The Best Gluten Free Dessert Recipes

When I found out I was allergic to wheat, I think I was most upset about the fact that I could no longer eat cake and other yummy sweet treats. Today, I am going to share a collection of desserts that are so good, you might not even notice they are gluten free! As a bonus, many of these recipes are also vegan as well!

No Bake Tricolor Mini Cheesecakes

Photo Credit: Claudia Canu

Healthy Smash Cake

Photo Credit: The Artisan Life

Chocolate, Beetroot & Raspberry Cupcakes

Photo Credit: Attachment Mummy

Peanut Butter Cookies

Photo Credit: Christina’s Cucina

Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Tarts

Photo Credit: Shivani Loves Food

Grasshopper Pie

Photo Credit: The Banana Diaries

Vegan Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

Photo Credit: Veg Annie

Rice Flour Snickerdoodles

Photo Credit: This Mama Cooks

I hope you enjoyed this collection of gluten free sweets! We would love to hear from you! What is the hardest part about a gluten free diet for you? Which one of these desserts would you most like to try?

“What is On My Plate Today?” Activity

Today, we worked on critical thinking skills, healthy decision making skills, and fine motor skills with this easy activity.

Materials Needed

  • A Paper Plate
  • Construction Paper
  • Glue
  • Pictures of Food (Cut out from magazines)
  • A Crayon/ Marker/ Colored Pencil
  • Tape

First, I wrote “What is on my plate today?” on the piece of construction paper. I left plenty of room to later tape on the plate.

Next, I showed our toddler all her food options and let her pick some. I encouraged her to pick items one by one. I asked her to name each picture as she glued it on. We talked about balancing healthy foods with foods that should be saved as treats. To finish, I taped the plate onto the bottom of the construction paper.

This activity can be done in a home or classroom setting. It is great for kids from 2 1/2 to 5. Smaller children will need more guidance, but this is a wonderful activity to increase language skills and help little ones learn to make good decisions.

Simple Shape Sorter

Today, we want to share a super simple activity that teaches important skills. This simple shape sorter activity will help toddlers learn shapes as well as encourage critical thinking skills as they sort them.

Materials Needed

  • Construction Paper
  • Glue
  • A Marker, Colored Pencil, or Crayon
  • Scissors

We started by drawing three shapes on one of the pieces of paper.

Next, we cut out shapes in several colors. We ended up having way more than we needed. You probably only need about three of each shape.

Finally, we put glue inside the drawn shapes and started handing paper shapes to our toddler. We encouraged her to name each shape and then match it to the shape on the paper.

This activity took about five minutes. It is a quick way to build cognitive skills.

Five Tips for a Great Visit to Kings Island

Yesterday, we got to visit Kings Island in Ohio. We had a great time. Today, we want to share five tips for you to get the most of our your visit!

**We were provided tickets by Kings Island so that we could share our experience with you. All opinions expressed are ours.**

If You Have a Special Need or Dietary Concern, Stop Into Guest Services

You will find guest services right before you enter the park. If you have food allergies or dietary limitations, they have a wonderful very detailed print out of where you can eat what with different allergies or limitations. It was extremely helpful. They also offer a Boarding Pass program for those with special mobility needs or Autism. Most of the lines are not wheelchair accessible, so if you need to use the handicap entrance to rides, you will need to stop and get this pass. They will ask a few questions to determine if you are eligible and then give you a piece of paper to present at the designated area. You can read more about this program and other important accessibility information here.

Always Dress for The Weather

Ohio weather can be a bit unpredictable. On the day we visited, it was very cold for a summer day with some light rain. We were still able to enjoy the park, but we wished we had brought a few extra layers of clothing! They have lockers throughout the park that are very affordable, so it is better to be over prepared than under prepared.

Eat Small Amounts

There is so much food to choose from in Kings Island! If you eat too much at once, you will not get to sample nearly enough of it! This year, you can visit the brand new Miami River Brewhouse.

All Rides May Not Accommodate All People

Kings Island offers more than 100 rides, shows and attractions. There is something for people of all ages, sizes, and ability levels. However, if you are a coaster enthusiast and happen to be a bigger person, you should be aware that you may struggle to fit in some coasters. Before you leave, make sure you read this guide that lists the height requirements as well as other safety information for each ride. Many thrill rides and coasters restraint systems will not safely fit if you are on the fluffy side. Mr. Not So Crafty was a bit disappointed that his thrill ride selection was limited, but he did still find plenty of things to enjoy. I am also a bigger person and I fit into everything that I tried but one very old wooden coaster, so I think it has more to do with how you are shaped than it does your actual weight. Since only a few rides have test seats, you may just have to try out each ride if you really want to try to go on it.

Don’t Forget to Take Time to Shop

With so much to do, it may be easy to forget to take time to browse the many gift shops. This would be a mistake. They offer a large variety of items with super reasonable prices. We got the cutest little Charlie Brown dress for our daughter for around $25.

Kings Island offers the perfect combination of thrill rides and family attractions. The park has an impressive 15 roller coasters. You will not want to miss The Beast or Mystic Timbers. We visited Kings Island as part of an adult only trip, but families can spend the day together in Planet Snoopy kids’ area. Admission to Kings Island also includes Soak City Water Park! We did not get to visit the water park because it was cold, but it looked wonderful! For more information about visiting Kings Island, call (513) 754-5700 or visit the website.

We would love to hear from you! Have you ever visited Kings Island? If not, what is your favorite part about amusement parks?

I Love You Berry Much Father’s Day Card

Father’s Day is coming soon, so yesterday, we created a hand print based Father’s Day card. This can be adapted for grandpa or any special male figure in your little ones life!

Materials Needed

  • Paper (We used a white paper, but you can use construction paper as well)
  • Red, Black, and Green Paint
  • A Crayon, Marker, or Colored Pencil
  • Cotton Swabs or Paint Brush

I started by folding the paper in half and writing “Daddy I Love You” on the front half. If your child is old enough to copy something you write, then you can write it on a separate piece of paper and let them write it on the card.

Next, I dipped my little one’s hand into red paint and helped her put it into the inside of the card.

After it dried a bit, we used a cotton swab to put little black dots around the hand print. Next, we used a new cotton swab to make the top of the strawberry. You can also use a paint brush. I like cotton swabs because they are easy for a toddler to use.

Once everything we dry, I wrote “Berry Much” to finish off the card. You can also sign your little ones name and put the year near the hand print.

This easy card will bring back memories for years to come!

Fabulous Kid Approved Gluten Free Snacks

Summer time means increased snacking for many little ones. Today, we have gathered a small collection of gluten free snacks that your little ones will love.

Pukhlein

Photo Credit: Lathis Kitchen

Maple Brown Sugar Baked Oatmeal Squares

Photo Credit: My Gluten Free Kitchen

Homemade Jello Fruit and Veggie Snack

Photo Credit: Food Meanderings

Healthy Date Bars

Photo Credit: Flavours Treat

Healthy Chocolate Clusters

Photo Credit: Food Meanderings

Gluten Free Crunchy Energy Bites

Photo Credit: This Mama Cooks!

Gluten-Free Snickerdoodle Cookie Butter

Photo Credit: Blender Babes

We hope you enjoy these recipes! Please drop a comment below and let us know which ones you think you or your little ones would love!