Greetings Earthlings. I’ll be announcing the “Must Have Been Something I Ate” giveaway at the end. Now today’s post is one that I’ll get into without further ado!
Awhile ago I was given the opportunity to sample and review Smart Treat’s, well, treats! My mom and her mom’s side of the family have a history of digestive issues and such so alternative foods have peaked my interest since I can remember. I can only empathize with my mom when she can’t have pasta at an Italian restaurant because she knows what will happen to her digestive system afterwards. But I believe that whatever sensitivities you may have, you can still enjoy delicious tasting food! That’s where Smart Treat comes in. I usually keep an eye out for gluten-free foods to share with my mom, and when I stumbled upon Smart Treat’s site while on a search for ‘banana granola recipes’ I was intrigued. Their treats are wheat-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free with some vegan and nut-free options.
These cookies have chocolate chips, raisins, and nuts! They also had a nice texture–not too dry, or super chewy. My mom enjoyed these as well! There have been times in my life where I temporarily had to give up something (sadly, recently it is my new allergy to eggplant). However, I’d rather think about what you can have instead of what you can’t. So I imagine for someone like my mother, who has sensitivities to gluten, she wouldn’t have to think about missing out on classic cookies. In this case, classic cookies all rolled into one.
This was basically a nutty brittle used as the “bread” and semi-sweet chocolate as the filling. What a genius idea!
This was a recipe that I think Bonnie probably conjured up in her kitchen because I didn’t see this item on their site. The only thing I’d say is that there could be a wee bit more chocolate, but this was still great! I can only dream of having another one of these delicious samiches until… hint, hint, nudge, nudge.
These were reminiscent of the Rice Krispies bars my friends would tote around, but with a fruity twist. The raspberry part tasted so interesting to me and seemed to be laced into every rice crisp. I took a look at the ingredient list to see what it was and raspberry fruit spread was on the list! My brain started imagining all of the things I could incorporate fruits spreads into. The apricot bits added a taste of tartness, and kept this from being an overly-sweet treat. Overly-sweet things make me cringe. I like the sweetness to be just so.
FYI, the brittle “bread” in that sandwich earlier? That’s what this is! Sooo good! The texture was awesome, and it reminded me of those clusters that I love in granola. Yes, these could easily crumble, but still into big pieces so you can have a satisfying bite. You could taste the spices and subtle sweetness, along with crunchy sunflower seeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and almonds.
This granola was filled with chunks, and some really big ones that you could break apart and still have a solid nugget in your hand. Awesome! I let the granola and banana slices soak in almond milk for awhile to soften them.
The savory one of the bunch, and delicious at that! I toasted it up and knew just what I wanted to try this with…
I think this is a bread that you would want toasted, and I enjoyed it with simple spreads like butter and cream cheese. But really, the caraway and onion in the bread could stand alone.
And it was. You get a lot of bites with dried cranberries and walnut bits, which I liked. I know that some people aren’t into nuts in cookies or bread. These led me to discovering that I just don’t like nuts in things that are already dense like brownies.
Verdict? If you have sensitives to any of wheat, dairy, gluten, or follow a vegan diet… or are just plain curious, then I’d give Smart Treat a try. Note: not everything is vegan or nut free but there are a lot of friendly options.
By the way you should check out their ‘About‘ page. Actually, when I read their page when I first came upon this company I was comforted. Intention and thought are very important things to me, so seeing that these are part of their philosophy was a wonderful reminder. A reminder that there are companies that do genuinely care about people, and that we have options beyond the companies that are so far removed from the concept of humanity that they lack integrity. These are principles beyond food. These are principles for life.
And now… I’m so excited to announce the winner of the “Must Have Been Something I Ate” book giveaway!
Florence from Squigglefloey! Congratulations, Florence! Just e-mail me your address, and your book awaits you! Now, if you aren’t Florence you can still check this book out. Ask to see if your local bookstore carries it, and if they don’t you can always request them to! There’s also the option of finding it online as well. By the way, I loved reading all of your answers to the food or things that make you feel good. It seems like many of you feel good when you eat something fresh! I think fresh is on many of our minds with the hot months coming. I’ve talked about my observations of people’s tendencies when it’s winter, spring, summer, or fall on my blog before. Isn’t it interesting to see how our personalities and comforts can change with the seasons?