gluten free wunder bars – peanutty caramel chocolate delights!

gluten free wunder bar - crunchy peanut, caramel and chocolate delight!Sure, Fall is associated with cinnamon and pumpkin and harvests of fresh vegetables but for some reason, around our house, it’s also associated with chocolate and peanut butter. Oh and caramel, lots and lots of caramel! Must be some kind of throwback to halloweens gone by with their sacks full of mini chocolate bars, caramel apples, and peanut butter cups. Whatever the reason, sometime around mid-October, in between the roasted parsnips, pumpkin pies, and cinnamon lattes, I always find myself craving candy bars – peanut butter cups, Oh Henry’s, M & M’s. And, of course, those gluten filled bundles of caramel coated joy: Cadbury’s Wunderbars. Now, while Geoff can’t eat gluten, I can and I admit to sneaking in the odd Wunderbar when I’m out and about shopping or otherwise Geoff-less. But I know they used to be one of his favorites too, so this year I decided to put my hand to making a copy cat gluten free Wunder bar. It took a few tries, but I think I was pretty successful. These are a bit softer than the original, but they taste very close to – if not better than – the real thing. If you’ve been missing those Viking treats, this is the recipe for you. And if you’ve never had a wunderbar, you are in for a taste treat!

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gluten free pumpkin pie cheesecake – our favorite Thanksgiving dessert!

gluten free pumpkin pie cheesecakePumpkin pie and cheesecake are two of our favorite desserts, so we figured, why not combine them! This flourless gluten free pumpkin pie cheesecake makes a great Thanksgiving dessert – both traditional and a bit different. You can make it with a crumb crust (recipe included) or bake it crustless. Either way, the cheesecake is creamy and light with a hint of pumpkin and cinnamon. Try to make this a day or two ahead of time – the flavours of the pumpkin and the spices really come out the longer it sits.

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This recipe was originally posted in October 2013.

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gluten free pumpkin tarts

pumpkin tarts. gfandme.comI found this fabulous recipe for pumpkin cupcakes on fantasy author S. J. Wolff’s blog,  Wolff’s Realm. I converted it to gluten free using coconut and rice flours, and the result was awesome! The cupcakes disappeared before I could even get a photo! So I made them again, and this time I made them into gluten free pumpkin tarts by adding a ginger cookie and coconut crust. The ginger and coconut flavours combined beautifully with the pumpkin, the crumbs added a bit of texture, and the tarts also came out of the pan easier. And this time, I didn’t tell anyone about them until I had a picture to post!

This filling would also be great with Mary’s Magnificent Pie Crust!

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Coconut pie crustThis is a post from last October. We have been craving pumpkin lately so we thought we’d post it again for other fall pumpkin fans!

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gluten free cream cheese tarts

gluten free tartsThese gluten free tarts would be the perfect treat for a gluten free Mother’s Day! The pastry is based on our conversion of my grandmother’s recipe for Danish pastries. Flaky and versatile, the dough can be used for everything from tarts and galettes to turnovers and  danishes. Give it a try… Here it is shaped into tart shells and filled with layers of cream cheese and apple pie filling, but these little tarts would be fantastic filled with cherry, blueberry, or lemon – whatever you can imagine. And these are even better the second day.

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gluten free sponge cake: ready in 90 seconds

gluten free sponge cake made in the microwaveMade in the microwave, this gluten free (and dairy free) sponge cake is airy and not too sweet. And with a double hit of almond, it tastes like angel food cake – which is a bit of an addiction of mine. This cake is perfect for those times when you just want a quick treat (read: don’t want to make an entire cake because you know you’ll end up eating the whole thing after everyone else goes to bed!) The problem is that it’s waayyy too easy to make another one, and … well … maybe just one more ….

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no-bake apple cake

Based on my great-grandmother’s recipe for Danish Apple Cake, this gluten free no-bake cake tastes like apple pie but won’t overheat your kitchen. It’s also super-easy to throw together and can be made the day before making it the perfect dessert for a busy summer BBQ. Give it a try. You won’t regret it!no bake Danish apple cake.

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gluten free mincemeat tarts

mincemeat tarts. gfandme.comI think mincemeat tarts are my absolute favorite Christmas treat. They are another long time Christmas tradition in my family. My mom used to make dozens and dozens of these little sweet treats when my sisters, brother and I were little. Of course, they were off limits for us kids but we would still sneak a few now and then from where they were hidden in the bottom of the deep freeze (and by ‘now and then’ I mean ‘daily’). To this day I think I like them best when they are frozen solid!

Anyway, after Geoff was diagnosed with celiac disease, we went went without these for a Christmas or two. Then mom developed her awesome gluten free pastry recipe and since then has made us a batch every year. Thanks mom! I honestly cannot tell the difference between these and the old glutenous version.

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butter tart slice (gluten free)

This sweet slice is a new take on a traditional Canadian favorite – the butter tart. The result is a kind of shortbread base smothered in a creamy, buttery, raisin stuffed filling and baked to a golden crispy brown. If you love butter tarts but don’t have time to fuss with the pastry, this is the recipe for you! If you’ve never had a butter tart, you should give these little deadlies a try. You won’t regret it. They taste a bit like pecan or even raisin pie. (Recipe below)

gluten free butter tart slice. gfandme.comThis is a conversion of a pre-celiac family recipe from one of those tried and true community cookbooks. We’d been missing them, so I thought I would give converting them a whirl. I am embarrassed to say that we ended up eating almost the entire slice while I was photographing it! I’d say it was a success!

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happy gluten free thanksgiving

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Kit Kat Kopy Kat

I know, I know. These look more like a Peanut Butter Cup than a Kit Kat Bar but without a proper chocolate mold this was what we came up with! These gluten free Kit Kat “Bars” taste like the real thing. The secret is getting the chocolate to filling ratio just right! And they aren’t that difficult to make. No oven required – just a blender and a microwave. gluten free kit kat bars. gfandme.comWe posted this recipe last Christmas but thought we’d post it again for the upcoming Halloween Season. These would be great treats for your ghosts and goblins at any gf halloween parties!

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Ferrero Rocher

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