All things sweet
A very special thank you to Among Friends Baking Mix for inviting us to join their Francie’s Make It Your Own contest and subsequently selecting us as a runner-up winner back in 2016 for this exact recipe. If you haven’t checked out this amazing company’s products yet, DO IT!!! http://amongfriendsbakingmixes.com/ You’d be missing out if you didn’t.
Their mixes make baking easy and well, honestly, we haven’t met a mix we didn’t like. Being on a strict gluten free diet, we often make so many things from scratch which can become very time consuming! It is such a lifesaver to have a quick mix, that is equally delicious as if from scratch and also safe to eat. Their products are also whole grain and real ingredient based! They are gluten free certified and non-gmo verified (applause). The company, started by two sisters, is also near and dear to my heart because well, they are Michigan based, where we were born and raised. Go Green! P’s favorite mix is Darcy’s Delish Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, and my personal fave is Suzie Q’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, so satisfying and tasty!!! When we serve these tasty oatmeal cookies, even the guests that are not gluten free ask us for the recipe and are ultimately surprised when I reply that it is a purchased mix. Sometimes if we get real lucky, we can find certain mixes here in the south at our local Target, however the products are always available online. The mix we use in our “make it your own” muffin recipe is Francie’s Make It Your Own Cinnamon Sugar Muffin Mix.
Want to try our favorite un-bleached baking muffin liners when making these yummy bites, or any favorite muffin recipe? The brand, If You Care, has a variety of quantities and sizes to choose from, including mini liners and regular size, perfect for your homemade cupcakes too. Simply click to purchase on Amazon. They also sell parchment paper that is unbleached, FSC certified, compostable and chlorine-free, woot!
So what’s your favorite way to “muffin”? 🙂
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. Our recipe for this amazing chocolate concoction is included below.
Here are a few photos of the products we used for reference:
All the best in the New Year friends!
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….
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.
“Just the top”. 🙂
So, we all know that the best part of the muffin is the top, right? Well, in our pod, the best part about pineapple upside down cake has always been the top.
Since I’m personally not the biggest pineapple upside down cake fan out there, this recipe was created to satisfy other sweet teeth in the pod, not to mention any names (hehe) and for our family, that ALWAYS devours this cake! 🙂 So sweet and so yum, served warm or even cooled, it’s certainly a hit.
Have you noticed they make muffin pans to to make muffin “tops”? Precisely why we said, why not attempt a pineapple upside down, cake top?
This delicious cake top is fun to serve at Easter, like we did, or any time of the year really. And if you’re not so fond of the cake “top” idea…well, I’ve included the recipe for the traditional version too. And, shh.. this tasty cake is gluten AND dairy free!
Pineapple lovers, enjoy this sweet dessert 🙂
Butterscotch. So, you either LOVE it, or HATE it. This pod LOVES it. In an effort to create an oatmeal scotchie that met our new dietary needs, I set out to make the perfect, delicious, satisfying oatmeal scotchie I had grown to love as a child.
I have both a gluten free version of this posted, as well as an adaptation to make them gluten AND entirely dairy free (see link below). As you may already know, butterscotch chips that do not contain gluten are surprisingly hard to come by. Booo. Throw a dairy allergy into the mix, and you’ve got almost an impossible task to hunt them down at your common grocery store. I found a solution!
Our fave Homemade Non-Dairy Butterscotch Chips Recipe
The cookie recipe is so yum, that even those that are not gluten free, love this comforting treat too. In fact, I made a batch for family that recently visited and let’s just say, the cookies did not last long! Yay!
Fudge is the perfect treat, and we think, definitely one of the the BEST Valentine’s Day treats!! It can be made with just a few simple ingredients too. This Rocky Road Fudge is a delicious combination of chewy and crunchy, sweet and salty, all rolled into one bite. This recipe is not by any means a 3 whole peas original, but rather one we are recommending, because, well, it just tastes SO good.
We really loved the idea of jello brand’s rocky road fudge recipe, so in an effort to make the fudge more “clean” for our palates, we made it with organic ghee (rather than butter), nongmo gluten free chocolate, organic peanuts and even swapped out the Kraft marshmallows with Elyon brand mini mallows. Use organic powdered sugar too if possible and you’ve almost got yourself an organic fudge! If by chance you have a peanut allergy (or follow a more paleo like diet), do not get discouraged! If you tolerate tree nuts, why not swap out the legume for almonds? Yum! Or you could just omit the nuts altogether, problem solved. No one should go without this tasty fudge. If ghee doesn’t agree with our dairy free readers, try Earth Balance buttery sticks. 🙂
For once, this gluten free recipe adaptation doesn’t even need to be modified in terms of measurements or quantities, it’s already naturally gluten free with the right chocolate, so you don’t even have to add in extra ingredients in order to make it taste as good as the “gluten filled kind” either (haha). We find it super easy to follow!
Chop up these fudge bites and gift them for a loved one in a cute box with red yarn or string, or even gift some for a neighbor, friend, or your child’s teacher! If you eat them yourself, well, we won’t even tell:). Oh, and don’t forget the coconut milk to wash it all down, you’re gonna need it!!! So sweet!!
With “heart day” right around the corner, you can quickly get the recipe over at JelloRecipes.com and start cooking today. After all, “I really regret making this”, said No. One. Ever.
We were SUPER tempted to omit the jello brand instant chocolate pudding altogether (in effort to ditch the chemicals), or at least swap it out for organic chocolate pudding, however we caved when our Whole Foods was out of it. Nooo! (Once in a great while, for a holiday treat, we’ll do that….not good, I know.)
Enjoy chocolate lovers!
We found our festive picks at Target one day and also noted some on Amazon….
They also sell the cutest heart shaped re-usable muffin liners
These salted caramel “elf cheesecakes” are delightfully yum. Since I’ve personally never been a huge traditional cake fan, cheesecake was often my dessert of choice, second to ice cream of course. Now that I don’t eat dairy so often anymore, well, these sweet treats are often of the non-dairy form these days, or simply a dessert that I treat myself to in moderation only. If you are strictly dairy free, try substituting the cream cheese with daiya cream cheese or another dairy free cream cheese substitution (i.e. soy based cream cheese if you tolerate soy of course) and using a non dairy butter when making your graham crust.
Now, lets get ready to make something fun to eat this holiday season, or well, for whatever your sweet, salty reason 🙂 We’re sure to be ringing in the New Year with these delights, now you can too. The recipe prep itself really doesn’t take too long as you’ll read in the recipe however please note that including refrigeration time, it does take a total of 3 hours and 5 min. Don’t let that discourage you however, it’s SO worth it and we got a lot done while waiting for them to cool in the fridge as they set.
Need I say more? I absolutely LOVED mint chip ice cream growing up! I could’ve eaten it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Then, around the holidays I fell in love with peppermint chip ice cream when it hit the market. With its bits of pepper-minty candy cane heavenly crunch in each bite, I was sold. Yum-my!
Now I’m older, wiser and know that those ice creams are full of chemicals and basically all things I don’t eat on a daily basis anymore. So…this healthy, clean organic smoothie is inspired by that food passion. P likes to call it the “Grinch Smoothie” however call it what you will, there’s nothing mean about it. This cheer is dangerously, deliciously good! Nothing artificial, nothing hidden, no sugar, just clean, real ingredients.
I also adapted the drink to make P a mint “f-oreo” (fake oreo) blizzard treat (oh the days of the DQ blizzard- another old weakness of mine), by simply eliminating the spinach and substituting Mi-Del gluten free candy cane creme cookies instead of the chocolate chips. This gave it more of an “ice-cream” dessert milk-shake feel for the gluten free kid, rather than a smoothie feel.
So, did I show you our cool, festive gluten free finds at Whole Foods this past week? That’s where we found the Mi-Del cookies and the TruJoy organic, certified gf candy canes for the recipe!
Now you may ask, is this recipe a dessert, a smoothie? We couldn’t decide…just go make one! Oh, and, if you don’t already have a peeled, ripe banana in your freezer, go freeze one now!! You’ll be so glad you did 🙂
Banana- aid in digestion, pre-biotic, potassium; not to mention a million other reasons these are good for you
Coconut Milk-highly nutritious, rich in fiber, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous
Mint- aids in digestion, reduces bloating
If you make this drink recipe, don’t forget to snap a photo and tag #3wholepeas on Twitter or Instagram. We’d love to see your creation!
Luck of the Irish….
This smoothie also makes for a very festive St. Patrick’s Day Smoothie, yum!
If you enjoy pecan pie, yet are looking for a healthier option this holiday season, we find these pecan bars to be a yummy treat! The delicious bars have way less sugar and “bad stuff”, not to mention all the chemicals that the classic pecan pie recipe does. Treat your body to something tasty and real this holiday season….shh…they’re sugar and corn syrup free!
As it’s tradition in my family to have pecan pie at our Thanksgiving feast, we made these decadent bars for the first time just this past Thanksgiving and thought they would really do well as a re-do at Christmas time for sure! Holiday party, family dinner, work party? We’ve got dessert covered! Now go ahead, dive in!
P LOVES brownies. What kid doesn’t? Okay, okay, our entire family LOVES brownies!
For the first couple years that we made the transition over to our gluten free lifestyle, there were many paleo brownie recipe attempts (mostly because I was grain free at the time). I also used to buy a lot of gluten free, non-gmo, pre-made boxed brownie mixes for P to eat, from Enjoy Life brand, to Immaculate Baking, to even the more common commercial brands (not so much non-gmo mixes) like Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, etc. We’ve really probably tried almost every gluten free brownie boxed mix that exists… almost!
Secret….I made my own! Let’s face it, I was tired of paying for a box of over-priced brownies that “sometimes” tasted good. And certain brands of course, were only decent at best. I’ll admit, I seriously struggle with the $6.00-$10.00 box of allergy friendly brownie mix on the top shelf, as the $1.50 “gluten-filled” Pillsbury stares me in the face. It just doesn’t seem fair; but I do understand why. It still doesn’t mean that I have to like spending all of my money on groceries however. 🙂 Just sayin’.
Now, we got to learn pretty quickly the brownie brands that we like best, however it is not just a matter of the cost or even the taste, yet a matter of whether or not the store we are at, at that given moment, even carries the brand we want, and if they do, is it even in stock? If you’re an avid gluten free shopper, you know that you have about 3-5 favorite stores that you run to, just to get the exact product/brand you want, to finally check everything off of your grocery list successfully. It’s not always a one stop shop anymore. And for whatever reason, certain stores carry only certain gluten free brands. It’s a rat race some grocery days if you let it be. You become an expert at ordering your food online, yes online. Sound familiar? 🙂Well, as long as you have some basic key ingredients on hand and this recipe, you can inexpensively make your gluten free brownies on a budget with ingredients from your home, whenever you want! Oh and bonus, we think they taste amazing and deliciously moist! 🙂 No one will ever know they are free of gluten, dairy or nuts. Promise.
For easy prep, pre measure out your dry ingredients and store the mix in a ziploc Baggie so that your brownies are ready to go, just like the store bought ! SO simple. Fun idea: To make your brownies festive this time of year, sprinkle them lightly with powdered sugar for “snow” when they cool.
P had to take these brownies to the next level and make his a-la-mode. He added tru-whip to the top and some gf hot fudge to create his perfect decadent sundae.
Now we know there will be a lot of holiday treats being made, this time time of year especially and we really hope this fabulous brownie finds a way to warm your season!
Speaking of….know someone that is gluten free? For the holiday season, you can make this mix a gift by layering the dry ingredients evenly in a mason jar, leaving the chips as your top layer. For added fun, layer in some marshmallows! Then, simply attach a festive note with the ingredients you used specified for dietary restrictions, along with the directions on how to bake and you’ve got yourself an inexpensive, yet super thoughtful gift checked off your list! Done! 🙂