Pumpkin Spice Flan

Pumpkin Spice Flan- a simple twist on a Latin Treat

Pumpkin Spice Flan

Flan- A Latin Classic

The first time I ever had flan I was in middle school. We had recently moved to Miami; I was at a friend’s house and her grandmother was making it. She was trying to teach us, but her measurements were all based on a broken coffee cup. It was all about the ratios.  The flan was delicious and it quickly became one of my favorite dishes.

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It’s creamy and not to sweet on its own, but the caramel sauce that it’s baked in adds the perfect amount of sweetness.

Pumpkin Spice Flan

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A few weeks ago I posted a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer. A delicious blend of pumpkin, condensed milk, milk, and spices. In a stroke of brilliance, I realized that not only is it the perfect coffee creamer, it would also be the perfect base for flan. Once you have your pumpkin spice creamer base, it’s as simple as adding eggs to make a custard.

Recipe Tips


When baking the flan, be careful to place your filled custard cups in a glass baking dish and fill with water halfway up the custard cups. Be gentle taking it in and out of the oven. The water can splash into your flan.


After burning myself in an attempt to make caramel for the base, I opted for real maple syrup. Feel free to make caramel if you wish.

Enjoy this take two recipe!

Happy gluten free eating!


Pumpkin Spice Flan

Pumpkin Spice Flan



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Whisk together Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer and eggs until smooth.
  3. Pour 1 to 1/2 Tablespoons into the bottom of a custard cup. Repeat with 3 more cups.
  4. Divide creamer egg mixture among 4 cups.
  5. Place custards cups in small glass baking dishes. Fill baking dish with water, about half way up the cups.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until set.
  7. Carefully remove from baking dish. Allow to cool.
  8. Refrigerate at least two hours.
  9. To remove flan from cup, carefully run a knife around the edge and invert onto a small plate.
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Taste of Gluten Free Louisiana- Product Review Friday

Get a taste of Gluten Free Louisiana!

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Product’s were provided for this review. No monetary compensation was received, all opinions are my own.

Taste of Gluten Free Louisiana

Maybe it is because it is the first place my husband and I went together, but I just love New Orleans and Louisiana in general. The food, the people, the culture, the food (it’s worth mentioning twice!). I haven’t been since diagnosed with Celiac Disease, but when Cookin’ Wit Gus and U.S. Sauce Co. contacted me to try some of their gluten free products I jumped on the chance to get the taste of Louisiana.

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Cookin Wit Gus

Do you know how you know something that is gluten free is really good? When your non-gluten free friends come over, eat it, and LOVE it. That’s what happened with this Gluten Free Spicy Fry Mix from Cookin Wit Gus. It was so yummy. We don’t generally deep fry at our house, so we went ahead and made the fried chicken the same way we normally do. Boil till done, dip in egg, fry mix, and quickly pan fry on all sides. This fry mix worked like a charm and it was even still crispy when we warmed it up the next day!

I was pretty impressed. The fry mix is rice flour based and I usually have a problem with gluten free flours burning really quickly, but this one worked perfectly. It can also be used to make gravy. Cookin Wit Gus makes several different fry mixes for chicken, pork, beef, and fish. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see what I make with the Pork Fry Mix next week!

While Cookin Wit Gus does have non-gluten free products, they have extremely strict cross contamination procedures in place. You can read more about their commitment to gluten free products and their understanding of what it means to be gluten free on their website.

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U. S. Hot Sauce Company

Hot sauce is a must for any dish from Lousiana. In order to sample this Cafe Louisiana hot sauce from U.S. Hot Sauce Co properly, I had to make my Louisiana Style Red Beans and Rice.  The hot sauce was the perfect addition. A little bit vinegary, and hot, but not so hot that it masqued the flavor. It is going to be used quite a bit at our house. It is the perfect way to get a taste of gluten free Louisiana, without having to travel.

You can find out more about the U. S. Hot Sauce company on their website.

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Do you have a gluten free product you would like reviewed? Let me know in the comments!


Pisco Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Whipped Cream

Peruvian Style Pisco Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Whipped Cream

Pisco Chocolate Mousse

Product was received for use in the post from Imperial Sugar as part of the #choctoberfest2016 promotion. No monetary compensation was accepted, all opinions are my own.

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#Choctoberfest 2016 is a great opportunity to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Latin-inspired chocolate recipes! Today we have a Gluten Free  Peruvian Style Pisco Chocolate Mousse (You can find my Mexican Dessert Torte HERE)! Be sure to check out all the great sponsors, including Imperial Sugar, and other great blogs with Chocolate Inspired recipes. Imperial Sugar was kind enough to send me sugar to use in this recipe. If you would like to get in on the fun enter the giveaway HERE!


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Chocolate Mousse is my husband’s favorite desserts If I want to get on his good side, all I need is Pisco Chocolate Mousse waiting for him when he gets home. It turns him into putty. Funny story, I made this once at my dad’s (who isn’t a big dessert eater), he literally went and scraped the bowl. I guess the saying, you marry your father, is sometimes true…at least when it comes to dessert!

A few years back I made my husband Anne Burrell’s Chocolate Mousse from Food Network. Of course, as with everything, I’ve adjusted it and has to throw my own spin on it.  It’s the perfect dessert, just the right amount of sweet, without being overpowering. Traditionally Chocolate Mousse is made with Kalua or Espresso, but Pisco adds an amazing touch that really knocks this mousse out of the park.

Pisco is a Peruvian liquor made from fermented and distilled grapes. It is famous throughout Peru, mostly used in a drink called “Pisco Sours”, but it is delicious in other applications, like dessert, as well.

Pisco Chocolate Mousse

 The Recipe

Chocolate Mousse from scratch can seem a bit intimidating, but it really isn’t very hard. My golden tool in this is my hand mixer. Kitchenaid’s are great, but for this recipe, it helps to have more than one bowl.  Here are my notes to help make Pisco Chocolate Mousse a seamless process for you.

Multiple Bowls

I know it means more dishes, and I will be the first to complain about extra dishes (we are a paper plate family), but you need them for this. Suck it up and just wash them all when you’re done. Trust me, it is worth it.

The Chocolate

It is ok if some of the chocolate does not incorporate seamlessly. It just gives you little bits of chocolate throughout the mousse and it is delicious.

Adding the Liquor

Under no circumstances add the liquor to the chocolate. You will have a large mess. Do not ask how I know, just don’t do it.

The Eggs

This recipe does use raw eggs. If you are making it for a large group of people, you may want to consider purchasing pasteurized eggs that are safe for pregnant women and children.

Dairy Free Substitution

Whipped Coconut Cream can be used in place of Whipped Heavy Cream.


I think that is about it. If you try it, be sure to take a picture and tag @myglutenfreemiami on Instagram!

What’s your favorite go-to Chocolate Dessert? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

Pisco Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Whipped Cream

Pisco Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Whipped Cream


  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 5 tablespoons sugar (divided- 3 tablespoons and 2 tablespoons)
  • 1-2 tablespoons Pisco (depending on taste)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (can use coconut cream for dairy free substitution)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Place a small glass or metal bowl over a small pot with about 2 inches of water in it. Bring to boil.
  2. Place chocolate in bowl and stir until melted. Remove bowl from top of pot and allow to cool slightly
  3. In a separate bowl, beat 2 egg yolks and 3 tablespoons sugar until egg yolks double in size. Stir in Pisco.
  4. In another bowl whip 2 cups heavy cream with 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Set aside 3/4 cup whipped cream for topping.
  5. Carefully beat together chocolate and egg yolk mixture by pouring egg yolk slowly into bowl with chocolate with beaters running. Be careful not to cook the eggs.
  6. Add several heaping spoonfuls of whipped cream to egg chocolate mixture and beat on low until combined.
  7. Fold in remaining whipped cream.
  8. Pour mousse into desire containers or bowls and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  9. Top with whipped cream.
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Tips for Allergy Friendly Trick or Treating

Trick or treating should be fun for everyone. Use these tips for allergy friendly trick or treating that doesn’t leave anyone out!

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Confession Time

I have never been trick or treating. Never. Growing up we went to a lot of harvest festivals at church, and always had a great time, but I have never experienced knocking on doors and handing out candy. I’ve never handed out candy either. I used to buy a bag but never lived in a neighborhood where kids went door to door.

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But now my daughter has started Day Care and she has school on Halloween. I’m not planning to take her trick or treating, but I wanted to do something special for her class. As always, the first thing I think about is, “Does anyone have food allergies?”  I created these great little pumpkins full of non-food toys and a few treats that are allergy friendly and made without artificial flavors.


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Tips for Choosing Allergy Safe Treats for Trick or Treating

When it comes to holidays, we always want to be as inclusive as possible. These are just a few tips to help when choosing allergy safe treats:

  1.  Avoid items like play dough (may contain wheat) and items made of latex.
  2. There are several candies out there that are Top 8 Free, including Enjoy Life Mini Chips (You can see my DIY post using Enjoy Life Mini Chips HERE!) and Yum Earth Gummies. Keep packages on hand for parents to view.
  3. Give options. Have non-food treats and candy treats available. The Teal Pumpkin Project has some great ideas for treats, as well as signs you can download to let children know that your house has allergy friendly options.

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Pumpkin Gift Bags

For my daughter’s class, I found these cute little pumpkin boxes at Michael’s. (Michael’s tip- Always use a coupon! They will take them from your phone!) and picked up some little trinkets at Target. I love Micheal’s and Target (not getting paid to say this!) and I am lucky enough to have them in the same building.

Allergy Friendly Trick or Treating | http://myglutenfreemiami.comIt wasn’t very expensive to put them together. I included:

  1. Foozy balls
  2. Rubber (non-latex) bracelets
  3. Spider Rings
  4. Spider Erasers
  5. Yum Earth Lollipop
  6. Yum Earth Gummy Bears and Worms.

They fit in the little boxes perfectly and I know the kids in Day Care are going to be thrilled to get a little gift, plus the parents are going to be thrilled that the candy isn’t full of artificial stuff. It’s also a very limited amount of candy.

What are your favorite tips for Allergy Free Trick or Treating? Share in the comments!

Allergen Friendly Crispy Treat Pumpkin Bags + A Giveaway

Enjoy trick or treating with fun DIY gluten free treats!
gluten free treatsThis post is sponsored by Enjoy Life. All opinions are my own.

Teal Pumpkin Project

I hate seeing kids left out, especially when it is so simple to include them. There will always be times when you have Celiac Disease or other food allergies that you won’t be able to participate in activities, but if you have it in your power to include everyone, then why not do it!

Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project? It is a fantastic movement that takes into account children with allergies and food sensitivities during Halloween when candy treats are typically passed out. When you see a teal pumpkin outside a door, it means that they have treats that are safe for kids with food allergies. Often this means items like stickers and spider rings, but sometimes great companies produce candies that are perfect for children with allergies.

Using Enjoy Life’s new Baking Chip Snack Bags, I created these fun gluten free treats. Since Enjoy Life goes the extra mile to make their products allergen friendly, I wanted to go the extra mile to make these gluten free treats allergen friendly as well.

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Enjoy Life Baking Chips Snack Packs

Baking Chip Snack Packs are the newest of Enjoy Life’s amazing allergen friendly products. They are perfect for handing out as treats just like they are (or to sneak in your purse for that daily chocolate fix!).  As with all Enjoy Life Products they are Top 8 Allergen Free. This means NO:




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Plus, they are made without casein, potato, or sesame. Perfect for handing out as treats! Plus, you can enter below to win 2 FREE Bags.

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Gluten Free Treats for Everyone

gluten free treatsIf you have Celiac Disease, you understand how difficult it can be to participate in “normal” activities. One of the best things about Enjoy Life Baking Chips Snack Packs is that they are not only gluten free, but Allergen Friendly. When I decided to make these adorable activity bags, I didn’t want to just make them gluten free. I wanted to make them as allergen friendly as possible.

These kits are a super fun activity for a Halloween or Harvest party, or just to pass out for kids to do at home. They make great little gifts or party favors. So simple, but they turn out adorable!

How to Make Crispy Treat Pumpkin Bags

  1. gluten free treatsPlace one Pumpkin Crispy Treat, one Enjoy Life Snack Pack and one bag of icing in each goodie bag.
  2. To decorate, just cut the corner of the icing and squeeze onto pumpkin. Decorate with Enjoy Life Baking Chips!
  3. Pass out for kids to enjoy!

In order to make them Allergen Friendly I made a few adjustments to my usual recipes.

Recipe Notes:

Butter: Earth Balance makes great vegan, dairy free buttery sticks.gluten free treats

Crispy Rice: I used Nature’s Path Crispy Brown Rice.

Marshmallows: Dandies Marshmallows are gluten free, corn free, and vegan (they do contain soy, so if this is an issue, please look for another variety!) Regular marshmallows do not contain soy, but are made with corn syrup.

Chocolate Chips: Enjoy Life mini chips are top 8 free and made without corn.

Powdered Sugar: I used Wholesome Brand Corn Free Powdered Sugar. I have heard that Trader Joes also makes a corn-free powdered sugar, but I have not tried it.


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Crispy Treat Pumpkin Bags

Crispy Treat Pumpkin Bags


    Crispy Treats
  • 1/4 cup dairy free butter stick
  • 10 oz marshmallows
  • 5 cups gluten free crispy rice
  • Icing
  • 3 cups corn free powder sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened dairy free butter
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • food coloring if desired


    Crispy Treats
  1. Melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Add marshmallows and melt together.
  3. Add gluten free crispy rice.
  4. Stir well.
  5. Spread onto baking pan.
  6. Use a pumpkin cutter to cut pumpkin shapes.
  7. Icing
  8. Beat softened butter.
  9. Beat in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time.
  10. At water and vanilla.
  11. Beat well.
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