It all began with Founder and professional pastry chef Michelle Retik of Squirrel & The Bee in Short Hills, NJ when she started trying her hand baking with nut flours and local raw honey the year of 2012 after she experienced great success with medical treatment for her ulcerative
She swapped unhealthy foods for nutritious ones such as eliminating all grains, most dairy and refined sugars which she saw relief in her symptoms and because of that success she is now symptom free !
Not long after that word got around about her delectable baked goods which Michelle realized a desire for her pastries for people who were on and off diets.
Squirrel & The Bee products are made with
•Nuts which is not only provides our bodies with healthy fats but is heart healthy, provides us with calcium as well as other nutrients that is great for the body. They use a blend of almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, cashews and macadamia nuts for not only nutrition but taste as well.
•Raw Local Honey is used as a sweetener which keeps food miles
Down and also keeps the beekeeper to cover the costs of beekeeping .
Local Honey follows all the food standard needs but isn't mistreated to have a long shelf life and tastes different to foreign supermarket honey and has a unique local flora flavor.
•Organic Cage Free Eggs
Squirrel & The Bee products are
•Refined Sugar Free
•Dairy Free and low dairy
Their bakery shop sells all sorts of delicious foods from soups, salads, eggs, omelettes, veggie burgers , muffins, granola, cookies and even frozen desserts !
Why is Squirrel & The Bee Grain free ?
Well because it is good for everyone not just those who are suffering from health problems like celiac or wheat intolerance but because the gluten free items on the market are laden with processed sugar, preservatives as well as other grains that aren't healthy for our bodies. Sugar and grains can cause inflammation within the body especially the digestive tract which may lead to numerous conditions such as Celiac, Crohns, Colitis, IBS/IBD, rheumatoid arthritis as well as ADD/ADHD and many other autoimmune diseases . Chronic headaches and even skin issues can be a sign of inflammation which is caused by both gluten and grains. So eliminating all grains like rice, potatoes, soy, wheat can help reduce the inflammation throughout your body.
So why add nuts to your diet?
When you incorporate nuts to your diet it adds heart healthy unsaturated fats plant-based proteins as well as fiber and the fiber and proteins slows down digestion which makes you feel fuller for longer periods of time and can also aid in weight loss. Did you know that the healthy fats can also help lower your cholesterol and fight inflammation ?
Some of Squirrel & The Bee products are made without any dairy, and eggs
Squirrel & The Bee products are great for anyone on a specific carbohydrate diet or even paleo !
Squirrel & The Bee's online shop includes
•Grain Free Sandwich bread
•Burger & Sandwich Rolls
•Tay Tea-Berber-Green Tea
•Carrot Zucchini Muffin
•Cinnamon Vanilla Granola
•The Big Fig Cookies
•Chocolate Chip Muffin
•Double chocolate chip muffin
•banana nut muffin
•sweet potato donuts
•chocolate chip-a-holic cookies8pack
•chocolate chip-a-holics (Lg)
•chocolate chip-a-holics egg free (Lg)
•Just Chocolate brownie
•Peanut Butter Swirl Brownie
•Hazelnut crunch cookies 8 pack
•Dried Tart Cherry & Hazelnut cookies 8pack
•peanut butter cookies 8pack
•raspberry swirl brownie
•Lia's apricot cookies 8pack
•almond, pecan & raisin cookies 8pack
•macadamia , dates & coconut cookies 8pack
•Ginger Ginger Ginger cookies
•Chocolate Cardamom (un)Granola
•Cinnamon swirl loaf
•pumpkin spice (un)Granola
•Cinnamon Raisin Beegel
•DIY whoopie pies
•DIY build your own cupcakes
•DIY build your own cake
•almond chocolate chip biscotti
•Lime Macadamia biscotti
•orange cherry hazelnut biscotti
•espresso chocolate chip biscotti
•lemon pistachio biscotti
& more !
I received a few Squirrel & The Bee products to try out over the holidays and being that I have a major sweet tooth I couldn't wait to try them out especially their chocolate chip cookies !
Chocolate Chip-A-Holic Cookies (8pack)
Grain & Gluten Free
I absolutely loved these cookies they were a bit crunchy yet salty and sweet with it's melt in your mouth chocolate chips making it the perfect treat this holiday season served with a glass of milk of course !
N'Oatmeal Raisin (Lg)
Grain & Gluten Free
I loved oatmeal cookies as a kid they were soft and chewy with it's juicy plump raisins. What's unique about Squirrel & The Bee's N'Oatmeal raisin cookie is the fact that it contains no oats and is made with their cinnamon-vanilla granola that is crunchy on the inside and soft out and taste just like the real thing !
Just Chocolate Brownie
Grain & Gluten Free
I absolutely loved the brownie it was bittersweet, moist, decadent and oh so rich like fudge !
Each Squirrel & The Bee product I was sent was insanely delicious with it's decadent fudge like consistency in the brownie , the crispy salty sweet taste of the chocolate chip cookies and the way the N'Oatmeal raisin cookie reminded me of oatmeal cookies as a kid with it's soft and chewy cookie to it's juicy raisins and crunchy cinnamon sweet granola baked right in!
I received no compensation for this post but was provided with samples of Squirrel & The Bee products to facilitate this review in exchange for my honest opinions which in fact are my own.