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Raspberry Ganache Pie

It’s here, the last post of 2016!  I just can’t even believe how incredibly fast 2016 zoomed by.  Who’s with me?!

We devoured this deliciously, rich pie with family gathered around the Christmas dinner table and we can’t help but think what a fabulous dessert it would be to ring in the New Year with as well.  This tasty ganache spin is both gluten and dairy free, as well as nut free…. in fact, they way we’ve prepared it, it’s vegan! Our recipe for this amazing chocolate concoction is included below.














Raspberry Ganache Pie
Serves 10
Rich mixture of chocolate and cream topped with glazed raspberries- gluten and dairy free
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  1. 8 oz. allergy friendly semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  2. 1 cup coconut cream- just the solid portion, drain liquid
  3. 5 TBSP organic seedless raspberry jam, divided
  4. 1 ready to use chocolate crumb crust- we used Mi-Del chocolate graham crust, or do ahead-prepare and bake your own chocolate graham crust with 2 cups crushed gluten free Chocolate grahams and 4 TBSP melted, non-dairy butter
  5. 2 cups fresh, organic raspberries
  6. 1 TBSP water
  1. MELT the chocolate and cream together over the stove-top or in a double boiler, stirring every 30 sec. until melted. Beat with a whisk until mixture is well blended and stir in 2 TBSP of jam.
  2. POUR this mixture into the prepared crust and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  3. Arrange berries on top of pie. Microwave remaining jam and water in small microwaveable bowl for approximately 30 seconds, stir until mixed. Brush onto berries. Keep refrigerated or freeze if making ahead.
  1. Can be prepared up to 2 days prior, simply place in refrigerator to thaw for a couple hours before serving.
3 Whole Peas in our Gluten Free Pod
The result is a smooth, sweet, decadent treat with a glossy finish.  We promise you won’t miss the dairy, or the gluten and it almost looks too incredible to eat, almost.  🙂


Here are a few photos of the products we used for reference:

The Crust
Seedless Jam

All the best in the New Year friends!


I Work Ouuu-wt! A Guide to Protein Powder

If you’re like most people that are working on their fitness, chances are at some point, you just may have been faced with the dilemma of what protein drink to choose post workout.  With so many companies out there promoting their products, it can be a very intimidating task.  Then you’re faced with whether to choose whey, soy, pea protein and on and on.  Help!!

If there was just one thing that I wish I had known to look for years ago when choosing protein to fuel my body, it would be to look for clean ingredients in my protein powder.  I mean real, I mean organic, I mean truly good for you.  There can be SO many unnecessary ingredients in these marketed products that well, aren’t actually all that great for you if we’re honest here.  

Of course in our pod, gluten and dairy free is a must.  We said goodbye to an old favorite, Ump protein powder a while back.  Although it delivered yummy taste, for us whey had to go along with many other ingredients it contained.  Currently, I’m using Vega brand vanilla flavored protein and greens because it is non-gmo verified, is gluten free, has no sugar added with only 6g carbs, and packs 20g of plant based protein in just one scoop!!  We find our protein mix at Target, Whole Foods and even Costco.  It is also available online at Amazon.  

 Vega Protein

In my findings, the only ingredient I truly wish that I could change about the product I use, is that it does contain xantham gum as its very last listed ingredient.  So, if you do have to avoid gums and fillers, then this drink mix may not be for you.  Fortunately, xantham gum doesn’t seem to bother me right now however, I’m really eager to get my hands on Rootz Nutrition Paleo Protein.  Have you tried it?  It supposedly has zero gums and fillers!

Vega mixing

Now when I was contacted by Sally Edwins from, a website dedicated to revealing the truth behind products and industries, I knew this would be a post many of our readers could find beneficial.  According to Sally, their research team “spent 180 hours researching 697 protein powder formulas by analyzing their ingredients, consulting with sports nutritionists, as well as scouring reviews and scientific publications. Along the way we discovered that an alarming amount of these products contain dangerous substances and additives, and now we feel the need to get the word out. Ultimately, we found eight protein powder formulas that have the highest quantity of effective ingredients, without the superfluous nonsense.”

Pretty interesting stuff, right?!  You may check out their full resource here: 
They’ve done the hard part for all of us!  Plus, I was super pumped to find that the protein I choose, made the “best overall” list.  
So, did your protein of choice get reviewed?  Take a look!
Love your body enough to fuel it with the right stuff, and just keep moving!!

Turkey Cookies

In an attempt to replicate the famous tradtional Pinterest inspired turkey cookies made with chocolate sandwich cookies, I was on a mission to find some clean ingredients and also replicate the adorable treats in gluten free fashion.  I knew right away that our favorite gluten free JoJo’s from Trader Joe’s would be my cookie base and that Justin’s mini dark chocolate peanut butter cups would become our turkey body.  Then, after a little searching, I was able to find the rest of our yummy kid-approved ingredients, including delicious frosting (ie the “glue” that holds it all together, and the candy corn feathers).  

If you haven’t given Simple Mills organic frosting a try yet, you’re totally missing out on some amazing frosting!  It has way less sugar than conventional store-bought frosting, not to mention the fact that it has clean ingredients so you don’t have to worry about the negative effects of genetically modified ingredients and chemicals disrupting your body.  Win, win!   It tastes delicious too, is certified gluten free and even dairy free!  We were also able to hunt down some gluten free, non-gmo candy corn at Whole Foods and again, we love it for all of the same reasons we love anything organic.  The taste replicates the old candy corn I remember from childhood.  For food coloring, we love to use Watkin’s natural dye which uses natural clean ingredients to color frosting.  Say goodbye to red40 and yellow5.  It’s a little pricier, but so worth it!


Now, are you ready to learn how to assemble these adorable kid-friendly cookies?  Let’s get started….

You’ll need: 

  1. A box of favorite gluten free chocolate sandwich cookies (We use Trader Joes) (budget 2 cookies per turkey)
  2. bag of non-gmo gluten free candy corn (budget 5 pieces per turkey)
  3. Simple Mills vanilla frosting
  4. red, orange and yellow Watkins natural food dye
  5. small bag of Justins dark chocolate peanut butter cups (You can make your own homemade mini cups too, certainly recommended with sunbutter for peanut allergy friends! 🙂  (budget 1 1/2 cups per turkey cookie ie body and head)
  • Lay out your ingredients in mini assembly piles of 2 cookies each, paired with 5 pieces of candy corn, and 1 1/2 unwrapped peanut butter cups.  (You will need to unwrap and cut in half, the remaining peanut butter cups for each turkey head.)
  • Now, carefully twist apart one of your sandwich cookies per turkey, leaving the second one assembled, as is.  It’s time to place the feathers in between.  With a butter knife and frosting, layer in some frosting on bottom cookie piece to act as glue to hold the 5 candy corn feathers.  I tried to alternate candy corn color so there was variety, in a fan-like shape.  Now, sandwich the top cookie piece back on.  You can add more frosting in middle to stick it together as needed.  We found some cookies needed more frosting “glue” than others.  
  • With assembled feather cookie laying flat, glue second sandwich cookie to front of sandwich cookie with feathers vertically, using frosting as glue to hold it in place.  
  • Glue peanut butter cups in place with frosting to form the body and head, all while feather cookie remains flat.  Allow to set for 30 min before decorating the eyes, feet, and beak.  

While the cookies are drying together, you can mix your yellow and orange frosting next.  (Use red and yellow to mix orange, you won’t need much)

We love to use Watkin’s no artificial dye food coloring.  You can find it on Amazon or if you’re lucky enough…we found it at our local Target.  Using either a frosting decorator tip or a ziploc plastic baggie with the corner cut out, add the beak with orange and the feet and eyes to the cookies with yellow.  Tah-dah!  The littles will gobble them up and you’ll free great knowing these treats are chemical and dye free.  Win, win.  turkey-cookies-blog-post-cover