Going gluten-free shouldn’t force you to go off the grid when it comes to food. It is a massive lifestyle change but also an opportunity to try new things. Making gluten-free dishes shouldn’t be the forced alternative: the dish people have to make because they or someone they know has a food allergy. Instead, it should be so good that everyone wants to take a bite.
Like any good recipe, it needs to stand out for what it has, not what it doesn’t. Thankfully, as the awareness and incidence of gluten allergies has risen, so, too, has an online community offering support and recipes so people can begin to alter their habits to improve their health. Keep reading for seven gluten-free recipes that everyone will want to make and eat.
1. For a portable breakfast or afternoon snack, have a slice of paleo banana bread from Elana’s Pantry. If you have an excessive amount of almonds on hand, you can make your own almond flour following by following Pastry Pal‘s directions.
2. Polenta has humble origins, Delallo explains. It was once considered peasant food and is often described as “Italian grits” when trying to explain the dish to the unfamiliar. It is made with cornmeal, and depending on what other ingredients are added, can be used for any meal of the day. The creamy texture when cooked in a basic recipe, like this one from Dang That’s Delicious, screams comfort food. But polenta can be used in more complex dishes, like this quiche from The Second Renaissance.
3. Socca is made with chickpeas, so it is naturally gluten-free flour. When used for pizzas, it makes a thin, crispy crust. You can use any toppings and cheeses you’d like, but here is a basic template by Hilah Cooking to get you started.
5. Chicken tenders are a staple on kid’s menus at restaurants across the country, and they appear on the adult side, too! But going gluten-free doesn’t mean skipping this classic. Elizabeth St. has a simple way to bread and then bake a healthy version of a fan favorite.
6. Back in 1999, before gluten-free was a major dietary consideration, Bon Appétit provided a simple, Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe. It has been a huge hit ever since and is a decadent chocolate dessert for anyone refraining from eating flour.
7. When you needed a dessert five minutes ago and have little time to fuss over glazes, layers, whipping, or decorating, your go-to cookie can be these Peanut Butter Cookies from AllRecipes.com. Following the recipe yields three dozen cookies. The recipe is very basic, so feel free to add chocolate chips or try substituting almond butter for peanut butter.