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Gluten Free Coffee Cake

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The holidays are coming!

Let the panic/stress/I’m off my rocker festivities begin!  All joking aside, I seriously love celebrating the holiday season by serving up a delicious breakfast buffet.  Breakfast is much more manageable than attempting to clean a turkey and make like 26 side dishes from scratch.  Don’t forget the hand stamped and embossed place cards.  Yeah, I’m so over it!  Why not join my holiday mutiny and kick off your celebration with a warm and cozy gluten free breakfast?  Since we’re all family here at Hold The Gluten, I’m sharing my Good Morning Gluten Free Coffee Cake recipe with you!  Now don’t you feel special?!  You’ll not only find the cinnamon-sugary streusel mix on the top of this fabulous coffee cake, but in the center as well.  Can you say gluten free goodness?  I would but my mouth is totally full of coffee cake…

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Good Morning Gluten Free Coffee Cake Recipe

Streusel Mix
2/3 cup Bisquick Gluten Free mix
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ cup butter

Coffee Cake
2 ½ cups Bisquick Gluten Free mix
¼ cup sugar
¾ cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
½ cup sour cream

Pre-heat oven oven to 350°F. Spray an 11-inch round springform pan with cooking spray. In a small bowl, prepare the streusel mix using 2/3 cup Bisquick mix, brown sugar and cinnamon.  Cut in butter, using a mixer until mixture is crumbly; set aside.  In medium bowl, stir all coffee cake ingredients until blended. Spread half of the coffee cake batter in pan; sprinkle with half of the streusel topping, spread remaining batter and then top with remaining streusel topping.  Bake 35 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm! Store tightly covered.

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Pancakes


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As a little girl, pancakes for supper was a special treat.  We’d feast on stacks of pancakes, crispy bacon (nom nom nom), and hash browns.  What kid wouldn’t love a meal like that?  Way better than roast beef and (gag) turnips.  Although watching my grandfather eat scrapple still traumatizes me just a bit even to this day.  That stuff is just nasty!  To keep the tradition going, my kids and I eat a lot of pancakes for dinner.  We even get a little crazy and add chocolate or vanilla chips or fresh berries.  A few nights ago I decided to add a little chunky peanut butter to the batter.  The result?  Totally awesome!

Peanut Butter Pancakes

1 cup Gluten Free Bisquick Mix
1 cup milk
2 tbsp oil
1 egg
2 tbsp peanut butter

Stir ingredients until blended.  Make sure the peanut butter is thorouglhy mixed in.  Pour 1/4 cup of the batter onto a hot greased griddle.  Cook until the batter starts to form bubbles and the edges are dry.  Flip pancake and cook until golden brown.  Serve with warm maple syrup.  Makes about 8 pancakes (we like ours on the big side).

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It’s Easy Being Green!

There are many ways we can each make a difference in taking care of Mother Earth.  One of which is buying naturally gluten-free fruits and veggies as close to your home as possible.  Shopping for gluten-free produce is easy!

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Join a CSA.  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  In a CSA, people in the community pay a local farmer a set fee for a “share” of their crops during the growing season.  Typically from June until October, members pick up their weekly allotment of freshly picked fruit and vegetables.

Visit your local farm stand or farmer’s market.  I love stopping by the farm stand and picking up ingredients for that evening’s dinner.  During one “veggie run”, I asked the farm stand owner for lettuce.  Much to my amazement, he promptly dug up two heads of lettuce from his crops.  You can’t get any fresher than that!

Grow your own garden.  Whether you try your hand at container gardening or have a patch of land you can cultivate, growing your own can be a fun and satisfying activity!  Crops such as zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, strawberries, and peppers are a great starting point for beginner gardeners.

What to do with all of this fabulous local gluten-free produce?  Here are a few seasonal recipes to enjoy!

Tomato, Watermelon and Mint Salad

3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved (I like to use a combination of red and yellow tomatoes)
4 cups of watermelon balls
½ cup chopped fresh mint
4 teaspoons lime juice
Dash of salt

Combine all ingredients and toss gently.

Homemade Basil Pesto

3 packed cups of fresh basil leaves
2 cloves of peeled garlic
1/3 cup of grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
2 tablespoons of lightly toasted pine nuts (toast in a small pan over low heat till golden brown in color)
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 teaspoon of black pepper
2 tablespoons of water

In a food processor, puree all the ingredients listed above until combined. Taste and make adjustments as needed (I sometimes add a bit more basil or cheese).

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

3 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 cup sugar (I used demerara raw cane sugar)
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups grated zucchini
1 cup brown rice flour
3/4 cup millet flour
1/4 cup sorghum flour
1/4 cup potato starch
2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, canola oil, agave nectar, sugar, and vanilla extract. Shred zucchini and place in a clean dishtowel. Use the dishtowel to wring out excess water (this will help prevent your bread from becoming too mushy). Stir in shredded zucchini into mixing bowl. Using a sifter, sift brown rice, millet, sorghum, and potato starch flours as well as baking soda, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt. Add into mixing bowl. Stir until combined and then fold in mini-chocolate chips.

Divide batter into four mini-loaf pans. Bake 25 – 30 minutes (until tester inserted in the center comes out clean).

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Gluten Free Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Icing

Gluten Free Chocolat Orange Cupcakes

These cupcakes are beyond good!  If you are craving a moist, chocolaty, decadent but easy dessert, look no further than this recipe.  I made these cupcakes for Thanksgiving and my entire gluten-eating family raved about them!  The addition of buttermilk and sour cream helps make the cupcake moist beyond belief.  The hint of orange brings another flavor level to your basic chocolate cupcake.  Be forewarned, these cupcakes are so darn good you probably won’t want to share!

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Gluten Free Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

1 box Betty Crocker GF Devil’s Food Cake Mix
1 cup buttermilk
1 stick butter (1/2 cup), softened
3 eggs
1 cup orange juice
1 cup sour cream
1 4-ounce packet of instant chocolate pudding mix
orange zest

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Beat cake mix, buttermilk, butter, eggs, orange juice, sour cream, chocolate pudding mix, and orange zest in a large bowl on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping the bowl occasionally.   Pour into prepared cupcake pan (filling 2/3 way).   Bake for 18 – 23 minutes (until wooden toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean).  Cool completely before frosting.  Makes approximately two dozen cupcakes.

Orange Cream Cheese Icing

1 16-ounce can Betty Crocker cream cheese icing
1 8-ounce block of cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons orange juice
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
orange zest

Using an electric mixer, blend icing, cream cheese, orange juice, orange extract, and orange zest until thoroughly combined.

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Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins


“You’re my boy, Blue.”  Will Ferrell, Old School

The above reference has absolutely NOTHING to do with my blueberry muffin recipe, but I had to include it.  As I began working on this post, I battled a case of writer’s block.  While these blueberry muffins are indeed delicious, said muffins were not inspiring writing greatness.  Grasping at straws, I searched for a witty quote about lovely blue fruits (yes, I was really reaching).  All I could find was a wordy poem about blueberries by Robert Frost.  Um, ok.   Then my mind started wandering (it has a tendency to do that more often than not) and I started thinking about the movie Old School and Joseph “Blue” Palasky.  At the ripe age of 89, Blue was the oldest member of a bogus fraternity.  Sadly, the navy veteran met his demise while preparing to wrestle two scantily-clad girls in a blow up pool.  But I digress…

Tranquilizer guns, beer bongs, and streaking aside (hmm, not a very successful transition), these blueberry muffins are moist, freeze wonderfully, and are pretty darn tasty.

Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins

3 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup POM juice
1 teaspoon orange extract
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 mashed ripe banana
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white rice flour
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1/2 cup millet flour
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
2 teaspoons xanthan gum
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups blueberries
Lemon zest

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, lemon and POM juice, orange extract, canola oil, agave nectar, mashed banana, and brown sugar thoroughly.  Add in brown and white rice flours, tapioca starch, millet flour, flax seed, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Stir until combined and then fold in blueberries and lemon zest.  Using a spring loaded ice cream scoop (this is so much easier than trying to pour directly into the muffin tin!), evenly distribute the batter into muffin tins.  Bake 30 minutes (or until wooden tester comes out clean).  Makes two dozen muffins.

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Gluten Free Mozzarella Sticks


It has been four long and torturous years since I have eaten mozzarella sticks. 1,460 days without deep fried deliciousness.

During a recent (rare) dinner out, I watched my husband happily devour a basket of mozzarella sticks while I ate a (ho hum boring) salad. Enough was enough! I needed fried cheese and I needed it NOW!  But what’s a gluten intolerant girl to do?  Many GF folks have attempted mozzarella sticks with sad results.  I’d heard horror stories of exploding and/or oozing cheese.  Not too appetizing…

Determined to satisfy my craving, I dusted off my Presto Cool Daddy Deep Fryer.  Armed with a package of mozzarella cheese sticks, Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose GF Baking Flour, and Aleia’s Parmesan Bread Crumbs, I went to work.  There are three secrets I’ll let you in on:  (1) Cut each mozzarella cheese stick in half.  I did deep fry a few full size sticks and they didn’t fry well.  (2) Roll the cheese in the egg and breadcrumbs twice.  (3) After you have “floured, egged, crumbed, egged, crumbed” all of your cheese, place them in the freezer for one hour.  This trick ensures the cheese will stay contained.

These mozzarella sticks were absolutely wondrous! The Hoover Vacuum Company would have been proud of my scarfing abilities! One word of caution, try to restrain yourself from eating 24 mozzarella sticks all in one sitting.   I speak from experience as there is only so much relief Pepcid can offer in this situation!

Gluten Free Mozzarella Sticks

2/3 cup GF flour mix
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup water
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 package (16 ounce) mozzarella cheese sticks
1 quart of canola oil


In a shallow dish, combine the gluten free flour mix and cornstarch thoroughly. In a second shallow dish, beat eggs and water until combined. In third shallow dish, combine the gluten free breadcrumbs and garlic powder. Cut each of the mozzarella sticks in half (the smaller size allows for more even frying). Coat each mozzarella stick thoroughly in the flour mixture, egg mixture, and then in the breadcrumbs. Continue these three steps until all mozzarella sticks have been covered in the flour, egg, and breadcrumbs (you will have 24 “mini” mozzarella sticks). Now begin the “double dipping process”. Re-dip all mozzarella sticks in the egg and breadcrumbs. Place on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet and freeze for one hour.  After freezing is completed, fill your deep fryer (or large pan) with canola oil. The oil temperature should be 365 degrees. Deep fry the mozzarella sticks for approximately 25 to 30 seconds (or until golden brown). Using a frying skimmer, carefully remove mozzarella sticks from oil and drain on paper towels. Serve with warm marinara sauce and enjoy!

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Happy Gluten Free Cinco de Mayo!

Oh Mexican Independence Day, how I love you so! What other holiday would I be able to indulge in so many gluten free options? Heavenly guacamole. Nachos smothered in cheesy goodness. Corn tortillas filled with whatever your heart’s desire. Let us not forget the frozen margaritas (brain freezes never felt so darn good)!

In honor of this wondrous day, I would like to share with you my version of Tortilla Pie. Credit for my inspiration goes to Family Fun Magazine. I was leafing through their latest edition (May ’09) and saw a recipe for “Stacked Burrito Pie”. They used flour tortillas and ground beef (which I omitted for my recipe), but their version got me thinking of what I could do with gluten free corn tortillas.


Oh yeah, this one is a keeper!

Tortilla Pie

4 gluten free corn tortillas
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup salsa
Tabasco sauce to taste
1/2 cup corn kernels (drained)
1/2 cup black beans (drained & rinsed)
8 ounces of Mexican Blend shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom and sides of an 8-inch round baking dish with butter. Place the first tortilla (the small 6-inch tortillas) into the bottom of the buttered pan. Using a spatula, evenly spread two tablespoons of sour cream over the tortilla, then spread 1/4 cup salsa, a few dashes of Tabasco, two tablespoons each of corn and black beans. Finish the layer with an even coating of shredded cheese. Place the next corn tortilla on top of the cheese and repeat layering the sour cream, salsa, Tabasco, corn, black beans, and cheese.  Repeat layering until all ingredients have been used.  Bake pie for 30 minutes.

Optional add-ins: ground beef cooked with taco seasonings, diced jalapenos, and/or freshly chopped cilantro.

Note:  I did not heat the corn tortillas prior to making the Tortilla Pie, but will make my next pie with “heated tortillas”  They should provide a crisper pie.  To heat tortillas, I typically coat both sides with Canola Oil cooking spray and heat them in a skillet.

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(Naturally) Gluten Free Hummus with Balsamic Vinegar


We have very cool friends for neighbors.  Sherry and Ray live down the street from us.  Too far to stick your arm out the window for a cup of sugar, but close enough to wander down for one of their fabulous get togethers.  Sherry and Ray recently hosted a Snuggie Party at their abode.  Yes, a Snuggie Party.  For those of you who do not obsessively watch infomercials, the Snuggie is infamously known as “a blanket with sleeves”.  According to my son (an infomercial junkie), I also need a Hoveround electric chair, several Sham Wows, and Urine Be Gone.

We excitedly donned our Snuggies (the kids put on their pjs) and headed over to Sherry and Ray’s house for a snugtastic time (yes, I went there!).  When I realized Sherry’s delicious hummus was naturally gluten free, I quickly gobbled up most of it myself.  After a few glasses of wine and a secret Snuggie handshake, Sherry  kindly shared her hummus recipe.


White Bean Hummus with Balsamic Vinegar

1 19-ounce can of White Cannelini Kidney Beans
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tablespoon minced garlic (I used roasted garlic)
Sea salt & pepper to taste

Using a colander, drain and rinse beans. Add all ingredients to a food processor. Blend until hummus is smooth and creamy. Serve with veggies, corn chips, or use in place of mayo on a sandwich!

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Gluten Free Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

I am the queen of multi-tasking! I can talk on the phone, prepare dinner, and wipe a bottom all in one fell swoop. Just for clarification it was my kid’s bottom, not mine. And yes, I wash my hands thoroughly before making dinner.

Note:  Sometimes I don’t posses a filter. The above paragraph is quite a lovely example!

But I digress. I am working on pulling together the contents of my next Hold The Gluten podcast (to be recorded this week, so stay tuned), but could not wait another millisecond to share my latest creation. In preparation for Easter Dinner, I wanted to experiment in making my first gluten free cake. This August will mark my four year “gluten free” anniversary, however, I have yet to delve into the cake arena. After a huge success using buttermilk in my baking, I felt mentally prepared to work on a gluten free carrot cake. I cannot stress this enough — this cake was the moistest cake I have ever eaten! I sang songs of praise about my carrot cake. I made up a dance about my carrot cake.  I ate with wild abandon not caring about calories or using a fork.  Shhh, I think the secret is the combination of buttermilk, applesauce, and grated carrots.

Tonight I finished the last of the cake. In four shorts days, I ate an entire two layer carrot cake by myself. What the heck, I was making up for lost time!

Gluten Free Carrot Cake

1 cup white rice flour
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup millet flour
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 tablespoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon mace
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup canola oil
2 cups sugar
6 ounces of applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups grated carrot
1 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of two 9 inch cake pans with shortening (I used Spetrum Organic). Sift first eight ingredients in a bowl. Set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs, buttermilk, canola oil, sugar, applesauce, and vanilla extract on low speed until combined. Slowly add sifted dry ingredients into bowl until incorporated (continue to beat on low speed). Fold in carrot, coconut, and pecans. Pour batter into greased cake pans. Bake 30 minutes (or until wooden tester inserted into center of cakes comes out clean).

Cream Cheese Icing

2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese (softened)
1/2 cup butter (softened)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups sifted confectioners sugar

Using an electric mixer, cream butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add in the vanilla extract. Continue mixing on low speed while slowly adding the sifted confectioners sugar.

*Note: The Cream Cheese Icing is from Janni on I changed the amount of vanilla extract, but kept all else the same (why mess with a great frosting recipe!).

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Gluten Free Blueberry Lemon Cornbread

I have a horrid confession to make…I’ve been eating large quantities of pre-packaged gluten free foods.  Cookies, breads, frozen meals; anything that did not have to be measured, mixed, and cooked by “yours truly”.  My turn to the dark side happened after burning myself out during the holiday season.  Frenetically baking like Betty Crocker on crack will eventually catch up with a person.  Not to mention the “episode” involving my dog Baxter eating two dozen freshly baked gluten free cookies.  Oh the horror!

After a month (or two) of recuperation and a detox from hydrogenated oils, I am back in fighting form and ready to bust out of my gluten free baking slump.  My latest recipe is a twist on my “traditional” cornbread.   I wanted to add a sweetness to the cornbread’s dense consistency.  The addition of blueberries, lemon, and honey make this an awesome breakfast bread.

I have to admit – nothing beats homemade.  Hmmm, if only I could find someone to bake for me!

Blueberry Lemon Cornbread

Grease bottom & sides of 8 x 8 baking dish with butter

1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 cup millet flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 cup sour cream (I used Daisy Reduced Fat)
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Zest of one small lemon
1 cup blueberries (I used frozen)
Additional sugar for pan bottom (approx 1/4 cup)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk all wet ingredients (include lemon zest) together. Slowly add wet ingredients into bowl of dry ingredients until incorporated. Fold in blueberries. Sprinkle sugar into bottom of pan (enough to coat) before pouring batter. Bake 25 to 30  minutes.

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