Gluten Free Guilty Pleasures for that Occasional Indulgence

By: Leigh Buckley


For some of us it’s chocolate (ahem), for others a plate full of gooey nachos with all the fixings, or perhaps an extra large coffee -extra whip-extra syrup-extra toppings-go ahead and throw the whole bottle of syrup in there type drink?


Even the smartest of eaters usually have a few favorite guilty pleasure foods, and with a little bit of moderation, these treats can still have a place in a healthy lifestyle. Here’s a collection of a few of our favorite guilty pleasure dishes for you to indulge in!


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies


For the Brownie Layer


For the Cookie Dough Layer

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cup gluten free flour
  • 2 cups chocolate chips



Brownie Instructions

  1. Unwrap brownie bites and place in food processor.  Pulse until brownies are broken down.  Add in room temperature butter, and pulse until fully incorporated.
  2. Press brownies into a greased square 9×9” pan.  Immediately place into the freezer to firm up.
  3. Remove Nutella from jar and place in microwave safe bowl.  Microwave in 10 second increments, until Nutella is runny.
  4. Pour Nutella over brownie mixture, and place back into the freezer.

Cookie Dough Instructions

  1. Beat together room temperature butter and sugars until smooth. Mix in milk and vanilla.
  2. Slowly add in gluten free flour, ½ cup at a time and mix until there are no white streaks.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. With greased hands, press cookie dough ontop of Nutella later.  Sprinkle the top with additional chocolate chips if desired.
  5. Place the cookie dough brownies in the refrigerator, and let set for 4 hours.
  6. Cut and serve!



Macaroni and Cheese Pizza


For the Pizza Crusts

For the Macaroni

  • 12 ounces gluten free macaroni pasta
  • 1 stick butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 ¼ cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 ¼ cup jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper

Or  1 box instant gluten free Marconi & Cheese


For the top baked layer

  • ¾ cup cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup gluten free breadcrumbs


  • Parsley for garnish



  1. In a microwave save bowl, mix the 2 Tablespoons butter with garlic, and microwave until melted.
  2. Place defrosted pizza crusts on greased baking pan, and brush with melted butter.   Set aside.
  3. Bring 6 cups water to a boil, and add in macaroni noodles.  Cook for approximately 15 minutes, or until tender.  Drain and place noodles back in pan, over medium heat.
  4. Add in butter and milk.  Mix until butter is fully melted.
  5. ¼ cup at a time, slowly stir in the macaroni cheese until all is fully melted and incorporated.  The macaroni should be thick and gooey.


  • If too thin, place cornstarch in 2 tablespoons of water and whisk together.  Slowly stir in cornstarch mixture, and stir until thick.
  • If too thick, you may thin down with additional milk.
  1. Divide macaroni evenly, and spoon on top of both pizza crusts.
  2. Place in the 350 degree oven, and bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Place the additional cheddar, parmesan, and breadcrumbs on top of pizza, and broil for 3-5 minutes.  Check consintley to avoid burning.
  4. Sprinkle with parsley, slice, and serve.


Snickerdoodle Apple Crisp




  1. Peel and core all apples, and slice thinly.
  2. In a large bowl, toss apples with sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon.  Place in a large baking dish and set aside.
  3. Crush Snickerdoodle Cookies, either using a mixer or with your hands.
  4. Mix in room temperature butter until Snickerdoodles and butter form a thick dough.
  5. Crumble evenly on top of apples.
  6. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 50-60 minutes, until apple mixture bubbles and the Snickerdoodle crust has browned.
  7. Let cool before serving.


What is you guilty pleasure treat?

One response to “Gluten Free Guilty Pleasures for that Occasional Indulgence”

  1. anna says:

    Is there a free from (cane sugar, and dairy) version available of these?
    Thanks for considering a healthier option.

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