Here are the 10 best gluten free recipes of 2018, according to you. These are the recipes on the blog that you loved most this year!
How did these recipes make the “best of” list?
These are the top 10 gluten free recipes posted on the blog in 2018, determined by total pageviews. I don't really have any other way of learning what you loved the most, but it's clear to me that these are beloved recipes. ❤️
Last year, we did the top 17 gluten free recipes of 2017, and it was the first year that I made the executive decision to limit the rankings to those recipes that were posted on the blog during that calendar year. I noticed that nearly all of this year's best recipes, by pageviews, would be the same as the best gluten free recipes of 2016.
That's just kind of the way it works with an established blog. Most of your traffic comes from the same handful of recipes. All in all, these are the newest blog recipes you seem to have loved the most.
I didn't do the top 18 recipes of 2018, because it just seemed like too much. I had to stop the madness!
How do I decide what recipes to post all year long?
In 2019 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.
I have to develop recipes that I'm interested in, or I'll never know when they're good. I will eat anything at least once, and there are very few things I don't like to eat. I try very hard to select recipes that I exist in the overlap between what I love and what I think you'll love.
Please know that this blog is about you, not about me, and I'm trying my best to help make your life sweeter, easier and all around more filled with love. There are lots of foods (especially savory ones) that I make for my family that I will never post on the blog. That's only because I don't consider them worthy of the spotlight.
Sometimes, I think a recipe is too intuitive to even call a recipe, like my simple recipe for baked tilapia that all my kids love. Often, the recipe is naturally gluten free in a very obvious way, like my family's favorite roast chicken or the way I make beans in the Instant Pot.
Why post a best-of blog list?
I'm a naturally curious person. Some might call me nosey. You can of course page through every single page of my blog, at your leisure. You can review all the gluten free recipes, new and old.
But unless you're my web developer or my marketing guys, you can't access my blog statistics. You don't know, unless I tell you specifically, which posts get the love.
You might see a certain recipe again and again on Pinterest, but other than that, you really can't tell what's going on underneath the hood of this blog. And as a blog reader myself, I'm always curious what the most popular recipes are.
I want to know what you know, and what you think, whoever you are. I never know where I might learn something incredible. So this list is meant to satisfy your curiosity (as it also satisfies mine!) and have some fun at the end of the year. ☺️That's all.
So let's get to it. Here they are, from #10 through #1. For each individual recipe, click the photograph or the highlighted hyperlink below it.
Coming in at number 10, these almond flour cookies are low carb and naturally sweetened and taste like buttery shortbread, but without any butter at all. Make them with chocolate chips or your favorite mix-in.
These simple Weight Watchers gluten free bagels, number 9 in popularity for 2018, are made with just 5 simple ingredients and have only 3 SmartPoints each. Even if you’re not on (or even interested in) WW, you’re going to love how easy this dough is—and how it tastes!
Number 8 is this yeast free gluten free bread recipe. It's perfect for sandwiches and needs no rising time or advanced preparation at all. If you’re in a hurry, or just can’t have yeast, this bread is for you!
Sweet, tender gluten free cinnamon rolls came in at number 7. They're made with a simple all purpose gluten free flour and instant yeast, and they do a great job of making weekend mornings special!
This cinnamon swirl gluten free banana bread, otherwise known as number 6, is naturally dairy free—and it’s incredibly moist and tender. The cinnamon-sugar just seals the deal. It’s going to become your new favorite way to save those dying bananas!
Number 5 is our first conventional, indulgent gluten free cookie recipe! Of course, it's the soft and tender gluten free cream cheese sugar cookies with slightly firm Lofthouse-style frosting. They’re the perfect cookie, after all, and you made a million of them this past holiday season.
We're getting closer to the top with number 4, a classic gluten free carrot cake that’s loaded with fresh carrots and topped with traditional cream cheese frosting. Perfect for Easter, or any time!
Number 3 is our lightly sweet Paleo pancakes, made with almond flour. They're naturally low carb and actually taste like “real” pancakes. Enjoy them with maple syrup, or plain.
This crazy cake gluten free chocolate cake is crazy enough to be number 2 this year. It's a chocolate cake made with no eggs, no butter, and no chopped chocolate—but is still super moist and tender. And packed with chocolate flavor. Honest.
The number one gluten free recipe of 2018 on this humble gluten free blog is low carb tortillas made with a blend of almond flour and coconut flour. With less than 2 net carbs per tortilla, they’re going to be your new favorite gluten free tortilla!
Cheers to 2019 filled with great gluten free food, and lots of love. From my gluten free family to yours, Happy New Year! ???