One of my FAVORITE treats as a kid were Rice Krispy Treats. Gooey, sweet and ever-so-addicting, we didn't make them often because they'd get gobbled up in record speed. Surely, my parents didn't want me and my sister high on sugar as much as I don't want my kid zipping around all crazed on sweets.
But today was another 105 degree day and I was blanking on any preschool lesson since I'm slowly putting together our Fall curriculum, so into the kitchen we went. Educational, I get content for the blog and we get a treat at the end. Sounded like a wonderful way to spend a Thursday to me.
That, and I found patriotic straws in the drawer and BAM! these became a dessert for Labor Day that is this coming long weekend.
If you are lacking star spangled straws, fear not, these babies are JUST as festive, beautiful and delicious sans prop.
And in true Nosh and Nurture fashion these are not the Rice Krispy Treats of our youth. With Dandie's Marshmallows (not sponsored, just love these little things) the marshmallows are corn-free. The cereal I used is an organic brown rice variety that I picked up at Sprouts because I don't care for the additives and folic acid found in the popular mainstream white rice cereal traditionally used in these.
I also used an organic coconut oil and vegan butter to get them to be ooey gooey and pure perfection.
I can attest that the little ones will love these as much as I did as a kid. Grey even posed his perfect little hand in the photo and I had a proud food blogger mommy moment haha. He literally gets cuter every day.
What was your favorite childhood treat and have you found a way to improve upon it now that you're an adult?
Rice Krispy Treats - New & Improved!
In celebration of #NationalWatermelonDay with WTRMLN WTR, these coconutty and creamy watermelon popsicles are perfect for a hot summer day for adults and kids alike. My little guy devours these and we love to enjoy them at home or by the pool.
1 + 1/4 cup cup fresh watermelon slices
½ cup WTRMLN WTR
½ cup coconut milk
Puree 1 cup of chopped WTRMLN slices with ½ cup WTRMLN WTR and pour into popsicle molds so molds are 2/3 full.
Freeze for 30 minutes and pour chilled coconut milk on top of frozen watermelon blend.
Top with remaining watermelon slices and freeze for an additional 30 minutes. Rinse molds under warm water to release popsicle, add dried or toasted coconut for crunch and enjoy somewhere near a pool or beach.
Rich, ooey and gooey, this Dark Chocolate Bundt is a decadent treat for your holiday feast.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bundt cake pan with coconut or avocado oil spray.
Sift together flour, cocoa powder, cream of tartar, baking soda and sea salt. Set aside.
In large bowl, stir together milk, water and acv until well blended. Add coconut sugar, oil, and vanilla.
Slowly whisk in flour mixture to liquid mix until combined. Stir in 1 cup mini chocolate chips. Pour cake batter into pan.
Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean. Cool for 10-15 minutes before transferring onto cooling rack.
For the ganache, place chocolate chips and 4 tablespoons of the milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on low for 40 seconds, stirring halfway through.
Mix in additional milk, powdered sugar and vanilla and pour a top cake once cake has cooled.
An alternative to the classic Peanut Butter Cookie, these gluten-free, dairy-free and peanut-free darlings are seriously delicious and completely addicting.
My son, now fourteen months, is at an age where I'm also SERIOUSLY addicted to him. His personality brings us SO much joy and he LOVES helping mommy in the kitchen.
Which, of course, makes this foodie's heart soar.
You can credit little Grey with the impressive fork criss crosses in most of these cookies and he is becoming a champion stirrer of all batters and doughs. Give this kid a spoon and a bowl, and instead of drumming, he will always prefer to be "cooking".
I know, I can't stand the cuteness either folks. Letterboard below inspired by my sons love of all things Sesame Street and Cookie Monster, or "cook cook" as he's called around here.
Almond Butter Cookies
Our first Christmas with little Grey was pure sweetness.Enjoying going through all of his photos and still making our way through opening our Christmas packages, because, new parents and the activities apparently take a lot longer to accomplish, haha.
And speaking of sweet, this pumpkin pie was the perfect finish to a delectable Paleo Christmas feast.
Sweetened with maple syrup and warm coconut sugar, this gluten-free and vegan Pumpkin Pie tastes just the real thing.
1 1/2 Cans Organic Pumpkin
1/8 C. Maple Syrup
1/8 C. Coconut Sugar
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
2 1/2 TBSP. Tapioca Starch
1 TBSP. coconut oil
1/3 C. Coconut Cream
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Ginger
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingrendients in a bowl with a hand mixer until smooth.
Pour into premade or homemade gluten-free pie crust. (I use Wholly Wholesomes Gluten-Free crust)
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Allow to cool and put in fridge overnight to set.
Serve with coconut whip cream.
Gluten Free - Grain Free - Vegan - Soy Free - Egg Free - Nut Free
9 tablespoons ground espresso beans
5 tablespoons coconut sugar
dairy free - gluten free - soy free - nut free (aside from the coconut) - refined sugar free
Enjoy a cube of this decadent cake with coffee in the morning, tea at night or as a mid-day snack. The sweetness comes from bananas and dates, while the richness comes from light coconut milk.
This treat is especially helpful to those of us in our last trimester of pregnancy, as the dates can help prepare our cervix for a smoother natural birth.
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup gluten-free oat flour
1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 very ripe bananas
4 ounces dates (about 8 large), pitted and roughly chopped
1/2 cup light coconut milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
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gluten free - vegan - soy free - refined sugar free - kid friendly - grain free - paleo
These brownies work well with most diets if cocoa is tolerated. They are easy to make ahead of time and take on the go.
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gluten free - vegan - egg free - kid friendly
This recipe relies on unsweetened applesauce and almond milk to provide the classic moist texture of traditional carrot cake in a vegan form.
2 1/2 cup gluten-free all purpose flour (I use Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons egg replacer
2 cups light brown or coconut sugar
1 cup avocado or grapeseed oil
1 cup almond milk
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 pound carrots, finely grated (about 3 cups)
1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
1 cup seedless raisins
12 tablespoons vegan butter
1 1/2 pound Daiya or soy cream cheese, cold
1 1/2 cup corn-free powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
gluten free - dairy free - nut free option - soy free - kid friendly
I have to admit, I was really intimated to try a gluten-free white cake. So many of the flour mixes and unrefined sugar cakes I've tried in the past were either dry, bland or way-too-obviously gluten-free in their flavor and texture.
When it came to my baby shower, (you can read all about my dream-come-true baby shower here) I knew I wanted to have a part in the cake process and I knew I wanted a white naked cake I'd seen before for a wedding. My sisters did an amazing job with the shower, but when it came to the cake I wanted to know it was made with the safest ingredients for me and my guests with sensitivities, celiac or allergies and that it was made in a completely gluten-free, dairy-free kitchen.
After doing a test run a few nights before the shower (and eating entirely too many sample bites before tossing it out) I was beyond ecstatic with the results and I was pleased to see the cake was the first to go at the shower before any of the store bought cup cakes! It held its own and more and had a real "homemade cake flavor". I may have had seconds. Because. #BabyShower.
I will have to make a bigger one for the next party we throw. Because it went lightning quick.
The cake, with its gluten-free all purpose flour and coconut sugar has a warm, spice cake flavor to it due to the warm nuttiness of the coconut sugar. I used an organic dairy-free buttercream frosting and I found dye-free sprinkles.
With my shower theme being pastel rainbow, I knew I wanted sprinkles but I didn't want the nasty artificial color and flavoring that accompanies the traditional jimmies. I found sprinkles online that were colored with beet juice, turmeric, blueberry and spinach and they tasted amazing. Just like when I was a kid, but healthier! Read on for the recipe.
Baby Shower White Cake
2 C. all-purpose gluten-free flour (I used Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1)
1 C. Coconut Sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Cream of Tartar
1/4 C. + 2 TBSP. Tapioca Starch
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
10 TBSP. dairy-free butter or high quality ghee
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
4 Egg Whites
1 Whole Egg
1 C. Almond Milk (or other dairy-free milk of choice)
1/3. C. Lemon Juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease two 6-in round cake pans with coconut oil. (I prefer the smaller diameter cake, you could also do 8-in rounds for a cake that won't stand as tall)
Trace each pan on parchment paper, cut it out and put a round of parchment in each pan bottom so cake removes easily. (This makes a world of difference!)
In a medium bowl mix flour, tapioca starch, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.
In another medium bowl, mix room temperature butter, coconut sugar and vanilla with a handheld mixer or stand up kitchen mixer until light and fluffy.
In a small bowl combine egg, egg whites, almond milk and lemon juice and mix well.
Pour egg mixture in a large bowl and alternate adding dry mixture and sugar mixture in with the wet mixture. Use handheld mixer to mix until smooth and pourable.
Divide batter between your pans, filling only 3/4 of the way full. Place in center of oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and done in the center. (In my oven it took exactly 37 minutes each time for them to come out perfectly.)
Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes then remove gently and allow to cool completely on a wire cooling rack.
Once cooled add a thick layer of frosting to the bottom layer and place the other layer on top. Chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Bring back out and add a thick coating of frosting to the top of the cake and with a frosting knife smooth it out, and smooth down the sides to give the naked cake effect.
Top with sprinkles and enjoy!
Nosh & Nurture was born of this journey I am on to better the health of myself, my family and those around me. What started as a simple compilation of recipes has grown to a all-around lifestyle journal with ways to incorporate organic products into your home, pantry and beauty cabinet. I also include stories on pregnancy, new motherhood, travel, Proverbs 31 marriage, and spiritual health, as I am a Christian who couldn't do any of this without my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. For more of my story you can click here.
All recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free with a lot of soy-free, grain-free, sugar-free options.