Archive for ‘GFCF Holidays’

September 27, 2015

GFCF Bliss By Chocolate Cupcakes

by Misty

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This is the last cupcake recipe I will ever need because with it, cupcake nirvana has been achieved. I know, those are fighting words, but trust me when I say we’ve tried a lot of cupcakes in the last four years of birthday parties, school events and holiday celebrations. To boot, my parameters have consistently gotten tighter: now I bake without grains, refined sugar, casein or hydrogenated fats (typically found in frostings). My family absolutely loved these little gems and my kids asked if we could make them for Halloween with spooky decorations on top. I think I’ve found a unanimous favorite! Oh, and they’re nut free and super simple to make!

Enjoy!

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February 11, 2015

GFCF Rice Crispy Valentine Hearts

by Misty

IMG_0009 These adorable hearts are what my kiddos will be receiving on Valentine’s Day this year. They are chocolatey, crunchy and of course, are the obligatory heart shape! The best part is they take five minutes to make and won’t break the bank. You can decide your level of sugar based on the kind of chocolate chips you use. I used 67% dark chocolate chips to cut back on sugar, but Enjoy Life brand would also be a good allergy-friendly choice. I do include peanut butter in these, but that is completely optional.

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October 31, 2014

Halloween Day Tip!

by Misty

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Halloween tip! Fill your kids up with plenty of protein today. My kiddos had scrambled eggs with breakfast, are having fish at lunch and chicken with dinner. Having plenty of protein will help stabilize their blood sugar so the candy they do eat won’t leave them with such a crash.

Would love to hear your Halloween strategies – leave ideas in the comments!

Good luck out there and Happy Halloween!

October 27, 2014

Ooooey Gooooey Wormy Oreo Candy (GFCF)

by Misty

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My daughter is obsessed with American Girl magazine, in part because they feature creative snack and party ideas in every issue. So when they released their Halloween issue waaaaay back in August, I was informed that we’d be making candy for our annual Halloween party. Naturally, the original recipes involved lots of gluten, high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors, but with her little GFCF heart set on it, we decided to modify the heck out of them to make fun AND safe candy for GFCF kids.  

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February 14, 2013

GFCF Valentine’s Day

by Misty

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I’m not sure if it was always this way, but nowadays stores are literally filled with holiday candy from Halloween through Easter. This is no doubt annoying to everyone, but especially to families (and children!) with food restrictions. And nothing pulls at my heart strings like Valentine’s candy – bright and pink and happy in all its heart-shaped glory. Last year, I made my daughter chocolate-covered treats, which she loved, but she still didn’t get the all-important heart-shaped box. So this year, I took matters into my own hands. I bought a colorful heart-shaped box filled with non-GFCF chocolates, cleaned the container out and filled it back up with her favorite GFCF goodies.  

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February 15, 2012

GFCF Valentine’s Day Treats

by Misty

As anyone with a child on the GFCF diet knows, holidays can be painful. Especially the ones that revolve solely around candy. This year, we traded our daughter the bags of loot she brought home from pre-school for what felt like Yummi Earth’s entire product line. But what about the chocolate? Where on earth are the heart-shaped boxes filled with GFCF chocolates? To my knowledge, they don’t exist, so we had to come up with another way to express our love the way pre-schoolers think it needs to be expressed on Valentine’s Day. While these treats aren’t as easy as picking up the box from the drugstore, they are simple, delicious, and worth the little bit of effort. What’s better, there’s plenty of room to improvise with your child’s favorite dried fruits, nuts or cereals and use these for any candy-centric holiday.  

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November 29, 2011

GFCF Holiday Meals on the Go

by Misty

Festive holiday meals are typically laden with butter, cheese, bread crumbs and all manner of desserts that are off-limits for the GFCF child. For this reason, it’s not surprising that some of the nicest celebrations bring a sense of dread, or worse, the idea of ditching altogether because it’s not worth the effort. While not as simple as cooking in your own home, feeding your child a GFCF holiday meal at a friend’s or relative’s house can be done, and more importantly, can be enjoyed with a little planning and organization.

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