Indulging in Gluten Free Desserts

Dessert. How yummy is dessert? We all love a good dessert. And the fact of the matter is, if you’re a really healthy eater you rarely eat (good) dessert, and if you’re gluten free it’s also hard to eat an actual good dessert. Something is always lacking in a gluten free dessert, it just doesn’t taste the same as gluten full desserts. Mind you, the positive here is that for us gluten free peeps (well most of us), we eat healthier since gluten free desserts generally suck so we just don’t eat them. And as some non gluten free people like to think, we’re crazy, ridiculous to not be eating gluten. So before I get into a delicious recipe I just have to show you this video that a friend of mine showed me, I laughed so hard. I actually couldn’t stop laughing. BUT, WARNING. There is very bad language in this video, (I so do not like bad language, it is totally unnecessary and being a kindergarten teacher I am just so use to using zero bad language) but besides the language you will die laughing. Don’t watch if there are any kids around!

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=34tdQdrA2sI&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D34tdQdrA2sI

I recently stated in one on my other posts that I don’t bake from boxes. Which I don’t. Or well, I didn’t. But there was this gluten free cake mix at Wal Mart in the states and it was $3…. THREE DOLLARS!!!! Have you seen gluten free cake mixes in Canada, they’re like 25 dollars (well ok maybe 6 but still). So I had to buy one just to try it out and let everyone know whether they’re yummy or gross. Let me tell you, delicious!!!! This is the most real, normal, delicious tasting piece of cake I have had since I went gluten free. To be honest, I don’t think I have actually had any piece of cake since becoming gluten free.

Very, very impressed with this cake mix...from a box. Who knew a box could produce something that actually tastes good!
Very, very impressed with this cake mix…from a box. Who knew a box could produce something that actually tastes good!

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 box of cake mix
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk (I never bake with buttermilk, so I used almond milk)
1 tsp vanilla extract (please buy REAL vanilla extract when your travelling to another country. It’s so much better than boughten vanilla)
1/2 tsp. almond extract (also try and buy somewhere other than the grocery store)

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350F
Grease two 8-inch cake pans or 16 muffin cups

In a mixing bowl, cream butter until soft. Add cake mix and blend completely. Add eggs, almond milk, vanilla and almond extract and beat until completely blended. (Just an FYI the batter will be very thick, a lot thicker than a normal cake mix. Don’t worry, you didn’t forget anything, this is normal.)

Pour batter into cake pans and bake for 22-26 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. (When I cooked it, it just took 22 minutes.)

It looks real doesn't it?! The picture on the box always looks real but here is my own picture, it came out of the oven not flat!!!
It looks real doesn’t it?! The picture on the box always looks real but here is my own picture, it came out of the oven not totally flat or rock hard!!

Let the cake cool and…now for the best part…ICING!!!!! Here’s an icing recipe that is so beyond yummy. (And for all you pregnant people who can’t lick off the beaters from the cake mix, icing has no eggs so lick away!) Before we get started, make sure the icing sugar you’re using is gluten free. Some is gluten free, some is not. Read the ingredients.

Ingredients

4 tablespoons soft butter
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
Pinch of salt
1-2 tablespoons almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

The delicious (totally unhealthy) icing that is impossible to screw up! (Which is perfect for me since I love to cook and not follow instructions, so baking can be challenging for me!)
The delicious (totally unhealthy) icing that is impossible to screw up! (Which is perfect for me since I love to cook and not follow instructions, so baking can be challenging for me!)

Cream the butter and gradually work in half the sugar. Add salt, liquid and flavouring, then work in the remaining sugar. You can’t miss. Just keep adding sugar or liquid until it will spread nicely and tastes delicious. For chocolate icing add a couple spoon fills of cocoa.

Let’s get something straight, there is nothing, I mean nothing healthy about this cake. The cake is not healthy nor is the icing. But when you’re deprived of yummy desserts you’re allowed to indulge in a piece of cake once in awhile. Right? (What I’m getting at, buy one or two cake mixes when you’re at Wal Mart, not 10.)

Yum. Gluten Free, seriously?! Btw I put a chocolate layer of icing in the middle of the cake, mmmmm.
Yum. Gluten Free, seriously?! It looks like real cake doesn’t it?! Btw I put a chocolate layer of icing in the middle of the cake, mmmmm.

Next up, apple crisp. Gluten free version. There is a main ingredient that is sold at Costco and that is called GoGo Quiona. Quinoa Flakes. Who would have thought it would be possible to eat a dessert with health benefits?! Quinoa flakes are gluten free, vegan, organic, good source of iron and good source of fibre.

On the left is the massive (thank you costco) sized bag of quinoa flakes. To the right is the also massive Costco sized bag of the amazing coconut flour.
On the left is the massive (thank you costco) sized bag of quinoa flakes. To the right is the also massive Costco sized bag of the amazing coconut flour.

Ingredients
6 apples
6tbsp sugar
1tsp cinnamon
2tsp butter

(CRUMBLE)
4 tsp butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup gluten free coconut flour (or regular flour if you’re not gluten free, but coconut flour is better for anyone to eat)
1/4 cup quinoa flakes

Mmmmm here are the apples, sugar and cinnamon waiting for the top mixture to be added.
Mmmmm here are the apples, sugar and cinnamon waiting for the top mixture to be added.

Peel and slice apples into greased baking dish. (Grease with coconut oil) Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over apples. Dot with 2 teaspoons butter. Blend the remaining 4 teaspoons of butter into brown sugar. Mix, then add flour and quinoa flakes. Spoon mixture over apples. Cover and bake at 350F for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake until crust is golden and apples are tender (about 25 minutes). Serve warm or cold. (Preferably I love it warm).

Healthy-ish, gluten free apple crisp. Yum.
Healthy-ish, gluten free apple crisp. Yum.

There you have it, two desserts that are delicious and taste like they’re gluten full! As for my readers who are not gluten free, the apple crisp is still a yummy healthier way to bake it.

-tal xo

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