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Gluten-free dessert ideas

Creating delicious gluten-free desserts becomes easier when you keep the right ingredients on hand.

BY: GRETCHEN SCALPI

Some common items to keep in your pantry include:

Almond meal flour

Arrowroot powder

Baking powder

Bittersweet chocolate

Canola oil

Cashew butter

Cocoa powder

Coconut flakes

Coconut milk

Cornstarch

Dried fruit

Espresso powder

Evaporated milk

Gluten-free flour mixes

Gluten-free spices

Granulated, powered and brown sugar

Lemon extract

Maple syrup

Nuts

Peanut butter

Rice

Seeds

Shortening

Sorghum flour

Tapico starch/flour

Vanilla extract

Be sure to check the ingredients on these products before you purchase them. You will want to avoid wheat, barley, brown rice syrup, caramel coloring, rye, brewer's yeast, wheat starch, hydrolyzed wheat protein, malt, malt extract, malt syrup, dextrins and malt flavoring.

Remember that baking gluten-free is different than regular baking. If you don't use a baking mix you will need to combine gluten-free flours to get the right results. You can use psyllium husks, ground chia seeds or flaxseed rather than xanthan gum if it gives you stomach distress. Baking at a lower temperature is recommended for some recipes to keep your dessert from getting too brown. If you screw up a recipe consider turning it into crumbs for toppings or to be added to other recipes.

Many gluten-free flours don't contain preservatives so you may find that desserts made with them dry out quickly or become rancid. Store these items in a zip-top bag (with air removed), freezer wrap or in an air tight container in the refrigerator or freezer separated from other food. Mark all containers used for gluten-free food to keep them separate from other containers. Bring the stored food to room temperature before consuming.

Gluten-free dessert recipe courtesy of http://bakedbree.com.

Gluten Free Blueberry Crisp

Ingredients:

4 cups blueberries (any fruit will work)

Crisp:

1 cup gluten free old-fashioned, gluten free oats

1/2 cup chopped raw pecans

1/2 cup almond meal

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon salt

Direction

1. Wash and pick over the blueberries. Add to an 8×8 pan. Add oats, pecans, almond meal, olive oil, maple syrup, and salt to a small bowl. Mix to combine.

2. Spread the mixture over the blueberries.

3. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes, longer if the berries are frozen. (SOURCE: ArticleBiz)

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