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Showing posts with label snacks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label snacks. 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. 

Apr 27, 2017

Peach Berry Frozen Yogurt Pops


Jan 26, 2017

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Chia Pudding (gluten free + vegan)

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I was just recently talking about our healthier eating plan around here (which I followed up with a dessert post - ha!), and here is one example of our healthier breakfast choices! I've been seeing Chia Pudding recipes everywhere. They're super versatile and you can really add any flavors you like, plus mix-ins, toppings, etc. 

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 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

May 1, 2016

Easy Lunch and Snack Hacks



Do you ever feel stuck in a rut when it comes to packing lunches and snacks? For me, especially as the school year is drawing to a close, I end up resorting to the quickest, easiest, throw-together meals which is about all the energy I can muster. I wish I could say that once summer is here I get a break from lunch-packing for another three months. But when you have a child with food allergies, there is never a break. In fact, if I am not packing a meal for some reason, I feel off. Like I’ve forgotten something, and it takes most of a day to get over that feeling!

I am always looking for ways to feel less stressed about lunch-making, and also to have healthier, more wholesome options available for after school snacks. I have tried everything I can think of from creating week’s worth of menus to rotate through, to packing dinner leftovers the night before, to prepping several servings of meals and freezing them. All of those ideas were fine, but still I found that they only worked for a short time. A month or two in and I found myself struggling once again.

One of the foremost requirements for school lunches and after school snacks in our house is that they must have a healthy component. While I want my child to enjoy the foods I make for him, I also need to feel good about what I’m feeding him. Of course, one of my biggest jobs as a mother is to teach him the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. I have this fear, due to having food allergies and a restricted diet, that Mason will not have healthy relationship with food as he grows up. As a means to prevent that from happening, providing a variety of options, letting him participate in creating his lunches, and adding in fun treats on occasion (and in moderation) are probably more important than what I pack for him.



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 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

Apr 7, 2015

Blueberry Cornbread Donuts {gluten free + vegan}

Well, I finally got bored with sitting around watching TV and decided to get to work on some long overdue recipe posts. Lately, as soon as I feel a little bit of baking/cooking motivation coming on, I take advantage, create a new recipe, and shoot photos. It's the actual posting of those recipes that's been neglected after that. But...I'm going to do my best to get caught up on a few of our favorites so that I can share them with you!

Blueberry Cornbread Donuts by Making it Milk-free

These Blueberry Cornbread Donuts were a fun experiment that turned out really unique and delicious. They can definitely be made in the more traditional muffin shape, but I thought the donuts were a fun and interesting change. Plus, my boys seem to eat things better when they're shaped like junk food rather than their healthier counterparts.

Dec 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

Dec 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

Dec 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.

Dec 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

Dec 4, 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

Nov 25, 2014

Chocolate Seed + Fruit Bark {top 8 allergen free}

It is no secret that Enjoy Life Foods is one of our absolute favorite allergy-friendly food companies. Knowing that we can consistently purchase delicious, safe, and healthy products is a huge plus. We love so many of their products and the Seed and Fruit Mix is no exception.

#glutenfree #dairyfree #enjoylife #productreview

Oct 30, 2014

Orange Creamsicle Frosting {gluten free + vegan}

#glutenfree #vegan #orange #creamsicle #frosting

As a "food allergy mom," preparation is key for me to keep up with all of the random, last minute events that pop up when food may be required. I like to make up a batch of cupcakes and freeze them (with or without frosting) for just such occasions. Birthday parties out or at school are the typical events, but now we have parties at school to include as well. Thankfully, Mason's teacher has a refrigerator/freezer in the classroom, so I am able to send a few ready-made cupcakes to keep there "just in case."

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