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Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Spice Cake

Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Sometimes you just need chocolate. Am I right?

And sometimes you need dark chocolate…with a twist.Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Something New

I recently got to try the new Stonyfield double cream yogurt and some fun spices from Simply Organic. I paired these unlikely sidekicks in a unique dark chocolate spice cake.

The cake is very mildly sweet with a hint of spice. But plenty of chocolate!Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Kid-Friendly

My kids couldn’t get enough. I thought they would be hesitant to try chocolate with cumin added. Boy, was I wrong. They could hardly wait for me to take pictures before they tried it.

And of course they all wanted to help make the cake. My toddler did a lot of sampling.

I also added some mini chocolate chips (this is the brand we love because it is allergen free) to provide another burst of chocolate and some texture.Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Change It Up

We enjoyed it plain as a light dessert. Dark chocolate spice cake would also be very good topped with a simple butter cream or homemade ice cream (vanilla, chocolate or salted dark chocolate would all be great choices!).Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Yogurt and Spice and Everything Nice

I’m so glad we got to try the double cream yogurt from Stonyfield. It is just what it says…double the cream (you know I’m always in favor of more healthy fat!). It’s like yogurt and sour cream had a baby…super creamy and mildly tangy. The perfect combination.

On the down side now regular yogurt (even though we buy full fat) doesn’t seem as creamy.Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

I’ve been using Simply Organic spices for quite some time now. But I’m pretty boring. I stick the same basic herbs and spices. So I was excited to see some unique blends like adobo and garam masala. Looks like I’ll be doing more experimenting!Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Allergy Friendly

If you’re looking for a chocolate-y treat that won’t give you sugar overload try my gluten free dark chocolate spice cake. It is loaded with healthy fat and real ingredients but free of gluten, nuts and eggs.

Have you ever mixed chocolate and spice? What combination would you try?Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Spice Cake
Serves 12
A mildly sweet dark chocolate cake that combines cocoa, cumin and cinnamon for a unique twist.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup white rice flour
  2. 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  3. 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  4. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp. cumin
  6. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  7. 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  8. 2 tsp. grassfed gelatin
  9. 1/4 cup cold water
  10. 1/4 cup hot water
  11. 1/2 cup Stonyfield Double Cream Yogurt
  12. 2 Tbsp. honey
  13. 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8" baking dish.
  2. Combine the gelatin and 1/4 cup cold water. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, cumin, salt and baking powder.
  4. Add the 1/4 cup hot water to the gelatin mixture and stir to dissolve.
  5. Add the gelatin water, yogurt and honey to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 35 min.
  8. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Notes
  1. Serve plain or topped with ice cream, butter cream or vanilla yogurt.
  2. For extra flavor mix whole raspberries into the batter before baking.
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Spoil the birthday boy or girl with this allergen friendly vanilla cake. Simple, safe and delicious.

Allergen Friendly Vanilla Cake {free of gluten, eggs, dairy, nuts, coconut, rice, corn and soy}

Everyone deserves cake on their birthday. Even if you have allergies! This allergen friendly vanilla cake is free of gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, corn, soy, rice and coconut. Plus it’s super easy to make!

Spoil the birthday boy or girl with this allergen friendly vanilla cake. Simple, safe and delicious.

A couple months ago my son had another round of allergy testing, revealing more allergies and more severe allergies. It’s definitely not what we had hoped for.

But when his birthday approached I did not let his allergies stop me from making him a super fun (and safe) birthday cake!

He was determined to have a Paw Patrol cake. And I wanted to make that happen.

Together we came up with the idea of turning the cake into a dog dish. I added homemade carob puff cereal on top for the dog food. It was a huge success.

Spoil the birthday boy or girl with this allergen friendly vanilla cake. Simple, safe and delicious.

We found a winner.

My kids gave it two big thumbs up!

This cake does not rise as much as a regular cake (did I mention it was free of everything? Even gums as those often contain allergens too). So I made a double batch and turned it into a four layer cake. It was mostly for effect to create a big dog dish. Just a single batch would be just fine for enjoying the cake.

Then top it with your favorite frosting. I used a “buttercream” made with palm shortening and homemade powdered sugar. Really, just two ingredients. My kids go crazy for the frosting.

I did also make a regular cake for the other party guests. That cake was the water dish, topped with blueberries.

Spoil the birthday boy or girl with this allergen friendly vanilla cake. Simple, safe and delicious.

Everyone join the fun.

It was wonderful to see my five year old enjoy his special day and not feel left out. To top it off my niece and nephew with allergies were able to eat cake too! It sure made my day to see everyone included in the celebration.

I really don’t have much else to say about this cake. I’ll let the pictures and the smiles speak for themselves.

Are you in need of a cake that is truly allergen friendly? This vanilla cake is the perfect solution!

Spoil the birthday boy or girl with this allergen friendly vanilla cake. Simple, safe and delicious.

Allergen Friendly Vanilla Cake
Serves 12
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups sorghum flour
  2. 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  3. 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  4. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  5. 1 tsp. baking soda
  6. 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  7. 1/4 cup honey
  8. 1/2 cup palm shortening, melted
  9. 3 tsp. grass-fed gelatin
  10. 1/4 cup cold water
  11. 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp. boiling water
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350*F. Grease and line with parchment paper two 8" round cake pans.
  2. In a small bowl combine the gelatin and 1/4 cup cold water. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine the sorghum, tapioca, sugar, baking soda, salt, cream of tartar, honey and shortening. Stir to combine.
  4. Add the boiling water to the gelatin mixture and stir until the gelatin is dissolved (about 10 seconds).
  5. Add the hot gelatin mixture to the cake batter.
  6. Stir until well mixed.
  7. Pour half of the batter into each of the prepared pans.
  8. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes, until golden.
  9. Allow cakes to cool in pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely.
  10. Remove parchment paper.
  11. Frost and serve.
Notes
  1. Cream of tartar is made from grapes. Replace it with an extra 1/2 tsp. baking soda if you have a grape allergy.
  2. Palm shortening is in the same family as coconut and may not be safe for those with a coconut allergy. The palm shortening can be replaced with lard, olive oil or avocado oil.
  3. Store the cake in a sealed container in a cool spot.
  4. The cake can be frozen with or without frosting.
  5. Make a double batch for a 4 layer cake.
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These chocolate filled frozen banana bites make the perfect allergen friendly cold summer treat.

Chocolate Filled Frozen Banana Bites

Sweet, creamy and a little taste of chocolate added in. These chocolate filled frozen banana bites are allergen friendly, easy to make and even great for teething toddlers!

These chocolate filled frozen banana bites make the perfect allergen friendly cold summer treat.

With summer in full swing it’s nice to be able to give the kids a cold treat without loading them up on sugar. I do my best to make sure we have lots of time outside instead of spending a bunch of time inside the kitchen preparing food!

These frozen banana bites are fun to make and fun to eat. But so, so easy.

Knife skills.

Let your kids practice their knife skills by slicing the bananas. Then use a straw to make holes. Add a sucker stick or popsicle stick if you like and you’re halfway done with the preparation…and a three-year-old can be in charge!

These chocolate filled frozen banana bites make the perfect allergen friendly cold summer treat.

A Safe Sweet.

My favorite part about chocolate filled frozen banana bites is that they are allergen friendly. Well…mostly. My son is allergic to both bananas and cocoa. But those allergies aren’t as common. Just be sure to use dairy free chocolate chips if you have dairy allergies (this is the brand I use).

Also use caution if you have a latex allergy as bananas can be cross-reactive.

Ready to get your kids in the kitchen and make a delicious, healthy treat? Check out the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse where your kids will have so much fun learning knife skills (among many other skills!). And whip up a batch of chocolate filled frozen banana bites together.

Now click here to head over to Kitchen Stewardship where I’m sharing the recipe!

These chocolate filled frozen banana bites make the perfect allergen friendly cold summer treat.

Looking for more cool summer treats? Try one of these:

Black Forest Popsicles

Blueberry Cheesecake Pops

Nectarine Squash Pops

Grain Free Peach Cobbler Creamsicles

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

Dairy Free Thin Mint Cookie Ice Cream

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Divine Chocolate Cake

When it comes to Valentine’s Day nothing beats chocolate. Get your fix with this divine chocolate cake that can be mixed by hand and made gluten free!

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I am working with Stonyfield and Divine Chocolate for this post. I have been compensated for my time commitment. But the opinions and ideas are my own. I have not been paid to post positive reviews.

Stop what you’re doing and run to the kitchen.

Wait, read this post first. Then run to the kitchen to make this divine chocolate cake. Trust me, your family will be singing your praises.

Chocolate always wins.

When it comes to sweets I always pick chocolate anything. Especially for Valentine’s Day. So naturally I like to make chocolate treats for my family.

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This year I was challenged to create something with Stonyfield yogurt and Divine Chocolate.

My first thought…eat a dish of yogurt with big chunks of chocolate in it. That’s my idea of great treat!!

But that isn’t much of a recipe.

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My creation.

Instead I created a chocolate cake that uses melted chocolate for flavor and whole milk yogurt for moisture. I don’t go overboard with sugar either. The end result is a light chocolate cake that you’ll go crazy for.

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I made two versions. One gluten free for my kids and one with wheat for my husband. Both cakes were so delicious! If my husband approves of a gluten free cake you know it has to be good.

My daughter even shared some with a friend at school (who is not gluten free) who raved about it.

For the gluten free cake I used my favorite gluten free flour mix. It worked perfectly!

Time to decorate.

But you can’t have cake without frosting! So I added a light chocolate buttercream and shavings of dark chocolate. Yep, I had some pretty happy kids.

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The great thing about Divine Chocolates is that there are quite a few flavors. So you could change up the flavor of the cake. Simply shave flavored chocolate on top or add it right to the cake batter. The mint or raspberry would be amazing!

Are you looking for an easy and delicious dessert for your family?

This Valentine’s Day give your loved ones a special treat by creating your own divine chocolate cake using Stonyfield yogurt and Divine Chocolate. Everyone will feel the love!

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Divine Chocolate Cake
Serves 12
A light, moist chocolate cake made with dark chocolate and yogurt.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup chocolate of choice (see notes)
  2. 1/4 cup butter
  3. 1 Tbsp. carob powder (optional)
  4. 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder (optional)
  5. 1 cup organic cane sugar
  6. 2 cups AP flour or gluten free flour mix (see post for link)
  7. 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  8. 1/2 tsp. salt
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 1 tsp. vanilla
  11. 1 cup plain, whole milk yogurt
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350*F. Grease and line with parchment paper two 8" or 9" round cake pans.
  2. Melt the chocolate, butter, carob powder and cocoa powder in double boiler. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add the eggs, vanilla and yogurt. Stir until combined.
  5. Add the melted chocolate. Stir until well mixed. The batter will be thick.
  6. Divide the batter into the prepared pans.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes.
  8. Allow cake to cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool completely on a cooling rack.
  9. Frost and serve.
Notes
  1. For chocolate you can use any flavor of Divine chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips.
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Light Chocolate Buttercream
A simple, light chocolate buttercream.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup butter at room temperature
  2. 1/3 cup organic palm shortening (or more butter)
  3. 1 cup organic powdered cane sugar
  4. 1 -2 Tbsp. organic cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. Beat all ingredients together in a large bowl until well mixed and fluffy.
Notes
  1. To make powdered sugar simply blend organic cane sugar in a high powered blender until powdered.
  2. This makes enough to fill and top a two layer cake. Double the recipe if you also want to frost the sides.
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Two Ingredient Allergen Friendly Nestle Crunch® Bites

This Valentine’s Day get your kids in the kitchen to whip up a special treat. These two ingredient allergen friendly Nestle Crunch® bites are easy to make and fun to eat!

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I’m a sucker for just about anything chocolate. Especially when it comes to Valentine’s Day.

Allergies and chocolate do mesh.

Having kids with allergies and food sensitivities has actually increased my love of chocolate.

That may sound strange. But we pretty much avoid all fruity candy. My kids don’t eat anything with food coloring (can you say crazy pills?!). Plus my son is allergic to corn (corn syrup, cornstarch, etc.).

So when it comes to treats we stick to chocolate. Even with dairy allergies we all love the Enjoy Life chocolate chips. They are great plain or in a cookie. But they are even more fun when melted and turned into a delicious candy.

We’ve made chocolate covered toffee and salted honey chocolates (my personal favorite!).

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A family favorite.

But hands down my kids love these Nestle Crunch® Bites the best. And they really couldn’t be any simpler to make.

  1. Melt chocolate.
  2. Add coconut.
  3. Pour in molds.

Yes, they are that easy. Yes, they are grain, dairy, nut, soy, rice, egg and corn free.

The little bits of unsweetened coconut give the slightest crunch that tastes just like the crisp rice of Nestle Crunch® bars.

So much fun.

Let your kids choose some fun molds and create a special treat you can feel good about.

Package them up as gifts for friends or family. And don’t forget your spouse! Everyone will want some.

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This Valentine’s Day skip the expensive boxed chocolates filled with artificial colors and flavors. Show your friends and family how much you love them with homemade Nestle Crunch® Bites.

Just two simple ingredients. No common allergens. Five minutes of hands on time. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Have you ever made homemade chocolates? Did you know they could be this easy?

Give two ingredient allergen friendly Nestle Crunch® bites a try. You might get some extra love in return.

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Two Ingredient Allergen Friendly Nestle Crunch® Bites
Yields 30
A simple allergen friendly chocolate that is grain, nut, dairy, rice, corn, soy and egg free.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks (semi-sweet) or Dark Chocolate Morsels
  2. 2 - 3 Tbsp. finely shredded unsweetened coconut
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (or glass bowl over a saucepan with about an inch of water).
  2. Turn off the heat.
  3. Add the coconut and stir until combined.
  4. Pour the chocolate into molds.
  5. Refrigerate until firm.
  6. Unmold.
  7. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to a month.
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Neapolitan and Spumoni Parfaits

Looking for a way to get your winter dessert fix without reaching for ice cream? Turn breakfast into a special treat with these Neapolitan and spumoni parfaits!

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I have fond memories of eating lots of Neapolitan ice cream and spumoni ice cream growing up.

Of course I was like most kids and really just wanted the chocolate! Who doesn’t want chocolate?

A modern version.

I have recreated these classic flavor combinations in a healthy breakfast treat. Did I mention they are super easy to make too?

Neapolitan and spumoni parfaits use plain, whole milk yogurt, fresh or frozen fruit, organic cocoa powder and pistachio nuts. You get the flavors you love without any high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors of food dyes.

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Kid friendly breakfast.

My kids went crazy over these parfaits! I’m not sure I’ve ever seen them eat  yogurt that quickly. I can’t blame them. What’s not to love about vanilla and chocolate yogurt combined with sweet strawberries?

Kids can help prepare Neapolitan and spumoni parfaits. It only requires pouring and mixing. They love the assembly part too.

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Great for special occasions.

I love how festive these parfaits look. Hosting guests for the holidays? Prepare the parfaits the night before. Then wow your guests with a special treat in the morning. Wine glasses make fancy serving dishes.

You could even use these as a special Valentine’s Day dessert.

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This winter spruce up Saturday morning breakfast with a classic dessert flavor. Try both parfaits and see which one you like best. Or combine them to make a four layer parfait that includes chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and pistachio.

Are you ready to try something new for breakfast (or dessert!)?

Neapolitan and spumoni parfaits are simple and nutritious. Plus they are packed with flavor.

Looking for an actual dessert that captures the Neapolitan flavor? Try my grain and dairy free Neapolitan ice cream cake.

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Neapolitan Parfait
Serves 1
A yogurt parfait with the classic Neapolitan flavor of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.
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Vanilla layer
  1. 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  2. 1 Tbsp. organic cane sugar
  3. optional: 1/2 tsp. organic vanilla extract
Chocolate layer
  1. 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  2. 2 tsp. organic cocoa powder
  3. 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  4. optional: 2 tsp. mini chocolate chips
Strawberry layer
  1. 1/4 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine the vanilla layer ingredients. Let sit 1 minute.
  2. In a small bowl combine the chocolate layer ingredients. Let sit 1 minute.
  3. Layer the vanilla yogurt, chocolate yogurt, chocolate chips and strawberries in a serving dish.
  4. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
Notes
  1. The cocoa powder and maple syrup can be replaced with 1 Tbsp. homemade chocolate sauce.
  2. If using frozen strawberries allow them to thaw for a few minutes before serving.
  3. The cocoa powder can be replaced with carob powder.
  4. Coconut yogurt can be used in place of the whole milk yogurt.
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Spumoni Parfait
Serves 1
A breakfast parfait with the classic spumoni flavor of chocolate, strawberry and pistachio.
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Chocolate layer
  1. 2/3 cup plain yogurt
  2. 4 tsp. organic cocoa powder
  3. 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  4. optional: 3 tsp. mini chocolate chips
Strawberry layer
  1. 1/4 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
Pistachio layer
  1. 1/4 cup shelled pistachios
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine the chocolate layer ingredients. Let sit 1 minute.
  2. Layer the chocolate yogurt, chocolate chips, strawberries and pistachios in a serving dish.
  3. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
Notes
  1. The cocoa powder and maple syrup can be replaced with 1 Tbsp. homemade chocolate sauce.
  2. If using frozen strawberries allow them to thaw for a few minutes before serving.
  3. The cocoa powder can be replaced with carob powder.
  4. Coconut yogurt can be used in place of the whole milk yogurt.
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Homemade Peppermint Candy

Surprise your kids this year with a unique Christmas treat. No HFCS or food dyes. Homemade peppermint candy is easy to make and allergen friendly!

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You can’t have Christmas without a candy cane. Peppermint and Christmas go hand in hand.

One thing you can do without this time of year, though, is artificial flavor and color. The excitement and wonder of Christmas is plenty to make my kids extra hyper and excited. I don’t need junk food to do that.

Finding balance.

But I’m also not Scrooge. I do want my kids to enjoy special treats this time of year. Emotional well-being is just as important as physical well-being. That includes creating memories and indulging in festive goodies.

So rather than miss out on the traditional minty treats I created my own!

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Homemade peppermint candy only takes about ten minutes to make and is ready to eat soon after.

Safe for those with allergies and oral SPD.

One of the great things about homemade candy is that you control the flavor.

My oldest has oral SPD. So she can’t handle much mint. Yet she loves mint flavored desserts! Just mildly flavored. And that is not something you can find in a store.

I go very light with my peppermint flavor. But you can make it as minty as you like. My candy was actually almost too minty for her. I could scale back the mint just a touch.

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The other fun thing about homemade peppermint candy is being able to choose the shape. I did stars that look like snowflakes. Candy cane molds would be perfect for this time of year! Let the kids pick what shape they like.

Note that silicon works best for hard candy since you have to pour it into molds while very hot.

Great for the whole family.

Peppermint candy is the perfect treat for the whole family. I even let my toddler try some! Even though the candy is hard it dissolves easily and can be chewed. So I broke off a few small chunks for her to taste.

Normally I like to share recipes that kids can help make. But this one is definitely for adults since you are working with hot sugar.

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But don’t let that stop you from getting your kids in the kitchen! It is so fun to watch the candy-making process. It makes a great science lesson. Plus demonstration is the first step in teaching your kids how to cook.

This year take small steps to make your holidays happy yet healthy. Homemade peppermint candy is ready in no time and can be made days or even weeks in advance.

Are you ready to create some great Christmas memories?

I hope they include the wonderful flavor of peppermint candy.

Be sure to come back tomorrow! I’ve got another unique holiday treat that utilizes these fun candies.

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Homemade Peppermint Candy
Yields 10
A simple, allergen friendly mint candy.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  2. 3 Tbsp. water
  3. 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
Instructions
  1. Mix the sugar and water in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring.
  3. Simmer until the temperature reaches 300*F (this will take about ten minutes, the mixture will start to get thick/syrupy)
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Add the peppermint extract
  6. Immediately pour into candy molds and let set until firm.
  7. Store in a closed container in the refrigerator for up to two months. The candy can be stored at room temperature, but keeping it cool is best.
Notes
  1. You can adjust the peppermint flavor to your liking. Make a batch according to the recipe. Then make another batch with more or less extract to meet your tastes.
  2. The candy can be made with silicon molds, on parchment paper (just pour in rounds) or in one large chunk in a glass pan (then broken into pieces once cooled).
  3. This works for suckers as well.
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Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates

Got five minutes? Then you have enough time to make a melt-in-your-mouth allergen friendly treat! Salted honey chocolates are perfect for holidays, birthdays or any day.

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As we enter the holiday season with parties and family gatherings, goodies and sweets are everywhere. For most people that is exciting.

But if you have allergies you often have to go without.

I’ve got a five minute treat that just about anyone can enjoy. Salted honey chocolates are the perfect bite size treat for sharing with friends.

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Kids can even help make some and give them as teacher gifts.

Simple ingredients.

Raw cream style honey and unrefined sea salt are combined to create a gooey caramel filling that doesn’t require any cooking or dairy.

These chocolates remind me of Caramelo® candy bars. Sweet chocolate with soft caramel inside.

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Salted honey chocolates really only take five minutes of hands on time.

  1. Melt the allergen friendly chocolate chips over a double boiler.
  2. Pour melted chocolate in candy molds.
  3. Add honey.
  4. Sprinkle with mineral rich salt.
  5. Add more chocolate.
  6. Done.

Make it even easier.

No time to melt chocolate chips? Or you’re a busy mom with a baby in one arm and one kid around your ankle? I’ve got a solution.

Put a scoop of honey in a dish. Sprinkle it with salt. Dip chocolate chunks in the honey. Dessert is served.

Sanity is preserved.

Energy is restored.

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I actually enjoy this little treat when the chocolate is still melted. Put honey and salt in a dish. Pour some melted chocolate over top. Dig in with a spoon!

No flours. No baking. No allergens. Simple and oh so delicious.

Kids love to help.

Let your kids get in on the fun. It could get messy. But it will be a tasty mess! And your kids will cherish the time with you and memories made.

Even if you are making sweets, getting kids in the kitchen will teach them life skills and what real food is all about.

Salted honey chocolates are one of the rare treats my entire family can eat.

Well, I haven’t actually let my toddler have chocolate yet. But she isn’t allergic to it. And I would let her have a little spoon of salted honey.

Her favorite treat these days is a scoop of lard with a little honey and sea salt. Perfect for the little one.

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What are you waiting for? Grab some honey, chocolate and sea salt and get in the kitchen! Your after dinner snack or “mommy needs a break” fix is only five minutes away.

Just be sure to make a big batch. You’d be surprised how quickly they disappear! You may want to hide them in the back of the fridge.

Want to try your hand at another type of chocolate? You’ll love this chocolate covered toffee.

Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates | Just Take A Bite| Salted creamy honey between layers of sweet chocolate

Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates
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An allergen friendly chocolate filled with raw honey and sea salt.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chunks (or other chocolate chip you tolerate)
  2. 2 Tbsp. raw cream style honey
  3. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler.
  2. Fill the candy molds 1/3 full with chocolate. Refrigerate 5 minutes to partially set.
  3. Put 1/2 tsp. honey in each mold.
  4. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt.
  5. Top the honey with melted chocolate, filling each mold.
  6. Chill until firm.
  7. Remove from molds.
  8. Store in the refrigerator.
Notes
  1. A glass bowl on top of a pan with 1 inch of water works well as a double boiler.
  2. You can dip chocolate chunks in salted honey for a quick version.
  3. Salted honey mixed with the melted chocolate is another way to enjoy this treat.
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Sourdough Pumpkin Swiss Cake Rolls | Just Take A Bite

Sourdough Pumpkin Swiss Cake Rolls

Are you looking for a non-traditional Thanksgiving dessert? Wow your guests with these fancy yet simple sourdough pumpkin swiss cake rolls.

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Halloween may be over, but fall is just getting started! That means there is another month to indulge in all things pumpkin.

I grew up eating those little chocolate cake rolls out of a box…anyone else? They were good. Cake filled with cream rolled into a little log and covered with chocolate.

It’s been about twenty years since I’ve had one. But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a good roll cake.

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Free of just about everything.

I created this sourdough pumpkin swiss cake roll with myself in mind. I know that sounds bad, but I get a special treat about once every four months lately. The rest of the time I’m busy making stuff for my kids.

These delicious little cakes are free of dairy, nuts, soy, corn, rice, roots, coconut and eggs.

They are actually almost fat free too! That is NOT something I aim for. But it just happened.

It is not as much fun or as tasty to bake when you can’t use butter or coconut oil. So I ended up just making a dessert without an added fat.

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Simple.

The cake is a simple pumpkin sourdough thin sheet cake. The filling is sugar, flour and pumpkin. That’s all.

Then top it with melted chocolate. Divine!

Sourdough pumpkin swiss cake rolls can be prepared in advance, up to a week ahead! One more thing to scratch off your Thanksgiving to-do list early.

Surprise your guests with this special dessert. No messing with ice cream or whipped cream. It is ready to eat.

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The cake tastes great without the chocolate too. But it really adds a good flavor contrast. Pumpkin and chocolate are a perfect match.

And those extra crispy edges you trim off? They make a great snack dipped in the extra filling!

Looking for a unique Thanksgiving dessert this year?

Try sourdough pumpkin swiss cake rolls. You won’t find anything this good in a box!

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Sourdough Pumpkin Swiss Cake Rolls
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Sourdough pumpkin cake filled with pumpkin cream and topped with melted chocolate.
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Cake
  1. 1/2 cup sourdough starter
  2. 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  3. 2 Tbsp. water
  4. 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  5. 1/4 cup organic brown cane sugar
  6. 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  7. 1/4 ts. unrefined sea salt
  8. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Filling
  1. 3/4 cup organic cane sugar
  2. 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  3. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  4. 4 Tbsp. all purpose flour
  5. Topping: 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Cake
  1. Combine the sourdough, flour and water. Let set one hour.
  2. Heat oven to 350*F. Line a medium size baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Add the pumpkin, brown sugar, soda, salt and cinnamon to the flour. Mix well.
  4. Spread evenly (not too thin) on the parchment paper.
  5. Bake 40 minutes.
Filling
  1. Blend the sugar on high in a high power blender to create powdered sugar.
  2. In a medium bowl beat the powdered sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon and flour on high for two minutes. Chill.
Assembly
  1. When the cake comes out of the oven cut it in half both vertically and horizontally to create 4 pieces. Trim any crispy edges.
  2. Let the cake cool for about 2 minutes.
  3. Spread filling on each piece of cake and roll. Use a toothpick to hold the cake in the rolled position if necessary.
  4. Chill the cakes in the refrigerator.
  5. When chilled melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler (glass bowl over a small saucepan with an inch of water).
  6. Drizzle the chocolate over the cakes.
  7. Chill.
  8. Keep the cakes in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  9. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Notes
  1. The filling can be made up to 3 days in advance or while the cake is baking.
  2. There will likely be extra filling. It is great for dipping graham crackers or using as frosting on muffins or cupcakes. It also tastes great eaten plain with extra melted chocolate swirled in.
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Einkorn Chocolate Chip Cookies | Just Take A Bite

Einkorn Chocolate Chip Cookies

These einkorn chocolate chip cookies are a remake of the classic. Simple and delicious, yet free of dairy, nuts, soy, corn, rice, coconut and egg whites.

Einkorn Chocolate Chip Cookies | Just Take A Bite

Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? I know I sure do!

Mom’s cookies are the best.

Growing up my mom was famous for her chocolate chip cookies (and still is!). It was rare we didn’t have any in the house.

We would eat two or three fresh out of the oven. 

She still brings her cookies to every family function or church event. They aren’t fancy, just plain old all purpose flour, butter, sugar, etc. But she somehow transforms the ingredients into something unique.

I miss those cookies. I can almost taste one right now.

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Finding an alternative.

Even though I can’t eat my mom’s cookies I can indulge in einkorn chocolate chip cookies once in a while.

This version is super easy to make. Plus it doesn’t have dairy, nuts, soy, corn, rice, coconut or egg whites.

Einkorn Chocolate Chip Cookies | Just Take A Bite

Dessert or breakfast.

If you need a quick treat einkorn chocolate chip cookies are perfect. Or use the base and add whatever you like to make it your own.

There is no need to soak the flour, which makes them even easier!

Add dried fruit and seeds to create a breakfast cookie. Or keep it classic with just chocolate chips.

Smart Sweets

No matter what you add they’re good! Especially fresh out of the oven.

Soft cookie dough with melted chocolate.

Who can resist that?!

In need of a cookie fix?

Try something new with einkorn chocolate chip cookies.

Einkorn Chocolate Chip Cookies | Just Take A Bite | A twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie that is free of dairy, nuts, soy, rice, corn and coconut

Einkorn Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 12
A twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie using einkorn flour.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup einkorn flour
  2. 1/2 cup whole wheat, all purpose or white rice flour
  3. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  4. 1 tsp. baking soda
  5. 1/2 cup honey
  6. 3 egg yolks
  7. 1/4 cup olive oil, avocado oil or melted tallow
  8. 1/4 cup add-ins: chocolate chips, dried fruit, seeds
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350*F.
  2. In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients except add-ins. Beat until well combined.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop mounds onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Cool and store in a sealed container for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a year.
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