Dairy Free Chocolate Delight

Safe Chocolate Delight

Nana (the Huzz’s mom) and Mimi (my mom) each make their own version of chocolate delight. Nana calls hers “Striped Delight” and Mimi calls hers “Chocolate Delight.”

I remember one day they sat together and jokingly argued over which version my Huzz liked better. Nana’s crust is made from graham crackers. My mom’s crust is flour and nut based. He likes both versions.

Fast forward several years later. A baby and severe food allergies made chocolate delight impossible. That is, until SO Delicious debuted Coco Whip, a coconut based “whipped cream” in a tub. It’s amazing.

I’ve already experimented and made chocolate pudding parfaits with it. I’ve also made an Oreo and pudding cream pie… but it fell apart. It was delicious, but still, needs some tweaking before it’s blog ready.

Anyhow, the Huzz requested chocolate delight for Father’s Day.

I was going to make it. However I was completely worn out by the afternoon and didn’t want to make it. The Huzz said he’d rather eat PB&J’s and have chocolate delight for dessert rather than me making dinner and skipping the chocolate delight.

Well, okay, then… it was that important to him. So that meant it was important to me!

Thank goodness Hy-Vee carries Daiya frozen pizzas. I ran to the store and that saved our dinner. I did not want to serve PB&J’s to my Huzz on Father’s Day.

And as for the chocolate delight, I had no idea if it would really turn out.

But ya know what?

IT DID!

I merged Nana and Mimi’s recipes together and created my own version. A safe version. Which means he likes mine best. Hmmph! Lol!

Here’s how I made chocolate delight.

Dairy Free Chocolate Delight

Ingredients:

For the Crust:

  • 1.5 cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup melted vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Directions:

  1. Make pudding with non dairy milk. I used vanilla almond milk. Let it chill for several hours in the fridge. When the pudding is chilled, you can move to step two.
  2. I bought safe graham crackers and ground them into fine crumbs with my mini food processor. Mix the 3 crust ingredients together and press into the bottom of a 13×9” pan.  I used a potato masher to really press the crust down.
  3. Use a mixer to beat the “cream cheese” and milk. I used SO Delicious Lite Culinary Coconut Milk. Add in 1/2 of the Coco Whip, the powdered sugar and a splash of vanilla. Spread this over the graham cracker crust.
  4. Pour pudding over cream cheese layer.
  5. Chill.
  6. Top with the remaining Coco Whip.

We hope you love this as much as we did!

Chocolate Delight Bite 2

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Coco Whip & Pudding Mix: Dairy Free Parfaits!

PUDDING PARFAIT

Coco Whip.

It’s like dairy filled whipped topping, but better. Thank you SO Delicious for making this AMAZING and SAFE food!

Our local grocery store just got it in and man, oh man… all three of us LOVE IT!

I’m using lots of caps y’all, because we are so thrilled!

A whole new world of recipes have opened up to us.

I’ve been all over Pinterest looking for new recipes to adapt.

Some of the recipes I found require pre-made pudding mixes.

Y’all know me.

If I can make it homemade, I would rather do that. Cheaper. Safer. ‘Nuff said.

Anyway, I found several recipes for homemade pudding mixes that don’t require powdered milk. :::Insert happy dance:::

I tried the one recipe that seemed right. I feel like I kind of have a spider sense when it comes to picking the best Pinterest option when I’ve pinned multiple different recipes.

And my Spidey sense was dead on, y’all.

This chocolate pudding is good!

Make a batch of Silk’s chocolate pudding.

Lately, I’m really big into making homemade mixes, putting them in a cute container and slapping on a reusable chalkboard sticker. I have a chalkboard pen that I use to write on my labels. I’m slightly obsessed, y’all!

In the past few days, I’ve made a brownie mix, homemade Nesquik powder, and homemade pudding mix. I also need to make more of our favorite vegan muffin mix. That jar is running low.  Oh, and yesterday I stocked the freezer with “homemade uncrustables” using store bought bread.  🙂

My point in all this is to simplify life. I get in the mood to make stuff and go for it. It’s nice to have a homemade brownie mix or pudding mix ready to go. And it makes me happy to see it in a cute jar.

Here’s some pics of some of my homemade mixes.

Pudding Mix

Top Shelf: Brownie Mix & Muffin Mix

Top Shelf: Brownie Mix & Muffin Mix

Homemade Nesquik. This would make a great hot cocoa. It's hard to mix with cold mix, but very yummy.

Homemade Nesquik. This would make a great hot cocoa. It’s hard to mix with cold milk, but very yummy.

My supplies:

  • The stickers and chalkboard pen are from Hobby Lobby.
  • The glass jars and the glass jar with a red lid are from Target.
  • The plastic containers are from TJ Maxx.

But I digress… back to the pudding parfaits.

I made the pudding I mentioned above and let it cool in the fridge for several hours.  Then I layered the chocolate pudding and the coco whip in a pretty glass.  I topped it with a strawberry.  I tried my hardest to make the layers pretty, y’all, but it was so messy.  And the batteries on my good camera are dead, so these are all iPad photos.  Oh well.  It works.

The Huzz and I loved the parfaits.  SG only liked the Coco Whip, not the pudding.  But she’s only ever had pudding once before.  She’ll get used to the taste and texture.  The Huzz polished her parfait off.

The verdict?  Delish!  And we will definitely make this again.

Pinterest Win: I Made My Own Magnetic Menu Board!

I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m a pinning fool. I also LOVE to menu plan.

I’ve menu planned a week at a time and used this to keep me on track:

Weekly Menu Board

And maybe a year later I tried menu planning this way:

Menu Planning My Way

Then I menu planned around meats I stockpiled in my freezer and typed up my menus and shared my menus on this blog:

Menu Planning Around Meats in the Freezer

Menu Planning Around Meats in the Freezer

16 Dairy & Egg Free Dinners  Typed on Cardstock and Held up with a Magnet

16 Dairy & Egg Free Dinners Typed on Cardstock and Held up with a Magnet

Then sometime early this year I came across this on Pinterest. It is from I Heart Organizing. She was highlighting a project from the blog The Homes I Have Made. A magnetic menu board!

Seriously, y’all, I think I might have drooled when I clinked on the link and saw the menu board. Obviously, I’ve tried LOTS of ways to organize my menu planning. All have been good, but I kept trying new ways. But this… this was a thing of beauty!

Luckily, I had some budgeted spending money and went straight to Staples and Target. Here’s what I needed for my board:

Magnetic Calendar

Magnetic Printing Paper

Menu Board Supplies

Menu Board Supplies

I couldn’t believe the magnetic board was on clearance at Target. That was a major score!

I think it cost around $22 for both the board and paper.

You can visit any of the above linked blogs to see how they made their magnetic menu planning boards.

The first step was compiling all of our favorite recipes.  See the pic below of the clipboard to see my list of our favorite recipes.

I used “Pages” with my MacBook and played around with rectangular shapes. I printed rectangles, cut them out, held them in a menu board square, adjusted the rectangle size and tried again until I had the right size.

I picked colors that I liked. I typed in our favorite recipes in white letters. Then I printed that bad boy and held my breath. My cheap little ink jet printer did awesome! It took the sheet through completely one time before printing it. It did that both times. But then it printed it beautifully the second go round.

I have to admit… when the magnetic sheet came out I was as giddy as a child. I think I even danced my way to our bedroom to show the Huzz. Even he loved the magnets. Our little printer made us proud.

Anyway, the Huzz cut out the magnets for me. (I have tendonitis that flares with excessive scissor use. For real!)

Then, I lovingly placed each one according to my written menu plan.

And then I just stared at it in awe. I can’t believe I made this, y’all! I. am. not. crafty.

I do sit down and write out our menu plan. I photocopy our big calendar and then with a pencil, plan our meals. I plan a month at a time. I do it slowly- not all at once. When I have time, I sit down and grab my clipboard. I keep the photocopied next month’s calendar on my clipboard with a pencil attached. I grab my iPad, my list of favorite recipes, get on Pinterest for new recipes and plan away.

My Favorite Recipes List.  I add new favorites & use this to help me menu plan.

My Favorite Recipes List. I add new favorites & use this to help me menu plan.

My photocopied calendar.  I write in recipes on here when I have time.  Blurred out for my own privacy.  :)

My photocopied calendar. I write in recipes on here when I have time. Blurred out for my own privacy. 🙂

Yesterday, I had almost the entire month of June planned on paper. However, I was just stumped for a few dinners. I took the magnets down from May, organized them according to color, and placed what was planned on the board. The best part? The blanks in my menu plan were easily filled with the remaining magnets. Y’all… I just picked up magnets and finished my menu planning that way. Easy peasy!

Here’s some pics of the printed magnetic sheets:

I printed 2 sheets.  I added some blanks to handwrite new favorite recipes.

I printed 2 sheets. I added some blanks to handwrite new favorite recipes.

Close Up

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Another Close Up

Another Close Up

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Last Close Up

Last Close Up

I found this in the Dollar Spot at Target.  It's perfect storage for my extra magnets.

I found this in the Dollar Spot at Target. It’s perfect storage for my extra magnets.

My magnets not in use live in this container.

My magnets not in use live in this container.

Menu Board Display

Our Menu for June.

Our Menu for June.

Do you think you’ll make a magnetic menu board? I’m so glad I tried and succeeded!

Pinspiration Sources:
I Heart Organizing
The Homes I Have Made

Vegan Pizza Quesadillas

Vegan Pizza Quesadillas

Mondays are our grocery shopping days. As a matter of fact, I’m sitting here delaying our grocery trip and writing this instead.

We started at 10:30 am and ran a few errands. Plenty of time to be back for lunch.  An impulsive *quick* stop at Hobby Lobby derailed our entire morning and we had to *run* home for lunch before our grocery shopping. Two hours later and we’re still here procrastinating.

Anyway, this recipe just came to be today. I wanted SG to have something different than her vegan grilled cheese and fruit for lunch today.

It’s grocery day, and my fridge is BARE. I found my last pack of frozen cooked black beans in the freezer and decided to make my pizza beans mixture. We always use that for pizza nachos. But I was feeling lazy and didn’t want to carefully put the pizza beans, cheese & olives on each tortilla chip. (Crazy, right? Or maybe I just made complete sense to you and made you smile?)

So I decided to throw it all in a soft shell tortilla and call it a quesadilla.

Here’s how I made Vegan Pizza Quesadillas.

Ingredients:

    • 1 recipe of homemade pizza sauce (I add a generous sprinkle of nutritional yeast to my pizza sauce now)
    • 1-2 cups of black beans (rinsed if from a can or jar, defrosted if cooked and frozen)
    • Soft Flour Tortillas
    • Daiya Mozzarella Cheese Shreds
    • Nutritional Yeast
    • Sliced Green Olives

Directions:

  1. In a medium pot add beans and 5-8 big spoonfuls of pizza sauce. If you use 1 cup of beans, use 5 spoonfuls. If you use a can or jar of beans, you need more pizza sauce. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
  2. I pour the hot beans into a measuring cup and use my immersion blender to puree the beans. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use a blender or food processor. Be careful please. The beans are hot!
  3. Heat a skillet on medium.  Spread out a few tortillas and top half of the tortilla with the bean mixture, vegan cheese, nutritional yeast, and olives.  Fold the tortilla in half.
  4. Put the quesadilla on the hot skillet and heat until browned.  Flip and brown the other side.
  5. Slice and serve with extra homemade pizza sauce, if desired.

I didn’t have any green onions but I think they would also be great in these quesadillas.

Enjoy from my cocina (kitchen) to yours!

Load up half the tortilla only.

Load up half the tortilla only.

Close Up of the Yumminess!

Close Up of the Yumminess!

Pizza Quesadilla with Homemade Pizza Sauce for Dipping.

Pizza Quesadilla with Homemade Pizza Sauce for Dipping.