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{Guest Post} Gluten-Free Baking

Several of my friends have switched to a gluten-free lifestyle and I’ve been in awe of their dedication.  It’s a lot of work to completely change your entire way of eating… especially when you’ve been doing it one way for decades.  Today’s guest post comes at a great time for my gluten-free friends… Meg from Beard and Bonnet is here with a guest post to show you how easy it is to bake gluten-free.  You don’t have to substitute taste with any of her amazing recipes either!

Thanks to Meg for taking the time to share this with my readers!  I’m looking forward to combing through her blog post and trying out some of her great gluten-free desserts!

Here are some I will definitely try…

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites (Gluten & Dairy Free Options)

PEcan Cake with Brown Sugar Topping {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree

Pecan Cake with Caramel Mousse & Brown Sugar Frosting (Gluten Free)

Make sure to click on the links at the bottom of this post to find more great recipes from Beard and Bonnet!


Hello to all of you lovely Java Cupcake readers, my name is Meg and I write a little gluten free, vegetarian blog called Beard and Bonnet. I am so happy to be able to share some of my gluten-free baking recipes with you here today. Growing up I was probably one of the luckiest kids in the whole world because my mom was a pastry chef. There was always an array of exquisite baked goods in our home and my friends were always envious of my snack cupboard. I developed a love for all kinds of delectable baked treats from my mom and worked hard as an adult to put as much passion into my baking as my mom does hers.

When my son was born with a gluten intolerance that affects his immune system 2 1/2 years ago I had to learn a whole new way of cooking and baking for my family that still tasted good and was also good for us.  My husband, Todd and I are artists and designers by trade and since we share our creative design ideas with clients every day, sharing the food that helped to heal our family was a natural transition for us. I hope that you find something here that inspires you to give gluten-free baking a try!

On a side note, I want to thank Betsy and her family for their sacrifice to our country; I cannot even imagine what you are going through and really admire your families courage!

Let’s share some tasty gluten-free baked goods shall we?

S'mores Brownies by Beard and Bonnet

S’mores Brownies by Beard and Bonnet

My s’mores brownies are a family favorite around here! Toasty marshmallows smother a rich fudgy brownie with a graham cracker crust, you can’t really go wrong with that combination.

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies by Beard and Bonnet

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies by Beard and Bonnet

My kids go NUTS for these tasty little sandwich cookies and you can’t beat only needing 5 ingredients to whip them up! Don’t have any marshmallow fluff on hand? No worries, spread a thin layer of jam in between two cookies and you have the ultimate PB&J sandwich cookie.

Gluten-Free Vanilla Cream Puffs

Gluten-Free Vanilla Cream Puffs by Beard and Bonnet

These little vanilla cream puffs are my absolute favorite treat that I have ever posted! The puff itself is light and airy and holds up well when the vanilla bean pastry cream is piped inside. I can literally sit and pop these one after another and never get tired of them.

Individual Baked Alaska’s by Beard and Bonnet

Individual Baked Alaska’s by Beard and Bonnet

I threw caution to the wind a few months ago and decided to try and glam up a box of gluten-free cake mix! I used a chocolate cake mix for the cupcakes, split and stuffed them with dairy free mint chocolate chip ice cream and covered them with meringue. A quick pass with my kitchen torch and these little babies were ready to devour, no one even knew that they were gluten and dairy free or out of a box.

Fig Chai Tea Bread by Beard and Bonnet

Fig Chai Tea Bread by Beard and Bonnet

My most recent baking adventure was a gluten free and vegan Fig Chai Tea Bread. It was soft and spongy and loaded with flavor. My husband and I had this bread for breakfast and dessert, if you are a fig lover than this recipe is for you.

Raspberry Linzer Bars by Beard and Bonnet

Raspberry Linzer Bars by Beard and Bonnet

These raspberry linzer bars never last long in my house. The best way for me to describe them is if you imagine a sophisticated pop tart with a  golden flaky crust and tart filling. Not a big raspberry fan? No biggie, any flavor of jam works well in these tasty little bars.

meg_hs_bw150Meg is the blogger, photographer, and recipe developer behind Beard & Bonnet, a gluten-free vegetarian blog that celebrates style, design, food, and family. Along with her husband, she’s also one half of the duo behind award-winning eco-design studio Union Eighteen whose recycled rugs have garnered international acclaim. Her goal is to show others that gluten-free, vegetarian living can be easy and fulfilling, not to mention delicious! You can also find Meg on Facebook, TwitterPinterest, and Instagram!