly overlapping, on a plate.
  4. Spread 1/2 goat cheese on crepe, layer 2-3 tomatoes over cheese and sprinkle with basil. Fold crepe in half and return to skillet and cook on each side until crepes are lightly browning on each side.

Superfood Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Superfood Quinoa Breakfast BowlThis breakfast bowl from A House in the Hills is one way to start off the day on the right nutritional foot!

Coconut is high in vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6, and minerals like iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous.

Of course, quinoa is one of the most protein rich foods around, while goji berries are a fiber rich superfood with all the essential amino acids. And don’t forget that the mighty chia seed is a super source of omega 3 fatty acids.

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1/2 cup of quinoa
  • 1 & 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 dried medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cardamon
  • 2 tbsp pepitas / sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp golden raisins
  • goji berries, chia seeds, banana and coconut flakes, to garnish


  1. Rinse quinoa and add to a medium sauce pan with water, coconut milk and dates. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, or until quinoa has started to soften.
  2. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, pepitas, shredded coconut and golden raisins and cook for an extra 5 minutes, adding water if necessary.
  3. Serve hot and topped with banana, goji berries, chia seeds, and coconut flakes.

Chickpea Flour Pancakes

Chickpea Flour PancakesThese traditional North Indian breakfast pancakes by Vegan Richa are savory, spicy, and filling.

It’s so tasty thanks to an array of beneficial spices including the anti-inflammatory turmeric, which is also known to help the heart, liver, and brain.

And, chickpea flour has more protein than wheat flour and contains unsaturated fats that can lower cholesterol. Not a bad way to start the day.

I like to top mine with sautéed veggies and sliced avocado – and it honestly keeps me full right through to lunch.

Ingredients (makes 2)

  • 1 cup chickpea flour (also known as besan flour or gram flour)
  • 1 & 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 hot green chili, finely chopped (remove seeds to reduce heat)
  • 1/4 cup packed chopped cilantro
  • 1 to 2 tbsp cooking oil & an additional 1 tsp


  1. Combine chickpea flour and 3/4 cup water and whisk until smooth. Whisk in another 1/2 to 3/4 cup water to make a thin lump-free batter.
  2. Add the salt, turmeric, cayenne, carom seeds, onion, chili, cilantro, and 1 teaspoon of oil, and mix well. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Heat the rest of the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add 1/3 cup of the batter and cook until the edges start to leave the pan and the bottom is golden brown. Flip and cook the other side.
  4. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy.


Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa TabboulehSwapping the gluten containing grains bulgur or couscous for quinoa in this recipe from The Kitchn is a simple way to make this traditional Lebanese dish perfect for those who can’t have gluten.

And in my opinion, it tastes so much better – I can’t get enough of the toasted, nutty taste of quinoa against the lemony-minty flavors.

The feta cheese is lower in fat and calories than many other dairy cheeses, yet you’ll still be getting some calcium and protein.

If you need a little something extra to fill you up, try adding a poached egg on top. It’s probably not very Lebanese but it is protein rich, healthy and satisfying.

Ingredients (serves 8 to 10)

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 large bunch parsley, minced
  • 1/2 small bunch mint, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice, plus extra to taste
  • 8 oz feta cheese
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Rinse the quinoa, combine with 2 cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer, then turn heat to medium-low, cover and cook until the quinoa is fluffy and chewy, about 20 minutes.
  2. Drain and allow quinoa to cool almost to room temperature.
  3. Stir the onions, tomatoes, parsley, mint, and garlic into the quinoa. Whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Pour this over the salad and stir to combine.
  4. Crumble the feta over the salad and stir, then add salt or pepper to taste.

Healthy Chicken, Walnut & Grape Salad

Healthy Chicken, Walnut & Grape SaladChicken salads don’t get any healthier than this recipe by Katie, also known as Wellness Mama.

Not only is it gluten free, but it’s low carb, packed with nutrients and doesn’t use the high fat mayonnaise found in most chicken salads. But don’t worry – it’s not dry. Katie uses probiotic rich yogurt in place of mayo for a tangy, creamy taste.

Probiotics are those friendly bacteria that help with gut health and immunity. They’re also one of the key weapons in preventing and fighting the dreaded candida.

Chicken is a great source of lean protein, walnuts help boost your memory, and honey can help with energy levels – just what’s needed on your lunch break.

Ingredients (serves 4 to 6)

  • 4-5 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 3 large stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 1 cup of grapes, sliced in half
  • 1/2 to 1 cup plain, full fat yogurt
  • 2 tbsp juice
  • 2 tbsp honey (optional)
  • Garlic powder, salt, pepper, basil to taste
  • Lettuce or spinach


  1. Put chicken, walnuts, celery, grapes, and apple in bowl.
  2. Add yogurt, honey, lemon juice and seasoning.
  3. Mix until everything is evenly coated.
  4. Serve over lettuce or spinach or wrap in leaves for chicken salad wraps.

Southwestern Salmon Salad With Avocado Cilantro Dressing

Southwestern Salmon Salad With Avocado Cilantro DressingI know what you’re thinking, a second lunch time salad recipe. Boring!

But this salad from Avocado Pesto is so good. It’s light yet filling. The spices on the salmon and the creamy, herby dressing pack a mean flavor punch.

Don’t forget that salmon is one of the healthiest foods around – a rich source of protein, healthy fats, vitamin B12, vitamin D and selenium.

The fresh romaine and onions and the hearty black beans all help with satiety. Plus, it can be whipped up in a few minutes. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2-4 salmon steaks (1 & 1/2 pounds total)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp hot smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp of your choice of cooking oil

For the dressing

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt to taste,
  • 2 tbsp lime juice


  1. Heat oil over medium heat. Wash and dry salmon steaks and sprinkle with salt to taste, cumin and smoked paprika on both sides, rubbing the spices in.
  2. Add the salmon steaks to the oil and cook until browned on each side (5-6 minutes).
  3. In a food processor combine the dressing ingredients and process until smooth.
  4. In a large bowl toss romaine with red onions, black beans and dressing and top with the salmon.

Elana’s Pantry Thai Chicken Soup

Elana’s Pantry Thai Chicken Soup‘Sweet, rather spicy and very comforting’ is how New York Times Bestselling author Elana at Elana’s Pantry described her soup recipe.

Sounds good right? Well, it tastes pretty darn good too, and is loaded with health benefits.

Broccoli is known to help fight cancer and arthritis, lower blood pressure, and protect the heart and kidneys. It’s also a great food to eat for weight loss.

Crimini mushrooms are full of selenium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc, as well as antioxidants.

One thing to watch out for – if you’re using chicken stock cubes, make sure to look for gluten free as most brands contain gluten. Better yet, make your own.


  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 shallots, chopped
  • 8 sprigs cilantro, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 28 oz coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ pound crimini mushrooms
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1 pound chicken breasts diced (or leftover chicken)
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp red curry paste
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, minced
  • 2 serrano chilies, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges


  1. Warm oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, add shallots and cilantro and stir until softened.
  2. Stir in stock, coconut milk and honey and bring to a simmer.
  3. Pour broth through a fine mesh strainer and discard solids (shallot and cilantro).
  4. Return broth to saucepan, reduce heat to medium, add mushrooms and broccoli and cook until tender.
  5. Add chicken and cook, stirring constantly.
  6. Combine lime juice, curry paste and fish sauce in a small bowl then stir into soup
  7. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with cilantro, chilies and scallions and serve with lime wedges.


Jamie Oliver’s Fish in a Bag

Jamie Oliver’s Fish in a BagThe name might not be too appealing, but it pretty much sums up how to cook this quick and easy dinner, which has a serious Mediterranean vibe going on.

Baking the fish in a foil bag means you cut down on oils without ending up with a meal and the flavors marinade really well, so it’s super tasty.

The fennel in this meal is rich in antioxidants. Fennel actually contains its own unique combination of phytonutrients, including the flavonoids, rutin and quercetin. The fact that it’s fiber rich may help balance cholesterol levels.

If you want to be really good, then I recommend switching the potatoes for sweet potatoes – they’re a lower GI food and a complex carb, meaning no sugar crashes.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 free range egg, beaten
  • 100 g waxy potatoes, cut into quarters
  • 1/2 bulb fennel, trimmed and cut into wedges, frond reserved
  • 1/2 lemon, finely sliced
  • 5 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 drizzle olive oil
  • 1 handful pitted black olives, halved
  • 120 g fish fillet (try haddock, halibut or salmon) from sustainable sources, skinned and boned
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 splash white wine


  1. Cook the potatoes in a pan of water for 6 minutes, then drain and allow to cool slightly. Heat the oven to 400F.
  2. Meanwhile, make a bag out of wide foil and seal three sides with a little beaten egg.
  3. Place the fennel, lemon slices, cherry tomatoes, oil, olives, fish, potatoes and wine in a large bowl. Season and gently combine.
  4. Scoop into the foil bag and sprinkle on the fennel fronds. Seal the remaining edge. Place on a baking tray and cook for 18 to 20 minutes (until fish is cooked).
  5. Once cooked, gently pierce the bag to release the steam. Serve with steamed broccoli or green beans.

Grain Free Spaghetti and Meatballs

Grain Free Spaghetti and MeatballsNot just gluten free, this dinner is paleo friendly too.

While I’m not always a huge lover of zucchini noodles, sometimes they work – and this dish by Against All Grain is one of those times.

If you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years and don’t know about zucchini noodles, they’re made by shredding zucchini with either a spiralizer or julienne peeler.

Zucchini has a good amount of potassium, meaning it may help lower blood pressure and cut your risk of stroke and heart disease.

Like we found out in a previous article, grass fed beef has far more health benefits than grain fed beef. It contains less total fat, higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, and more vitamin E and other antioxidant vitamins.

If you prefer, you can sub the ground beef for a leaner option of ground chicken or turkey, similar to one of my favorite lunch recipes.

Ingredients (serves 6 to 8)

  • 2 tbsp oil for frying
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 pounds grass-fed ground beef
  • 3/4 cup almond meal or 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese or 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 & 1/2 tsp coconut aminos
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Zucchini noodles (or spaghetti squash)
  • Spaghetti sauce (store bought or homemade)


  1. To make the meatballs, whisk the eggs in the bottom of a big bowl. Add the remaining ingredients (except the noodles and spaghetti sauce) then knead the mixture with your hands until everything is just incorporated. Form the meat into golfball-sized meatballs.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat and cook the meatballs until browned all over. They do not need to cook all the way through since they will simmer in the sauce.
  3. Add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce is thickened. Stir occasionally.
  4. Serve over zucchini noodles.

Hemp-Crusted Baked Chicken Tenders

Hemp-Crusted Baked Chicken TendersWho doesn’t love chicken tenders?

Well, lots of people if they’ve read some of the gross ingredients that go into the fast food variety.

But if you make these particular tenders by Gimme Some Oven, then you can choose high quality organic chicken for a lean protein hit, as well as doses of vitamin A for healthy eyes, and the B vitamins needed for good skin and a well-functioning nervous system.

And, instead of KFC’s ingredients like maltodextrin, autolyzed yeast extract, potassium and sodium phosphates, MSG, 2% calcium silicate, sodium bicarboanate, flavorings, sugar, corn syrup solids, and an absolute ton more, the breading on these babies only contains hemp seeds, almonds, and spices.

Hemp seeds are an absolute superfood, known as a great source of protein with an ability to improve digestion, metabolism, and balance hormones.

Almonds aid in weight loss and help you get a good night’s sleep.

Ingredients (serves 4 to 6)

  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds or almond meal
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika (or any paprika)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 & 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into 1/4-inch thick strips
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • Cooking spray or oil of choice


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together hemp, ground almonds, garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper and cayenne until combined.
  3. Dip each chicken strip in the eggs until they are completely covered, then toss the chicken strip in the hemp mixture until covered. Transfer the chicken strip to the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  4. Spray lightly with cooking spray (or drizzle oil on).
  5. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, turning once halfway, until chicken is cooked and breading is golden.

30 Minute Coconut Curry

30 Minute Coconut CurryWhen I see a 30 minute recipe, I’m sold (as long as it’s not loaded with trans fats and simple carbs of course).

This vegan, gluten free curry by Minimalist Baker is loaded with veggies in a sweet but spicy coconut milk. Serve it with brown rice, wild rice or quinoa.

Onion and garlic, both members of the allium family, have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Ginger can help lower blood sugar, aid weight loss, and boost the libido.

All in all, a pretty healthy filling meal, thrown together in no time.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 tbsp coconut or olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger (or 1 tsp ground)
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets (or green bell pepper), diced
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/4 cup diced tomato
  • 1/3 cup snow peas (loosely cut)
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • pinch cayenne or 1 dried red chili, diced (optional for heat)
  • 2 cans light coconut milk (sub full fat for richer texture)
  • 1 cup veggie stock
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • fresh lemon juice, cilantro, mint and/or basil, red pepper flake to garnish


  1. Heat a large saucepan and 1 tbsp of coconut oil. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, carrot, broccoli and a pinch each salt and pepper and stir. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened – about 5 minutes.
  2. Add curry powder, cayenne (or chili pepper), veggie stock, coconut milk, another healthy pinch of salt and stir. Bring to a simmer then reduce heat slightly and continue cooking for 10-15 minutes. Add the snow peas and tomatoes in the last 5 minutes.
  3. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve garnished with fresh lemon juice and herbs.

Sweet Potato, Kale & Turkey Chili

Sweet Potato, Kale & Turkey ChiliNow, I know some chili lovers won’t think this recipe by Nutritionist in the Kitch is a real chili without the beans, but you might just be surprised.

With turkey for lean protein, sweet potato for lasting energy and kale for…well all that kale has going for it, this chili is a must make.

Veggies can swap the turkey for another protein source like beans or even the meaty texture of portobello mushrooms. It’s also topped with my favorite calcium rich Greek yogurt – something I didn’t expect to be such an amazing sour cream substitute.

Ingredients (serves 5)

  • 500 g extra lean ground turkey (or veggie sub)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 & 1/2 cups canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 & 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced into small cubes
  • fresh cilantro, for garnish


  1. In a large skillet, brown turkey over medium-high heat, breaking it up as it cooks into smaller pieces and season with salt and cumin.
  2. Once turkey is cooked, add onion and garlic; cook 3 minutes over medium heat. Add the diced tomatoes, sweet potato, tomato sauce, water, chili powder, paprika, salt and bay leaf.
  3. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until potatoes are soft and cooked through, about 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Add 1/4 cup more water if needed.
  4. Add in chopped kale, and stir until kale is wilted. Remove bay leaf. Top with a dollop of fat-free plain Greek yogurt, and a sprig of cilantro and serve.

Snacks & Desserts

Creamy Cherry Pie Fruit Dip with Rainbow Fruit Kabobs

Creamy Cherry Pie Fruit Dip with Rainbow Fruit KabobsI’m not a big fan of fruit for dessert but I’ll make an exception for this recipe from Oh She Glows. It’s also a great snack – especially if you want to liven up some basic fruit.

Antioxidant rich fruit with some sneaky protein hiding in the cherry pie dip…what’s not to like?

Ingredients (makes 1.5 to 2 cups)

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked
  • 1/2 cup & 1-2 tablespoon almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh pitted cherries
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp coconut nectar syrup (or liquid sweetener of choice), to taste
  • Fruit of choice & skewers for the kabobs


  1. Place the cashews in a bowl and cover with an inch of water. Soak overnight or for at least 8 hours then drain and rinse thoroughly.
  2. Add cashews, almond milk, cherries, vanilla extract and sweetener to a blender and blend until completely smooth. Chill for a few hours for flavor, or serve immediately with fruit kabobs.

Vanilla Chai Chia Pudding

Vanilla Chai Chia PuddingThe last time I featured a chia pudding it was for breakfast, but the great thing about these tasty treats is that, by switching up a few ingredients, they can make awesome, healthy desserts too.

This chai spiced recipe by Blissful Basil is nice and sweet for dessert but I like to make it as a snack now and then.

Even if dinner didn’t satisfy you, between chia seed’s ability to fill you up and cinnamon’s appetite suppressing properties, you won’t go to bed hungry after this dessert.

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1 & 1/2 cups almond or coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup & 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 & 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract or the seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • pinch ground cloves or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  1. Add all ingredients to an airtight container, and whisk together.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.
  3. Divide between two glasses or bowls and serve

Kale & White Bean Dip

Kale & White Bean DipLastly, here’s one for the savory snack lovers.

Avocado Pesto’s bean and kale dip recipe contains its fair share of nutrient rich ingredients. Like white beans for protein, kale for antioxidants, olive oil for healthy fats, spices for heart health, and lemon juice and garlic to boost immunity.

Serve this with sticks of cucumber, known to boost energy and fight cravings. And, it can be made in two minutes flat.


  • 1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 tbsp yellow miso
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Combine all ingredients in food processor and process on high until smooth. Add more olive oil or water if needed.


I hope you’ve found some gluten free recipes here that might make you think twice about the idea that gluten free food is boring.

If you suspect you have gluten intolerance, check out my post on the 13 early signs you should be watching out for.

Now I’d like to hear from you guys – what are your favorite gluten free recipes?

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