The ante has completely been upped not only with this unbelievably tasty NO GRAIN, NO YEAST pretzel stick recipe (I can’t even describe how freaking awesome they are; truly a proud moment!)
but with these snowmen made from said recipe. Oh man, I could just melt over them. I had one of those moments where I was yelling at them while photographing them, “CAN YOU BE ANY CUTER?!” They looked blankly back at me as if to say, “No, Cara, we cannot.” Well-played adorable Pretzel Stick Snowmen. Well-played.
I simply cannot accept the fact that just because I might have changed my diet, have food allergies, or cannot eat what I might have that I still wouldn’t have the ability to be creative in the kitchen. That’s what this site is all about anyway, right? When life throws you a terrible digestive tract, turn back and throw snowballs right at it. And then gather up the snowballs and make a snowman from a homemade pretzel stick (did I mention that these pretzel sticks are also grain and yeast free??!!!) Sorry, I am still in disbelief. They are so damn good! Hold on a second: Toot Toot!*
*I had to toot my own horn. HAD to.
- Melt the white chocolate until smooth. Dip ¾ for the pretzel stick into the white chocolate until well-coated. Cover with shredded coconut. Set on a piece of wax paper.
- Using a toothpick, dip into the melted white chocolate and "glue" the mini chocolate chips for the eyes and buttons, as well as shredded carrot triangle. Allow to set.
- Wrap 8" of baker's twine around the "neck" of the snowman. Top with Santa hat.
It’s become important to me to not get too over-the-top, especially during the holidays, so I don’t go back to the same bill of health that I was at just a mere two months ago. Though I am not as strict anymore (since I don’t have to be) I am also very aware of how my body has changed and is reacting to certain foods. I still maintain a very healthy, made-from-scratch diet but I still want to have fun with my food and have a treat now and again.
I know many of you are in the same boat so I am super proud not only of this recipe but of what else is to come. Candida can be manageable while still being fun and creative!
Snowman-Building Recipe Notes:
If you don’t want to use nondairy chocolate chips or want to be more mindful of your candida diagnosis, replace with dried blueberries or another dry, dark-colored fruit. Read this article to see why I support the consumption of fruit (dried and fresh) on the Candida diet.
Instead of store-bought nondairy white chocolate use this recipe for a homemade version. Just halve the recipe and you should have 1/2 cup of homemade nondairy white chocolate.
Use a toothpick to “glue” the chocolate chips and carrot nose with melted nondairy white chocolate. Allow to fully set before touching.