Category Archives: Gluten Free

Broccoli Salad- A Healthy Recipe

Hello all! I’ve got a delicious and healthy broccoli salad recipe to share with you today! This broccoli salad recipe is  a little sweet, very crunchy, and the dressing is light and flavorful but not overpowering.

Healthy Broccoli Salad

This is no average broccoli salad. I always add a little bacon, cranberries, almonds, and a little honey for sweetness.

Healthy Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cranberries


Healthy Broccoli Salad Recipe



  • 3 Heads of Broccoli
  • 5 Strips of Bacon
  • 1/4 C. Honey
  • 1/3 C. Mayo
  • 1/4 C. Olive or Avocado Oil
  • 1/4 C. Bacon Grease (Saved from cooking the 5 strips of bacon)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste


Cook the bacon and save the grease.

While you are waiting on the bacon to cook, wash the heads of broccoli and cut them up in very small pieces. Try to use only the very tops of it in the salad (I normally keep the stalk and use it in cole slaw or something similar).

In a smaller bowl, mix together the mayo, honey, bacon grease, and olive oil into a dressing.

Mix in the cranberries, bacon pieces, sliced almonds, and dressing together with the fresh broccoli.

Refrigerate for about an hour before serving. It’s even better on the second day!

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Energy Bites- Kid-Friendly and No Bake!

Our kids love these healthy energy bites. As parents we love them because they are packed with protein and can be whipped up in just a few minutes! They are so easy to make because they don’t require any baking, so we batch them up and keep them in the fridge to munch on.

Kid-Friendly Energy Bites/ Protein Balls. No Bake!


These healthy kid-friendly energy bites are packed with protein and fiber, along with a little sweetness for everyone to enjoy. It’s so versatile because you can add dried fruits, nuts, dates, etc. and it will always taste delicious.  Here’s the recipe…

Kid-Friendly Energy Bites


  • 1/8 Cup Chia Seeds
  • 1/3 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Honey
  • 1/4 Cup Unsweetened, Shredded Coconut (optional)
  • 1 Cup Oats (Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats are a great choice)
  • 1/4 Cup Sliced Almonds

*Note: If your family does not like coconut, feel free to experiment by adding another ingredient like cranberries, raisins, chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, or chopped dates. Just remember that you may need to add some extra melted peanut butter and honey to help  bind all of your ingredients.


Mix all of your dry ingredients in a medium bowl.

Next, mix your peanut butter and honey in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave until it is melted (probably around 50 seconds).

BE CAREFUL, because the peanut butter and honey mixture will be hot, but it cools rather quickly once mixed with the other ingredients.

Pour the peanut butter mixture into your dry ingredients and mix it all together.

Once it is all mixed, roll bits of the mixture into balls a little larger than bite-sized. Roll them in some extra coconut, and ta-da! You’ve got some delicious and healthy kid friendly energy bites!

Store in a covered container in the refrigerator and enjoy!

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Welcome to the New Blog- Now Let’s Have a Giveaway!



After blogging as a hobby for quite some time, I am excited  to announce that I have moved to  my new self-hosted blog!

I am so thankful for all of the positive feedback I have received in the last year, and I cannot wait to start this journey with Young Earthy Mama. You will be seeing plenty more urban homesteading and education posts, as well as a few great recipe posts!

I wanted to open my new site with a giveaway to thank all of my readers, and hopefully gather some new ones too! If you want to be updated about new posts, please don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter in the sidebar!

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Raspberry Frosting Recipe {Dairy Free}

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Since I had the chance to review Better Batter Flour’s allergen free cake mix, I wanted to create a frosting recipe that was gluten and dairy free as well to top those delicious cupcakes. I thought that raspberry and chocolate sounded like a delicious combination, and turns out it was!

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Dairy Free Raspberry Frosting Recipe


  • 1/3 Cup Earth Balance Dairy Free Butter
  • 1 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar (More may be needed)
  • 1/4 tsp Almond Extract
  • 1/4 Cup Raspberry Jam
  • Sprinkle of Salt


In a mixing bowl, blend the Earth Balance, almond extract, jam, and salt with a stand or hand mixer. Blend until smooth, and then slowly start adding the powdered sugar until the frosting becomes the consistency you would like. Refrigerate when finished for about 30 minutes.

Please keep in mind that this frosting is great for cupcakes, however it does not keep its shape very well if it is in warm weather for very long. I would recommend eating it soon after making, or keep your cake or cupcakes refrigerated until you plan to eat them.

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Better Batter Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix Review {Plus a Dairy Free Raspberry Frosting Recipe}

If you’ve ever tried a store-bought gluten free product, then you are probably familiar with the fact that many taste NOTHING like the real thing. Many gluten free baked goods and breads are hard, crunchy, and crumbly all at the same time.

My husband suffers from several autoimmune disorders, and although he does not have celiac disease, many of his health issues began to diminish once he stopped eating gluten and dairy. When we discovered the connection we were so excited, but I didn’t realize what a hard transition it would be for our family! Nothing seemed to taste the same and my husband would just crave that fluffy goodness.

Because of this, we have spent ridiculous amounts of money purchasing gluten free products, only to throw them away because they were basically inedible. After starting this journey, our family has found a few products and companies that we love. I’d like to share one of them with you today….

Better Batter Gluten Free Flour is a company that in my opinion has mastered allergy-free baked goods and flours! Our family was given the opportunity to sample their Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix and wow! I was definitely impressed.

I knew that this wasn’t just your normal cake mix, because during the mixing process, the batter almost doubled in size and became so smooth and fluffy.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix Raspberry Frosting

With easy to follow instructions and simple ingredients, I was able to whip up a batch of cupcakes and have them out of the oven and ready to try in about 25 minutes. Their recipe boxes also contain vegan alternatives so that you can have an awesome treat that is completely allergy free.

Gluten Free Cupcakes Mix Raspberry Frosting

We have had several friends with food intolerances recommend this company to us, and now I understand why. These cupcakes were so moist, fluffy, and even better than most regular boxed cake mixes from the store.

Gluten Free Cupcake Cake Dairy Free Frosting

I really enjoyed the fact that you could clearly taste the chocolate, but the cake itself was not overly sweet. Something I have noticed about many gluten free baked deserts, is that some companies pour in tons of sugar to give it more flavor and disguise the weird texture and taste. Better Batter Flour adds just the right amount of sweetness, and the texture was perfect. I topped these cupcakes with my Dairy Free Raspberry Frosting, and they were delicious.

Gluten Free Cupcake and Dairy Free Raspberry Frosting

Better Batter also offers gluten and allergen free baking flour, seasoned flour, brownie mix, pancake mix, corn-free powdered sugar, and biscuit mix. Their Flour Mix can be purchased in several sizes up to 25lb bags! And best of all, it can be used in normal recipes cup for cup!

And of Course, Miss E. gave it a big thumbs up!

Gluten Free Dairy Free Allergen Free Vegan Cupcake and Raspberry Frosting

I was given this product in exchange for review, however all ideas and opinions are my own.

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