National Doughnut Day!!

Okay y’all! Let’s face it . . . eating Gluten Free isn’t always the easiest, especially when you can’t participate in fun events like National Doughnut Day. In order to help in finding substitutes for doughnuts, I thought I’d share some recipes I’ve found for Gluten Free Doughnuts!

1) Glazed Gluten Free Doughnuts! 

Find the recipe here from Sincerely Caroline!

2) Honey Glazed Gluten Free Doughnuts

Find the recipe here on Hogwash!

3) Gluten Free Chocolate Eclairs (They’re totally doughnuts . . . right?)

Find the recipe here on Glutenista’s blog!

4) Gluten Free Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

Find them on the Smashed Peas and Carrots website!

And, if you don’t want to make your own doughnuts . . . try this:

5) Gluten Free Doughnuts from Kinnikinnick Foods

Find those here!

Regardless of how you celebrate National Doughnut Day, I hope you have a fabulous one!

Have a Fabulous Friday y’all!

Love,

Olivia

Aldi LiveGfree Chocolate Cake Mix Review!

Today I’ll be reviewing Aldi’s LiveGfree Chocolate Cake Mix! It’s part of the Special Buy from last week, but it should be in your store until it runs out of inventory! The packaging looks like this:

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My sister made it into cupcakes with fresh strawberry frosting . . . so tasty! I think they turned out absolutely lovely! 🙂IMG_3964Onto our review!!

Texture: Texturally, these are awesome. Perfectly moist and fluffy, almost to a fault because the fall apart quite easily if kept room temperature. We found that letting the sit in the fridge for a little while helped a lot!!

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Price: $2.99 which is pretty great when you consider it was supposed to make 12 cupcakes, and made 22 cupcakes, and it is a little more than a dollar savings in comparison to what’s available at Walmart. So, that’s always a perk! 🙂

Flavor: Fantastic. Really chocolatey without being overpowering. Also, the taste is consistent throughout the cake. The addition of strawberry frosting created a really tasty flavor profile for the cupcake overall! 🙂

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Overall: This was an awesome cake mix with great texture, flavor, and value. I really liked it, and am planning to go stock up on some before my local Aldi runs out of these special buy mixes!

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Have y’all tried any of these special buy LiveGfree products? If so, let me know what you tried, and how you liked it in the comments!

Have a Tremendous Thursday!!

Love,

Olivia

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Hey y’all! Today I’m going to be sharing a recipe for Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies.IMG_3792

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 cup Shortening
  • 3/4 cup Light Brown Sugar (firmly packed)
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 cup Applesauce
  • 2/3 cup Krusteaz All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/3 and 1/8 cup Coconut Flour
  • Dash of Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Beat Peanut Butter, Shortening, Brown Sugar, Milk, and Vanilla until well blended.
  3. Add in Applesauce and mix in with a spatula.
  4. Mix flours, baking soda, and salt. Add into creamed mixture until completely blended. Form into a ball with a spatula. It’ll look something like this:IMG_3785
  5. Roll into balls, and place onto a cookie sheet. Create a criss cross pattern with the tines of a fork.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes until just beginning to brown. Cool on a wire rack:IMG_3787

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

I hope y’all try this recipe! If you do . . . let me know what you think of it in the comments!

IMG_3789Have an awesome day y’all!

Love,

Olivia

Marilyn’s Gluten Free Gourmet Bubble Bread Mix . . . a review!

I’m SO excited to share this product with y’all today! I met Marilyn at the GFAF Expo. What a great lady! She was super sweet, and she gave me TWO different mixes to review for y’all here on the blog. Today I’ll be reviewing the Original Bubble Bread Mix, and sometime soon I’ll be reviewing the Rosemary and Sea Salt Bubble Bread Mix for y’all as well!

The picture you see below is the completed loaf of bubble bread next to the packaging.
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This bread is SUPER simple to make. In fact, it would be an awesome way to introduce your little ones to gluten free baking.

It’s made using a really interesting, yet simple process. So I decided to make a quick little video showing y’all how I made mine today! 🙂

In case y’all missed any of that . . . all you have to do is:

  1. Pour your mix into a bowl.
  2. Add in an egg or your choice of egg substitute.
  3. Pour in 12 oz of a carbonated beverage of your choice. Use an entire can if you have one. The taste will change if you use a flavored beverage like root beer, gluten free beer, or fruit-flavored soda.
  4. Stir until smooth.
  5. Pour into a pan.
  6. Bake for an hour.
  7. Slather with butter or coconut oil.
  8. Allow the bread to cool, slice, and serve!

As I said in the video, I’ll be doing a review of the bread here on the blog today, so . . . let’s dive right in!

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Price: Though mine was free, I did investigate the price for y’all. It is $6.99 per package — which while a bit pricier than a loaf of Gluten Free Bread; it’s well worth the investment in order to have the experience of making it at least once! 🙂

Texture: Awesome! It’s moist and has a really great crust on it, with a soft interior. It’s not crumbly, and holds together impeccably well (a characteristic uncommonly found in Homemade Gluten Free Bread in my experience) which is fantastic!

Taste: The most important factor, right? Well, this Bubble Bread does not disappoint. It’s a sweeter bread and is tasty with jam, and tea more than likely. 😉 I really liked the flavor of it, and I am looking forward to seeing what else pairs well with it!

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Overall: I love this product. It was incredibly simple to make. It tastes fantastic, and it isn’t outrageously priced at all! Makes Marilyn’s Bubble Bread a winner in my book!

Thanks to American Gra-Frutti and Marilyn’s Gluten Free Gourmet for allowing me to review your product! It was splendid!

Have a Stupendous Saturday, y’all!

Love,

Olivia

Gluten Free Funfetti Cake Mix Review

I’ve been hearing rave reviews of Pillsbury’s Gluten Free Funfetti Cake Mix, but until this week I couldn’t find it in a store near me. Sad, I know. Anyway, I found the Gluten Free Funfetti mix at my local Walmart the other day, and thought I’d share my take on it with y’all! My sister made the mix into cupcakes and topped them with almond buttercream . . . (think delectable wedding cake, y’all!!)

1425651464Now, we’ll split this review into three parts (per usual) FlavorTexture, and Price. Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Flavor:
Awesome. These taste exactly like what I remember of the glutenous version of Funfetti cupcakes. I’d do a side by side comparison for y’all because I’m pretty sure that they’re exactly the same, but I won’t be doing that because . . . Gluten! Lol. They are simply delicious with no weird aftertaste like some Gluten Free mixes give you. I’d declare the flavor of these a ten out of ten! 🙂Texture:
Perfect. There’s no dryness or grittiness whatsoever. My favorite part, however, is they are light and airy with no denseness at all. In fact, texturally, these may be the very best cupcakes I’ve had since going Gluten Free. I’d give the texture a ten out of ten.

Price:
Not bad at all. This mix is $2.98 at my Walmart versus around $4.00 for other similar Gluten Free Cake Mixes I have purchased. They’re still more expensive than the glutenous version, but that’s on par for almost all Gluten Free products. I wasn’t shocked or disappointed. I’m giving the price a ten out of ten, because it’s more reasonable than any other Gluten Free Cake mixes I’ve tried.

Overall:
I think this mix is absolutely fantastic, the taste is fantastic, they’re light and airy and more cost effective than other Gluten Free Cake Mixes I’ve seen. I’m very excited about this product, and I would definitely recommend it to y’all as well as buying it again myself!! So go out and get one for the weekend, bake it up into cupcakes or another fun application, come back here and post your creation so we can all see how fun the “funfetti” can be!!

As usual, all opinions expressed within this review are mine and mine alone. Pillsbury doesn’t have a clue who I am.

Have a Fantastic Friday, y’all!!
Love,
Olivia

Homemade Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls

Whether you’re looking for ways to fulfill your sweet tooth cravings, making a special breakfast, or simply want to make your kitchen smell divinely delicious . . . (kinda like walking by Cinnabon — only gluten free!) this is the recipe is for you! 🙂

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Ingredients:
1 box Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix (I used Aldi’s LiveGfree)
1 teaspoon Yeast
2 Large Eggs
8 tablespoons Butter, divided in half
½ cup warm water
¾ cup Sugar
1 tablespoon Cinnamon
½ teaspoon Vanilla

Glaze:
1 cup Powdered Sugar
2 Tablespoons water
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400° and butter a 13″ x 9″ baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix your pizza crust mix, eggs, yeast, 4 tablespoons of softened butter, warm water and ¼ cup sugar. Let rise for 10 minutes covered with a dish towel.
  3. While your dough is rising . . . mix your sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Put your glaze together in a 2-cup Pyrex measure.
  4. Roll the dough out on wax paper, shaping it into a rectangle of about a ¼-inch thickness. Spread with 4 tablespoons of melted butter. Sprinkle your cinnamon/ sugar/ vanilla mixture onto the surface of the dough.
  5. Roll the dough up over the filling tightly and slice into 12 equal pieces. Place in your buttered pan. Allow the rolls to rise at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes covered with foil. Remove the foil and bake 10 additional minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes and drizzle your glaze on the warm rolls. Serve immediately.

This recipe delivered the most incredible gluten free cinnamon roll I have ever had. Going past bakeries can be a huge downer when living a gluten free lifestyle. Making these at home completely eliminates any pain I’ve ever felt when passing by Cinnabon empty-handed. Super delicious!

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Hope y’all have had a wonderful Saturday!!
Love,
Olivia

Gluten Free Breakfast Ideas

Hey y’all! Thought I’d share some easy Gluten Free Breakfasts I’ve made over the past few weeks! 😀

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1) Dippy Yolk Eggs with Toast (Canyon Bakehouse 7 Grain Bread) and Cherry Tomatoes.

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2) A Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin from Walmart!
These are quite tasty. The packaging at Walmart looks like this, fyi.

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3) Aldi LiveGfree Pancakes (2) with half a banana, and a scrambled egg with red bell pepper, ham, and cheese.

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4) Breakfast Tostada with eggs, ham, bell peppers, cheese, a dollop of sour cream, cilantro, and cherry tomatoes.

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5) Chocolate Chip Banana Bread! If you have time the night before or on a weekend you could make this, and have yummy breakfast all week long.

So, there ya go. A few easy Gluten Free Breakfasts! Check back here tomorrow for a new post! 😉

Love,
Olivia