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In search of a sweet treat without any food dyes or chemicals? This Unreal Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt will blow you away!!

Unreal Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt

In search of a sweet treat without any food dyes or chemicals? This Unreal Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt will blow you away!!

In search of a sweet treat without any food dyes or chemicals? This Unreal Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt will blow you away!!

*This post is sponsored by Stonyfield Yogurt and Unreal Candy. I was compensated for my time commitment but I was not paid to publish positive reviews. All opinions expressed are my own.*

My oldest has been begging me to make frozen yogurt for about a year now. The only reason I haven’t obliged is because three out of five of us can’t eat it. And I have so many other things to make from scratch to keep us fed.

I don’t often take the time to make a special treat for just one child.

In search of a sweet treat without any food dyes or chemicals? This Unreal Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt will blow you away!!

The Right Time.

But when we got some Unreal candy to try I decided it was the perfect time for both – frozen yogurt as a special treat just for my daughter (well…my husband has been getting plenty of it too).

This is an easy, healthy version of traditional moose tracks ice cream.

I used Stonyfield plain whole milk yogurt combined with some of our fresh raw milk cream as the base. Pastured egg yolks added extra creaminess. And a healthy dose of maple syrup and vanilla for a sweet flavor. Don’t forget the unrefined sea salt to really bring out the sweetness.

In search of a sweet treat without any food dyes or chemicals? This Unreal Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt will blow you away!!

Then comes the star of the show – bits of Unreal dark chocolate peanut butter cups. I also added some mini chocolate chips for extra chocolate (because you can never have too much!).

There is no cooking involved. You can have the frozen yogurt in the mixer (this is the one I use) in about five minutes. I actually let my eight-year old make it herself!

In search of a sweet treat without any food dyes or chemicals? This Unreal Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt will blow you away!!

Unreal moose tracks frozen yogurt maintains a little tang from the yogurt. But it is nicely balanced with the sweetness of the maple syrup and candy.

It makes the perfect treat any time of year!

In search of a sweet treat without any food dyes or chemicals? This Unreal Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt will blow you away!!

More To Love.

Unreal candy has some other great options besides the peanut butter cups. I think my favorite is the basic – candy coated chocolates. But these aren’t colored with dyes that will make my kids go crazy. They are colored with foods like cabbage and beets!

If you’re craving something sweet and a bit indulgent but want to skip the processed junk food, make a batch of Unreal moose tracks frozen yogurt. Use peanut butter cups, almond butter cups or whatever candy you like.

What is your favorite flavor of frozen yogurt?
 In search of a sweet treat without any food dyes or chemicals? This Unreal Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt will blow you away!!

Unreal Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt
Serves 10
A creamy frozen yogurt filled with peanut butter cups and bits of chocolate.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups plain, whole milk yogurt
  2. 1/2 cup whole milk
  3. 1/2 cup cream
  4. 3/4 cups maple syrup and/or organic cane sugar
  5. 2 pastured egg yolks (optional)
  6. 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  7. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  8. 5 - 8 Unreal dark chocolate peanut butter cups, cut into pieces
  9. 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Combine the yogurt, milk, cream, syrup, yolks, vanilla and sea salt in a blender.
  2. Blend on high for 30 seconds to mix well.
  3. Process in an ice cream mixer according to manufacturer's directions (this takes about 20 minutes using my Kitchen Aid attachment).
  4. Transfer the frozen yogurt to a freezer-safe container.
  5. Gently fold in the candy and chocolate chips.
  6. Cover and freeze until firm.
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This metabolism boosting salted caramel not only tastes great, it is packed with nutrients and a secret ingredient!

Metabolism Boosting Salted Caramel {With A Secret Ingredient!}

Looking for an easy way to get some liver down the hatch? This metabolism boosting salted caramel is easy to make, tastes great and is loaded with Vitamin A!

This metabolism boosting salted caramel not only tastes great, it is packed with nutrients and a secret ingredient!

This recipe was an accident.

For about a year now I’ve had so many things I can’t eat while breastfeeding that I stopped making salad dressing. I can’t do tomatoes, dairy, nuts, peas, coconut, mustard, garlic, eggs, vinegar. Seriously.

Getting creative.

But I LOVE salad. And I was not about to eat plain lettuce. So I would just put some olive oil, honey and salt on my salad and call it good.

After a while I decided to experiment a bit and added desiccated liver (this is the brand I use). Who knew I’d actually love the taste?! And it’s so healthy for a slow oxidizer like me with high tissue calcium levels. I need all the Vitamin A I can get.

I’m not one to mix up a bottle of dressing. I always just add the ingredients directly to my lettuce and mix it all together. But one day I tried mixing up the dressing first to see if it was easier.This metabolism boosting salted caramel not only tastes great, it is packed with nutrients and a secret ingredient!

Not what I expected.

Imagine my surprise when instead of a dressing I ended up with a thick, gooey salted caramel! And my kids gathered around like baby birds begging for bites.

That is how my nutrient dense salted caramel came about.

It tastes great, is easy to make and my kids love it. Want to know something else? It’s great for boosting your metabolism too!

The perfect combination.

If I am low on energy or haven’t gotten enough sleep this is the perfect pick-me-up. A little salt, a little sugar, a little fat and some vitamins.

This metabolism boosting salted caramel not only tastes great, it is packed with nutrients and a secret ingredient!

My girls and I all have slow metabolisms and are in need of some serious rest and recovery. So this salted caramel makes a great snack for all of us.

A toddler favorite.

In fact, my toddler eats half of the lettuce and cucumbers out of my salad just because of this dressing. She’ll suck it off and then eat the vegetables. It’s that good!

You can eat the salted caramel with a spoon. I like to dip banana in it. Then you even get some starch with your sugar, salt and fat. It’s the perfect combination for a metabolic boost. Any fruit you like will work.

A long road to recovery.

My journey with healing my metabolism has been a long one. You can read about what happened to me in 2013 and all of the things I learned in the process.

One thing that was pivotal for healing was The Nourished Metabolism by Elizabeth Walling of The Nourished Life. I have recommended this book to more people than any other book or real food resource.

I’ve probably read it five or six times myself. And I learn something new every time. I’m so glad I have a hard copy now! It’s a great reference.

Elizabeth is running a sale on The Nourished Metabolism now until June 30, 2016. You can get 20% off using the coupon code SUMMER20.

I’d snatch a copy before the sale is over! I think just about everyone could benefit from Elizabeth’s advice. Especially all of my sleep-deprived mama friends. Even children and teens these days that are over scheduled, over stressed and under nourished need some help with their metabolism (have you checked your child’s body temperature lately? You might be surprised how low it is…it’s supposed to be 98.6!).
The Nourished Life
Whip up a batch of salted caramel (with liver!). Grab a spoon, your favorite fruit or even a homemade graham cracker for dipping. Then dive into The Nourished Metabolism. Trust me, you won’t be able to put it down. I read it almost cover-to-cover the first time through.

Have you assessed your metabolism lately? What are you doing to keep it running at full speed?

Try some salted caramel and all of Elizabeth’s tips in The Nourished Metabolism.  You’ll be amazed at how great you feel.

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This metabolism boosting salted caramel not only tastes great, it is packed with nutrients and a secret ingredient!

Metabolism Boosting Salted Caramel (With A Secret Ingredient!)
Serves 1
A simple gooey caramel that will boost your metabolism and your nutrients with liver!
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  2. 2 Tbsp. honey
  3. 1/8 tsp. unrefined sea salt (adjust to taste)
  4. 1 capsule Perfect Supplements desiccated liver
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Stir until well mixed. The mixture will thicken in about a minute.
  2. Eat with a spoon, with fruit for dipping or with graham crackers.
Notes
  1. This can be used as a salad dressing if you increase the oil to make it thinner.
  2. You can add one capsule of Organic India moringa to the mixture when using it as a salad dressing for extra nutrients.
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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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Two Ingredient Allergen Friendly Nestle Crunch Bites | Just Take A Bite

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!

Two Ingredient Allergen Friendly Nestle Crunch Bites | Just Take A Bite

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!).

Two Ingredient Allergen Friendly Nestle Crunch Bites | Just Take A Bite

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.

Two Ingredient Allergen Friendly Nestle Crunch Bites | Just Take A Bite

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.

Two Ingredient Allergen Friendly Nestle Crunch Bites | Just Take A Bite

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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Homemade Peppermint Candy | Just Take A Bite

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!

Homemade Peppermint Candy | Just Take A Bite

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!

Homemade Peppermint Candy | Just Take A Bite

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.

Homemade Peppermint Candy | Just Take A Bite

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.

Homemade Peppermint Candy | Just Take A Bite

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 | Just Take A Bite

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.

Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates | Just Take A Bite

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.

Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates | Just Take A Bite

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.

Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates | Just Take A Bite

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.

Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates | Just Take A Bite

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.

Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates | Just Take A Bite

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
Yields 12
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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Candy Corn Finger Jello | Just Take A Bite

Candy Corn Finger Jello: KS Post

Candy corn finger jello is the perfect Halloween treat. It has bright colors and fruit flavor without anything artificial.

Candy Corn Finger Jello | Just Take A Bite

I’ve never been that crazy about  Halloween.

Don’t get me wrong, getting dressed up is fun. Spending time with friends is great.

Of course as a kid the candy is the real star of the show.

An adult perspective.

But on the whole it’s more of a hassle than anything, especially as a parent. Scrambling to find a costume (I’m cheap and just get creative with what we have on hand…anybody with me?). Spending half the week’s grocery budget on junk food for the neighborhood. Not my cup of tea.

But there is one part of Halloween and fall in general that I have always loved.

Candy corn.

I liked the taste. But more than that it reminded me of my grandparents. They lived on a farm and always kept a chicken feeder on the kitchen table to feed their little chicks – their grandchildren!

For some reason I was more into this tradition than any of my siblings or cousins. If my grandparents knew I was coming they were sure to stock it with candy corn for me. I ran to it first thing when I entered the house to check and have a little chicken feed.

My days of visiting the farm are coming to an end as my grandmother passed away earlier this year and my grandfather is in hospice. But when I do get there the chicken feeder is still sitting there on the table as soon as I walk in the door.

Candy Corn Finger Jello | Just Take A Bite || Candy corn finger jello is the perfect Halloween treat. It has bright colors and fruit flavor without anything artificial.

A new tradition.

I am honored that it will soon be the centerpiece of my own table! I can carry on the tradition of feeding my kids and someday grandkids just like little chicks.

But in a different way.

My candy corn will not come out of a bag. It will not have artificial flavors and food coloring.

Instead it will be full of nourishing gelatin!

Want to see how I made this fun treat? Head over to Kitchen Stewardship! I’ll show you just how easy and healthy candy corn finger jello is.

If you’re looking for more holiday treats check out these great real food dessert books:

Naturally Sweetened Sweets - A Community Cookbook

Smart Sweets

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Lemon Elderberry Gummies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Lemon Elderberry Gummies

Help ward off the back-to-school illnesses with a fun, fruity treat. Lemon elderberry gummies not only taste great, they are good for you!

Lemon Elderberry Gummies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

For many school is already back in session. For others it is only a week away. Either way there is one thing on every parent’s mind when school starts.

How long until the kids start getting sick?

As kids start spending more time inside and around their friends it is inevitable that germs will spread. There are many natural remedies to help your child’s immune system stay strong and avoid some illness.

One simple remedy is elderberry syrup. It helps ward off viruses and minimizes their severity. My kids love taking it right off the spoon.

Lemon Elderberry Gummies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Make it fun.

Another great way to add elderberry syrup into your diet is adding it to gummies.  Kids don’t even know they are doing something good for themselves by eating these fun, fruity candies.

The lemon adds some vitamin C along with the elderberry for even more immune support.

These gummies are also packed with grass-fed gelatin that is helpful for healing the gut and supporting the whole body. Plus it provides easy-to-digest pure protein.

Great for everyone.

I like to serve lemon elderberry gummies for breakfast and snacks or pack them in lunches for my oldest. They are great to have around for the younger kids as well. Even toddlers love to munch on gummies!

No need to buy fruit snacks. Most of them are filled with artificial flavors and colors.

Even if you buy the ogranic/natural varieties they still contain “natural flavor” which is actually almost the same thing as artificial flavor. And for kids like mine it has the same effect on their mental clarity and behavior.

Lemon Elderberry Gummies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Fast food.

Although homemade gummies may sound like a daunting snack to make it is actually very simple. Lemon elderberry gummies go from the pan to the fridge in about five minutes.

Simply mix the ingredients, heat and pour. That’s all there is to it.

You can get the kids involved with this project by letting them pick the shapes. See what candy molds your grocery store carries or buy some online. I like to use silicon molds so I don’t have to worry about putting hot liquid in plastic. Plus gummies are much easier to remove from the silicon molds.

If you don’t have any molds you can simply pour the warm liquid into a glass pan. When the lemon elderberry gummies are gelled you can cut them into squares or any shape you like.

No lemon juice on hand? You can use blueberry, cherry or lime juice instead. Try all four varieties and see what your kids like best.

Are you looking for easy, healthy snacks for school lunches? Are you looking for easy ways to help keep your kids healthy?

Lemon elderberry gummies are just what you’re looking for! Fruity, fun and healthy. Whip up a batch to start the school year right.

Lemon Elderberry Gummies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Lemon Elderberry Gummies
Yields 25
A fun, fruity treat to help ward off colds.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup organic lemon juice
  2. 2 Tbsp. elderberry syrup
  3. 1/2 cup honey
  4. 4 Tbsp. grass-fed gelatin (NOT collagen)
  5. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan combine the lemon juice, elderberry syrup, honey and salt. Whisk to combine.
  2. Add the gelatin and whisk to combine.
  3. Let sit one minute.
  4. Heat over low-medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture is warm and has become liquid again.
  5. Pour mixture into molds or a glass pan (smaller pan for thicker gummies, larger pan for thinner).
  6. Refrigerate until firm, about thirty minutes.
  7. Remove from molds or cut into shapes.
  8. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
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Ice Cream Flavored Yogurt Gummies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Ice Cream Flavored Yogurt Gummies: Super Healthy Kids Post

These fruit and yogurt gummies come in five ice cream flavors and make a perfect snack or cake decoration without any artificial ingredients.

Ice Cream Flavored  Yogurt Gummies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

A birthday is a time for celebration, fun and a few treats.  Cake and ice cream is a classic birthday dessert that encompasses all of these.

But making a fun, colorful cake often involves lots of food coloring.  

Food dyes should not be a part of any child’s diet.

They can cause hyperactivity and symptoms of ADD.  Not to mention they are chemicals the human body is not meant to consume and can impair the immune system.  This also puts a big strain on the liver.

That does not sound like much of a birthday treat in my opinion.

So what is the solution for making a healthy cake that is still colorful and fun?  Yogurt gummies!

Ice Cream Flavored  Yogurt Gummies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

It only takes about ten minutes to get these yogurt gummies from the blender to the refrigerator.  They are so quick and easy you can make all five flavors in one day.  Since the yogurt gummies last two weeks in the refrigerator you can prepare them in advance (one less thing to do at the last minute!).

Yogurt gummies also provide a lot of nutrition.

The whole milk yogurt has healthy fat and protein, while the grass-fed gelatin contains protein and helps aid digestion.  The gummies are low in sugar too.  What’s not to love?!

Dye free, colorful, flavorful, nutritious…are you anxious to make a batch of ice cream flavored yogurt gummies?  Head over to Super Healthy Kids where I share how it’s done.

Ice Cream Flavored  Yogurt Gummies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

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Maple Candy {grain free, dairy free, nut free, corn free, egg free}

Maple Candy | Homemade Dutch Apple PieMy kids getting candy is a very rare occasion.  We are 100% artificial flavor and dye free.  That excludes almost every kind of candy.

My oldest does get an organic sucker once in a while.  It’s a good substitute if she’s in a situation where other kids are getting treats.  Though I still try to limit them.  I’m not a fan of the unknown “natural flavor.”

With my son’s allergies to corn and rice he has not had candy in over a year.  And before that I think he had maybe tried a sucker a few times.  Even the organic suckers have rice.  I feel bad for him sometimes.  He feels left out.  Plus he sees his big sister having suckers.  He should get a treat too.Maple Candy | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

So I’ve been wanting to try making homemade candy for some time.  I finally did it!  This Valentine’s Day you can surprise your kids with homemade candy!!  Even if they have allergies.

Let me tell you…my son was so excited about this!  He loves this maple candy.

I love that it is made with all real ingredients.  So there is no junk hiding in there.

Keep in mind that it is still a sweet and should be limited to special occasions.

This candy can be sucked or chewed.  You can make it as a plain candy or on a sucker stick.  It would be perfect for cake decorations.  Just find a candy mold with the shape you like.Maple Candy | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Maple candy has a mild maple flavor and just enough sweetness.  It’s what I imagine the maple candy tasted like in the Little House books.

This Valentine’s Day surprise your kids or any loved ones with homemade candy.  It’s a very loving thing to provide a special treat that is hand made and keeps them away from the artificial stuff.

If you want something chocolate to go along with the suckers these chocolate covered toffee candies are perfect.

Do you like the flavor of maple syrup?  You’ll love maple candy.  If you don’t care for maple you can replace the maple syrup with extra cane or coconut sugar.Maple Candy | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Maple Candy {artificial flavor and dye free}
Serves 5
Homemade candy with the flavor of maple syrup.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  2. 1/4 cup water
  3. 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Mix the ingredients 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. Stir for one minute.
  6. Pour into candy molds and let set until firm.
Notes
  1. You can add a few drops of essential oils for flavoring after removing the syrup from the heat.
  2. To make "plain" suckers simply use 1/2 cup sugar and 3 Tbsp. water.
  3. You can easily double or triple this recipe to make a larger batch. Be sure to pour the hot mixture into molds quickly as it hardens very quickly.
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