Nairns USA sent me a care package of their gluten-free vegan crackers to try. All opinions are my own.
Happy Monday, loves! I’ve made us some super cute li’l snacks to power us through the day. And while I did make these healthy snacks with kids in mind, there’s no reason why grown ups can’t enjoy them as well. Everybody loves cat-shaped things, right? Besides, I make a whole separate snack just for the adults.
Don’t those look heavenly? They are! Sweet coconut whipped cream (a healthy fat), fresh spring strawberries, a drizzle of chocolate, and some pepitas. It tasted like the super scrumptious strawberry shortcake. Oh….and the bottom is made of a Nairn’s Gluten Free Oatmeal & Raisin cookie. It’s crispy and tastes super-vanilla-y. If you like vanilla, you.will.love.these.
As I mentioned at the top of the post, Nairn’s USA sent me three boxes of their products to try. Nairn’s is a UK company, and when I posted a pic on Insta, my friend Emma flipped. She’s originally from Watford, UK, and practically grew up on these. Well, after her enthusiastic endorsement, I couldn’t wait to tear in.
Well, you know, Emma was right. They were so good. I love light and crispy goodies, and these are definitely light and crispy. But not so light and crispy that they wouldn’t hold up to a generous layer of peanut butter. Ooops…my knife must have slipped. I didn’t mean to add that much peanut butter. Or did I? 😊
As you can see, I used the oat crackers for the kitty sandwiches. You can stuff them with any variety of goodies. Peanut butter and strawberries. Coconut whipped cream and blueberries. If you prefer a savory snack, you can add a layer of tahini, a few cucumber and tomato slices, a sprinkle of salt, and then more tahini. You can even go the Cinco de Mayo route and add black beans and a little mild salsa.
You can assemble these yourself, or ask the kiddos to help you. I was actually planning on asking my niece and nephew over for some snack fun, but I had some sniffles and didn’t want to pass it on to them.
If you’re wondering if you can pack them into a lunch box without them getting soggy, the answer is YES. I know because I they were in the fridge for several hours between the time that I made them and the time they got eaten. They weren’t soggy at all. A little softened, yes, but that made them easier to eat in their sandwich fashion. I can’t wait till summer so I can make an ice box cake with these. So many possibilities!
P.S. These are certified GF, but not officially certified GF. To be honest, I am not sure I understand the difference. Anyone?
Cute Kitty Snack Sandwiches and Strawberry Shortcake Snacks
for the Kitty Snack Sandwiches
- 1 box of Nairn’s Gluten Free Oat Crackers
- for the filling: peanut butter, assorted fruit, tahini, cucumber, tomato, beans, salsa….anything!
- for the cat face-sweet: fruit leather for the ears, goji berries or fruit leather for the nose, melted chocolate for the eyes and mouth, shredded carrots for the whiskers
- for the cat face – savory: sliced grape tomatoes for the ears, a piece of olive or nut for the nose, a sliced olive for the eyes, shredded carrots for the whiskers.
To assemble, layer ingredients on as desired. Top with second cracker. Get creative with your kitty faces!
for the Strawberry Shortcakes
- 1 box of Nairn’s Gluten Free Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies
- Coconut whipped cream (milkfat from a can of coconut milk, beat with 1 tbsp or two of powdered sugar)
- Sliced Strawberries
- 1/4 cup of chocolate chips, melted
- pepitas, optional
Spread some coconut whipped cream on each cookie. Top with stawberries and add a drizzle of chocolate. Sprinkle on some pepitas for a crunch, and serve!