Good-day, friends! Did you know that it is 'national coffee day?' I didn't until I was gifted some fabulous vegan creamer from So Delicious. Yes, and did you know that So Delicious Dairy Free makes a coffee creamer that is near perfect?! Well, they do, and I had to try it right away. I myself am more of a tea drinker than a coffee drinker. But if I am going to drink coffee I am going to make it a special occasion, with some dainty china cups, coconut creamer and yes, biscotti.
What is a biscotti anyway? Well, it is an Italian cookie that is baked twice to become a crispy biscuit to dunk in a perfectly yummy cup of coffee. Most commonly the cookie is made from pine nuts, almonds or some other nut. I made mine nut-free and add some roughly ground sunflower seeds for a little texture. Plus, why not make some with a touch of spicy applesauce to celebrate the fall spirit. Delish!
They hold up quite nice and are even dunk-worthy. Which is pretty exciting if you are a gluten-dairy-free lady like me. No need to make a sloppy mess...you can still wear your gloves and keep that hanky nice and clean too ;) The art of being a lady seems to be lost sometimes in our society. Ladies can do everything and anything, but unfortunately we sometimes forget to just sit and enjoy some coffee, some morning light and some good conversation. Let out a little stress today and enjoy some good ol' fun with a friend and have a coffee-date.
P.S. If you are wondering what kind of coffee I am drinking... it is a mix between a decaf and regular organic fair trade coffee. It is pretty good for not having coffee in a while. I also LOVE dandelion root tea, which tastes a lot like coffee. Plus, the benefits of dandelion are on your side for helping your liver function and circulatory system. Today though, I am having the real deal (haha, half-caf is real to me!) and having a special coffee-dipping-treat...apple betty biscotti!
Apple Betty Biscotti Recipe (vegan)
1/2 cup of millet flour
3/4 cup of sweet sorghum flour
1/2 cup of tapioca flour
1/4 cup of coconut flour
1/4 cup of sunflower seed meal (lightly ground raw seeds)
1 TB of baking powder
1 TB of chia seed meal (or flax seed meal)
1/2 ts. of sea salt
2 ts. of ground cinnamon
sprinkle of ground cloves, allspice and nutmeg
1 ts. of ground stevia powder
1/4 cup of sucanat or coconut palm sugar
1- 6 ounce container of coconut yogurt ( I used So Delicious Greek plain yogurt)
2 TB. of light olive oil or grapeseed oil
3 TB. of homemade applesauce
1 ts. of pure vanilla
2 TB. of So Delicious coffee creamer (or non-dairy milk is fine too)
Mix all of the dry ingredients together first, then add the yogurt, and rest of the wet ingredients. Mix well with a spatula and then your hands. Then roll out and form a long, oval, rectangular loaf on a baking sheet that is covered with some parchment paper. If you need some tapioca flour to help mold it on the sheet, then go for it. After rolling out a 1 inch thick loaf-like, biscuit-dough like oval(really the only way I can think to describe it!)...then sprinkle with more sucanat and cinnamon and rub it in to the top to let it really soak in.
Then with a sharp cerated bread knife slowly slice strips through the loaf. The loaf should slice up about 12-15 nice sized cookies. Then don't worry about it being perfect because we are going to do this process again. Then, insert into a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.
Bake, pull out, and then let cool for 20 minutes. Then slice through your slices again and turn each cookie on its side . Separate each cookie so that they are not touching. Then put back in the oven for another 20-25 minutes until they are crispy and golden brown.
Pull from the oven, and let cool at least 15 minutes before moving so that they can cool and harden to keep from breaking.
Store in an airtight container on the counter or pantry for 3 days, or else, put in airtight container in the freezer to enjoy later or each time you want to pull one out to have with coffee or tea.
Now, to the part you have been waiting for! I was gifted this lovely creamer from So Delicious and they so generously would like to share some of their product with one of my readers... so, I have to offer...to one of you... 2 VIP coupons to receive 2 FREE products from So Delicious of your choice. Of course, the creamer is amazing to try in your coffee, tea, or even baking, as you have seen in the above recipe.
You can also visit their website to find out more about all of their vegan, gluten-free products. Or your local health or grocery store should carry a lot of what they have to offer as well. The coffee creamer is amazing, the ice cream I have talked on and on about on this blog and they also have kefir and yogurts.
In fact, So Delicious also sent me along some samples of their new Greek yogurt to try. It was very kind of them to share with me and is due to come out on the shelves this October. So, if you are the winner of the coupons you may be able to even find the Greek yogurt to use with your coupons. How wonderful is that!
I can also say that I shamelessly promote this company because of their dedication to the NON-GMO project, organic coconuts, and also being certified gluten-free. They are certified vegan as well. So they are a company I can believe in and feel confident using their product. They really care about their product, people's health and the greater good in the world. I should also say, that I am not getting any financial benefit for saying this. So Delicious did graciously send me some samples and coupons to share with you. So friends, the only requirement to get in the running for this giveaway is to leave a comment on this blog post. If you want to get another chance at winning, then become a follower of So Delicious on facebook, and leave another comment saying you did so... and for a third chance you can become a follower of my blog (on the right hand side of the home page of my blog).
I will pick a winner using random.org on October 2, at 11pm EST...so you have 3 days to enter yourself and then tell your friends! This giveaway is only valid for US residents. Thanks, and good luck!
Many blessings to you today, and happy coffee-fall-coconut creamer-biscotti-kinda day!