Bumping up for new allergen information in recipe below
I stumbled across 4 Ingredients Gluten-Free: More Than 400 New and Exciting Recipes All Made with 4 or Fewer Ingredients and All Gluten-Free! at my local library last week, so just had to bring it home. Many gluten free recipes seem very daunting to me due to their lengthy lists of ingredients, making the idea of 4 ingredient recipes immediately intriguing. So, I thought I’d tell you guys about it too, since some of you have mentioned that you’re newer to eating gluten free or have a hard time finding easy recipes.
- This is not necessarily the cookbook for you if you are also dairy free — Mr. 9 couldn’t enjoy a good chunk of the recipes in here, many of which rely heavily on cheese, sour cream, or other dairy ingredients.
- A few of the recipes rely on “self rising gluten free flour,” which, as some of the Amazon reviewers note, isn’t necessarily easily available. The authors are Australian, so may have a different variety of products available to them.
That aside, though, these recipes are super easy, and many are also easily adaptable if you want to go crazy, riff off the four-ingredient thing, and branch into five — or even six! This is a great beginning cookbook, especially for those new to gluten free cooking or who find the whole idea intimidating. All recipes require four ingredients or fewer, and are very, very simple to make.
Here’s what we made
Mr. 9 was immediately intrigued by the recipe for gluten free chocolate marshmallow truffles, and since we had all THREE of the ingredients on hand, we went for it. The recipe is modified just slightly from the book: We used ALDI marshmallows, we used honey roasted rather than regular almonds, and we changed the original recipe amounts because we had already used part of the bags.
So here’s our recipe, complete with the brands we used.
Chocolate Marshmallow Truffles — Dairy free, gluten free
10 oz bag of Enjoy Life dairy free mini chocolate chips.
Most of a bag of gluten free ALDI Baker’s Corner marshmallows
approx. 2 oz honey roasted Almond Accents, chopped. Note — I just read the Almond Accents and they say they contain milk. Don’t see any dairy ingredients, although they do have “natural flavoring.” Depending on the level of allergies in your house, don’t use this variety if you can’t have dairy.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Chop almonds. Melt chocolate chips in microwave, stirring every 15 seconds until completely melted. Dip each marshmallow into chocolate until evenly coated, place on baking sheet. Sprinkle with almonds. Refrigerate until set. Boom, dessert — and they’re pretty! It looks like we actually cooked something, lol. If you’re not dairy free, regular semi-sweet chocolate chips would also be great.
The Sheriff gave these his seal of approval, so you know they’re good.
Mr. 9 is busily thinking of other things you could use besides almonds: Coconut flakes, chopped peanuts, sprinkles, and more. I kind of think the almonds add a little something, but why not experiment. Plus, if you’re also nut free, you could certainly substitute something else.
Update — I thought ALDI marshmallows weren’t certified gluten free, but Gretchen points out: “I buy marshmallows at Aldi too. The brand at my Aldi is Bakers Corner and mine are labeled Gluten Free. On the back of the bag to the right of the Nutrition Facts table is a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee square and just below it is a circle with 3 shafts of wheat and a rectangle with Gluten Free printed in it. My children are on GFCF diets so I look for this Gluten Free mark when I shop at Aldi. They carry lots of products with this GF mark always near the ingredients/nutritional info.”
I stopped by ALDI on 7/22 and took the above photo — they sure are!
What else do they have besides desserts?
4 Ingredients Gluten-Free contains recipes of all sorts, from dips, to main dishes, to sides, to desserts. They also include a great list of gluten free lunchbox ideas, a few recipes for babies and toddlers, and at the end a completely random list of household tips.
I’d recommend the book to anyone who is looking for simple gluten free recipes, especially those who are new to eating gluten free or to cooking gluten free for a family member, and aren’t sure where to start. The recipes here can also be useful in sparking ideas for what else you could create. If you’re an experienced gluten free cook, however, this will probably be too simple.