Sweet Treats

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How do you make an adult snow-cone? With coffee of course!

  Coffee,,, it's a pretty wonderful drink.  I can drink it hot or cold, but never lukewarm! Morning or late night or even somewhere in between.  It's by far my drink of choice. When I'm not drinking a cup of it,  I'm using it in my recipes!  Have you tried that before? Instead of using the liquid listed, substitute all or half of it with coffee or espresso.  It turns a morning smoothie into a protein packed perk-me-up!  Or a delicious cake into something spectacular.  It turns sweet icing into something decadent.  Basically, it turns great in to amazing! Do you know what else it makes extra special? ICE!  That's right, ice. Think of it as an adult snow-cone, and I don't mean the liquored up kind of sno-cone.  I mean the caffeine infused kind! A Coffee Granita.

S'mores! Can I have me some more please? I wonder if that's how it got its name? When marshmallows, chocolate & graham crackers are combined, who wouldn't want s'more? I know I do and now that I've added SunButter (my favorite nut-free spread), this Summer treat tastes like a melted allergy-friendly Reese's cup, I really want s'more! How about you? 

Gluten-free Cake with fresh blueberries will confuse your senses but delight your mouth.  As my oldest stated, "This smells like graham crackers, looks like a cookie but it's a cake!"

blueberry cake cover Sometimes, confusing your senses is a good thing!  You smell the spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger swirling through the house and it reminds you of graham crackers.  Then you see these 5 mini cake pans cooling and at first glance, the size of the pans and the fresh blueberries remind you of a large chocolate chip cookie.  BUT WAIT, it's actually cake!  Can that be right?  Is it actually blueberry banana cake that smells like graham crackers?  Yes, my friends, that is right. 

There is something sweet and pure about vanilla cupcakes.  When done right, there is no need for all the icing and fluff because it should simply taste amazing on its own.  It's only when the cupcakes are dry and/or tasteless that you need to add more and more icing or have a cold cup of milk (non-dairy of course) to go with it.   Now, I am not in any way saying to skip the icing, I mean, that is what makes cupcakes look so pretty, but I am saying that you just want it to taste good on its own, and the icing is simply the bonus!

 

Eating dirt won't hurt you! Really!

Thanks to my friends at Enjoy Life Foods & So Delicious, you too can make your own allergy-friendly Dirt Cups. Trust me, this is quite a treat for the kiddos and if you don't have kids, that's ok too.  Nothing like making a dessert to make you feel young again. 

Healthy, yet blissfully delicious, homemade chocolate. A huge indulgence with a little amount of work. www.XanderfriendlyFoods.com

Every once in awhile, I want chocolate!  Actually, to be perfectly honest, I could have a bite of chocolate everyday.  I usually buy an expensive vegan bar and break off a tiny square whenever the craving got too strong to resist and then I'd hide the bar. :)  That bar could seriously last 2 weeks, sometimes it could last a month, if I had amazing will power.  IF, I left it out in the open, surely one of my kiddos (Cayden) would have eaten it all in one sitting.

Of course, I'm not encouraging you all to hide your candy, but instead, I'm going to show you how to make your own chocolate treats using only 4 ingredients and the healthy add-ins of your choice.  Once you get this, you won't feel the least bit guilty about eating chocolate or letting your kids have a bite. 

Decadent Dates- stuffed with Organic SunButter and naturally sweet, raw, healthy, Top 8 free and decadently delicious

A group of my friends are doing a month long challenge, incorporating both food & fitness.  Each have 3 daily goals to hit every day related to food while the fitness side of it is basically getting their bottoms to the gym at least 5 days a week.  It was fun to hear all their goals and how varied they were, however there were a few consistent themes.....

  • No sugar/sweets/desserts, etc.
  • No wine, alcohol or sodas.
  • No fast food, fried food, packaged food.
  • Less coffee (notice how I just said "less").
  • More water.

What I love about this is that it simply cuts out all the crap food and allows their bodies to focus on nutrient rich, whole, real food.

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Salty, buttery, chocolatey…….need I say more?

I guess it wouldn’t be a fun read if I just ended there, but here’s the thing, these treats just don’t need a whole lot of talking about.  Their deliciousness really speaks for itself.

All my kids need to say is "can you make those cracker things" and I know exactly what they are asking for. 

One of the things that I love about allergy-free baking is the challenge. I enjoy taking a recipe that is known and loved and turn it into a treat that my son, and others that share his allergies can have. I also love being able to hear my friends rave over something and then hear their shock when I tell them it's vegan. Like Vegan Oreo Truffles. Did you notice in the title it says "Oreos"?  Did you know they are vegan, which means they are free of dairy and eggs as well as any other animal products. Now don't mistake vegan for healthy, however, it won’t kill my kid, and so in that terms, it’s healthy enough.  (I used regular Oreos, but read the labels, because some DO contain milk and may be in a facility that also produces peanut products). Oreo Truffles go back a long time; I couldn't even tell you where it originated from or who gets credit for the original recipe. You may have seen them served on a platter at a party or may have even tasted one (or 3) before. Basically, its crushed Oreos, mixed with cream cheese then coated in chocolate or candy coating. Tastes amazing, but absolutely NOT what you want to hand anyone with food allergies or certain restrictions. Here’s where I come in, making this something you now CAN eat.