At one point in time, the term “gluten-free” would send people screaming into the night with visions of cardboard-tasting replicas of gluten-laden foods and crumbling pastries masquerading as their delicious counterparts.
Now, gluten-free living is so widely accepted that one can request it in public without being shunned. In fact, chefs and bakers can now create gluten-free recipes without the fear of being accused of witchcraft. There are those who have even perfected it to the point where doughnut aficionados can’t even tell the difference.
Here are some of the best bloggers to follow who can spin gluten-free into gold.
If you are GF and have been jonesing for delicious baked goods, you have come to the right place. Karina Allrich of Gluten-Free Goddess has recipe after recipe of delectable comfort favorites like gingerbread, doughnuts, apple crisp, carrot cake, cornbread, chocolate cake and even an occasional quinoa salad, if you’re into that. Her philosophy is creating “tasty, seasonal, family-style cooking”, which she began when she discovered she had celiac-type symptoms in 2001. This goddess has turned lemons into delicious treats for everyone.
After a long bout of illness, Shauna James Ahern of Gluten-Free Girl was diagnosed with celiac disease, and with that knowledge, she never looked back. She began blogging and writing cookbooks to include the foods that were healing her. She writes many of the blogs as endearing letters to her two children, whom she raises with her husband on Puget Sound. The recipes are gluten-free reinventions of American classics, like blueberry pie and waffles, plus twists on traditional recipes, like crepes, Irish soda bread, Yorkshire puddings, sweet potato latkes, sodas and teas.
Carol Kicinski is a gluten-free powerhouse. She has her own Simply Gluten FreeNBC monthly cooking show, as well as an eponymous print and digital magazine, which focus on what you can eat, rather than what you can’t. Her purpose is to help those with all sorts of dietary restrictions, not just gluten, but her site boasts over 2,100 gluten-free recipes, like eggplant and white bean dip, vegetable tempura, bruschetta, granola bars, muffins and stuffing. Her blog focuses on wellness, too, covering topics like food sensitivities, collagen and probiotics, among others.
Danielle Addimandi of The Crafty Hostess is a self-described small-batch gluten-free recipe developer. She began developing her versions of classic recipes at an early age and branched out into design (she worked for Benjamin Moore for over a decade). Her blog includes her jaunts to estate sales, decorating tips, landscaping ideas and entertaining tips, but the sweet spot is recipes like mushroom thyme risotto balls, chocolate cherry holiday bread pudding, pumpkin fritters, apple cider doughnuts and cucuzza spaghetti.
Elana Amsterdam of Elana’s Pantry turned her celiac disease and MS diagnosis from straw into gold when she became a New York Times best-selling author with her cookbook Paleo Cooking From Elana’s Pantry. She has been a lifestyle influencer for the past two decades and advises on health, healing, keto and paleo, natural remedies, and ways to get more sleep. She still finds ways to help you indulge in a healthy way with recipes like French toast casserole, keto muffins, low-carb doughnuts, matzo ball soup and low-carb turkey hash. If you are looking to overhaul your health and your life without skimping on taste or style, Elana leads by example.
If you are now gluten-free but miss those comfort food recipes you used to see in Betty Crocker cookbooks, then this is the site for you. Shirley Braden of Gluten Free Easily believes that you can be gluten-free easily and aims to show you how with recipes like pumpkin bread, cinnamon swirl coffee cake, Parmesan noodles, cheddar cheese quick bread, oatmeal cookies and strawberry shortcake. All these recipes have a nostalgic feel to them and they look like they are full of flour and Bisquick, but Braden claims you can very easily get the same taste without the inflammation.
Sarah Howells is a gluten-free blogger and journalist in the UK who aspires to be a professional pizza tester. One can dream. Her blog, The Gluten Free Blogger, is an overwhelming array of decadent recipes, articles on lifestyle, pep talks and reviews of gluten-free store-bought products and gluten-free restaurant options in local areas. Sarah’s recipes are often whimsical and fun, ranging from a very chocolaty Christmas buche de Noel, spooky stuffed pepper jack-o’-lanterns and spooky cute monster cupcakes, sticky toffee apple upside down cake, tear and share brie cranberry bread, and ginger rum cake. If you are in the UK, it would behoove you to befriend Sarah, if only to become her royal food taster.
Sharon Lachendro, aka “Shay”, has a food blog empire that covers the gamut of gluten-free and other food sensitivity cooking options. Not only does Lachendro give you options of blogs to follow on What the Fork, but she is refreshingly real, admitting that she o.k.’s on coffee, hates getting up early in the morning, and is fluent in sarcasm. Her photos are bright and crisp, as crisp as the cookies and piecrusts she features. There are lots of cupcakes and doughnuts with funfetti sprinkles, waffles and cakes topped with fruit and frosting and drizzled with syrup. Salivating yet?