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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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Simple Playdough Recipes

Since I am a mom of 2 littles, playdough is a pretty common thing in our home. I used to buy the expensive “Play-Doh,” until my mom gave me a couple of great simple playdough recipes. After making the first batch, I realized it was ridiculous I had spent so much money on the premade stuff. What is that stuff made of anyway?! It doesn’t even smell safe.

Now I make a healthier, safer alternative to store-bought Play-Doh that is safe for little ones.

Simple Play Dough Recipe

Homemade Playdough

Prep Time: 5 minutes.

Cook Time: 5 minutes.

Supplies

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar
  • 1/3 Cup of Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • Food Coloring/ Natural Coloring
  • Knead in Essential Oil for smell if preferred, after it is cooked (I love adding peppermint and lavender!)

Mix everything together in a sauce pan. If you are going to add food coloring, add it in as well. Cook over low-medium heat while stirring. After several minutes of stirring, the playdough will suddenly thicken. Keep stirring until no liquid is left. Take the pan off of the stove and let cool for a few minutes. All you have to do after that is knead it so it becomes a smooth dough. Then it is ready for smooshing and mashing, and all of that fun stuff! When the kiddos are done playing, I always store it in a baggie in the refrigerator so it lasts longer.

My mom also had a Peanut Butter Playdough recipe in the back of her old recipe book. She used to make this stuff when I was very little. It’s pretty great because you don’t actually have to cook anything and it only takes a couple of ingredients.

Peanut Butter Playdough

Prep Time: 5 minutes.

Cook Time: 0 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1 Cup Dry Milk Powder

Add all three ingredients together, and mix well until the playdough becomes the proper consistency. Store in a baggie in the refrigerator for future use. Easy peasy 🙂

Always remember that you have little helpers that will learn just as much from measuring and cooking their playdough with you, as they will playing with it once it’s finished!

I also have a Pinterest Board dedicated to Playdough Fun! All of the pins contain free printables  for playdough mats. Click here to check them out: Free Playdough Mat Printables. I haven’t invested in a laminator yet, so I just use cheap plastic page protectors, and they work to protect the paper perfectly.


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