The Best S'mores Ever - and it's #glutenfree!

Move over graham crackers, our Carrot Oat cookies are changing the s'mores game! They have all the cinnamon goodness of graham crackers minus the wheat (#glutenfree) and packed with real fruits and veggies! With summer just around the corner, we're keeping our pantry stocked with SpinachDaddy's essentials for the BEST s'mores ever!

 
 

Here's What You Need:

  • Partake Foods - Carrot Oat cookies

  • Dandies - Vegan Vanilla Marshmallows (+ skewers / sticks for roasting)

  • Justin's - Nut Butter Cups (or sub your fav nut-free cups)

Make a campfire, roast marshmallows, stack everything together, and enjoy!

Mini Vegan Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Ice cream is always a good idea and even better sandwiched between our Sprouted Grain Chocolate Chip cookies! Taking ice cream sandwiches to the next level, LunchesAndLittles created a dairy-free vanilla bean ice cream recipe that's super smooth, creamy, and oh so delicious! These allergy-friendly mini treats are sure to be a hit with your littles - perfect for afternoon playdates and summer nights!

 
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Mini Vegan Vanilla Bean Cookie Sandwiches

Yields 7-8 mini sandwiches

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 box Partake Foods - Sprouted Grain Chocolate Chip cookies

  • 1 can unsweetened coconut cream

  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk

  • 1/2 cup raw turbinado sugar

  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup 

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

  • 1 vanilla bean

  • 1 pinch of Himalayan pink salt

  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm up coconut cream, milk, sugar, syrup, coconut oil, vanilla bean seeds (scraped from pod) and the remaining pod.
  2. Once mixture simmers, remove pot from heat and cover. Allow mixture to steep for about 25 minutes.
  3. Remove vanilla bean pod and scrape out any remaining vanilla beans. Set pod aside or discard. 
  4. Refrigerate milk mixture for 2-3 hours until chilled.
  5. Transfer to prepared ice cream maker. Churn according to the manufacturer's instructions until it's well-churned to the consistency of a soft-serve.
  6. Transfer ice cream mix into a freezer-safe container and smooth the top with the back of a spoon or spatula. Freeze overnight.
  7. Smooth a dollop of ice cream on the back of a mini cookie. Top with another cookie and press firmly together to create a sandwich. Roll sides in vegan chocolate chips if desired!

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