The Busy Mom’s Easy {Gluten-Free} Monster Cookie Bars

Delicious cookie bars filled with peanut butter, oats and chocolate. There is something for everyone!

The Busy Mom's Easy {Gluten-Free} Monster Cookie Bars

Can’t forget about the cookies!

This holiday season has me running around like a chicken with my head cut off. It is my daughters first “real” Christmas. Technically it was last Christmas since she was born on the 23rd, but we were in the hospital, so it doesn’t really count. There is so much excitement surrounding her first Christmas. Taking pictures and buying presents, I almost forgot about making out favorite holiday cookie. Monster cookies are awesome and I needed a cookie for our cookie exchange. They have something in them for everyone- peanut butter, m&ms, oatmeal, chocolate chips. I knew they would be perfect.

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5 Gluten-Free Goodies for the Ultimate Wish List

5 Gluten-Free Goodies for the Ultimate Wish ListPlease note that this post contains affiliate links. When purchases are made through affiliate links, there is no cost to you, but it does help keep My Gluten Free Miami up and running, so thank you!

Gluten-Free Goodness!

I don’t know about you, but I love getting gifts. It does not have to be a big gift. Little gifts are fine too. When I was teaching, I loved getting all kinds of different gifts during the holidays. Student’s would bring ornaments and all kinds of little things. It was so much fun.

Now that I am out of the teaching game I don’t get as many gifts for Christmas, just a few from my family, but that doesn’t mean I love them any less. Below I have given you just a few things that are on my wish list that I am sure anyone, gluten-free or not, would love! All the items below are not only gluten-free, but are also safe for those with Celiac!

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The Best Ever Gluten-Free Brownies {in a jar} with Free Printable Gift Tag

Rich and Chocolaty, these brownies are a gluten-free treat everyone can enjoy!

The Best Ever Gluten-Free Brownies

Delicious Brownies

I don’t know about you, but I love brownies! Brownies are the first baked good I learned to make gluten-free and it wasn’t even for myself.

I have worked in education for as long as I can remember. Before I was diagnosed I had a young boy with autism as part of a children’s program I was directing. He was on a gluten-free diet and I didn’t want him to miss out on the treats we were having. I bought some gluten-free flour from Trader Joes and began the search for a brownie recipe.

I didn’t even think to look for one that was “gluten-free”. Fake It Frugal had a recipe that seemed really easy so I used it to make gluten-free brownies for him. They were good, but not great.

Since then I have made a few tweaks to the recipe. I switched to coconut oil, reduced the sugar, and I love to add a bit of espresso powder. They may be gluten-free and dairy-free, but they are so delicious that everyone loves them. When my friends hear I am making brownies, they come knocking!

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A Gluten-Free Christmas, Fun and Festive Banana Bread

Baked in a ceramic mini loaf pan, these gluten-free banana breads are perfect for everyone on your gift list!

Fun and Festive Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Nothing says Christmas like fresh baked banana bread!

Before going gluten-free, every Christmas I would bake tons of mini banana breads and pass them out as little gifts. Everyone goes bananas for banana bread! This simple recipe was inspired by a recipe of a good friend (I don’t know where she got it, but it’s really good!). Miss Jane is quite the expert when it comes to banana bread.

I couldn’t let becoming gluten-free ruin my Christmas tradition. I had to make the recipe gluten-free. Turns out it was not that hard and no one can tell that it is gluten-free. I get requests for this recipe all the time. You are going to love it!

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Macaroons with a Purpose, Miami is Kind Bakery

Delicious macaroons in a variety of fun flavors, all for a cause!

Miami Is Kind Macaroons Title

Baking with purpose.

There is a new gluten-free baking company in town. When I was contacted by Miami is Kind, I was very excited. There are not a lot of gluten-free bakeries in Miami, and macaroons are delicious! Once I learned more about the bakery, my excitement grew. Founder Silvia Planas-Prats is out to do more than provide the world with delicious, gluten-free macaroons. She is out to create a social revolution by providing opportunities for young adults with autism and other disabilities to hold gainful employment.

Silvia is originally from Spain and relocated to Miami to find better opportunities for her son, who has autism. After fighting her way through the education system to give him the best opportunities available, she realized that once he left the education system, there were little to no opportunities for him. She has set out to change that.

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Aguadito de Pavo, Peruvian Turkey and Veggie Soup

The perfect use for leftover turkey and vegetables. This “throw it all in the pot” soup is full of flavor, with just a bit of spice.

Peruvian Turkey and Vegetable Soup

Peruvian Roots.

Growing up my husband’s family owned a bakery in Peru. Located in Lima, they sold more than just bread and pastries, they also sold meals, like Arroz con Pollo, and around the holidays, turkeys. Turkey is traditionally the main protein at a Christmas feast in Peru. My husband raves about his mom’s roasted turkey, but what he speaks about more is the soup that they would have the day after Christmas, using up all the turkey leftovers. Aguadito de Pavo brings about fond memories in our house. This Thanksgiving we had a lot of leftover turkey, and we knew that this was the perfect soup to make with it and we didn’t have to make any adjustments to make it gluten-free, which is always a plus!

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GFJules Gluten-Free Flour and Baking Mixes Review

GFJules All Purpose Flour*This post contains affiliate links. By using affiliate links you help keep this site up and running! All opinions are my own and I have not been compensated for them in anyway.

Becoming gluten-free is work.

When I first became gluten-free, I did a lot of research. I attempted to go about the gluten-free lifestyle by just replacing items with their gluten-free counterparts, and for the most part, it worked. That is, until I came to the flour. Baking and cooking are things I have always enjoyed, and didn’t really want to give up, but when I began looking online I found a bunch of gluten-free all-purpose flour recipes, that seemed to do a good job, but required purchasing all kinds of different flours. Lots of them. White rice flour, brown rice flour, chickpea flour, corn flour, potato starch, tapioca flour and the list goes on an on.

Really, how many types of flours do you need to make a gluten-free flour?

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