Shortbread Biscuits

Shortbread is just one of those treats that’s hard to resist. The full buttery flavour is just so delicious and feels like a real treat.

I have two great Gluten Free Shortbread recipes already on the website if you want to check it out. This is for Shortbread Chunks: https://www.cozebakes.com/2020/05/22/gluten-free-shortbread-recipe/ 

and this is for Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies: https://www.cozebakes.com/2020/07/11/edible-flower-lavender-shortbread-cookies-gluten-free/

Just use the search facility on the website here to find a few other options including a Lemon Shortbread. Everyone likes their shortbread their way and that’s absolutely perfect!

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Funfetti Banana Squares – Gluten & Dairy Free

There are times when bananas are much loved and enjoyed and then other times they are left to go brown and not as attractive looking but that’s when they become magical and the most wonderful of ingredients. The riper a banana, the sweeter it is and this helps to reduce the addition of sugar in a recipe.

This recipe has no refined sugars as it uses Organic Maple Syrup for a little sweetness. You can also use Agave Syrup or an artificial sweetener. I use a combination of Almond Flour and Oat Flour and of course Sprinkles!! Almond Flour is not the same as Ground Almonds so be aware when prepping your ingredients.

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Caramelised Onion & Mature Cheddar Gluten Free Scones

Scones are and always will be, a favourite with us all but what way do you lean when it comes to choosing a scone? For me, I almost always choose a savoury scone. I just love the combination of flavours and they work so well with soup or a salad for lunch. If I’m on the run, I feel they are a better choice when I don’t have time to sit and eat breakfast but that’s probably all in my head.

I wanted to take my hugely successful Fluffiest Gluten Free Scone recipe and adapt it to make a delicious and really tasty savoury scone and had lots of flavour combinations running through my head. Then it hit me! How I love a sandwich full of rich, mature cheddar cheese and a caramelised onion relish and this would work so well in a scone version. Even though most shop bought jars of relish are probably gluten free due to their ingredients, unfortunately it’s not really worth taking a chance so it’s safer to make your own and my recipe is very quick and simple and you’ll have some leftover to use in a toasted sandwich!

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Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies – Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo & Dairy Free

Honestly if you had asked me a few years ago to taste one of these cookies, never mind make one, I would have declined politely figuring I could always just get a “regular” chocolate chip cookie if I wanted one. Moving on a few years and with a lot more knowledge on board, I can see that these different options are much healthier than buying a processed cookie and also help to add fibre, protein and healthy fats to your diet.

They are also great for most dietary needs being gluten free, dairy free, vegan and suitable for paleo diets. There’s only a little bit of prep with toasting the coconut flakes and making the flax seed mixture (in place of eggs) beforehand but I’m talking about 10 minutes and I would recommend toasting the coconut as it lends another whole level of flavour but it’s not necessary.

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Super Gluten Free Banana, Date & Walnut Bread

I have a very nice Gluten Free Banana Bread recipe here on cozebakes which is made using only ground almonds. I wanted to make one which used Gluten Free flour and to include dates and walnuts for extra flavour and crunch.

I’ve adapted this great basic banana bread recipe and it’s worked really well. Banana Bread can sometimes can bad press but it’s a great stand by recipe and this one uses no added sugar so it’s a healthier option to bake. Using very ripe bananas adds a natural sweetness which removes the need to add processed sugar to this recipe.

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Gluten Free Biscotti Recipe

Biscotti are an Italian biscuit, traditionally almond flavoured. They are baked twice to make them dry and crunchy and we recognise them for their oblong shapes. They lend themselves really well for flavourings and I have two options in the recipe below.

They can be left plain or dip the ends into some chocolate and sprinkle with nuts or cranberries. Biscotti can be seen as a lighter biscuit choice as they use less fat and sugar than other traditional cookies and biscuits. The addition of nuts helps to up their health benefit.

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Christmas Mincemeat Recipe – Gluten Free, Vegan and Dairy Free

I’m a little obsessed with mincemeat and will happily eat it with a spoon out of a jar! It’s very simple to make your own mincemeat and you can really taste the difference. It’s nowhere as sweet as shop bought and you can really taste all the different flavour combinations plus you control everything that goes into it. There isn’t a large quantity of processed, refined sugars as you get lots of sweetness from the fruit you use.

If you don’t like dates, you can use figs, raisins, cherries or dried apricots instead.

You can use fresh or frozen cranberries.

I like to use Amaretto in my mincemeat but Kirsch works well as does any orange liquour you may have. Be mindful about adding a strong alcohol as it can smother the other flavours.

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Chocolate & Raspberry Brownies – Gluten Free Option included

Amazing, rich, gooey dark chocolate brownies with bright raspberries throughout and dotted with some white chocolate chunks.

Literally, these brownies take 10 minutes to make with no special equipment needed and no pre-prep planning. Now that’s a recipe I can get behind!

I’ve made both the regular brownies and the Gluten Free version so no one misses out! The Gluten Free information is in bold with the ingredients.

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