HEALTHY KID FRIENDLY MINI CHEESECAKE – SKEETER NUT FREE

April 21, 2016

LITTLES / RECIPES

Asher’s Great Grandma came in for a little visit last week and while she was here we made some fun kid and grandma approved treats for him to snack on. Baking with grandma brings back some fun memories for me and I’m so thankful that Asher got to spend some quality time with her on her visit here!

Asher loves cheesecake, me as well, so I wanted to make something that was cheesecake related and fun, but kid sized as well. I try to avoid giving him a lot of sweets, but every once in awhile I treat him to something fun and make sure it’s delicious.IMG_9505Aside from these little treats being tasty and fun, they are also nut-free! Instead of making these little cheesecakes with a crust that would contain nuts or a product that could possibly be cross-contaminated. I used my favorite nut-free products from Skeeter Nut Free, to create a yummy crust that’s easy, soft and of course, delicious! Here’s how to make these fun little cheesecakes!IMG_9443What you will need – (Recipe makes exactly 12 mini cheesecakes, double recipe if more are needed) 

Skeeter Nut Free All Natural Cinnamon Grahams 10oz box 
Organic Cream Cheese 8oz
1/3 c. Organic Sugar
1 Organic Egg
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
Fresh Chopped Strawberries (for topping)
12 Baking Cups
IMG_9458Directions –

1.) Start off by preheating your oven to 325 degrees. Using a stand mixer or large bowl cream your sugar and cream cheese on a medium speed, I like to use 6 on my mixer, until it is nicely blended.  Note: This is a great time to let the kids get in on the action! 
IMG_9449IMG_94522.) Next, add egg and vanilla and beat until batter is blended and smooth. IMG_94563.) Line your muffin pan with baking cups and carefully place Skeeter Nut Free All Natural Cinnamon Grahams in the bottoms of the cups to line them, almost like you are making a crust with the grahams!  IMG_9465IMG_94894.) Not required, but feel free to snack on a few of these delicious Skeeter Nut Free Grahams while your are baking! IMG_94715.) After the bottom of your cups are lined with Skeeter Nut Free All Natural Cinnamon Grahams, carefully scoop the batter into each of the cups filling them about 3/4 of the way full. IMG_9478IMG_9484IMG_9482IMG_9483IMG_94856.) Give the pan a light shake to loosen any bumps and even out your batter. IMG_94907.) Bake about 16-20 minutes and carefully keep an eye on the cakes. After they are finished, let them cool. You will notice them deflating after they cool, which is perfectly fine! Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

8.) Topping – using your chopped strawberries, lightly top mini cheesecakes with strawberries and feel free to crumble a few of the Skeeter Nut Free Grahams and sprinkle on top! They are the perfect finishing touch! Now you are ready to serve! IMG_9512IMG_9511IMG_9505Be sure to check out Skeeter Nut Free’s Pinterest page to see more amazing nut-free recipes that you can create with you little ones!

Also make sure to check out Skeeter Nut Free’s WEBSITE and social media channels! (FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST)

* A big thank you to Skeeter Nut Free, a brand we love and trust, for sponsoring today’s post!

 

WHAT’S IN ASHER’S LUNCHBOX – SKEETER NUT FREE

April 5, 2016

BITS + PIECES

Now that the weather is somewhat getting nicer here in North Dakota, we’ve started having school picnic days. Since Asher only attends half day preschool days and comes home before lunchtime, I always get so excited to actually pack his lunchbox on days that he gets to take one! Being the health conscious mama that I am, I’m always looking for fun snacks that are nutritious and perfect for my little guy. My dear friends at Skeeter Nut Free, a company that specializes in snacks that contain ABSOLUTELY NO NUTS WHATSOEVER, sent us some of their fun products to sample and they are hands down a new lunchbox/snack time favorite. Asher goes to school with a few kids who have nut allergies so when his snack day rolls around next month, I can send a few packs of these awesome and safe snacks with him. (MOM WIN!)  I never realized how much nut cross contamination actually happens in manufacturing food facilities and it’s scary. I can only imagine what parents of little ones with nut allergies go through on a daily basis. Skeeter Nut Free gives those parents a new, healthy and safe outlook on the kids snack world!

Here’s what we packed this week for school picnic day! IMG_9360I always try to pack a main course, sides and something dessert/sweetish! So this week I packed him salami, which is by far his favorite meat, and havarti cheese for his main course. Organic grapes, organic strawberries and organic celery sticks as a side and for his dessert, I packed these all natural Skeeter Nut Free mini shortbread cookies, which are to die for! Seriously! What I love about packing Asher a nut free lunch, is that if he feels like sharing with a few of his preschool pals that have nut allergies, he can! IMG_9380IMG_9389Aside from these snacks being delicious and nut-free, they are also clean. I always love knowing what’s in the food we eat and these snacks are made with quality, wholesome ingredients that are rich in whole grains and free of any artificial preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and trans fats. A HUGE BONUS!

And these little snack bags make for great afternoon reading time snacks as well!

IMG_9400IMG_9402IMG_9401IMG_9406IMG_9405A HUGE thumbs up to our friends over at Skeeter Nut Free for creating awesome snack products that are FUN, SAFE and TASTY!!

You can visit Skeeter Nut Free’s website by clicking HERE! And be sure to follow them on INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, PINTEREST and TWITTER!

Snacks available for purchase at Target + Amazon!

 

This post was sponsored by Skeeter Nut Free, a brand we love!