Tricia Thompson, MS, RD is a nutrition consultant, author and speaker specializing in celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. She is the author of The Gluten-Free Nutrition Guide and has a MS degree in nutrition from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and a BA degree in English Literature from Middlebury College in Vermont.

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Living Gluten-Free

by Tricia Thompson, MS, RD, The Gluten-Free Dietitian
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In need of some gluten free sweets to tame your sweet tooth? Here are some of my favorites!

Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Brownies Recipe (made egg-free and butter-free, too!)

I recently attended the American Dietetic Association’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. I was lucky enough to participate in a gluten-free cake decorating contest sponsored by General Mills and emceed by Keegan Gerhard of the Food Network’s Food Network Challenge. It was a lot of fun but unfortunately I could not participate in eating the Betty Crocker cakes or cupcakes because they contained butter and eggs. When I got home I decided to experiment with the Betty Crocker gluten-free brownie mix to see if I could make a good-tasting egg-free, butter-free, gluten-free brownie. The results were yummy and my gluten-eating son and husband loved them too.

Here’s what I used…

1/4 cup corn oil in place of the butter
1 cup applesauce in place of the eggs

If you visit the Betty Crocker website you will find “no butter directions” for the gluten-free mixes. If you eat eggs these recipes should work for you. For directions go to http://www.bettycrocker.com/products/gluten-free/gluten-free-no-butter.htm.

Gluten-Free, Milk-Free No-Bake Cookies
When I was a kid I loved no-bake cookies. I recently decided to adapt my mom’s recipe, substituting oil for butter and soy milk for cow’s milk. If you have kids, this is a great recipe to make with them. This recipe calls for cashew butter but you can certainly use peanut butter.

To make these cookies, you will need
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@ 1:00pm ET on November 4, 2009
Hi Tricia

Nice to have the substitutes for the no bake cookies! As someone with no allergies, lucky me, I have made 1,000 of these for various holiday events - calling them "birds nests" and putting jelly beans the colour of the holiday into the "nest". Next time will try them no dairy or egg! Thanks.

Many at the CSA conference were talking about the no bake oatmeal chocolate cookies as well... nice to have options for those with other allergies.


@ 2:04pm ET on November 4, 2009
Hi Beth,

What a clever idea to add jelly beans. Thanks for sharing!


@ 11:48pm ET on June 10, 2013
I was wondering if Canola oil would work just as well as corn oil in the cake mix.

@ 5:41pm ET on June 13, 2013
Yes, canola oil will work just fine.

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