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20 min. Yeast-Free, Gluten-Free Italian Bread & Easy Mezzetta Olive Tapenade

My favorite holiday memories are of having lots of family and friends over for big meals. I love doing the cooking, preparing holiday recipes, the noise and laughter in the house, and of course, eating the food. I've happily adapted most of my old recipes to gluten-free but I had one more challenge. I was missing crusty chewy   Italian bread that I could make into Crostini! I've always loved warm toasted chewy bites of Italian bread at holiday parties. Topped with Tapenade or made into Bruschetta, they are my favorite appetizers, but I hadn't quite found the right gluten-free flour blend to achieve that wonderful chewiness, until now! I'm so excited to share my NEW 20-minute Gluten-free, Yeast-free, Egg-Free, and Xanthan Gum-Free Italian Bread Rolls with you and did I say, they only take 20 minutes? No yeast, no rising and so easy to make. This amazing dough is also perfect patted out thin for flatbread or pizza crust. Scroll down to see my new Pizza crust u

Skinny GF & Sugar Free Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie

Day 11 of the following the Gluten-Free Homemaker's August Sugar Free Challenge and I'm craving chocolate, but I'm doing pretty good.  Chocolate and cookies have always been the toughest things for me to give up.  and I love to read, and when I read I crave a cookie...strange but true. Anyway,  I'm seeing some weight loss already and I have less bloating, so it's definitely working!!   xx

Skinny Gluten Free & Sugar Free Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie


2 scoops gluten free low glycemic or sugar free whey protein powder

1-2 ripe bananas

3-4 heaping teaspoons of Hershey's Cocoa or any GF cocoa powder, to taste

1 cup plain fat free yogurt

2-3 packets of Stevia or calorie free sweetener of your choice, to taste

1/2 teaspoon pure GF vanilla extract

1/2 cup water as needed  (I add a little if it won't blend)


  1. In your blender add crushed ice about 1/4 the way up
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients except water
  3. Blend very well until thick adding water as needed. 
Makes 2-4 servings