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No need to sacrifice nutrition on busy mornings. In less than the time it takes to pour a bowl of cereal you can have this nutrient packed blueberry spinach smoothie on the table!

Blueberry Spinach Smoothie: Jam Packed With Nutrients!

No need to sacrifice nutrition on busy mornings. In less than the time it takes to pour a bowl of cereal you can have this nutrient packed blueberry spinach smoothie on the table!

No need to sacrifice nutrition on busy mornings. In less than the time it takes to pour a bowl of cereal you can have this nutrient packed blueberry spinach smoothie on the table!

School is under way. That means two things.

  1. Mornings are busy.
  2. The germs are spreading.

That doesn’t mean throw in the towel, buy boxes of cereal and say a prayer your child stays healthy.

No way! Now is the perfect time to get smart and start the day with a nutrient boost that supports the immune system. It also provides critical vitamins and minerals for focus and energy.

No need to sacrifice nutrition on busy mornings. In less than the time it takes to pour a bowl of cereal you can have this nutrient packed blueberry spinach smoothie on the table!

The Ultimate Energy Drink

Kids need fuel for both their minds and bodies. Get it all in this nutrient packed blueberry spinach smoothie. Fruits, vegetables and loads of vitamins and minerals.

I serve smoothies for breakfast several times a week. They are easy. And you’d be amazed how much good stuff I pack in there. This blueberry spinach smoothie is no exception.

Don’t worry – even with all that good stuff it still tastes great! All of my kids approve.

No need to sacrifice nutrition on busy mornings. In less than the time it takes to pour a bowl of cereal you can have this nutrient packed blueberry spinach smoothie on the table!

What makes it so nutritious?

I’m over at Kitchen Stewardship sharing this fool-proof way to get your child’s day started right. Bonus – it’s great mama fuel too! I make a blenderful in the morning and have some for my breakfast. Then when the kids get up I just puree for a few seconds again and their breakfast is ready. It really doesn’t get any easier.

Check out the full recipe here!

No need to sacrifice nutrition on busy mornings. In less than the time it takes to pour a bowl of cereal you can have this nutrient packed blueberry spinach smoothie on the table!

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These Allergy Friendly Blueberry Muffins are free of gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, corn, rice, coconut and soy. They are safe for just about anyone! But that doesn't mean they lack in flavor. Moist, slightly sweet and perfect for breakfast or a snack.

Allergy Friendly Blueberry Muffins

Easy to make and fun to eat, these allergy friendly blueberry muffins are naturally free of gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, corn, coconut, rice and soy. Breakfast just got a whole lot tastier.These allergy friendly blueberry muffins are free gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, corn, soy, rice and coconut. They are safe for just about anyone! But that doesn't mean they are lacking in flavor. Most, slightly sweet and so delicious! They make the perfect breakfast or snack.

When my son got his most recent allergy diagnosis I had to do more baking experimentation. I am very experienced with gluten free, dairy free and nut free. But adding eggs to the list too made it a bit harder. I started my experimenting with muffins.

Everyone Loves Muffins

He has always loved muffins. When he was two he’d get out of bed, hurry downstairs and declare he needed a muffin instantly. There was (and still is) no waiting for breakfast (he’s just like his mama). And muffins top his list for breakfast fare.

These Allergy Friendly Blueberry Muffins are free of gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, corn, rice, coconut and soy. They are safe for just about anyone! But that doesn't mean they lack in flavor. Moist, slightly sweet and perfect for breakfast or a snack.

I went through a few batches that were either crumbly or too dense. But I finally perfected a truly allergy friendly muffin.

You can add whatever you like to it. My son’s favorite variety is blueberry. Me? I like chocolate chips (this is the brand we love). That’s about as close as I get to dessert these days.

Easy To Make, Fun To Share

These muffins are super easy to make. Just mix all of the ingredients in one bowl, pour into muffin tins and bake.

Every time I make muffins my son devours them and tells me I NEED to post the recipe. So today I’m finally sharing it.

These Allergy Friendly Blueberry Muffins are free of gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, corn, rice, coconut and soy. They are safe for just about anyone! But that doesn't mean they lack in flavor. Moist, slightly sweet and perfect for breakfast or a snack.

There are no eggs, dairy, coconut, nuts, corn, rice, gluten or soy in these allergy friendly blueberry muffins. They are also pretty low in sweetener.

I use a combination of grass-fed gelatin (I use this brand, this brand or this brand), olive oil and honey for an egg replacement. It works perfectly!

Let The Kids Help

If you’re looking for a way to get your kids in the kitchen to practice their cooking skills, allergy friendly blueberry muffins are perfect. They can perfect their measuring and pouring skills. And of course sample the batter to make sure it’s ok.

I like to make a big batch and stock the freezer. Though with  my son’s appetite very few actually make it there. I love having an easy breakfast or perfect pairing with a bowl of nourishing soup ready whenever I need it.

Are you in need of a truly allergy friendly muffin?

This is it! Choose your favorite additions and whip up a special breakfast treat.

These Allergy Friendly Blueberry Muffins are free of gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, corn, rice, coconut and soy. They are safe for just about anyone! But that doesn't mean they lack in flavor. Moist, slightly sweet and perfect for breakfast or a snack.

Allergy Friendly Blueberry Muffins
Yields 12
Moist, slightly sweetened blueberry muffins free of gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, soy, rice and coconut.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups sorghum flour
  2. 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  3. 3/4 cups water
  4. 3 Tbsp. cane sugar
  5. 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  6. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  7. 1/4 cup honey
  8. 6 Tbsp. olive oil
  9. 1/4 cup cold water
  10. 3 tsp. grass-fed gelatin
  11. 1/4 cup hot water
  12. 1/2 cup blueberries (or any other fresh fruit, dried fruit or chocolate chips)
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350*F. Line muffin pan with muffin cups (paper or silicone).
  2. In a large bowl combine the sorghum, tapioca and water. Mix well, removing any lumps.
  3. Combine the 1/4 cup cold water and gelatin. Set aside.
  4. Add the sugar, baking soda, salt, honey and olive oil to the flour mixture. Mix well.
  5. Add the 1/4 cup hot water to the gelatin mixture and stir to dissolve.
  6. Pour the gelatin water into the muffin batter. Mix by hand or with a hand mixer until well mixed.
  7. Stir in fruit.
  8. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.
  9. Bake for 30 - 40 minutes (30 minutes for mini muffins, 40 minutes for full size muffins).
Notes
  1. To make pumpkin muffins reduce the 3/4 cups of water to 1/2 cup of water and add 1/2 cup of pumpkin to the batter.
  2. One recipe makes about 12 full size muffins or 24 mini muffins.
  3. Add 3 Tbsp. maple syrup and omit the blueberries to make vanilla cupcakes.
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Stonyfield Grassfed Yogurt and Whole Milk Greek Yogurt Review | Just Take A Bite

Stonyfield Grassfed Yogurt and Whole Milk Greek Yogurt Review

When it comes to the low-fat craze yogurt has been on board for many years. Fear not! Stonyfield is bringing back some healthy fat to your diet with their whole milk Greek yogurt and grassfed yogurt!

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I’m very excited to tell you about some great yogurt today! For once, a company is moving in the RIGHT direction when it comes to offering healthy choices.

Stonyfield is now offering whole milk Greek yogurt and 100% (for REAL) grassfed yogurt.

Every time I see the grocery store shelves lined with Greek yogurt I cringe. I just don’t get it. You’ve taken all the healthy fat out. And boast about how much protein it has. All I see is a major imbalance.

If you want your protein to count you need to eat fat with it. Carbs too! (my kettle corn granola is the perfect addition!)

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But what really got me excited was Stonyfield’s new 100% grassfed yogurt.

Here are some details directly from Stonyfield:

While some products may claim to be made from milk sourced from grassfed cows, that does not necessarily mean that the cows were fed a 100% grassfed diet. Our Organic 100% Grassfed is made with milk from cows, who have eaten all grass, all of the time, even in winter! And we’ve heard they just LOVE the fermented grass they eat in the winter months. To make sure our consumers recognize this difference, we have sought out and gotten independent certification of it – by the PCO. Look for the label on the cup! 

How cool is that?!

We got to try all the different varieties. Since my youngest and I are dairy free I had to trust the opinions of my family.

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Four Year Old

My son tried the whole milk Greek + honey once before his dairy allergy diagnosis. He loved it! And of course he loved the cool container, especially since we never buy individual yogurts unless we are traveling. No complaints, except he wanted more when it was gone.

Seven Year Old

My daughter tried all of them. Her favorite hands down was the grassfed yogurt. Just the right texture and sweetness.

She didn’t care as much for the Greek because it was quite tart. Which is saying a lot since we normally only add a bit of honey or syrup to plain yogurt and aren’t used to sweet things. So I added a touch extra honey to hers.

Husband

My husband enjoyed all of them. Though he too isn’t that crazy about Greek yogurt. It is very thick and tangier than regular yogurt. He thought the sweetness was good in all of them. But would definitely choose the grassfed for overall taste and texture. Really he’d choose the Oh My Yog! over both of these. Have you tried them yet?

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Even though I can’t taste the yogurt I still get to weigh in!  Here are my thoughts.

Likes

  • I LOVE that the yogurt is full fat (which we need!).
  • I LOVE that the yogurt is organic and some of it is 100% grassfed.
  • I like the variety of flavors.
  • I like the convenience. We can finally buy a full fat individual size yogurt if we need something when we are on the go.

Dislikes

  • The flavored Greek yogurt containers have a strange design, and it was hard to get the filling out of the little cup. Especially the honey that gets hard when cold. I think it would be better to just make it fruit on the bottom and not deal with the flipping and scraping.
  • All of the yogurts besides the Greek + honey have cornstarch. With a rising number of people with corn allergies that really limits options.
  • Natural flavor – it’s in everything, even organic food. But it is almost the same as artificial flavor and has the same impact on my daughter. It makes her crazy and unable to focus. So in spite of the good quality of the yogurt I can’t let her eat it without consequences.

Stonyfield Grassfed Yogurt and Whole Milk Greek Yogurt Review | Just Take A Bite

Overall I am very happy with the latest yogurts from Stonyfield. Quality dairy that hasn’t had the healthy fat removed. I’m all for it. But we’ll be sticking to the plain yogurt and adding our own sweetener and fruit most of the time to avoid the thickener and natural flavor. That’s life with allergies!

Have you tried any of the latest Stonyfield full fat yogurts? What do you think?

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Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly

Wondering what to do with your homemade grape juice? Make grape jelly of course! It is a classic kid favorite that is easy to make and perfect for your pb&j!

Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Growing up we ate one flavor of jelly.

Grape.

That’s it.

At home. Grape. In a restaurant. Grape. On toast. Grape. On a sandwich. Grape.

That was really all we knew and all we wanted.

No jelly here.

Want to know something? I have never bought grape jelly for my kids. Most grape jellies are filled with high fructose corn syrup. Not to mention the texture kind of grosses me out now.

But homemade grape jelly – that is a whole different story. Especially when it comes from juice you made yourself!

Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

No pectin. No canning.

The unique thing about my grape jelly is that I skip the pectin and the canning.

Most pectin contains dextrose. That’s just sugar, right? Well, yes, sort of.

But it usually comes from corn. My son is allergic to corn. So I don’t use pectin.

Instead I use gelatin and then freeze the jelly. That turns this into such a simple task. It takes about five minutes to make a whole batch of jelly.

This was my own experiment with creating an easy and allergen friendly grape jelly.

Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

No complaints.

The consensus from my family? Great! Everyone loves it. Even the adults that grew up with more traditional jelly (both homemade and store bought).

My kids rave about it and keep asking for it on their bread.

We have been enjoying it on toast and on sunbutter and jelly sandwiches. I personally love it on sourdough bread. The contrast between the sour and sweet is delicious.

Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

No fears.

Are you intimidated by the idea of making your own grape jelly? Set those fears aside. This pectin free concord grape jelly is so easy!

Use your homemade grape juice or quality organic grape juice. Add some grass-fed gelatin and you’re minutes away from homemade grape jelly.

Your kids will love it, and you’ll feel good about what they’re eating. No more high fructose corn syrup, dextrose and citric acid for breakfast. Just whole, simple ingredients.

Once you get the freezer stocked with grape jelly grab some blueberry juice to make blueberry jelly! It’s another great addition to your morning eggs and toast.

Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly
Yields 7
Homemade grape jelly that is free of pectin and high fructose corn syrup.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups unsweetened concord grape juice
  2. 3 cups organic cane sugar
  3. 6 1/2 tsp. grass-fed gelatin
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan combine the juice and sugar. Whisk.
  2. Slowly pour in the gelatin and whisk.
  3. Let sit one minute.
  4. Turn on heat to medium/low.
  5. Slowly whisk until the mixture is warm and the sugar and gelatin are dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Fill half pint glass jars, leaving 1 inch of head space.
  8. Put a lid on the jars and refrigerate until fully gelled, at least 8 hours.
  9. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to 1 year.
Notes
  1. You may need to adjust the sweetness depending on the sweetness of the juice and your taste.
  2. You can increase the gelatin to 8 Tbsp. and pour the whole batch into molds or a glass pan to make grape gummies.
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Traditional Blueberry Pie | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Traditional Blueberry Pie

Traditional blueberry pie is a family classic handed down through generations. I’ve added my own twists with a new thickener and a properly prepared crust!

Traditional Blueberry Pie | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

I’ve mentioned before that blueberries are my favorite fruit…and blueberry pie is my favorite pie! So every summer I make at least one blueberry pie. Even if it’s the only blueberry dessert I make.

The problem.

Every year it gets trickier to make our favorite treats as allergies and dietary restrictions change. This year was no exception!

If I combine the current grain/starch/flour restrictions from the whole family it would include:

  • wheat
  • rice
  • corn
  • quinoa
  • oats
  • rye
  • amaranth
  • tapioca
  • cassava
  • potato
  • almonds
  • coconut
  • arrowroot

That doesn’t leave much to work with.

Traditional Blueberry Pie | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

The crust.

So I went the old fashioned route and made a traditional blueberry pie with wheat crust. How convenient that blueberry pie time coincided with our wheat experiment!

We actually don’t have any wheat allergies in our family. I personally have never noticed any reaction to wheat for myself. Though I do usually keep the kids gluten free while they are working on healing.

Traditional Blueberry Pie | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

But sometimes you just have to compromise and experiment. Which meant a properly prepared (soaked) wheat crust.  My husband sure was happy with this change!!

In case you’re thinking I’m straying too far from nourishing foods remember that even Sally Fallon believes all pie crust should be made with white flour! It’s like an unwritten rule. You have to go with traditional when it comes to pie.

I also used the traditional fat for the crust – lard.  It really makes an amazingly flaky crust.  If you don’t have lard butter will work too.

Traditional Blueberry Pie | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

The filling.

After settling on the crust I had to figure out the filling. Blueberry pie needs a thickener. Fresh berries are so juicy!! With no rice, corn, potato, tapioca or arrowroot allowed thickening the filling is quite a challenge.

I opted for a combination of all purpose flour and grass-fed gelatin. It works quite well and adds some nutrients to the filling. The tricky part is guessing how much to use depending on how juicy your blueberries are.

Traditional Blueberry Pie | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

The results.

I bet you can guess how it turned out.

Whole wheat pie crust with a juicy blueberry filling. Yep. It’s good. Really good.

My big kids got to make their own pie. Which means they enjoyed it even more! My oldest did a great job making her own crust and filling.

Pie is such a great project to let your kids help with. Hands are the most important tool!

I made our traditional blueberry pie even better by serving it with freshly made classic vanilla ice cream. My kids helped make that too.

This pie is naturally free of dairy, eggs, nuts, soy, corn and coconut. All important when dealing with allergies.

Now and later.

Blueberry pie freezes very well! You can prepare the entire pie and then freeze it until you are ready to bake. Simply thaw in the fridge for about an hour and follow the same baking instructions.

I like to make two pies at a time so I can have one now and freeze one for later.  Blueberry pie in the middle of winter reminds me that summer will indeed come again.

When it comes to pie I don’t think anything beats blueberry. It sure was a treat to enjoy a traditional pie this summer.  Who knows what next year will bring and what we’ll be eating. So we savored each piece.

What is your favorite pie flavor? Do you go with a traditional wheat crust or make it gluten or grain free?

Traditional Blueberry Pie | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Traditional Blueberry Pie
Serves 10
A classic blueberry pie with a soaked crust and nutrient dense filling.
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Crust
  1. 2 cups whole wheat or all purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  3. 1 tsp. organic cane sugar
  4. 2/3 cup lard (or butter)
  5. 3 Tbsp. cold water
  6. 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
Filling
  1. 4 1/2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen, thawed)
  2. 3/4 cups organic cane sugar
  3. 3 Tbsp. all purpose flour, cornstarch, tapioca, arrowroot or rice flour
  4. 4-6 tsp. grass-fed gelatin (depends how big/juicy the berries are and how thick you like it)
  5. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  6. 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  7. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  8. 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
Crust
  1. Combine the flour, salt and sugar in a food processor (this can also be done by hand). Pulse to blend.
  2. Add 1/3 cup lard. Pulse until combined.
  3. Add other 1/3 cup of lard. Pulse until combined and there are pea-size crumbles.
  4. Add the water and lemon juice.
  5. Process until a ball of dough forms.
  6. Split the dough in half.
  7. Roll one of half of the dough on a floured surface and place it in a 9" pie pan.
  8. Cover the pie pan and the remaining dough and chill for 7-24 hours.
Pie
  1. Heat the oven to 450*F.
  2. In a large bowl combine the filling ingredients.
  3. Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust.
  4. Roll the remaining crust on a floured surface.
  5. Cover the filling with the pie crust and seal edges.
  6. Cut slits in the top to allow steam to escape.
  7. Place the pie pan on a sheet pan (in case of spills).
  8. Bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Reduce heat to 350*F and bake for another 40 - 45 minutes.
  10. Allow pie to cool completely before serving.
  11. Serve plain or with ice cream or whipped cream.
Notes
  1. A combination of starchy and whole grain gluten free flour can be used in place of the wheat flour. Increase the amount to 2 1/4 cups.
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Fruity Breakfast Cake | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Fruity Breakfast Cake: Super Healthy Kids Post

Fruity breakfast cake is a great way to start the day!  Soaked gluten free grains and healthy fat mixed with fresh fruit is a winning combination.

Fruity Breakfast Cake | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Cake for breakfast?

You bet!  When made with colorful fruit and nutritious ingredients, cake can be great way to start the day and help your kids enjoy fruit in a different way.  Fruity Breakfast Cake tastes delicious which is important so that kids will eat something and feel satisfied until lunch!

Fruity breakfast cake is a combination of whatever berries, cherries or stone fruit you like topped with a low sugar, soaked cake.  It is also free of many allergens – gluten, dairy, nuts, corn and soy.

What makes a breakfast nutritious?

Balance!

Create a balance of macronutrients by pairing the breakfast cake with a protein like scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil or butter, sausage or whole milk yogurt.  Then you get carbohydrates, protein and fat in your meal.  This is great for providing energy and balancing blood sugar.

Fruity Breakfast Cake | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Want to hear more about how to create a balanced breakfast and how to make this delicious breakfast cake?  Head over to Super Healthy Kids for the full post and recipe!

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Blueberry Cheesecake Pops | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Blueberry Cheesecake Pops

When the weather is hot and blueberries are fresh it’s the perfect time for blueberry cheesecake pops!  Not too sweet but what a treat.

Blueberry Cheesecake Pops | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

We go crazy for blueberry season here.  Blueberries are an all around family favorite fruit.  We mostly freeze them and eat them fresh.

But of course we use them for a few treats too.

Simple is best.

One of the easiest ways to use blueberries is in blueberry cheesecake pops.  It only takes about five minutes to get them to the freezer.  As a busy mom of three the faster the better!

We almost always have homemade gluten free graham crackers in the cupboard, which makes treats like blueberry cheesecake pops a cinch.  This time I used gluten free pumpkin spice grahams!  Any homemade or store bought version that you tolerate will do.

Then all you have to do is blend, crush and pour.

Blueberry Cheesecake Pops | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Cheesecake flavor.

Slightly sweetened whole milk yogurt blended with blueberries gives the flavor of blueberry cheesecake.  The crushed graham crackers mimic a graham cracker crust.

If you want some variety try swapping the blueberries for strawberries or raspberries.  Or use all three for a mixed berry cheesecake pop!

Coconut milk or coconut yogurt can be used in place of the dairy yogurt as well for variety or for allergies.

Blueberry Cheesecake Pops | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Not just a treat.

Blueberry cheesecake pops really are a treat.  But you can also pack them with nutrients.  They already have maple syrup and sea salt.  Both contain lots of minerals.

Then there is the whole milk yogurt with healthy fat.  Plus blueberries are bursting with vitamins.

If you really want to load up these popsicles with good stuff you can add egg yolk to the mix.  I like to do this for my kids that sometimes struggle with focus.  All of the B vitamins really help.

Blueberry Cheesecake Pops | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

A quick snack.

If your kids are like mine they don’t want to wait for the popsicles to freeze.  Blueberry cheesecake pops can be eaten as blueberry cheesecake yogurt if you are really in a hurry.  Just blend, pour, stir and serve.  Then you can serve this for breakfast!

Use a few of your fresh blueberries to make a treat the whole family will love.  Blueberry cheesecake pops are dessert with nutrition packed inside.

What is your favorite way to enjoy blueberries?

Blueberry Cheesecake Pops | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Blueberry Cheesecake Pops
Serves 4
A fun way to use your fresh blueberries in a sweet frozen treat. Yogurt, blueberries and graham crackers create a cold version of blueberry cheesecake.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup blueberries, divided
  2. 3/4 cups plain, whole milk yogurt, coconut milk or coconut yogurt
  3. 2 Tbsp. maple syrup or honey
  4. 1/2 tsp. organic vanilla
  5. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  6. 1/2 cup graham crackers, crushed
  7. optional: 1 pastured egg yolk
  8. optional: 1 tsp. lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Blend 1/4 cup blueberries, yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, egg yolk and lemon juice until pureed.
  2. Layer in the popsicle molds half of the yogurt mixture, fresh blueberries and graham cracker crumbs.
  3. Repeat with a second layer.
  4. Freeze until firm.
Notes
  1. Any graham cracker will work.
  2. You can replace the blueberries with any other fruit.
  3. If you don't want to do layers or your kids don't like chunks you can simply puree all of the ingredients and pour into the molds.
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Blender To Oven Maple Cherry Baked Oatmeal | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Blender To Oven Maple Cherry Baked Oatmeal

Maple cherry baked oatmeal is a simple way to use fresh fruit and soaked grains for a quick prep breakfast.  Toss the ingredients in the blender and bake.

Blender To Oven Maple Cherry Baked Oatmeal | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

During the hottest days of the summer the last thing you want to do is spend a half hour in the kitchen baking.

That doesn’t mean you want to eat cold cereal for breakfast every morning.

The solution?

Soak some oats.  Grab your blender.  And you are already half way to a great breakfast.

Maple cherry baked oatmeal is so simple to make.  All of the ingredients go into the blender.  Then simply pour the batter into a baking dish and your work is done.

Change the texture.

I’ve mentioned before that my oldest has problems with certain textures.  One of the foods she struggles with most is oats.

Crunchy granola?  Fine.  Oatmeal?  No way!  One bite and she has had enough.  She practically gags on it.

My solution is to blend the oats.

Then baked oatmeal tastes more like cake!  She loved this.

Blender To Oven Maple Cherry Baked Oatmeal | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Cherries add sweetness.

The combination of sweet cherries and maple syrup is perfect.  You get a burst of flavor and natural sweetness.

You can do almost all of the preparation for this maple cherry baked oatmeal in advance.  Soak the oats the morning before to reduce the phytic acid content.  The night before pit your cherries.

Then in the morning all you have to do is put everything in the blender and bake.  Freshly baked breakfast will be waiting for you when you are finished getting everyone ready for the day.

An added bonus is that you do your baking before it gets too hot.  If you have a toaster oven that is a great solution too!

What about allergens?

If you are gluten free be sure to buy gluten free oats.  There is one egg in maple cherry baked oatmeal.  It can be replaced with gelatin or flax eggs.

Any type of fat you tolerate can be used in this baked oatmeal.

If you are like me and don’t tolerate oats, simply replace the oats with another gluten free grain like brown rice or amaranth.   You’ll never know the difference!

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Blender To Oven Maple Cherry Baked Oatmeal
Serves 12
Maple cherry baked oatmeal is a simple way to use fresh fruit and soaked grains for a quick prep breakfast. Toss the ingredients in the blender and bake.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups oats
  2. 1/2 cup sorghum flour (or brown rice, white rice or amaranth)
  3. 1 1/2 cups warm water
  4. 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1/3 cup maple syrup
  7. 1/3 cup organic cane sugar or coconut sugar
  8. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  9. 1 tsp. baking soda
  10. 1 tsp. organic vanilla
  11. 3 Tbsp. liquid fat (olive oil, avocado oil, melted butter, coconut oil, lard or tallow)
  12. 1 cup pitted sweet cherries (20 - 25 cherries)
  13. Optional add-ins: chopped nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, seeds
Instructions
  1. Combine the oats, flour, water and lemon juice. Let sit 24 hours.
  2. Heat the oven to 350*F. Grease a 7x11 baking pan.
  3. Add the soaked oats and the remaining ingredients to a blender.
  4. Blend until pureed.
  5. Pour the pureed mixture into the prepared pan.
  6. Stir in any optional add-ins.
  7. Bake 1 hour.
  8. Let oatmeal cool 10 minutes before serving.
  9. Serve plain, topped with butter, with milk or yogurt.
  10. Store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 3 days, in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 9 months.
Notes
  1. Some or all of the oats can be replaced with brown rice flour or amaranth flour.
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Breakfast is served.

Both of my big kids loved this baked oatmeal.  No texture issues at all.

I bumped up the nutrition factor by spreading lots of butter on top, as if it was a muffin.

Maple cherry baked oatmeal can also be served with milk poured on top or whole milk yogurt.  I thought it tasted great plain, sprinkled with a bit of sea salt to support my adrenals (until my baby girl got horrible reflux and I couldn’t eat any more of it.  If you have reflux use caution.  Oats can be problematic).

This makes a great breakfast year round.  Use cherries from your freezer stash to make a batch of maple cherry baked oatmeal during the winter.  You’ll have a healthy and delicious breakfast all week long.

You can also make a double batch and stock your freezer for easy school morning breakfasts.  It makes a simple addition to school lunches as well.  It can be eaten like a muffin.  What kid wouldn’t love a bowl of chicken noodle soup and baked oatmeal packed in their lunch?!

No cherries left?

No problem.  Try blueberries!  Or any fruit you like.

Make maple cherry baked oatmeal an extra special breakfast by stirring in chopped nuts, dried fruit, cut up fresh fruit or chocolate chips after you pour the batter in the pan.

Try some maple cherry baked oatmeal this summer.  Then enjoy it all winter using your frozen fruit.  Pair it with a protein like eggs or bacon and add some healthy fat like butter or yogurt.  You’ve got the perfect breakfast your kids will love.

Are you an oatmeal fan or does the texture bother you?  Have you tried it with the oats pureed?

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Teff and Sorghum Cherry Bars | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Teff and Sorghum Cherry Bars

Teff and sorghum cherry bars combine two flavorful gluten free grains with a sweet summer fruit to make a soaked, allergen friendly bar.  Cherry bars are perfect for easy breakfasts, snacks or even dessert!

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Cherries, cherries everywhere!

Did you take advantage of cherry season this year?

I think I blinked and it was over.  It lasted maybe two weeks.

I’m thankful we got a good haul while they were around.  I froze most of them.  But we still have a small bowl in the fridge that needs to be used up ASAP.

We could eat them fresh.  But we are all getting cherried-out after devouring them for a few days straight.

Instead I like to make teff and sorghum cherry bars.  My kids go crazy for these.

The dough is made with soaked gluten free grains and can be mixed by hand.  The cherries are combined with gelatin and touch of honey for a sweet cherry filling.

Trying to get your kids in the kitchen?

Teff and sorghum cherry bars are perfect for little hands that want to help.  The dough is very “hand friendly” and needs to be pressed into the pan.  It is also a very firm dough, so it doesn’t spill out of the bowl very easily.

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Teff and Sorghum Cherry Bars {soaked, gluten free, dairy free, corn free, nut free, egg free, soy free, coconut free}
Serves 12
A simple soaked bar using fresh sweet cherries. It makes the perfect summer breakfast, snack or dessert!
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup teff flour
  2. 1 1/2 cups sorghum flour
  3. 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. warm water
  4. 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  5. 4 Tbsp. olive oil (or liquid fat of choice)
  6. 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. honey
  7. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  8. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  9. 2 tsp. grass-fed gelatin
  10. 1 cup sweet cherries, pitted and roughly chopped
  11. 1 Tbsp. hone
  12. 1 tsp. grass-fed gelatin
Instructions
  1. Combine the teff, sorghum, water, lemon juice and oil. Work the wet ingredients into the flour. It will be crumbly. Cover and let sit 7-24 hours.
  2. Heat oven to 350*F. Grease a 9" square baking pan.
  3. Mix the cherries, 1 Tbsp. honey and 1 tsp. gelatin. Set aside.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the flour mixture. Mix until combined.
  5. Press half of the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  6. Spread the cherry mixture on the dough.
  7. Top with the remaining half of dough.
  8. Bake for 35 minutes.
  9. Let the bars cool completely.
  10. Cut into bars.
  11. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator (for up to a week) or freezer (for up to 6 months).
Notes
  1. The sorghum can be replaced with white or brown rice flour.
  2. Avocado oil, melted butter, lard, tallow or coconut oil will also work in place of the olive oil.
  3. You can add chopped nuts or chocolate chips into the dough or on the cherry layer.
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Worried about allergens?

No need to be!  Teff and sorghum cherry bars are free of:

  • gluten
  • rice
  • dairy
  • nuts
  • corn
  • soy
  • eggs
  • coconut

The grains are also soaked for better digestion and absorption of nutrients.  What’s not to love about a treat like that?

Let’s not forget one of the stars of this bar…grass-fed gelatin!

The gelatin helps bind the bars, create a gooey filling and adds nutrients.

If you are looking for a simple breakfast, try teff and sorghum cherry bars.  Add a dish of whole milk yogurt, scrambled eggs or  pastured bacon and you’ve got a great start to your day.

Teff and sorghum cherry bars aren’t just for breakfast.

I love using cherry bars as a simple component in lunches.  A few slices of raw cheese, fresh in-season fruits and vegetables and a cherry bar…the perfect (and easy!!) summer lunch.  Bonus that it can all be eaten with your hands.

Not sure how to use up those last few cherries?  Give teff and sorghum cherry bars a try.  You many find yourself digging in to your freezer stash to make them all year long!

You can even add chopped nuts and chocolate chips to the batter or spread them on top of the cherries for a really special treat.

Did you miss out on cherries?

No problem.  Try these bars with blueberries!  Simply mash the berries a bit before adding the gelatin.

No matter what fruit you add these bars are delicious and a perfect summer treat.

What are some fun ways you use your fresh, summer fruit?

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Sourdough Cherry Granola | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Sourdough Cherry Granola

Sourdough cherry granola is a simple, traditionally prepared breakfast cereal that incorporates fresh cherries with a touch of maple syrup and honey.  No baking required and only five ingredients!  It doesn’t get much easier.

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When I was in college I got hooked on granola.  I have no idea what brand they had, but the granola in the cereal bins in our cafeteria was amazing!

Just thinking about it makes me want a bowl.  Granola and milk…two things I miss dearly.

I looked forward to it every single day.  Yes, I said every day.

If you’ve been around here long you know that eating the same foods every day often leads to an intolerance or even allergy.  Which is why I now am on a rotational diet.

Can you guess what I can’t eat now?  Oats.  Which means no traditional granola.

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There are alternatives.

I’ve made alternative versions of granola over the years like grain free granola and soaked cereal.

Nuts have been out of my diet for a long time now.  And lately my little one reacts to so many things that my grain options are dwindling…even many of my usual gluten free grains.

Instead I use a lot of sourdough right now (but of course I try not to eat it every day!)

What do you do with bowls full of cherries?

After cherry picking recently I was trying to brainstorm new ways to use up cherries.  I decided to try my hand at making granola using my sourdough starter with added cherries for a sweet twist.

Making granola could not get any simpler!  There are only five ingredients in sourdough cherry granola.  All you do is mix and dehydrate.

The result is a sweet, fruity, crunchy cereal perfect for snacking or an easy summer breakfast.

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Sourdough Cherry Granola
Serves 12
A sweet, fruity, crunchy granola made with traditional sourdough and sweet cherries.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups sourdough starter
  2. 1 cup sweet cherries, pitted
  3. 1/4 cup honey
  4. 1/3 cup maple syrup
  5. 1 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  6. optional: 1/2 tsp. baking soda to make it a bit softer
  7. optional after drying: chopped nuts, dried fruit, coconut flakes, min chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. 3 - 9 hours before making the granola feed your sourdough starter so you have at least 3 1/2 cups.
  2. Puree the cherries in a blender.
  3. Mix the cherry puree, sourdough starter, honey, syrup and salt (and soda if using).
  4. Pour the mixture onto parchment lined dehydrator trays (this filled two trays in my Excalibur).
  5. Dry on the highest setting until crisp (this took about 15 hours for me).
  6. Break the granola into small pieces for granola or large pieces for crackers.
  7. Store in a sealed container in the cupboard or in the freezer for long term storage.
Notes
  1. You can replace the cherries with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or a combination of fruit.
  2. You can use all honey or all maple syrup. The combination gives a neutral/mild sweet flavor.
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There is no flour added to the sourdough starter so you don’t have to worry about waiting for grains to ferment.

There is also no need to worry about oats!

Are oats really that great?

It’s funny that oats are such a staple in our culture.  Oatmeal is thought of as the “perfect breakfast” and great for heart health.  But I find that many people have a really hard time digesting oats.  Even my mom (that doesn’t know a ton about real food) thinks they are hard on your stomach.

And if they are not properly prepared they are extra hard on your gut due to the high phytic acid content.

I attempted to eat oats once recently…and my baby had such  horrible reflux or stomach pain (she can’t tell us which yet) that she just screamed.  So it’s nice to have an alternative to the traditional oat-based cereals.

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But how does it taste?

Now let’s get to the really important part – what my kids think.

They love it!

To be honest we haven’t been eating it as cereal much.  But we have been munching on it a lot!

Sourdough cherry granola is the perfect finger food for snacks whether at home or on the go.  It is not messy and stays good at room temperature.

I kept my sourdough cherry granola simple.  If you want to spruce it up you can add dried fruit, nuts, coconut flakes or chocolate chips after it is dried and crumbled.

Not a cereal fan?  Break the dried sheets into larger chunks for crackers!

Sourdough cherry granola is a great way to use fresh summer fruit.  If you want to change it up you can swap blueberries, strawberries or raspberries for the cherries.

Give yourself a break.

This summer let yourself sleep in once in a while and wake up to a simple, no prep breakfast.  Pour raw milk over your sourdough cherry granola or sprinkle the granola on a dish of whole milk yogurt.

Take five minutes and five ingredients to get sourdough cherry granola going.  Then let your dehydrator do the work.  Stock your pantry and your freezer with this delicious breakfast.

Are you a granola fan?  What is your favorite version?

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