12.23.2014

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

12.22.2014

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

12.19.2014

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

12.14.2014

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.

#dairyfree #eggfree #glutenfree #nutfree

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. I decided this year to try it in a dessert recipe as well.

12.09.2014

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

12.04.2014

Peppermint Bark {dairy + gluten-free}

One of my favorite treats during the Christmas season has forever been peppermint bark. Rich, dark chocolate topped with creamy, sweet white chocolate, then topped with the minty coolness of peppermint. What a perfect combination. Since going dairy-free though, this sweet treat has become a thing of the past. Until now!

#glutenfree #nutfree #dairyfree #chocolate #candy

12.01.2014

Ginger Molasses Cookies {gluten free + vegan}

#glutenfree #dairyfree #eggfree #cookies #Christmas

Last Christmas, these Ginger Molasses Cookies were my absolute favorite. The rich molasses and ginger flavors meld together perfectly. I love that these cookies are not overly sweet. I adapted my recipe this year to be egg-free, as well as being free of the other top allergens!


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