Gluten- and Grain-Free Cooking

Gluten-free, Corn-free, Rice-free, Bean Free, and Soy-free Baking Recipes

We get frequent requests for gluten-free recipes that are also free of corn, soy, beans and even rice. Baking gluten-free without rice flour can be challenging, but we've got some great recipes that prove that gluten-free/grain-free baking is possible, and the results can be delicious.

Some of the recipes call for buckwheat flour. Buckwheat is technically not a grain, but rather it is from a plant related to the rhubarb family. And some recipes call for tapioca starch and potato starch. This...MORE means that not all of the following recipes are low in starchy carbohydrates, but they are free of common allergens like corn and soy.

  • 01 of 09
    Muffin
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    This gluten-free muffin recipe is unusual in that it's made without rice flour, corn flour, sorghum flour, bean flour or soy flour. And there's no tapioca starch, potato starch, cornstarch, xanthan gum or guar gum in these delicious muffins either!

    Freshly ground flax meal and almond meal are the key ingredients in this moist breakfast muffin.

  • 02 of 09
    Gluten-Free / Grain Free Savory Parmesan Crackers
    Gluten-Free / Grain Free Savory Parmesan Crackers. © 2010 Teri Lee Gruss, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This healthy recipe contains zero flour or gum - it's made with simple ingredients - almond meal, healthy ground flax meal and Parmesan cheese. Egg white holds the mixture together, and it's very easy to roll out between two sheets of parchment paper.

    Gluten-Free / Grain-Free Flax Parmesan Cracker Recipe

  • 03 of 09
    Gluten-Free Buckwheat Mini Loaf Bread Recipe Image Teri Gruss
    Gluten-Free Buckwheat Mini Loaf Bread. © 2012 Teri Lee Gruss

    The flour blend used to make buckwheat mini-loaves is a combination of buckwheat flour and potato and tapioca starches. Buckwheat is the seed of a plant called "fagopyrum esculentum." It's related to rhubarb, not wheat, rye or barley and despite the confusing name, buckwheat is gluten-free.

    Even though this recipe is made with potato and tapioca starch, both are considered grain-free as well as gluten-free. This bread recipe is a good option for people with multiple food...MORE sensitivities. It is rice-free, soy-free, corn-free (be sure to use a corn-free xanthan gum, like Authentic Foods Xanthan Gum,) bean-free, nut-free and dairy-free.

  • 04 of 09
    Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Image Teri Gruss
    Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookie Recipe. 2012 © Teri Lee Gruss

    This is a great gluten-free cookie recipe. Light buckwheat flour is the only starch in this classic recipe. It doesn't call for any gum, and as a bonus, you can use mint chocolate chips and peppermint extract to easily turn a classic chocolate chip recipe into a refreshing gluten-free chocolate mint chip cookie.

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  • 05 of 09
    Gluten-Free Cheese Roll Recipe Image Teri Gruss
    Gluten-Free Cheese Rolls. 2012 © Teri Lee Gruss

    Gluten-free cheese rolls are based on a classic recipe popular in South America. Use a food processor to mix this extremely easy recipe.

  • 06 of 09
    Gluten Free Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze Recipe Image Teri Gruss
    Gluten Free Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze. 2012 © Teri Lee Gruss

    Our flourless gluten-free chocolate cake with chocolate cake is so easy to make and requires zero gluten-free flours, starches or gums. This is one of our most popular gluten-free cake recipes and a great one for special occasions!

  • 07 of 09
    Gluten-Free Amaretti Cookie Recipe Image Teri Gruss
    Gluten-Free Amaretti Cookies. 2012 © Teri Lee Gruss

    Gluten-free almond paste and egg whites are the keys to these classic, crisp gluten-free amaretti cookies.

  • 08 of 09
    Teri's Gluten Free / Grain-Free Devil's Food Micro Muffin Image Teri Gruss
    Teri's Gluten Free / Grain-Free Devil's Food Micro Muffin. Image © 2012 Teri Lee Gruss

    What I love about the ground flax, microwave muffin recipe is how healthy the ingredients are (gluten, dairy, and grain free!) and how incredibly easy these "miracle" muffins are to make. This muffin is large, light and moist.

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  • 09 of 09
    How to Make Homemade Gluten-Free Almond Meal Image Teri Gruss
    Homemade Almond Meal for Gluten-Free Recipes. 2012 (c) Teri Lee Gruss

    It takes just about 5 minutes to make a fresh almond meal and at a fraction of the cost of ready-made products. Be sure to refrigerate (or wrap, label and freeze) any unused almond meal because it can become rancid after being ground and exposed to oxygen and light.