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
 
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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.

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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
 
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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

 

“Beefy” Lentil and Veggie Soup

I was craving a savory, hearty soup. I knew what I wanted. I wanted Beef Stew without the beef. Armed with my favorite veggies and determination, I got a delicious, vegan soup with a nod to the traditional beef stew.

A vegan take on Beef and Veggie Stew, this Plant-Based Lentil and Veggie Soup is a hearty and healthy soup your whole family will love.

How can you make a beefless stew? I used my favorite beef substitution, lentils.

For me, lentils are down right magical. They make great tacos, taste wonderful plain or seasoned, cook quickly and are easy to prepare. I’m a huge lentil fan!

The first time I made this Lentil and Veggie Soup I did it quickly in my Instant Pot with Massel beef flavored broth (but it’s actually called concentrated liquid stock). I was blown away by how good it was. My husband took all the leftovers to work (which was slightly devastating) because it was so good.

I knew I had to recreate it for my friends who didn’t have an Instant Pot and wanted to cook it on the stove. I also wanted to season it with only spices instead of a ready made broth. This soup is delicious with my Dry Broth Mix but that doesn’t lend a “beefy” flavor that I was wanting. I came up with something a little different, and I didn’t even use nutritional yeast.

"Beefy" Lentil and Veggie Soup is a hearty and healthy family favorite. Add this to your plant-based meal plan.

“Beefy” Lentil and Veggie Soup

I’ve made this a few times now and I’ve used different potatoes each time. I always find it difficult to estimate potato sizes for recipes. I’ve made it with 2 huge potatoes and with 6 small potatoes. The important thing is to think about serving size. If you were going to serve potatoes as a side dish, how many of your potatoes (whatever size you have) would you need. This soup needs 3-4 side dish serving sizes (or 2 main dish serving sizes) of potatoes.

You could add more veggies to this soup. I make it this way because these are the veggies I usually have available. If you want to try something else I recommend celery and green beans.

If you are making this in your Instant Pot, you’ll add all the ingredients as directed, then cook on manual with high pressure for 15 minutes. Allow it to release pressure naturally. Stove top directions follow below.

"Beefy" Lentil and Veggie Soup
 
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 6+ servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 6 small potatoes, diced (see note above)
  • 3 large carrots, sliced
  • 3 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 2 quarts of water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
Instructions
  1. Add all of the chopped veggies to a large pot on medium heat. I like to do this as I'm cutting them but if you pre-cut them you can do it all at once.
  2. Add the dry lentils, careful to sort them for debris. I found a stick in mine.
  3. Add the water and all of the seasonings and cover with a lid.
  4. Bring to a simmer and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Check soup, make sure the carrots and potatoes are soft.
  6. Remove the bay leaf and serve.

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

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

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between my breakfasts and desserts! I usually like a sweet breakfast and the SoyNut Butter in these Pumpkin Muffins makes them perfect for the morning.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins with SoyNut Butter

I’ve always had a sweet tooth. When I was a kid I’d often get donuts or sugary cereal for breakfast. I clearly remember going to the donut shop and getting a long John and a can of coke. Even when I make a savory breakfast, like my Breakfast Hash, I’ll want something sweet to follow.

I created these Pumpkin Muffins because I’m yearning for the cooler temperatures of fall. I didn’t want them to be super sweet and only appropriate for dessert. I wanted these Pumpkin Muffins to be a bit heartier and suitable for breakfast, even for people without a sweet tooth like me.

Pumpkin and SoyNut Butter Muffins that are gluten-free

With or Without Chocolate Chips

With chocolate chips the Pumpkin Muffins are a decadent dessert. Without chocolate chips they are a delicious breakfast that pairs well with fruit and a cup of coffee (for the grown ups).

My husband is not a fan of chocolate so I’ll often scoop out half of the batter then pour chocolate chips into the remaining batter so we are both happy.

Allergy-Friendly Pumpkin Muffins

Allergy-Friendly

Like most of my recipes, these muffins are allergy-friendly. They are gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free. I use a gluten-free flour blend from Jewel’s Bakery and dairy-free chocolate chips. I also use SoyNut Butter which is my favorite peanut butter substitute. It has the look and feel of peanut butter and tastes comparable considering there are not nuts. It’s perfect for families with a peanut allergy.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin and SoyNut Butter Muffins

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins with SoyNut Butter

We’ve been enjoying these muffins for breakfast, after school snacks and desserts. You can’t really go wrong with these Pumpkin Muffins!

Pumpkin Muffins
 
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Recipe type: Muffins
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • ½ cup SoyNut Butter
  • 1 15 oz can of pumpkin
  • ½ cup plant-based milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1½ cups gluten-free flour blend
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Measure out ½ cup SoyNut Butter into a microwave safe bowl and microwave it for 20 seconds.
  3. Pour in the 15 oz can of pumpkin and plant-based milk, stir very well.
  4. Dump in the sugar and vanilla then stir again.
  5. Sprinkle all of the spices, salt and baking soda into the batter.
  6. Pour in the gluten-free flour blend and mix everything together. After everything is mixed together you may add chocolate chips if desired.
  7. Spray cooking oil into muffin pan and scoop batter into muffin cups.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes (you can test at 25) but allow to cool for 10 minutes at least.

 

Yogurt and Granola

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

My youngest son does not like cereal. Every morning I have to figure out something he will eat. He prefers a mound of fruit. While a bowl full of fruit isn’t bad I want him to have something that will stick with him a little longer, like Yogurt and Granola. Dairy-Free Yogurt and Gluten-Free Granola make a great breakfast, snack or dessert.

 

My son loves fruit. Before he lost one of his front teeth, he would easily eat 5+ apples per day. His missing tooth has slowed him down some, but not much. I end up cutting up a lot of fruit for him now which means he can eat it faster than ever.

As much as he loves a big bowl of fruit for breakfast, I feel like he needs something a little more complex. Thankfully he loves the I.M. Healthy gluten-free granola. I love it too.

Yogurt and Granola

Yogurt and Granola

This isn’t an actual recipe, it’s more of a “put all of this together” type of thing.

I use dairy-free yogurt, fresh fruit and granola for an easy breakfast, snack or dessert.

I like to start with granola in the bottom of the bowl, then add yogurt, then fruit. I repeat layers until I’m satisfied.

You can mix and match granola flavors, yogurt flavors and different types of fruit so you always have something interesting to try. There are four great granola flavors, Original, Apple, Blueberry and Raisin & Cranberry.

gluten-free, peanut free granola banana

I have to put the granola away in the pantry every time or I’ll make little pit stops all day long munching on it. I’ll often dip a piece of fruit in SoyNut Butter then roll it in the granola.

I also put granola on dairy-free ice cream! What can I say, I’m a sucker for this stuff.

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