December 23, 2014

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies {Dairy, Egg, Soy & Gluten Free}

I have seen photos of Chocolate Crinkle Cookies floating around the internet the past few weeks and I love how beautiful they look. I assumed there had to be some elaborate trick to making them look so pretty, but once I began reading about them, they are actually super simple! The powdered sugar coating adds a hint of sweetness which transforms the flavor of your ordinary chocolate cookies.

You can really use just about any chocolate cookie recipe. I love making my Chocolate Brownie Cookies. In a pinch, I have also used Immaculate Baking Company's Gluten Free Fudge Brownie Cookie Dough, which I typically keep in my freezer for last minute cookie cravings (mostly for safe school treats quickly, actually). This dough contains eggs and soy. They have a warning on the label regarding the company's manufacturing processes due to being made in a facility that processes other allergens as well. We typically avoid foods/products made in a facility where milk is used, but there are a few companies who label well and are forthcoming with their processes that I do feel comfortable with them.

#glutenfree #dairyfree #Christmas #cookies

December 22, 2014

Peppermint Bark Puppy Chow {Gluten Free, Vegan & Nut Free}

Puppy Chow (or Muddy Buddies) has always been a favorite treat in our family. I like to mix up the flavors for special occasions or holidays. Traditionally, Puppy Chow is made with peanut butter, but I think it works just fine and tastes great with just a chocolate coating.

Since I found Premium Chocolatiers Milkless Polar Dream dairy-free white chocolate bars, I knew I wanted to make a peppermint bark version of puppy chow. Perfectly sweet and crunchy, the minty mixture of dark chocolate and white chocolate with peppermint is amazing!

#glutenfree #dairyfree #vegan #nutfree

December 19, 2014

Spinach Artichoke Dip {Gluten Free & Vegan}

I have always been a fan of spinach artichoke dip. Warm, gooey and cheesy, it is a delicious appetizer or perfect compliment to grilled or baked chicken. I have enjoyed the traditional version since my son's milk allergy diagnosis, but have anxiety any time I eat something that contains his allergen. Plus, I recently decided to cut dairy out of my diet again, so this dairy-free version is a fantastic substitute.

Some of my favorite, go-to brands make an appearance in the recipe too: So Delicious Dairy Free (culinary coconut milk), Go Veggie Foods (vegan Parmesan style topping), and Just Mayo (egg-free mayonnaise). If you have a favorite dairy-free cheese alternative that does not contain soy, feel free to replace the Parmesan with what works for you.

#glutenfree #dairyfree #vegan #appetizers

December 14, 2014

White Chocolate Nog Fudge {Dairy, Egg, Gluten & Nut Free}

Fudge is one of those traditional Christmas treats that just have to be made every year. Unfortunately most fudge recipes contain some if not all of our allergens. This year, I set out to make an allergy-friendly version that my little one and I could enjoy along with everyone else who would never even know the difference.

I love the variety of So Delicious Dairy Free holiday drinks that are abundant this season. The delicious Nog is a fun and sweet treat. I have used it in previous years in breakfast recipes for Christmas morning, like my Nog French Toast Bake. (This year I'll be trying it out with an egg-free version too!) I decided this year to try it in a dessert recipe as well.

#dairyfree #sodelicious


December 9, 2014

Egg-free Marshmallow Creme

The brands of pre-made marshmallow creme (or fluff) that I have found in stores have been dairy-free, so they work if I am using them for something we will just have here at home. Being that I have one niece and one nephew allergic to eggs, I like to have another option when I'm making a recipe that calls for marshmallow creme so that it can be safe for them too.

I have seen a pre-made, egg-free brand at Whole Foods, but the nearest store is over an hour away from us. Not the easiest thing to pick up in a pinch. This recipe is easy to make, and if used quickly, easy to handle. It will begin to set up as it cools, lending that creamy, fluffy, stretchy consistency.

#eggfree #dairyfree #allergyfriendly #simple

Egg-free Marshmallow Creme

3 cups marshmallows
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp dairy-free butter

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt marshmallows and dairy-free butter together. Once melted, add sugar and stir well to combine. Use in recipes immediately. 

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