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Handcrafted Dairy/Casein-Free Chewy Caramels

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I am super excited about this recipe for gluten-free, dairy/casein-free caramels because I have tried it 3 times using different substitute ingredients and each one produced a buttery, chewy caramel candy…perfect for dipping apples, making homemade candy treats, you name it. First, let me tell you how I landed on it.  I began my quest […]

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free “Toll House” Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Egg-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I realize you might be wondering why the heck I am posting a chocolate chip cookie recipe this close to Thanksgiving. Most people close to me in my “real” life are most likely thinking, “Oh, there goes Heidi again, off on an ADD tangent…does she NOT REALIZE what today’s date it is?  Where’s the $&@#! […]

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free “Hostess” Cupcakes

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Hostess Cupcakes

Homemade Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free”Hostess” Cupcakes, why did it take me so long to try this?  I guess I forgot that “Fresh, Wholesome Hostess and Kids Go Together!” Did you notice the part about being fresh and wholesome?  I won’t comment on the “wholesome” aspects because I think we can all agree that we know that statement […]

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Sopaipillas

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Gluten-Free Sopaipillas.  Fluffy “pillows” of fried dough, drizzled with sweet honey…oh, how I never thought this day would come!! Why is this such a big deal to me, you ask?  Well, I live in New Mexico, the birthplace of sopaipillas and they are as commonplace in New Mexican restaurants as bread baskets are in Italian […]

Homemade Gelatin-Free “Jello” Oranges and Fruit Cups

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My youngest son loves “jelly” cups (a.k.a. Jello/Gelatin), but when we started a synthetic dye-free challenge a few months ago, out went the Jello brand gelatin cups!  I tried a product by the NutraDrink company called Natural Jel Desserts back in May (see my “Funny Oranges post”) and while I was initially impressed with the […]

Goldbaum’s Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cones, Crackers & Pasta

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I recently received several complimentary gluten-free products from Goldbaum’s to sample and review on my blog.  I have been ordering Goldbaum’s gluten-free ice cream “cake-style” cones for a few years now, but that is all I had tried up until this point (and we love them!).  GF mom tip: the cake-style cones are handy snacks […]

Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free & Soy-Free Chocolate Pudding

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For this chocolate pudding, I pretty much merged two recipes I found online: a recipe for Homemade Vanilla Pudding that I found on allrecipes.com and Tyler Florence’s recipe for Chocolate Pudding which I found on FoodNetwork.com.  I then made my dairy-free substitutions and finished with MimicCreme Healthy Top Whipped Cream! Ingredients 2 cups Milk (I […]

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free Chocolate Pudding

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NOTE:  This recipe does contain tree nuts (almond and cashews).  At the end of this post, I will tell you of a dry pudding mix that will setup with dairy-free milk (at least it does with So Delicious Original Coconut Milk). Okay, I am really excited about this recipe!  My 3 year old LOVES chocolate […]

Gluten-Free Cherry Clafoutis

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I love cherries; they are the perfect fruit for me.  The perfect balance of sweet and tart.  The plump and juicy flesh of this stone fruit takes me back to a much simpler time, when I could spend the hot summer afternoon in my parents’ backyard with a bowl of fresh cherries and eat them […]

Dairy-Free Fruit Parfaits and Fun Fruit Sundaes

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This is a new favorite dessert of mine, it also makes for a high fiber breakfast.  I have been on a melon kick lately and have been branching outside of the cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelons that I usually buy.  In the above photo, the peach colored melon is a Crenshaw Melon. According to FoodReference.com: Crenshaw […]