Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies (Allergen Friendly)

These Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies are the cutest sweet treat, made even nicer because they are optionally free of the 14 most common allergens. Gluten free strawberry cookies are sandwiched between a dairy-free chocolate ganache with hidden strawberry jam in the middle. Made in partnership with our friends at Enjoy Life Foods.

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Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies

These Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies are magic! They almost taste like a nut-free macaron and they have an amazing strawberry flavor that is complimented so well with the chocolate ganache. They are coming just in time for Valentine’s Day too–the perfect sweet treat to share on this love-filled holiday. These sandwich cookies are made even sweeter though because they are free of the top 14 most common allergens, including nuts and dairy! That means these little cookies are also school safe–making them the perfect treat to pack away for your kids to share with friends! Or really, just a treat for yourself. You deserve it!

So let’s unpack what’s going on with these cookies: There are two strawberry cookies sandwiched with dairy-free chocolate ganache and a hidden center of strawberry jam that balances the whole thing out.

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There are a few steps needed to complete this recipe, but there isn’t anything hard to do! We use an electric mixer to make the cookie batter, but this doesn’t take much time. You can use either coconut oil or butter, and we enjoyed both versions equally. You’ll want the coconut oil to be solid at room temperature, and the same with the butter. It only takes a few minutes for the batter to come together, but once it does you’ll need to let it rest for about 10 minutes while the coconut flour hydrates, until it is no longer sticky.

Once it has rested all you need to do to form the cookies is scoop out a tablespoon sized amount of dough, roll it into a ball and pat it out to a 2″ circle on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. We tried a couple of different methods of making the circle completely round but found that patting it out was the easiest. The cookies won’t spread, so don’t worry about spacing them out very far apart and they should all fit on one standard size sheet pan.

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How do you make chocolate ganache

While the cookies are baking you can make the ganache. Making a ganache is simply heating up a milk and pouring it over chocolate! In this case we are using coconut milk and our favorite dairy-feee chocolate Enjoy Life mini chips which melt really easily and create a decadent ganache.

Once the cookies are cooled you’ll pipe a small circle of ganache on half of them, with a little hole left in the center for the strawberry jam to go in. We used piping bags for this, but you can just as easily use a plastic bag with a small hole cut out of one of the corners, or even just place a tablespoons sized amount of ganache in the middle will work.

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We wanted to make these Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies free of almost of the allergens out there so that they were able to be an inclusive Valentine treat for everyone, regardless of allergies or intolerances. This is especially relevant for school as there can be a lot of restrictions on what can be brought in. And this is why we love the chocolate from Enjoy Life! Enjoy Life baking chocolates are certified gluten-free, free-from 14 common allergens, verified Non-GMO, certified kosher, AND certified vegan and paleo-friendly, which makes them so inclusive for many different types of dietary restrictions. 

This month they’ve also launched the NEW Valentine’s Day Chocolate Minis! They would be a great option to bring into school and are the perfect size to share. They come in Dark Chocolate, Ricemilk Chocolate, Ricemilk Crunch (our favorite), and a variety pack. You can buy them right online here! We’ve been lucky enough to have been snacking on them this week, and they’re delicious! And as you can see below, they are also kid approved!

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Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies

Prep Time 00:35 Cook Time 00:12 Inactive Time 01:10 Total Time 1:57 Yields 10 sandwich cookies

Ingredients

For Strawberry Cookies

For Chocolate Ganache:

  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips

To assemble: 

  • 1/4 cup strawberry preserves or jam (store-bought or you can make your own here)

Directions

For cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF and line a sheet pan with a silpat or parchment paper.
  2. With an electric mixer, mix the coconut oil (or softened butter) and maple syrup until combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Add vanilla, almond extract (if using) and salt and mix until combined, 30 seconds.
  4. Add in coconut flour, tapioca flour, and strawberry powder. Mix until combined.
  5. Let rest for 10 minutes until the dough has stiffened up slightly (see note).
  6. Scoop out a tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. Place on the prepared sheet pan and flatten slightly with your fingers to form a 2" circle.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes on middle rack.
  8. Remove from oven and cool completely.

For ganache:

  1. Place Enjoy Life Mini Chips in a small heat proof bowl.
  2. Heat coconut milk until it is very hot (but not boiling) either in a microwave or in a very small pot over a low flame.
  3. Pour over chocolate and shake the bowl to make sure the chips are covered by the hot milk. Let sit undisturbed for 5 minutes. 
  4. Whisk the chocolate and coconut milk together until a smooth ganache is formed (see note). Let it cool at room temperature until it has thickened up and no longer hot, about 20 minutes.

To assemble:

  1. Place the chocolate ganache in either a piping bag or in a plastic storage bag with a hole cut out of the corner of it for piping.
  2. Place half of the cookies with the bottom side up (the tan side). Pipe a circle of ganache on half of the cookies, living a space in the middle. Place a teaspoon strawberry jam in the middle. Place another cookie on top and gently press together.
  3. Best served the day they are made. Store in the refrigerator in a airtight container for 2 days.

Recipe Notes

  1. To make your own strawberry powder simply crush freeze-dried strawberries until they are a powder. We found this easiest to crush the strawberries in a big with a rolling pin. It’s ok if the strawberries are not a super fine powder.
  2. The almond extract enhances the strawberry flavor of this cookie. To make this nut-free omit the almond extract, as it is not essential.
  3. We like to weigh our coconut flour as a measurement that is over or under can make a big difference since coconut flour is so absorbent. So if you have a digital scale at home, use it here!
  4. The cookie batter will seem like thick frosting at first, as the coconut flour needs time to thicken up.
  5. If you'd like to make your own jam, check out this post.
  6. If the ganache isn't coming together it's because the coconut milk hasn't been heated up enough. You can gently heat the whole mixture until the chocolate is melted enough, either over a double boiler or gently in 15 second intervals in the microwave.
  7. If your chocolate ganache ever gets too cold for piping you can gently rewarm it it over a double-boiler or in the microwaves for 10 seconds at a time.
  8. If the cookies are kept longer than a day they will soften up. They're still delicious, just a slightly different texture than when they are freshly made.
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Homemade Jello (Healthy!)

This paleo Homemade Jello recipe is one everyone will love, and made so much healthier than traditional jello. You can feel good about serving this healthier jello snack, and it’s a great to include healthy Grass-Fed Beef Gelatin in your diet. We’ve included a basic recipe as well as two options to make your own strawberry and lime juice or a carrot, orange and ginger juice to make the healthiest Homemade Jello ever!! There are no artificial colors/flavors or added refined sugar and they make the cutest lunchbox treat to send your kids to school with, or have for when they get home! Made in partnership with my friends at Vital Proteins!

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Homemade Jello

When most people think of jello, they probably think of the unhealthy little plastic containers you buy at the store that are filled with artificial ingredients, flavors and full of sugar or those small little boxes filled with an unknown substance. Well, today we are going to change your mind about how healthy and delicious Homemade Jello can be! We have a recipe that brings jello back to what it should be: freshly made juice combined with healthy pasture-raised, Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin to make the cutest little lunchbox addition that any kid (or grown-up alike) will enjoy – with the same jello consistency you know and love!

Check out the vibrant colors of our jello! We made them with two homemade juices: Strawberry and Lime and Carrot, Orange and Ginger!

For the Strawberry Lime juice we simply combined sliced strawberries with a touch of honey (which you can omit if your strawberries are really sweet) in a blender, and then strained out most of the seeds. This juice is somewhat thick, and makes for the BEST tasting strawberry jello ever. It actually tastes like strawberry!

For the vitamin C and antioxidant rich Carrot, Orange and Ginger juice we used a juicer! It’s one of my favorite homemade juice flavors, especially when I feel a cold coming on, I always drink a glass of this. It is naturally sweet enough so this juice is perfect when made into jello.

We also share how you can shortcut the whole process and use fresh juice you buy in a store!

Healthy Homemade Jello

Once you have the juice, the only other ingredient is gelatin. We use my favorite Pasture-Raised Beef Gelatin from Vital Proteins.  If you read my previous blog post you know how I use collagen peptides in my coffee each morning and this is just another great recipe to add a healthy dose of collagen to your diet. Adding collagen to your diet can be a great way to improve and promote bone and joint health, aid in healthy digestion and gut health, improve sleep and nourish your skin. BUT I’ve never showed you how I use Vital Proteins, BEEF GELATIN (the green container). This gelatin is different as it’s perfect for jello, marshmallows, homemade candies/gummies, and more!

How Do You Make Homemade Jello?

It’s so easy to make jello at home! All you need is either 100% juice purchased at the store or fresh made juice and Beef Gelatin. There are three steps to making it. First you bloom the gelatin by combining it with a bit of the juice and whisk (which ensures the gelatin is evenly distributed) and then boil the remaining juice and combine with the bloomed gelatin to dissolve it. Place in the refrigerator until it has set up!

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We store our jello in 4 ounce mason jars for easy serving portions and they are so cute! You can send the jello in a lunch box, but treat it like you would a yogurt by packing it with an ice pack. If the jello is kept at room temperature for more than 2-3 hours (depending on the temperature outside) it dissolves again and will go back to being juice.

There are no preservatives in this jello of course so they’ll last about as long as the fruit and vegetables would that you made them with (about 3 to 5 days). Jello made with store bought juice will last slightly longer than jello made with the homemade juice.

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Homemade Jello

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:05 Inactive Time 3 hours Total Time 00:15 Yields 2-1/2 cups

Ingredients

For the Base Jello Recipe

  • 2-1/2 cups juice (see options below, or use store-bought 100% juice)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin

For the Strawberry Lime Juice

  • 2 quarts organic strawberries, rinsed and greens removed
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 small lime, juiced

For Carrot Orange Ginger Juice

  • 2 oranges, rind removed and cut in half
  • 4 carrots, peeled
  • 2" piece ginger, peeled

Directions

To make Strawberry Lime Juice:

  1. Slice strawberries and place in bowl with honey and combine.
  2. Pour into a blender and blend until pureed and place in a fine-mesh strainer. Push down to get as much juice as possible. You should have about 2-½ cups.

To make Carrot, Orange, Ginger Juice:

  1. Place all the prepared ingredients through a juicing machine. Leave behind any accumulated foam. You should have about 2-½ cups. If you have a bit less, add some water or extra orange juice, if you have it, until you reach 2-½ cups.

To Make Gelatin:

  1. In a medium bowl place 1 heaping tablespoon (see note) of Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin. Pour ½ cup of juice over the gelatin and whisk it together until it's fully combined and let it bloom while you heat up the remaining juice. You want to make sure that the gelatin fully absorbs the water and there aren’t any clumps of unhydrated gelatin.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring the remaining juice to a full boil. Once it has reached a full boil, pour it over the bloomed gelatin and whisk it until it has fully dissolved. Place jello in six 4 ounce mason jars, or in another container if desired. Refrigerate at least 3 hours, or until fully set.

Recipe Notes

  1. Depending on what type of juice you buy, you may have to add some sweetener. We tested it with 100% mixed fruit juice from Whole Foods, and did not feel it needed any added sweetener. Overall we are going for a less sweet version than typical jello, so feel free to adjust to your liking.
  2. A heaping tablespoon is exactly what it sounds, a mounded tablespoon. Place the tablespoon inside the gelatin and pull it out without leveling it. If you'd like to be a bit more precise you can measure it out to 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon. But we tested it both ways and there was no difference in the finished jello so went with the heaping tablespoon measurement since it's easier.
  3. The finished Jello needs to be stored in the refrigerator and will last anywhere from 3-5 days, depending on what type of juice you use. Because this has no preservatives it will not last as long as the shelf stable variety. We found the fresh strawberry one to last the shortest amount of time, closer to 3 days. We did feel it stood up to being outside of the refrigerator for a few hours with an ice pack so it is a great choice to pack for lunch for kids (or adults).
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Strawberry and Cream Overnight Oats (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

These Strawberry and Cream Overnight Oats are bursting with strawberry flavor and super creamy without actually having any cream. They are rich in fiber with an added dose of healthy fats and antioxidants thanks to the chia seed to help fuel you for the morning. This dairy-free overnight oats recipe is quick to make and you can make a few batches so you can grab and go on your way out the door in the morning. Vegan and gluten-free, and the perfect egg-free breakfast!

Strawberry and Cream Overnight Oats

Strawberry and Cream Overnight Oats

This Strawberry and Cream Overnight Oats recipe is just what you want to start your day with! You all have been loving our oat recipes and I think this one will be no exception: It’s slightly sweet, full of fiber and bursting with flavor. We love to use freeze dried strawberries because their flavor is concentrated and they last longer than fresh strawberries for make-ahead breakfasts. This oatmeal tastes so creamy without ever adding any dairy at all! Plus, it takes 5 minutes to throw together!

Vegan Overnight Oats

Where can I find freeze dried fruit?

Freeze dried fruit is now commonly found in most grocery stores. Make sure to read the label to check that the only ingredient listed is the actual fruit and does not include any additives. We love the 365 brand of them at Whole Foods.

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Overnight Oats FAQ’s

Do you eat overnight oats hot or cold?

Overnight oats are a great and easy on-the-go breakfast! Grab it out of the fridge, cold, top with toppings and enjoy!

Can you make overnight oats with milk?

I use dairy-free milk, like almond milk or cashew milk! You can use any milk you’d like.

How long can you keep overnight oats in the refrigerator?

I keep my overnight oats for up to 3 day in the refrigerator. If it has fresh fruit it will keep for 1 day.

Can you make overnight oatmeal without chia seeds?

Of course. I love the texture they add, and the nutrients, but they’re totally optional!

What kind of oats are used for overnight oats?

I use gluten-free raw rolled oats. You won’t want to use quick cooking oats!

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Want to try another overnight oats recipe? Try my popular Golden Milk Latte Overnight Oats!

Strawberry and Cream Overnight Oats

Prep Time 00:05 Total Time 03:05 Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup milk of choice: almond, coconut, oat, etc (see note)
  • 2 teaspoons chia seed
  • 1/4 cup freeze dried strawberries, divided
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Fresh strawberries, for garnish

Directions

  1. Pulverize half of strawberries to a powder either using your fingers, or placing them in a bag and using a rolling pin to crush them.
  2. Place all ingredients into a jar and mix well to combine.
  3. Place in the refrigerator, covered, for at least 3 hours or overnight. Serve cold with fresh sliced strawberries, or topping of choice.

Recipe Notes

  1. You may add bit more milk to oats when serving depending on your preference, but this is the amount we preferred.
  2. Keep in your refrigerator about 3 days.
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Superfood Summer Fruit Smoothie

This Superfood Summer Smoothie is loaded with Summer fruits and packed with tons of antioxidants! It is dairy-free, vegan, and the perfect start to any morning!

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I used to really be into smoothies, and then I hit a wall and decided they weren’t as exciting to me as a breakfast option like eggs or a hearty meal. Lately, especially after a long weekend away, I am back on my smoothie game and this Superfood Summer Smoothie hits the spot! It is creamy, fruity, and packed with nutrients to fuel your body for success!

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This smoothie makes for the perfect breakfast, snack, or even for a night time treat/dessert!

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Super Food Summer Smoothie

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 00:00 Total Time 0:05 Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 Kiwi, skin peeled
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple 
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberry
  • 1/4 cup frozen Peaches
  • 1/2 cup frozen Raspberry
  • 1 teaspoons grated ginger, more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 2 cups cashew milk, or nut-milk of choice, add more based on desired consistency
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, more for garnish
  • Optional: 1/4 cup cauliflower, frozen
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon bee pollen, either blended in or used as a garnish
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon ground flaxseeds
  • Optional: 1 scoop protein powder of choice

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. If too thick, add more liquid and blend longer. Serve right away!

Recipe Notes

If you want to add more veggies into your diet the cauliflower is a great way to do so! It will also help make this smoothie extra creamy.

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Lindsay made you a Creamy Coconut Spirulina Superfood Smoothie

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Strawberry Lemonade with Mint

My day generally goes as follows (in terms of beverages) water with lemon, coffee, water all throughout the day and evening (an occasional martini or glass of wine), and possibly a second cup of coffee.  See, I generally don’t opt for a lemonade, a juice, and definitely no sodas around here. Usually it’s just water. Every so often during a hot summer day I crave a refreshing drink that has a little something sweet.

Making time to relax, read, and focus on my mind and body is something I am focusing on this Summer. Relaxation, sleep, and removing stress is just as big of a part of a healthy lifestyle as is eating clean and working out. So, whip up a batch of this refreshing Strawberry Lemonade with Mint and make some time for YOU today. 

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Strawberry Lemonade with Mint

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh organic strawberries
  • 2 tbsp raw honey, more as desired
  • 4 cups water
  • 3-4 large lemons, juiced
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
  • Ice

Directions

  • 1. In a high-speed blender, blend strawberries and raw honey until smooth
  • 2. In a pitcher combine water, lemon, and ice
  • 3. Pour in blended strawberries, add in mint; muddle/mix until combined
  • 4. Taste and adjust flavoring as needed (i.e. add additional lemon, mint, or honey)
  • Recipe Notes

  • A little vodka would be a great addition to this! My favorite gluten-free vodkas are Tito's and Ciroq.
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    Chocolate Chunk Strawberry Ice Cream

    June is here and in a few short weeks it will officially be SUMMER. This month for Healthy Food Friday with American Express we are focusing on all things summer. I thought the best way to start this month of fun would be with one of my favorite go-to fruits, strawberries. They are packed with nutritional benefits and can be the perfect addition to your morning smoothiedessertsalad, even made into some healthy JAM, and now, ice cream!

    The Benefits of Strawberries

    And who doesn’t love ice cream? More so, this combination of chocolate and fresh strawberries turned into ice cream. Who’s with me?ChocolateChunkStrawberryIceCream3

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