Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (2024)

by Lindsay Cotter

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So I’ve talked about Dreaming Big a lot over the past few months. I first talked about the 5 components of dreaming big HERE.

I then followed it up with thoughts and things that can keep up form dreaming big, the main one being worry.

Today I am going to touch base on highs and low of dreaming big. The YO-YO’s of dreaming big you might say.

The Yo-Yo affect can be tiring, both physically and mentally. Financial burdens can halt the heart of your dream. Self doubt can halt the heart of your dreams. The FEAR of the UNKNOWN (aka Future) can halt the heart of your dreams.

You see, our year has been full of high’s and lows. Last month was a HIGH MONTH. The kiwi cotter raced well, stayed injury free, and we both were plowing through plenty of work, etc. But just like that, things can change. Our life is very much month to month. And since we’re a Team, when one of us is going through a low part of dreaming big( discouraged or frustrated) it’s important for the other one to be just be there, to encourage, to comfort, but at the same time give them time and space. Ya know?

The low will soon fade and you can make your way back up. Working HARD towards whatever dream GOD may have for you. Because HE always has a PLAN for you. One that FAR exceeds our own, even when if we can’t picture it at the moment. Even if we’re “yo-yoing.”

This weekend I made the kiwi his favorite New Zealand dessert. Yo-Yo’s. Quite fitting, isn’t it? It’s not healthy. It’s not going to help with his training. But it did bring comfort. It was made with love. And gosh darn it, sometimes you just need to make a home made dessert so you can scrape the bowl clean and end the day on a HIGH (sugar high)! Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (5)

adapted from here.

[print_this]Serves: 6



  • ¾ cup butter (i used sweet cream butter)
  • ¼ cup icing sugar (similar to powder sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups GF flour (Bob Redmill’s All purpose Flour)
  • ¼ cup custard powder (see picture below. In international grocery isle)
  • optional: dash of buttermilk or cream**
  • optional: dash od sea salt**

Custard/Butter Filling

  • 50 g butter , softened
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons custard powder
  • 2 tablespoon coconut cream**

** are my additions. If you can’t find the custard powder, try using vanilla cream pudding mix.


  1. pre heat oven to 180 degrees C or 375F. First beat your butter and icing sugar until smooth and fluffy. Takes a while. Then add in vanilla and optional milk.
  2. Second, slowly combine (or sift) flour and custard powder together, then fold into the creamed mixture while beating. Make sure it’s nice and doughy. I used a beater (mixer) then mixed with my hands.
  3. Roll dough into balls and place on cookie sheet. Flatten with a floured fork and bake for 15-20 minutes. While cookies cool, make filling. Just beat all ingredients together until smooth. Whip with fork to make extra fluffly. When the cookies are cooled, then sandwich together in pairs with the butter custard filling.
  4. I let them sit in the fridge for 20 minutes so that the filling can set. THEN EAT![/print_this]

There will always yo-yo’s in life when you are reaching toward a BIG DREAM. And every big dreamer needs someone to be their yo-yo partner through it. To PULL them back up when they are down, then switch roles (if need be). It can be a spouse, a family member, a friend, etc. Someone that can bring comfort right when you need it.

Dreaming Big means living and sharing every emotion, yet keeping FAITH through it all.

What’s your favorite comfort food to make for others or to eat for yourself?



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About Lindsay

Hi, y’all, I’m Lindsay Cotter, a Nutrition Specialist with a focus onGluten-Freeeating. I love creating delicious nourishing food that anyone can enjoy.

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  1. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (14)mel

    Well no one else actually commented on if they made these yoyo biscuits?? I DID!! They are SOOOOOO the best gluten free biscuit ive ever made suer smooth and delicately soft and crumbly and perfect I am having trouble not eating the lot!! i also mixed in some powered ginger to the icing and its to die for!! THANK YOU for the recipe! they are PERFECTION!


    • Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (15)Cotter Crunch

      Oh yea! I need to remake these. Such old photos. LOL! But we love the yo yo’s! for sure!


  2. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (16)Peter

    Don’t ever give up. Obstacles are there only to signify how bad you want something.


    • Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (17)LCCotter

      yes!! so true!


  3. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (18)She Rocks Fitness

    Gosh darn woman, we are so on the same page these days! When we see each other, wine and yo yo’s should be consumed…Keep dreaming big! XOXO


    • Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (19)LCCotter

      haha, yes! although i think i am sugared out.


  4. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (20)STUFT Mama

    Definitely any kind of chocolate or cake with frosting. 🙂 Oh friend………… dream big is right. 🙂


  5. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (22)Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    Bob was just asking (okay, sorta begging) me to make some GF chocolate chip cookies. I need to hunt down a good recipe and make this for him. He’s been feeling a bit deprived when he constantly has to turn down offers to try baked goods at restaurants and get-togethers. I’ve been putting it off . . . busy with other things . . . but this post reminded me that I need to do this for him. Offer a little comfort. 🙂


    • Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (23)LCCotter

      Try udis GF cookies! they are awesome. And so is pamela’s baking mix. Plus i am doing a giveaway soon for the new GF pillsbury cookie dough. Another yummy one! hehe, just bring him here.


  6. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (24)Sarah @ A Refining Adventure

    So true Lindsey. His plan is ALWAYS greater than our and always better for us than what we’d plan for ourselves. It’s hard to give up that control though, even though we KNOW His plan is best.

    My favorite comfort food to make for other is chocolate chip cookies. My husband loves my chocolate chip cookies, and it makes me so happy to make them for him!


    • Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (25)LCCotter

      feel free to make me some too! hehe


  7. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (26)Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    Worry is a control issue… and we both know I have one of those. I owe you an email soon love! These look delicious!!
    I’m making the hubby his favorite no bake cookies for his bday this week. Such a good sugar rush!


    • Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (27)LCCotter

      no worries friend. Email whenever you have time, or text. <3


  8. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (28)GiGi Eats Celebrities

    My comfort food is anything my dad makes. I cannot make it myself so I am never 100% comfortable unless I go home!!


    • Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (29)LCCotter

      i’ve got to go with you back home some time… please?!!


      • Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (30)GiGi Eats Celebrities

        YES! Let me figure out WHEN on earth I am going home first! LOL!


  9. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (31)Allie

    Keeping the faith through the yo-yo time is one of the toughest but best things! Yo-yo’s sound pretty good! They remind me of “gobs”… have you ever heard of them?!


    • Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (32)LCCotter

      well said friend. I know you can relate!


  10. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (33)Christine @ Love, Life, Surf

    Oh I love this analogy Lindsay! It’s a tricky balance sometimes, huh? I’m yo-yoing all over the place. I’m kind of thinking that if my yo-yo gets pulled too far in one direction, it will just slingshot me to the beach << smart, yes? 😉


    • Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (34)LCCotter

      like i said.. nap till Friday. Yes?


  11. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (35)Lisa

    I definitely know what you mean about the yo yo’s of life. I know right now I’m feeling those ebbs and flows, but I know if I keep confident everything will be okay.
    A major comfort food for me is ice cream! Can’t resist.


    • Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (36)LCCotter

      that confident is key! well said friend!


  12. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (37)Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat

    I totally have experienced the yo-yos, but I find in situations like that I turn to my husband and family for support to get through those highs and lows (especially the lows).

    My comfort food…homemade pizza for sure!

  13. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (38)Amanda @runtothefinish

    oddly, I still think ordered pizza is a big comfort food. I rarely to never have it, but it’s certainly tied to A LOT of childhood memories and always makes me feel warm and fuzzy. Taking life month by month is still very new to me, but I’m learning how to be ok with it.


  14. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (39)Katie

    What do you mean it isn’t healthy? Isn’t everything that is gluten free also healthy? 😉


    • Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (40)LCCotter

      of course. and it’s process free. hehe


  15. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (41)Heather @ Better With Veggies

    I always remember that if you didn’t have the lows, you wouldn’t appreciate the highs. A bit of a balance and learning throughout the process can be a really good thing (in hindsight, right?). =)


  16. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (42)Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    You’re so right- sometimes you just need to indulge in the real thing with butter and sugar! Looks delish! And I always appreciate your honesty with the yo-yo-ing of life… you’re already right where you need to be, impacting others with every word you right. 🙂


  17. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (43)Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    Those look so delicious!

    I’ve been ‘yo-yoing’ on what I want to do when I graduate. Tough decisions!


  18. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (44)Kim

    I love that quote about believing, being patient and not giving up – so true!!! I hope that it is a quick bounce of the yo-yo on the downside for y’all!!
    I didn’t know there was a dessert called yoyos – they look really good!!


  19. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (45)Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries

    Yes, yes, yes to all of this. Life is FULL of highs and lows, that’s for sure. We are so blessed to have husbands in our lives that support us and encourage us every step of the way though. AND vice versa – so that we can encourage and support THEM every step of the way as well. And better yet? A God that knows what’s best for us and has a perfect plan!

    Oh, and best comfort dessert? Homemade brownies from scratch. Yummm.



  20. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (46)Lauren

    You and your Kiwi have an amazing relationship and it’s obvious by the way you support each other! I always make people their favorite baked good if they’re going through a rough patch because I’m a baker and it’s the total way to their heart. It’s a small way to let them know you’re thinking about them. <3 My comfort food is definitely macaroni and cheese!


  21. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (47)Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    The Yo-yos are exactly where I am right now too. clearly I deserve a few. 😉

    My comfort food is peanut butter toast. And I most certainly had some this weekend!


  22. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (48)abbi

    I can very much relate to this! My comfort would be ice cream! 🙂


  23. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (49)Laura @losingrace

    Those look so yummy, going to have to try those.

    I love how you and your hubby consider yourselves a team, my fiance and I do as well. It’s so important to have that support from your number one…especially with the UPS AND DOWNS. Because in life you are going to have both for sure.


  24. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (50)Kierston @candyfit

    Growing up and still to this day, food is a LARGE part of our lives. It makes us happy, brings us together and, it awakens our senses. We savour and enjoy the comfort it brings to our being. Food made with love is the best kind…it’s probably why we love each and every bite 😉


  25. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (51)Jody - Fit at 55

    I love these posts – yes, this is life! THIS: financial burdens can halt the heart of your dream. Self doubt can halt the heart of your dreams. The FEAR of the UNKNOWN (aka Future) can halt the heart of your dreams. – YES!!! so true!!

    It is a tough road you are on but the thought process is there & that is the most important part – understanding that & learning to live thru it! 🙂

    OMG – those Yo-Yo’s look amazing!!!!!

    Cookies & bread for me! 🙂


  26. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (52)Abby @ Change of Pace

    Those sound heavenly! And like they would be a Percy comfort food! Hope you guys are enduring and are on the way back up!
    I had a bummer of a month; I was thankful more than ever to have Kelly by my side!


  27. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (53)Lisa @ RunWiki

    Recently, my life has taken a course I never thought would happen. I am dealing with a health issue that has stopped me in my tracks. My dreams and daily life has changed, and now I am just trying to manage not only the health issue and the pain associated with it, but my feelings, and the reality that my life might take a completely different course than I had envisioned. I surprisingly OK with it all.

    My favorite thing to do is bake for my kids and husband, and I have been doing it like crazy for them lately since I am unable to run.


    • Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (54)LCCotter

      emailing you now! Update me


  28. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (55)Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Perfect timing. I’m certainly feeling the yo-yo effects of dreaming big right now. Actually that yo-yo is spinning wildly and being flung about LOL. Hugs.


  29. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (56)Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    If it’s made with love, then it IS healthy 😀 That’s one of the most nourishing ingredients that there is… the butter and sugar just make for a tastier way to get the message across 🙂


  30. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (57)Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    You and I are the same people…I’m sure of it. We’ve actually been on the low side this summer. We decided to keep a low profile and just enjoy each other since well, the money is definitely not flowing in like last year. We’ve learned that stressing definitely does neither of us any good. We just enjoy our time together and some beans and rice. 😉

    These look so good! I think they would make a fun lunch time treat since school starts back this week. I hope you have a great week my friend. xoxo


  31. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (58)Linz @ Itz Linz

    mmmm! comfort food would probably be ice cream for me! 🙂 🙂 not that i make it though..


  32. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (59)Miz

    for me
    for the child and ME
    it’s less a comfort food and more a comfort ACTIVITY.


  33. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (60)Natalie

    Those look delish. When I am going through a low time, I try to remember that He does have a plan for me. It’s sometimes hard to see but it’s there.


  34. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (61)Kat

    I am LOVING GF baking – seems so much easier to me! I don’t know why – probably makes no sense…but it works in my head 😉


    • Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (62)LCCotter

      makes sense to me!


  35. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (63)katie

    Love this post! There are ups and downs in life for sure, but all lead us where we are supposed to be and make us stronger <3

    I am so glad you have a good man, we are lucky ladies! You are such an amazing couple, as you know! I love ya!


  36. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (64)Katie @ KatieEnPursuit

    Lindsay, thank YOU a trillion times over for this post! Just what I needed to hear after a lot happened last week! This is oh so true that God does in fact have a plan in place & if we work in a positive way, things WILL happen for the best. I tried my best to steer clear of the comfort food, did ok with squeaking in an extra glass of wine & a few paleo cookies 🙂 Happy Monday!


  37. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (65)Katie @ Talk Less, Say More

    Girl, you know I GET the yo-yos, there’s been a lot of yo-yoing lately, but I’ll take it because I know at the end of the day it will be worth every up and down moment!


  38. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (66)Lucie@FitSwissChick

    I know the Yo-Yo’s. And I used to extremely judge myself and falling into self-doubts when I was in a down. No I take a down to get back in awareness, reflection and slowing down. It all happens for a reason and makes us stronger to achieve the big dream!!
    Favorite comfort Food? Swiss Chocolate. Not homemade 🙂


  39. Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (67)Jessie

    “…Because HE always has a PLAN for you”. That is something Joshua and I both tell ourselves on a weekly basis. Things have been LOW on trying to conceive, but we both know when the time is right, it will happen <3


Gluten Free Yo Yo Recipe (2024)


What is the trick to gluten free baking? ›

Gluten-free flours often contain fine starches, so they absorb more liquid than conventional flour. To address this, gluten-free recipes usually call for more liquid and produce looser batters. They may also call for a larger quantity of leavening, like baking powder, to help add volume and lighten the texture.

Why are gluten-free cookies gritty? ›

Gluten-free baked goods have earned the reputation of being dry and gritty. That grit—that evil grit! —is the result of gluten-free flours that are often high in starches and rice flour, which take longer to absorb moisture than regular “gluten” flour.

Can I use regular flour instead of gluten-free? ›

The simple answer to this question is yes BUT don't expect the same results! Gluten free flours often contain lots of water grabbing gums and starches so we have to ensure that there is enough water present to fully hydrate the gums and gelatinize the starches.

Why is my gluten-free cake gummy? ›

Gluten-free baked goods often benefit from extra liquid to hydrate the flour blends, eliminate grittiness, and achieve a less dense or dry texture. However, it's very important to drive off this extra moisture during baking, or you'll wind up with a gummy texture.

Which flour has no gluten? ›

For flours that are made from grains (amaranth, buckwheat, corn, millet, quinoa, rice flours, sorghum, and teff), always buy them labeled gluten-free, since many are grown, harvested and processed in facilities that also manufacture wheat, barley, or rye and cross-contact can occur.

Do you bake differently with gluten free flour? ›

One of the first rules of gluten-free baking is managing your expectations; traditional baked goods lean on gluten for their texture and rise. Replicating this is challenging and the results might not be identical, but it can get pretty close with the right flours.

How do you make gluten free baking taste better? ›

Flavor. New bakers should try adding extra vanilla and/or spices to recipes. Gluten-free flours often have unique tastes, and adding additional flavoring to recipes will help cover up these unfamiliar flavors.

How do you make gluten-free cookies less dry and crumbly? ›

Add extra liquid: Gluten-free flours tend to absorb more liquid than regular flour, so you may need to add more liquid to your recipes to compensate. This can help to keep your baked goods moist and prevent them from becoming dry and crumbly.

Which gluten free flour is the least gritty? ›

Cassava flour is mild in flavor and provides a light texture to baked goods. It's also very absorbent and pairs well with brown or white rice flour to add structure without too much grittiness.

Does sourdough bread have gluten? ›

Sourdough is not gluten free, but we know that many people with IBS, gluten intolerance, or gluten sensitivity can tolerate sourdough bread. This is because the methods used to make sourdough break down some of the gluten in the flour so it is easier to digest. Think of sourdough as low-gluten rather than gluten-free.

Does oatmeal have gluten? ›

Yes, pure, uncontaminated oats are gluten-free. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration considers oats a gluten-free grain under its gluten-free labeling regulations and only requires that packaged products with oats as an ingredient contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten overall.

What is the closest gluten free flour to all-purpose flour? ›

Gluten-Free Bread Flour can be swapped 1:1 for all-purpose flour and bread flour by both weight and volume.

Should I let my gluten-free cake batter rest before baking? ›

Let Your Batters & Doughs Rest

We recommend covering your batters and doughs and letting them rest for at least half an hour. Note: This will also help batters become thicker and doughs to firm up.

Do I need xanthan gum for gluten-free baking? ›

Xanthan Gum adds thickness and viscosity to gluten-free breads and other baked goods. Without xanthan gum, your gluten-free baked goods would be dry, crumbly and flat. Because xanthan gum is gluten-free and vegan, it's the preferred thickener for those home bakers with food allergies.

Why do my gluten-free muffins fall? ›

It's very common for gluten free baked goods to sink in the middle and sometimes it's even gummy or looks like it isn't fully cooked. Here's some ways to help avoid that: -Don't over-mix your dough. Mix it until everything is just incorporated and be done.

What are the challenges of gluten-free baking? ›

Owing to the challenge of gluten-free flours to form a protein network that provides structure and strength to dough, breads produced in the absence of gluten tends to be flatter, denser, crummier, less chewy and less tasty.

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Gluten-free baking is a lot harder than traditional baking because gluten protein is what gives baked goods their structure.

What are the rules for gluten-free cooking? ›

When cooking gluten-free, there are two important things to remember:
  • Be sure to read all ingredients label to ensure you are not accidentally using a product that contains gluten. ...
  • Make sure that you are not causing cross-contact by using foods, utensils and other cookingware that has been contaminated by gluten.

What to avoid when cooking gluten-free? ›

Grains not allowed
  • Wheat.
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  • Rye.
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  • Oats, in some cases.


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