Dried Fruit, Pecan and Chocolate Chip Biscuits

baking | June 25, 2016 | By

These Dried Fruit, Pecan and Chocolate Chip Biscuits are egg and dairy free and use Annies dried fruit pieces (I used the berry ones), but you could easily substitute dried cranberries or raisins.  I have also made them gluten free by directly substituting the flour for cassava flour (one of the few flours my daughter can tolerate); you could use any gf flour mix that works for your family.  

Dried Fruit, Pecan and Chocolate Chip Biscuits

 

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Dairy and Egg Free Tropical Fruit Crepes

desserts | June 25, 2016 | By

These Dairy and Egg Free Tropical Fruit Crepes use Annies fruit pieces, but you could easily substitute any fruit you want, such as raspberries, strawberries or roasted stone fruit.  It does contain soy in the mousse, but it would be fine with just whipped cream or coconut cream if you have soy allergies.

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Dairy and Egg Free Maple Pecan and Chocolate Chip Cookies

baking | June 22, 2016 | By

These Dairy and Egg Free Maple Pecan and Chocolate Chip Cookies are the result of me having a wee play around with Aquafaba (chickpea brine for those yet to discover this incredible egg-replacer!)…up until now, I’ve just left eggs out and shifted the other ingredients around a bit….but adding it really did make for a pretty incredible cookie experience! I very nearly didn’t bother cooking them haha as the raw dough was pretty out-of-this-world. If you have nut allergies, you can easily replace the nuts with something like dried apricots or cranberries. If you are gluten-free, just use any gluten free flour mix that works for you…I made some nut free and with cassava flour (my daughter is allergic to all the gf flour mixes, but can tolerate cassava flour) instead and they worked just fine.
Dairy and Egg Free Maple Pecan and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Dairy and Egg Free Maple Pecan and Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 16
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
32 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
32 min
335 calories
41 g
0 g
18 g
4 g
4 g
69 g
46 g
22 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
69g
Yields
16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 335
Calories from Fat 161
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
28%
Saturated Fat 4g
20%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 46mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 41g
14%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 22g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
9%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
4%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 200g dairy free margarine (I used Sunrise)
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  4. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  5. 2T golden syrup
  6. 300g plain flour
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  9. 180g chopped dairy free chocolate (I used Whittakers)
  10. 110g roughly chopped pecans
  11. 3 Tablespoons brine from a tin of chickpeas (you can freeze any leftovers)
Instructions
  1. 1. Beat the sugar, margarine and vanilla in a cake mixer until creamy (about 4 minutes on high).
  2. 2. Add the maple and golden syrup and beat for a further 3 minutes.
  3. 3. Add the chickpea brine and beat in well.
  4. 4. Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder together.
  5. 5. Add the flour, nuts and pecans to the mix and mix in quickly. Don't over mix or the cookies will be tough and chewy.
  6. 6. Place large spoonfuls on a tray (I dont squash them but you can if you want a flatter biscuit) and bake them at 175 degrees Celsius until golden brown. Mine took 12 minutes.
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calories
335
fat
18g
protein
4g
carbs
41g
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Allergy Friendly Coconut Caramel Marshmallow Bars

baking | June 12, 2016 | By

These Allergy Friendly Coconut Caramel Marshmallow Bars taste as good as any chocolate bar on the market I swear (just need a chocolate factory now haha) but are dairy free, egg free, gluten free and nut free 🙂  They are not even especially difficult to make and keep for ages in the fridge!

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Allergy Free Banoffee Pie

desserts | June 10, 2016 | By

This Allergy Free Banoffee Pie is dairy free, egg free, nut free, gluten free and soy free.  And coincidentally incredibly delicious.  It also happens to be super sweet and rich so not for the faint-hearted!  

Allergy Free Banoffee Pie

It features layers of a sticky, oozy, delicious caramel made from coconut condensed milk, vanilla whipped coconut cream, shaved chocolate, bananas and a gluten free coconut crumb.  It is also ridiculously easy to make  and can be made in advance 🙂  Big thanks to VCO Natural for the coconut oil I used in this recipe.

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Hubbards New Muesli and Porridge Review

Reviews | June 8, 2016 | By

Hubbards New Muesli and Porridge Review

I was lucky enough to be asked to review Hubbards new Muesli’s and Porridges….what a crazy tough job haha.  I was given 4 new yummy ones to try: 

*Blueberry and Apple Creamy Porridge

*Coconut Currants and Cinnamon Creamy Porridge

*No Added Sugar Fig and Apple Muesli

*No Added Sugar Date and Almond Muesli

If you don’t want to read the whole review….basically they were so yummy I went out and bought a new flavour today: Pecan, Date and Maple and I’m excited to try that one too 🙂  

Hubbards New Muesli and Porridge Review

Obviously, my one-year-old thought they were pretty yum too:

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Dairy and Egg Free Caramel Muesli Slice

baking | June 6, 2016 | By

This Dairy and Egg Free Caramel Muesli Slice came about from a review I was doing for Hubbards porridges and muesli’s..(I know…perks of the job!!!)…and was very last minute, but it honestly tastes AMAZING!  I did add ground almonds since the muesli had almonds in anyway, but you could easily make it nut free by substituting the almonds with plain flour and using a nut free muesli.  

Note: I was given muesli from Hubbards and coconut oil from VCO Natural to use as I wish…but having said that, I wouldn’t use them on my personal blog if I didn’t feel they were quality products and I am always honest in my reviews.  Feel free to substitute these for products you prefer or have on hand.

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Mega Allergy Friendly Giveaway, Round Two

Food and recipes | June 6, 2016 | By

Welcome to our Mega Allergy Friendly Giveaway, Round Two…the last one was super popular and I know you wont be disappointed with the lineup of goodies I’ve organised for you all!  Massive thanks again to the incredibly generous businesses who have donated items.  I’m sure it goes without saying, but please do check labels and websites, and make an informed decision about whether it is ok for your family…and pass it on to somebody if it doesn’t 🙂    If you do end up winning something, I’m sure they’d really appreciate your feedback on the products.  I’ve started loading all the things up for grabs below, some things will still be added as they arrive and others may be shifted around a bit when I get the delivery….but I’m sure you will agree, there is a lot to be excited about!  SO how does it work?  How can you win…I know that’s what you want to know!  Entry is open right underneath here for 2 weeks 🙂  Then  go back to the official Facebook post pinned at the top and tell me 2 things: where in NZ you are from (this is important as I will be drawing a Christchurch prize as I have some fresh products) and what product(s) you would most like to win!  I will be drawing a major prize and 3 smaller prizes to share some of the love around.  Whoop!    And of course, please share the love around by spreading the word!

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Dairy Free Crumbed Pork with Gluten Free and Egg Free Variation

Food and recipes | May 30, 2016 | By

Dairy Free Crumbed Pork (with an option for egg free and gluten free) served with rice, steamed veges, coconut yoghurt dressing and slices of fresh lime. This is a pretty easy, nutritious mid week family meal and can easily be prepared in advance.

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Tambura Foods

Reviews | May 26, 2016 | By

I was lucky enough to receive some snacks and chutney from Tambura Foods (https://www.tamburafoods.com) to review…sometimes this really is the best job in the world!

Tambura Foods
I was given 3 different types of crunchy snacks to try: original, lemon and spicy and an Indian style Chutney.  These snacks are gluten and dairy free which is pretty awesome, and they just happen to be pretty delicious too!  Two of my children (ages 1 and 8) were able to eat them and both happily munched away on the original flavour, which has a taste of Indian spice without much heat at all.  Incidentally, they are VERY crunchy 🙂  My 8 year old really loved the lemon flavoured ones.  She had some friends over one day and they had a great time daring each other to try the spicy ones which was hilarious to watch.  They were a bit too spicy for my relatively tame daughter, her Japanese friend ate a whole mouthful and came running out for a glass of milk and her Thai friend couldn’t even detect any spiciness and hoovered back half the packet!  As for me, I loved the original and spicy ones…the spicy ones have definitely got a kick but not enough to cause any distress and I think they would make a perfect adult party snack.  For kids parties, I’d definitely go with the original or lemon.  The cumin infused chutney is lovely too..it does have quite a strong cumin flavour which is fine for me.  I have found it a great meat accompaniment and been serving it with chicken and venison, but I think it would be lovely in vegetarian dishes too.  I think the spicy snacks would also be great mixed into a salad for an interesting texture.  An added bonus is they come in resealable pouches and I found they kept really well.

Wondering where to get these awesome treats?  You can head to the website: www.tamburafoods.com  and order straight from them or there is a list of places stocking it here 🙂  

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