Friday, August 22, 2014

Stacy's Pita Chips

Soy-free snacks are some of the hardest things to find. There's barely a granola bar or crunchy item out there that doesn't contain soy lecithin, soybean oil, or soy flour -- all things we with soy allergies need to stay away from. However, I've learned that every once in a while, you can find a soy-free gem. Here's one such gem.

From what I've had of Stacy's Pita Chip, I've loved every bite. I've tasted only four different flavors so far, but I'm eager to try more, especially since they're soy-free. Each one is unique and tasty. Yum!

Other flavors include:
  • Simply Naked (Nothing but sea salt)
  • Parmesan Garlic & Herb
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • Italian Harvest
  • Garden Veggie Medley

Some of these are really great when dipped in salsa or another fun dip, but most of the time, I just enjoy them plain -- straight out of the bag. Yeah, they're addicting like that.

As always, be sure to check the list of ingredients listed on the bag. Companies do not have to alert the public to changes in ingredients, so it's advisable to be on the safe side! 

Click here to shop Stacy's on Amazon!

Friday, July 25, 2014

What I'm Eating Tonight... {4}

And now it's time for another installment of What I'm Eating Tonight! 

With summer here, the generic sweet, go-to treat is ice cream, right? When you're allergic to chocolate and soy, that usually limits what ice cream you can have, but I find that allergies only give me the initiative to come up with more creative solutions than just the typical stuff your local grocery store dishes out by the bucket-load.

Some time ago, my mom returned home from a shopping trip with a bag of pretzels. And not just any pretzels... these were Pretzel Spoonz. Do you realize how epic that is? I've always loved pretzels with my ice cream, but now a pretzel spoon to eat the ice cream with? I was in ecstasy. And then I dished myself a big bowl of strawberry ice cream.

Ready for some pics? Again, I'm sorry for the poor quality, but Iris (my phone) doesn't take the best pictures.

Yum! Hope you enjoyed this! I know I did! *winks*

Find Pretzel Spoonz on Amazon!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Gingerbread "Mug" Cake

I apologize for the low-quality pics. I'm not the greatest photographer.

Who doesn't love gingerbread? To me, it's one of the greatest desserts on the face of this earth because I'm allergic to chocolate. Spicy, thick, moist, with a million raisins... what's not to like? 

I should probably call this a bowl cake, rather than a mug cake, because it's so large. You can make it in a mug, but I find the bowl is just nice for me. And get ready for this, folks... I'm actually posting a recipe that I made up myself. Yeah, Kiri Liz, the disaster of kitchens, burner of anything edible, is baking. But, hey! Microwave ovens are fairly easy, and nothing (usually) goes up in flames.

Gingerbread Mug Cake

6 tsp. flour
3 tsp. oil
2 tsp. water
1 egg
3 tsp. molasses
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
dash of vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
dash of cloves
dash of allspice
handful of raisins

Mix everything together in the mug or bowl of your choice. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked. Allow the cake to cool, and then sprinkle powdered sugar over the top for an extra special garnish.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Monet Entertainer Crackers

Crackers are one of the hardest products to find soy-free. Believe me, I know. Most of the organic crackers, while sometimes soy-free, tend to be flat, dry, and tasteless. Once in a while, you can find a good one, but for the most part, when you have allergies, it's difficult to hit upon a tasty, good-for-you cracker.

And then we have those golden moments when you find a product that is just perfect. For soy-free people, the best cracker I've found are Monet's Entertainer Crackers. Light, flaky, they taste just like a Ritz, but without any nasty soy fillers. Two thumbs up in my opinion! And I'm sure you'll agree with me, once you taste one of these beauties!

The entertainer crackers come in three different flavors: original, wheat, and vegetable. While all three are marvelous, my personal favorite are the vegetable. They go great alongside a bowl of homemade soup!

While you can find these scrumptious crackers online (links to Amazon below), my mom and I found these at a local Dollar Tree, and at $1 a box, they're a great buy! I don't know at this point which stores carry Monet crackers, but looking for them is well worth the effort if you're soy-free and in need of crackers!

Links to Amazon

Note: I've not had any of Monet's other crackers, so be sure to check the list of ingredients before purchasing.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Pinterest Themes ~ Raspberries

It's Valentine's Day, and the world is erupting in pink hearts and boxes of chocolate. And while most people at this time go for all things strawberry, I myself prefer to go for the raspberries.

Why raspberries? They're small, sweetly pink, and are the perfect compliment to anything! Today's Pinterest theme is raspberries. Enjoy!

Gluten-free mini raspberry donut cakes... gotta
think about those GF people! {source}

Raspberry pastry bread. Perfect for breakfast or snacking!

Lemon and raspberry make a perfect combo!
And what better way to put them together than
in lemonade? {source}

More sweet and sour mix! Lemon-raspberry
sandwiches! {source}

Need something sweet for a Valentine breakfast?
These raspberry swirl sweet rolls are wonderful
to wake up to! {source}

Raspberry layer cake. Beautiful and delicate...

Something icy, perhaps? Have a bowl of raspberry sorbet!

The red berries make a lovely decoration on this
raspberry mousse cake. {source}

And last, but not least, a hummingbird cake,
topped with raspberries! {source}

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

About The Blog...

(Taken from my new About page.)

Welcome to Allergic to Chocolate! My name is Kiri Liz, and I'm so happy that you're stopping by! Whether you're here to discover more about me and my allergies, or you're wanting to know what people do when they're allergic to chocolate, or you're looking for something fun to read to pass the time, or you're here totally by accident, please enjoy your visit here!

My journey with allergies began in 2011. During the summer of that year, I was plagued with numerous stomach aches after meals, aches that would often last long into the night following dinner. Since a few of my relatives have dairy intolerances, I first knocked out dairy from my diet, yet, it didn't help at all. It was in October that I was finally able to visit an allergist and discovered that I had food allergies, not a dairy intolerance. 

While this blog is called Allergic to Chocolate, and yes, I am truly allergic to chocolate, that is not the only allergy I have. In addition to chocolate, my biggest food allergy is soy, and in reality, that allergy affects me more than my chocolate allergy. I am also unable to eat buckwheat, tuna, clams, flounder, and mixed fish, but since they don't play a huge part in my diet, I will make mention of these allergies rather infrequently.

What should you expect here during your visit to Allergic to Chocolate? I'll be posting my tips and tricks to living allergy-friendly, delicious allergy-free products you can find in your local grocery stores, and favorite allergy-free recipes.

Friday, April 12, 2013

New Direction

Just because I needed a nice pic to go with my post.

I cannot tell you how many times I've gotten an inspiration and thought, "Oh, I should blog about that!" Then, on further contemplation, I realize that I'd be posting on this blog, Allergic to Chocolate, and it has absolutely nothing to do with chocolate, but rather the other allergies in my life.

That being said... I have a little announcement. This blog shall continue to be my corner to post about my chocolate-free edibles, but I will also be adding in recipes, products I've discovered, etc. that concern my other allergies, soy probably being the main one. I want to keep the blog URL the same (, however, I am considering a name change since this blog will not be solely dedicated to living without chocolate. But what to change the name to? That's my problem. And that's where I'd like a little bit of inspiration from you, my wonderful friends and readers. 

What would you like to see as the new name for this blog?

Please comment and tell me what you think!