Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cupcakes with Vegan Buttercream Frosting

When birthdays come around it seems that, more often than not, I get put on cake duty. For the times that I don’t, I consider myself one of the lucky ones — for me, gluten-free is a choice, not a necessity, so I can partake in the celebratory cake eating if I choose to. For others, this isn’t an option. Recently, a coworker of mine noticed that she feels sick whenever she consumes pasta, baked goods, beer, etc., a clear sign of gluten intolerance. When I was asked to bake something for her birthday I knew it was my opportunity to introduce her to the world of gluten free baked goods, and these red velvet cupcakes seemed right up her alley. Both the birthday girl and my coworkers loved them, and no one would have guessed that they were gluten- and dairy-free! If you top yours with sprinkles, be sure to use a brand that’s gluten free as well. I used Let’s Do Organic Confetti Sprinkelz.

GFDF Red Velvet Cupcakes with Vegan Buttercream // Naturally Lindsey

This recipe is:
• Gluten-free
• Dairy-free
• Casein-free
• Soy-free

GFDF Red Velvet Cupcakes with Vegan Buttercream // Naturally Lindsey
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Mom’s Famous Chili

This is the chili recipe my mom has been making for our family since I was a child. Needless to say, it’s my favorite! I’m not a fan of overly saucy or heavy chili, and this recipe hits the spot. It’s hearty and comforting, but not weighed down with a whole bunch of unnecessary ingredients. I usually fix a batch in the crockpot before I leave for work in the morning. The only thing better than coming home to the smell of chili simmering is coming home to a wholesome dinner cooked and ready to go!

If you use lean grass feed/organic ground beef (which I highly suggest), there’s no need to drain it before adding to the crock pot. This recipe is easily doubled, which I recommend you do if feeding more than two people.

This recipe is:
• Gluten-free
• Dairy-free
• Soy-free
• Sugar-free

Mom's Famous Chili // Naturally Lindsey

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Fresh Cranberry Cake: Dairy-free, Easy Gluten-free Option

The Kitchn, though more of a “traditional” recipe site (full gluten, dairy, etc.) is one of my favorites for recipe and cooking design inspiration, and one of my favorite tools in my never-ending quest for delicious GFDF recipe ideas. This recipe was inspired by Faith’s own Cranberry Cake recipe, which can be found here. The flavor of the fresh cranberries really pop against the sweet crumb of the cake. I’ve made this cake twice now, once using spelt flour (not gluten-free, but lower in gluten than traditional flour for those that can tolerate it) and coconut sugar, which yields a slightly darker cake, and once using Jules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour and organic cane sugar. Both turned out deliciously, so whichever flour or sugar suits your dietary needs is the one I suggest you use! To make the bread dairy-free, I used Earth Balance Soy-Free Buttery Spread.

Fresh Cranberry Cake - DF with easy GF option // Naturally Lindsey

Fresh Cranberry Cake - DF with easy GF option // Naturally Lindsey

Though the original recipe says it yields 10-12 cups, I’ve found it makes about 8-9, so keep that in mind when you select your choice of pans. Though titled a cake, I feel this is more of a sweetly flavored bread as it’s slightly denser than a cake. Whatever you decide to call it, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

Fresh Cranberry Cake - DF with easy GF option // Naturally Lindsey

This recipe is:
• Gluten-free (with GF flour option)
• Dairy-free
• Casein-free
• Soy-free

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Gingerbread Pumpkin Butter

Here’s a last minute holiday gift perfect for anyone on your list! Classic pumpkin butter gets a holiday makeover with a healthy helping of blackstrap molasses and ginger. Thick, creamy, sweet, and slightly tangy, it makes a great hostess gift or stocking stuffer. Just package it up in a jar, and top with a gift tag or bow for an extra special touch. Happy holidays!
Gingerbread Pumpkin Butter // Naturally Lindsey
This recipe is:
• Gluten-free
• Dairy-free
• Soy-free
• Refined sugar free
• Vegan
Gingerbread Pumpkin Butter // Naturally Lindsey