Dairy Free Easy No-Bake Cookies

A couple of days ago I was having some issues…  Recently I had to take my little Gabriella to the Pediatricians office as she was having some digestive issues (we can talk about this in a later post.)  The conclusion is that she may have a dairy allergy.  I have been through this before with Elizabeth (my 4 year old), and in that case I had to go on a complete elimination diet to figure out what was causing her issues.  But this time, with Gabriella, it has been easier.  I took out the dairy from my diet and her issues have been dramatically improving with only one set back…  Anniversary sushi dinner with the hubby, I think one of the rolls had a sauce on top that probably contained dairy and they/I did not know it (or she may have an issue with soy too?)

So back to the original purpose of this post, I was having an issue because I needed a cookie, or something sweet.  I munched on a carrot and that just did NOT do it for me (sorry health food nuts who never eat any sugar).  I have found in life that when it comes to food, enjoying sweets once in a while is okay for me.   When I eliminate sweets completely from my diet I go a little crazy, so to spare myself and my family of crazy mom I go ahead and enjoy, moderation is key.

So began my search for a fast easy and delicious dairy free cookie recipe…  Nothing really seemed quick or easy enough though.  Then I remembered no bake cookies…. YES!  So Googling away I found this recipe on go dairy free.  I modified it slightly and cut the recipe in half (moderation people… moderation) and got straight to it.

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Dairy Free Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies:

1/4 Cup Coconut Oil

1 Cups of Sugar

1/4 Cup of Plant milk (I used So Delicious Coconut Milk Vanilla flavor)

1/8 Cup of Coco powder

1/4 Cup of Chunky Natural Peanut Butter

1 3/4 Cups of Oats (quick cooking or old fashioned for a chewier finish)

A few drops of Almond extract (you can use vanilla (1 tsp)… However, I have not had vanilla on hand for a while now and I have been using Almond Extract in its place and I have loved the results in all of my baking)

Directions:

In a small saucepan combine the first 4 ingredients (I added the almond extract as well)

Stir often until the mix comes to a rolling boil and continue to stir and let boil for 1 minute

Remove from heat source and stir in Peanut Butter, Oats, and Vanilla until well combined.

Drop by tablespoons onto waxed paper and allow to cool until they firm up.

And there you have it… A Yummy Dairy free cookie for when those cravings strike and you want a cookie NOW 😉

Watermelon and Slush… Go together nicely

Yay! My first real post on my new blog.  I figured I would start with something simple and fun, recipes are always good… So lets start! It’s spring time, and that means it’s almost summer time!

I am pretty much in love with the summer and one thing that stirs up memories of summer is Watermelon.  As a child I have fond memories of eating/drinking Slurpee’s from 7-11.  So there it is… Slurpee’s… Watermelon= SUMMER!summer

 

You could only imagine my excitement when I found a recipe for Cantaloupe Slush (essentially a healthy cantaloupe slurpee) in Dr. Fuhrman’s book “Eat to Live”.  I figured, if this is good with cantaloupe it could be as good or better with watermelon… I was right!  One of the most easy, refreshing and simple recipes to make on a hot summer day.

Ingredients:

2 Cups Watermelon (or 1/2 cantaloupe if that is your melon of choice) spooned or cubed ( it’s going into a blender so I would not worry about this being beautiful)

2 Cups Ice

5-6 Pitted soft dates

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender… We use the Blendtec and blend until smooth (don’t blend too much because it may melt the ice).

Pour into Margarita glasses (makes it more exciting 😉 ) and enjoy!

(My husband thought the date option on the camera was a great idea... But look at that deliciousness)

Yummy!

So Delicious!  You can use less dates if you are going for lower sugar, I have done this before without the dates even and just added

a little raw honey. What is your favorite refreshing summer treat?