Mushroom Pesto Pinwheels (Gluten Free, Dairy Free) for Amy’s Baby Shower!

I have some very fun news today. It involves some of my favorite gal pals, lots of oohing and aahing, belly patting, tasty bites, and a certain little bundle of joy soon to be making his presence known.

Of course, we’re going to a Baby Shower!

Today we are celebrating the one and only Amy Green of Simply Sugar and Gluten Free. If you follow me on Facebook or pay close attention to this blog, you’ve probably heard of Amy. I talk about her quite a bit because she’s a not only a true inspiration, but a great friend. May I take a moment to indulge you in some of the things I love about Amy?

  • Her inventive use of gluten-free flours and all-natural sweeteners
  • The fact that she wrote a book! (Gives me hope that I could do it someday too!)
  • Her compassion and honesty. Despite the fact that we’ve never met in person, Amy has helped me through some personal struggles.
  • She is a mentor. The day Amy invited me to present at Nourished, I felt a renewed sense of confidence and passion in my blogging skills.

It’s clear to me that Amy deserves nothing but the best and I have no doubt that she’s going to be a fantastic new mom. I wish I could be there to celebrate with her in person, but a virtual shower is the next best thing.

Of course, I wouldn’t show up empty-handed! Because Amy eats a gluten-free diet and I’m currently cutting back on wheat and dairy, I wanted something we could both enjoy. With so many talented food bloggers in attendance, this party promises lots of good food. Therefore it makes perfect sense to keep the portions small and bring a finger-food, so that there’s room to try everything. These allergy-friendly hors d’oeuvres fit the bill!

I started with a basic gluten-free pastry dough, which is surprisingly easy to roll thanks to the addition of psyllium husks. Squares of dough were slathered with dairy-free pesto, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms and vegan parmesan “cheese”, then sliced into little pinwheels and baked to tender golden-brown perfection. I made a test batch for friends, just to be sure someone other than my husband approved – he’s a good egg and loves everything I make!

It sounds like a lot of steps, but I promise, this recipe is surprisingly simple. It’s very adaptable as well. Use the dough for just about any kind of filling you can imagine! How about southwestern-spiced beans and cheese, or shredded barbecue chicken? If you dream of dessert fillings like nutella or fruit spread, you could make a sweet dough by adding a few tablespoons of coconut palm sugar to the dry ingredients, and swapping melted coconut oil for the olive oil. The possibilities are really endless!


I don’t know about you, but I’m getting hungry just thinking about these. Let’s take a little walk around the buffet table and admire what everyone else has brought to this party!

Ricki’s “Wine and Cheese” Charlotte at Diet, Dessert and Dogs
Helen’s Cranberry Chicken Salad on Endive Spears at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
Lexie’s Mini Quiches in Crepes at Lexie’s Kitchen
Cybele’s Focaccia at The Allergy-Friendly Cook
Alisa’s Smoked Salmon Frittatas at Alisa Cookes
Jen’s Tomato Panzanella Salad at Gluten Free Life
Alta’s Grapefruit and Avocado Salad at Tasty Eats at Home
Maggie’s Gingersnaps at She Let Them Eat Cake
Hallie’s Chocolate and Vanilla Pudding Parfaits at Daily Bites
Kim’s Apple Struesel Bars with Maple Cinnamon Glaze at Cook It Allergy Free
Carol’s Chocolate Raspberry Baby Cakes at Simply Gluten Free
Kelly’s Lime Pound Cake at The Spunky Coconut

Once again I want to wish a big congratulations to Amy. Thank you, Amy, for all that you do for us. We are so excited for you and can’t wait to “meet” your baby boy very soon! Wishing you a restful and healthy last couple of weeks!

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Mushroom Pesto Pinwheels

Yield: 4 1/2 dozen

Prep Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes (includes time for dough to rest)

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

These gluten free, dairy free Mushroom Pesto Pinwheels are the perfect party bite for everyone to enjoy! Tip: you can prepare the recipe through the point of filling the muffin tins, and set aside, covered, in the refrigerator overnight to be baked just before serving.


3 1/4 cups all-purpose gluten free blend, such as Bob's Red Mill, divided
4 tablespoons psyllium husk powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or other non-dairy milk
3 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup (1 1/2 oz) sundried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
boiling water
1 cup (packed) basil leaves
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup vegan parmesan "cheese"
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons reserved soaking water from sundried tomatoes

Vegan Parmesan "Cheese" (source: Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites)
1/2 cup (80gm) dry roasted almonds
6 tablespoons (60gm) hemp seeds
pinch of salt
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons (15gm) nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons (14gm) coconut flour
1/2 tablespoons (5gm) white miso

Additional Ingredients for Assembly:
1 10oz package fresh mushrooms
Olive Oil
Vegan "Parmesan Cheese"


Make the Vegan "Parmesan Cheese":
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until very fine crumbs are formed. (This recipe will make more than you need for the pinwheels. Refrigerate leftovers in a covered container for 1-2 weeks.)

Prepare the Sundried Tomato Pesto:
Place the sundried tomatoes in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let stand for 25 minutes.

Remove the sundried tomatoes with a slotted spoon, reserving the water. Place them in a food processor along with the basil leaves and garlic. Process until very finely chopped. Add vegan parmesan "cheese", olive oil, and 4 tablespoons reserved soaking water. Process again until mixture forms a paste.

Mix the Dough:
Place 3 cups flour, psyllium husk powder, bakign powder, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to combine.

In a bowl or large glass measuring cup, whisk together egg, water, milk, and olive oil. Add the liquid to the food processor and pulse several times, until a wet, stick dough forms. Sprinkle in remaining 1/4 cup flour, and process again until the dough begins to pull together in a ball.

Gather the dough into a large ball, press into a disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.

Assembly and Baking:
While the dough is resting in the refrigerator, finely chop the mushrooms and lightly saute for about 10 minutes, until they soften and release their moisture.

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Spray mini muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray.

Divide dough into 4 equal portions. Place one piece on top of a piece of parchment paper. Keep remaining dough wrapped in plastic to prevent from drying out.

Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a rectangle. Trim edges if desired. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over the length of the dough and use a pastry brush to evenly distribute it. Wet your fingers with a bit of water and brush along the far edge, to moisten (this will help "seal" the dough once you roll it up.)

Spread a thin layer of pesto on the dough, and top with some of the mushrooms. Sprinkle with parmesan "cheese". Starting with the long edge closest to you, roll the dough into a cylinder.

Slice the dough into 1" pieces and place each one in a single well of the muffin tin. (Tip: unflavored dental floss works very well to slice the dough into neat pieces. Simply slide the floss under the dough, then pull the ends upwards and criss-cross them.)

Once the muffin tins are full, spray the tops of the pinwheels with olive oil cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes, until puffed and lightly browned. Serve hot.

This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays.

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32 Responses to “Mushroom Pesto Pinwheels (Gluten Free, Dairy Free) for Amy’s Baby Shower!”

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    Hallie — February 6, 2012 @ 7:29 am Reply

    Such a stunning recipe, Cara! You make me want to eat my screen with your photos. 🙂 These would be the perfect addition to any party, but especially our baby shower!

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    Ricki — February 6, 2012 @ 7:42 am Reply

    Cara, these are stunning! What a great appetizer. And such a beautiful presentation! 🙂

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  7. 4

    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — February 6, 2012 @ 8:52 am Reply

    So pretty!! Love it 🙂

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    Nicole, RD — February 6, 2012 @ 9:23 am Reply

    I love that these are backed in a cupcake pan. The vegan parm sounds wonderful, as well…I love that it’s not JUST nutritional yeast 🙂

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    Alta — February 6, 2012 @ 9:32 am Reply

    These are gorgeous! I’m definitely going to have to try these for the next party. Amy will love them – perfect for this baby shower!

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    Miz Helen — February 6, 2012 @ 10:04 am Reply

    Hi Cara,
    What a sweet Post for Amy, she is all that you say she is. I have known her a long time and she is “real”. Your presentation of Mushroom Pesto Pinwheels is lovely certainly a perfect tray of “goodies” for the shower. It’s been fun cooking with you for the shower!
    Miz Helen

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    Shannon — February 6, 2012 @ 10:10 am Reply

    these look great, what a great addition to the shower 🙂

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    Carol — February 6, 2012 @ 10:26 am Reply

    These are just lovely and seriously, don’t you wish we could have pulled this off in the “real world” instead of virtually? All this amazing food is making me hungry!

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    Jenn Cullen — February 6, 2012 @ 10:52 am Reply

    Another amazing appetizer to bring to parties!
    I was just about to add a comment to your Cheesy Quinoa Cakes post that I made them for my sister’s SuperBowl party and they were awesome and a big hit! I also made your Wagon Wheel Taco Pasta Salad and that was also delicious and popular (can’t wait to have leftovers for lunch today as I’m sure it will be even better today). Thanks again for all your wonderful and healthy recipes.


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    Lexie — February 6, 2012 @ 11:11 am Reply

    Cara, these are GORGEOUS! This spread of food is beyond words … and it’s all “safe.” So nice to see you at this party : ) xoLexie

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    Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free — February 6, 2012 @ 11:34 am Reply

    Cara! Thank you!! I am with Carol – it would be incredible if we could have all been together. Someday I know we’ll make it happen. But, really, I’m just overwhelmed with gratitude for all you have done to make this really special for me. I can’t wait for you to meet our little guy in April!!


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    Heather — February 6, 2012 @ 11:43 am Reply

    Cara, this looks delicious! Most of all I am so excited to try this GF pastry recipe I thought I would never have pastry again after going GF! I love the convenience as well. Genius, Thank you!!!

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      Cara — February 6, 2012 @ 11:57 am

      You’re welcome Heather 🙂 let me know how it turns out for you!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story — February 6, 2012 @ 12:19 pm Reply

    What a beautiful nibbly bite for a shower!

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    Heather Jacobsen — February 6, 2012 @ 1:40 pm Reply

    These are so darling! Congratulations and best wishes to Amy! 🙂

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    Kim-Cook It Allergy Free — February 6, 2012 @ 4:45 pm Reply

    Cara, these are so totally darling! What an awesome combo of flavors. Your photos are just gorgeous too. I love how the placemat under the platter has the same swirling theme as the cool pinwheels!! Just beautiful! 😀

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      Cara — February 6, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

      ha! I guess I lucked out that my store had orange grape tomatoes this week, huh? Totally not planned but I realized after I took the pics that it worked out quite well!

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    Maggie — February 6, 2012 @ 8:16 pm Reply

    Cara I am (always) so impressed! These are incredible. I am definitely trying the dough recipe, I think my kids would have too much fun with this recipe! PB and jam in theirs, mushroom and pesto in mine. YUM! I love reading everyone’s posts.

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    Joanne — February 6, 2012 @ 10:17 pm Reply

    These kinda sorta remind me of savory rugelach! I love all of the filling options that are now at my fingertips…although mushroom pesto might just take the cake.

    Congrats to Amy!

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    Kate — February 7, 2012 @ 5:49 am Reply

    So bright and vibrant – perfect for a shower

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    EA-The Spicy RD — February 7, 2012 @ 8:32 am Reply

    These look so delicious and what a fun occasion to celebrate! Mushrooms are a cause for celebration too :-). Can’t wait to make these!

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    Deborah — February 10, 2012 @ 12:27 am Reply

    These are so cute – the perfect appetizer for a baby shower! 🙂

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    Mara — February 12, 2012 @ 5:25 pm Reply

    I may have had the leftovers for breakfast the day after you brought them over. They were just as good!

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