Cream Cheese Pumpkin Roll

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This dessert is so amazing that it really needs no introduction. Of course I will give it one anyways! As all of my followers know, I try very hard to keep most things on my blog not only gluten-free but also dairy free. I myself am not allowed to have dairy or soy (along with gluten), but sometimes I do make things with dairy in them when we have a dinner party. Last weekend my husband decided to have a last-minute football party at our house and guess who got stuck cooking?? Me!! While I slaved away in the kitchen all day, my husband had his feet up on the couch relaxing and watching football. Any other wife out there feel my pain?? So, I decided that if I was going to be stuck in the kitchen all day making food than I wanted to make an easy dessert but delicious dessert and boy did I find one! This is by far my favorite dessert ever! Ever! It was so good that it was well worth the stomach upset I had from the dairy. This is a fabulous dessert to make for dinner guests. Everyone will be so impressed by not only the taste but also by the look of it. I am going to definitely be making this one again, and again!!

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon xanthum gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup walnuts finely chopped (read directions carefully, these do not go in until the very end)
  • powdered sugar for dusting towel

Filling Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  • Beat eggs in mixer on high for several minutes. Add Sugar and beat until light in color. Add the pumpkin and lemon juice. Mix until all is blended. (I just stirred it myself because I didn’t feel like dirtying the mixer and it was perfect)
  • In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add to the pumpkin mix. Mix just until blended.
  • Pour mixture into a greased jelly roll pan or deep cookie sheet. Spread the batter to the edges of the pan evenly. Sprinkle the walnuts over the top.
  • Bake at 375 for 15 minutes. (I always check a few minutes before to see how my oven is baking)
  • Let the pan cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully turn the cake with the walnut side down onto a towel that has been sprinkled with powdered sugar.
  • Roll the cake and towel lengthwise carefully (fold towel into first roll/fold). Leave it to cool.
  • Onto the filling: Combine filling ingredients and mix until smooth. Unroll the cake and spread the filling over the surface.
  • Use the towel to help roll the cake back up, but do not roll the towel with the cake as before (roll towel on the outside only this time).
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour before serving.
  • When ready to serve, unwrap and slice. (So much fun)

Little Debbie’s Tip: Please do not let the sound of the directions fool you, this is so easy! I had a lot of fun making this and you will too. I encourage you to get your kids involved in this recipe as they will love rolling it and unrolling it! If you have any questions please leave a comment below and I reply shortly.

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Desserts, Desserts and More Desserts

For all of those that know me well you know that desserts have always held a very special place in me heart. I didn’t get the nickname “Little Debbie” for nothing! Finding a great tasting packaged gluten-free dessert is like winning the lottery. Impossible! I have tried countless gluten-free desserts and I am always incredibly disappointed. I still remember what a “real” dessert tastes like so there is no fooling this gluten-free gal! ┬áLast weekend my family and I took a trip to Fort Lauderdale. While making a pit stop at Whole Foods I came across a brand of gluten-free and vegan desserts called Tia’s. Once again I was enticed by the pretty packaging and decided to give it a try (with very low expectations). My life is forever changed! For the first time since going gluten-free, I enjoyed a dessert that I didn’t have to make myself. I bought every type of dessert they offered and 4 of us chowed down on all of them (see picture above)! My personal favorite were the oatmeal raisin cookies and the banana pudding. Even if you are not gluten-free or vegan, you will love these desserts. The great thing is that Tia’s desserts are healthy and made with only pure ingredients that you can understand. Instead of using wheat in their products, they use almond and coconut flour. They are 150 calories each so they’re not too bad if you’re on a diet, either. They are very sweet which was interesting to me since they contain no sugar. The agave nectar really worked well to sweeten these cookies.┬áSince everything is made with quality ingredients and are healthier than traditional desserts these are ideal for kids with a sweet tooth. You can purchase Tia’s Bakery products at your favorite natural grocery stores, such as Whole Foods Market and if your neighborhood store doesn’t offer them then you can email Tia’s Bakery and they will make sure you get it!

Little Debbie’s Tip: Run, don’t walk to your nearest Whole Foods. I guarantee you and your family will not be disappointed!