Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Gluten Free Week 3 - Desserts!

Way to Go! You've made it to the 3rd week of being Gluten Free.  

Provided you are staying completely Gluten Free you should have even more energy this week.  The cravings for traditional bread and pasta are starting to really subside. Congratulate yourself!  Give yourself some credit for taking a different path and doing it well.  If you slipped a time or two, forgive yourself and move on.  We do not punish ourselves here for past mealtime mishaps!  Shake yourself off and start again.  

To start week 3 we are going to discuss Desserts.  Why did you skip supper you ask?  I know you can't wait to see what gluten free desserts have to offer and I don't want you going to far astray on your journey to find replacements for all your old favorites.  Plus, let's celebrate your accomplishments.

Let's talk about Desserts that have some nutrition involved in them, otherwise known as Fruit!

Spring and Summer abound with numerous varieties of fruit to eat. 

Fresh Strawberries
Fresh strawberries from the farmers market or better yet your own garden. What's better than a bowl of fresh strawberries, cleaned and trimmed, with some Coconut cream whipped cream on top.  

Strawberries from my garden.

Fruit Salad
Take strawberries, blueberries, peaches, bananas, apples, grapes (the list goes on and on) and mix them up into a huge bowl, sprinkle with a bit of sugar, add sugar to taste since fruit is naturally sweet, add some sparkling water or orange juice to keep the fruit from browning. Serve in chilled bowls with some fresh mint sprigs and enjoy the delightful taste of summer.

Angel Food Cake
Angel Food Cake has to be my all time favorite dessert.  My favorite recipe is from the Gluten Free Homemaker.   You can read my review about her angel food cake here.   I cannot tell you how many times I have made this cake and it was always a success.  Everyone raves on how delicious it is and cannot believe that it is gluten free.  This recipe is a must to have in your dessert line up.

Beautiful Angel Food cake baking. 

Lemon Coconut Cupcakes
If you have a special occasion coming up you need to make these beautiful lemon coconut cupcakes.  This is a recipe I came up with for my mothers birthday, find the recipe here.  I added a basic lemon curd to them and a basic butter cream icing.  Everyone had more than one cupcake, that equals success to me.  I used coconut flour in these cupcakes and it is a little different to bake with so be sure to read my tips on using coconut flour in baking.  

Watermelon Slices
Let's get back to basics folks.  If it's summer time skip the pie and head straight to a big ole beautiful watermelon.  Everyone loves watermelon and most don't want to mess with them these days and that is a true shame.  You can buy watermelon already cut up at most markets these days but I only suggest that if you are in a true hurry.  I believe that the fresh cut watermelon tastes the best plus it’s great for picnics, family reunions, 4th of July and a summertime dessert.

I know pies are a big deal for a lot of people so I will add it to my list.  Not all Gluten Free pie crusts are created equal.  I use the  Pie crust from Elana's Pantry with great success.  I've used it for fruit pies and savory pies and it's been great for both.  Pillsbury also has a pre-made crust you can buy.  I haven't used it yet but I've seen good reviews for it.  From personal experience I'd avoid any pie crust recipe that uses mostly rice flour.  Rice flour is gritty and gross.  In small does it adds some texture to its recipe but being a main ingredient can be an unpleasant experience.  

This should give all of you some delicious ideas for Gluten Free desserts. 

 Please keep in mind - desserts are treats - they are not meant for everyday consumption (unless it's fruit).  Cakes, cupcakes and pies are meant for special occasions and if you do consume them regularly then you will see your waistline expand.  

This is exactly why I added fruit to my list of favorite desserts.  People make things harder than they have to be these days.  Fruit by itself can be extremely satisfying to your sweet tooth, and it's better for you.  I am always happy when someone shows up to a picnic with a fruit tray.  It's so perfect and doesn't require much preparation.  Bonus, a lot of  fruit we get is seasonal and therefore at its peak and full of nutrients.  

Now you have some sweet goodies in your recipe line up to pull out at a moment’s notice.  

What are your favorite Gluten Free Desserts? 

Keep up the good work and I'll see you next week. 

Lots of Love,

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