Believe it or not, deciding to go gluten-free (GF) doesn’t mean you’ll never enjoy a classic ice cream cone anymore!
Even better news is you won’t have to eat any of those stale, funky tasting “off-the-shelf” gluten-free ice cream cones, either.
That’s right, with the help of the inside information we share below you’re going to be able to make your very own deliciously sweet, slightly savory 100% GF ice cream cones without a lot of headache and without a lot of hassle.
We’ll walk you through the entire process, step-by-step, and show you why these homemade ice cream cones are far superior to anything you’re going to find knocking around the shelves of your local grocery store.
Ready to get started?
What Makes Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cones So Special?
Straight out of the gate we want to highlight exactly what makes gluten-free ice cream cones so special in the first place.
For starters, gluten-free ice cream cones are never going to set your celiac disease on fire the way that traditional ice cream cones can.
Yes, these GF ice cream cones can be five the box full if you’d like and you’d still never have to worry about triggering your autoimmune disorder. You won’t have to worry about your skin breaking out. You won’t have to worry about stomach discomfort. You won’t have to worry about digestive problems.
Instead you’ll be able to eat all your favorite ice creams with a delicious, almost 1:1 clone of the best sugar cones you’ve ever had.
This is game changing stuff!
On top of that, these GF ice cream cones can be used in a whole bunch of different ways compared to your traditional, run-of-the-mill, commercially available GF ice cream cones.
Some people like to stuff these with fruit, drizzle on a little bit of chocolate sauce (or even hit them with a little with cream) and enjoy them that way.
Other folks have been known to fill these deliciously sweet cones with something a little more savory. They make the perfect delivery vessel when you want to eat with your hands!
At the end of the day, these GF ice cream cones are also going to stay fresh a whole lot longer than traditional ice cream cones, too.
With up a batch of these once a week throughout the summer and you’ll be swimming in them!
Store Bought vs Homemade Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cones
Sure, there are a couple of brands out there that make some halfway decent commercially available gluten-free ice cream cones these days.
Let’s Do Gluten, Joy, Enlightened, and a handful of other brands make pretty good products.
The problem here, though, is that like most other commercially available ice cream cones these cones are swimming in all kinds of ingredients that are not exactly the healthiest thing in the world to consume.
They often are stuffed to the gills with preservatives to bump that shelf life up. They’re also almost always overloaded with sugar and sodium.
Homemade gluten-free ice cream cones, on the other hand, give you complete and total control over everything (and we mean everything) that goes into them.
Want a cone that is particularly sweet?
Add a little sugar, maybe a little honey, or another sweetener that you’re a big fan of.
Want a that has a little more savory next to it?
Add a little more salt or play around with some savory spices to really shake things up!
You can’t go wrong with homemade.
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Quick Recipe for Great Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cones
Now that we have all of that out of the way, let’s dig into a great recipe you can use as a “backbone” for any GF ice cream cone experiments you want to make in your kitchen from here on out.
- 0.5 cups (70 g) of gum free gluten-free flour
- 1/8 teaspoon of xanthan gum
- 1/8 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 0.25 cups (75 g) of granulated sugar
- 1 egg white you let get to room temperature
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Between 2 and 4 ounces of milk
- 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter (melted)
To kick things off, mix up your flower, your xanthan gum, your salt, and your granulated sugar. You want to take your time here, making sure that all of these dry ingredients are evenly incorporated and broadly mixed.
Next, you want to mix up your melted butter and the vanilla extract. Slowly whisk in your egg white and then after that’s been incorporated whisk in the milk. You really want to get a super smooth, almost silky consistency here.
After you have your wet ingredients well next you want to add them into your dry ingredients and just continue whisking away. The idea here is to produce something that is a little bit like pancake batter.
You don’t want it to be thin, though. Always err on the side of too thick rather than too thin.
Break a 10 inch nonstick pan out of your cupboard and add a little bit of butter or coconut oil to help keep things from sticking. Preheat the pan on medium to low heat and wait until the oil starts to shine a little bit.
After that happens, ladle out 3 tablespoons or so of your batter and then gently give the pan a shake to let it sort of spread out from there.
Wait two minutes or so (just until the underside starts to brown a little bit) and then flip your gluten-free ice cream cone. Cook the other side for another minute – you don’t want to go to long here – and then pop the flat cone out of the pan.
Set it aside and then rinse and repeat the process until you’ve gone through all the better.
The only thing left to do here is to gently roll these flat cone “blanks” into the classic ice cream cone shape. Use a little bit of melted butter on the seam as glue to stick everything together and then allow the cones to cool upside down.
Now you’re good to go!
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Where To Buy Gluten-Free Cones
The easiest option is the one where you don’t have to move: online! Through Amazon, Walmart, Target, or other online sellers, you can find gluten-free products of any kind, not just ice cream cones. The only problem with shopping online is that shipping can take several days.
However, shopping online means you have no risk of the item going out of stock. When shopping in-person, there’s a chance there’ll only be one pack of the cones left, or none at all. If you’re looking to order lots of ice cream cones in advance, ordering online is the best option.
As for in-person shopping, you can find ice cream cones at any grocery store. Target and Walmart, Walmart especially, are two places you’re likely to find gluten-free ice cream cones. While on the hunt for them, check the boxes to find a gluten-free label.
After you find the label, it’s safe to buy. If you can’t find a gluten-free label on the box, the odds are, it’s not gluten-free. However, check with a worker to be sure. If it’s not gluten-free, don’t risk buying a product with gluten and put it back. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
While out at an ice cream parlor, ask the workers about gluten-free cones. Also be sure to look at the menu to see the options they have, and order accordingly.
Why You Should Buy Gluten-Free Cones
If you’re someone who can eat gluten, you may be wondering why you should bother with gluten-free ice cream cones. The reason doesn’t have anything to do with dieting: it has to do with taste. The best way to expand your love of food is by trying new things, after all.
The gluten-free cones are made up of unique ingredients. For example, instead of using regular flour, they use quinoa flour. Quinoa flour is a good source of protein. It also provides iron, fiber, and unsaturated fat. Quinoa itself is a unique grain, which is why you should give it a try.
Besides the taste, gluten-free cones are also dairy-free. They use non-dairy milk to make the cones along with other ingredients such as corn flour and sweet white rice flour.
How To Avoid Cones With Gluten
Luckily, it’s easy to avoid products with gluten in them. Food items that don’t have gluten will typically have a gluten-free label, that way those who can’t consume gluten know what to get. That’s why it’s easy to tell if the product you’re buying has gluten in it or not.
Look for that gluten-free label on the ice cream cone box. Sometimes these boxes will have the letters ‘GF’ on them, which stands for gluten-free. On restaurant menus, you’ll see ‘GF’ next to the food item that’s gluten-free.
If you don’t see the gluten-free label, the odds are, it isn’t gluten-free. Check with a worker to be sure. However, if they don’t know, don’t buy the ice cream cones.
Why You Should Avoid Gluten
Gluten impacts those with diseases such as an autoimmune disease and Celiac. Anyone with diseases such as those shouldn’t be eating gluten since it can harm their health. There’s also gluten intolerance, which can cause irritation in your stomach after eating gluten.
Even if you don’t have a condition that makes it hard, or impossible, to eat gluten, a gluten-free diet is still a popular choice. This is because those on the diet have reported feeling more energy throughout the day, and also have lost weight.
More research is needed to back up these claims, but it’s worth trying if you’re looking for a diet that’s easy to keep track of. Gluten-free meals and products are labeled clearly, which means you can keep track of what you’re buying, and also find the products faster.
Although there are some foods, like potato chips, that are gluten-free and still not healthy for you, you can create a healthy diet with gluten-free meals. For example, one benefit of going on a gluten-free diet is a newfound attention to detail when dealing with food labels.
You’ll gain the skill of reading food labels carefully and learning what the ingredients mean. This creates a better understanding of what you’re digesting, and it leads to a higher knowledge of nutrition in general.
Giving up classic ice cream cones can be real tough when you decide to go gluten-free – especially if you’re a big fan of ice cream like so many of us are!
Thankfully, though, with the help of this detailed guide you’ll never again have to worry about going without.
Instead you’ll be able to enjoy a better than “normal” ice cream cone any time you like, with all the benefits that a gluten-free recipe brings to the table.
That’s tough to beat!