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Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Blog Hop Week 6



Hello and welcome to Allergy-Free Wednesdays (AFW). AFW is a weekly blog hop where folks can share their allergy-free cuisine, gain knowledge about allergy related topics/issues and connect with others living or caring for someone with food allergies. 

This is a weekly blog hop hosted by myself and 5 other fabulous allergy-free bloggers. Your weekly submissions will be shared on all 6 blogs! Each week, we will feature our 3 favorite recipes from the week before. Happy Leap Day! I hope today is a special, lucky day for you! 

Your AFW hostesses are:


What can I link-up on AFW?
*We welcome allergy-free cuisine in any shape or form
*Tips & allergy related articles/information are welcome
*Food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities all welcome

Rules & Guidelines *Please provide a link directly to your post (not your homepage). 
*Please provide a link back to our weekly blog hop somewhere in your post.
*Past and current recipes welcome.
*Please provide a description of your recipe, such as DF (dairy free), GF (gluten free), SF (sugar free), V (vegan), etc.
*Recipes do not have to be free of all common allergens, just allergy-free in some way.
*Two weekly submissions max please. 
*Grab yourself a badge and help support Allergy-Free Wednesdays and the allergy-free community. 
*Entries that don’t comply with stated rules and guidelines will be respectfully removed.
*Please leave a comment after you link-up and tell us about your weekly submission(s). We love to hear from you!


Here is a key for labeling your recipes:
GF= Gluten Free
DF= Dairy Free
SF= Refined Sugar Free
V= Vegan

The Top 3 Reader Favorites From Last Week:







My Top 3 Picks:



Sweet: Raspberry Madeleines from Peanut Butter, Passports and Epinephrine 
My French Husband is going to go crazy for these treats when I make them later this week!


Savory: Courgette, Leek & Asparagus Soup (Vegan) from The Fussiest Eater
Zucchini, Leek & Asparagus= A Very Delicious and Healthy Soup Indeed!
Grain-Free: Coconut Cake from Fox in the Kitchen
This is a very easy cake to make that is free of refined sugars-Yum!

Please visit the other 5 Allergy-Free Wednesday hostesses (blog links can be found above) for their recipe highlights. 

Make me smile-feel free to leave a comment after you link-up 🙂


Thank you for visiting Allergy-Free Wednesdays!


Delicious 5 Minute Chocolate Pudding (Vegan)





This pudding is so easy to make. It is made of simple, wholesome ingredients without sacrificing flavor or taste.

I believe healthy fats are critically important in one’s diet. Although my four year old loves to eat, she never sits down for long–she’s always off to dance, do a puzzle, you name it! I try to make sure what she eats is packed with fiber, healthy fats and protein–even when she is eating dessert. I loved making this recipe with my daughter as she got so excited that she was going to make pudding with an avocado.

Avocados are loaded with Vitamin C, fiber, potassium and healthy fats. Coconut milk provides lauric acid, a superb immune booster that is often missing in the foods we eat today. Raw cacao powder provides iron, magnesium and protein. To top it off dates are rich in B Vitamins and fiber. So treat yourself today to this tasty pudding!



Add to Vitamix or Blender:

1 can coconut milk (this brand is BPA free)
1 large avocado
1/3 cup cacao powder
1/2 cup coconut sugar
4 dates (soaked in 1 cup of water for 30 minutes)
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. sea salt

Remove pits from dates. Blend on high for 3 minutes. Scoop into serving dishes. Enjoy!
It is also good chilled after being stored in the refrigerator.

Makes 4 servings. 

Mango Milkshake (Vegan)

Ahh…mangoes. How I love thee. The continuous winter weather we are having here in the Rocky Mountains  has me dreaming about a week at the beach in the warm sun. So while I can’t transport myself and the rest of the family to the tropics at the moment (hopefully one day soon!), I can make a beach worthy milkshake.

I love milkshakes, but haven’t had one in years from a restaurant due to the ingredients found in commercial milkshakes. This “milkshake” is made up of only five ingredients with the base being coconut milk. It is a good fix for any sweet tooth you may have or if you just want to treat yourself to something special. I often make this drink for my daughter as a quick, healthy snack before swim lessons or a trip to the park.

Mangoes are loaded with potassium and Vitamins A, C and E. The addition of banana to this drink adds a boost of fiber and manganese to the drink. Coconut milk is rich in lauric acid which has anti-viral properties that help to boost the immune system.

Add to Vitamix or Blender:
1 can coconut milk (this brand is BPA free)
2 mangoes, peeled and flesh removed  (2 cups frozen mangoes will also work)
1 frozen banana
1 cup ice
2 Tbsp. coconut sugar

Blend on high for 2 minutes until smooth and creamy. Serve in a glass and enjoy!

Makes 4 servings.

This recipe was shared on Superfood SundayInspire Me MondaySimple Lives Thursday, Tastetastic ThursdayHealthy 2 Day WednesdayWLWWWFMWFrugal Days, Sustainable WaysGluten-Free WednesdaysReal Food WednesdayMidweek FiestaHearth and Soul Blog HopTotally Tasty TuesdaysTraditional TuesdaysGet Your Craft On TuesdayFat Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent TuesdayBarn HopMelt in Your Mouth MondayMeatless Mondays, Monday ManiaBetter Mom MondaysThe Sweet SpotMix it up MondaySugar Free SundaySunday SchoolStrut Your Stuff Saturday, Seasonal InspirationFresh Bites FridayWellness WeekendSweet TemptationsSweet Treats Thursday and It’s a Keeper Thursday.

Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Blog Hop Week 5





Hello and welcome to Allergy-Free Wednesdays (AFW). AFW is a weekly blog hop where folks can share their allergy-free cuisine, gain knowledge about allergy related topics/issues and connect with others living or caring for someone with food allergies. 


This is a weekly blog hop hosted by myself and 5 other fabulous allergy-free bloggers. Your weekly submissions will be shared on all 6 blogs! Each week, we will feature our 3 favorite recipes from the week before. I have been so impressed with the recipes and posts being shared here! They are always informative and inspiring–I want to make all of the recipes! 


Beginning this week, I will be pinning my 3 favorite recipes and the readers’ picks each week on Pinterest to bring more love and appreciation to your websites!


Your AFW hostesses are:


What can I link-up on AFW?

*We welcome allergy-free cuisine in any shape or form
*Tips & allergy related articles/information are welcome
*Food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities all welcome

Rules & Guidelines *Please provide a link directly to your post (not your homepage). 
*Please provide a link back to our weekly blog hop somewhere in your post.
*Past and current recipes welcome.
*Please provide a description of your recipe, such as DF (dairy free), GF (gluten free), SF (sugar free), V (vegan), etc.
*Recipes do not have to be free of all common allergens, just allergy-free in some way.
*Two weekly submissions max please. 
*Grab yourself a badge and help support Allergy-Free Wednesdays and the allergy-free community. 
*Entries that don’t comply with stated rules and guidelines will be respectfully removed.
*Please leave a comment after you link-up and tell us about your weekly submission(s). We love to hear from you!


The Top 3 Reader Favorites From Last Week:
Peanut Butter Protein Balls from Veggie Wonder

My Top 3 Picks:

Sweet: Acai Berry Cranberry Tea Sherbet from A Harmony Healing
I make homemade ice cream several times a week and am eager to try this delightful recipe made with tea and fresh cranberries.
Savory: Quinoa Chickpea Salad with Avocado Dressing from Sugar-Free Mom
Quinoa is a food everyone in my family enjoys–same goes for avocado. This dish looks super tasty and nutritious. 
Graham cracker crust made without grains? Yes, please! I will be making some yummy pies soon thanks to this fabulous pie crust.

Please visit the other 5 Allergy-Free Wednesday hostesses (blog links can be found above) for their recipe highlights. 

Make me smile-feel free to leave a comment after you link-up 🙂


Thank you for visiting Allergy-Free Wednesdays!


Chocolate Chia Oatmeal (Vegan)

 

I love oatmeal. I really do. But sometimes it just needs a little pizzaz. And that is where chocolate comes into play! Once in awhile, I like to treat myself (and the whole family) by starting the day off with a little chocolate. Raw, chocolate powder that is. Chocolate Oatmeal is my alternative to the processed, chocolate cereal marketed to kids.

Move over fake food (ahem Coco Puffs) and hello REAL food! This breakfast is made up of wholesome oats, pure 100% chocolate and chia seeds. And guess what? It is toddler (and adult) approved!

Oats are a fabulous source of dietary fiber. They are also rich in iron and protein. Cacao powder is loaded with antioxidants, calcium and magnesium. Chia seeds (one of my favorite superfoods by the way) are a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids and dietary fiber.
Ingredients:
2 cups whole grain rolled oats (certified, gluten-free)
4 cups water
1/3 cup cacao powder
1/2 cup coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)
1/3 cup chia seeds
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. sea salt
Bring 4 cups water and salt to a boil. Add in 2 cups of oats, reduce heat and cook 10 minutes. Next add in cacao powder, sugar and vanilla extract. Stir and cook for 5 minutes. Finally, add in the chia seeds and cook for another 5 minutes. The chia seeds are added in last to preserve their high omega 3 content which can be destroyed when cooked at high temperatures.

Makes 4 servings.