Saturday, February 13, 2016

Dairy-Free Heart Pizza



Original Post:  2-15-13

Heart pizzas are all the rage on Valentine's Day for those who don't want to spend Valentine's Day in a restaurant.  And hey, as a food allergy family, that's us!

A simple, homemade heart shaped pizza is so easy to make, and a special way to put a smile on your Valentines' faces this year.

And this is easy to make dairy-free.

First, I made our favorite homemade pizza crust.  Be sure to poke your dough with holes after spreading it out and let it bake for 5-10 minutes before topping it depending on how thick your crust is.

Second, spread our favorite homemade pizza sauce over the half baked crust.

Third, add toppings to the pizza and finish baking until cheese is melted and bottom is browned.


Dairy-Free Pizza Topping Ideas:
  • Applegate Pepperoni
  • Onions
  • Green Peppers
  • Hormel Natural Ham
  • Burger
  • Bacon
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • Daiya Mozarella Shreds (use sparingly)


Have a safe and happy Valentine's Day!


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Dairy-Free Chocolate Fondue



Original Post:  12-24-14   

Don't have time to make cookies and dip treats in chocolate before the holiday?  Still looking for something easy to make?  

Or hey, maybe your oven is broken like mine!

Chocolate fondue is the perfect answer.  It's easy, relaxing, and FUN for the whole family.

We simply shop for anything dairy-free that can be dipped in chocolate.  Each family member here has their own favorite food to dip.  

Melt allergy-free Enjoy Life chips in a Crock Pot Little Dipper {aff}.

And get dipping.  

Dairy-Free Strawberry Cake Mix Rice Crispy Treats



Original Post:  2/15/12

Pouring cake mix into Rice Crispy Treats, have you tried this yet?  We thought this would be a fun thing to try with strawberry cake mix.  The strawberry works great for Valentine's Day.  And we topped the treats with some dairy-free icing with red sprinkles.

The products we used were:
Earth Balance Butter
Pillsbury Classic Vanilla Icing
Duncan Hines Strawberry Cake Mix

You could also use Duncan Hines Dairy Free Devil's Food, Spice, or Yellow Cake Mixes.  Check labels for yourself, though!


DAIRY-FREE CAKE MIX RICE CRISPY TREATS

3 Tbs. dairy-free butter
1 10 oz package of marshmallows
1/2 cup dairy-free cake mix
6 cups Rice Crispie Cereal

Melt first two ingredients in a large pot. Add cake mix until smooth. Then stir in rice. Press into a greased cake pan.

To get the cutter to work well, I kept it wet with water. That really helped keep the treats from sticking to the cutter...my best tip for these!

Pipe the icing on from a plastic baggy with the tip snipped.


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Dairy-Free Homemade Chocolate Syrup



Original Post:  3-16-13

I have had a homemade Chocolate Syrup recipe pinned on Pinterest for awhile, and I finally got around to trying it.  It was so super easy.  Wish I had done it sooner!  The cost-savings on this I'm sure is significant...which is always a bonus.  Plus, I can control the sugar by experimenting with a little less here and there.

I lessened the vanilla to 1 tsp.  I used raw sugar (turbinado).  And I omitted the coffee so the kiddos can use this.

The kids love chocolate syrup in almond milk and on dairy-free ice cream.

And I love to use it in my own almond milk iced mochas.

You need to give this a try.  It feels like a huge accomplishment, but it's so easy.


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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Artisan Dutch Oven Bread ~ 4 Ingredients



Original Post:  1-10-14

Are you having a hard time finding a bread that is both free of dairy, eggs, AND soy?  If so, this might be the answer for you.  One of our readers and local friends told me I had to try this Dutch Oven Bread recipe on Pinterest. So when I finally got my 3 quart dutch oven, I was really excited to try this basic ingredient recipe.

This truly is so simple to make.  It takes virtually no bread-making skills or kneading.  The thing that it most takes is time because you have to think to mix it up 12 hours ahead of time.  But I'm not complaining, that's a habit that can be formed for safe bread!

The other thing that I love about this bread compared to other homemade sandwich breads is that it takes minimal yeast.  I definitely have a yeast sensitivity, and it shows up on my own skin testing.  This bread, at just 1/2 teaspoon of yeast, is much better on my tummy.

The first time I made this, I followed the ingredients and directions exactly.  When it came out beautifully, I was ready to make some alterations.  So here they are:

My Alterations
I wanted to use other flours besides white.  So I went with wheat flour and oat flour.  To get oat flour, I just pulse oats in my blender.  Instead of three cups white flour as the original recipe calls for, I do two cups of white wheat flour and one cup of oat flour.

Because these flours are more dense than white flour, I have found that I need to up the water portion.  I use two cups of water.

If you want to stick with all white flour like the original recipe, that's a great place to start.  :)

Great for Food Allergies
This is such a basic ingredient recipe.  This is literally 4 ingredients, and that includes water.  Talk about economical, too.  Great for those of us with dairy and egg allergies and especially for those who also have soy allergies!  My friend gave me this recipe because her family could not have the soy that is in most all sandwich breads at the grocery store.

The Right Dutch Oven
The thing you have to be careful with in this recipe is that many dutch ovens cannot be heated to high temps, and especially the handle cannot.  I did a lot of dutch oven research before I bought my Lodge. It can be heated, including the lid and knob, to 500 degrees.  So it works in this recipe.

It Takes Planning Ahead
The other thing about this recipe, while it's basic ingredient and easy, is you do have to plan ahead.  It has to sit at room temp for 12-18 hours.  I will either mix it together the night before I bake it, or I will mix it in the morning and bake it in the evening.

My friend had this mixed up on a regular basis so they never ran out.

Crunchy or Soft
This bread does come like an artisan bread from a restaurant.  It has a crunchy crust.  Graham doesn't love things that are tough to eat...he has the tiniest mouth and teeth.  So instead of storing our bread in a towel to keep the crunch, I store ours in a baggie and then the outside softens up to Graham's preference.

Since I have deemed it "Soup Week" at our house this week, I thought it only appropriate that I get this recipe posted. This bread is perfect to serve with soup!!!  My boys like it for dipping but also like it topped with honey or jam.  :)

So you can either follow the linked, original recipe for the white bread version...or if you want a little healthier version with wheat and oat flour...see my altered recipe below.  Both will delight!  Just be sure to visit Simply So Good's site for directions on how to exactly make the bread.  I'm just sharing my altered ingredient list below.

7 Days of Dairy-Free, Natural Snacks for Kids ~ Frozen Banana Ice Cream {Day 6}




Oh yes, folks, by the grace of God I will finish this 7-post series that I started 6 months ago. Wow.  How does that happen?  ;)

Up for day 6 is one of my boys' very favorite treats.  It's so easy, it's one ingredient.  Bananas. That's it.  Prepped and frozen but still.  It doesn't get any easier than this.  

We simple buy a lot of bananas and whichever ones start to turn brown get frozen.  Peel first, then flash freeze on wax paper in one layer.  Once flash frozen, store in an airtight container in the freezer until use.  There is always a stash of frozen bananas in our freezer.  

If you don't have a really strong blender, you may want to freeze banana slices.  If you have a high power blender, you can simply freeze the bananas in halves.  Works for us!  



DAIRY-FREE FROZEN BANANA ICE CREAM
Flash freeze peeled, brown bananas in the freezer in slices or halves
Move flash frozen bananas to an airtight container and keep frozen until use.  
Blend frozen bananas in blender until smooth.  No liquid needed.  
1 banana per ice cream serving.  

Feel free to top with chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, etc.  But then it may not be all-naturally sweet.  Enjoy!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Wheat-Free Black Bean Brownies



Brownies made with black beans, is that really possible?  I mean, everyone is trying to cut flour these days but isn't that going a little too far?  

That was my initial reaction.  But seriously, if I can sneak black beans into something my kids will like it's worth a try, right?

So I jumped on the bandwagon of trying black bean brownie recipes.  Some were just really terrible.  And I almost scarred my family for good with some of the experiments.

But then I gave it one more shot, with a recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie.  And surprise! They were amazing.  I've even made them for company and have been asked for the recipe many times.

So I thought I would pass this wonderful recipe onto you, too.  :)  Give it a shot, you will be surprised.


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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Dairy-Free Valentines Candy



Valentine's Day is quickly approaching so do you have your dairy-free Valentines picked out?  

If chocolate is your thing, I recently ordered dairy-free M&M's, peanut butter cups, and caramel nougat bars on Amazon!  My boys will be thrilled.  You've gotta order quickly to get these on time. 

If you are looking for safe non-chocolate candy, Miles and I found quite a few options at Target the other day.  He talked me into trying Fun Dip for the first time, and it was a hit.  




We actually already had our Valentine party at our home school group, and everything in my son's class was dairy-free.  It's amazing to have such support and care from our friends.  

One mom handed out Oreos after washing her hands.  Another mom brought non-candy gifts like colorful journals for the kids.  Other moms opted for organic treats like all-natural gummy snacks and suckers.

But here are more of the mainstream Valentine candies that we found at Target.  

SweetTarts conversation hearts.  Processed with egg.  



Conversation hearts are definitely not easy to find dairy-free.  If you don't want to try the SweetTarts brand, some of our readers have mentioned liking these candy hearts from Smarties.  

More finds at Target included:








Hopefully this gives you a good start as you plan for this weekend.  We may post other fun ideas this week.  Make sure you get our email updates so you don't miss it!  

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Crock Pot Barbecue Meatballs ~ Free of Milk, Egg, & Wheat




My son is a meatball fanatic.  Make a boy meatballs, and he'll love ya forever. 

We make dairy-free, egg-free, wheat-free meatballs in marinara for special pasta nights.

But recently we were invited to a party with barbecue meatball appetizers.  While we can't trust anyone else cooking for my son, we were determined to bring our own safe version. My boy would be devastated to miss out on meatballs!  

They turned out wonderfully, and we just had to share...

CROCK POT BARBECUE MEATBALLS
{no milk, egg, or wheat}

Simply make up meatballs using this recipe.  This makes 24 1" meatballs.  

Brown the raw meatballs in a large skillet.  

Add browned meatballs to the bottom of a GREASED crock pot.  

Pour a simple barbecue mixture over the meatballs.  

3/4 cup of Sweet Baby Ray's Original Barbecue Sauce
1/4 Cup Ketchup

Gently toss meatballs until they are all covered in the sauce.  

Cook on high for 1 hour or low for 3 hours, or until the meat is cooked through.  

Serve hot and enjoy!


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Dairy-Free Pan Smores






Original Post:  2/1/13

Move over rice crispy treats, there's a new cereal treat on the block and we are in LOOOOVE! Enter...Golden Grahams Pan Smores.

I originally got this recipe off the box of Golden Grahams. We make these allergy-free by using dairy-free chocolate and butter, but friends and family never know.  Every time I make these for a get-together, the entire pan gets eaten.  And actually, several times, I have been asked if they are really dairy-free...and for the recipe.  They taste that darn good.  And normal.

You will want to whip up a pan of these asap!


DAIRY-FREE PAN SMORES 

3/4 cup light corn syrup (organic is my choice)
3 tablespoons dairy-free butter (Earth Balance)
1 package Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
9 cups Golden Grahams cereal 
3 cups miniature marshmallow


Grease 9 x 13 inch pan.
In a large pot, heat syrup, butter and chocolate to boiling stirring constantly.
Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.
Add cereal to the pot, toss until coated with mixture.
Fold in marshmallows 1 cup at a time.
Press into greased pan.
Let stand 1 hour.
Cut into 2 inch squares.
Store at room temperature.

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Dairy-Free Super Bowl Menu



Original Post:  1-29-15

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?!  :)  Well, for me, that should read...are you ready for some GOOD FOOD?!  Not a huge football fan, but we party all the same.   

It's tradition for us to get together with one other family who gets our food allergies.  My boys love playing with their daughter, and it depends on the year on which house we meet at.  

This year we are doing our house, and I will make a lot of the food.  It will most all be dairy-free so we can enjoy the night without worries.   

The menu isn't super elaborate.  But it entails our simple favorites that are sure to please.  


DAIRY-FREE SUPER BOWL MENU


What will YOU be making for the big game?  :)


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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Dairy-Free M&M's and Other Chocolate Candy



My milk allergy son is dreaming about dairy-free M&M's for Valentine's Day.  More specifically, he wants more of the No-No's that he found in his stocking for Christmas.  

I've been a pretty cheap milk allergy mom for 10 years...molding my own chocolate candies, making our own peanut butter cups, and settling on plain dairy-free chocolate bars that I can find locally.  

But as my boy continues to grow, the more he wants to experience some new dairy-free options.  And I think it's worth squeezing these new things into the budget for his overall development.  That's why I looked up some options on Amazon and ordered today!

All these candies made by Premium Chocolatiers are 100% free of milk, egg, nut, peanut, and gluten.  

Here's what I got:


3 Individual Bags for $10.95



$6.49



4 for $11.95



If you haven't tried the No-No's yet, we can attest that those are wonderful.  They taste like Sixlets to me, but are the size of M&M's.  And because of our great experience with those, I'm ready to surprise my boy with a few other options from Premium Chocolatiers.  

Ordering from Amazon compares to or is less than ordering on the company website with shipping.  And I don't have to set up account info.  I'm sort of lazy and love my one-click Amazon.  

How about you?  Have you tried any of these dairy-free candies?  Are you a fan?  


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Ben & Jerry's Vegan Ice Cream For Milk Allergies



We finally have the "scoop" about Ben & Jerry's new vegan ice cream line so sit back and let's take this in today!

The company was kind to invite me to their vegan grand opening, but the timing was just not good for my family at all.  Total bummer.  I really wanted to go see the production and ingredients first hand for our faithful readers.  

So I am relieved to see that we can all get a good amount of information from the Ben & Jerry's website now.  

I love that Ben & Jerry's answered the call of tens of thousands of customers begging for a dairy-free option.  That's amazing, and times are changing in our favor.  I know many vegans and dairy intolerant people are going to be very, very happy with this line.  Personally, dairy ice cream makes me physically ill, and I can't wait to indulge in these delicious looking products myself.  I think I will try coffee caramel, first!

But as an anaphylactic food allergy mom, I would be remiss not to mention these other allergy cautions for our friends:

All the vegan ice creams are made with almond milk.  

All the vegan flavors contain pea protein, soy, and corn syrup.

All the vegan flavors have a "may contain nut" warning.

Chunky Monkey contains walnuts. 

Peanut Butter Fudge contains peanut butter & wheat.

Fudge Brownie contains wheat. Brownies made here.

Coffee Caramel contains sesame. 


If you have severe nut, peanut, corn, soy, or wheat allergies, these vegan products may not work for you.  

Miles can do almond milk, but he's highly allergic to cashew.  We aren't sure about walnuts and sesame is related to cashew (although I wouldn't give him coffee anyways).  

Some allergy parents are expressing concern about the brownies being sourced from a bakery in New York that is not dedicated allergy-safe.  

And the remaining question is how well the equipment is cleaned between dairy and non-dairy production.  This is what I would have liked to see in person.  

I apologize to our readers for not being able to make it over to the factory.  We hope this information is helpful to you in making the best decision for your food allergy family.  And don't ever hesitate to call companies for plant, cleaning, and ingredient information when you have further questions.  

If I get a chance to sample these, I will take one for the team and let you know how they are! Be sure to sign up below for our newsletter so you don't miss it.  :)  

What do you think?  Are you going to be able to try the new Ben & Jerry's vegan ice cream flavors in your food allergy family? 



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Milk-Free Find ~ Mamba Fruit Chews



It's always cool to find a delicious treat specifically marked "vegan".  We've been consuming Mamba Fruit Chews for about 6 years, and it's one of our favorites.  Here's why!


1.  They are vegan!  Milk-Free.  

2.  They are soft!  They won't break your teeth like Starbursts.  

3.  They can be bought in the Aldi check-out lane.  Need I say more?!  


I can also find these at Walgreens and sometimes the Target Dollar Spot.  It's always exciting when we find packages with all four flavors.  Sometimes there are just three.  

I used to think they contained no artificial coloring, but I think some colors do.  :(    

How about you?  Are you a Mamba fan?  


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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Powdered Sugar Donut



Despite finding dairy-free donuts at the store (contain egg), my son still stands by mom's homemade donuts every time.  To reward his loyalty to my baking, I've tried to come up with several different flavors for him to try.  On this day, we dabbled in powdered sugar donuts for the first time, and as always, he raved about the deliciousness and tried to eat the whole pan. 

I used our base donut recipe and simply coated them in powdered sugar when they came out of the oven.  That simple.  

We have also done a cinnamon sugar donut and next I would love to do a maple frosting donut. When that's created, we will let you know.  Make sure your email is registered below so you don't miss it!   

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Monday, February 1, 2016

E-Cloth Kitchen Towels Being Discontinued



Have you ever had a kitchen towel last a week in the kitchen without getting smelly?  Have you ever had a kitchen towel dry your hands well without painfully drying them out?  

With cotton cloths, these feats are nearly impossible.  But with e-cloth's cotton/microfiber blend kitchen towels, both things are easily accomplished.  And I love these towels.

I dry my hands at least 25 times a day in the kitchen, and that's no joke.  Hand-washing is KEY to any food allergy kitchen.  And these towels are soft on my hands because of the cotton.

They also dry quickly and do not smell because of the microfiber.  Stinky towels are caused by bacteria growing on damp towels, but the e-cloths dry too quickly for this to be a problem.  I can keep ONE towel going in the kitchen for a week before washing.  I seriously only need about 3 towels in rotation.  

I used to have at least 15 cotton kitchen towels because they would stink after one day, and I was constantly throwing them in the wash and grabbing for fresh ones.

The e-cloth Kitchen Towels are definitely in my top 5 favorite e-cloth items: 

Glass Polishing Cloth & Dish Cloth

These are all basic and necessary to my chemical-free home care.  

Sadly, the US e-cloth distributors will no longer be carrying the Kitchen Towels.  I'm pretty disappointed.  This means I'm going to have to STOCK UP for the next 20 years because I really can't imagine using any other towel in my kitchen!  Once the towels are gone, they are gone for good.  :(  

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Dairy-Free Baked Cinnamon Sugar Tortillas




Original Post:  2-20-09

When we need a quick snack or something tasty to go with Mexican Dinner Night, you will often find a plate of cinnamon sugar tortillas at our house.

They are so easy that even the kiddos can make them, especially if you use the toaster oven.

If you want an even quicker and easier version, just pop them in the microwave. They don't come out crunchy but are still tasty.

We buy our tortillas at Aldi, and most always have them on hand for a variety of things.  Banana Roll-Up's. Apple Roll-Up's.  Tacos.  Freezer Burritos.  You name it.  We put most anything into a tortilla around here.

I have a cinnamon sugar mix in my spice drawer so it's ready to go.

1/4 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon cinnamon


DAIRY-FREE BAKED APPLE CINNAMON TORTILLAS

I simply place tortillas on a heated stone cookie sheet and cover them with Earth Balance dairy-free butter. Then sprinkle them with a plethora of cinnamon and sugar. Cut the cinnamon sugar tortillas into quarters before baking.

Put the cinnamon tortillas in a 325 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. They end up being the perfect combination of crunchy yet chewy.  Don't over bake.

Eat them while they are warm!  These can be served with dairy-free vanilla ice cream, too.


Friday, January 29, 2016

E-Cloth High Performance Dusting Cloth ~ Compare to Norwex Dusting Mitt




e-cloth Is Endorsed By Allergy UK 

Does dusting at your house send you into sneezing fits?  It used to at our house because my husband is very allergic to dust.  He flares up with puffy, watery eyes and his hands even start breaking out if he touches it.  

Sometimes Jeff goes into the back room at work and has to come home to take a quick shower because he gets into dust.  Even after a shower, he still can't function really well and usually has to take some meds to get back on track.  

You may not be that bad with dust (or maybe you are), but I tell about Jeff's problems with dust as a preface to say that he thinks our High Performance Dusting Cloth is the bomb.

One day he went to work armed with our High Performance Dusting Cloth just to test how good it was.  An employee had left the company, and there was some cleaning to be done for the new employee.  So Jeff dusted the really dusty work area with e-cloth and afterwards called home with this report:

"Hey Jamie, I just cleaned Nate's desk with the e-cloth.  It was full of dust.  And I'm completely fine.  The thick dust picked up great, and I didn't even sneeze.  Your cloth is full of dust so it really does pick it all up instead of just pushing it into the air.  My eyes aren't puffy or anything".  

So we are here to tell you, the High Performance Dusting Cloth is awesome!  That's why e-cloth is endorsed by Allergy UK.

This cloth has e-cloth's normal microfiber on one side, and is really shaggy on the other side.  I use it dry, and it's so soft and fun to use.  Even my boys can help dust now because I know the job will be done right, more thanks to the cloth than to little boy cleaning skills.


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7 Days of Dairy-Free, Natural Snacks for Kids ~ Ants on a Log {Day 5}




Does anyone else have fond childhood memories of "ants on logs"?  I turn 40 this year, and I vividly remember being served this special treat in 4-year-old preschool.  Maybe even 3-year-old preschool.  I can't remember what I did yesterday, but I can remember ants on logs from nearly 4 decades ago.  

That's why I love to serve up this treat to my own kids.  Oh the memories we are making.  ;)

Ants on logs are interesting in that you may like them even if you don't like raisins, celery, and/or peanut butter.  ;)  I don't like raisins OR celery plain, but I still love ants on logs.  

This is my pickiest son's favorite snack.  And my oldest hates celery plain...but will eat these.  
So even if you have an adverse thought about any of these ingredients, you should still try them together and make sure you can't be converted.  

These are only naturally sweetened with the raisins.  We use sugar-less Smucker's peanut butter.  BAM!  That makes these an official "Natural Snack for Kids" with no processed sugar.  Giddy up!  



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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dairy-Free Crock Pot Granola


Have you ever burned a homemade granola to a crisp in the oven?  I have.  :)  That's why I stopped making it years ago.  

But I recently saw a crock pot granola on Humorous Homemaker and thought it looked worth trying.  Turns out, it worked PERFECTLY!  And I've made two batches since she posted it.  

I made the first batch as a trial run and only did the recipe at 1/4 measurements.  After it turned out amazing, we whipped up a full batch and enjoyed it over the course of the week. The kids love it on dairy-free yogurt, as a cereal with dairy-free milk, over oatmeal, and just plain.  

I just followed the directions with a few of my own tweaks and cooked it in my large crock pot for 2 hours.  I did leave the lid cracked and stirred every 30 minutes.  I foresee making this weekly, now.  It's such a fantastic treat.  And I love that it's sweetened with honey.  

Here are some of our suggestions:

1.  We left out all nuts because of our son's nut allergy

2.  We split the 5 cups of oats into 3 cups oats and 2 cups Rice Crispy cereal.  We like crunch.

3.  This is the flax/chia blend that we trust.  Processed in a plant with almond and coconut.

4.  Don't cheat on the cinnamon.  Two full tablespoons really is needed.

5.  We settled for 1.5 cups of raisins.  I don't love raisins.  But I love them in this!  Better than chocolate. 

6.  This is the brand of coconut flakes that we use successfully.  

7.  We used 1/2 cup coconut oil and 1/4 cup Earth Balance dairy-free butter.  The first batch with all coconut oil tasted a little too coconut-y to me.  


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