Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Lazy Samoas

I have memories of eating Girl Scout cookies as a little girl and I didn't want Brody to miss out on tasting one of my favorites...Samoas! A friend shared this vegan recipe with me last year and I think they are a great substitute!

This recipe is free of: milk, eggs, peanuts, fish and shellfish 
*Could be Gluten Free if you used a GF all purpose flour

This recipe from is from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero.

Lazy Samoas
2 cups grated sweetened coconut
1/3 cup unrefined coconut oil
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup nondairy milk
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

For Decorating:
1 cup chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons unrefined coconut oil

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper

2. Pour the grated coconut into a large heavy skillet and toast over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally and toast coconut to a light golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Watch carefully to avoid burning. Promptly remove the coconut from the heat and stir occasionally as it cools. If the coconut continues to turn overly brown promptly pour from the skillet into a large dish and spread around to hasten cooling and stop cooking.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil [warm a bit if it's too solid], brown sugar, nondairy milk, ground flax seeds, and the vanilla until well blended and smooth. Sift in the all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt and mix to form a batter. Fold in the coconut.

4. Scoop about 1 Tablespoon of dough 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets. Flatten each cookie with the back of a measuring cup and use your fingers to work a small hole into each center. Bake for 8 minutes, until the edges of the cookies are golden.

5. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely. Transfer the cooled cookies onto waxed paper, then place them on the onto a cutting board or other firm surface that can be easily slid onto a refrigerator shelf.

6. while cookies are cooling, melt chocolate chips in a microwave or double-boiler, then stir in the coconut oil into the melted chocolate. Allow the chocolate mixture to cool for about 5 minutes to thicken slightly. Dip cookie bottom into the chocolate and return them to the waxed paper. Now drizzle the remaining chocolate over the cookies, either by dipping a fork into the melted chocolate or by pouring the chocolate into a pastry bag fitted with a very small round tip. Chill cookies for at least 30 minutes to completely firm up the chocolate. Store the cookies in a loosely covered container in a very cool place.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Healthier Virgin Pina Colada Shake

This is a delicious recipe that is perfect for the hot summer days :)

Healthier Virgin Pina Colada Shake 
Free of milk, eggs, soy, peanuts, fish, shellfish, wheat

1-14 oz. can light coconut milk
1 cup pineapple juice OR R.W. Knudsen Pineapple Coconut Juice (@ Whole Foods)
2 ½ cups frozen pineapple
2 frozen ripe bananas
2 tbsp. local honey
1 tsp. vanilla OR coconut extract
2 scoops of So Delicious Vanilla Ice Cream or Coconut Milk ice cream (if you are allergic to soy)
1 cup of ice cubes
Unsweetened Coconut flakes (I like no sulfites or perservatives)

Throw everything into the blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a pretty glass & top with coconut if desired. Serves 6. Enjoy :)

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Creating Holiday Memories with a Hot Air Popcorn Popper

I hope everyone is preparing to relax and spend time with their family over the holidays.  I have to share something that I purchased a few weeks ago that we are really enjoying. It has been a part of us making some great memories this season while watching Christmas movies.

A friend of mine was talking about a hot air popcorn popper, and I realized that Brody was 3 years old (milk, egg and peanut allergy) and has never had popcorn.  This was enough motivation for me to purchase the popcorn popper.  I also loved the idea of being able to buy organic popcorn kernels (so I can avoid GMO's) and control what, and how much "butter" and salt goes on our popcorn.

The popper pops wonderfully and leaves very few kernels (so quick and easy).  It is easy to clean and is so much fun to wait and watch the popcorn overflow out of it (the kids get a kick out of that).  Sometimes we use Earth Balance dairy free butter, and sometimes we just eat it plain (what a great low calorie snack).

The best part, you don't even have to leave your home to purchase it.  I bought mine online at walmart and paid .97 to have it shipped to my house...AWESOME!  It was so worth it to not have to go in and look for it and "hope" they have it this time of year.

If you are looking for a last minute gift or want to treat yourself with something that the whole family can enjoy together, I highly recommend it!

Go make some memories!
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Greek Style So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt

I was really excited to see that So Delicious has a new Greek Style Coconut Milk Yogurt.  It was "on sale" at Whole Foods, so I grabbed a couple.  Coconut milk yogurt, in my opinion, is much tastier than regular yogurt (and also safe for my milk allergic child).

The greek style yogurt is decadent; it is thick, creamy and delicious!  We put some granola on top and had it as a snack today.  We tried the strawberry, but I am thinking I will have to buy the chocolate next :)

Click HERE to request a coupon

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

15% off coupon on Food Allergy Bands at USA Baby & Big Kids Too

I am excited that our family's journey with food allergies is being featured on Nashville Kids Furniture Blog.  I am passionate about spreading awareness about food allergies and helping to encourage other families who are on a similar journey.

USA Baby & Big Kids Too in Franklin, TN is offering Allergen Free Please readers a 15% off coupon on a Food Allergy Band.  Just in time for pre-school and school starting, you can protect your child from food allergens in a fun, kid-friendly way.  

The Food Allergy-Band was the brainchild of three partners from the Nashville area, who have personally been affected by their kids with food allergies.  The Food Allergy-Band offers an added layer of protection because they stay with the child when parents and guardians cannot.

The initial Food Allergy-Band will be available in 
three styles:
  • Dairy
  • Nut
  • Food
Did you know that dairy and nut allergies are the two primary food allergies that can be life-threatening? The number of children affected by food allergies has doubled in the past 10 years and now affects over 12 million Americans. Each year more than 125,000 children visit emergency rooms because of food allergy reactions.

Each band is designed for a specific allergy, is 
100% latex free and incorporates a "kid friendly" design.

Print out your 15% off coupon HERE (expires September 30, 2011), stop by USA Baby & Big Kids Too and pick your Food Allergy Band up today!

USA Baby & Big Kids Too

1113 Murfreesboro Rd. Suite 370
Franklin, TN 37064
Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 1pm-5pm
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Nashville Sounds Peanut Free Night August 17th

A friend of mine told me that the Nashville Sounds have had a few peanut free nights this season.  I know some of the food allergy moms worked hard to make this possible.  I also want to thank the Nashville Sounds for bringing awareness to food allergies by setting aside nights so children that have life-threatening peanut allergies can enjoy a baseball game with their families. This is wonderful!

The last peanut free night is Wednesday August 17th 2011 at (against the Padres) at 7:05pm in Section D. Click HERE to read more. *Section-D will be designated as a peanut-free zone at Greer Stadium. For more information, call (615) - 690 - HITS.

Tickets are $12 in advance (prior to game date).  Children 2 and under are free, if they do not occupy a seat. Ticket prices include tax. To see more details, click HERE

Enjoy a night out with the family!!!!

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Make Your Own Smoothie Pops

Popsicles are the perfect summer time treat!

I love being able to make my own pops so I know what's in them. It is fun to make different flavors with fruit and the kids enjoy being a part of creating them.

The hardest part of making your own pops is finding the right popsicle molds.

I found these popsicle molds from Tovolo and I really like them (I actually found them at TJ Max but it looks like you can get them off of Amazon).

I like that these molds have a base that each pop sits on so they do not fall over when you put them in the freezer.  They are durable and even have a drip guard.  They come out star shaped, which is fun AND they are BPA free and dishwasher safe.

*Tip: do not fill the pop up to the top with smoothie or the stick has a hard time staying in.

How to make Smoothie Pops

1. get a great popsicle mold (I like the Tovolo Shooting Star Freezer Pop Molds)
2. get out your blender (I am in love with my Vitamix and we have definitely have gotten our money's worth, as we use it at least 2-3 times a day).
3. real fruit juice and frozen or fresh fruit

Here is my recipe for one of my favorite smoothie pops, but you can be creative and use any fruit combination

OJ (not from concentrate) (about 2 cups)
Frozen chunks of mango (I buy at Trader Joe's)
Frozen pineapple tidbits (I buy at Trader Joe's)
Frozen organic strawberries (I buy at Trader Joe's)
I sprinkle in some ground flax seed for Omega 3's

Blend ingredients in blender and pour into the molds.  Whatever does fit in the molds, we drink ;)

Also, if you want to make what we call around our house "Shrek Smoothie Pop" add a handful of kale or spinach.  Both greens are extremely nutritious and will turn the smoothie a cool green color.  Bonus: you will be sneaking in some veggies.

These molds come in handy when you make a blender-full of smoothie and you are not able to drink it all....we just have smoothie pops for later on and it is not wasted.

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