The Best Gluten-Free Food

Giving up gluten doesn't mean giving up your favorite foods; you can enjoy gluten-free versions of classic comfort foods like cake, pizza and fried chicken.

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Gluten-Free Fried Chicken

Dipping the chicken in buttermilk before coating it in a seasoned, gluten-free flour mix ensures that it's moist and super juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

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Gluten-Free White Cake

Slather your favorite jam between the two layers of this moist, tender cake before frosting it all with vanilla buttercream frosting.

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A Bowl of Gluten-Free Oatmeal

Oats themselves are naturally gluten-free. However, since they are usually grown side by side with wheat, transported in the same truck as wheat and manufactured on the same production lines as wheat, oats are often cross-contaminated and thus not gluten-free. The good news is that companies like Bob's Red Mill now sell certified gluten-free oats.

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Gluten-Free Yellow Cupcakes

This recipe makes two dozen kid-approved, gluten-free cupcakes, but it also makes a lovely two-layer cake.

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The Chewy Gluten-Free

Alton's recipe calls for brown rice flour, cornstarch and tapioca flour in place of the conventional all-purpose variety, as well as delicious semisweet chocolate chips.

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Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese with Kale

A creamy mix of cheddar and goat cheese –– along with a healthy helping of kale –– makes up the delectable topping for this gluten-free macaroni.

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Zucchini Pappardelle with Pesto and Eggplant alla Norma

In place of traditional noodles, Rachael Ray makes "pappardelle" out of ribbons of zucchini and serves them with a classic Italian sauce of eggplant, tomato and ricotta.

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Gluten-Free Sweet 'n' Spicy Shrimp Lettuce Tacos

Rachael uses lettuce cups instead of classic taco shells to hold a sweet and hot filling of shrimp that's been sauteed with garlic, ginger and Sriracha.

Get the Recipe: Sweet n' Spicy Shrimp Lettuce Tacos

Poblano Posole

Tomatillos, corn and charred poblano peppers give this Mexican-style soup its enticing flavor and texture. Top the dish with radishes, avocado and scallions.

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Gluten-Free Honey, Nuts-n-Oats Pancakes

Almond flour, almond extract and sliced almonds give these pancakes their nutty flavor.

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Gluten-Free Pizza Crust

Those who give up gluten often pine for pizza. There's no need to dream of the gluten-filled days of the past: This is completely gluten-free pizza.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Frangipane Tart

Ground almonds and cocoa powder are the key ingredients in the tart shell, while melted bittersweet chocolate flavors the filling. The finishing touch: dried figs, arranged in a circle.

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Gluten-Free Cornbread

This crowd-pleasing favorite can be made using a gluten-free flour blend combined with yellow cornmeal.

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Gluten-Free New York Cheesecake Cupcakes

A combination of gluten-free cookie crumbs and baking mix is the star of these cheesecake-style cupcakes, which are topped with vanilla-cream cheese frosting and some raspberry coulis.

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Gluten-Free Cinnamon-Sugar Tea Cake

Garbanzo bean flour is the flour of choice for this cinnamon-sugar quick bread, which also includes coconut oil and applesauce.

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Gluten-Free Oatmeal Pistachio Cookies

This is a soft cookie with a crisp edge, filled with the bright taste of pistachios and a little unexpected tartness from dried cherries. These cookies are best the day they are baked. Luckily, you can store the dough in the refrigerator and bake a batch whenever you need some of this warmth.

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Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread

What to do with all that summer zucchini? Make some of this gluten-free zucchini bread, of course. It's spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom –– slightly sweet and super moist.

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Gluten-Free Cookies-n-Cream Waffles

These Belgian waffles, made with a homemade gluten-free flour blend, are studded with chocolate chips and (gluten-free) cookie crumbs, then topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.

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Spicy Baked Chickpeas

For an easy party snack, bake chickpeas (which are naturally gluten-free) in a mix of smoky spices until golden and crisp. Serve with your favorite gluten-free beer. 

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Pork and Noodle Stir-Fry

For a wheat-free pasta fix, use rice-based noodles to make a pork and vegetable stir-fry. The recipe calls for plenty of flavor-packed ingredients, including ginger, scallions, garlic and lime.

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Chicken with Warm Potato Salad

Plenty of ingredients are naturally gluten-free. This easy dinner — simply cooked chicken breasts served with an arugula, potato and green bean salad — stars just a few of them.

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread

Fall-favorite pumpkin gives this delicious gluten-free loaf its great hue and flavor.

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Spaghetti Squash with Feta

It's a vegetable — and a pasta! Strands of spaghetti squash make a noodle-like base for a simple sauce and some crumbled feta.

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Lamb Shepherd's Pie

With its mashed potato topping, shepherd's pie is easily made gluten-free. The hearty filling includes ground lamb, mushroom, carrot and red wine. 

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

These muffins are meant to taste like the pumpkin pie your grandmother made: sweet but not too much so, and warm with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. They come together so easily, and bake up into such a tender-textured muffin, that you might find yourself baking them all fall.

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Gluten-Free Buttermilk Biscuits

Do you want flaky biscuits with a light-as-air rise made of flour and butter? You don't need gluten for that. The only essentials are cold flour and butter, quick hands, a skillet, some time in the freezer and a hot oven. Plus, lots of practice. Even if they are a little lumpy and misshapen the first time, everyone will love them with gravy or jam.

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Gluten-Free Apple Pie

There's no better place to start making gluten-free baked goods than with apple pie. Warm with fall spices and tender as the apples tucked inside, this pie is America's favorite for a reason. It's a happy pie for everyone.

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Gluten-Free Sausage-Kale Strata

Gluten-free bread goes stale faster than wheat bread, so a flavorful strata is a great way to use it up and prevent food waste. Use all the last pieces of sandwich bread and handfuls of kale, sausage and cheese (or whatever you want to use up from your fridge) to set up a strata the night before.

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Gluten-Free Banana-Walnut Pancakes

These pancakes make the perfect Sunday morning breakfast. Even your pickiest gluten-eating friends are sure to ask for seconds.

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Gluten-Free English Muffins

Sure, gluten-free foods are so widespread now that you can find gluten-free English muffins in the freezer section of most grocery stores. However, making them yourself gives you soft English muffins with a crisp crunch at the edges that's so much better than anything you can buy in a store. There's also something wonderfully fun about making your own¿letting the dough rise and proof, griddling them and then baking them off. And breakfast sandwiches with homemade English muffins are always extra-special. 

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Almond Flour Pancakes

These super fluffy pancakes are a great gluten-free alternative to the usual pancakes made with wheat-based flours. Using almond flour also makes the pancakes super tender and a little harder to flip. Just be patient and wait until they are cooked as instructed on the first side before turning them over.

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Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

These soft, chewy cookies are studded with little morsels of chocolatey heaven. They are also completely gluten-free and grain-free thanks to the almond flour.

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