OOh you're gonna like THIS giveaway.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Oooh you're gonna like this giveaway, friends.


Because we're giving away FOOD!
Gluten free, dairy free, vegan, food!

Cookies and rice treats and granola, oh my!

Look at the pile of cravings that showed up at my doorstep!

I'm not going to lie, I was heartbroken to hear that all of Smart Treat's goodies contain fructose (usually in the form of brown rice syrup, brown sugar, dates, or molasses), but still- it was like a foodie Christmas for the rest of my family.

Lets see what we got, shall we?
I felt a giant font was appropriate.

Lemon Smart Bites: Little lemon drop cookies, both gluten free and vegan. Our kids can't do citric acid (so obviously lemon cookies are out), but Christopher can! We've had the cookies a week, and theres 3 left. His description was "a little grainy, but *crunch crunch mumble mumble* pretty good! I bet if I could have tried them, I would have loved them. I love lemon cookies. I love lemon anything. And heres something random... would you believe I've never had a lemon bar? Ever? Not that I can remember at least.

Dark Chocolate Smart Bites: Um, these are gone. Charlie ate them all. We went on a shopping trip to Target, mid day, which we never really do (ya know, we have a strict schedule, we're those people). We had grabbed the package of chocolate cookies before we ran out the door, and as we shopped... they disappeared. I didn't eat them. Eleanore didn't eat them (ok maybe she had like three). Christopher didn't eat them. No- Charlie ate them. He ate them all. So they must have been good, right? Oh yeah, and those were gluten free and vegan too.

Banana Coconut Granola: Again, this was both gluten free and vegan too, so... thats rad. Christopher had it set in his head, after watching an episode of Paula Dean (I was looking for inspiration), that he would use this to make a parfait. Well- sorry honey, but we don't eat yogurt. We looked for some soy yogurt when we were at the health food store, but the little place that we go to is poorly stocked, and there was none. So even though he didn't get to eat this the way that he would have liked to, his final verdict upon eating it raw, was "Its crunchy like granola should be. Yeah I like this *continues eating*. But I'd like it better if I had put it in a parfait". We're saving the rest of it until the health food store gets their soy together, so that he can have his beloved parfait, haha. What a baby.

Mellow Krispie Bar: GF & V. These aren't like the rice crispy treats that come to mind when you think of a "krispie bar". These are thinner, and much much crunchier. Krispie bar is right. They're all crunch. So this wasn't good for Charlie, but Eleanore loves them. They keep well, just sitting there in their plastic container on the counter- and because they're thin, we can give her two at a time, and she thinks shes getting more than she really is, haha. She loves how they taste. She likes how they're crunchy. They're much less messy than the homemade rice treat bars we make. Win win win. We like these.

Apricot Raspberry Krispie Bar: These are like the adult version of the krispie bars above. Just like their name describes, they have raspberries and apricots in them! Christopher is usually a fan of traditional, but happily snacked away on these fruit filled crunchies. Yummmmmm.

Cranberry Walnut Bread: This one was gluten free and dairy free, but not vegan. We used this to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Or, for Charlie, almond butter and jelly. Since hes proven to be newly sensitive to peanuts (rad). Hubby said he didn't really get a "walnut vibe", but he definitely tasted the cranberries, and liked them. And the best part, the part that every gluten free foodie out there is wondering... yes, the bread held together well. We keep it in the fridge, unlike the other Smart Treat products that we keep out on the counter. The texture does dry out a little bit, but.. it holds together! No broken off crusts, no split down the middle. None of that. All it needs is a little smart balance, or a fruit spread, and its good to go!

Flax Millet Bread: This was our favorite. Gluten/Dairy free. One day when I was having a heck of a morning, I looked up, and there was Christopher- home for lunch early. I hadn't yet made anything (a heads up text would have been nice), the kids were running circles around me- it sucked. I opened the fridge, and saw the Flax Millet Bread in the fridge, and rejoiced.

Usually I make my own bread, but on this occasion, when I had none of my own, the flax-millet was my life saver! I got out the fixins for grilled ham and soycheese, turned the stove on, and was so pleasantly pleased with the results.

Yeah, it looks good, right? I know. It grilled up like a dream. It browned in my mixture of smart balance and olive oil very nicely. It didn't fall apart, it kept its form, you could actually pick it up and eat it! And how do you think the family liked it? ...

Sasquatch approved.

Smart Treat Giveaway!
3 winners, each with their choice of 4 Smart Treat items.

So here are the rules...
And you don't have to be gluten free to enter. Or vegan. Maybe you know someone who is. Or maybe you'd just like to try something new! EVERYONE can enter.

-Go to Smart Treat's website (that was a link, in case you didn't quite catch it), and window shop! They've got cookies, and breads, and treats, and ... so much.

-Come back here, and tell us which 4 items you'd like to try if you win. And also, maybe tell us who in your house will eat them? Why are you gluten free or vegan? Make your comment fun! (additional entries will be listed below)

-Leave your email. I don't want to have to track you down if you win!

-Giveaway is open to US residents.
-Giveaway ends next Saturday, October 9th.
-Winner will be randomly chosen (by Christopher, most likely, random number generating) and notified by email.

*Additional Entries*
Leave a separate comment for each additional entry, please.

-Twitter: Tweet "Win gluten free/vegan food! Visit http://tinyurl.com/25ulcgb
for details. #GF #Vegan #Giveaway
@TiaColleen". This is worth 1 additional entry.

-Facebook: Facebook it! In your own words, something along the lines of "Holy crap theres a giveaway for gluten free food that actually tastes good!", and link back to this post. This is worth 1 additional entry.

-For 3 additional entries: Blog about this giveaway, complete with pictures. You can use our pictures, or you can use the photos from the Smart Treat website. Be sure to link back to this post. And be sure to leave 3 separate comments.

Thats it, friends! Now go get yourself some yummy treats!

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Emily October 2, 2010 at 6:05 AM  

I would love to try the almond joy chocolate cups, a pear and a pumpkin tartlet, and almond macaroons. Yum! They're all for me! Maybe I'll let my husband and daughter have a nibble.


Emily October 2, 2010 at 6:30 AM  

I blogged!


Emily October 2, 2010 at 6:31 AM  

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Emily October 2, 2010 at 6:31 AM  

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- Jessi - October 2, 2010 at 8:08 AM  

Oh wow, those look good. I am allergic to gluten and should not eat it, although I do. I would share these with my grandma, who is gluten intolerant and it took years for doctors to figure out what made her so sick. Her grandma actually died from it because everything would go right through her and they didn't know why. Enough with the story lol.
The peach blueberry tartlet and the peach raspberry tartlet sound delicious. Oatmeal raisin smart bites & nutty brownies are what I would love to try!

Courtney October 2, 2010 at 9:18 AM  

Ohhh yum! If I won, I'd love to try out the Chocolate Oatmeal Smart Bites, Pumpkin Tarlet, Apple Tartlet, and S'mackin S'mores Cups! Yuum! Although, everything on that website sounds delish!

& I would be keeping these all to myself. Maybe share a little with my boyfriend. ;)


Sarah.Crochet October 2, 2010 at 9:27 AM  

LOVE Gluten Freegive aways... So many things on that website look great. My choices would be Apple Tartlet, S'mackin S'mores Cups, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies.

While I am not gluten free or vegan, my Dad is. My dad is living on a very very tight budget and any chance I can get to take some financial stress away, I will. If I were to win this giveaway, I would want you to have the food items sent to him, I think he would enjoy them very much.

Also, I think you may have had some lemon bars at your birthday party in 5th grade.... I brought a batch!

Hugs! and thanks for the giveaway.

Sarah.Crochet October 2, 2010 at 9:28 AM  

I facebooked it and just realized I didnt put my email in my first comment! sarah_rudd@sbcglobal.net

Courtney October 2, 2010 at 9:36 AM  

I blogged about this giveaway!! :)


Courtney October 2, 2010 at 9:36 AM  

I blogged about this giveaway!!


Courtney October 2, 2010 at 9:37 AM  

I blogged about this giveaway!! :)


Maggie October 2, 2010 at 11:02 AM  

I would love to try the mixed berry tartlet, the nutty brownie, chip of everything and butterscotch oatmeal cookies. I would bring this with me to visit some great friends of mine who are vegan and we would have a fabulous time taste testing!

~Niki~ October 2, 2010 at 11:27 AM  

the granola, the macaroons,choc cups, and krispy bars look yummy! thanks for letting me enter.
i'm heading over to follow your twitter :)

jill October 2, 2010 at 2:01 PM  

oh my. this stuff looks delish.

i would have to chose some cinnamon raisin bread, chocolate peanut butter smart bites, green tea smart bites, and banana coconut granola!

and who would eat them? me of course! im not technically vegan or gluten free but i like to eat healthy food so i tend to buy that sort of stuff. oh, and i would share the green tea smart bites with my sister because green tea is her absolutel fave!

Whaley89 October 2, 2010 at 4:30 PM  

I'd choose the Chocolate Peanut Butter cookies-for my 2year old daughter(she looooves cookies!), the Blueberry Tartlet-for me (I'm pregnant and anything blueberry is just super ah-mazing right now!), Chocolate Mellow Krispie Bar-for my husband, and the Cinnamon Raisin Bread-for all of us! (It sounds so yummy!) Megn_89@yahoo.com

Thank ya much!! :)

Casey October 2, 2010 at 5:20 PM  

YUM! You know I want to try everything, don't you? If I had to narrow it down to 4 it would be:
Chocolate macaroons, apple tartlet, banana coconut granola & apricot krispie bars.
Oh gosh, I am drooling!
My step-daughter is vegan and I should be gluten free (this will help me behave and not feel sick like the dummy that I am, haha)
clcroxford at gmail dot com

Casey October 2, 2010 at 5:21 PM  

I facebooked you! clcroxford at gmail dot com

Casey October 2, 2010 at 5:23 PM  

and I tweeted. Twittered? haha
clcroxford at gmail dot com


Page & Charles Berghoffer III October 2, 2010 at 6:07 PM  

I shop at Whole Foods on a daily basis, and am always looking for new breads, treats etc...and would love to try the Oat Bread, Flax Millet Bread, Seasoned Stuffing....for the holidays, and delicious croutons for my homemade ceasar salads I make all the time!!!!
My husband and I have been on an all organic diet for years, and we pride ourselves in eating healthy!
I just had a baby..all natural, and he's our organic baby all the way!!!!
Page (pberghoffer@comcast.net)

Sarah.Crochet October 3, 2010 at 8:05 AM  

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Sarah.Crochet October 3, 2010 at 8:06 AM  

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Sarah.Crochet October 3, 2010 at 8:06 AM  

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BlushingNoir October 3, 2010 at 9:14 AM  

We're dying to try chocolate raspberry cups, s'mackin smores cups, apple tartlet, and cinnamon raisin bread.

soco210 att yahooo dot come

BlushingNoir October 3, 2010 at 9:14 AM  

soco210 at yahoooo dot come

I tweeted (I'm @BlushingNoir)

I put the giveaway in my blog roll on my blog at http://blushingnoir.blogspot.com/ (not an actual post so I didn't do a seperate comment, just wanted to let you know!)

SillyLittleLady October 3, 2010 at 10:53 AM  

I'd love to try the Lemon cookies (I *love* lemon cookies!), the chocolate peanut butter cups (I had both chocolate and peanut butter frozen yogurt yesterday, it was A-mazing), the chocolate brownies (I'm not sure if you caught on, but I love brownies...)and the green tea cookies, because those just sound interesting. My roommate is wheat-free so she'd probably try some of everything, and the boys in the house would only be allowed small rations, because otherwise they'd eat EVERYTHING before I even got a chance ;)


Jess Kahele October 3, 2010 at 11:26 AM  

Awesome. If I don't win I am still trying everything they sell!

I would love:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Lemon Cookies
Flax Millet Bread
Cinnamon Raisin Bread


Ashley October 3, 2010 at 2:33 PM  

I would love any of the treats honestly. Im not gluten or dairy free..but I am always open to new things!


Oh..and I tagged you in some questions on my page!

Chelsey - The Paper Mama October 3, 2010 at 3:19 PM  

Hey dude! So, I'm re-posting this comment because I posted it in the flashback Friday post. ;D

I said: I'll take three chocolate items. Chocolate chocolate chocolate. In the sweets section. Chocolate.

~ Cee ~ October 3, 2010 at 5:40 PM  

We're a vegan family due to allergies and we'd like to try:
1) S'mackin S'mores Cups
2) Peanut Brittle Bar
3) Double Chocolate Super Chunk Cookie
and the 4) Almond Macaroon

Yum! Thank you!
ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

Wehaf October 4, 2010 at 12:44 AM  

I'd love to win some chocolate peanut butter cookies, some almond cookies, some cranberry walnut granola, and cinnamon raisin bread. I'm not actually vegan, but I have a very good friend who is, and I would love to surprise her with a care package. :)

urchiken at gmail dot com

Christina October 8, 2010 at 6:14 PM  

I would love to try the Sandwich Bread, Cinnamon Raisin Rolls, Peach Blueberry Tartlet, and the Dark Chocolate Cookies! So hard to choose though!

christinaalmond at gmail dot com

Christina October 8, 2010 at 6:16 PM  

I tweeted:


christinaalmond at gmail dot com

And...I meant to add to the last comment...it will probably mostly be me that eats them as I'm the vegan food lover in the house but hubby will try it! I don't eat 100% vegan but do eat mostly vegan and am working on it...but the reason I do so is for health and energy purposes--it makes me feel good! :)

Christina October 8, 2010 at 6:18 PM  

I posted on Facebook:


christinaalmond at gmail dot com

Ali @ His Birdie's Nest October 8, 2010 at 6:21 PM  

I recently found out I'm Gluten Intolerant, I would LOVE to try the Flax Millet Bread, Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Banana Coconut Granola & Chocolate Mellow Krispie Bar :)

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