Gluten Free & Vegan Banana Pudding

Warmer days are just around the corner and this Gluten-Free and Vegan Banana Pudding by FoodByJonister is our light at the end of the Winter tunnel! A classic favorite made allergy-friendly and guilt-free with pantry staples and our Carrot Oat and Sweet Potato Millet cookies. It's simple and sweet, so you'll find yourself frequently creating and snacking on this healthy recipe! It's the perfect, light snack for the brighter days ahead!  


Gluten Free & Vegan Banana Pudding

Yields 4 servings


  • 10-12 Partake Foods Cookies

  • 3 bananas

  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon

  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup 

  • 1 tsp virgin coconut oil

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract/paste

  • 1/2 tsp salt



  1. Add coconut milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, salt, and 1 banana to food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Transfer the mix into a container with a lid to refrigerate for 20-30 minutes. Allow chia seeds to expand and thicken the pudding.


  1. Add cookies to food processor and blend until a sand-like texture. Alternatively, place cookies in bag and crush with a rolling pin.
  2. Slice 2 bananas into 1/4 inch rounds and add lemon juice to keep the bananas from browning.
  3. Grab your choice of jars and assemble each by layering all the ingredients. 
  4. Start with a layer of crushed cookies, then add some chia pudding, more cookies, some banana slices, more of the chia pudding, then top if off with the remaining crushed cookies and banana slices!

You can eat it right away or keep it covered in the fridge for up to 3 days. Enjoy! 



February was short and sweet, but a productive one! We wouldn't have made it through the busy winter days without these daily self care essentials and of course some sweet treats!

  1. Cocofloss - Flossing made fun! Their floss is infused with coconut oil, essential oils, and aromas for a cleaner, fresher floss. And their packaging is super cute! 

  2. Chloe's Fruit - Simple ingredients and simply good - just fruit, water, and a touch of cane sugar. Their soft serve is free of the top 8 allergens and Vivi approved!

  3. Honest Organic Healing Balm - A winter essential! Amazing to soothe dry skin and everything in between, from cuticles and lips to cuts and diaper rashes 

  4. Briogeo - Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Cap System is an absolute must-have for my thick, curly hair. Just massage the conditioner into your hair, throw on the cap, and voila - super soft, shiny hair!

  5. Munk Pack - Portable, healthy, and yummy! Their Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes are packed with whole grains and real fruits - perfect to snack on anytime, anywhere!

  6. Peloton - With an ever-changing schedule, it's so convenient to have a Peloton bike at home to sneak in a work out in between work meetings and mom duties!

Ingredient Spotlight: Sweet Potatoes

February is #SweetPotatoMonth, so we wanted to give a shout out to one of our star ingredients! It may seem unconventional to use sweet potatoes in a cookie, but after learning about the plethora of health benefits, we just had to create a flavor with this awesome superfood! Sweet potatoes not only taste delicious, but are jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients - exactly what we wanted and needed in our healthy, clean-ingredient products.

Sweet potatoes have over 5 different types of vitamins, with especially high levels of vitamin A and vitamin C - in fact, studies have shown that sweet potatoes are able to meet up to 90% of vitamin A needs in children. They're also a great source of fiber and potassium. Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are arguably nature's best source of beta-carotene, which is essential for healthy skin, good eye health, and a strong immune system.

Additionally, sweet potatoes have a natural sweetness to them, which meant that using them would allow us to reduce the amount of refined sugar in our cookies by a substantial amount - our cookies have 20-30% less sugar than the average gluten-free cookie. Less processed sugar with the same irresistible sweetness? Yes, please! And your kiddos won't even know they're eating veggies!

Learn more about our veggie-filled, superfood-packed cookies here


A Day in the Life of a MOMPRENUER

A peek into a typical day in my life as the CEO and Founder of Partake Foods. It's a crazy, juggling act to simultaneously run a startup and be a mama, but every day is a new adventure and full of joy!



Before the daily madness takes off, I take the first couple hours of the day to read up on articles, tidy up the house, do the laundry, and catch up on emails. The peace and quiet allows me to start the day productively and positively! 

This year I'm trying to practice more self care, so I try to squeeze in a run or pilates session at least a few times a week. I'm also signed up for a half marathon in April to restart a tradition I had with my college roomie. It was pushed aside as I became laser-focused on building Partake Foods, but this year I'm carving out some time for myself and focusing more on my well-being!



My husband Jeremy and our daughter Vivienne wake up, and it becomes a mad dash to get everyone ready and out the door! Every morning is a new struggle to get Vivi cleaned up, dressed, and fed.

For breakfast, I keep it simple, yet healthy. We love fresh fruits over dairy-free yogurt and sometimes a few Carrot Oat cookies to top it off! 

Then before I know it, it's time to go, and I haven't even changed out of my pajamas yet! It's a never ending battle, but somehow it all magically comes together and we're finally off to school!



We try to walk to school as often as possible - it's so refreshing, and our view of the NYC skyline is amazing!

After I drop off Vivi, it's time for errands and meetings! Building a startup means I'm constantly running around, and my days are always different, which is a whirlwind of excitement and challenges! But most days consist of dropping off cookies to be shipped off, heading to local stores for in-store demos, and lots of meetings.

Being constantly on the go, I've come to really fall in love with our city - it's diverse, yet authentic and filled with awesome local businesses and inspiring people. Jersey City has a charming, serene quality and the tranquilness really helps balance my mind when it's running a million miles per hour everyday! I love the small city feels, and combined with the convenience of being just a 10 minute drive away from Manhattan, I'm so happy to call this city home!



When I'm not running around town, you'll find me posted up at a local coffee shop piling through emails and managing the day to day operations and exciting projects like our upcoming launch into Whole Foods! 

Each day presents new challenges and it's such a grind, but I'm continuously inspired by the emails I've received from customers telling me about how our cookies have allowed them or their families to fully partake in delicious, nutritious snacks. What warms my heart the most though is hearing how proud and excited Vivi is when she sees "Mommy's cookies" on a store shelf - it makes all the hardship absolutely worth it! Plus, I've enjoyed some really delicious lattes along the way.



Ever since Vivi was diagnosed with multiple severe food allergies, it naturally made us more health conscious and mindful of what we eat. Our dinners typically consist of a whole grain like quinoa or brown rice, lean proteins or seafood, and seasonal veggies - simple and clean!

This is my favorite time of the day because we get to catch up and spend some quality time together. I'm really trying to be more present this year - Vivi didn't sign up for a crazy, entrepreneur mommy, so I want to make sure she's fully supported and given the love and attention she needs and deserves! So evenings are now reserved for family time, except for the occasional events the come up (but trying to keep those to a minimum) because I much prefer ending the night with couch cuddles and some cookies! 


From immune boosters to responsible skincare and life hacks, we've discovered some awesome items this month that help us #PartakeInHealth and stay committed to our healthy new year's resolutions!

  1. Gaia Elderberry Syrup - A household staple during this crazy flu season! Not only does it boost the immune system, but it also tastes great and it comes in an organic kids version, along with one for adults, so the whole family is covered!

  2. Siete Grain Free Tortillas - Taco Tuesdays wouldn't be possible without these awesome gluten-free tortillas - our favorite is the Cassava Coconut! We especially love cassava and use cassava flour in our own cookies!

  3. Brodo Bone Broth - Our winter go-to whether we're feeling under the weather or just looking for something warm and soothing! We also love that they only use quality ingredients - the proof is in the flavor!

  4. Vital Proteins Collagen Peptide Sticks - These sticks are super convenient when you're on the go. We mix them into our morning coffee or smoothie and within a few weeks, we've noticed a significant difference in our hair, skin, and nails!

  5. Beauty Counter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer - EWG score of 1.0, aka super natural and nontoxic, and SPF 20, which protects your skin from the unforgiving sun. It also comes in five different shades, feels extremely light on the skin, and enhances your skin with a perfect dewy finish!

  6. Learning Tower Hack - Such a fun and useful hack to get your toddler involved in the kitchen! It's budget friendly, easy to assemble, and Vivi loves standing on it (Check it out at Happy Grey Lucky)

Ingredient Spotlight: Sprouted Ancient Grains

While the initial inspiration behind Partake Foods was Vivienne’s food allergies, we ultimately wanted to create a line of healthy, everyday snacks that didn’t sacrifice taste and anyone could enjoy. With allergy-friendly, clean, nutritious ingredients, we strive to create inclusive products, so that everyone can #PartakeInHealth with or without food allergies!

With our first product being cookies, the flour blend was our top priority as it would be a key component to all our products. It was important that we create a flour blend that was nutrient-packed and gluten-free, due to Vivi’s intolerance to gluten (she gets severe eczema) and my husband who has Crohn’s and avoids gluten. It was non-negotiable that our blend would be free of rice flours, gums, and stabilizers, which are actually quite common and contain concerning arsenic levels for children. I was very keen on using sprouted grains because there are several studies that reveal that sprouting increases key nutrients such a B vitamins, vitamin C, folate, fiber, and certain amino acids. More vitamins, same taste? YES! 

So we created our gluten-free flour blend using sprouted buckwheat flour, sprouted millet flour, oat flour, and cassava flour. Sprouted buckwheat flour, a handy little seed, is chock full of fiber, magnesium, copper, and manganese. Sprouted millet flour, tiny but mighty, is an excellent source of protein, fiber, and other vital nutrients. It’s also considered the least allergenic and most digestible of grains. Oat flour, a crowd favorite, is loaded with dietary fiber and healthy cholesterol-lowering properties. Cassava flour, an awesome wheat flour alternative, is allergen-free and has great digestive benefits. 

Move aside wheat flour - sprouted ancient grains are baking a change with nutritional power and we’re all aboard!


Just a few of our must-haves this past year - from allergy-friendly eats to mom essentials to favorites for our little and things in between! 

  1. Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt - This yogurt makes a delicious dairy-free base for breakfast parfaits - I typically pile it into an on-the-go cup with organic berries and Purely Elizabeth grain-free granola.

  2. Banza Chickpea Pasta - Give me all the pulses! We love chickpeas in our house, and Banza has become a household staple this year - so much that we've converted lots of our non food-allergy friends and family members. Double the protein, half the carbs, and 4 times the fiber vs regular pasta! 

  3. SunButter - A great nut-free, school safe option that is perfect for snacking with apples (or on our cookies)!

  4. NOKA Organics Smoothie Packs - Pouches aren't just for the littles anymore - We love NOKA's superfood smoothie blends for a healthy snack when we're on the go.

  5. Oatly Milk - Amazing in that morning cup of coffee - also makes a great latte! And the ingredient list is a dream - just oats + water!

  6. Cheeky Kids - The cutest mealtime products combined with a mission to end childhood hunger - we're all for it! I'm also a huge fan of the Founder, Ayesha Curry - what a mom boss!

  7. LunchSkins - Their reusable bags are an awesome plastic-free solution - so useful for taking snacks on the go and then simply tossing them in the dishwasher to clean.

  8. Thrive Market - As a busy momprenuer, Thrive Market is the most efficient way to get all my grocery shopping done any time of the day - from our everyday essentials to new discoveries, we love the brands and products that Thrive offers.

  9. Mabel's Labels - We stick these on everything! They're waterproof, which means laundry and dishwasher safe and they also have allergy alert stickers, which have been a literal lifesaver!

  10. All Good - All-natural skincare made with organic herbs that's good for people and good for the earth - their sunscreen is a must when we're planning to have some fun in the sun!

  11. Kuki Travel Pillow - This is a must-have for Vivi on long flights for maximum comfort.

  12. Klean Kanteen - All around great, durable water bottles for the fam, and especially love their Kid Kanteen line!

  13. Drunk Elephant - Clean-ingredient skincare that actually works - the C-Firma Day Serum does wonders!

  14. Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pads - The best activity to keep Vivi entertained, plus these don't leave a permanent new design on our walls and windows when she ventures off the pad.

  15. Seventh Generation - Eco-friendly and toxin-free keeping our home green and clean!

  16. The Opposite of Spoiled - This year was filled with good reads related to building a startup, but being a mom comes first and this book was full of practical tips and inspiring stories.

  17. Partake Foods - And of course we had to mention our pride and joy! We're so thankful for all the growth we've had this past year and everyone we got to share our cookies with! We're whisking up some exciting things to come in the new year and can't wait to grow more with all of you! Below are a few of our and your favorite posts from 2017 


Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year! 

DIY Allergy-Friendly Gingerbread House

The holiday season isn't complete without building your own gingerbread house masterpiece! So we created our own and of course, it's allergy-friendly! The best part about gingerbread decorating is snacking on all the delicious goodies, so we put together this cookie house using our Carrot Oat cookies and a few of our favorite allergy-friendly products (all available on Amazon Prime). Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, and WORRY-FREE for some safe and sweet holiday fun everyone can partake in!

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DIY Holiday Cookie House

Yields one house




  1. Use a frosting spatula or knife to spread a thin layer of sunflower seed butter on all sides of the house-shaped tissue box cover, including the roof and chimney. It might be easier to work on one side at a time.
  2. Line cookies from the bottom up, leaving no gaps and trimming cookies as needed to fit along the side and top edges. A sharp knife works best for cutting the cookies, or you can bite them to desired size - yum!
  3. Break (or bite!) pretzels to fit the chimney sides, and line them vertically.
  4. Line pretzels along the top pointed part of the roof until it touches the chimney - about 5 pretzels on each side.
  5. Add sunflower seed butter to the edges of the cookies along the roof. Cover the remainder of the roof, lining these pretzels perpendicular to the pretzels in step 4 and letting them hang off the sides of the house.
  6. Decorate! Feel free to create your own work of art or recreate our decor following the steps below.
  7. To make the door and windows, add white frosting to a piping bag with frosting tip attached and spread on house where desired. You can use a frosting spatula or knife to smooth out. Use another piping bag with frosting tip attached to pipe lines on the windows using the green pumpkin seed butter. Frame door and windows with pretzels.
  8. To add colorful decor, use seed butter to stick on candies and fresh herbs. We used thyme to line the roof, a couple sage leaves above the doors, and placed rosemary upside down to make trees!
  9. Lastly, make it snow with maple kettle corn! Just pulse it a few times in a food processor to make finer crumbs and spread around the house.