Celiac Friendly Haystacks Cookie

By Mohammed Syed (Chef Mo) Catering and Food Services Manager, Camp Kindle

haystack cookie

Serves 24

2 cups white sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup Milk
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 1/2 cups quick cooking oats ( we used Aveena brand)
1 cup Flaked Coconut
1 pinch Salt


In a saucepan bring sugar, cocoa, milk and butter to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in oats, coconut and salt.

Drop quickly using teaspoon or small ice cream scoop on greased pan or parchment paper and let it cool.

Note: For Vegan and dairy free cookies etc , substitute ingredients accordingly.

Caramel Squares

Courtesy of the Vancouver Celiac News June 2018

These are sweet but oh so good.  The recipe can be cut in half for one 9” x 13” pan.


  • 64 Kraft Caramel candy
  • 1 cup Carnation Evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1/4 cup sweet rice flour
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts


  • Melt caramels with the evaporated milk on low heat.
  • Mix together brown rice flour, tapioca and potato starch, rice flour and xanthan gum with
    oats, soda, and salt.
  • Work butter into flour the flour mixture with pastry cutter or your hands. Work it until it
    become crumbly.
  • Take half of crumbs and press into two 9 x 13” pans making a thin base.
  • Bake for 5 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes and then pour caramel mixture over the baked base.
  • Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts over the caramel and the crumble the rest of the rest of
    crumbs over the top.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.
  • Cool, cut while still warm and then place in the fridge to harden.
  • Store in the freezer until needed (they are actually good frozen.)

Gluten-Free Cowboy Cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups Gluten Free Baking Blend
  • 2 1/2 cups Gluten Free Instant Oats
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 cups chocolate chips


  1. Cream the butter and sugars.
  2. Add the vanilla and eggs and beat again until it looks frothy.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt.
  4. Using a spatula, gently fold in the oats and chocolate chips.
  5. Using a small cookie scoop, put on ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.

Note: These cookies brown very fast. Even if they feel soft at 8 minutes they will be fully baked. You should get about 5 dozen or 60 tablespoon 2 bites sized cookies.

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

By Jessica Danford

I am all about cooking without a recipe and using what i have on hand.  Adapting to my preferred tastes and favourite flavours. This is a versatile recipe, a simple delicious base with four ingredients that can be jazzed up with whichever add-ins you like.

The first time I made this hubby found it in the fridge where I left it to set for 30 mins and ate it up thinking it was just normal chocolate pudding or mousse…  he had no idea it was dairy free and vegan. Talk about sneaking in the greens!


  • 2 avocados
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1 lemon or lime
  • 2 to 3 cups of cooked GF pasta
  • salt and pepper
  • optional: topping could be anything from baked with vegan cheese or some hot sauce, or maybe a crispy crust of gluten-free crumbs with herbs, how about for a non-vegan add some tuna and diced radish for a fresh tuna salad


1. Take all ingredients to combine in a bowl. I recommend using a hand mixer to get the smoothest consistency.

2. Add the milk as needed to thin to desired consistency.

3. Then place in the fridge for 30 mins to set and serve with your favourite toppings like shredded coconut or banana slices.

Red Velvet Cake / Cupcakes Recipe

Sue Jennett has operated a gluten-free bakery for more than ten years and has a gluten-free baking show on her local
cable station.


½ cup sorghum flour
½ cup brown rice flour
2 tbsp tapioca starch
¾ cup white sugar
1 tsp gum
1 ½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp buttermilk powder*
2 eggs
¾ cup water*
¼ cup vegetable oil
1-3 drops red colour (gel)
2 tsp cider vinegar


  1. Sift dry ingredients into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Into mixer place eggs, water, oil and vinegar, mix well.
  3. Add dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
  4. Add red colouring until the batter turns desired red colour.
  5. Bake 350º for 30-35 mins for 8” rounds, 20-22 mins for cupcakes, 10-12 for minis.
  6. Frost with cream cheese frosting.

*Option – omit buttermilk powder and use liquid buttermilk to replace water.

Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

gluten-free cookie

Courtesy Mark Johnson

gluten-free cookieIngredients:

  • ½ cup white rice flour
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • ½ cup teff flour
  • 1 ½ tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups pure, uncontaminated oats
  • ½ cup margarine, melted
  • 2 eggs (or equivalent 4 egg replacer)
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. In a bowl, whisk flours, xanthan gum, sugars, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Make sure there are no lumps.
  2. Add the oats, and combine well.
  3. Add the melted butter, and mix until combined.
  4. Add the beaten eggs and vanilla. Mix until it comes together. Add the chocolate chips and mix well.
  5. Place cookies on prepared cooking sheets by the spoonful.
  6. Preheat oven to 325F.
  7. If winter, put the sheets outside. If summer, put into freezer. Wait 15 minutes.
  8. Place into oven and bake for 15 minutes. Cookies will still be soft.
  9. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 15 minutes, then transfer carefully to a wire rack to allow to cool completely. Serve. These also freeze well.

Make Your BBQ Gluten-Free

Many events with family and friends are planned around the BBQ, and this is a source of worry from many people with celiac disease. The concern is the transfer of traces of sauces that contain gluten, or crumbs from breaded products or buns being heated on the BBQ. Since grilling season is here or almost here across Canada, I went looking in my local Canadian Tire store for ways to provide a physical barrier for your GF food on the BBQ. You can use aluminium foil, but some people have asked about reusable options.

I was surprised at the number of options I found and at the range of prices.

If you only need to deal with the problem when visiting others, consider a silicon grill mat or a lightweight grill topper. Both are generally priced between $5 and $10. They are easy to transport and clean up well.

If you miss grill lines, and if you don’t need to travel with your solution, look at a separate grill pan that can sit on top of your basic grill. These pans are made from ceramic or cast iron and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
BBQ Sauce

BBQ sauce and marinades are places where you often find gluten. The problem ingredients are likely to be Worcestershire sauce, malt vinegar, soy sauce or teriyaki sauce. A few commercial products may also contain hydrolyzed wheat or barley proteins which are also not gluten free.

Don’t try to shop for a new brand in a hurry — it can take a while to check the small print on all those jars on the shelf.

I went looking for some online recipes and found a lot of recipes that were also paleo or healthy or low carb and even vegan, but they all contained ingredients that most people don’t have on hand. Sambal olek, agave syrup or coconut aminos anyone?

This recipe is a basic sauce with the key flavours represented: salty and sweet flavors in the ketchup, more sweet from the honey and then a good tang from the mustard. You can add your favourite spices and gluten-free versions of soy sauce and Worcestershire, or you can use the basic sauce as is.

Gluten-Free Minestrone Soup


minestrone-soupSoups and chilis are great ways to add beans to your diet, especially on chilly winter days. When you have the time, cook your own beans (can be done a day or two ahead) and use in place of canned.


  • 4 cups water or broth
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped cabbage (or 1 cup diced potatoes)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ½ tsp dried parsley
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • Pinch of celery seed
  • 1 cup any shape dry rice gf pasta
  • 15 ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tbs cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Combine water, tomato sauce, carrots, cabbage, onion, celery and seasonings in a large
    soup pot.
  2. Cook until vegetables are tender (20 – 30 minutes).
  3. Cook pasta separately according to package directions. Drain and add to soup pot.
  4. Add kidney beans 10 minutes before serving.
  5. Thicken the soup by adding a roux of 2 Tbs cornstarch mixed with ¼ cup water. Bring to a boil and cook 1 minute more.

Makes about 8 cups.

Last Minute Gluten-Free Treat Ideas

As we get into the final countdown, you might find that you need a quick and simple cookie recipe for last minute guests or to make sure you have something tasty at yet another Christmas open house. Here are a few really quick recipes to consider.

  • Coconut cookies (coconut, GF oats, bananas) If you make these, be sure to use pure uncontaminated or GFCP certified oats. If you prefer not to use oats, here’s 2-ingredient option made with just coconut and bananas.
  • Flourless peanut butter cookies These taste great with chocolate chips or raisins added. I’ve also seen them baked with a Hershey’s kiss stuck on top.
  • Butter Cookies These work well with PC Gluten Free flour mix, and should work well with any all purpose GF flour mix that contains xanthan gum.
  • Colourful meringue cookies The base recipe for these cookies have only 3 ingredients. Use flavour, colouring and extras if you wish. Crushed candy canes or red and white mints make this especially festive.

If you are missing the bark recipes build on a cracker crust, here are some decadent bark options that don’t need a base crust at all.

  • Coffee, roasted almond, toasted coconut, dark chocolate bark Sounds like it could even count as breakfast.
  • Pomegranate, toasted quinoa and white chocolate bark The directions claim these will last up to 2 weeks. I don’t think they will be around that long in most homes!
  • Movie theater chocolate bark This would taste great watching your favourite Christmas movie at home
  • Kitchen sink bark This web site is one big commercial for a department store that had only a brief presence in Canada, but the idea is great. Use your own choice and brand of ingredients for this one. (If you are the kind of person who needs specific recipes, skip this one. It will drive you crazy.)
  • White chocolate, cranberry and strawberry rocky roads With three types of fruit it has to be healthy, right?
  • Whiskey, caramel, marshmallow, and bacon bark It has spiced bacon in it. Need I say more?

Don’t let the inability to eat the food the host is serving keep you from all the holiday parties you are invited to. You need a social life, just like people who don’t have celiac disease. Bring a container of goodies that you keep for yourself, and if you want, bring a separate platter to share. That way you don’t have to worry about accidental contamination.

The first time you do this, you will probably feel like everyone is watching you. In most cases, they aren’t, and even if they are, you are simply keeping yourself healthy so you can enjoy the holidays.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Square Recipe

celiac pumpkin

Courtesy CCA PEI Chapter celiac pumpkin


  • 2 eggs, beaten 2 cups pure pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar 1 cup applesauce
  • 2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger or nutmeg Chocolate or cream cheese icing


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Take out an ungreased 10- by 15-inch baking pan (or, for a fluffier version, a 9 by 13-inch pan) and set aside.
  3. Beat together the eggs, pumpkin, sugar and applesauce until well blended.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and the ginger / nutmeg. Mix until smooth, then spread the batter in your pan.
  5. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  6. Apply icing, enjoy!