GFCF Recipes

Dairy and wheat are such common ingredients in the North American diet that the idea of creating healthy and delicious food for the family without them can seem overwhelming. If the prospect of switching to a GFCF diet is filling you with dread, fear not, thousands of others have gone before you, and many of them have come up with some tasty and practical recipes.

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Most people worry that they will not be able to enjoy their favourite foods, like pizza, bread, chicken nuggets, cookies, muffins or pies once they are on a GFCF diet. The good news is that there are many great recipes for these and many other favourite foods using only GFCF ingredients.

There are a wealth of resources, both online and in print, to help ease the transition to a GFCF diet and provide masses of tried and tested recipes that are family-friendly and delicious.

Lisa Lewis has written three books which include recipes for the GFCF diet: Special Diets for Special Kids, Special Diets for Special Kids, Two and Special Diets for Special People. Together these books contain hundreds of GFCF recipes for meals and snacks that children and adults alike will enjoy. Another popular GFCF cookbook is The Kid-Friendly ADHD and Autism Cookbook: The Ultimate Guide to the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet by paediatrician Pamela Compart and nutritionist Dana Laake.

Online there are many excellent web sites with tried and tested GFCF recipes:

  • created by Amber Lee, a mother of five, is a well-organized site with a variety of family-friendly recipes in many categories, including pizzas and pastas, soups and sauces, cookies, pies and puddings. Many of the recipes use ingredients from scratch, and include instructions for making your own baking mixes.
  • is a collection of GFCF recipes contributed by individuals with comments from the creators on their family’s reactions to the foods. Some recipes use pre-made GFCF mixes and products. Recipes include creative substitutions for basic ingredients, a recipe for all-purpose flour and a whipped topping.
  • includes a list of commonly used ingredients in GFCF cooking and includes many family-friendly GFCF recipes for even picky eaters.
  • is a large collection of GFCF recipes submitted by individuals.

Many of the GFCF recipe web sites discuss GFCF substitutions for common ingredients in baking and cooking. They provide recipes for making your own mixes and suggest that you make up multiple batches and store them for future use. Armed with your new GFCF staple ingredients, including: rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, GF baking powder, xanthum gum, unflavored gelatin, soy lecithin, cider vinegar and soy, almond or rice milk, you will be ready to tackle your new cooking challenge.

Cooking for the GFCF diet can be practical, economical and the results can be delicious. Fortunately many others have already experimented with GFCF ingredients and have produced hundreds of tasty and practical recipes. You can benefit from their collective wisdom.

Disclaimer: is for informational purposes only and its content is not intended to replace advice, diagnosis or treatment from a medical professional. Always seek advice and diagnosis from your doctor or other qualified health provider. If you think you may need emergency medical assistance, call 911 immediately.