Vegan Cookie Crust Cheesecake

Who doesn't love cheesecake?! PlantBasedJane whipped up an allergy-friendly, sweet tooth satisfying Vegan Cookie Crust Cheesecake that will indulge any dessert craving. It's the perfect blend of creamy and crispy with a kick of cinnamon from our Carrot Oat mini cookies! It's easy and delicious, so it's the perfect treat to whip up anytime! 

 
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Vegan Cookie Crust Cheesecake

Yields 4 mini pies

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Partake Foods - Carrot Oat cookies

  • 1/4 cup vegan butter

  • 8 oz vegan cream cheese

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup 

  • 1 tbsp agar agar

  • 3 tbsp warm plant milk

  • 4 mini pie tins

Directions:

  1. Use a rolling pin to crush the Carrot Oat cookies in its bag.
  2. Add crumbled cookies to a bowl of 1/4 cup melted vegan butter and mix to combine. Disperse crumbs evenly into the mini pie tins and press down all sides. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Add vegan cream cheese to a bowl and mix in maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  4. Warm the plant milk and slowly mix into agar agar. Add to cream cheese mix and stir. 
  5. Take crusts out of the fridge and evenly distribute the filling. Place in fridge for up to 3 hours.

Enjoy! 

MARCH 2018 FAVORITES #FRIDAYFAVES

March was National Nutrition Month, but we're all about packing in the nutrients every day! It's so important to nourish your body from the inside out, so we make sure to load up on healthy proteins, veggies, fruits and natural supplements to give us that extra boost!

 
 
  1. SmartyPants Vitamins - The Women's Complete is a total multitasker and and fulfills most of my vitamin needs. My body actually can't process folic acid due to the MTHF mutation and this vitamin uses methylfolate, which my body can process! Also love that they're sweet, so it's like a little daily indulgence. AND for every bottle purchased, they make a nutrient grant to the non-profit Vitamin Angels!

  2. Corganic Probiotics - Created as a “game changer” for “the sensitive of the sensitive”, this probiotic is perfect for those with extremely fragile digestive tracts. This hypoallergenic formula is designed to kick start the digestive system and aid in maximizing the absorption of nutrients, while supporting the entire immune system. These products are also corn-free, which are SO hard to find, so they're safe for Vivi!

  3. Flaxseeds - Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and essential nutrients! It's a true superfood and so easy to incorporate into our meals. Coat chicken breasts and baked to make chicken nuggets or mix with warm water to use as an egg substitute!

  4. Kimchi - So delicious and so good for the gut! Fermented foods are full of healthy bacteria and extremely valuable to your digestive tract. My mom keeps our fridge stocked with her homemade kimchi, but Mother In Law's and Mama O's are also great!

  5. MegaFood Blood Builder - I was anemic when I was pregnant with Vivi and suffer from super fatigue when I don't get enough iron, which is not good when you're a full-time working mama! This meets my needs for B12, Iron & Folate and most importantly, made from whole food ingredients - not the gross synthetic stuff!

  6. Rainbow Light Enzymes - Amazing for nutrient absorption, digestion, and any digestive discomfort! These lend a helping hand to my digestive system and keeps everything running smoothly!

Brand Spotlight: Art & Eden

While we’re all about the importance of healthy eating and what we put IN our body, it’s equally important to be mindful of what goes ON our body! We’re collaborating with art & eden to share the importance of living an all-around healthy lifestyle from the inside out. 

With food allergies often also come skin sensitivities, so we’re all about keeping our bodies safe with clean, non-toxic substances both in our food and clothing. art & eden is a women-led organic children’s clothing line that is committed to be being the best in the world by being the best for the world. Their organic cotton clothing is soft and breathable making it exceptionally comfortable and soothing for sensitive skin.

Conventional clothing materials often cause rashes due to the insecticides and pesticides used in manufacturing - and not only do these hazardous chemicals affect our skin, it also negatively impacts our immune systems, nervous systems, respiratory function, and healthy hormonal development. Organic clothing however, holds none of those harmful chemicals and is non-GMO, which not only protect those wearing the clothes, but also the water, the animals, and the millions of agricultural workers who suffer from pesticide poisoning each year. With the use of low impact dyes, sustainable materials, and organic practices, art & eden promotes a greener, safer, and all-around better planet. 

Learn more about art & eden's impact and mission here and join our giveaway! We're giving away 6 boxes of our cookies and an $80 art & eden gift card!

 

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!  

 
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Gluten Free & Vegan Banana Pudding

Yields 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

MAKE THE CHIA PUDDING:

  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.

ASSEMBLE THE BANANA 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 2018 FAVORITES #FRIDAYFAVES

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!


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6:00 AM | MORNING ME TIME

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!


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7:00 AM | RISE AND SHINE

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!


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9:00AM | RUNNIN' AROUND TOWN

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!


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2:00PM | AFTERNOON PICK ME UP

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.


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6:00PM | FAMILY TIME

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! 

JANUARY 2018 FAVORITES #FRIDAYFAVES

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)