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Chocolate will make it better! (gf) (*df) (org)

I’m a big believer in baking away my problems. My boyfriend has been gone for 3 weeks and I’m really beginning to miss him. He flew to Alaska after Christmas to work on a crabbing boat for a few months. I’ve been trying to stay busy and keep myself distracted but then I got the flu, and of course felt very alone. When you are sick, all you want is to be taken care of! And clearly that didn’t happen this time. So when I started to feel better physically, I decided it was time to bake. I have been wanting to try Bob’s Red Mill Chocolate Cake Mix because I’ve enjoyed many of their products as well as Pamela’s Vanilla Frosting Mix. Both of these companies are amazing!

ImageThe chocolate cake mix directions were very simple. Water, eggs, butter and milk. I used a lactose-free, fat-free milk, which I usually bake with and a olive oil/butter blend to cut down on some saturated fat and calories. The frosting called for more butter and again I used the olive oil blend. Both mixes tasted yummy! Surprisingly the cake only took about 25 minutes to bake.

ImageI was very impressed with the results! I let the cakes cool for a while before taking them out of the pans and mixing up the icing mix. The icing turned out to be a little runny, so I put everything in the fridge for a few minutes to cool before applying the finishing touches. Icing a cake is not an easy task! Thankfully everything turned out delicious! The cake is very mild and not too sweet. The vanilla icing is the prefect complement! Feeling much better after a job well done!

ImageIt isn’t the most stunning cake, so I used a few of my favorite flowers to add some beauty to the picture! 🙂

*These mixes can be made completely dairy free if needed!

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Chocolate Brownies (Gluten Free)

These are the first gluten free chocolate brownies that I have ever made! I have seen this brand at many stores, but found this particular box at my local discount grocery store! It was a little banged up, but the contents were delicious!

IMG_2987editI went online and read reviews before baking. With all the gluten free baking I’ve been doing, I appreciate good tips! Many people said to let them cool on the counter, slice into bite size pieces, then cover and put in the freezer until needed.

Instead of using 1/3 cup of oil, I used part water, part oil. This cuts down on calories a bit. Real butter was used in these as well. Even though I cook from a lot of Vegan recipes, I am not one.

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I’m finding that most gluten free products are best served warm or right out of the freezer. The frozen brownie bites were a big hit at my book club meeting last week!

At my local farmers market, I found pecans and chopped them up to add a little crunch. At least I can still enjoy these favorite nuts!

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They turned out wonderful! Not too shabby for a gluten free product! I definitely recommend keeping them in the freezer unless you are going to eat them right away!

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