Gluten-Free Pumpkin Recipe Roundup

pumpkin quinoa pudding
It’s that time of the year … pumpkin everything. It’s beginning to finally feel like fall (takes a while in Texas) – football season is in full swing, the Austin City Limits Music Festival is going on, and you begin to see pumpkin recipes everywhere. I love this time of year!

Where have I been? Well, I’m a newlywed. Yep! Chris and I finally got hitched September 14th in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It was such a wonderful time, and we enjoyed spending our honeymoon in Grand Cayman. I’ll upload some pictures when I have them so you can catch a glimpse of our special day.

In the spirit of this wonderful time of year, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite pumpkin recipes that you can add to your fall menu lineup. Satisfy your craving for pumpkin with the following recipes!

11 Gluten-Free Pumpkin Recipes

  1. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Donuts from Gluten-Free Goddess
  2. Apple-Pumpkin Butter from yours truly
  3. Gluten-Free Pumpkin French Toast from With Style and Grace
  4. Grain-Free Marbled Pumpkin Chocolate Bars from Daily Bites
  5. Sesame Roasted Pumpkin Seeds from The Healthy Apple
  6. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Oat Pancakes from Cookie + Kate
  7. Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake from Jules Gluten-Free
  8. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Quinoa Pudding from yours truly
  9. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing from Gluten-Free Goddess
  10. Grain-Free Pumpkin Bread from Against All Grain
  11. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Polenta with Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa from Gluten-Free Goddess


For those heading to Austin City Limits Music Festival this weekend, make sure and check out the marked gluten-free foods they have on their website.

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Locate Special Diet Mobile App Update includes Paleo and Vegan Friendly Restaurants (iPhone, Android)

The newest Locate Special Diet app update includes the addition of Paleo and Vegan-Friendly businesses, as well as a mobile Dining Out Advice Guide!

The newest Locate Special Diet app update includes the addition of Paleo and Vegan-Friendly businesses, as well as a mobile Dining Out Advice Guide!

It’s a big day here at the Locate Special Diet headquarters.

We released a new version of my mobile app – called Locate Special Diet today. This version includes the addition of two new diet preferences – PALEO and VEGAN! As well as the addition of a mobile Dining Out Advice Guide – which includes ordering-out Tip Sheets for Paleo, Vegan and Gluten-Free!

Locate Special Diet Mobile App Upgrade Includes Paleo-Friendly Restaurants and Vegan Friendly Restaurants in the U.S.

If you’re interested in reading about our Locate Special Diet update, please follow the links below or go ahead and grab the new update NOW –> iPHONE ~ ANDROID.

  • Read our Locate Special Diet Newsletter Announcement – HERE.
  • Visit the Locate Special Diet website – HERE.
  • Interested in learning more about Locate Special Diet features? Visit our About Page! 
Filter by any combination of Diet Preferences to meet the needs of your lifestyle or a group of people!

Filter by any combination of Diet Preferences to meet the needs of your lifestyle or a group of people!

Sharing about Locate Special Diet

Do you know someone who follows one or more of these diet preferences? Share the Locate Special Diet app with them! We appreciate your support as we grow our database to help more people like yourselves!


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Easy Baked BBQ Chicken (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Baked BBQ Chicken - Gluten-Free

Chris and I normally crave barbecue at least once a week. We normally just go out to a local barbecue joint for dinner, but now that we have the new oven (YAY); I can make my favorite baked BBQ chicken at home (no grill required).

This recipe is super simple to make. You’ll notice that the first 5 ingredients (plus olive oil), are more of a basic chicken seasoning recipe. Feel free to use that base, and switch out the sauce for something else (ex: Italian Dressing). Voila – you’ll have a whole new meal.

See the okra in the picture? Recipe coming soon, and it’s completely non-slimy … YES.

Easy Baked BBQ Chicken

Serves 2-3


  • 1 lb. chicken breasts (2 breasts)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, each side
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, each side
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Pickapeppa sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • BBQ sauce (I used Russ and Franks)
  • Extra virgin olive oil


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the chicken breasts in a small casserole or baking dish. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the chicken. Sprinkle onion powder and garlic powder, from the bottle, on both sides of the chicken. Pour Pickapeppa, Worcestershire over chicken. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil on the chicken. Mix chicken and ingredients with hands to evenly coat the chicken with sauces. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. When there is 10 minutes of cook-time left, pour BBQ sauce over chicken.


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Morning Smoothie

Morning Smoothie

Morning Smoothie – filled with nutritious ingredients. Taken on Instagram.

I have been needing a mix-up of my morning breakfast routine. Eggs, toast and fruit or gluten-free oatmeal, can get old after a while. A smoothie is my answer, as of lately. It’s healthy, fast, fresh and fills you up!

We have been so busy lately! In between events (Whew! SXSW wore me out!), work and wedding planning; I feel like I haven’t been able to take a breather and relax 100%. Speaking of wedding planning, things are moving along nicely. I actually went wedding dress shopping recently and found “the ONE” in Austin at a cute local boutique. It feels real that it’s getting close and I’m thrilled.

Locate Special Diet will be making an appearance at a couple events around Texas soon. Make sure and check out the Texas VegFest coming up April 6, as well as the Dallas Mavericks Celiac Awareness Event brought to you by the good folks over at Gluten-Free Calendar. I’ll be heading north to Dallas, April 12th to attend the event. I hope to see you there!

Also, I’d like to give a shout-out to the hilarious - April Peveteaux - who recently had a book signing for her new book coming out titled ~ Gluten is my Bitch (available for pre-order on Amazon). Thanks for mentioning our mobile app, Locate Special Diet, on your SXSW panel April!

Blueberry-Banana Morning Smoothie

Serves 1


  • 2 cups almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons cashew butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 2/3 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 packet stevia (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend to combine. Serve chilled.


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Gluten-Free Event in Austin, Texas (January 12, 2013)

Attention fellow Austinites!

Stop by this gluten-free fair tomorrow (Saturday, January 12) at Whole Foods Gateway from 12 p.m.-3 p.m.

The event is called Bootin’ the Gluten and the details are below. Locate Special Diet will be there and many other local vendors. Make sure and ask the concierge for their gluten-free grocery list; which is updated frequently and different for each Whole Foods location. They make shopping gluten-free easy!

The Bootin’ the Gluten Fair on Saturday will feature live music, product samples, store tours and more.

FREE goodie bags will be given to the first 100 customers!

From noon – 3pm, shoppers will enjoy Store-Wide Product Sampling of gluten free products in every department, and will be able to meet the vendors of their favorite gluten-free products, while enjoying live music on the patio by Vanessa Lively.

Other events include:
Noon – Bootin’ the Gluten Store Tour, Learn about products in every department, space is limited, call 512-345-5003 to RSVP

Noon-2 pm – Kids Club games & activities on the patio

2pm – Bootin’ the Gluten Gift Basket Drawing!

Disclaimer: Thanks for the <free> goodie bag, Whole Foods! They are a great organization, and I always support places or products that make it easier to live the gluten-free lifestyle. Make sure and stop by the event if you are in Austin!

Things I’m Loving, 1st Edition

iPhone picture of the Grand Tetons (Jackson Hole, Wyoming): January 2013 

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! I had a wonderful time with my family and fiancé in Jackson, Wyoming. We visited for yet another white Christmas and it was beautiful. Filled with laughter, snowboarding, eating, drinking and more. I can’t wait to go back (for our wedding)!

If you have never been to Jackson, you must visit! It’s extremely gluten-free friendly, and has a wonderful foodie scene. If you visit, download my free mobile app and find GF options near you. Filter by type of food, view menus, tips and more. Search LOCATE SPECIAL DIET in the iTunes and Android marketplace. If you aren’t visiting Jackson anytime soon, no worries, Locate Special Diet is also in 45 other U.S. cities and expanding very soon.

Instagram photo of my gluten-free and dairy-free waffles at Lotus Cafe in Jackson, WY. Almond milk latte on the side, of course.

Back to my vacation…

It was lovely. I snowboarded everyday (my favorite sport), and was able to purchase my first board, boot and bindings (Hello, Burton FeelGood Flying V)!

So many great powder days! 

I came up with the idea to do a series called “Things I’m Loving” while flying home to Austin. Everyday, I come across so many interesting articles, blog posts, recipes, photographs, products, etc, that I thought would be great to share on here. Most of the time I’ll share these finds on Facebook and Twitter but thought you all might enjoy seeing these on occasion as well.

If you have come across a new “gluten-free find”, share it in the comment section. ATX Gluten-Free has grown to be a wonderful community and I’m thankful for that. Being gluten-free can suck sometimes, let’s be honest. I’m also dairy-free now which can also be a pain in the a**. We’re here to help, and your input is always welcome. Leave some comments below and share your favorites with other readers!

Things I’m Loving …

Gluten-Free Spicy Corn Muffins … because I LOVE everything spicy.

Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders by Applegate Farms … Great for when you need something fast!

Oatmeal with Torched Bananas … YES.

A mobile app that helps you find gluten-free options … of course I had to add my app! ;)

Paleo and Primal eBook bundle sale – 33 eBooks for only $39 … That’s an awesome deal.

Camille Styles … I just love her blog!

Bacon-wrapped dates … you had me at bacon.

A new social network for people with health conditions …  Request an invite!

Monogrammed items from Ann Page … an expanding Houston company with cool things!

Jawbone UP … super cool technology that lets you track your sleep patterns, fitness, diet and more.

Rudi’s gluten-free tortillas … they recently launched a new and improved product line.

Taste Guru … a gluten-free goodie box delivered right to your door.

Thundercloud Subs gluten-free hoagies … (Austinites: South Lamar and  Lake Austin only!)

Cheers to a wonderful 2013!

LUNA HQ Trip & a Giveaway!

I’m giving away a box of LUNA Protein Mint Chocolate Chip + LUNA Protein Cookie Dough to one lucky reader!

But first, I want to share about my lovely trip to the LUNA Bar and Clif Bar HQ this past summer…

Back in June, I had the privilege to fly to one of my favorite cities in the world (San Francisco) and visit the LUNA Bar headquarters. I tell you what … LUNA is a wonderful company. I love their products, people and company culture. They are awesome! View my trip through my Instagram pictures below.

Waiting at the airport for my flight. Wearing Converse shoes, as always :)

Welcome to Clif Bar and LUNA headquarters in Berkeley, California

Lunch was catered by their company kitchen. It was awesome, and of course gluten-free and dairy-free.

A look inside their gym, they have a rock climbing wall. How awesome is that?

Grab a snack, anytime.

I’m always down for a good cup of coffee.

LUNA and Clif HQ. Check out the bikes!

Road trip to St. Helena, California to visit the Clif Family Winery. I bet you didn’t know they make wine, did you? Great wine too!

Tomatoes in the vegetable garden

Lunch at Clif Family Winery, catered by La Condesa Napa Valley!

A little bit of Austin in Napa Valley … La Condesa

Learning about Clif Family Winery and Gary’s Improv wine from Clif winemaker Bruce Regalia

Beautiful setting

Wine tasting time

 They also make nut mixes and olive oil!

Beautiful art

Having an absolute blast!


Clif Family Winery

 Last day LUNA yoga class … refreshing!

 Overall, my experience visiting the LUNA headquarters was wonderful. I learned many exciting things about their company and can’t wait to follow along their journey as they continue to grow. If you haven’t had a chance to try the Clif Family Winery wines, nut mixes or olive oil, do yourself a favor and buy them! Great products, from great people.

Since my background is in nutrition, I found their in-house (Tara DelloIacono Thies) dietitian’s stance on the Power of Positive Snacking very interesting. Check out the LUNA website to learn more. Also, make sure and check out some other things that make LUNA special – like Team Luna Chix, their causes they support, and LUNAfest short films.


All of the LUNA protein flavors are gluten-free and I’m giving away 1 box of LUNA Protein Cookie Dough and LUNA Protein Mint Chocolate Chip to one lucky reader! These happen to be two of my favorite flavors and I always have one in my purse.

To enter the giveaway:

*Leave a comment in the comment section and tell us: What is your favorite LUNA Bar flavor?

Giveaway ends Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 5 p.m. CST. (Giveaway now closed). Winner will be chosen using The winner will be contacted via email so make sure and leave your email address in the comment section as well.

Good luck and Cheers!

Disclaimer: LUNA Bar provided me with a complimentary trip to California to visit their headquarters. This giveaway is sponsored by LUNA. This does not sway my opinion in any way, as I love their company and their products.

Three-Bean Beer Chili (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian)

I love chili. I make it all the time, no matter what the temperature is outside. I make a variety of different kinds, but this is one of my favorites because it is simple to make, and it is vegetarian. It’s always a crowd pleaser. I can’t believe I finally remembered to write this recipe down! I think it has been on my list of things to do for a year now… oops. [Read more...]

Austinites: Come hang with us at the FLOSS Dental Party!

Austinites! Come out to FLOSS Dental (5th Street location) on November 8th from 6-9 p.m. and help celebrate their entrance to the Austin market! There will be a DJ, plenty of free food and drinks (gluten-free goodies from Bona Dea), a raffle sponsored by Greenling, and of course I will be there handing out information on Locate Special Diet.

 Come mingle with us…



snapshots of my (gluten-free) summer

These last few months have been some of the more challenging months I can remember. We had a couple family members pass, whom we loved dearly. We had some events happen that were unforeseen. I launched two companies- Locate Special Diet and Careio. And the best part of it all (the non-challenging portion obviously)… I got engaged to the love of my life last week. We couldn’t be more thrilled.

Since I haven’t been in my own kitchen cooking (my oven is broke, and I’ve been too lazy to get it fixed!), I thought I would share some snapshots of what has been happening this summer; through my favorite photo-sharing app: Instagram. If you are on Instagram, you can follow me @atxglutenfree or check out my pictures online here.

Gluten-free pad thai at Hai Ky in Austin (Westlake). Ask for the “old pad thai sauce” to [Read more...]