3 Gluten-Free Recipes for Coeliac Disease

Coeliac disease is an auto-immune disease that hinders the small intestine from absorbing nutrients. Individuals suffering from coeliac disease must follow a gluten-free diet. Gluten is a protein found in many grains including wheat, rye, and barley. It is not difficult to find easy and delicious coeliac recipes.

A diagnosis of coeliac disease does not have to mean the end of delicious foods. Sufferers are not limited to bland diets. As a matter of fact, a coeliac diagnosis can start patients on the road to a healthy and exciting new diet.

Baking tends to be the most difficult area for those searching for coeliac recipes. Gluten is the ingredient that gives cakes their spring and provides bread with its elasticity. Baked goods, therefore, will not have the exact characteristics as goods baked with standard baking flours. With a little practice, cooks can quickly learn to bake delicious breads and cakes using gluten-free flours.

Here are some coeliac recipes that are both delicious and easy to prepare.
  • GLUTEN-FREE COCONUT AND GINGER SLICE

Do not let the cup of sugar worry you. Since this recipe yields 24 bars, each bar contains just a little more than one teaspoon of sugar. That is hardly worth mentioning.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup dehydrated or powdered coconut
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 7 ounces dark chocolate
  • 3 ounces slivered almonds
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 ounces of ginger in syrup (including syrup)
Directions:
 
Line an 11 x 27 oven-proof dish with aluminum foil. Either melt the chocolate gently on stovetop or microwave on high for two minutes. Stir out any remaining lumps.Spread the chocolate over the foil, going up the sides of the tin an inch or so. This will prevent the mixture from sticking to the foil. Chill the chocolate coated pan in refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.Combine beaten eggs with remaining ingredients. Additional shredded coconut may be added if lots of ginger syrup is used. Most people find that the recipe tastes even better when made with extra syrup. Spread the mixture over the chocolate. Bake on middle rack of oven for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven. Leave pan in oven an additional 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. When cool, cut into small pieces.Here’s another delicious coeliac recipe. This dessert is simple to make and is sure to be a hit.
  • GLUTEN-FREE APRICOT FUDGE

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces butter
  • 6 ounces brown sugar
  • 2 cups dried apricots, chopped
  • 13 ounces condensed skim milk
  • 2 packets gluten-free rice cakes, crushed

Directions:

Slowly heat the sugar, butter, and condensed milk until mixture is smooth and well blended. Add the dried apricots and crushed cakes. Mix well and spread in a sponge roll tin. Refrigerate.For a main dish, try this gluten-free chicken casserole. This recipe is delicious when re-heated and freezes well. This dish goes well with rice and green vegetables.
  • CHICKEN CASSEROLE
Ingredients:
  • 3 pounds of chicken pieces (for best results, leave the skin on)
  • 4 teaspoons oil
  • 2 large onions OR dried onion
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic OR garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind 2 cups gluten-free ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons oil, extra
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free dry mustard
  • 4 teaspoons gluten-free vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free soy sauce (from health food store)
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
Directions: 
In a frying pan, brown chicken in hot oil. Remove from pan and drain. Pour oil from pan and add remaining ingredients. Stir until pan drippings are dissolved. Add chicken. Cook on low heat until tender.