How to be Nutfree, School Safe List, Snacking

Top 5 Nut Free Snacks

We are almost done with the school year, BUT our safe snacking box has run out of treats. This week we stocked up on our favorites.

  1.  Enjoy Life Cocoa Loco Bars
  2. Skinny Pop Pop Corn
  3. Hostess Ding Dongs
  4. Enjoy Life Chocolate Candy Bars
  5. Birthday Cake Blondie Bars

This Birthday cake mix is perfect for take-along treats for birthday parties. I like to make these in advance, put them in a zip top back, and store in the freezer for up to 6 months. Our classroom is pretty small at school, and I usually just send one of these along during the birthday week. We have birthday MONTH coming up and we will be sending an entire batch along to school 🙂

Hope your weekend is warmer than ours! Spring is welcome back any time!

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Holiday Favorites, Snacking

FAT TUESDAY UNICORN SHAKES

AH, yes, the season of Lent is upon us and tomorrow marks the beginning with FAT TUESDAY! One of my favorite days of the year, complete over inulgence. This year we are making unicorn shakes inspired by Everything Erica and her fabulous IG Stories. The supplies are all avaialble at Vanilla Bean Madison, or your local nut-free retailer. And we’ll have some IG Live stories for you to watch us assemble. Have a great week everyone, and don’t forget to set your clock ahead this coming Sunday!

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Snacking

Blueberry Oat Wheat Muffins

If you’re looking for a filling morning on-the-go breakfast, these muffins are the best one’s we have made so far! And the difference is soaking the oats for 20 minutes in milk. It sounds like an annoying task, but honestly, it MAKES these muffins so fluffy and delish. Enjoy – both kids devoured them today!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (240ml) Sassy Cow Milk
  • 1 cup (80g) old-fashioned whole rolled Quaker Oats
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (156g) wheat King Arthur Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground Penzeys cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) honey (or 1/2 cup sugar)
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (190g) fresh or frozen blueberries (do not thaw)

 

Directions

    1. Combine milk and oats. Set aside for 20 minutes so the oats puff up and soak up some moisture. This is what makes the muffins! Dont skip. You can, but the muffins will be flat.
    2. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Spray a 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray or use cupcake liners.
    3. Whisk the (DRY INGREDIENTS) flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together in a large bowl until combined. Set aside.
    4. Whisk the (WET INGREDIENTS) melted butter, honey, egg, and vanilla extract together in a medium bowl until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stir, then add the soaked oats (milk included, do not drain) and blueberries. Fold everything together gently just until combined.
    5. Spoon the batter into liners, filling them all the way to the top. Top with oats and a light sprinkle of coconut sugar, if desired.
    6. Bake for 5 minutes at 425 then, keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C). Bake for an additional 15 minutes.
    7. Cool on wire rack.

Yield is about 12. ENJOY! These can be stored in an air-tight container for 1 week, or pop into the fridge for 2 weeks. Don’t leave them out the open too long, blueberry molds quickly! Have a great week!

With love & light.

 

Holiday Favorites, Snacking

Dove Valentine’s Chocolate

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Chocoholics REJOICE! If you have peanut / treenut allergies, I have such good news to share. Today we called Mars Candy Company, the manufacturer of Dove Chocolates. We asked spcifically about the Pink Champagne and Milk Chocolate Swirl hearts. The customer service rep assured us that they are made in a dedicated peanut and treenut free facility. 

Whats even more exciting is that on EVERY DOVE CHOCOLATE PACKAGE, it will say “Allergies” and a “may contain” statement. The may contain statement may not always be present. If it’s NOT present, then your specific allergen is not present in the manufacturing facility. If the allergen is in the manufacturing facility, it WILL BE STATED on the package in the “may contain” statement under “allergies.”

Wait, there is more! When you’re looking for allergy info, look for this code. ELZ. ELZ is a code that means the chocolate is made in a dedicated nutfree facility. No peanuts or tree nuts.  This code is located on the back of the bag in the “best by” date white box. It’s directy below the date.

Lastly, I just have to say KUDOS to Mars/Dove for having such EXCELLENT and KNOWLEDGABLE customer service representatives answering these allergy phone calls. Our rep today called me back very quickly and she was able to answer my questions and then offer more information for future purchases. I was impressed!

Thank you, Dove!