62 Easy Gluten-Free RecipesApril 25th, 2016
For a baker, the words “going gluten-free” must sound like torture. No more crusty, chewy loaves of sourdough? No more buttery croissants to enjoy with a cappuccino? It’s enough to crush the dreams of home cooks, too. You’re probably thinking—for the love of all things holy, don’t take away the pasta!
Thankfully, there’s no need for GF eaters to give up their dreams of carbohydrates altogether. With this list of 62 recipes in your back pocket, you have all the tools you need to whip up gluten-free muffins, breads, pastas, chips, and more. If you try one new recipe every day, this list will see you through two months; stick to one per week, and it’ll last you more than a year! Here’s to many delicious gluten-free meals to come.
Gluten-free breakfast recipes
Morning Glory Muffins
Filled with carrots, raisins, walnuts, and sunflower seeds, morning glory muffins pack enough fiber to keep you full until lunchtime. Make a batch at the beginning of the week, and warm one up for breakfast every morning.
Blueberry-Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
These almond flour–based muffins taste like a cross between classic blueberry and lemon poppyseed. Each bite bursts with fresh fruit flavor.
Homemade Instant Oatmeal
Make your own oatmeal mix by combining gluten-free rolled oats, dried fruit, spices, and chopped nuts and seeds and storing the combination in an airtight container. For oatmeal in a flash, just pour in hot water!
Apple Pie Overnight Oats
It sounds weird, but leaving oats soaking in liquid overnight “cooks” them to a smooth consistency. In this easy recipe, the addition of crisp apples and sweet juice, fall spices, and a touch of honey makes breakfast almost taste like dessert.
Cook flax, chia, and hemp seeds with shredded coconut for a hot cereal unlike anything you’ve ever tried. Warming and comforting, it’s the ultimate breakfast for a chilly day.
Chocolate Buckwheat Pancakes
Treat yourself to ultra chocolatey pancakes on lazy Sunday mornings—or anytime you need cheering up.
This creamy quiche starts with an almond flour–thyme crust, making it perfectly suitable for gluten-free diets. Fill the eggy custard with verdant spring veggies for a visually stunning morning meal.
Not only is this pizza gluten-free, but it also encompasses all the classic breakfast flavors with a hint of Italian flavor, including bacon, eggs, tomatoes, and sauteed mushrooms and onions.
Baked Eggs in Tomato Cups
Turn juicy tomatoes into vessels for runny baked eggs with this genius but straightforward recipe: hollow out the fruit, crack in the egg, add seasoning, and bake!
Eggs in Purgatory
Haven’t tried shakshuka before? You’ve got to make it. Top a spicy sauce of tomatoes and bell peppers with eggs and feta, and bake for a sizzling dish that wows at breakfast, brunch, or lunch.
Biscuits and Gravy
Missing flaky, Southern-style biscuits? There’s no need with this biscuits and gravy recipe. Here we make a dairy-free, gluten-free, and totally Paleo-friendly version of the classic diner breakfast.
Gluten-free lunch recipes
Paleo Chicken Nuggets
Sometimes, you just have to throw it back to the good old days. When you’re craving a childhood favorite, whip up gluten-free chicken nuggets and reminisce about all those trips to Mickey D’s for Happy Meals.
Gluten-Free Fish Sticks
The ingenious coating for wheat-free fish sticks? A potato chip and cornflake mixture that sounds odd, but tastes seriously amazing.
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Tahini-Turmeric Dressing
For a filling yet totally healthy lunch, heat up one half of a sweet potato stuffed with sauteed greens and creamy avocado.
Carrot Pancakes With Sorrel Pesto
Got half an hour and a stove? Then you can whip up these latke-style carrot pancakes topped with pesto and a sunny side-up egg. You’ll thank us later.
When you’re in the mood for something a little lighter, try a salad of peppery watercress and tart grapefruit. Bonus: It’s totally vegan and perfect for detoxing.
Kale Caesar Salad
First, massage kale with oil and salt to tenderize the leaves. Then, top them with crispy bacon, buttery avocado, and salty salad dressing for a new twist on the classic caesar.
Salmon Niçoise Salad
Take a bunch of butter lettuce, garden-fresh veggies, hard-boiled eggs, and salmon, and drizzle it all with a briny green olive vinaigrette. Voila, niçoise salad for lunch!
Green Spring Rolls
These veggie spring rolls are basically a salad … just one wrapped in rice paper and dipped in creamy cilantro-lime dressing.
Gluten-free dinner recipes
Sriracha Salmon Tacos
Celebrate Taco Tuesday—or taco any day—with fiery sriracha salmon tacos topped with a fruity mango-avocado salsa. Whether there’s no pepper hot enough for you or you’re the type who usually sticks to mild sauce at Taco Bell, these will win you over.
Red Lentil Soup
Carrots, sweet potato, and lentils form the base of this hearty soup. Top it with a swirl of coconut milk and a sprinkle of cilantro for a totally Instagrammable meal.
Detoxifying Green Soup
Here’s a new way to get your greens: in a verdant soup of broccoli, watercress, kale, and parsley.
Green Bean–Almond Soup
Slivered almonds and blanched haricots verts are a classic combination—as in this light puréed soup.
This might be controversial—but our favorite chili recipe doesn’t include any kidney beans, just tons of spices and plenty of meat.
Braised Short Ribs With Cauliflower Mash
Take advantage of your slow cooker to make these fall-off-the-bone tender short ribs. Fluffy, creamy cauliflower mash makes the perfect base and pairs perfectly with the sauce.
Mustard Roast Beef
A coating of whole-grain mustard and garlic takes a beef rib-eye from simple to sensational.
Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Another great use for the slow cooker: Pot roast that’s almost too easy. Serve it with braised carrots, sweet potatoes, and onions for a comforting supper.
Lemon-Ginger Chicken Zucchini Noodle Soup
Ironically, the worst part of chicken noodle soup is usually the soggy, lifeless pasta. Avoid that problem entirely by subbing in “zoodles.”
One-Pot Chile-Ginger Chicken and Rice
Boy, do we love dinners you can cook with just one pot (only thing to wash!). This uber flavorful chicken and rice dish is no exception.
Sweet and Sour Sea Bass
Don’t be intimidated by the idea of cooking sea bass—it couldn’t be easier (or tastier) than in this 20-minute recipe.
Raw Carrot Pad Thai
No noodles here—just beautiful, orange raw-carrot ribbons. Top them with snap peas, cashews, and an almond butter sauce for a healthier take on a Thai classic.
White Bean and Herb Zucchini Noodles
Zucchini noodles to the rescue yet again. This time, they form a nutritious and satisfying base for filling white beans and fresh Mediterranean herbs.
Roasted Salmon and Cauliflower Rice Bowl
Pulse cauliflower in the food processor to make fluffy “rice” as the base for this roasted salmon bowl. It’s lower in carbohydrates, and just as tasty!
Chicken, Cashew, and Lime Stir-Fry
Did you know soy sauce (and therefore many stir-fry sauces) often contain wheat? Keep things strictly gluten-free with a takeout-style chicken-cashew dish you can make at home.
Gluten-Free Vegetarian Pizza
You don’t have to spend an inordinate amount of money to find a gluten-free pizza that actually tastes good. Just follow this recipe and use a boxed GF crust mix to make it in a flash!
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
What’s better than classic shepherd’s pie? Our updated vegan version with savory lentils and creamy mashed parsnips.
Poached Cod in Tomato Sauce
For an Italian take on seafood, poach cod in an authentic tomato sauce. The fish becomes incredibly flakey, and the flavor is out of this world.
Turkey-Sage Meatballs With Spaghetti Squash
Instead of pasta, opt for spaghetti squash—a gourd that’s easily shredded into long noodle-like strips after it’s baked. Top it off with turkey-sage meatballs for a healthy meal you’re not likely to forget.
Roasted Eggplant Curry
The great thing about Indian cuisine? Other than naan, almost all of it is Celiac-friendly. We love this smoky vegetarian curry alongside rice and yogurt sauce.
Yellow Curry With Rainbow Vegetables
This colorful yellow curry with purple cauliflower, yellow bell pepper, orange carrots, and fresh greens is springtime in a bowl.
Red Curry Salmon Bowl
Kelp noodles—a low-calorie, neutral-flavored, and gluten-free pasta alternative—star in this spicy red curry with salmon.
Gluten-free dessert recipes
Almond-Honey Swirl Banana Bread
Using a gluten-free (and Paleo-friendly!) banana bread mix for the batter makes this loaf incredibly easy. Just drizzle in some honeyed almond butter and top with chopped almonds, and you’re done!
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Is there anything more comforting than warm oatmeal raisin cookies and a glass of ice-cold milk?
Double-Chocolate Brownie Bites
Fudgy and ooey-gooey, these delectable grain-free brownies come together in just 20 minutes. They’re perfect for a last-minute movie night!
Dark Chocolate–Rosemary Tart
This GF tart looks incredibly elegant, but doesn’t require any complicated techniques or equipment. Rosemary not only adds dimension to the dark chocolate filling, but also balances out the earthy flavor of the walnut crush.
Salty tahini and aromatic Bosc pears come together beautifully in the form of a simple tea cake.
Brown Rice Pudding With Caramelized Pineapple
Sure, cooking the pudding takes some time, but it’s as simple as giving it a stir every few minutes. Take the opportunity to respond to emails or catch up on reading!
Madeleines might look fancy, but they’re essentially just cakey cookies baked in a special mold. To speed up the process, make the dough ahead of time and store in the fridge until you’re ready to bake.
Hazelnut–Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Using hazelnut flour in these cookies adds tons of nutty flavor and keeps them gluten-free.
Salty Swedish Oat Thins
No need for flour here—rolled oats form the base of these thin, crispy cookies.
Throw a classic crisp together in just 10 minutes—it tastes just like the one mom used to make.
Gluten-free snack and side recipes
Thought being grain-free meant you couldn’t have crusty, golden-brown bread? Think again—this recipe for an almond flour loaf is going to rock your world.
Coconut flour makes another great base for gluten-free bread, as in this authentic Italian focaccia with pungent garlic and fresh rosemary.
Hot Wing–Spiced Chickpeas
Move over, Cheetos—spicy roasted chickpeas are tastier (and way better for you!) Make a big batch and save them for anytime you need a pick-me-up.
White Bean Purée With Spinach and Roasted Tomatoes
Mild cannellini beans take on the flavor of whatever you pair them with. In the case of this dip, it’s a classic combo of lemon and garlic.
Almond Butter and Jam Cracker Sandwiches
Who doesn’t love a PB&J? Turn the childhood favorite into a gluten-free snack by filling cracker sandwiches with almond butter and jam, then coating them in dark chocolate.
Baked Sweet Potato Chips
You’ve been warned—these homemade sweet potato chips can be seriously addictive. Thankfully, they only use a teensy bit of coconut oil, so you don’t have to feel guilty for eating a big handful.
Cauliflower Buffalo “Wings”
Add “head of cauliflower” to your grocery list right now—you absolutely have to make these vegetarian buffalo “wings.”
Baked Brie With Fruit and Nut Compote
Thankfully, cheese is very much still on the menu for people with Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Celebrate with a heavenly wheel of baked brie topped with honeyed fruit and roasted nuts.
Don’t worry vegans—we’ve got a fabulous nut-based “cheese” log for you to try. Thank macadamia nuts and nutritional yeast for the delicious savory flavors.
Deviled Eggs With Fresh Herbs
Any party with deviled eggs is a good party in our book. With a recipe this straightforward, though, you don’t need an excuse to whip up a batch.
Coconut Flour-Fried Chicken Wings
Thanks to good old cayenne pepper, no hot sauce is required for these gluten-free chicken wings.
Prefer to invent your own recipes? Just check that your ingredients fall on the list of gluten-free foods!
Photo credit: Paul Delmont