Holiday Treat: Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s

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Found these on a VegNews post and the description of them made my mouth water. These vegan cookies are right up my alley, because when I give in to my sweet tooth every once in a while and eat something unhealthy, I tend to choose Oreos (which are also “vegan”), but these happen to be much more tasty. And considering the fact that they are a seasonal item (I’ve heard they’re only available for a couple short months), I headed over to Trader Joe’s and bought a box of them yesterday.

My thoughts — They taste just how VegNews describes them — a light, vanilla-mint creme filling (vanilla with bits of peppermint candies) in between two amazingly crisp chocolate cookie wafers. These vegan “joe-joe’s” are good! SO good, in fact, they actually have their own Facebook page with over Three Thousand likes! SO glad that I bought them and I am truly savoring every last cookie…yummm…

**Just heard that Trader Joe’s also has Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Joe Joe’s. Guess I know where I’m heading tomorrow (with high hopes that they are also vegan friendly)!

Recipe: Dark Chocolate Chia Pudding

chia almond puddingIngredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of dark chocolate almond milk 
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 cup of seasonal fruit
  • 2 tablespoons of sliced almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon 

Directions:

Stir in the 3 tablespoons of chia seeds into the dark chocolate almond milk and let sit for about two minutes. Stir again, wait another 5 minutes and then stir again. Sometimes, I like to let sit overnight, as I like my pudding thicker. I will then add a splash or two of almond milk in the morning and stir it up. Add the banana, seasonal fruit, sliced almonds and cinnamon and you’re good to go!

 One of my favorite breakfast treats!