Thursday, March 17, 2016

Transforming a Recipe to Gluten Free

We have two dear friends with allergies to wheat.  They seem so very grateful when I remember to have gluten free dishes for them.  It's a pretty simple transformation.  Just replace any wheat, barley or rye with something that's not wheat, barley or rye.  ;-)  Please don't think I am some sort of fancy schmancy nutrition expert.  I googled it.  ;-) 
You might remember THIS POST featuring a LAYERED DESSERT RECIPE from a party at my sister's house.  Today, I am sharing a gluten free version.

Scrumptious Layers Dessert Recipe (Gluten Free)
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup slivered almonds 
Mix all ingredients.  Press into a 9 X 13 pan.  Bake at 350 until the edges are brown.  In my oven, that's about 25 minutes using a glass baking dish.
Let cool before beginning the layers.
 Layer 1:
2 boxes cream cheese, 8 ounces each, softened
1 can sweetened condensed milk

(This is a change from MY ORIGINAL RECIPE, doubling the amount of cream cheese.  Layer 1 was a bit too sweet for us the first time around.)

Anyway, mix these ingredients and pour over the cooled crust.

Layer 2:  Homemade Chocolate Pudding
1/2 cup sugar
dash of salt
1/3 cup cocoa
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 1/2 cups milk
Over medium heat, stir dry ingredients and half the milk in a medium size sauce pan until all the lumps are gone.  Add the rest of the milk and continue to stir until it thickens.  Cook about 3 minutes longer.  Let cool about 15 minutes before pouring over the cream cheese layer.

Layer 3:  Homemade Vanilla Pudding
1/3 cup sugar
dash of salt
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Over medium heat, stir dry ingredients and half the milk in a medium size sauce pan until all the lumps are gone.  Add the rest of the milk and continue to stir until it thickens.  Cook about 3 minutes longer.  Let cool about 15 minutes before pouring over the chocolate pudding layer.

On top, I sprinkled about 1 cup mini dark chocolate chips along with 1 cup slivered almonds.

Our sweet friends loved and so did we!

What special recipes do you make for your friends?

;-)  -Marci


  1. WOW this looks GOOD! :) I work with someone who is gluten-free; he'd LOVE this.

  2. This sounds really good! It also looks like a great gluten-free dessert! Thank for sharing! #SmallVictories

  3. Marci, what a sweet site you have here! I am charmed by the idea of your stone farmhouse and your "one acre" farm. Your story reminds me of Laura Ingalls Wilder, who I think lived our most of her marriage on Rocky Ridge Farm or something along those lines (am too lazy even to Google it) in the Ozarks. Or not. Anyway, this recipe looks delicious! My dad and my brother both avoid gluten, so I often bake GF for them. In answer to your question, I like to make them Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Cookies! :)It's lovely to meet you today via The Art of Homemaking Mondays.

  4. This looks incredibly yummy Marci. I'll have to send this recipe to my resident dessert baker here (my daughter) she is always baking up a storm and making me fat!

  5. This looks great! My daughter is GF and will appreciate this revised recipe! Thank you for sharing with us this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

  6. Yum, yum, yum! I'd like to invite you to come link up at our new party, where we make the features (my co-host's son is gluten free)! Thanks for much for sharing, have a great weekend!

  7. Sounds yummy....a little fattening but yummy! Pinned!

  8. Marci, we eat gluten free here by choice to support our daughter who is Coeliac. This looks lush and we'll be trying it for sure! Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou this week and Happy Easter! Love, Mimi xxx

  9. I sometimes cook for the young people at church and we have a couple with gluten allergies. Thank you!
    Blessings, Leigh

  10. This looks great! Thanks for linking up at Pretty Pintastic Party. I'd like to invite you to my other recipe link party - where my cohost and I make the features! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Marci, this looks so yummy! I'll be featuring this tonight.


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