January 13th is National Gluten-Free day! Have fun celebrating with some homemade treats. Easy gluten-free baking is a cinch; Martindale’s offers a large selection of gluten-free flours and mixes. Take a look at some of the ideas below to get inspired! Chocolatey goodness is just around the corner.
Easy Gluten-Free Baking Ideas
Brownies with Cocoa-Hazelnut Swirl
Yum – this one is for all the chocolate lovers out there. These decadent squares of fudgy, nutty goodness are the stuff of dreams – but believe it or not, you can make them in about 15 minutes of prep time.
First, start with one of our many gluten-free brownie mixes. You can’t go wrong with your choice; we have brownie mixes available from Bob’s Red Mill, Lakanto, King Arthur, and many more.
Next, grab a jar of Rigoni di Asiago hazelnut spread. You can find it right there in the baking aisle. This creamy mixture of organic cocoa and hazelnuts is gluten-free and made without palm oil.
Follow the recipe on the back of the brownie mix package, but mix in half the jar of hazelnut spread. Set the second half aside for now.
Once your batter is in the pan and ready to bake, simply drizzle it with the remaining spread and gently swirl it into the batter with a knife. If you like, you can add a little sea salt for an extra flavor twist.
Bake your brownies for the required time, let cool, and enjoy! The hazelnut spread in the batter will add a rich, choco-hazelnut flavor. The drizzle on top will come out as a crispy layer of added deliciousness.
Chocolatey Pumpkin Muffins or Bread
Hearty pumpkin muffins or breads are an excellent way to get your chocolate fix without going overboard.
Martindale’s makes gluten-free Baking easy with a variety of excellent mixes. Select your favorite from brands such as Breads from Anna or Simple Mills.
Again, we’re going to follow the recipe on the package, but add a special twist.
Semi-sweet chocolate will offer the perfect counterpoint to the richness of the pumpkin. Look in the baking aisle for an incredible selection of dark baking chocolates from trusted suppliers like Lily’s, Endangered Species, or Artisan Kettle. You can use a bar or chips – it’s up to you!
If you like something little sweeter, you can use eating chocolate. We carry a massive collection of fair trade, organic, and minimally-processed eating chocolates in a rainbow of flavors. Pick one that will complement the lovely pumpkin flavor of your bread.
Looking for a more bitter chocolate taste? You can’t go wrong with adding cacao nibs. Cacao nibs are made from the cacao bean itself, and they pack a big flavor punch. Additionally, they contain important antioxidants and lots of fiber. Substituting cacao nibs for chocolate is a healthier, less sweet twist on these delicious muffins.
Lastly, you might want a crunch in your pumpkin bread. If nuts are a part of your diet, make use of walnuts or pecans for some added texture. If not, an equally delicious effect can be achieved with pumpkin seeds. Both are available in our bulk aisle!
Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake
The granddaddy of all chocolate desserts. A moist, light chocolate cake is a slice of heaven. Gluten-free baking has never been easier. You can use your favorite gluten flour recipe – a few substitutions and you’re ready to go.
We offer a massive selection of alternative flours in our baking aisle. Everything from amaranth to cassava flour can be found on our shelves. Your flour choice will affect the density and texture of your cake – experiment to find out which you like best!
A really good chocolate cake is defined by its simplicity. That means your ingredients need to shine.
Use the fresh, creamy grass-fed milk and farm-fresh eggs. Get a rich and natural flavor with organic cocoa powder. You can use plant oils, such as coconut or grapeseed, in place of butter or vegetable oil.
Want to use a non-dairy milk in your cake? No problem. Oat, coconut, almond, and more are available for you to try. Not eating eggs? We offer a number of egg alternatives for baking. Don’t like chocolate? Sorry, we can’t help you there.
Just by swapping a few ingredients around, you can change everything about your cake. Mix and match to find the recipe that’s perfect for you!
It’s never been easier to bake chocolate-y without gluten. Warm-up on a cold winter night with one of these easy gluten-free bakes!