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Happy [Gluten-Free] Birthday!

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I don’t indulge in sweets very often…my health depends on me maintaining a whole foods diet full of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts and seeds. Yet when it comes to my birthday, I prefer to have my cake and eat it too. And with my 35th birthday coming up, I thought I’d post some of my favorite recipes for Gluten-Free treats, including a delicious cupcake recipe that you can easily make without refined sugar or dairy with just a few simple substitutions!

Almond-Cashew Butter Fudge: Great for dinner parties (everyone loves something sweet at the end of the meal) or as an after-school snack for the kids. It’s not too sweet and has a touch of saltiness.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites: These are gluten-free and grain free!  And if you use vegan chocolate chips, they are dairy free too! You may be turned off by the main ingredient – but don’t be! These really do taste like little chocolate chip cookies.

Dairy-Free GF Cupcakes: Replace the 2 cups of sugar with a little less than 1/3 cup of raw honey. Oven temperature should be 325 (instead of 350). Use store-bought GF/DF frosting or make your favorite homemade version (in this, substitute your favorite dairy-free  milk).