Gluten-Free Bisquick: Easy Cheesy Garlic Biscuits

Gluten-Free Garlic Cheese Biscuit

I have seen many recipes on Pinterest that use Gluten-Free Bisquick but had never seen it in Quebec until this past week and I had to try it out for myself. I found it in the gluten-free section of this IGA (to note this is one fancy IGA that plays jazz music and has lots of gluten-free products throughout the aisles). So far I have just tried these biscuits and they were pretty darn good for a first try. I didn’t used the recipe on the box but kinda followed this recipe online.

These biscuits are yummy and so far I would recommend this mix. But at $6 for just over 2 cups the mix isn’t cheap so I would be more likely to buy it on sale. Forgetting the price, this mix does make a very easy biscuit that tastes a little bit like the biscuits back in the day at Red Lobster which I was obsessed with as a child. I would eat those babies until I was sick and probably gluten poisoned. These easy gluten-free copies make a great side with a soup. Who doesn’t love fresh biscuits with a little cheese and garlic when it gets cold. Did I mention it’s easy. Impress people with oven fresh gluten-free “bread” with the littlest of effort!

Gluten-Free Garlic and Cheese Biscuits

  • 2 cups Bisquick Gluten-Free Mix
  • 1-2 cloves grated fresh garlic (you can use garlic powder if you don’t have fresh on hand, about 1/4 tsp)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese (I used aged cheddar)
  • 2/3 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 3 eggs
  • Optional: Poppy seeds to mix into batter and place on top of the biscuits. You can also sprinkle extra cheese and fleur de sel on the tops. Extra melted butter can also be brushed on top of the finished biscuits.

Preheat oven to 425F.

Using a fork or your hands combine the flour mix with the butter and garlic until it becomes crumbly. Mix in the butter, cheese, milk and eggs until dough forms. Add in poppy seeds if using. Place dough onto an ungreased baking sheet in 10 biscuit sized rolls.

Bake for 9-13 minutes until they start to get slightly golden but not overcooked. If you wish brush them with extra melted butter once out of the oven go wild!

Serve warm or pop them in the microwave for a few seconds. They also freeze well!

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Easy Cauliflower Pizza Crusts (Gluten-Free & Dairy Free)

Cauliflower Pizza Crusts (Gluten-Free)

I love cauliflower pizza crusts and breadsticks. When I get a major carb craving this pizza is always my go to recipe. What makes this version of cauliflower pizza great is the almond flour (it acts as a binder) and that there is no cheese in the crust (so you can put more on top). The crust really stays together and while it won’t be mistaken for real pizza, it’s just as delicious. Also, it’s fun to eat your veggies in pizza form. I love being able to eat too much “pizza” or a big serving of “breadsticks” and have it be healthy.

Cauliflower + Almond Flour Crusts

  • 2 cups grated cauliflower florets (one small head will do)
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 3 eggs
  • a little salt
  • a little pepper
  • 1/2 tsp italian seasoning (I used fresh chives instead and any herbs will do)
  • 1 tsp fresh garlic grated or finely chopped
  • 2 tbsps nutritional yeast (this gives the pizza a cheesy flavour)

Heat oven to 450 F and line two baking trays with parchment.

I don’t have a food processor so I grated the whole head of cauliflower (I did this outside to avoid a mess). You want your cauliflower to look like grains of rice.

Beat the eggs and add all the other crust ingredients and combine, you can add more almond flour if it looks too liquidy.

Make four crusts on the baking sheet, about 1/4 inch thick. Place in oven and cook for 15-20 minutes.

Remove from oven and add you desired toppings and throw it back in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Rotating the pans is a good idea.

I topped mine with marinara sauce, mozzarella, basil, pine nuts and veggies. These crusts hold sauce quite well and would be amazing with pesto.

For Breadsticks: I make them the same way and bake the cauliflower mixture on one baking sheet lined with parchment. I add cheese to the top and bake it the same way, cutting it in half to turn it. When it’s done I cut it into sticks and serve it with my favourite marinara sauce. I often add more herbs and spices to the sticks for extra flavour.

This recipe is inspired by Beard + Bonnet.

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I have been poisoned! How to cope after a glutening

Egg Drop Soup and movies in bed is a pretty good cure!

Egg Drop Soup and movies in bed is a pretty good cure!

It sounds dramatic but it’s my term “I have been poisoned”. I even say it at work when someone asks why I haven’t been in the office for a few days. While at first people don’t get it, those who matter know what it means. It means I am exhausted, have been feeling terrible and all around I am not having a good time. A bad gluten-poisoning can have me in bed for a few days and not feeling right for up to 2 weeks.

Post gluten-poisoning it is easy to see the whole world as a gluten-filled nightmare full of wheat and cross contamination. Getting sick definitely reminds me to be careful but it sometimes happens when you are careful and that’s just a reality.

My simple non-scientific tips to making a gluten poisoning better:

  1. Don’t stress. I used to panic and get so upset that it definitely lengthened my symptoms. Severe stress about the pain and missing work etc. will just make the symptoms worse. Try your best to rest and not think the worst. Since I have worked on not catastrophizing when I’m feeling sick from gluten my symptoms have been easier to control and do not last as long. Even though it can be terrible it is not the end of the world. You will feel better soon!
  2. Everyone has different trigger foods; gluten-free foods that you are sensitive to and that you should avoid when you are feeling glutened. Mine are dairy, alcohol and heavy foods. So figure out your triggers and try to eat smaller amounts of easy to digest food until you feel better. I also take gluten-free and dairy free probiotics.
  3. While it may be hard to eat make sure you get enough liquids and water.
  4. Sleep as much as you can.

This egg drop soup is my favorite recipe to make when I’m sick with gluten-poisoning or a cold. This recipe for simple and easy egg drop soup from Gimme Some Oven is perfect. This soup is super simple and easy enough to make when I’m feeling weak. All you need is some gluten-free broth, eggs, gluten-free cornstarch and green onions for a basic soup.

This soup is super easy to make and easy on the tummy.

This soup is super easy to make and easy on the tummy.

Easy BBQ Tofu (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

Easy BBQ Tofu (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

This is a quick snack/meal you can throw together super easily. It is basically tofu crisped up in a pan and covered in BBQ sauce. You can’t get much easier than that. I served mine with “cheesy” kale chips made with nutritional yeast and potato wedges. I made this for a recent girls night with my two favorite vegans with what I had already in the house. I always love a fast and easy dinner you can make without running to the store. The tofu would be great with any veggies or quinoa. It would also make a perfect vegetarian option to serve on the side of a meat based meal.

This certified gluten-free BBQ sauce was great and comes in several flavors. I found it at Le Marquis Sans Gluten for $2.95, which is a great price for a certified gluten-free product. Bonus that it’s delicious and will be great for BBQ season.

BBQ Tofu

  • 1 package firm tofu- cut into thin triangles (about 20-25 pieces)
  • BBQ sauce (gluten-free)- I used Simply Naturals Organic BBQ Sauce in Honey Flavor
  • 1-2 TBSPs grapeseed oil

Dry the tofu well. Works even better if you can press the tofu to release the water.

Heat the grapeseed oil in a pan over medium high heat. Add the tofu and fry until golden on each side. Taking the time to turn each piece individually with tongs or a fork.

Once cooked cover with BBQ sauce and serve with veggies, rice or as a snack on its own.

You can also put your tofu on the BBQ and then cover it with BBQ sauce.

It’s that easy!

For the oven baked kale (kinda like kale chips): Heat your oven to 325F. Wash and dry your kale well. Tear into bite sized  pieces (removing the stem). Place on a single layer on a baking sheet (I usually use 2 baking sheets for a large head of kale). Drizzle the kale with a little olive oil and rub the oil into the leaves. I like to sprinkle the kale with a generous amount of nutritional yeast and a little salt and pepper. Let your kale bake until it has reached your desired level of crispyness. I cook mine for about 10-15 minutes (cooking times vary depending on the freshness of the kale and heat of the oven).

For the potato wedges: Heat your oven to 425F. Slice your potatoes into wedges and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. I like to top mine with some chili powder, salt and pepper. Bake in the oven until crispy, about 30-40 minutes.

One block of tofu, one head of kale and 4 medium potatoes made lots of food for 3 girls.

Easy BBQ Tofu (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

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Easy BBQ Tofu (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

Easy & Delicious Coffee Cake (Gluten-Free with Dairy Free Option)

Gluten-Free Coffee Cake- thegfbff (with dairy free option)

This coffee cake is simple, easy to make and delicious. It makes the perfect late breakfast or afternoon snack. After seeing it on one of my favorite blogs I realized I already had all the ingredients I needed to prepare it on a recent lazy morning. Without a mixer or anything fancy I had this delicious breakfast/snack cake ready in no time. It reminds me of the cinnamon cake my mom used to make me  as a special treat when I was little, except it’s gluten-free. If you’re a fan of basic cake with cinnamon this recipe is for you. The drizzle is super sweet and can be optional. It can be kept in the fridge and drizzled on individual slices of cake, instead of being poured over the entire thing.

Simple Gluten-Free Coffee Cake

Preheat oven to 375 F.

For the cake batter:

  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter or coconut oil softened (I used coconut oil to make mine dairy free)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour blend (I used Bod Red Mills)
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum (if your flour mix does not have)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking gf baking powder
  • pinch of salt

Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking dish with butter or coconut oil.

Combine wet ingredients: egg, butter (or coconut oil), almond milk and vanilla.

Sift dry ingredient together and mix into wet ingredients: gf flour, xanthan gum (if your flour mix does not have), sugar, baking powder and salt.

Once all combined pour cake batter into a baking dish and top with the cinnamon crumble below. Throw it in the oven for about 25 minutes. In my old oven it took closer to 30 minutes to set.

Let cool and serve with the optional sugar drizzle below.

For the cinnamon crumble:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsps gluten-free flour
  • 2 tsps ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsps melted butter or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used slivered almonds)

Combine in a medium bowl. It is easiest to use your hands to mix the crumble and distribute it over the batter.

For the Sugar Drizzle:

This is to be added after baking and can be optional

  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tbsp almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Adapted from this recipe from Haut Appetit

Gluten-Free Coffee Cake

Gluten-Free Coffee Cake

Gluten-Free Coffee Cake

Amazing Brownie Cookies (Grain & Gluten-Free)

Flourless Brownie Cookies- the GFBFF

These brownie cookies are super easy to make and are basically just a lot of cocoa powder, butter and sugar mixed into a cookie. They may be flourless but that does not mean they are healthy, they are definitely a treat. A very, very delicious treat and perfect for anyone who loves chocolate. Who wouldn’t like a brownie + cookie baby.

These cookies are super easy to make and are almost too good. After bringing these to a potluck and a family dinner I have had to promise to make these again ASAP and in the words of my favourite picky 9 year old “these really are excellent”. Make these soon and see how easy and delicious these cookies are for yourself.

Ingredients

Makes about 12-18 cookies (depending on the size). I often double the recipe due to their popularity.

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2  cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

In a mixing bowl blend the sugars and butter. Add the vanilla and egg and mix well. Add the cocoa powder, salt and baking soda and mix again. Finally, add the nuts and chocolate. Form the dough into balls on a cookie sheet covered in parchment. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes. You don’t want to overcook these. They should stay soft.

I made the cookie dough a day in advance and it kept great in the fridge.

I adapted cookies above from this recipe from Yammie’s Gluten Freedom and just made a few changes.

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The Best Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

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At first I would tell people these cookies are made with only almond flour,  sweetened with agave and vegan, but now I just put them out and watch them disappear. While not a traditional chocolate chip cookie, these are a favorite amongst my friends and I often get asked why I didn’t make these when I bring another type of cookie to a get together (I won’t name any names but you know who you are!).

These cookies are super easy to make and no one will ever know they are gluten-free or vegan. You may not have all the ingredients in your kitchen, but once you get stocked up they practically make themselves. Many gluten-free recipes call for weighing flours and making your own flour blends. While I sometimes wish I had the patience and dedication, that is just not me. I want to make the best cookie with minimal effort.

I have adapted the recipe from the Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam. For the flour I usually use JK gourmet which you can find in most health food stores (it is a good idea to keep your almond flour refrigerated). Almond flour is a bit pricey but these cookies are worth it. Must I remind you that the majority of store bought gluten-free cookies cost a fortune and are mediocre at best.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (I used fine grain, but these are best with flaked sea salt)
  • 1/2 tsp gf baking soda
  • 1/2 cup agave
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp gf vanilla extract
  • 1 cup gluten-free semisweet chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate (you can use less- I like a lot of chocolate)

Makes about 24 cookies.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

In a large bowl combine the flour, salt and baking soda. In a smaller bowl combine the vanilla, oil and agave with a whisk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir in the chocolate chips until combined. Refrigerate the dough for 20 minutes (I often skip this step and find it works out fine).

Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper and spoon out the dough in tbsps. Put the cookies in the oven for 7-10 minutes, until they are lightly golden. Watch them carefully as almond flour burns easily.

Let them cool on the cookie sheet for 20 minutes, they are soft so let them sit.

These are amazing on their own but they also make an amazing ice cream sandwich (I keep mine vegan by using a coconut based ice cream).

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