'The past is a reference, not a residence.'
Today I thought I would share with you some good sweet treats, now that the weather is going slightly colder, those darker nights and mornings are creeping in, we have the stress of present buying for Christmas on our doorsteps and with sweets all around us this time of year.
This can be hard for allergy suffers when all you crave is some Roses or watch your friends and family enjoying those amazing desserts. Let's face it chocolate is everywhere you turn this time of year.
I wanted to give you some ideas on how to create your own sweet masterpieces, or treats you can take out and about with you and enjoy as snacks. So you don't feel you are missing out.
Banana nice cream - Who can live without banana nice cream, I can't.
You can of course make any flavour under the sun - coconut, blueberry, passionfruit the list goes on. But if you are craving some chocolate then you can simply add one tablespoon of Cacao Powder and a teaspoon of coco powder to your 4 frozen bananas, one tablespoon of Holland and Barrett's fruit syrup, along with 50ml of almond milk to get that creamy chocolate taste.
Want to make chocolate mint? Simply add peppermint essence and cut up some fresh mint and add to this recipe.
Goody's Good Stuff Sweets - Ahh where do I begin with these. I LOVE this range! There are 8 different types of sweets you can choose from within the range and you can purchase these at Holland and Barrett and on their website.
These are perfect for your cinema trips - usually one bag is enough as they do contain 100g of sweets which is one serving of your pick and mix from the cinema, however last week I was guilty of eating two packets!! It was snack time though so I was ready for my treats.
These sweets aren't as chewy as normal sweets but they are aren't as heavy or sickly and are made with fresh fruit juices.
I was a little let down yesterday however when I went on Holland and Barrett to order my favorite flavour the tropical fruit, it said they weren't any longer available - DOES THAT MEAN JUST FOR NOW? OR FOREVER? I am praying it doesn't mean forever. That would be so upsetting.
Vegan Plant-based cheesecakes:
There are SO many combo's you can create around your own tastes when it comes to cheesecakes. Check out my recipes in my books - Sophantastic Allergy-Free Creations which is out now on Amazon and Amazon kindle and United Tastes Of America when it is released ( coming soon ).
But all you need is your nut, dried fruit, maple syrup, nut butter and coconut oil 'biscuit' base and you can switch the base ingredients up too as well as your main 'cheese' filling. For you based its recommended you use nuts like almonds and cashew nuts as they blend easier than your bigger nut varieties but I don't see why you can't try different nuts if cashews and almonds aren't you faves. You can also pick any nut butter you prefer - peanut, cashew, almond and your dried fruit you can play around with - so a lot of recipes suggest dates but if you aren't a fan of dates raisins, sultanas also work just as well.
Your filling, as long as you have coconut oil and your maple syrup you are free to add any fruits or flavoring you desire.
Like I said check out my books to get the full recipe and help you step by step in creating this dessert but just use my recipe as a base and add your own twist on it to feed your cravings.
Cocoa Libre: if you want some chocolate this is a great brand that is free from dairy, gluten, wheat, nuts & peanuts. I am not the biggest fan of allergy free chocolates, however you may love them. They come in little packs and you get 4 chocolate frogs (the size of your chocolates you get in Roses etc ) that are chocolate orange flavour or 4 rabbits if you go for the chocolate mint ones. They do contain soya and soya milk if you are allergic to soya watch out for this. However if you want some treats whilst your family dig in to their Hero's and Roses tins then you can enjoy some chocolates yourself. They also have lots of other chocolate sections that are just milk chocolate.
Lazy Days: Lazy Days have created chocolate tiffin that is gluten, dairy, wheat free and is vegan. They do however contain soya and milk.
I have tried these and they aren't something I love but if I had a serious chocolate craving they would feed those cravings and to be honest the more we get into winter and the more chocolate that comes out the more I will probably want these and be snacking on them. With summer I have been enjoying more things like the sweets, banana nice cream and Smooze ice lollies as my treats. I am not a big chocolate person anyway - never have been so it is not that the product isn't good it is just my own tastes. It has 5 star reviews and are an amazing idea of a product.
Smooze Ice Lollies: I love these! They come in packs of 5 and you can purchase them from Holland and Barrett. They had a number of flavors - mango, mango and coconut, pineapple and coconut and coconut. My favorite is the pineapple and coconut. I am currently eating the mango and coconut one which is also really delicious. They have coconut milk in them and real fruit juices, truly yummy and so flavorful. Matthew really loves them too.
Nak'd do a large range of great nut and fruit bars. My favorite flavor hands down is the gingerbread flavor which you can find in most supermarkets and of course Holland and Barrett. There are so many flavors however - chocolate, bakewell tart, banana bread and pecan pie - the list goes on.
If you are gluten and wheat intolerant however you can't have some of the bars, some of the flavors do contain wheat and gluten. My Mum has bought some before thinking that she had done well managing to find them but they weren't gluten and wheat free. This is also not clear ( or in my eyes clear enough ) on the labels as I have nearly eaten the banana bread one with Matthew before now and he was the one who clocked that I couldn't eat it because it contain gluten and wheat, meaning I had to research which flavors were safe for me. So check the back and make sure!!
Now my FAVE FAVE bar over Nak'd even is Food Doctor's fig and mango bar, it is packed with seeds and is so fruity - really yummy.
What I do have to say about these two brand of bars is that they place the ingredients list under the the piece of packaging you pull to open the product - so reading the list and allergen awareness section is very hard as you don't want to open the product if you don't buy it. I think it should be clearer, I know the companies don't have much room to work with but to me things like their address which is clearly on the back or their social media accounts is less important so should swap places with allergy advice and the ingredients list.
However this is a fab product which I love. They also do an apple and walnut flavor which will work well in autumn but I just prefer the fig and mango. You can purchase both from Holland and Barrett.
YoYo's: These are targeted at children really but I remember when I was little and used to have fruit loops for my snack at break time so I love these as a snack too now! They are better now too with so many more fruity flavors.
My favorite flavors are the mango and pineapple flavor's.
The packaging too saying 'No added nonsense' is a fab punch line.
You get two loops in a pack. They are vegan friendly and contain no gluten, with no refined sugars - natural sugars only. Which for people who struggle with artificial colors and toxins that can be found in sugars these days you are safe with this product.
I am aware they do bars, yogurt drops and many more items too - of course not all totally allergen free, so check the packaging. But a great brand and an easy on the go snack. You could even treat them as shoe laces to add to your cinema treats - ( good idea that Sophie, I miss shoe laces!)
Brownies: Check out my recipe books for the full recipes but you can really make some great brownies completely allergy free and vegan.
You can choose from:
Sweet potato brownies - which use the sweet potato as their base and rely on Cacao Power and Cocoa powder for their chocolate taste.
Banana & peanut nut butter brownies - So simple and so sweet - tip use really, really over-ripe bananas to get as much natural sweetness as possible.
Beetroot brownies - If you don't have the sweetest tooth and prefer your chocolate treat a little less sweet and more bitter? This is the combo for you.
Hopefully I have given you some ideas to keep those sweet cravings away - for now! Giving you some cooking ideas and products you can enjoy and indulge in.
Over the next few weeks with Halloween coming I will research more 'Fall' flavored treats to ensure that we don't miss out on all the sweet trick or treating fun, the pumpkin lattes and the toffee apples.
I am on it !!
Let me know what you think of the products I have shared with you today and if you make any of the desserts please hashtag #sophantastic on your pictures as I would LOVE to see them !
Enjoy you have lots of tasting to do!
Peace and Love xo