[Review]: Coconut Rice Pudding Cups

I know, I know… It’s been way too long since I last posted! There’s just so much going on here at home that it’s been a rough few weeks. Hopefully, within the next few weeks everything will taper off and it’ll be a blogger’s life for me! Now, let’s get down to the grit!

These cups are much, much more than expected! Last time we went to Costco, I picked up fruit cups with coconut milk in them and I LOVED them. But sadly, every trip since then they haven’t stocked them. Sad, I know. I saw these cups there several times before but I didn’t want to waste the money if we didn’t like them. I finally caved and I’m so glad I did!

They’re reasonably priced at 8.99 for 12 snack cups. The cups are about the size of a regular yogurt cup, but they are much more filling! The box states that the cups are able to be warmed, chilled, or room temperature. I personally have only tried them chilled and room temperature and I have to say, chilled is astounding! I don’t even feel a desire to try them warm!

I was a little nervous to dig into these, to be honest. Coconut for me can go either really well or terrible. The flavor on the first initial bite is a bit strong, but it’s definitely in a delicious way. There is a little bit of chunkiness due to the advertised coconut bits, but it’s something you can look past. The vanilla taste to the pudding itself is reminiscent of a night at home, cuddled up with blankets, watching your favorite movie. It’s hearty and decadent. The rice is soft enough to give the pudding the traditional texture of rice pudding but has no indication of sogginess. Overall it’s a wonderful treat that is just the right amount of sweet if you aren’t looking for a large dessert serving. I would highly recommend trying this!

Now, it wasn’t a hit with everyone in this family but if you’re into traditional rice pudding and coconut pie, I definitely would give this a shot! If I was to change anything, I honestly would take out the bits of coconut. I feel as if they aren’t necessary to be delicious, if anything, they seem a bit of unneeded flair.

If you’re in Costco, looking for something new, pick these up! They are a wonderful portable, fluffy, and satisfying dessert!

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7 Ingredient GF/DF Granola Bars

In our house, breakfast is practically extinct. Between having to wake up earlier than most and usually pressing the snooze button, there’s just no time to cook anything. And as everyone knows, if you aren’t cooking breakfast in food allergy home, you aren’t getting much more than sugar rich foods. Now, here’s where I put on my super woman cape and save the day! I made these granola bars for my family with the intention of them being simplistic in the ingredient list area, flavorful, and nutritious. Basic needs, right? Well, they’re all of those things and not to mention easy as can be to put together! Check them out below!

I believe in giving credit where it’s due and I must say, I got the idea from a wonderful Youtuber that goes by the name of Mind Over Munch. She gives great vegan and gluten free recipes that are easy to follow and helpful in planning for the week! Check her out here.

Ingredient List:

  • 2 Bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 2 Cups Trail mix (I prefer Gourmet Nut Power Up Trail Mix)
  • 2 Cups GF Oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1/8 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. Honey (optional)

Step One:

Preheat your oven to 375. This allows for them to slowly cook instead of burning quickly.

Step Two: 

Combine the bananas, peanut butter, cinnamon, and honey over medium heat.

Step Three:

Combine the trail mix, oats, and chia seeds in a separate bowl throughly.

Step Four: 

Combine the two bowls together until all the ingredients are mixed together well.

Step Five: 

Line a deep dish pan (9″x10″) with parchment paper. Pour in the mixture and layer another piece of parchment on top. Use the top layer of the parchment to evenly distribute the granola mixture.

Step Six: 

Place the pan into the preheated oven, bake the mixture for 15 min.

Step Seven:

Remove the pan from the oven and use the parchment to lift the mixture onto a cooling rack. Let the mixture to cool completely before slicing. Allowing it to cool completely before you slice it creates a solidification between the ingredients and the bar doesn’t fall apart as easily.

And there you have it! It’s as simple as that! These granola bars are easy to throw in a lunch box for a snack or grab on your way out the door. Let me know in the comments below your favorite breakfast or what you think of this recipe!