Win $50 in Healthy Vegan Baked Treats!

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Getting to interact with all you incredible earthlings is my favorite part to my business.

Each and every one of you have a music inside of you that is completely unique and inspiring. Your emails, comments and our unexpected in-person encounters fuel my creative fire and drive my passion for creating products, recipes and posts that will empower our community to liberate our dietary choices and fall in love with our allergies. And for that, I thank you.

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Today, I’d like to introduce you to Jennifer, the ultra talented allergen-free baker behind Sterling Sweets – an online bakery dedicated to wheat, gluten, dairy, casein, peanut, tree nuts (except coconut), egg, soy, fish, shellfish, sesame and sulphite-free baked treats.

Jennifer is a longtime reader of the blog, subscriber to my healthy meal plan program and an all around fabulous addition to our little Healthful Pursuit community. Jennifer is living out her dream and improving people’s lives one cookie at a time.

She uses all-natural, organic ingredients like coconut oil, coconut sugar, dairy-free chocolate, tapioca starch, aluminum-free baking soda and surrounds each of her products with love. Better yet, she’s a one woman show. She makes this stuff on her own, while taking care of a family and running her online business.

You can check out Jennifer’s Online Bakery here and marvel at her allergen-free goodies along with me!

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And if that wasn’t enough to make my vegan loving, gluten-free adoring, cookie munching soul fall in love with her company, one bite of her baked goods convinced me that I needed to share her bakery with you. Ultra fudgy brownies, crumbly cookies, intense caramel popcorn… her shop has it all.

Although I love to bake at home, sometimes I want to feel freedom with my dessert selection. Freedom to eat a brownie that I didn’t make myself, a cookie that I didn’t have to roll between my hands, a batch of caramel popcorn that didn’t require 5 attempts to perfect… and, I want all of these things to be 100% safe for me to eat and healthy, too.

Jennifer’s bakery makes this possible. And today, she’s offering us something pretty fabulous… a giveaway for a chance to win a $50 gift card to her online shop! (for US residents only)

Enter our Sterling Sweets Bakery Giveaway

Now, I’d love to hear from you. Do you feel limited in your allergen-free dessert options?

What do you do when you have 0 time to bake and a hankering for an allergen-free sweet treat?

Leave a comment below and tell me about it!

This post was sponsored by Sterling Sweets. All opinions expressed herein are those of Healthful Pursuit Inc. and are not indicative of the positions or opinions of Sterling Sweets. Thank you for supporting the brands that I believe in and choose to feature here.

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  1. Yes-sort of tired of making my own treats;) Always on the lookout for really good ones I can purchase;)

    • I have to be honest I don’t bake but love eating good and healthy treats. But i have been reading and i will be trying the lemon pudding recipe. thanks for all you do for us

  2. I try to have some treats around the house but if I have 0 time and no treats, I am a sad girl. So then I just drink some water to take the edge off. I don’t feel too limited because of all the good treats I can find on your blog. So thank you

  3. I have tried a lot of your recipes and love them but I would love to see more of your lower carb treats like your homemade crackers. Some times I look at the nutritional content and know that I can’t try one because they are way too high in carbs. Keep up the inspiration-you are on of my favorite websites.

    • That’s great feedback, thanks Renee! I’ll definitely keep that in mind when I come up with some Easter treats in the coming weeks :)

  4. It can definitely be hard to make all your own treats . . . time consuming! A little chocolate usually fits the bill when I have nothing else around.

  5. I have endometriosis and ovarian cysts, and medication just isn’t controlling it like it should. However, as I’m “Only in [my] 20s,” I’m not a candidate for exploratory surgery to properly evaluate how advanced my disease is (at least, that’s what my insurance says, and single US teacher’s aides don’t make enough yearly to pay for that AND survive). Cutting caffeine cut my symptoms like bloating and severe pelvic pain in half, and cutting out the vast majority of sugar (in ANY form) takes the cyst pain away, but I still have the digestion issues and occasional bouts of ridiculous pain, particularly anytime I exercise or move my abdominal muscles.

    To add to that fiasco, I’m also lactose-intolerant and have struggled with irritable bowel syndrome for most of my life. I often can find lactose-free things here in rural Pennsylvania, but finding sugar-free things that are also lactose-free and NOT full of crazy artificial sweeteners is downright impossible. I gave up looking for quinoa flakes and flax seed months ago, and I couldn’t afford a bag of xynthiol at our only health food store unless I stopped saving for my car insurance. I live at home with parents who would rather cook to their “normal American” diets than let me loose, and anytime I cook something vegan or more healthy, I’m the only one willing to eat it. If we go out to eat, I have MAYBE one option that sugar-free, and 90% of the time it’s a creme-based pie, a cheesecake, or so ridiculously expensive that I can’t justify it. I’m about at my wit’s end.

    I’d LOVE to have some of these sweets around as, quite frankly, I’d kill for a chocolate treat every now and then that doesn’t double me over in pain or trap me in a bathroom. Having them labeled “vegan” (meaning my dad and brother will cringe at the label and NOT eat them all while I’m not home) would also be a great bonus, not to mention the opportunity to try some sweets I just can’t find around here. :D

  6. Yes, the allergen-free life limits desserts perhaps more than any other category of food, but the good news is that I turn to fruits instead. Still, I’d love to win this!

  7. It gets really tiring…especially when I have a crazy cookie craving and no decent (or healthy) way of satisfying it! As a gluten-free vegan living in a dorm, my options are limited… I usually just toss a banana with some granola and peanut butter and pretend!

  8. I really try to make treats, however with two kids under 2 it is difficult to get anything done. It would be nice to have some yummy treats laying around.

  9. I am currently on an autoimmune anti-inflammation diet, so my desert options are pretty limited. I am also allergic to grains, dairy, and corn, which further limits my choices.

    If I do not have time to make something from scratch, I usually just eat some frozen peaches topped with agave and cinnamon.

    I would love to win this gift card!

  10. Most times when I want simething sweet and don’t have time to bake, I whip up a creamy smoothie. Usually it’s simple- berries and coconut milk or decadent- peanut butter zucchini apple- so I can indulge guilt free in less than 5 minutes. The vitamix was the best purchase ever- I use frozen items to get soft serve consistency! Yum.

  11. I get overwhelmed by baking a lot. Even before I went vegan, measuring things was never really my thing. Now that I’m also trying to lose weight, I can’t just throw things together anymore. I also eat far less baked foods because of that.

  12. Even though I am allergic to all nuts except for almonds, I do not feel limited in my desert options because I have been used to making changes and choosing alternatives my whole life. If I have no time to bake but have a craving, I generally eat some dark chocolate and then the craving is gone!

    • Way to go, Dominique! That’s awesome that limited isn’t part of your vocab!

  13. When I crave a sweet treat and I don’t have time to bake one, I usually eat a piece of fruit. A couple of spoonsful of pomegranate seeds or 1 or 2 Medjool dates always hits the spot and alleviates my craving for something sweet.

  14. Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway, Leanne! Very happy to be a US resident today. ;) I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with my GF and sugar-free baking (especially using your delicious recipes), but it would be great to have a few boxes of pre-made goodies from Sterling Sweets show up at my door!

    My biggest baking challenge is that I can only use Stevia as a sweetener, which is often tricky when recipes call for molasses, honey, coconut sugar, and even dates. And no chocolate (for caffeine reasons), so I’m still adjusting to the taste of carob as a substitute. When I need to satisfy an immediate sweet tooth, I reach for some fresh berries or whip up a quick smoothie! Thinly sliced apples cooked down in a pan with some coconut oil, Stevia and cinnamon also do the trick!

  15. My go to sweet treat when none are in the house is to mix chia seeds, almond milk, cocoa, and a splash of maple syrup for a quick “chocolate pudding”.

    • I like your style, Camille. That’s awesome!

  16. There are a couple GF/DF bakeries in the area, but I’d rather make my own. I try to keep a stash in the freezer for times when I’m craving something with no time to bake!

  17. I only feel limited when I am at a party or at a restaurant. At home, I can make almost anything! Sadly, I dont think an egg free angel food cake is probably going to work.

  18. I don’t often feel limited in my vegan sweet options – though initially I know I was sad to miss out on on-the-spot ice cream parlor selections when the summer got too hot for anything else – but nowadays I can adapt to almost any outing and love to craft my own sweet treats :)

  19. I really enjoy baking, but when I want a treat, I usually want it now and not in one hour from now. :)

  20. I’m lucky enough to live in the Seattle area where we have a lot of awareness of gluten free and allergy free food. There are two gluten free (and other allergen free) bakeries within 15 minutes of where I live. There are about 6-7 other dedicated bakeries that I know about in the area as well and they are all wonderful. I’m spoiled to have so many options if I don’t want to bake myself!

  21. I don’t bake any sweet treats, because my hubby is not a sweet tooth, so I alway end up eating it all! Since becoming vegan, I have not found that my options are limited, because I am a dark chocolate girl anyway.

  22. It’s sometimes annoying that I can’t pick up a ready made sweet treat anytime I want. For a quick sweet tooth kicker, I mix 2 T almond butter, 2 T pure maple syrup, and 2 T coconut oil and microwave to liquify. Then mix in 1/2 cup roasted and salted pumpkin seeds, 1/2 cup sliced almonds. Let it set for a crunchy treat, or eat immediately for a sweet and gooey treat.

  23. Sometimes a handful of candied nuts will do the trick…other times, a little store bought item would be such a treat! This giveaway looks great.

  24. My go-to sweet treat is a chocolate berry smoothie. I get the Very Cherry frozen fruit blend from Trader Joes, Coconut Milk, spinach, raw cacao, hemp protein, and a touch of stevia. It’s like dessert!

  25. I prefer not to think of it as a limitation but as a challenge. They say necessity is the mother of invention and if I hadn’t been forced to eat this way I never would have been exposed to some of the delicious foods I now love and I never would have created some of the recipes my family really enjoys.

    I like to cook so it’s not usually hard to whip up a treat when one is needed but sometimes there just isn’t time. When that happens I usually make a simple pudding out of melted chocolate and cream (or coconut cream), have a cup of hot cocoa or put a little whipped cream on some fruit. Pureed peaches are easy and are nice with a bit of granola and baked apples are easy too. If I’m in a real pinch, a spoon of nut butter with cinnamon and raisins or a square of 85% dark chocolate is my go to snack.

  26. Yes! I do feel limited particularly when I’m out to dinner with friends. When I have no time to bake I pick up some organic dark chocolate real quick :)

  27. I have an apple. =P Or a piece of dairy free chocolate. =D I have to deal with sooooo many allergies, including all 8 common allergies not to mention to RICE, which is a very common ingredient in gluten free baking. So a lot of the GF treats are out for me. sigh.

    BUT, and this is for Liz M (and any other person who wants a QUICK treat), I JUST found this recipe (I can’t remember where I originally saw the link to them) for a TWO ingredient cookie. Common allergen free. Seriously.

    http://www.theburlapbag.com/2012/07/2-ingredient-cookies-plus-the-mix-ins-of-your-choice/

    It makes a soft, sweet oatmeal cookie. And you can add in anything your heart desires (and your body can take). =)

  28. I miss being able to just eat dessert at a restaurant or at a friend’s house. I make a dessert-like smoothie with spinach, lettuce, cacao powder, hemp seeds, flax, and almond/coconut milk. A sweet potato custard isn’t bad either, kind of like pumpkin pie without the crust. It would be awesome to win the gift card and have premade vegan goodies since we don’t have any in my area of rural Louisiana.

  29. I used to feel like there wasn’t enough sweet food in the world to satisfy my cravings, but after I dealt with a wee candida issue (ya think?), now I’m fine with an occasional piece of dark chocolate or a homemade truffle. Anything with cinnamon in it also feels like a treat to me for some reason, so even a little oatmeal with cinnamon feels like heaven! (Add a splash of vanilla and I’m OVER THE MOON!)

    The bakery and treats sound awesome. Too bad I’m only *visiting* the US now and am not actually a resident. ;)

  30. i love me some sweet treats! especially while studying my brains out! usually a hot cup of tea in the evening will suffice or curb my sugar craving – i have been really enjoying the president’s choice herbal chocolate chai tea with some vanilla soy Mmmmmm :) sipping some right now in fact!

  31. My go to sweet treat is fruit as well…apples and nut butter of some kind are my favorite. I love that my 2.5 year old asks for a pint of blueberries and says they taste like candy. Perfect!!!

  32. I love cooking and baking, but being a mom, wife, student… sometimes I dont have free time and would just like to eat something delicious and healthy without dairy (son cant have it) and gluten (I cant have) that everyone can enjoy. I do sometimes bake and freeze to have treats for those moments, but there are days when you feel like having something you didnt make, something different, it kinda makes the treat special!
    Nice giveaway, everything she makes look incredible!
    Ana

  33. I have a really hard time justifying buying baked goods when I own a bakery. And it’s hard to buy from somewhere else since I’m supposed to be gluten, dairy, egg and yeast free at this point. So I’m making a lot of raw treats for myself (ok, and customers too) and making do with that.

    • Wow, you own a bakery… that’s so cool! Is your bakery gluten-free, too? If not, how are you customers liking the new healthier treats?

  34. I try to have snacks and treats made but sometimes run out of time. It is becoming easier to find allergen friendly treats, but when you can’t, it makes it hard!! My go to snack when nothing else is available is always fruit though. Her bakery looks amazing!!

  35. I love vegan sweets—- but don’t always feel like I have time to bake.. I so okay though… But I would live to learn how to make vegan caramel corn!! :)

  36. Great idea!! Thanks- I’m going to try this! I have made kettle corn in my whirly pop—which is a nice treat….though I usually use regular white sugar… I’ve toyed with trying brown… Not as healthy as palm, I’m sure…

    • No worries. I love, love kettle corn. I could live on the stuff. I’ve never tried to make it. Good call. Palm sugar would definitely be the healthier of the three sugars. But use what you have on hand!

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