Pistachio Cheesecake ~ Gluten-Free

This was one of my favorite desserts growing up.  I know, I had a lot of favorites.  ;)  A girl can’t help her sweet tooth!!  I found that this was extremely easy to convert to gluten-free.  Really, the crust was all I had to change. 

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Pistachio Cheesecake

Ingredients:

1 stick butter

1 ¼ cups flour (I used Pamela’s GF Baking Mix)

½ cup chopped pecans

8 oz. Cream cheese (softened)

1 cup powdered sugar

8 oz. Carton of Cool Whip

2 small pkg. Pistachio Instant Pudding Mix

3 cups milk

  1. Making the Crust:

Blend melted stick of butter, 1 ¼ cups of flour & pecans. Spread in a 9 x 13 glass baking dish. ***Note…Kelly recommends doubling the recipe for the crust b/c it is too thin otherwise. I used an 8 x 11 pan and didn’t double. Bake 15-20 minutes at 350 or until light golden brown. COOL COMPLETELY!

  1. Making the Cheesecake Filling:

Mix 8 oz. Softened cream cheese and 1 cup powdered sugar. Then fold in

½ carton of Cool Whip. Spread on top of cooled crust. Refrigerate for 30

minutes.

  1. Topping:

Mix 2 small packages of pudding mix with 3 cups of milk. Beat for 2

2 minutes. Pour on top of cooled filling. Chill until set & then top with

remaining Cool Whip.

 

I served this at our Mother’s Day function & it got rave reviews, even from those who don’t have to eat GF.  I absolutely love this stuff.  If you want, you could even experiment with other flavors of pudding such as, chocolate, lemon, coconut…..the list is endless!

Celiac Disease Awareness Month

May is Celiac Disease Awareness month.  If you go to the American Celiac Disease Alliance site you can find all kinds of stuff going on this month.  I did want to highlight one special one here.  Uno’s Chicago Grill, home of the Gluten-Free Pizza that I love, is holding a “Dough Raiser” to raise money for awareness.  They will donate 20% of your check from May 25, 2009 through May 31, 2009.  Make sure to bring the certificate with you.  Also, there is a coupon on Uno’s site for $1.00 off of a gluten-free pizza!  So, if you haven’t made it to your nearest Uno’s for the pizza yet, what better time? 

 

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