Best Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bars Recipe

Gluten-Free Goddess Pumpkin Bars


Frosted gluten-free pumpkin bars with a secret ingredient.

Tuning in to the particular (and fleeting) pleasures of each changing season as we ride the wheel of the year may be my favorite spiritual practice. A practice that requires one simple thing. Attention. Which turns out to be not so simple, inevitably. Because life is anything but simple, with its whitewater rush of mind numbing distractions that demand less and less of our soul and more and more of our mental focus on exterior minutia. Micro decisions. Cleaning out our email in-box. Catching up with Facebook feeds and Twitter streams and Google+. Texting about grocery lists. Scanning streaming video options- thousands of choices may glitter and ooze their high definition glow but I find I am not feeling the abundance.

I am less and less enamored with more.

I know. It's showing. My age. My childhood brain was wired for mud and bird calls, blackberry thickets and butterscotch pine. Hours spent reading in a grove of birch trees dug their neural groove. The wild luxuries of inner connection, rather than social networking. And TIME. That plastic, misunderstood, precious commodity that shape-shifts experience from an endless afternoon of liquid daylight into a heart clutching warp speed tumble of confusion. Decades become tiny sandwiches of memory you can barely taste anymore.

Weeks blink by with alarming velocity.

And here we are again.

In pumpkin season.

And so. I stop.

And notice the way the late day sun drops low and shimmers golden in the treeline. The crows are gathering earlier. Glossy black and strutting with authority. The smell of burnished leaves scuttling across a wet Portland sidewalk is the same smell I inhaled on a road trip in Vermont fifteen years ago, standing on a wooden bridge above a clear shallow creek while our sons balanced on the slick rocks below us, fishing for smooth round stones.

Do they remember this? Do they remember the same hours I do, in the sand on Skaket Beach? Do they ever have a sudden itch to feed their senses with the scents and sounds of a freshwater riverbed, a sun warmed tide pool? Do they crave a winding path through apple trees? Were their brains hardwired for this connection, too?

I ponder this as I stir a new pumpkin batter.

And breathe in the scents of ginger and cinnamon, listening to the leafy rustle of an almond flour bag as I fold up the cellophane and pinch it closed with a clothespin.


Gluten-Free Pumpkin Donuts!

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Donuts, darling


Pumpkin Crazy. I am. Because donuts. You might think I'm on a pumpkin bender, glancing through recipes here on Gluten-Free Goddess. And you'd be right. I do this. Every October. I go on one long, crazy, pumpkin love affair. I am head-over-heels nuts about it. Because pumpkin is magic. In fact, if pumpkin was in a fairy tale, it would be the Fairy Godmother- not the humble buggy. It makes gluten-free baking transform, you see, as if touched by a star-tipped sparkling wand.

That's why I knew I had to tackle pumpkin donuts. Because donuts can be tough to replicate gluten-free. But I knew pumpkin would bring me luck, and sprinkle good fortune on my baking endeavors today. So, yes. I am pumpkin crazy. Crazy in love.


And you know what?

If pumpkin be the food of love, play on.


Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake with Maple Icing

Karina's maple frosted pumpkin cake. Moist, tender, gluten-free. A family favorite, year round. At glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com






Yours truly has not had time to bake.

But if I did? I'd whip up this moist and tender beauty of a cake. One of our family's favorites- from the archives, back in our New England days. I am sharing it a tad early this year. Just because.

Today  it snowed. Our first snow of the season. After photographing the backyard oak and apple branches dusted in sugary white like some fairy confection I thought of James Taylor's line in Sweet Baby James. The Berkshires seemed dream-like on account of that frosting. And I decided to bake a cake. With cinnamon.

I tried to whistle my way back to the house, to pierce the soft silence that only snowfall can bring, but I am not gifted in whistling.

A crow swung low overhead and cawed, unimpressed with my feeble tune.


Gluten-Free Coconut Flour Apple Cake



Gluten free apple cake recipe made with coconut flour



Apple Cake with Coconut Flour

As soon as I buy apples and start daydreaming about my favorite fall confections- imagining clear, cool evenings and Eva Cassidy's haunting rendition of Autumn Leaves- September turns sultry and humid, reeling me back into the closet to peel off my boyfriend jeans and fresh new flannel shirt. Faster than Gordon Ramsay can mock sashimi Yours Truly is grabbing faded summer shorts and my favorite BOSTON t-shirt to bake barefoot.

See what I do for you?


So go ahead, babycakes.

Enjoy this new apple cake recipe. 

Share a slice or two amongst yourselves

Don't worry about me here in my hot little apartment. 

Really. Go. 

Have some cake. You'll love it.

Apple kisses,

Karina xox


Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

Gluten-Free Apple Crisp with Oats - classic, delicious from Karina


Yes, I know. I've served you apple crisp before- without oats. And it's quite lovely. It is. Especially for celiac folks shunning oats (find my oat-free apple crisp recipe here). But. Now that truly gluten-free oats are easier to come by, we at Casa Allrich have had a major hankering for the classic oats and butter and brown sugar combo.

And so- a new recipe was born.

I just ate it for breakfast.


Gluten-Free Fried Zucchini Chips + Dip


Gluten-Free Goddess Fried Zucchini Chips with Vegan Dipping Sauce


To Dip Is to Love.


The Dog Days of Summer are barking hot. Gardens are exploding. Vegetables are shiny fresh and happy. From A to Z, produce is queen. 'Tis the season of abundance. You know where I'm going with this, right? Need I say more, Dearest Reader? Do I really have to wax poetic and effusive about the humble cucurbita pepo known as zucchini? Do you crave another verbal celebration of le fabuleux courgette?

Here's my advice. Try these amazing gluten-free fried zucchini chips.

Comfort food Italian style.


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