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Showing posts with label dairy free. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dairy free. Show all posts

Feb 7, 2017

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes (dairy + gluten free)

It's birthday week! Or.... really just an excuse to make cupcakes. ;)

I always try and create a new cake/dessert recipe for my birthday, because no one else in this house is making me a cake, and buying one really isn't much of an option. Last year it was these amazing strawberry cupcakes, that are probably my favorite ever. I posted the question on my Facebook page about what flavor I should try this year, and as soon as I read "Mint Chocolate Chip" I knew that was it!

Jan 26, 2017

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Chia Pudding (gluten free + vegan)

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I was just recently talking about our healthier eating plan around here (which I followed up with a dessert post - ha!), and here is one example of our healthier breakfast choices! I've been seeing Chia Pudding recipes everywhere. They're super versatile and you can really add any flavors you like, plus mix-ins, toppings, etc. 

Jan 24, 2017

Chocolate No Bake Cheesecakes (gluten free + vegan)

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How are the New Year's Resolutions going? So far so good over here, which is why it's been a bit quiet on the site this past month. My eating habits got a bit (read: a lot) lax toward the end of 2016 and needed reigned back in. It's so easy to make excuses and put off cleaning up bad habits during the holidays.

Dec 30, 2016

Champagne Cupcakes {dairy + gluten free}

Happy New Year's Eve! If I'd planned better this week, I would've had this recipe up with a few extra days to spare, but time got away from me! The good news is, this recipe calls for ingredients that most of us probably already have on hand! If you're a fan of my Strawberry Cupcakes, this is a very similar recipe, except the liquid is replaced with champagne - perfect for today! 

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Dec 24, 2016

Mini Cranberry Orange Spice Cakes {dairy + gluten free}

It's no secret that one of my favorite flour blends to bake with is Namaste Foods Perfect Flour Blend. When I was asked by Namaste Foods to review some additional products, I couldn't pass up the opportunity. I always have fantastic results with the flour blend, and I've tried a few of their products in the past, but I really wanted to try the Spice Cake Mix


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Dec 21, 2016

Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies {gluten free + vegan}

I recently had the opportunity to become a Rodelle Brand Ambassador. I have only seen their vanilla extract in my local stores, and it is one of my favorite brands to use in baked goods. After perusing their website and seeing all of the fantastic products they make, I knew I had to try the gourmet baking cocoa and organic chocolate extract (say what?!). Chocolate extract. Yum.


Dec 20, 2016

Christmas Popcorn Snack Mix {gluten free + vegan}

One of our family favorite snacks has got to be our popcorn snack mixes. We love to create fun, festive mixes with treats we love. Our S'mores Popcorn Snack Mix and our Lucky Leprechaun Snack Mix are just two examples of some of the mixes we make. We always start with popcorn (either fresh popped and lightly salted, or Skinny Pop brand to save some time), then we add in sweet and salty treats from pretzels, to marshmallows, cereal, candy...whatever our hearts desire.

Dec 19, 2016

Turtle Cheesecake Bites {gluten free + vegan}

Before kids (and before food allergies), my favorite dessert to make was cheesecake. I would experiment with flavors, topping, you name it. One of my favorite cheesecakes was turtle, with crunchy pecans, sweet caramel and rich chocolate. It has been years since I have made it, but I still think about making that recipe frequently.

Dec 18, 2016

Salted Caramel Devil's Food Cake Cookies {dairy free}

We had a Christmas Treat Contest at work this past week and I had been thinking of making this recipe for awhile. It was the perfect reason to make them, although now I need to make another batch for us to enjoy here at home too! For the treat contest, I did not make these gluten free, however they were dairy free. Making a gluten free version is next up on my list. I'll let you know if they turn out as well as the original.

Dec 5, 2016

Banana Cream Pie Cake {dairy + gluten free}

While banana cream pie might not be what comes to mind when you think of holiday recipes, but around Thanksgiving, we were looking for a yummy dessert idea that was different than your usual pumpkin and pecan pies. I decided to mix it up a bit with this banana cream pie cake, and I was not disappointed. Soft, fluffy cake, vanilla pudding, sweet bananas, and cool creamy whipped topping was a perfect detour from the usual fall desserts. I am definitely going to be making this recipe during the spring and summer too! 

Nov 23, 2016

Cranberry Orange Biscuits {gluten free + vegan}

I have a memory from my childhood of these delicious cinnamon raisin biscuits that my mom would take me to get from a fast food restaurant. They were soft, flaky, slightly salty with pops of sweet raisins, and topped with a sweet, creamy glaze.

I have always wanted to recreate those glorious biscuits but dairy- and gluten-free, of course. But I decided I would mix things up a bit and use tart, fresh cranberries instead of raisins, and add in bright orange zest for a pop. I didn't make a glaze for these, but they would be amazing with a simple powdered sugar/dairy free milk icing drizzled over the top.

Nov 22, 2016

Brussels Sprouts, Pear and Candied Pecan Salad {dairy + gluten free}

It's not too late to add another yummy side dish to your Thanksgiving menu. Light and full of flavor, this salad is filled with fall flavors like pear and candied pecans. I've been enjoying this salad as a main dish for lunch the past few days and it is so good!

Nov 21, 2016

Overnight Mashed Potatoes {gluten free + vegan}

Thanksgiving is officially two days away. I would imagine most of you already have your menu planned, if you are doing the cooking. But if you're at all like me, I often find myself scrambling to throw things together at the last minute. I also like to put a spin on traditional recipes whenever possible. This recipe solves both of those issues for me.

Nov 18, 2016

Sweet Stir-fry Chicken + Veggies {dairy + gluten free}

Do you ever feel like you make the same three meals on repeat and need a menu revamp? I feel that way frequently and find myself trying to come up with loads of new meal ideas and then blow my budget on all of the ingredients to put just a few of them together. 

When I can sit down and make a meal plan, then make my grocery list from that, I feel like my life is so much more organized. But I have learned through the years that I really need to pick one new meal idea each week or even every other week, then stick to tried and true, easy to throw together, family favorites the rest of the time. This revelation has truly changed the way I grocery shop, and even the way I cook. I can easily swap certain ingredients for others which mixes it up just enough to feel different and not blow my budget. 

Some of our usuals that are easily interchangeable:
  • Mexican (soft or crunchy tacos; fish tacosshredded pork quesadillas, nachos or taco salads)
  • Italian (spaghetti, lasagna, goulash, chicken alfredo, pizza casserole, pizza bites)
  • Meat/Veggie/Starch (all roasted on a pan in the oven, or slow cooker meals are my fave!)
    • chicken/brussel sprouts/sweet potatoes
    • chicken/broccoli and cauliflower/rice
    • smoked sausage/peppers and onions/roasted potato wedges
    • pork loin/green beans or asparagus/mashed potatoes
  • Sandwiches (pulled pork, shredded chicken, sloppy joes, or burgers)
  • Grilled kebabs/kabobs in warmer weather (Hawaiian pork, shrimp boil, chicken fajitas, steak)
The best part about any of these meal ideas is that you can really just pick up whatever protein, vegetable, and starch or sauce you feel like having, and make any one of these meals on a whim. I like to stock up on marinara sauce, gluten free noodles, rice, tortilla chips, and any other ingredients that I use for sauces to just have on hand at any moment. Then I pick up meat when it is on sale and throw it in the freezer. Then I really just have to make sure I have fresh produce to go with everything else. 

Having this plan in place has really helped to cut back on the amount of money I spend at the grocery store, as well as the number of trips I have to make. I usually make one monthly trip to specialty stores to pick up all of our dairy free cheeses, butter, and specialty gluten free products that aren't sold at every store. I make one trip to Aldi or shop the sales at my regular store for pantry items and meat. 

Then I just have to make a run for produce and anything that I feel like grabbing on my weekly/bi-weekly shopping trip. I also build days into our menu to go out for dinner, or when we're just sticking with leftovers or doing a "fend for yourself" night to give myself an occasional break from cooking. 

One of the other easy ways to switch up flavors is to add a sweet and savory sauce to your meat and veggies. This Sweet Stir-fry Chicken and Veggies recipe has been a family favorite for many years. It's fast and delicious, and the kids just love it. Most of the ingredients are things I always have around and can just throw together quickly on a weeknight. 


Nov 16, 2016

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Almond Buttercream (gluten free + vegan)

When you have food allergies or intolerances, it's imperative that you have a good, go-to cake recipe that it easily thrown together. It seems like we are always having to prepare a safe dessert or treat for impromptu parties. While I love trying to come up with new ideas, sometimes I don't have the time to plan ahead and am scrambling to come up with something in a pinch. 

Nov 11, 2016

HBD to Us! Caramel Apple Crisp {gluten free + vegan}

Guess what today is!? It's the 4th Anniversary of Making it Milk-free! I cannot believe I've been blogging here for this long. When I think back to when I started and all that I have learned these years, it is so amazing! It truly is a labor of love here, and while we have moments of struggle (like the nine months I simultaneously was pregnant and had writers block), the exciting moments are just that much more rewarding and fun. This little love of cooking-food allergy advocacy-turned hobby of mine has been such an adventure. If you have been following along this whole time or if you found us just recently, THANK YOU for your support and for checking out our recipes!

In honor of this special day, I'm sharing one of my favorite (new) fall dessert recipes. This is the time of year I start to plan for upcoming holiday treats, desserts, meals, etc. While pumpkin-everything seems to steal the show more often than not, apple flavors are everywhere as well. I always have grand plans to make a caramel apples or other apple-flavored treats this time of year, and this was no exception.


Nov 8, 2016

Hazelnut Cookie Bars with Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache {dairy +gluten free}

I'm taking a break from all things pumpkin for the time being. The time to prepare for Thanksgiving meals is quickly approaching, but I was in the mood for something different. This recipe is exactly that!

Oct 19, 2016

Chai Spiced Zucchini Bread with Cardamom + Vanilla Bean Glaze {dairy +gluten free}

There isn't much I love more than relaxing on a cool fall morning with a steaming cup of coffee and a slice of freshly baked bread for breakfast. Whether it's pumpkin bread, banana bread, or this amazing cinnamon apple bread, I don't discriminate. I just love the slightly sweet, but mostly spicy and comforting fall flavors. 



Oct 17, 2016

Halloween Treat Round-up | 20 dairy-free + gluten-free recipes


As if it wasn’t already abundantly obvious from the slew of posts that happen during the month of October over here, Halloween, and Fall in general, are my favorite parts of the year. There are so many fun, creative, unique snack ideas that can be made allergy-friendly with ease. I'm sharing this compilation of some of my absolute favorite Halloween-themed recipes that are dairy free and gluten free, and are perfect for parties or just a fun treat for you own kiddos. Enjoy!


Oct 15, 2016

Pumpkin Roll Cake with Whipped Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling {dairy + gluten free}

Making a Pumpkin Cake Roll has been in my to-do list every fall for as long as I can remember. Not only because I love pumpkin and other flavors the season brings, but because they're simply beautiful. They look elegant and elaborate but are actually not as difficult as they seem.


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