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20 Gluten Free Comfort Food Recipes

20 Gluten Free Comfort Food Recipes


Some days just call for comfort food. Whether you want to warm up on a cold morning, had a bad day, or simply want to indulge in something delicious, it can be hard to find a satisfying gluten free solution when those carb cravings strike.

Just because you are gluten free doesn’t mean you can’t indulge, too! These 20 (actually 21!) comfort food and drink recipes are either unique twists on the classics, have been modified to be gluten free, or are natural gluten free.


20 Gluten Free Comfort Food Recipes - Zest and Lemons


Food Recipes:

Gnocchi with Sweet Potato, Sausage, and Spinach by Zest and Lemons

Simple Gluten Free Lasagna by Good For You Gluten Free

Creamy Sweet Corn Cauliflower Grits by Cotter Crunch

The Best Beef Brisket Recipe by Zest and Lemons

Pulled Tandoori Chicken by The Big Man’s World

Lemon Butter Chicken by Recipes Worth Repeating

Cauliflower Pot Pies by It’s Cheat Day Everyday

Instant Pot Orange Chicken by Zest and Lemons

Zucchini Lasagna Rolls by Recipe Runner

Coconut Curry Chicken Meatballs by The Bewitchin Kitchen

Spiralized Sweet Potato Spaghetti Casserole by Cotter Crunch

Instant Pot White Bean Chicken Chili by Zest and Lemons

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup by The Creative Bite

Creamy Roasted Green Chili Chicken Mac and Cheese by Boulder Locavore

Spiced Winter Root Vegetable Soup by Goodness Green


Drink Recipes:

Turmeric Hot Chocolate by Zest and Lemons

Coconut Almond Mocha by Beauty and the Foodie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie by Beaming Baker

Maple Cinnamon Chamomile Tea Latte by Pickles & Honey

Pumpkin Chai Latte by Zest and Lemons

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie by Healthful Pursuit



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20 gluten free comfort food recipes - Zest and Lemons
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Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Cookies


This recipe is part of my cookbook adaption series, where I adapt one recipe from a cookbook each month to be gluten free. This month’s recipe is for Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, adapted from Creme de Colorado.


It officially cookie season! The New Year is approaching, and I’m kicking off the weekend with some rich double chocolate chip cookies. These cookies are on the larger side, soft yet just slightly chewy, and packed with mini chocolate chips. I’ve been on a little chocolate kick lately, but I’d say that’s totally acceptable.

This recipe is my monthly cookbook adaption recipe for December. If you haven’t read about it yet, you can learn more details on my page for Baked Apple Donuts. To quickly review, I’m adapting a new gluten free recipe every month from a cookbook I find in my kitchen. Some are classics, some are not, and most will be baking recipes. This recipe originally comes from the “Chewy Chocolate Cookies” recipe out of the book Creme de Colorado. This is one of my favorite cookbooks to look through, especially if you are not gluten free.

Here is how I adapted this cookie recipe:

Gluten free double chocolate chip cookies - Zest and Lemons


Butter and Sugar

A lot of these cookbook recipes tend to use either excessive amounts of fat, or they love to use crisco or shortening. The first thing I did was cut the amount of butter almost in half, and melt 1/2 stick of butter. Adding in the melted butter helps with some chewiness, while also allowing me to dissolve the cocoa powder before adding it to the batter. Because there are two eggs in these cookies instead of one, cutting the butter down didn’t really affect the cookies too much.

For the sugar…. I cut down the total amount slightly in this recipe. Now, there is just the right amount of sweetness without being overly sweet. I also substituted half of the granulated sugar for brown sugar, adding to the chewy texture and additional flavor.

Gluten free double chocolate chip cookies - Zest and Lemons


The flour amount in this recipe was a little tricky. Since I cut back on the butter, I decided to cut back on the flour just slightly. The batter will still be thick and slightly sticky, but it will come together when chilled and rolled into balls. All gluten free flours weigh a bit different, so the key here is to have about 256-260g of your all-purpose flour. For me, I used 1 & 3/4 cup of Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 gluten free flour. I use this for all my baking recipes! Be sure to spoon and level your flour, DON’T SCOOP! This ensures that you don’t add too much flour.



To make these cookies extra special, and extra chocolatey, I folded in 1/2 cup of Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips to the batter. To help with the additional sweetness, I also added 1/4 tsp of salt. A quick tip: I recommend unsalted butter. However, if you do use salted butter, just omit the salt in the recipe and the cookies come out tasting just as great!

When it comes to the size of these cookies, I like to use a 2” cookie scoop to make about 18 large cookies. Be sure to chill the dough for at least 2 hours before scooping! The dough will still be slightly soft and sticky, but will hold it’s shape when rolled into a ball. The longer you chill, the easier it will be to scoop. They will be puffy out of the oven, but will collapse a bit into thick and soft chocolate cookies. You can definitely make these thinner if you want to! Just scoop smaller portions, or slightly flatten each dough ball as you place them on the cookie sheet, and they will be slightly chewier (I would bake them for 12-14 minutes instead of the full 16).

Gluten free double chocolate chip cookies - Zest and Lemons

These cookies are perfect for this time of year since they make a great gift, and are wonderful for feeding a crowd of hungry kids or family members


Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cook Time: 16 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Author: Zest and Lemons

Yield: 18 large cookies

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

These double chocolate chip cookies are soft, thick, and super chocolatey! Try them at your next party or gathering, you would never know they are gluten free!


  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tsp gluten free vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 gluten free flour (about 260g), spooned and leveled!
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt (omit if using salted butter)
  • 1/2 Enjoy Life semisweet mini chocolate chips


  1. In a large bowl, cream together granulated sugar, brown sugar, and 1 stick of butter. Add in the eggs and vanilla, beating on low speed after each addition.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat remaining 1/2 stick of butter in 10 second intervals until melted. Add cocoa powder and stir until completely combined (mixture will get very thick, microwave for a few seconds again as needed to soften). Add this chocolate mixture to the large bowl with sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla. Beat well to combine.
  3. Mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. With your beaters or stand mixer running on low speed, slowly add in the flour mixture until everything is combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Batter will be very thick, soft, and slightly sticky. Cover the bowl with the aluminum foil or plastic wrap, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  4. When ready, remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow to sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 325℉. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
  6. Using a large 2” cookie scoop, scoop out the dough and roll into balls. Place on the baking sheets so that they are in three rows of three.
  7. Bake cookies for 14-16 minutes. They will be very soft and puffy, but will collapse slightly as they cool. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.


- Chilling is mandatory for this dough, or it will be too sticky to scoop. If you want slightly chewier cookies, flatten each dough ball slightly after being placed on the baking sheet.

- If you use salted butter, just omit the salt in the recipe.

Gluten free double chocolate chip cookies. Soft, thick, and super chocolatey! - Zest and Lemons #glutenfree #holidaycookies #chocolatecookies

Recipe adapted from “Chewy Chocolate Cookies” in Creme de Colorado

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2017 Gift Guide for your Gluten-Free Friends

2017 Gift Guide for your Gluten-Free Friends


It’s that time of year again! Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for your gluten free friend or family member? Well, look no further. Here are 21 thoughtful gifts any gluten free person in your life will appreciate.


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Tech Gifts for the Celiac

1. Nima Sensor – If you have Celiac Disease, you know how hard eating out can sometimes be. Let your friends enjoy more freedom and a greater sense of comfort with Nima Sensor! By feeding the device a small sample of food, it can actually detect if there is gluten in your dish. Each test only takes a few minutes, and just provides an extra layer of comfort when eating out at restaurants (or even at holiday gatherings). I always have mine in my purse! Know someone who already has a Nima Sensor? Try gifting them a pack of Nima Testing Capsules instead! You can now purchase them on Amazon, or take a look at their website for more information.


Kitchen Gifts

2. Paderno World Cuisine Vegetable Slicer / Spiralizer – I LOVE my spiralizer! It’s a great alternative to gluten free pastas, and this tool lets you make noodles out of just about any vegetable. I personally love making pasta with zucchini noodles, but other veggies like sweet potato and squash also work really well. This model currently has 4.5 stars and over 10,000 reviews on Amazon! It’s easy to clean, comes with multiple blades, and is also BPA free.

3. FoodSaver FM2110 Vacuum Sealing System – I love buying buying meat in bulk, especially because I can get a pretty good deal on it. With how much I spend on gluten free food, I hate to put anything to waste. My Foodsaver is literally a life saver! This model is pretty slick and easy to store, and has moist and dry food settings. Just portion out your food or meat, then seal and freeze for later use! Trust me, your friend or family member will definitely thank you for this.

4. Crock Pot Lunch Crock Food Warmer – Don’t miss out on family gatherings or dinner with friends just because they won’t have gluten free options at their home. Load up this mini crock pot with your food, and just plug it in to warm when you arrive at their house. When dinner is ready, your meal is already hot and ready to enjoy! Better yet, you can eat right out of this pot and save them some extra dishes.

5. Digital Kitchen Scale – A lot of gluten free baking is done by weight, since it tends to be more precise… especially when trying to convert an old family recipe to something that’s gluten free. Help your fellow bakers with their gluten free recipes by gifting a digital kitchen scale.

6. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour – This is for the gluten free baker! Learning to bake gluten free can be full of mess ups and total frustration, but Bob’s Red Mill makes it easier. They have a whole line of gluten free flours, but their 1:1 gluten free baking mix works almost as well as regular wheat flour and already has xanthan gum in it… so no need to figure out how much gum to add or what ratio of flours to use. I use this for all of my baking recipes, and tend to buy 5 lb bags in bulk to score a good deal.

Bob's Red Mill 1:1

Beauty Gifts

7. Red Apple Lipstick – A lot of makeup has gluten in it, especially lipsticks. For someone with Celiac, anything that goes on their lips could be ingested and needs to be gluten free. Red Apple Lipstick is gluten free (lab tested), allergen free, paraben free, cruelty free, non GMO, and corn free. All products are also lead, talc, toxin, and chemical free! Not only do they have a wide selection of colors, you can even get samples of certain colors to try before deciding to buy the full-sized item. You can only buy online on their website, but they do have a 6 month money back guarantee policy!

8. Afterglow Cosmetics – Another gluten free makeup brand! These products are actually certified gluten free and made in a 100% certified gluten free facility. All ingredients are also organic, made for sensitive skin, soy free, paraben free, and free of toxic chemicals and ingredients. You can purchase their makeup on Amazon or at their online store, and if you purchase from their site they do have a 30-day money back guarantee policy.

9. Jason Personal Care Products – They have a whole certified gluten free line! From body wash to hand lotion, there is something for everyone… but I personally recommend their shampoo and conditioner.


Subscription Services and Gift Boxes

10. Freshly – Know someone with a busy life? Freshly’s meal delivery service isn’t just full of healthy choices, it’s all gluten free and prepared in a dedicated gluten free facility! Meals are high protein, low carb, and are free of artificial sweeteners and ingredients. Each meal is cooked and delivered straight to your door, and they only need a few minutes to be heated up before being enjoyed.. so you can leave the shopping and cooking to someone else! Freshly offers meal plans with 4, 6, 9, or 12 meals delivered per week, and has dozens of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options to choose from. For someone who needs to be gluten free, a meal delivery service like this can be a godsend.

11. Green Chef – Maybe you know someone who loves to cook, but just doesn’t have the time to shop. Green Chef is a subscription meal plan that let’s you do just that. Not to mention, they are the first meal kit company to be certified gluten free! Just choose from a variety of meal plans, follow the easy step-by-step cooking instructions, and your dinner is ready in about 30 minutes.

12. American Gluten Free – A food subscription box service that is Celiac safe, 100% gluten free and dairy free. They offer quite a few different monthly plans, and also offer one time box purchases.

13. Thrive Market Membership – Help your friend or family member find great gluten free products with an online membership to Thrive Market! This site is like an online version of Costco, but offers tons of healthy food and gluten free options.


Books and Magazines

14. Gluten Free on a Shoestring Cookbook – This blog was one of the first ones I found after going gluten free, and the cookbook is full of 125 gluten free recipes you can make on a budget. The author shares tons of money-saving secrets, with advice on the best values and where to find them, as well as meal planning strategies and pantry-stocking tips.

15. Gluten Free and More Magazine – I came across this magazine while at the gluten free allergy expo. It’s more than just a food magazine, it’s a guide to living well with food allergies. You can find tons of gluten free recipes, ideas for baking substitutions, and even articles to help with a new Celiac diagnosis. They really do a great job in comforting anyone with food allergies or sensitivities! You can purchase a one or two year paper subscription, or keep it simple with a one year digital subscription.

16. GFF MagazineGluten Free Forever magazine is another great one, sending out issues quarterly and showcasing gluten free products and the best recipes around. The photography is just beautiful, and makes me want to make everything I see!

17. Mayo Clinic Going Gluten Free – This was the first book I read after my diagnoses. Full of great information on diagnoses and symptoms, and even helps you understand ingredients in depth. One of my favorite sections of the book is the chapter on travel tips and how to vacation more comfortably with Celiac Disease!

18. Jennifer’s Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease – If you know someone who is newly diagnosed or is struggling to understand their Celiac Disease, this book is a fantastic read. Jennifer goes through her many years of dealing with health issues and describes her journey to her Celiac diagnosis. Her story can make anyone struggling with Celiac much more comfortable with their symptoms, especially when knowing someone else out there has gone through the same symptoms as you.


Household and Miscellaneous Gifts

19. Gluten Free Serving Spoon – How cute is this labeled spoon! Let your guests know a dish is gluten free with this beautiful vintage serving spoon, the perfect gift for the gluten free foodie.

20. Meal Planning Pad with Shopping List – On a budget? This fun memo pad can help someone with easy gluten free living. Use the left side to write down weekly meals, and the other side to keep track of the shopping list. The shopping list is even perforated to tear off and bring to the grocery store.

21. Food Blogger Pro Membership – For your blogger friends or family! If you know someone who is either thinking of starting a food blog, has just gotten started, or is looking for help growing their blog, Food Blogger Pro is the absolute best! It’s created by the couple being the blog Pinch of Yum, and has dozens of step-by-step videos to get you started. They even have forums where you can meet other food bloggers and get help with your questions. You can pay for a yearly plan, or monthly, but membership is only open a few times a year… so Join the Food Blogger Pro Waiting List! and be notified when it opens.

Food Blogger Pro: Video training and blogger community helping you to start your food blog.

Holiday gift guide for your gluten free friends (gluten free, cooking, kitchen, gifts, holiday, gift ideas) - Zest and Lemons


Holiday gift guide for your gluten free friends (gluten free, cooking, kitchen, gifts, holiday, gift ideas) - Zest and Lemons


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