VIP Bakes: Quick n’ Easy Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins for the Celiac College Student

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

This Monday, instead of doing a VIP Home post, I have decided to put together a sweet VIP Bakes post! Yay! Gluten-free in all of its delicious glory, of course *wink*

On this edition of VIP Bakes, I want to talk about blueberry muffins–because who doesn’t love muffins?! *wink*

The other day while at the grocery store, I stumbled upon this AH-mazing gluten-free blueberry muffin mix, and all I have to add is milk! *pushes button* That was easy! 

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For this particular recipe, I will be using almond milk because I am allergic to a hormone commonly found in traditional cow’s milk. I have found that almond milk does not really change the flavor or texture, so keep that in mind, if you decide to use a different kind of milk when making these delicious muffins! Also, I found that adding extra blueberries is SUPER EASY! Simply add a small handful of frozen blueberries to the batter and fold the batter over a few times with a large mixing spoon/spatula. TAH DAH extra-blueberry, blueberry muffins *wink*

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One reason I am absolutely head over heels for these GF muffins is because as a busy college student living with Celiac Disease, finding quick snacks to grab on my way to my morning classes isn’t the easiest task; however, I found out I can make these muffins Sunday night before bed and warm them up throughout the week for a quick n’ easy breakfast. They also make delicious afternoon snacks to have with a cup of coffee :)

Now, without further ado, take a look at the photos below to see how my muffins turned out + find out more about this wonderful mix. 

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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Fabulous Friday: Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cupcakes

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome to Fabulous Friday!

This week on Fabulous Friday, I would like to chat about a gluten-free goody that I discovered–Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake Mix.

For those of you who do not know, my mom is a type-one diabetic and was recently diagnosed with an intolerance to gluten–she does not have Celiac disease. That is totally different; however, her endocrinologist thought it best that she avoid gluten. So in order to fully support her, we all switched to eating gluten free. We have become total label-reading pros at the grocery store–scanning each item for the “Gluten Free Certified” badge…and a whole list of other things that I am not going to chat about today! 

The VIP and her absolutely fabulous mom!  :)
The VIP and her absolutely fabulous mom! :) This photo was taken before my mom went gluten free. At her last endo visit a few weeks ago, she had lost eight pounds, reduced her a1c by one point, and her thyroid levels were all normal. This is fabulous news because she has been struggling to get happy reports! She will be heading for another checkup next Friday–so prayers and fingers crossed!

I love to bake; however, I am no Cake Boss *wink*. So, I started searching online for gluten-free cupcake recipes and found one that seemed somewhat simple. I tried it….and needless to say, it was a total flop. No one wanted to eat them…not even Ziva, my Giant Schnauzer *sad face* Back to Google I went, and after several searches, I stumbled upon the Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake Mix–and it was available at my local Publix. Yay! SCORE!

 To add a bit more chocolate to the cupcakes, I sprinkled in some gluten-free chocolate chunks by Enjoy Life–Yum yum yum! Girls have got to have their chocolate *wink* This recipe was so simple–If I can’t mess it up, I know y’all will do fabulous *wink*

 Now, before I show y’all the picture of my cupcake…I must warn y’all–I am not a food photographer nor a 5 star baker…*wink*

A diabetic-friendly alternative to icing is cream cheese. Mom and I found a great all-natural brand called "Temp Tee", and it is absolutely delish! So yummy I could just eat it with a spoon *wink*
A diabetic-friendly alternative to icing is cream cheese. Mom and I found a great, all-natural brand called “Temp Tee,” and it is absolutely delicious! It’s so yummy that I could just eat it with a spoon *wink*

  If you are looking for a tasty gluten-free snack to tame your sweet tooth, give these cupcakes a try! The VIP gives the Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake mix 5 delicious stars! 

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To make your own cupcakes, simply follow the instructions on the box and toss in some chocolate chunks for additional goodness. Next time, I might add some pecans…hmmmm…

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn