Carla's Gluten Free Recipe Box Newsletter: August 19, 2017


Dear reader,

Again, this newsletter issue includes 28 incredible new gluten free recipes from decadent to healthy and 3 articles. There's something for everyone!

There were so many popular recipes this month, but the special attractions were the Copycat Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix Recipe and the Gluten Free Hush Puppies. I hope you find something that fits your dietary needs.

Meanwhile, I hope you enjoyed your Valentine's Day and Madre Gras, if you celebrated either.

Keep tuned in to my website for see what I have in store for you for St. Patrick's Day and Easter!


Happy and healthy gluten free cooking!

~ Carla



CooKoo for Coconut Flour Giveaway

A new kid on the block, CooKoo for Coconut, sent me some of their coconut flour. I developed a delicious Skinny Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe with this yummy and healthy flour. Check out the below review, learn about this flour, and enter the giveaway to be eligible to be one of 10 lucky winners! It's easy to enter. Just add a comment below on why you wish to enter; and check out the 16 other ways of getting additional entries. Good luck!

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2014 Annual Gluten Free Author Awards

Vote now for your favorite gluten free authors, cookbooks and books. Then leave a comment telling me you voted in order to be entered into the $100 KIND bar giveaway! Good luck to all!

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Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancakes

When you go to restaurants, French toast and pancakes just don't contain enough eggs. You need protein for breakfast. It provides you with energy that lasts. In this gluten free buttermilk pancakes recipe I use 2 whole eggs to provide you with more protein. This recipe was converted from a Food Network Buttermilk Pancake Video. It makes a thick batter with high-rising pancakes that are rich and moist.

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Gluten Free Wonton Soup

I've been on a huge Chinese food kick lately. I don't quite know what my body's craving, but we've enjoyed it very much. This gluten free wonton soup is no different. My husband doesn't usually like to make a meal out of soup, but he went to town on this one. Enjoy!

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Apple Beet Juice Jelly - Gluten Free

During The Great Depression, a beet juice jelly recipe was something people turned to save money. It was inexpensive to make versus using fresh fruit. I've been on this beet kick, whether I steam fresh beets or use canned. Canned beets contain about 1/2 cup of juice ready to use in this recipe. I save it up to make beet juice jelly, or in this case, apple beet juice jelly. Today, beets and its juices are consumed for multiple health benefits from fighting inflammation to cancer. I use a combination of apple cider and xylitol (a sugar substitute) to sweeten it, making it almost guilt free. Then add your favorite extract to create a unique flavor. The texture is perfect, not stiff like jello.

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Gluten Free Cheese Souffle

Souffles tend to scare people because they've heard they fall often. There are tricks to creating the perfect souffle. Besides having the correct ratio of ingredients, you need something dry to coat the ramekin/container you bake it in, to which the egg mixture will adhere. In this case, I use flour; however, you can finely ground gluten free bread crumbs, if desired. So, don't be intimidated. Meanwhile, enjoy this delicious gluten free cheese souffle.

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Crunchy Baked Gluten Free Onion Rings

Bake onion rings for those you love! If you have about 45 to 60 minutes, you must try these crunchy, baked gluten free onion rings. I not only bread them in gluten free breadcrumbs, but I enjoy adding Italian seasoning and grated Parmesan cheese. Seasonings are optional, though. The method of this recipe is so successful at creating crunchy onion rings, that you'll swear they are deep-fried. If you do prefer fried onion rings, see Chef Robert Landolphi's Tri-Spiced Onion Rings and Dipping Sauce Recipes. They're super! 

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Skinny Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

I created this gluten free chocolate cake recipe with coconut flour when I received a sample of CooKoo for Coconut Organic Flour. My first thought was that one sure way to think healthy and skinny is to increase the fiber in your diet and consume healthier fats. Coconut flour is the perfect way to do both. A matter of fact, when you bake with coconut flour it is so packed with fiber, it acts like a sponge and absorbs much of the liquid. Therefore, you cannot substitute it cup for cup with gluten free all-purpose flour, but you can definitely replace up to 50% with little adjustments, and less with no adjustments at all.

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Microwaved Gluten Free Popcorn Kernels

If you are gluten intolerant, you should be reading the labels of all gluten free microwave popcorn. The flavors, preservatives and coloring may contain gluten. Many gluten free dieters make their popcorn the old fashion way, on the stovetop. You can make the job even easier, including simple cleanup, by microwaving gluten free popcorn kernels. See the below, simple recipe. Enjoy it your way!

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Stevia Sweetened Homemade Almond Milk

Up to a few years ago, I was making a homemade almond milk recipe created by Ani Phyo, date sweetened almond milk. However, due to its high carbohydrate content, I switched to unsweetened. Recently, I began adding a bit of stevia to the recipe. I finally found a couple of brands that aren't bitter, NuNaturals and NOW Better Stevia. Now my almond milk is perfect!

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GlutenFree Tomato-free Chicken Chili Without Beans

This is the most flavorful gluten free chicken chili recipe you'll ever taste. It is made without tomatoes and beans, and has a bit of heat and sweetness. It was so good, I told my husband, "And for dessert, we have chicken chili!" - and I did!

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Gluten Free Canneloni with Homemade Pasta

I hadn't had canneloni in decades and wanted it ever since one of my Facebook followers requested a recipe for it. This is so delicious, you can serve it to your gluten-eating family members or guests. I have and it was a huge hit! This is a sneak peak at what you will find in my upcoming gluten free cookbook.

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Homemade Gluten Free Cake Mix

Rather than spend the higher cost of Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix, you can save money by making your own using the exact same ingredients. Make a batch to keep on-hand for cravings and unexpected guests.

I swear by using my Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour Blend Recipe to bake gluten free goodies. When your goodies contain heavier ingredients or when you need lighter cakes and muffins, I suggest my Gluten Free Self-Rising Cake Flour Blend Recipe. However, both of these recipes call for "superfine" rice flour. If you cannot or won't order it online, you probably won't be able to find it in stores. If this is the case, you may decide to use your favorite high-quality flour blend. Some of my readers use Better Batter or Cup-4-Cup brands.

If you want to make your own low-cost cake mix (including sugar and leavener) for less than $1.75 per box, that is similar to Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Cake Mix, use the below recipe. It may not be the highest of quality and texture, but it does make wonderful coffee cakes and other heavier-style cakes (lots of butter, etc.) Since the average cost of Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix is about $5.49, you'll save about $3.75 per box. Use this cake mix in place of one box of Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix, in any of their recipes calling for it (links to Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix Recipes included). Enjoy!

This recipe is from my upcoming cookbook! Watch for it later in 2015!

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Gluten Free Apple Upside Down Cake

A delicious gluten free apple upside down cake recipe that makes the perfect coffee cake. It's addictive! Even if you freeze it, you'll be defrosting a lot. This recipe was adapted from Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Warm Caramel Apple Cake Recipe and calls for their gluten fere yellow cake mix or my homemade recipe.

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Gluten Free Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies

Shortly after I published my new copycat recipe for Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix, one of my Facebook followers asked if I could adapt a Strawberry Cake Mix Heart-Shaped Ore-Style Cookie Recipe to gluten free. I found the same exact recipe published on Thirty Hand Made Days Blog, which has an earlier publication date. I immediately went to work on adapting my yellow cake mix into a strawberry cake mix. That was the easy part.

To be honest, to get a true oreo cookie texture, a cake mix just isn't going to cut it. In addition, there are many steps to achieving that texture, as you can see in my Gluten Free Oreo Cookie Recipe. However, to make things simple, I went ahead and used the ingredients listed in the original recipe with some changes to the method of making them. These cookies are more fragile than oreos, but I hope you enjoy them as much as my husband has. He loves oreo filling in just about any dessert! I prefer to fill mine with set Chocolate Ganache. Mmmm. However, it does over-power the strawberry flavor. Enjoy!

Note: Because this recipe makes 4 dozen sandwich cookies, I suggest freezing the cookies. Then defrost and fill them as needed. I'm sure I'll be sharing most of ours with the neighborhood.

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Spicy Gluten Free Chocolate Truffles

Whether you are making my Traditional Gluten Free Truffle Recipe or the Sugar-Free Mashed Potato Truffle Recipe, this spicy seasoning is the perfect addition in which to roll them. My favorite gluten free chocolate is Dagoba's Xocolatl. It contains chili powder. The combination of chili and chocolate is out of this world as are truffles rolled in a similar mixture. …

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Gluten Free Meatball Soup

Most soup recipes contain onion or garlic. However, most kids just don't care for the sight, texture or sometimes flavor of either. What are parents to do besides cook two meals? Well, this gluten free meatball soup does not contain any onion or garlic. However, it does contain basil in the broth and parsley in the meatballs. If your little …

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Homemade Gluten Free Tortellini

After a few requests for a homemade gluten free tortellini recipe, I decided to make them. They are very much like ravioli, accept their crevices hold more sauce and they contain less filling. I suggest using a pasta maker for this recipe as it creates thinner pasta. I use the Marcato Atlas Wellness 150 Pasta Maker, as most serious pasta-makers use. (Don't waste your money on the electric model as this dough is easy to handle and does not stick to the machine easily. I just roll it through and allow it to fall under the roller, accordion-style.) It is extremely difficult, at least for me, to roll the pasta thin enough by hand for tortellini. However, if you are not sure you will ever make pasta again, give the egg pasta recipe a try by hand. Then if you enjoy it, take a look at getting a machine. Meanwhile, my readers enjoy this pasta because it has a close to gluten-like texture, withstands reheating, even in soup, and doesn't get mushy. Enjoy!

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The Perfect Baked Potato + Gluten Free Fixings for Baked Potato Bar

Here is an easy recipe for any event. Make a baked potato bar. You can have everyone make their own. All you have to do is supply the hot, baked potatoes. Rather than stabbing them and microwaving them, or just plopping washed potatoes in the oven, go one step further and make these. If you typically bake potatoes on 450°F, like I used to do, you'll discover a new temperature that achieves better results. Enjoy! I know you and your guests will.

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Gluten Free Meatloaf in a Mug

I've been receiving more and more request for meals in a mug recipes, as well as individual portion-sized recipes. This gluten free meatloaf in a mug can be made in about five minutes, two of which is for cooking. Surprisingly, the flavor is one of the best-tasting meatloaves I've had. It is a spinoff of my Sweet & Savory Gluten Free Meatloaf Recipe for the oven, without the sweetness. It's heavy on the meat, making it a protein-packed meal. It looks like one big meat ball!

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Gluten Free Chocolate Mousse Layered Cake

Straying away from the typical all chocolate mousse cake, I created this layered gluten free chocolate mousse cake instead. I don't know about you, but I like to have cake in my cake. If I wanted all mousse, I would simply make chocolate mousse. I don't enjoy the typical triple chocolate mousse cake, too, because it contains white chocolate, of which I am not a fan. It's too sweet for my tastes buds. This recipe combines the best of both worlds, chocolate cake and chocolate mousse. That's all I can say is, "Mmmmm!"

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Individual Gluten Free Baked Alaska

Individual portions of gluten free Baked Alaska creates an elegant dessert. It is special enough to even serve for Valentine's Day. You can get creative and use something other than the traditional base, sponge cake. You may use brownies, chocolate cake, and pound cake, to name a few. The best part? - the ice cream surprise, right in the middle! Enjoy.

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Gluten Free Chicken Wings Recipe Baked in an Oven

In preparation for Super Bowl Sunday, I began experimenting with chicken wings. Out of all of my Super Bowl Sunday Gluten Free Recipes, the most popular is my Bacon Wrapped Honey Chicken. This may beat that one, or at least tie it! These wings are first steamed in the oven and then baked to a crisp, while they remain tender and juicy inside.

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Naturally Gluten Free Coconut Ice Cream

Perhaps you are vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, or just wish to avoid processed ingredients. If so, you have to try this healthier version of ice cream. This is a rich coconut ice cream recipe that is naturally gluten-free. Rather than using heavy whipping cream or half & half, this recipe calls for all full-fat gluten free coconut milk. Coconut milk makes the perfect substitute for cream and eggs in ice cream recipes. If you can tolerate eggs, you can reduce the coconut milk by a 1/2 cup for every 3 eggs added. When you roll ice cream into balls and then coconut flakes, they look like snowballs. Enjoy!

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Gluten Free Hush Puppies with Chipotle Honey Dipping Sauce

Do you enjoy cornbread? Do you enjoy donuts? If you answered yes to both of these questions, you'll enjoy these gluten free hush puppies, even more. These babies are delicious served with just about anything. However, try pairing them with seafood or something spicy for a southern flare. They are moist and make a wonderful snack, as well. Though they contain plenty of onion, the onion is sauteed first to sweeten them up. This avoids the use of tons of sugar. Uhhhh...just amazing!

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Tomato-Free Pasta Sauce - Gluten Free

Having tomato allergies can be difficult. However, have no fear! This long awaited tomato free pasta sauce recipe will get you through. I haven't had a red sauce in way too long. After two days of tweaking this recipe, I have finally completed what I can truly say is a good Italian meat sauce without tomatoes. Enjoy!

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Gluten Free Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing

I thought for a change, rather than traditional cream cheese icing, you may desire a different choice. You can never go wrong with more chocolate. This icing is not super sweet. So, feel free to add additional confectioners' sugar, if you choose. Enjoy!

If you're interested in the recipe for the cupcakes, see Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe.

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Gluten Free Fruit and Yogurt Bars Recipe

If you are looking for low-fat desserts, try this easy gluten free yogurt bar recipe. Choose your desired gluten free yogurt flavor and fruit (cherry shown). They satisfy your sweet tooth. Kids can help make them. At the same time, you teach them that healthy doesn't have to mean tasteless. Note: Nutritional values vary depending upon fruit and variety of …

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Syrup

If you are gluten free and dairy free, this dairy free chocolate syrup recipe is just what you need. This thickened mixture has a very similar texture as dairy chocolate syrup. Your desserts will appear as if they do contain dairy. A friend of mine tasted it, and said, "It tastes like Hershey's Syrup. I'd never know." Enjoy!

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Vegan Gluten Free Granola

Nature's Path sent me a couple boxes of their new Qi'a Hot Oatmeal in Creamy Coconut flavor. I don't usually enjoy coconut in my oatmeal; therefore, I had to find another use for it. I love coconut in granola and used it for that. I also usually use plenty of superfoods in my granola. This was so easy to make because Qi'a Hot Oatmeal already contains many of them. This was my first experiment making vegan granola, though, as many vegans do not consume honey. I enjoyed it and hope you do, as well.

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The Answer to "Is Maple Syrup Gluten Free"

You would think that all brands of maple syrup is gluten free, but unfortunately they are not. Besides answering this question, I share with you my opinion of Vermont pure maple syrup. I never knew what all the fuss was about until now. Meanwhile, learn how to easily shop for gluten free maple syrup, how they are graded and more.

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How to Cook Fresh Spinach

Q. How do I remove the excess water from freshly cooked spinach?

A. When I first started cooking spinach, my sister pointed out that mine was too wet. I squeezed out as much as I could, but it still was quite watery when you bit into it. She didn't provide me with a method on how to cook fresh spinach, but I finally discovered the secret to removing the excess water. I also have discovered an extremely handy way of cooking it right on the stove top. I share my knowledge with you, just in case you weren't aware of this method.

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Arsenic in White and Brown Rice

I received a question yesterday on arsenic in rice. To be honest, I didn't want to dredge this all up again. However, Consumer Reports, the organization that published the first report on this subject, recently published an article on this very subject targeted at gluten free dieters and kids. If one person asked about this, I assume there are many others with concerns. Check out the question from that reader and my response.

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