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Showing posts with label Snack Foods. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Snack Foods. Show all posts

Jan 19, 2019

Roll-out Sugar Cookies (Vegan + gluten free)

Growing up, my mom's sugar cookies were one of my favorite treats. I remember making them at Easter, Halloween and Christmas with all of the cute holiday cookie cutter shapes we could find. They were this perfect, almost buttery consistency. Not too soft and not too crunchy, topped with a sweet and simple glaze of icing.

I haven't been able to enjoy those delicious cookies for awhile now, so I decided to use her recipe to create a version our whole family could partake in. With a few substitutions to make it dairy-, gluten-, and egg-free, all I had to do was use safe and trusted brands that are soy- and nut-free as well. Making this roll-out dough gluten-free proved to be a little tricky, but after adjusting the flour measurements, they were the perfect consistency.

Gluten Free Vegan Decorated Sugar Cookies

Aug 5, 2017

Veggie-Go's Fruit + Veggie Snacks

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Like most kids (I assume), my kiddos love fruit snacks. But I don't always feel good about giving them the sugar-filled treats very often. I worry that the more artificially sweetened, flavored, "junk" food they eat, the less I will be able to convince them to opt for food choices that are healthier for them. 

Dec 20, 2016

Christmas Popcorn Snack Mix {gluten free + vegan}

One of our family favorite snacks has got to be our popcorn snack mixes. We love to create fun, festive mixes with treats we love. Our S'mores Popcorn Snack Mix and our Lucky Leprechaun Snack Mix are just two examples of some of the mixes we make. We always start with popcorn (either fresh popped and lightly salted, or Skinny Pop brand to save some time), then we add in sweet and salty treats from pretzels, to marshmallows, cereal, candy...whatever our hearts desire.

Dec 18, 2016

Salted Caramel Devil's Food Cake Cookies {dairy free}

We had a Christmas Treat Contest at work this past week and I had been thinking of making this recipe for awhile. It was the perfect reason to make them, although now I need to make another batch for us to enjoy here at home too! For the treat contest, I did not make these gluten free, however they were dairy free. Making a gluten free version is next up on my list. I'll let you know if they turn out as well as the original.

Nov 8, 2016

Hazelnut Cookie Bars with Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache {dairy +gluten free}

I'm taking a break from all things pumpkin for the time being. The time to prepare for Thanksgiving meals is quickly approaching, but I was in the mood for something different. This recipe is exactly that!

Oct 19, 2016

Chai Spiced Zucchini Bread with Cardamom + Vanilla Bean Glaze {dairy +gluten free}

There isn't much I love more than relaxing on a cool fall morning with a steaming cup of coffee and a slice of freshly baked bread for breakfast. Whether it's pumpkin bread, banana bread, or this amazing cinnamon apple bread, I don't discriminate. I just love the slightly sweet, but mostly spicy and comforting fall flavors. 



Oct 17, 2016

Halloween Treat Round-up | 20 dairy-free + gluten-free recipes


As if it wasn’t already abundantly obvious from the slew of posts that happen during the month of October over here, Halloween, and Fall in general, are my favorite parts of the year. There are so many fun, creative, unique snack ideas that can be made allergy-friendly with ease. I'm sharing this compilation of some of my absolute favorite Halloween-themed recipes that are dairy free and gluten free, and are perfect for parties or just a fun treat for you own kiddos. Enjoy!


Sep 17, 2016

Scarecrow Crunch Trail Mix {dairy + gluten free}

It may not quite be fall here yet, but I'm in the mood for fall flavors, colors, and some much cooler weather. Our Dollar Tree store stocked our favorite allergy-friendly candy corn and mellow-creme pumpkins (unless you have egg and soy allergies...sorry!), so I stocked up on several bags. This snack mix is one of the easiest to throw together and satisfies that sweet + salty craving. 

#dairyfree #glutenfree #allergyfriendly #trailmix #fall #halloween

Sep 10, 2016

Mini Pizza Bites {dairy + gluten free}

Easy, kid-friendly, on the go foods are one of my favorite things. There are so many times when we have to grab dinner in a hurry in order to get to one activity or another on time. Our freezer is usually stocked full of corn dogs, fish sticks, chicken nuggets, etc. as convenience foods for those nights when I don't want to cook and our boys can just make themselves something. But I don't like to resort to that too often if I can help it.

Jun 30, 2016

Banana Bread {gluten free + vegan}

In the past I was never really a big fan of banana bread, probably because it traditionally contains walnuts (which I strongly dislike). My boys used to eat bananas like they were going out of style. However, they usually decide at some point that they're banana'd out and just stop eating them. Annnd, it's almost always just after I've bought a bunch for the week. I typically try and wait them out for a few days to see if they'll change their minds, but when they start to get over-ripe, I just toss them in the freezer to use later on. 

I've used our frozen, ripe banana stash for all kinds of recipes from cinnamon rolls to no-churn ice cream ("nice" cream, I suppose). I am not sure exactly at what point I realized that banana bread doesn't have to contain walnuts. But praise the Lord I did because now I love banana bread! If you are like me and just want to savor the warm, cinnamon-y, enveloping aroma and flavor of banana bread, this recipe is for you!  

(Note: I've edited this recipe from its original version to remove the eggs and added peanut butter. You could totally omit the PB if you prefer. Both ways are equally delicious.)


Jun 26, 2016

Chocolate Chip Cookies (top 8 + gluten free)

These chocolate chip cookies are ones that I've been making for a few years now. I took a favorites recipe of my mom has had since I was a child and modified it slightly to be gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free. As an added bonus, they're free of the top 8 allergens (they do have coconut). They are a definite family favorite! 

They're slightly crunchy on the edges and soft in the middle. I like to make a double batch and freeze half so I can bake up a few whenever we want a sweet treat. Bonus, if you have this dough in your freezer, you can bake up just enough to use the cookies in my Chocolate Chip Cookie Mousse Cups, or even some awesome Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Apr 28, 2016

Camp Out with Honey Maid

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Lately it has been difficult for me to find much time or energy to make food fun. Whenever the end of the school year gets near, I start to run out of creative steam for awhile. This goes for school lunches as well as snacks. Due to food allergies, our school allows a very limited variety of snack options (and with good reason). I really do like to find creative and fun ways to make food special because of the limitations having food allergies places on us. 

One family favorite of ours is always the holiday houses we like to make around the holidays. We find new, healthy, kid-friendly ideas that make decorating and eating them fun. This past holiday season we got super festive with our Winter Wonderland house. But who says the holidays have to have all the fun? 

Mar 17, 2016

Lucky Leprechaun Snack Mix

St. Patrick's Day is one of those holidays that tends to sneak up on me every year. Once we make it through Valentine's Day, I always have Easter on my mind. Luckily I am usually able to come up with something sweet and simple for this somewhat overlooked holiday.



Feb 14, 2016

Berry Bubbly Gelatin Bites

I really enjoy finding fun treats for the kids to enjoy that I feel better about during these candy-filled holidays. When I know they can have something healthy that is delicious and an out of the ordinary treat, it is a win-win for all of us! I created my Berry Fizz Mocktail recipe and then decided to make these gelatin treats to go along with our Valentine's brunch. 

Not only were they amazingly simple to make ahead of time, they're also super easy to modify for any holiday and flavor you want. You can also make them a grown-up treat by replacing the sparkling grape juice with champagne! :)

Berry Bubbly Gelatin Bites by Making it Milk-free

Nov 23, 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls {dairy + gluten free} and Hallmark Ornaments

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When Mason was born two weeks before Christmas almost seven years ago, the hospital gave us a gift basket that included a "Baby's First Christmas" ornament. I suppose maybe that's what they do for almost-Christmas babies. Since we did not get one this year for Dawson and our local Hallmark store closed awhile back, I was at a loss. I started looking online and realized that Walmart carries them!

I packed up my little guy and we trekked out to Walmart. I was excited to find a huge selection of Hallmark Ornaments in the Seasonal section at my local store. I actually arrived just minutes after two employees had finished stocking the shelves, so they were not picked over at all. I would recommend checking out your Walmart store's selection early so you can find the perfect Hallmark ornament for your Christmas tree, or even to give as a gift to someone you love.

I remember as a child, each year before Christmas, we would get a Hallmark catalog in the mail and would pour over the fun, festive ornaments. There were always so many new options each year and since decorating for the Holidays was one of my favorite things to do, I would imagine all of the possibilities if only my mom would let us buy one of each. Hallmark Ornaments are the perfect addition to any Christmas tree or holiday decor!

While that dream never did come true, I do remember a few specific, special ornaments that we would trim the tree with each year. The cutest ones were always the Hallmark ones. That stuck with me and I knew as an adult that I wanted to collect them for special events. Not only do I have a Baby's First Christmas ornament from Mason's birth year, but I also have one from our wedding year. These moments are so much fun to remember again when the holidays arrive!



When I found the Hallmark Ornaments at Walmart, they had several cute options. I was not prepared to have to make a decision. While I have spent the past few years trying to convert the majority of our ornaments to neutrals and metallic finishes, I try to get one ornament each year for our boys that represents something they are into at the moment. I found the cutest "Baby's First Christmas" picture frame ornament that'll be perfect for a little photo of Dawson. Mason is into super heroes at the moment, so Iron Man was very fitting for him too.



Now, I know we haven't even made it to Thanksgiving quite yet, but wandering around the holiday section at Walmart started to put me in the mood for Christmas. I could do without the cold weather, but there are so many parts of the season that I love and can't wait to experience as a family of five this year with our new little man!

I started thinking about sitting around watching Christmas movies with the kids with just the lights from the tree illuminating the room. The warm and cozy scents of the season, the holiday cheer that seems to spread everywhere you go, and the food. My goodness, the food... So many memories there!

I always try to replicate a favorite dish or dessert from my childhood, but dairy-free and gluten-free so that we can all enjoy it together. The first thing I thought of were my mom's Peanut Butter Balls that she has made every year since my childhood. While they are a simple dessert that could definitely be enjoyed any time of year, there is just something about having them at the holidays that is so nostalgic for me. 

I decided I needed to make them, stat! They're so simple that I already had all of the ingredients on hand. The only variances from my mom's recipe is that I used gluten-free rice cereal, dairy-free butter, dairy-free chocolate chips, and added a bit of coconut oil. I decided to dress them up a bit from the original recipe by adding some festive toppings. You could really use any sort of topping you would like to. It's kind of fun to switch it up a bit with the cool minty candy canes, the salty pretzels, and the sweet sprinkles. For an extra fun touch, insert candy canes in the middle to replicate a hook on your ornament! 

Dressed up holiday dessert classic inspired by Hallmark Ornaments at Walmart.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls {dairy + gluten free}

  • 3 cups gluten-free crispy rice cereal
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter (or other nut or seed butter)
  • 1/3 cup dairy-free butter substitute, melted
  • 1 package dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
Topping suggestions:
  • crushed peppermints or candy canes
  • decorative sprinkles
  • decorative sugar
  • crushed gluten-free pretzels
  • dairy-free white chocolate drizzle
  • caramel drizzle
  • melted peanut butter drizzle

Line a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper. Set aside.

In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the peanut butter and dairy-free butter substitute. Microwave 30 seconds or until butter is melted and peanut butter is slightly softened.

In a large bowl, mix together the crispy rice cereal and powdered sugar. Pour the peanut butter/butter mixture over the top and fold together until the mixture is well combined.

Dressed up holiday dessert classic inspired by Hallmark Ornaments at Walmart.

Combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.

Assembly:

Step 1. Using your hands, scoop out a handful of the mixture and press together until it begins to form a ball. You want them to be about one inch to an inch and a half in diameter so they can be eaten in a few bites.


Dressed up holiday dessert classic inspired by Hallmark Ornaments at Walmart.

Step 2. Set the peanut butter balls on the parchment and continue until you've used all of the mixture. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to help the peanut butter mixture set up and hold its shape. (I can usually get about 20-22 out of this recipe).
    • If you want to make them look like ornaments with hooks, BEFORE refrigerating, gently press the straight end of a candy cane into each ball. You will likely have to press the mixture around the candy cane to keep it together. (I like to break the candy canes down so they are shorter or use mini candy canes.) Remove the candy canes and when coating them and be careful not to fill the hole completely with chocolate. A little bit is okay as it will help to hold the candy cane in place. Once coated, reinsert the candy cane.
Dressed up holiday dessert classic inspired by Hallmark Ornaments at Walmart.

Step 3. Using a large spoon or two forks, gently dunk each peanut butter ball in the melted chocolate and coat the outside completely. Gently shake them as you remove them from the chocolate to remove some of the excess.

Dressed up holiday dessert classic inspired by Hallmark Ornaments at Walmart.

Step 4. Place each coated peanut butter ball on the parchment paper. Add toppings before the chocolate sets. Once all are coated in chocolate and toppings are added, place in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to set before serving.


Dressed up holiday dessert classic inspired by Hallmark Ornaments at Walmart.

Hallmark Ornaments at Walmart | Making it Milk-free | www.makingitmilkfree.com

Which Hallmark Ornament will you choose this season?

Dressed up classic holiday dessert inspired by Hallmark Ornaments from Walmart.

Nov 7, 2015

Iced Animal Crackers {gluten + dairy free}

When I was a kid, animal crackers were one of my favorite snacks. My favorites were the ones in the pink bag: shortbread cookies, lightly frosted with a hardened glaze. My second favorite were the iced ones, coated in pink and white icing and topped with sprinkles. While I have been able to find one brand of the lightly frosted animal crackers that are dairy-free and safe for my little guy, I haven't found any that are free of both dairy and gluten, and also have icing.

The plain animal crackers are okay, but I'll usually only eat a couple and then be done with them. Which is probably better than eating an entire package, but where's the fun in that? Ha!

#glutenfree #dairyfree #animal_crackers #snacks

Oct 27, 2015

S'mores Popcorn Snack Mix {dairy + gluten free}

I have been really into snack foods lately. So much so that I will almost forget to eat a meal and will just snack all day instead. While that doesn't sound super unhealthy, if I am not careful I can find myself eating junk food all day. Because of this, I've been trying to keep healthier choices around like dried fruits and nuts, and fresh fruit and veggies cleaned, cut up, and ready in the refrigerator.

S'mores Popcorn Snack Mix by Making it Milk-free


Oct 1, 2015

Apple Pie Pizza {gluten-free + vegan}

When faced with a boxed pizza crust mix, the logical thing to do would be to make a savory pizza recipe with it. I plan to, but first I knew I wanted to recreate a dessert pizza that I remember from my childhood. Enjoy Life Foods Pizza Crust Mix has enough of a neutral flavor that it works well with both savory and sweet toppings. Because I added so much in the way of sweet toppings, it actually helped to not have a sweet crust underneath. 

#glutenfree #vegan #applepie #dessert

Sep 30, 2015

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches {gluten-free + vegan}

Did you know that Enjoy Life Foods now has boxed mixes? I was so excited when I found this out because Enjoy Life is one of our absolute favorite, go-to brands when it comes to allergy-friendly, safe treats. I recently had the opportunity to try out one of each of their new mixes and let me tell you, they were fantastic!

#glutenfree #allergyfriendly #enjoylifefoods

Sep 18, 2015

Easy Party Food: Foster Farms Gluten Free Corn Dogs

During my pregnancy, one of the foods I found that I couldn't tolerate was pork. In any form. If I ate pork at all, I felt absolutely awful for the entire rest of the day. It only took a couple of occurrences to determine what was causing me to feel terrible, so I would try and drink as much water as possible and just do my best to sleep it off. After the first couple of times this happened, I just avoided pork completely through the rest of my pregnancy.


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