coeliac suitable recipies

Happy Aramis
Posted on 05/15/2012 by alopex
Hi all.

A good friend of mine was recently diagnosed with coeliac disease. Needless to say she's pretty down about the whole thing. I am completely ignorant to the specifics of coeliac friendly cooking and would like to know if you have any good recipes or resource book recommendations? So far I've found a lot of gluten-free websites but a lot of these are people who have chosen to be gluten-free along with cutting other things out of their diet or are self diagnosed. I'd like to find either a good website or a good book recommendation, especially for a cake since her birthday is coming up soon.

browngirl 15th-May-2012 12:16 pm (UTC)
There are the LJ communities celiac and glutenfreefoods. Also, King Arthur Flour ( has several excellent baking mixes and a gluten-free cookbook that are designed to be safe for people with celiac disease.
alopex 15th-May-2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Those communities look good. I'm not sure if I'll find King Arthur Flour products here (I'm in Ireland) I'll see if they ship though :-)
calebstar 15th-May-2012 12:26 pm (UTC)
Look on the glutafin website, as they have all of the infoprmation. I use that site a lot as I was diagnosed about 4 years ago. Feel free to PM me if you want.
alopex 15th-May-2012 12:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks :D
bitterbird 15th-May-2012 12:28 pm (UTC)
this one is really good too imo
alopex 15th-May-2012 12:39 pm (UTC)
Those brownies look amazing! I'll be sure to bookmark the link.
turple_purtle 15th-May-2012 12:31 pm (UTC)

I have a friend who's gone gluten-free (not celiac, but stopped her issues) and she tried a Betty Crocker GF cake mix and was pleased with it. Although, I don't know if you have Betty Crocker in Ireland...

She's also made some things from The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free (she REALLY loved the Lemon Chiffon Cake).

I haven't tried a lot of GF recipes, but have come across some GF food/recipe blogs:
shoot, I thought I had more...

I haven't tried any of these, but they sound delicious!
Nigella Lawson Nutella cake:
Coconut flour cake w/ Coconut frosting:
Flourless Almond Honey Cake:
GF Carrot Cake:
GF Snickerdoodle Cake:

Pinterest is also another huge resource.

My friend has said that you can pretty much just replace any regular flour with a GF flour/baking mix - Bob's Red Mill, Pamela's Products... Be prepared, if you aren't already, this stuff is more expensive.

If you find a recipe, you may want to run the ingredients by her to make sure there's nothing that will cause any problems for her.

Good luck! =)
alopex 15th-May-2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
Wow, thanks for all those links! A few stores stock Betty Crocker items so I'll look around for the GF stuff :-) The carrot cake one looks great and carrot cake is her favourite cake too :D That's a good thing to know about the flour! I'll be sure to pass on all the info to her. Thanks again.
turple_purtle 15th-May-2012 05:26 pm (UTC)

Not a problem! =) There really are a ton of GF resources and recipes out there. I never thought there were as many as I've seen (which is tip of the iceberg, I'm sure). I'm sorry your friend is down about it, which is normal and understandable, but she really doesn't have to give up everything she may love that has gluten. It will just be a process learning what substitutions to make.

I pin GF recipes I come across (that somewhat appeal to the non-GF me at least...LOL), here's my GF pinterest board:
kyaraelf 15th-May-2012 12:46 pm (UTC)
I recently made this recipe:

It is gluten free and even my husband who turns his nose up at anything he deems unusual (in this case quinoa) loved it. It isn't a cake or even a dessert but your friend might still appreciate it.
diana_molloy 15th-May-2012 01:19 pm (UTC)
You may want to check re cross contamination - I have a friend who can't even use the same dishes and pans. :)
gf_girlie 15th-May-2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
diana_molloy 15th-May-2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
Haha hey you! :)
gf_girlie 16th-May-2012 12:57 am (UTC)
cygninae 15th-May-2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
I've got a copy of Red Velvet Chocolate Heartache by Harry Eastwood. She suggests using rice flour in her cakes, and each one has a proportion of veg in them with ground almond which replaces the butter. I've done a quick search, and this blog post has a recipe of hers to give you some idea. I've made a couple, and they're fab.

trex_in_boots 15th-May-2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about your friend.

This is a website from the and has a lot of recipes as well as other information.

Glutenfreely is also a great place to look for recipes as well as drinks and so on.

I hope these help.
nawilla Hi! new here!15th-May-2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
I have a friend who with gluten issues, and I've found the best bet is to just cook things that don't have wheat in them to begin with. (Not that that will replace everything, just a general guideline. Chocolate mousse is a real crowd pleaser, even if you didn't bake it).

Another easy work around is the 'cookie crust'. Some recipes, particularly cheesecakes, have no wheat in them, except for the cookie crust. If you can find gluten-free cookies to make the crust with, abracadabra! Gluten Free! (I have had good luck with Trader Joe's gluten free ginger snaps used in this manner, but only if you want that gingery kick).

Also, there are sometimes almond-based cakes that have no flour in them. Or occaisionally I have come across recipes where they only want flour to 'grease and flour' the pan. If it's a chocolate cake, you could always 'grease and cocoa' the pan, but I have not yet found a good replacement for flour in 'de-stickifying' pans. If anyone else knows a tip, let me know, because again, many nut and cheese-based cakes that are otherwise wheat free other than the 'grease and flour'.
forgottensanity Re: Hi! new here!16th-May-2012 07:37 am (UTC)
For sweet pies I always use sugar to de-stick it, and I've also wanted to try using shredded coconut, I'm just waiting for the right time to try a recipe that goes well with coconut.
I don't know anything about gluten-free products, though.
rhiannon_666 16th-May-2012 01:25 am (UTC)
Posted this one on our Facebook page and got this link in reply:

It was labelled as spam by Facebook, but I can't see anything malicious about it.
leostrog 16th-May-2012 05:56 am (UTC)
i would reccommend not to buy ready-to-use gluten-free mixes for baking but prepare by yourself.It much more amazing!
You had to buy buckwheat, rice, kinoa, tapioka, rye, etc . gluten-free flours, "binders" - as xanthan and guar gums- and you can create a wide assortment of your own baked goodies.
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