smiles and wheat

 Sorry friends, no new project today.  Soon!  In the meantime, look who's smiling!  :)

On a related note ... can anyone recommend some awesome gluten-free recipes?  Someone seems to have a wheat allergy, and mama needs a cookie.  Help!


shannon said...

What a sweet picture of your baby girl, very cute. My son has a friend that is gluten free and when he comes to visit I make flourless peanut butter cookies with only three ingredients. 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar (you can use less with good results) 1 egg. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, let them cool on the pan for a few minutes before putting them on a cooling rack, they are fragile when they are warm, but super yummy.

Duzza Bear said...

I'm sorry but gluten-free and cookie just don't go together. No matter what they say, if it's something that usually has gluten but it's been replaced, it's gonna suck! So thankful it turned out my son didn't have gluten issues! I don't know that I could have continued like that for long. Especially considering we've already cut peanuts and eggs out for my daughter.

Anna said...

This isn't a cookie recipe--it's more of a brownie, but it's AWESOME. I take it to all kinds of gatherings, and people can't believe it's gluten free.

Amy said...

This gal has lots of great recipes on her blog.

Check it out, she might have what you are looking for!

~Amy :)

pinksuedeshoe said...

There is a blog that I've read for a long time called Gluten Free Girl. ( The author lives gluten free and is married to a chef. So they know a little about cooking. She has written several books, and has years of recipes on her blog. I've made some of her recipes (I'm not celiac though)and they are absolutely delicious. Her focus is on fresh and healthy, and they just happen to be gluten free. She has recipe's for for pretty much everything, hamburger buns and graham crackers included. And she takes beautiful photos.

Here's her chocolate chip triumph :o)

Meredith said...

I say you go check out the Gluten Free Girl and the Chef website...I recently discovered I am gluten intolerant and this has been a good resource! Bob's Red Mill has some awesome mixes too (I've tried the vanilla cake and pizza crust), so give those a try! Trader Joe's has a good selection of gluten free stuff too.

Anonymous said...

For gluten free, try my friend's blog

Kristen said...

A friend of mine recently made this chocolate cake for me, and it was wonderful. Here's the link:


Megan said...

I'm having some issues wuth wheat myself.. and issues with needing a cookie!
PB & Chocolate:
No bake cookies-more like fudge(I use oat bran)2.5 c oats
1/2 c honey
1/2 c pb
1/2 c cocoa
1/2 c nuts/flax/gluten free cereal
3/4 c hot water
or (my fav)
Hope that helps! Sorry for the clutter!

SandyQuilts said...

You'll tons of gluten free crockpot recipes here

Chris Davis said...

I've never tried any of their gluten-free recipes but I love practically everything KAF -- I'm not affiliated with them or anything, just a big fangirl!

Rachel said...

i blogged about GF in April:
& May:
all the best

Colette said...

This is week #2 of gluten-free at our house. Fun fun. I'd go get the Betty Crocker GF mix for a quick fix (or another mix, but Betty Crocker actually goes on sale, unlike the specialty brands). The recipes you find are probably okay, but at this point for me, we haven't stocked up on all the different kinds of flour needed for one recipe and it's a bit expensive to buy all at once at $5-8 for a small bag times 3-4 types of flour. Or $3-5 for one Betty Crocker mix and a quick fix. :) Good luck.

Tricia said...

I've been gluten free for about 5 years. I love this blog:, she has all sorts of gluten free recipes.

Now, baking gluten free is a bit of a monster. I've tried a number of different baking mixes (none of which quite hit the spot). Betty Crocker has a delicious yellow cake mix, and the brownies are good, but I'm not a big fan of the Chocolate Chip Cookies.

One of the only prepackaged baking mixes that I like and use for cookies is from The Blue Chip Group. They have a really good pancake mix that I use when I make my own chocolate chip cookies. Generally I will use it in place of the recommended amount of flour, and then add rice flour to achieve the proper consistency. I reduce the amount of baking soda, eliminate the salt, and add a bit of xanthan gum. They turn out really good. My husband will even eat them. Let me know if you want any more information. I have a major sweet tooth so I have a few tricks up my sleeve.

Best of Luck.


Ginny said...

Get on amazon right now and order the Babycakes cookbook. I think all of the recipes are gluten free and it is delicious. I'm not allergic to gluten or a vegan but I bake the recipes anyway. It has everything from cupcakes to cookies to breads. Hope this helps!!

Becky said...

Usually I think anything gluten-free is terrible, but these cookies are gluten-free & DELICIOUS!

nweames said...

All of the sources mentioned above are wonderful. And GF baking is a challenge, but with the right recipe and ingredients it works great - at least my 10 year old loves it. If you are new to this I would also recommend the Yahoo! group "gluten free recipes" which is a great on-line community of people with Gluten issues. They have great recipes, advice, and (sometimes) most importantly a good ear to complain to when it is warranted.

Good Luck!

I also have a blog you can check out. I haven't posted a lot recently but there are a variety of desserty things on there.

Kourtney said...

Have you thought about making No Bakes... kind of a cookie and a lot quicker. Hope you are enjoying mommyhood! :) CHOCOLATE OATMEAL NO-BAKE COOKIES

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 stick butter
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter

Combine sugar, cocoa, butter and milk in a saucepan. On medium heat, bring to a boil for one full minute.

Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter (optional), vanilla and oatmeal.

Drop by spoonful onto wax paper. Let cool for at least 30 minutes.

Karen said...

Cookies, yum! I'd suggest Rice Krispie Treats, making sure to use a GF "rice krispie". Apparently there's malt in the brand Rice Krispies, but there are other "off-brands" you can use. Here's a recipe I found at "Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom". Good luck, and enjoy! Ruby is beautiful!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

My daughter is allergic to wheat, eggs, AND peanuts - so there aren't many cookies out our home. We do love the no-bake cookies (we use almond butter) and a yummy rice krispy treat! Check out gluten free mommy's blog!

Alex said...

Aww she looks so adorable in that picture!

Joe'n'Jess said...

you should be careful with no-bake cookies because although oats themselves don't contain gluten, they are often processed on the same machinery and are most often contaminated. that being said, i ate some no bake cookies yesterday and i did fine.
also, thanks for asking the gluten question-it has given ME a lot of answers!
-a big fan

Souhair said...

Great ideas. Fantastic gluten free bread - Healthy Bread in 5 minutes a day. Great for Mamas as it can just be baked when you want it,,,

martinezfive said...

Listen to everyone above - - then check out my blog!! :) - I've got the best GF chocolate chip & best pancake recipe (just posted today!)!! They don't use "weird" ingredients, just different flours!!! :)

Skippo said...

So-so beautiful little girl. Thx for this smile. :) Congratulation!

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linda said...

So cute when they start smiling!
Sorry to hear about the allergy, hopefully it will be temporary.

Here are some gluten-free cookie recipes that I made that were good:!-Pistachio-cookies.html

Hope this is helpful! Good luck with the diet!

Sarah said...

This website has great all-around healthy cooking recipes, and several GF ones, as well. A lot of her non-GF baking recipes have discussion below about how others have made them GF, too.

Jana Floyd said... can be customized to your allergies!!

Anonymous said...

I'm gluten-free and I have found that Gluten Free Pantry's all purpose flour works wonderfully as a replacement for wheat flour. (1:1) I've used it for cookies, roux, biscuits, banana bread, etc. Rebecca E.

mitzi green said... has some very good gf recipes. also, bob's red mill offers a lot of great gf baking mixes. pamela's cookies are gf and the swirl shortbread are TO DIE FOR.

Christina said...

Try this - it's my favorite cookie recipe!! (Hubby has celiacs)

1 box of GF cake mix (any flavor, I like chocolate!)
1 reg size container of cool whip (let it sit out for a little while and soften, makes it easier to work with)
1 large egg

Mix all three in a large bowl. The outcome will look like a pasty mess, but trust me, that's right! (Also, I recommend hand mixing, this mix doesn't do well in the stand mixer. So you'll work off all the calories you're about to eat!!)

Once everything is combined, take a cereal bowl and fill it about halfway with powdered sugar. Get your mix, scoop out cereal spoon size blobs (or however big you want, they're your cookies!) and plop them down in the powdered sugar. (you're gonna have to use your hands, it's a little messy but SO worth it!) Roll it around in the sugar until it's coated and then roll it into a ball and plop it on a (greased) cookie sheet. Space them like you would for a normal cookie. Bake for 8-12 minutes @ 350. When they are still hot, the centers seem gooey, but trust me, if you just let them hang out on a baking rack and cool for a bit, they're all nice and set by the time you're ready to eat them. SUPER YUMMY!!!! I make them for all kinds of church stuff for family and friends when I'm in a baking mood....people are always shocked at how little there is to making them!!! Good luck :)

Linda said...

First congratulations with the first smiles!
I see you've already got lots of suggestions for gluten-free recipes, but if you ever need some more you should look up she does some amazing stuff and takes beautiful photos too!

Nicolette said...

So precious! You've probably heard of her before, but Gluten Free Girl has one of the best gluten-free blogs I have seen yet. Good luck!

Cynthia said...


In medium saucepan, combine:

1 stick butter(1/2 cup I think)
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup milk

Bring to boil and boil for 1 minute. (If you boil to long they will be dry, not long enough and they don't set up.)

Remove from heat and add:
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 1/2 cups oatmeal

Mix well and drop onto foil by spoonful to cool. Makes about 30 cookies.

I have also substituted rice milk for the milk and it turned out fine. The cookies do take longer to set up with rice milk, but there isn't much taste difference.

Also, the Cinnamon Quill has a lot of Gluten free recipes

Laura said...

Congrats on your beautiful baby girl! I've been gf for about 5 years and it seems like I've tried everything. There are some great recipes, but for a busy mama, the best thing I have found is making cookies from Pamela's Pancake and Baking mix. They are soo good and I'm actually eating some right now. It also makes great pancakes, waffles, muffins, and quick breads. It will taste different than what you're used to, but in my opinion it's the best option. My hubby even says they're his favorite cookies that we make wheat or no wheat. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Great book!

Lani said...

Another site you can check out for gluten-free recipes is:

Sara said...

Check out

She has really yummy stuff!

Helpful Housewife said...

Love the onesie and the darling girl modeling it.

Here is a blog link with a lot of gluten free recipes. I've tried some of her other recipes and they are fantastic.

Amy Jo:) said...

Hi! I have been following your blog for a bit and I have celiac disease.... anyways, we love the Betty Crocker gluten free mixes for cookies, brownies and cakes. YUMMY. For pasta we buy a brand called tinkyada, crackers we like ener-g, same for pretzels (glutino too) and bread we like o-doughs and udi's....
For recipes, I usually just google whatever sounds good and come up with a gf version that way.... The PW even has a gf section of recipes....

I hope that going gf helps you!

Shelly said...

Nut Thins are the best crackers ever. I like the BC GF cookie mix, too - it is sad, but after a while you kind of forget what a cookie tastes like and then these seem down-right delicious! Good luck!

Amy said...

I don't need to eat gluten free, but I this regular peanut butter cookie recipe. I also have a good friend who has to eat gluten free and she says these are safe and yummy.
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Makes a dozen or so. Hope you can get potential allergies figured out! :)
I just love little baby smiles! So sweet!! :)

Amy said...

Oh yah...350 for 10 minutes or so! hehehehe

C.R.A.F.T. said...

how precious :) and i featured you today!

La Vida en Spanglish said...

I also have a gluten issue. My family's favorite gluten free cookie is oatmeal raisin. I use the regular Betty Crocker recipe from the cook book but substitute buckwheat flour (which is gluten free). They are delicious.

The other favorite is peanut butter cookies. You mix 1 cup peanut butter (crunchy or smooth), 1 cup sugar and 1 egg. Put by spoonfuls on the baking sheet. Make the marks on top with the fork. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes. They will be gooey for a few minutes while they cool. SO rich and easy.

You can also google flourless chocolate cake. This is good and easy.

Hope this helps you!

Jessica said...

check out my sis-in-laws blog.

Anonymous said...

My favorite gluten-free blog is She uses almond flour which means you can totally justify a chocolate chunk scone as protein. (It's helpful to take a look at the faqs and ingredients links on your first visit.)

Joan said...

I use the same peanut butter cookie recipe that Amy posted, and I can tell you, that they are super, and really, really easy. Just the thing when you need a cookie fix.

DangerDame09 said...


She has all gluten free recipes and they are quite ymmy

Anonymous said...

Hey! I have been making that peanut butter cookie recipe for 27 years now (my husband must have gluten free diet) and could make it in my sleep! You can add chocolate chips to the recipe. Also, use 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup sugar and if you don't have chocolate, you could add some coconut or chopped pecans! Here's the key... make SURE to let cookies cool for at least 15 minutes, then they won't fall apart. Look at this blog..glutenfreeeasily...Shirley is wonderful and she has great links to other glutenfree sites..Best gluten free dishes & wishes! Kay Guest
P. S. Also, once everything is mixed together well, just roll into balls and then press down with a fork.

[M] said...

"1,000 Gluten-free Recipes"

BEST COOKBOOK EVER. Hands down. The only gluten-free baked goods that actually taste good. I'm nursing a baby with allergies and it has saved my life. Don't buy "gluten-free" flour mixes, they are disgusting.

p.s. i would avoid peanuts while you are nursing to avoid development of a peanut allergy. i wish someobody would have told me that with my first.

Kelly said...

pamela's ultimate baking and pancake mix is great for chocolate chip cookies. Don't buy the chocolate chip cookie mix but the baking mix. My husband, mil, sil, and bil are all celiac and they LOVE them. Ruby is one cute little girl

Marisa said...

I don't know if anyone has mentioned Going gluten free can be frustrating for sure. When my daughter was younger she was allergic to quite a few things so I feel your pain for a good cookie! Now she's only allergic to dairy, eggs and nuts. Hope you are able to find some good recipes!

toverson said...

I just made some delicious pancakes substituting almond meal (I had some left over from making almond milk) instead of flour. I also added cornmeal and oats, but you don't have to do that. Almond meal can be substituted for flour in just about anything I think.

Kathy said... ... good recipes for normal kid food (and a great one for "cream of" soup replacement, and her Challah Bread recipe is the best gluten free bread I've ever had... but instead of buying her flour mix, google search "Mock Better Batter"... its a good replacement for wheat flour... I think you can use less Xanthan Gum though...
Pamela's mixes have an awesome chocolate chip cookie...
Also, the Ener-G brand potato flour has a brownie recipe on the back that is the BOMB!

Two books to look in to...

1. You Won't Believe it's Gluten Free by Roben Ryberg

2.Gluten Free Baking (125 Recipes) by Rebecca Reilly... (pastry chef who found out she's Celiac!)

mindy said...

i realize you've already gotten LOTS of tips. but my sister & dad both have Celiac disease!! Email me at & i can forward you a list of my sisters favorite things!!!

crewmom said...

My brothers daughter and neice both have celiac so I understand the challenge. My brothers sister-in-law has a great blog with lots of information about eating and cooking gluten free. Its She has several links on her site as well. Good luck!!

Los Monos said...

My baby girl is gluten-free, too! I've found a few things that are VERY helpful!
Make this flour mix:
1 c rice flour
1 c cornstarch
1 c tapioca starch
1 tbs potato flour (NOT potato starch flour!)

Use this flour mix to replace the regular flour in your recipes. Add 1 tsp or so (experiment!) of xanthan gum per cup of flour. You'll never know the difference, I promise! I have a cookbook from the girls at this website, It has been soooo helpful! Be sure to try the waffle recipe! And, please, let me know if this was helpful at all, my blog,

Mimi said...

A great flour mix that can be used like regular flour is Wendy Warks flour mix.

I use it cup for cup in my favorite recipes like cookies, muffins, and cakes and they always turn out great. Authentic foods has it pre-packaged so you don't have to mix it up yourself.

Another good flour mix is Better Batter. I've never used it because it's too expensive, but I've heard awesome things about it.

If your in this for the long haul, I would suggest getting a new grinder and use it only for GF grains. It will pay for itself in no time.

Good luck. GF really isn't as bad as most people think. It's delicious and easy once you get past the first little bit of learning.

Maria Naccarato said...

Hey Jill, can I ask how you figured out that your little girl has a wheat allergy? I'm trying to determine if my 8 week old has a sensitivity to something I'm eating...thank you in advance! -Maria

Amy said...

I saw a gluten-free brownie mix at the grocery store the other may be worth a try.

Jill said...

Hi Maria -

It was just a guess that seems to be right. I took her in for her 6 week check up and she had a terrible rash all over her face, head, and shoulders. The doctor suggested cutting out either dairy or wheat. I chose wheat, and it cleared right up. It might be a coincidence ... we are still trying to figure it out. Hope that helps!

Familie Märki said...

These are wheatless and also sugarless!: (are you allowed to have Oats?)

Quick Oat and Raisin Cookies

(Makes 16-18)

3 cups oats
1 1/2 cups rice flour
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped nuts of choice$
4 tbs olive oil
1 tbs apple juice concentrate
apple juice to mix

preheat oven to 375 degr. F

1 mix all ingedients together well, using just enough apple juice to make a mixture with a soft `dropping`consistency.

2. Divide mixture into flattened rough cookie shapes on oiled baking sheets

3.bake for about 20 minutes, remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

Date and Banana cookies

(makes about 18-20)
preheat oven to 375 degr. F

1/2 cup dried diets, finely chopped
2/3 cup walnuts, finely chopped
3 medium bananas, mashed
2 cups oats
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tbs vanilla essence

Mix everything together really well and put tablespoons of the mixture onto an oiled baking sheet. Flatten them down a bit and bake for about 20 minutes until golden.

(these are from the recipy book and website from Carolyn Levett,

Do you have any idea that people from Switserland and friends from Holland are following your blog??

I am a very much beginner in sewing, but Thank YOU SO Much for sharing your brilliant ideas, and having stuff here for the `beginner` too! You are the best..!


Anonymous said...

I recommend "Gluten-Free Baking Classics" by Annalise Roberts.

Adrienne said...

Get a gluten free cake mix from the store(If you have a Sprout's there's are excellent) and the Betty Crocker's Ultimate Cake Mix Cookbook from Amazon. There are great cookie recipes in there.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
1 package chocolate cake mix, 1/3 cup veg. oil, 2 eggs. Mix all ingredients. Make one inch balls out of dough, roll in sugar, place 2 inches apart ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Cool 1 minute and put on wire rack.

The McKays said...

You must check out Elana's website: Elana's Pantry. It's beautiful and very user-friendly. I love her food photography. She not only has all recipes categorized by ingredient (grapeseed flour? agave, stevia, almond flour, etc.), but also by name. She also has an amazing glueten-free cookbook!

amber p said...

I make those same peanut butter cookies without flour, with reducing the 1 cup white sugar to 1/4 cup and then using 1/2 cup brown sugar instead. Bake for 9 minutes and they are melt in your mouth perfect!

mamajil said...

Your little Ruby is adorable love the cheeks and smile!! I have a Ruby too but she is a bit older...4yrs old.

Anonymous said...

It is a cup for cup substitute for any recipe. My kids and I have acute celiac. We can not even eat a gluten free meal in someone's home. who has wheat in their home, without a reaction. I have tried MANY flours. Better Batter is what I recommend. Good luck.

Holly said...

my friend cat has a wheat allergy and she has this awesome site with yummy recipes

i love you beautiful baby clothes I am going to have to have a go at doing some home made tops for my son xxh