Chocolate Crunch Bites

This post is sponsored by the SoyNut Butter Company. All opinions are my own.

I love chocolate. Chocolate and peanut butter is even better but if you know someone with food allergies peanuts can be deadly. We opt for a peanut-free alternative called SoyNut Butter. It has a taste and feel similar to peanut butter but no dangerous peanuts (and it’s gluten-free).

These Chocolate Crunch Bites are peanut-free, dairy-free and gluten-free! They are full of flavor and perfect for a party or cookie exchange! Try these allergy-friendly cookies for dessert.

You probably see it in my meal plan almost every week in the form of toast with SoyNut Butter. That is because it’s a great alternative to peanut butter. I use SoyNut Butter lots of ways but today I have a delicious new recipe to share.

You are going to fall in love with these Chocolate Crunch Bites! My son said they taste like a Kit Kat but that wasn’t my intention. I just wanted to combine my favorite snacks into an easy treat with mega flavor.

These Chocolate Crunch Bites are peanut-free, dairy-free and gluten-free! They are full of flavor and perfect for a party or cookie exchange! Try these allergy-friendly cookies for dessert.

Before I switched to a whole food plant-based diet my favorite cookies were the chocolate oatmeal no bakes. I think I took some inspiration from those days but I wanted to give them some crunch and some natural sweetness. Besides, that old recipe had a ton of butter, sugar, and milk. The ingredients in my Chocolate Crunch Bites make me much happier.

I use SoyNut Butter, dairy-free chocolate chips, gluten-free pretzels, granola and dried fruit, all normal pantry staples for me. (All the links in the previous sentence are Amazon affiliate links). That is all! These Chocolate Crunch Bites are peanut-free, dairy-free and gluten-free. I wouldn’t say they are healthy, but they are a fun and easy treat to take to parties or cookie exchanges. I’m thinking of giving some as gifts to my food allergy pals. You don’t have to save them for only people with food allergies though, they are so good, everyone will love them.

These Chocolate Crunch Bites are peanut-free, dairy-free and gluten-free! They are full of flavor and perfect for a party or cookie exchange! Try these allergy-friendly cookies for dessert.

When it’s time to cook you will want to have all of your ingredients out and ready. I broke my pretzels with my hands but you could chop them with a knife. Measure them after you break them into small pieces, not before.  I didn’t want them to get too small and turn to dust.

It’s also important if you are making these for someone with food allergies to make sure all your ingredients are safe. All of the ingredients I choose were peanut free, gluten-free and dairy-free. I choose SoyNut Butter and I.M. Healthy Granola (original flavor), Enjoy Life mini chips, Glutino pretzels, and Made In Nature dried fruit. You can choose brands you love.

These Chocolate Crunch Bites are peanut-free, dairy-free and gluten-free! They are full of flavor and perfect for a party or cookie exchange! Try these allergy-friendly cookies for dessert.

The dried fruit I used was actually a Super Berry blend that also had pepita seeds. You can pick what you love but dried cranberries or dried tart cherries are both winners.

These Chocolate Crunch Bites are peanut-free, dairy-free and gluten-free! They are full of flavor and perfect for a party or cookie exchange! Try these allergy-friendly cookies for dessert.

If you have kids who like to help in the kitchen this is one of those recipes they can help with. When I say that, you know it’s a simple recipe because I’m not one of those people who invite the kids to cook with me. I’ll let them to stand on a chair on the other side of the counter and watch, sometimes. Usually I’m shooing them away, but this recipe they can totally help with.

Chocolate Crunch Bites

Go ahead and make these easy and delicious Chocolate Crunch Bites. This no bake, allergy-friendly recipe will win your family over!

Chocolate Crunch Bites
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • ½ cup creamy SoyNut Butter
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1 cup gluten-free pretzels, broken into small pieces
  • 1 cup I.M. Healthy granola
  • ½ cup dried fruit
Instructions
  1. Put ½ cup of SoyNut Butter into a medium sauce pan on low heat. Use a silicone spatula to stir regularly.
  2. Once it starts to melt, add the 1 cup of chocolate chips. Stir often and use the spatula to scrape the bottom. Don't walk away or it could burn. Keep stirring until all the lumps are gone.
  3. Dump in the broken pretzels, granola and dried fruit and stir well.
  4. Remove pan from heat and scoop out in tablespoon size scoops and lay them on a cookie sheet, covered in parchment paper.
  5. Place the cookie sheet into the refrigerator to cool and harden. Allow at least an hour before eating. These can be left on the counter for a few hours but store in the refrigerator.

This page contains affiliate links. This post is sponsored my the SoyNut Butter Company. All opinions are my own. 

December 5, 2016 Plant-Based Meal Plan

Our calendar is getting full of Christmas parties and holiday get togethers. Do you want to know my trick for staying sane? I say no! I can’t accept every invitation that comes up; I’m too introverted for that. We carefully choose the things that we can attend based on our over all schedule and our normal routine.

Sometimes that means we have to miss things that are really important to us but when we over do it, we suffer. It’s a hard lesson to learn.

Another thing that really helps is to have a plan. Right now I’m focused on eating healthy. My dishes and laundry may pile up but my priority is cooking real food and eating at home.

Plant-Based Meal Plan that is also allergy-friendly.

By the way, in the My Plant-Based Family Facebook Group, several of us are keeping each other accountable by sharing our daily meals and/or workouts. Each day I start a new thread (post) for everyone to leave comments on for that day. Those of us who commit to sharing daily are able to encouage each other and offer motivation. It’s a great group! Join HERE!

Plant-Based Meal Plan

Monday

Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot

leftovers

Dinner out for a Christmas party

Tuesday

Blueberry Pancakes and fruit

Chickpea Noodle Soup

Enchilada Casserole

Wednesday

Overnight Oats

Tostadas and Mexican Rice

Easy Asian Noodles

Thursday

Banana Bread and Smoothies

Veggie Burrito

Chickpea Quinoa Stir Fry

Friday

Cashew Chai Latte Oatmeal

Leftover stir fry

Veggie Burger, Oven Fries and Fruit Salad

What is on your meal plan for this week? Any Instant Pot Recipes? I’m working on some new ones for you! I also have a new resource for everyone that gets my Saturday morning emails! It’s a collection of my favorite Instant Pot recipes! Click the link to get your copy!

Spiced Apple Cider

I’m willing myself to get in full-on holiday mode. I haven’t pulled out the decorations yet but Thanksgiving has come and gone. It’s time to get into the Christmas spirit and this Spiced Apple Cider will do the trick.

Spiced Apple Cider is perfect for your holiday party or to get in the Christmas spirit.

One area that I typically neglect during the holidays, is the drink category. I usually think about food but not beverages. This year I started drinking cider in October. I’m not sure why but during the evenings I craved warm sips of the holidays and apple cider is a great, non-caffeinated option.

Since I started drinking apple cider so early in the season I had to mix it up a bit. This Apple Cider Recipe is perfect for special occasions and holiday parties. It takes an average cider up a level and makes your guests feel the holiday spirit. Go ahead and turn on Elf or Miracle on 34th Street.Spiced Apple Cider is perfect for your holiday party or to get in the Christmas spirit.

It may just be me but this might taste even better if you are wearing your favorite flannel jammies.

If you’re serving this at a party, I recommend getting clear glasses, mugs or jars so your guests can see the deep honey color of the cider. If it’s just you and your family just go for your favorite big mug.

Spiced Apple Cider is perfect for your holiday party or to get in the Christmas spirit.

Spiced Apple Cider

Prepare to experience your favorite Christmas memories rushing back as you sip this delicious Spiced Apple Cider. This simple cider recipe will make your home smell like the holidays. If you make it, tag me on Instagram so I can see your photos!

Spiced Apple Cider
 
Author:
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 Cups of Apple Cider
  • Half of a small orange
  • Half a cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Tbsp of brown sugar
  • ½ tsp of whole allspice berries
  • ½ tsp of whole cloves
  • ¼ tsp of black peppercorn
  • A tiny pinch of nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Heat 4 cups of apple cider in a small pot with brown sugar on medium heat, stir until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add in the orange, cinnamon stick (half), whole allspice berries, whole cloves, whole black peppercorn, the pinch of nutmeg and give it a stir.
  3. Decrease the heat and cover with a lid, simmer for about 15 minutes.
  4. Strain into jars or mugs. I recommend using a cheesecloth or coffee filters to strain the other ingredients from the liquid

 

My Plant-Based Meal Plan + Support Group

The month between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be hard to navigate for plant-based eaters. There are more parties, potlucks and holiday dinners than any other time of year. The temptation will mount as you see all your old favorites, platters of treats and the “one won’t hurt” attitude.

I’m not immune to the barrage that is coming but I can counter it by being very intentional with my meal planning and food prep. Maybe most important is saying NO. Say no to the extra treats, gravy, parties, and quick run for fast food. If you’ve been around My Plant-Based Family for a while you know I’m not some crazy, hard-core, healthy eater. But, if you are really wanting to eat healthy through the next month (especially if you are new to the plant-based diet) then you have to be a little more stubborn about making healthy choices.

I want to help all of you who need the extra help. I’m determined not to overindulge during the holiday festivities this year. That doesn’t mean I’ll skip all of the Christmas fun, or even all of the desserts, but I won’t allow it to ruin my progress.

Join me in the My Plant-Based Family Facebook Group. I’ll post a daily thread where you can chime in with what you are eating, cooking, or planning. This group has been a little quiet but it is the perfect place to share. It’s a closed group so only group members can see what you post. Will you join me?

As mentioned, I’m going to be very intentional about my meal planning. It’s so important to have healthy food available. My husband has already done our grocery shopping for the week and we’ve decided what we will eat for the week.

This plant-based meal plan is perfect for the cooler temperatures of fall.

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Plant-Based Meal Plan

Monday

Steel Cut Oats made in my Instant Pot topped with Bananas and SoyNut Butter

Leftover Soup

Mini Lentil Loaves, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

Tuesday

Smoothie and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

Leftover Lentil Loaf and veggies

Pizza made with Enjoy Life Food Pizza dough mix and a side salad

Wednesday

SoyNut Butter Toast topped with Bananas or Apple Slices

Big Salad

Recipe testing a new pasta recipe

Thursday

Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot with apples

Chickpea Noodle Soup

Lentil Tacos (in my Instant Pot), Mexican rice and Unfried Black Beans

Friday

Yogurt and Granola

Leftovers

“Beefy” Lentil and Veggie Soup

I’ve stepped up my cooking lately so we are sure to have healthy leftovers for lunch. If something changes we have to eat out we will grab Chipotle. It’s our go-to choice when we eat out. I always go for the Veggie Bowl.

 

Instant Pot on Black Friday + My Favorite Accessories

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Tis’ the season…to be bombarded with sales, deals and Christmas lists. Thankfully, I’ve already started my shopping but the few days after Thanksgiving are full of deals that I don’t want to miss. I’m sharing all of my favorite finds with you!

This page will contain my affiliate links. That means I’ll make a very small percent of each sale, at no extra cost to you.

The Instant Pot is one of my favorite  purchases in the last few years. I have the 7 in 1 Multi-functional Instant Pot! Check out why I love my Instant Pot!

If you already have an Instant Pot or are shopping for someone who already has on, I recommend and extra sealing ring, the tempered glass lid for using the slow cooker mode, or the silicone lid. (The IP brand lid isn’t available. I haven’t tried this version but it is on my wish list!) I also use this steamer basket and love it!

There are also many great pressure cooker books! I own The Vegan Fast Food Kitchen and Vegan Pressure Cooking. I’ve heard great things about Vegan Under Pressure too!

The Cuisinart Smart Stick is my latest purchase. I chose this one because of the Cuisinart reputation and the features. I’ve wanted an immersion blender for years and finally decided to buy it right before Thanksgiving. It made our food prep so much easier. I foresee a lot more mashed potatoes in our future because they are done so quickly. My husband even asked why we didn’t buy this years ago. Plus, the stick blender works well in the Instant Pot!

If you plan to buy an Instant Pot this year, don’t miss this deal!

 

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