It’s our Maggie’s 10th birthday this week. Whew…her first decade! To give an indication of her personality, she holds the distinguished place of the “family fireworks”.

This post is in honor of her. Much love to my dimple cheeked, blonde haired girl.

A Grain Free GAPS Birthday

As in my GAPS Thanksgiving post, there is no limit to the scrumptious food you can celebrate with, even on a healing diet. If a little more sweetness is on the menu than is normal, be sure to fortify your family members with some nourishing broth and blood-sugar-balancing healthy fats.  It’s always good to fill up with hearty, nourishing foods before indulging, even in GAPS legal sweets.

I’m including a few different birthday variations. It is fun to make a meal of finger foods and hors d’oeuvres, which I will include ideas for. However we are feeding a small crowd of ice skating revelers, so I’m going with a big pot of my warming chili with our favorite toppings of sour cream, avocado, & cheddar cheese; along with an appetizer or two, a salad, and the main food event, cake!

These lists are meant to give you CHOICES.

Hors d’oeuvres (a.k.a. fun finger foods)

The Perfect Cheese Platter by Honestly Yum (beautiful touch for the adults)

Sausage Balls by Deliciously Organic

Pigs In A Blanket by Comfy Belly

Beet Chips w/ Cashe Tzatziki Sauce by Urban Poser

Happy Sticks by Organic Spark

Apricot Zingers by Deliciously Organic (use sugar-free bacon)

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates by The Kitchn

Paleo “Skittles” by Joyful Abode

Mini Bacon Guacamole Cups by 365DaysOfBacon


Flavored Waters by Deliciously Organic

Raspberry Cream Soda by Nourishing Gourmet (use honey for sweetener)

Orange Lemonade by Nourishing Gourmet

Mango Lassie Smoothies by Deliciously Organic

Homemade Ginger Ale by Kitchen Stewardship

Sides & Salads

Roasted Fennel & Fig Steak Salad by Amy Myers, M.D.

Prosciutto & Melon Salad by The Deen Bros. (for those in warmer climes)

Tequillaberry’s Salad by Real Food RN (use honey as sweetener)

Nectarine Salad by Honestly Yum (for those in warmer climes)

Cobb Salad by Elena’s Pantry

My main dish for a crowd

White Bean Chili by Honest Body


Simple Yellow Cake by Comfy Belly (double recipe)

Grain/Dairy Free Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake by Urban Poser

Watermelon & Fruit Kabob Birthday Cake by WellFed Homestead

Banana Mousse Cake by Strands Of My Life

Raw Chocolate & Raspberry Mousse Cake by Real Food Pledge

Pineapple Dream Cake by Planet Flavor

Raw Lime Cheesecake by Real Food Pledge

Birthday “Smash” Cake by Urban Poser

Raw Strawberry Cheesecake by Gluten-Free Vegan Love

Grain-free Black Sesame Cake with Raspberry Glaze by Urban Poser

Indian Carrot Cake by My Heart Beets

Layered Chocolate Caramel Cake by Life Made Full (not technically GAPS with maple syrup & chocolate chips…could sub honey)


Grain Free Chocolate Cupcakes by Honest Body (The. Best. Ever. Chocolate Cupcakes)

Vanilla Cupcakes by Comfy Belly

Simple Yellow Cake Cupcakes by Comfy Belly (double recipe)

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes by Against All Grain

Black Forest Cupcakes by Against All Grain (for those okay with chocolate chips)


Creamy Cashew Frosting by Detoxinista

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting by Honest Body

Simple Meringue Frosting by Health Home Happiness

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting by Honest Body

Quick Lemon Frosting by Detoxinista

When you have dietary restrictions, celebrations can be tricky. I've gathered my favorite tips and recipes for a grain free GAPS birthday celebration.



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