23 Gluten Free Dairy Free Recipes Dad will love

by Living Freely Gluten Free

Father’s Day is already this weekend. This year has literally flown by. With so much to do it seems like the days are never long enough. It’s time to start thinking about what we will do for those special dads in our life.


My husband is usually pretty simple. I make him a HUGE breakfast of everything he requests and then a really nice dinner. For breakfast he always wants eggs, bacon, pancakes, potatoes- you know the works. For dinner he almost always requests Pot Roast (this recipe is currently only found in my e-book Cold Weather Comforts). A roast is typically a little on the higher end in price and it does take about an hour and 45 minutes start to finish, so it can be a little more work than a typical Sunday dinner. That is ok though because it is the day to appreciate everything dad or your hubby does for your family that day.

However, this year I am totally leaving my comfort zone and doing something I have never enjoyed in the past… CAMPING.

My husband has requested a camping trip this fathers day weekend. Normally, I would never even entertain this notion. Last year my husband took my son for the weekend and the girls stayed behind. My daughter will not allow herself to be left behind anymore. She wants to do everything the boys will do and it is difficult to keep an eye on both of them alone for my hubby, so I am going along.

At first I resisted. The last time I camped was when I was 19 and my husband was 22. After that I had ZERO desire to ever attempt such a thing again. I don’t like sleeping on the ground. Bugs bite me like crazy and I just felt like I was paying to live outside when I had a lovely comfortable bed at home.

Now we have kids and I need to put my personal needs aside and allow them these fun experiences. Plus, now we live in stunning Washington state and I am trying to see all of its beauty this summer. I plan to take my camera and get some great nature shots.

I am also going to do something I don’t do, EVER. I am going to unplug. This blog keeps me on a screen for a good part of my day. I will not have access to charge my phone (this took me a while to process) and the reception will probably be horrible. At first, I resisted this. The more I thought I about it thought- I realized I need this. 

I am super excited that our neighbors, whom we have become very close friends with will be joining us. Our children are the same age and we truly enjoy eachothers company, so this is going to be a great time for us and the kids.

I will likely write a blog post about it and share with you our menu for the trip, packing and all of the details.

So, for those of you that plan on staying home for most of the day or all day, here are 23 recipes to make that dad will love!



1) Stuffed French Toast
This recipe is incredibly simple but can be exquisite with presentation. The taste is phenomenal and you will impress anyone who is lucky enough to enjoy it.

2) Chocolate Cake Donuts
This fun and special treat is super easy to bake the night before and then frost the morning of. The entire family will love and enjoy these.

3) French Toast
Who can resist a classic French Toast? This takes minutes to prep and you can serve along with eggs and bacon. Top with powdered sugar and fresh berries for a gorgeous presentation.

4) Funfetti Donuts
This is a fun recipe to get the kids involved. Perfect for the kids or anyone who is a kid at heart. You can bake the night before but do not frost until you are ready to serve.

5) Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast Roll Ups
These are a lot of fun and taste amazing!! Use your favorite jelly or preserve to stuff them and lay them out on a serving dish decked out with berries and fresh mint.

6) Banana Nut Muffins
A classic that can never go wrong.

7) Everyday Pancakes
These are delicious and simple! Dress them up with berries, coconut, chocolate chips, powdered sugar or honey.



8) Fish Taco’s with Mango Salsa
This is one of my husbands favorites. My father loves it too so it is a winner! The fresh mango salsa is perfect for a meal on a warm evening.

9) Hambigler
This will be your easy go-to for grilling burgers. It is naturally gluten free and a crowd pleaser.

10) Spicy Chicken Sandwich
This  is a Wendy’s copycat. If the dad in your life likes chicken and a spicy kick, then he will love this. Wrap it will lettuce to keep it paleo friendly and there are directions to make a change in the flour to make it paleo.

11) Tri-Tip Rub
This is perfect to smother your tri-tip in before grilling. Serve it with Roasted Red Potatoes and Oven Roasted Carrots. You can use the same baking sheet for them to keep things simple.

12) Shrimp Pad Thai
Thai is a favorite over here. This should satisfy any cravings.

13) Ragu Meat Sauce and Spaghetti
If you want something super simple but hearty and satisfying- then this one is for you.

14) Steak Fajitas
Minimal prep and a short cook time- these will keep everyone happy and not keep you in the kitchen all day.

15) Chicken Tortilla Soup
This takes minutes to prep and the instant pot does all of the work for you.

16) Beef Stew
A hearty but healthy stew that is a staple in our home.

17) Pot Roast found in -Cold Weather Comforts
This is my husbands #1 dish. He requests it every fathers day. I serve it with mashed potatoes.

18) Lasagna found in -Cold Weather Comforts




19) Chocolate Coconut Cake
This decadent chocolate cake is perfect for the coconut lover in your life.

20) Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Creme Pies
These Little Debbie copycats will make anyone very happy.

21) Chocolate Bundt Cake
This rich and decadent bundt cake with chocolate ganache will make the chocolate lover in your life very happy.

22) Chocolate Fudge
Rich fudge that takes 10 minutes to make (needs to refrigerate overnight) will satisfy any sweet tooth.


23) Vanilla Cake
This vanilla cake is my most popular recipe and for good reason. It is light and spongey and melts in your mouth. The vanilla buttercream sets the sweet tone for this delicious cake.


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