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flourless_browniesWhat do brownies, cookies and cupcakes all have in common? In addition to being just plain fun to eat, these favorites have all received recipe makeovers as features in our Make It Natural posts. Whether they needed lighter ingredients or substitutions for special diets, the following reader favorites got top honors in rating and comments. The ultimate winner? Flourless Brownies! These incredibly moist brownies taste great and include a super secret ingredient that won over the skeptics. Read all about it and give them a try. Want to be part of the ratings for next year? You can post comments and rate recipes simply by setting up an account on our website. You'll also be able to create online shopping lists and save recipes to your personal recipe box. Here are this year's winner and runner-ups: Flourless Brownies 4 stars by 42 people and 69 comments! pumpkin_chocolate_cakePumpkin Chocolate Cake 4 stars by 19 people and 36 comments Crispy Rice Treats 4 stars by 3 people and 15 comments oatmealcookiesCinnamon Walnut Oatmeal Cookies 3.7 stars by 11 people and 15 comments Gluten-Free Pie Crust 5 stars by 2 people and 13 comments frosted_spiced_cupcakesFrosted Spiced Cupcakes 5 stars by 1 person and 12 comments Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies 4.7 stars by 19 people and 11 comments Interested in more ideas? Check out our full list of Make It Natural recipes. So, what favorite recipes of yours need a natural makeover? We're gearing up to develop some new favorites, so let us know what you want to see in Make It Natural next year. Just post your request in the comments section below. If we select your recipe for a healthy makeover and publish the improved version on our website, we'll send you a $25 Whole Foods Market gift card!

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linda says …

Can I please have the recipe for the almond poppy seed muffins? Thanks, Lida

Joyce says …

WF got its start in Texas . . . how about a natural makeover for a Tex-Mex staple, the tortilla? There's nothing better than hand-made tortillas, but most recipes use shortening and white flour. Another fun Tex-Mex treat (especially around New Year's) is bunuelos, pieces of rolled cinnamon dough (or flour tortillas) deep-fried and then dusted in sugar and cinnamon. Maybe someone can make something similar that is baked, not fried? Last . . . the bizcochito is the state cookie of New Mexico! Bizcochitos are yummy and you can find them at panaderias throughout the Southwest. They are normally made with a lot of lard or butter (lard is traditional). They are flavored with anise, which I find very satisfying with a little coffee or hot tea. Is it possible to make bizcochitos with less saturated fat?

Food Makes Fun Fuel says …

I would love to see either of these made up naturally http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/creme-de-menthe-brownies-recipe/index.html Toffee Almond Blondies Ingredients: 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/2 cup apple butter 1 1/2 cups light whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 2 teaspoons almond extract 1 ounce slivered almonds 3 ounces Heath morsels 3 ounces white chocolate chips Preheat your oven to 350. In a small bowl, mix oil and apple butter. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the eggs into the sugar mixture and whisk. Whisk in the almond extract as well. Pour the wet into the flour mixture until just incorporated and then fold in the toffee, white chocolate chips, and almonds. Pour into a 9 by 9 pan and bake about 30 minutes or until golden. Cut into 16 blondies.

Ash Lauren says …

I would love to see this recipe for a frozen dessert pizza made over: 18 chocolate sandwich cookies, finely crushed 3 tbsp melted butter 2 1/2 cups cold milk 2 packages vanilla flavored pudding 1 tub whipped topping 2 cups sliced strawberries Mix cookie crumbs and butter and press firmly into 12-inch pizza pan. Pour milk into large bowl. Add dry pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes or until well blended. Gently stir in half of the whipped topping. Spread over crust and cover with remaining whipped topping. Freeze for 3 hours or until firm. Arrange strawberries on top of pizza. Cut into 12 slices.