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This time of year, it seems we’re all scrambling for to find the perfect gluten free Easter recipe. The traditional Easter supper (and breakfast the morning after for out-of-town guests) shouldn’t be missed and favorite family recipes shouldn’t be avoided, just because you or someone in your family is gluten free.
Bring out all the traditional recipes and use my gfJules™ Gluten Free All Purpose Flour to make them again deliciously, gluten free! Read more about how to convert wheat flour recipes in this linked article, and find some new favorite ideas and recipes below! Celebrate this joyous occasion deliciously, and without compromise!
Let’s start with dessert first, shall we?
Easter Lamb Cake is one of those recipes I had always admired, but it wasn’t a tradition in my family; it is now! How adorable is this cake? Make it vanilla or chocolate, decorate with frosting or shaved coconut the way I have here. It was the perfect centerpiece and the perfect ending to our Easter supper! (for lamb cake mold I used, click here)
Gluten free Easter Basket Cupcakes are another new dessert recipe that we’ve really had fun making in our house. Use gluten free Peeps® or Sweet & Sara® vegan “peeps”, gluten free jelly beans, gluten free twisted fruit (most licorice contains gluten), colored coconut shavings, or any other creative addition you think of to decorate these cupcakes, and they’re almost too cute to eat! Click on my recipe for how-tos and for gluten free candy recommendations.
Who could resist gluten free cake pops shaped and decorated like Easter Eggs? These are so fun to make with or for the kids, and easy to make with any flavor gluten free cake you like or happen to have on hand!
Another Easter favorite is Carrot Cake. Baked as a layer, sheet or cupcakes, the cream cheese frosting on this beauty makes it even better. Moist, full of flavor and so iconic at Easter, you’ll want to keep this recipe handy.
Easter is all about re-birth and bright, sunny, cheerful foods, so what could be better than these gorgeous gluten-free lemon bars? They’re one of the most popular recipes on my gfJules site year-round, so don’t overlook them for the sunshine they can bring to your Easter table!
My mother’s easy Coconut Pie has long been an Easter favorite, mostly because it’s hard to find an easier recipe that is more well-loved! This pie is a crowd-pleaser anytime; no one has to know it only takes 10 minutes to throw it together! I promise you that even if you’re not a baker, you can make this delicious pie! Trust me – you and your family won’t regret it!
My new gluten free Coconut Banana Cream Pie recipe has several more steps than does the easy Coconut Pie, but it’s not hard, just takes more doing. And again, this is an amazingly delicious recipe that will make even the banana doubters among you ask for a second piece (see my recipe for details on how this insanely delicious recipe changes minds!).
Gluten Free Lemon Pound Cake is another favorite in our house that makes everyone think spring!! Bake in a loaf pan …
… or in a bundt pan and it’ll be the hit of your Easter dessert table!
Gluten Free Angel Food Cake is another natural fit for Easter!
Hot Cross Buns are the traditional Easter bread favorite, and are remarkably easy to make. These beautiful buns can be glazed or left to stand on their own. A cross made in the tops with a knife before rising, or enhanced by a drizzle of glaze, reinforces the meaning of the meal.
My famous gluten free Challah recipe might seem out of place in this Easter roundup, but it actually is made as dinner rolls by many of my readers on Easter because it’s such a moist and delicious egg-bread, that it’s really hard to beat. Bake in popover trays or muffin tins or shape and bake on a parchment-lined cookie sheet to make the number of rolls you’ll need for your crowd.
Resurrection Rolls (or Empty Tombs) are another classic and very symbolic bread for Easter. These are made easily gluten free using my GF Crescent Roll Dough recipe!
Gluten free Cinnamon Swirl quick bread is an easy, sweet treat for your table. Or you could go with lemon muffins (think spring!), Strawberry-Rhubarb Muffins or scones — all easy to transport and go well with the meal at any time of day.
Casseroles like overnight French Toast Casserole and hash brown casserole are universally well-loved and easy to make gluten free.
And don’t forget gluten free muffins (lemon-berry, or Jumbo Lemon-Poppyseed, anyone?) and quick breads (my new banana-lime bread would be perfect!) are great for breakfast and for munching as snacks between meals.
The bottom line: the potential is nearly endless! And of course there’s all the Easter Candy!!!
Good gluten free candies to keep on your Easter Bunny radar are non-seasonal varieties of M&Ms®; Hershey’s® Kisses; Jelly Belly® Jelly Beans; Starburst®; Tootsie Roll® candies including pops; Necco® Candy Eggs; marshmallow Peeps®; vegan Peeps, and Kraft® Bunny Marshmallows. Always avoid Whoppers & other malted candies, and check manufacturer websites for any other products you are unsure of.
For more information on gluten free Passover and Easter products, recipes, menus and candies, listen to the free podcast of my radio show, The Gluten Free Voice. Happy Gluten Free Holidays!