I recently came across a red velvet cake recipe that was easy and delicious (and photogenic), so I thought I would share it. I also thought I’d share the cocoa powder I used in the recipe. It can be tricky to find cocoa powder from a nut free facility, however, I discovered a brand called Guittard Chocolate Company, and have since sworn by their chocolate chips and cocoa powder. I used the “Cocoa Rouge” unsweetened cocoa powder in the red velvet cake. The chocolate is not only delicious, but it also comes in gorgeous packaging. Apparently they also make chocolate bars, but I haven’t tried them (yet). I’ve come across some of their products at stores like Whole Foods and World Market, and their products can also be ordered online.
My family recently traveled to Seattle for a summer vacation. Before we left for the trip, we researched Seattle’s nut free options for food and dining. In doing so, we came across Little Rae’s Bakery. This bakery is completely peanut and tree nut free, and their delicious products are sold in many cafes and markets around Seattle including Pike Place Market. Their bakery items and sandwiches are wrapped in plastic wrap and are easy to pack. While in Seattle, we called the bakery to ask a question and staff worker Maureen was so sweet and helpful. It was great to be able to relax and eat safe food while out whale watching on a boat far from shore, hiking high up on Mt. Rainier, and also on the plane ride home. We tried their sandwiches, cookies, brownies, pumpkin bread, and croissants throughout our stay, and enjoyed every product. So, if you ever find yourself in Seattle, be sure to try Little Rae’s Bakery’s products (even if you do not have food allergies) because you will not be disappointed!
I had my first PBJ yesterday. Well, it wasn’t really a PBJ- it was actually a sunbutter and jelly sandwich. I made sure to explain this to my friends so they were not alarmed to find me eating something that looks like peanut butter. Sunbutter is the closest thing to peanut butter that I can eat without having a severe reaction. Sunbutter is made with sunflower seeds, which I can eat. (Sunflower seeds are not tree nuts.) It makes a nice substitute for peanut butter. Try it on ice cream, crackers, sandwiches, celery, apples… anything, really.
I love sunbutter paired with chocolate, so I was excited to try Sun Cups. Made without gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, corn, or soy in a nut and gluten-free facility, they are the Reese’s for allergy kids. The claim on the package, “delightfully delicious”, is most certainly true!
First of all, a massive thank you to Mrs. Reulbach for introducing me to the blogging world! I’ve certainly thought about starting a blog, but I don’t think I ever would have been successful without learning all the particulars. I am definitely obsessed with blogging now.
My second new obsession is chocolate cupcakes (shocker, I know). When I was little I would run around the grocery store picking up every box of chocolate cookies, brownies, or candies and frantically read the ingredients, hoping that maybe this time they would be safe for me. Usually they weren’t. This is why I was super excited to find Walmart’s mini chocolate cupcakes that are made in a peanut-free facility and are free of tree nuts. It’s not often that the bakery items stacked in a beautiful tower at the entrance of the store with an adorable little label are the ones with that glorious little peanut with its giant red X through it. Each box contains a dozen cupcakes which fluffy cake and creamy icing. They make the perfect treat, and I’ve been eating them rather often…