Here are the 10 best gluten free recipes of 2019, according to you. These are the newly posted recipes on the blog that you loved most this year!
How did these recipes make the “best gluten free recipes” list?
These are the top 10 gluten free recipes published on the blog in 2019, determined by total page views. There's no other way for me to really know what you l-o-v-e loved, since I'm not able to look over your shoulder while you surf the website.
We've been doing the best gluten free recipes list for years now, but only with the top 17 gluten free recipes of 2017 did we begin to limit the best of list to recipes published on the blog during that same calendar year.
I noticed that, otherwise, nearly all of that year's best recipes, by pageviews, would be the same as the best gluten free recipes of 2016. Same goes for the best gluten free recipes of 2018. And so on…
That's just the way the internet works. And anyway, all in all, these are the newest blog recipes you seem to have loved the most. Last year and this, and from here on out, only 10 recipes made the list. It's just a nice, round number.
What's in store for 2020?
In 2020 as every year since I first started this blog in the spring of 2009, I will endeavor to repeat these successes. I never post a recipe on the blog that I don't love, but sometimes we won't be on the same page.
How search engines work
There's a natural tension between the way search engines and social media like Pinterest work, and what new content you'd like to see on the blog. Google and Pinterest take some time to build up traffic to anything new.
If I post a new Christmas cookie recipe in December, it won't see much search traffic until the following year's holiday season. But posting a Christmas cookie recipe in September seems out of place to anyone who visits my blog then.
How I decide what to post
I want my content to continue to serve you for years to come. Since search engines work the way the do, I generally prefer to post evergreen content most months of the year.
When you scroll through the top ten recipes below, from number 10 to number 1, you'll notice that seasonal recipes don't make the list. Evergreen recipes like tortillas, pretzels, birthday cake, and pizza do.
I try to figure out what you used to enjoy before you went gluten free, and come up with recipes to replace those things. Often, that's bread (which is part of why I wrote a whole book about gluten free bread).
There are lots of very good brands of packaged gluten free bread available to purchase. But fresh beats packaged, every day of the week—gluten free or not.
Plus, I have never (ever) eaten gluten free pizza that is any good other than the pizza I've made in my home, with my own two hands. So the best recipe of the year should be a surprise to no one!
Why post a best-of blog list?
My blog recipes are an open book. They are all free for the world to see. All you need is an internet connection to review my hundreds of published gluten free recipes, new and old.
But you can't access my blog statistics. You might see a certain recipe again and again on Pinterest, but you don't know which recipes were the most-trafficked.
As a blog reader myself, I'm always curious ? what the most popular recipes are. Aren't you? Or maybe that's just an occupational hazard.
Here are the 10 best gluten free recipes of 2019
Here they are, from #10 through #1. For each individual recipe, click the highlighted hyperlink below it for the full recipe and all its details.
Number 10 of 10. These soft Paleo flour tortillas are soft, bendable and have a savory buttery taste that goes with everything (with no butter). They even reheat perfectly after being refrigerated or frozen.
Number 9 of 10. These Auntie Anne's-Style Gluten Free Soft Pretzels with sweet mustard dipping sauce are chewy but light and airy. You know that Auntie Anne's smell, and you know you can't have it. Now, you can make your own.
Number 8 of 10. This bakery-style gluten free white cake, made without any egg yolks, is the perfect moist and tender blank canvas to dress up for any occasion. It can be used to make a great birthday cake, too.
Number 7 of 10. These chewy, rich Nutella brownies are naturally gluten free and are truly made with just 3 simple ingredients: Nutella hazelnut spread, eggs, and almond flour. They even have that flaky top that the best chewy brownies have.
Number 6 of 10. This recipe for gluten free buns is for everyone who has ever eaten a burger on a lettuce wrap and pretended it was “fine.” I love lettuce as much as the next person, but it's not a hamburger bun. ?
Number 5 of 10. Made with a water roux (instead of milk), gluten free Japanese milk bread is the softest recipe for batter-style gluten free bread you've ever seen, or tasted. You can make it as a simple loaf, or the 3-piece style pictured.
Number 4 of 10. These easy, cheesy grain free soft tapioca wraps are made with simple gluten free pantry ingredients—plus they stay flexible even when they’re cold and freeze beautifully.
Tapioca starch/flour is the most versatile grain-free starch ever, and has no equal. Pair it with eggs and shredded cheese and you'll be amazed what it can do.
Number 3 of 10. This gluten free naan bread is made extra soft and tender with yogurt, eggs and a bit of butter or ghee in the dough. Make the dough ahead of time, and then fry it up in a pan in minutes.
I often make a batch and half of dough, and make half one night, half another. I'll serve it with shredded chicken one night, then make mini pizzas with it another. This recipe is so popular and beat out almost all the others in page views even though it was posted late in the year.
Number 2 of 10. A simple lemony shortbread crust with a tart, refreshing lemon custard, these gluten free lemon bars are so easy to make. Nearly everyone loves lemon, so I'm not surprised these made the near-top of the year's best-of list.
Number 1 of 10. ? A basic recipe for gluten free pizza dough is one of the single most important staples to have in your kitchen. This one's super simple to make, freezes well after being baked, and defrosts easily.
I can't stress enough how important having a recipe like this is. Even if you're afraid of baking with yeast, it's time to get comfortable with this recipe. It doesn't call for any unfamiliar ingredients, and once you make the dough, you'll feel like dinner is already done.
Thank you all…
Thank you for the trust you place in me. Whether you're new to gluten free baking, or you're an old pro, there's something here for you.
None of it is fancy, at least not intentionally. All of these recipes should stand the test of time. If I don't love it, I don't share it.
I've been blogging for 10+ years, and I don't ever plan to stop. Your favorite recipes will remain. The only thing that may change is your finding a new favorite in 2020 and beyond.
Cheers to a 2020 filled with great gluten free food, and lots of love. From my gluten free family to yours…
Happy New Year! ???