While we don’t advocate a gluten-free diet for no reason, there are many people who suffer from celiac disease or another type of gluten sensitivity. And unfortunately, there can be a stigma associated with gluten free food; and let’s just say it’s not always positive. So whether you’re just starting a gluten free diet or have been gluten free for years, use the below 15 recipes to add to your gluten-free meal plan. Oh and p.s. you don’t have to be gluten intolerant to enjoy these delicious gluten free lunch ideas and dinner concoctions!
1. Gluten Free Banana Bread Muffins by Get Healthy U
You may not associate gluten-free bread with a fluffy and moist texture, but now you can! When a breakfast treat calls, these delicious muffins are the perfect option. Packed with fiber, protein and omega-3s, they’re made with gluten-free all purpose baking flour and some seriously yummy ingredients like cinnamon, applesauce, bananas and vanilla.
2. Gluten-Free Crackers by Emily’s Fresh Kitchen
Having a snack attack? Made with almond flour, these gluten-free crackers are filled with extra sharp cheddar cheese that’ll satisfy your taste buds all on their own. You can also dip them in a yummy cheese spread, guacamole or salsa.
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3. Gluten Free Cupcakes by Chocolate Covered Katie
People prefer the gluten in their cupcakes for that delicately moist and soft texture, but these gluten-free ones are far from dry or hard. Topped with a healthy homemade Nutella frosting and under 100 calories, you won’t feel guilty indulging in this delightful dessert.
4. Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Waffles by The Healthy Maven
These gluten-free, vegan carrot cake waffles are fluffy and full of sweet and spicy bites of perfection. Using dairy-free coconut yogurt as a topping, combined with a little shredded coconut, it’ll give you layers of indulgent texture to enjoy. We know what you’re having for brunch this weekend!
5. Cauliflower Pizza Crust by Slender Kitchen
Avoiding pizza is painful for anyone steering clear of gluten, but now you can have your pie and eat it too with this delicious recipe. Swapping out flour for cauliflower, the crispy crust is not only gluten free but low-carb and low-cal, too! Try this cauliflower pizza crust with Thai peanut sauce, diced chicken, grated carrots and chives.
6. Chickpea Curry with Cauliflower by LaaLoosh
Speaking of cauliflower, you must try this flavorful and healthy recipe. Full of spices, it’s vegan, gluten free, dairy free and packed with fiber and protein thanks to the addition of chickpeas.
7. Healthy Southwest Pasta Salad with Chipotle-Lime Greek Yogurt Dressing by Ambitious Kitchen
Pasta is another no-no in the gluten-free world, unless, of course you utilize gluten-free noodles! The ones in this particular recipe are made from delicious lentils and quinoa, providing you with extra fiber. Made with a creamy chipotle-lime Greek yogurt dressing, and boasting a delicious Tex-Mex taco flavor, you’ll likely forget just how healthy this dish truly is.
8. Healthy Flourless Black Bean Avocado Brownies by Ambitious Kitchen
Avocados seem to make their way into everything these days, but brownies … really? Yes, really! While it may sound a little strange, they add the perfect creamy consistency instead of oil or butter, while black beans replace the flour. Providing more fiber and healthy fats than your typical brownie recipe and still offering that chocolaty goodness everyone loves, no one will be able to resist them!
9. Broccoli and White Cheddar Quinoa Mac and Cheese by Ambitious Kitchen
Comfort food is often packed with gluten, but this recipe is the perfect alternative. Creamy, rich and only 313 calories, you’ll relish in a cheesy bowl of gluten-free goodness that’ll give you 12 grams of protein per serving.
10. Two-Ingredient Pancakes by Get Healthy U
Move over Bisquick. It doesn’t get any quicker, simpler or healthier than this gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free recipe. The two ingredients in these pancakes are a banana and an egg, which provide a great base and allow you to spice up and sweeten this breakfast in a variety of ways, like adding cinnamon, nutmeg and pure maple syrup.
11. Chewy Dark Chocolate Cherry Protein Granols Bars with Chia Seeds by Ambitious Kitchen
When the afternoon slump hits and you’re craving something sugary, opt for this healthy recipe that won’t cause you to quickly crash. These gluten-free, vegan protein granola bars are filled with protein and healthy fats thanks to the almond butter, chia seeds and protein powder. You’ll get the perfect pick-me-up to power through the rest of your day.
12. Crispy Supreme Flatbread Quinoa Pizza by Ambitious Kitchen
Here’s another fun one for you pizza lovers. This gluten-free flatbread is made with quinoa flour that creates a crunchy crust on the outside and softer center. Topped with diced onion, green bell pepper, shredded mozzarella, turkey pepperoni and grape tomatoes, it’ll fill you up without weighing you down.
13. Quinoa Pizza Muffins by Gluten Free Jess
Now that we’ve covered quinoa pizza, what about quinoa pizza muffins?! This healthy, low-fat recipe is perfect for lunch on-the-go, leftovers when time is tight or an anytime appetizer or snack.
14. Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies by Ambitious Kitchen
This gluten-free, vegan recipe utilizes chickpeas to turn classic blondies into a healthy bar recipe. No one will be able to recognize that they’re flourless, but they’ll sure love the moist texture and creamy taste.
15. Mexican Zucchini Noodles and Jalapeño Popper Turkey Meatballs by Food Faith Fitness
Enjoy this big bowl of healthy goodness that’s gluten-free, low-carb, high-protein and reminiscent of a jalapeño popper. Utilizing zoodles over typical noodles saves you hundreds of calories and provides you with an extra serving of veggies, too.