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.
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
This little beauty was my official entry to the Earth Balance Holiday Bake-Off 2015. I had never attempted a bundt cake before the bake-off, but felt ambitious. This spiced, flavorful cake came out moist, fluffy and perfect. It's perfect as dessert or a decadent breakfast with a mug of Crio Bru of coffee.
It's one of my most involved recipes, but well worth every moment. It's also gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, soy-free and refined sugar free (except for the glaze, while optional, gives it an amazing rich, warm flavor) Serves 16.
2 C. brown rice flour
2/3 C. potato starch
1/3 Cup tapioca starch
1 TBSP. baking powder
1 1/4 baking soda
3 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 C. coconut milk
1 tsp. lemon juice
3 TBSP. ground flax seed* (can be omitted, and use 3 eggs, if egg is eaten/tolerated)
9 TBSP. water* (omit if eggs are used)
3/4 tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 C. coconut sugar
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 c. maple syrup or bee-free apple honey
3 TBSP. apple juice
3/4 C. applesauce
2 C. apples, cored, peeled and diced.
2 tsp. organic vanilla extract
1/3 C. Coconut Sugar
2/3 C. corn-free Confectioner's Sugar (I use Dandie's)
3 TBSP. Coconut Cream
3 TBSP. Earth Balance Soy-Free Butter
1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325 degree and grease bundt pan with vegan butter or oil generously.
Whisk flours, xanthan gum, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt in a small bowl and set to side. If using flax eggs, prepare flax eggs by combining 1 TBSP. of ground flax seed with 3 TBSP. of water. Set aside for 15 minutes to gel.
In a large bowl, mix Flax Eggs or regular eggs with coconut sugar and maple syrup until blended. Slowly add and mix on your lowest speed setting, applesauce, vanilla, apple juice, coconut milk, lemon juice and dry mixture. Do not over mix. Add in apples 1 cup at a time. Mix on low until coated.
Slowly pour or spoon batter into prepared bundt pan. Place in oven for 50-55 minutes, not opening the oven for the first 45 minutes. Check for doneness with a toothpick.
Remove from oven and allow to set for 10 minutes. Prepare the glaze by mixing all glaze ingredients in a small bowl until no lumps remain. Pour into small sauce pan and cook over medium-low until warmed.
Remove cake and place on cooling rack over a sheet of parchment paper. Pipe on or spoon on glaze. Top with a dusting of confectioners sugar for presentation. Transport to cake plate once cooled.
Enjoy within three days. May freeze up to two weeks.
So, MONTHS ago, Mr. Charming and I invested in a hand pie maker. And it sat. And sat and sat and sat in the cupboard until one night recently when I was craving pie and remembered it was there. Sad and lonely and gathering dust.
I'd been on a kick with Strawberry Pie since our coastline trip, but since I am watching my strawberry intake due to trying out a low-histamine diet, I thought the tried-and-true traditional apple pie sounded delicious. And I wanted to see if I could get them to come out cute & plumpy.
That & the idea of getting A WHOLE PIE (in theory) to myself sounded really fun. If you know me, I'm not a big sweets person anymore since adopting a primarily Paleo lifestyle. But sometimes, a girl just has to have pie. And I have now find my favorite new way to eat it.
I fell in love with how perfectly symmetrical, flaky and golden brown these came out. The mini pie maker I use is by Sunbeam and can be found online and in stores. I picked mine up on sale at a Fry's Grocery Store as an impulse buy.
Below you will find my recipe for the gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, egg-free, low sugar (depending on the pie crust you choose, the one I buy had under 2g.) pie we made and it is DELICIOUS. I always surprise myself sometimes with how decadent and sweet my confections come out sometimes without using sugar in the mix. The crust was buttery, flaky and the apples, with no added sugar, were the perfect mixture of tart and sweet.
My plan is to now make a million other pie variations just so I can enjoy these little cuties again. Next up: A dairy-free turkey pot pie, then maybe a shepherd's pie variation, then something for fall, then maybe a sugar-free chocolate pie for Christmas. Seriously. It's an addiction now. These things are just too cute.
6 Medium or 12-13 Mini Organic Gala Apples
2 Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free Pie Crusts Of Choice (I use Wholly Wholesome)
1 Tbsp. of Dairy-Free Butter or Coconut Oil
Cinnamon to taste
Thaw pie crust per package requirements but make sure dough is chilled before rolling/cutting. Wash and skin apples. Cut and cube apples into small cubes. You do not want large chunks in the mini pies.
Cook apples, mixed with cinnamon, in a Tbsp. of dairy-free butter or coconut covered over medium heat until soft. I like my apples super cinnamon-y and cinnamon carries a lot of anti-inflammatory properties. If you tolerate cinnamon, use as desired. I probably used 1-2 tsp. to my 12 mini apples.
Once apples are soft, turn off heat and set pan aside. Prep dough on a floured surface (I used a little coconut flour on my cutting board) and roll out to about 1/8 in. thick. My pie maker came with round cutters to fit my pie pan, and most will, so cut pie bottoms and pie tops according to your pie maker.
As I stated before, if your dough is still slightly chilled it will cut, transfer and take to the hot pan much easier, put in the bottom pie dough and spoon in cooked apples until nearly full. Top with smaller cut pie top. Repeat for up to 4 pies and close the lid. Ours took 10 minutes for perfect, golden brown little pies.
Remove from pan with a wooden spoon or spatula and let cool for ten minutes on a wire cooling rack.
Serve & enjoy with a cold glass of almond or coconut milk or a scoop or dairy-free vanilla ice cream for a la mode.
Have you made hand-pies before? What's your favorite variation?
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.