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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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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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Light and Dark Hot Cocoa | Just Take A Bite

Light and Dark Hot Cocoa

Are you looking for the perfect teacher gift? I’ve got you covered! My daughter created Rebecca’s light and dark hot cocoa to give as gifts. Everyone that tries it is blown away by the flavor. You will be too!

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I remember the first year my oldest was in Kindermusik. She wasn’t even two yet.

We were finally at the point of venturing out of the house without having to worry about nursing schedules. And I wanted the chance to talk to another human being with a little more to talk about than dolls and dancing.

Class started in the fall and ended just before Christmas. That was fun, I thought. Then the last day rolled around…and everyone started handing gifts to the teacher.

Learning how to give.

Wait a minute.

We’re supposed to give a Christmas gift to every teacher/leader our children have? I guess I missed that part in the parenting handbook.

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Now with three kids I know that it is totally a personal choice who you give to and how much. Some years we go shopping and let the kids pick out gifts for teachers. But that gets to be just one more thing to do.

So two years ago I simplified our gift giving. We give gifts to the teachers we see on a regular basis (maybe I’m Scrooge, but I don’t give something to every bus driver and mail carrier. You have to draw the line somewhere).

And I don’t shop for gifts either. We have two gifts we make every year. One is homemade granola. This year teachers get a special treat with kettle corn granola!

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The other is my daughter’s “famous” light and dark hot cocoa. She came up with the idea of a layered cocoa mix.

It’s that good.

It is always fun to see the reaction of the people that try it. They assume when a five year old gives them homemade hot cocoa it will be fine. Then they taste it.

Some have even said it’s the best hot cocoa they’ve ever tried.

I love how simple it is to make. And that it doesn’t contain any powdered milk, flavorings, thickeners, etc. Just a few simple ingredients create the most delicious hot cocoa you’ve ever had.

I also love that it is super allergen friendly. Even I can drink it! And if I can drink it anyone can (I haven’t met many people with as many food restrictions as I have). If you can’t have cocoa you can replace all of it with carob. It won’t be light and dark hot cocoa anymore, but it will still taste great.

I even have a couple secret ingredients – unrefined sea salt and grass-fed collagen! Just because you’re drinking hot chocolate doesn’t mean you need to leave the nutrition out.

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Let the kids help.

This is a great project for kids of just about any age. My oldest (age seven) can make it on her own. My four year old can make it with a little help from me. Even with kids helping it only takes about five minutes to make.

Let the kids create a pretty label and teacher gifts are done! And I have yet to find a teacher that doesn’t like hot cocoa.

Make a big batch. Give some away as gifts. Keep some for the family and enjoy a mug while you open presents or after playing in the snow (if it will ever snow this year!)

I’ve even got a cute gift tag to attach to the jar for you! Just click the link below, print and cut.

Light And Dark Hot Cocoa Gift Tag

Are you looking for a simple, heart-felt gift this year?

Light and dark hot cocoa makes the perfect teacher gift or special treat.

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Light and Dark Hot Cocoa
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A rich, homemade hot cocoa with light and dark layers.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups organic cane sugar
  2. 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  3. 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
  4. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  5. 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  6. optional: 2 Tbsp. grass-fed collagen
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl combine 1 1/2 cups sugar, cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1 Tbsp. collagen.
  2. In another bowl combine 1 1/2 cups sugar, dark cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1 Tbsp. collagen.
  3. In two pint size jars layer 3 Tbsp. cocoa mixture, 3 Tbsp. dark cocoa mixture and a few chocolate chips (about 2 tsp.).
  4. Repeat four times, until the mixture is used.
To use
  1. Mix 1 - 2 Tbsp. of the cocoa mixture into 1 cup of hot water or milk.
Notes
  1. This is enough to fill two pint jars.
  2. Light and dark hot cocoa makes a great gift.
  3. I use Enjoy Life chocolate chips since they are allergen friendly.
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Molasses Tonic | Just Take A Bite

Molasses Tonic

In need of a warm drink that not only tastes good but is packed with essential minerals? Molasses tonic is the perfect warm up and pick-me-up drink for cold weather.

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I like warm drinks. Do you?

Even on the hottest summer days I still start the day with a warm drink. It has a calming effect on my mind and body. In fact I’m sipping on one right now while I write this post!

I’ve never been a coffee drinker. I usually go for tea.

But these days I pretty much drink one of two things. Either healing hot chocolate or molasses tonic. Both provide minerals in a great tasting, soothing beverage.

You may be wondering, what’s so great about molasses? Isn’t that just sugar?

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Molasses is actually packed with vitamins and minerals.

It contains:

  • potassium
  • magnesium
  • calcium
  • iron
  • vitamin B6
  • niacin
  • pantothenic acid
  • choline
  • phosphorus
  • zinc
  • copper
  • selenium
  • chromium
  • cobalt
  • sodium

It has also been shown to be helpful with a variety of health issues from PMS, headaches and acne to bone health and constipation.

What’s not to love?

Well, maybe the flavor.

Molasses is an acquired taste.

At least for me. If you are not a fan just start with a small amount and work your way up to a full tablespoon.

You can even do half molasses and half maple syrup to start. Maple syrup has minerals too!

As you can see molasses is very nutritious. You could just take a big spoonful once or twice a day.

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I like to combine it with some other nutrients in a hot drink to really give my body a boost.

So you can add any or all of the following to create a molasses tonic:

  • stinging nettle (allergy relief, reduce inflammation)
  • grass-fed collagen (easy-to-digest protein, gut healing)
  • unrefined sea salt (trace minerals, hydration/electrolyte balance)
  • cocoa powder (magnesium, iron, fiber, manganese, zinc, flavonoids)
  • carob powder (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium)
  • maple syrup (calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus sodium, potassium, zinc)
  • butter and/or coconut oil (healthy saturated fat, helps balance the protein and carbohydrates)

When you put all of these together molasses tonic can practically be a meal replacement! And if you have a super busy morning here and there it could be. I drink it after a meal. Though it is best to wait an hour after eating to let your food settle/start digesting first.

If you don’t have time or all of the ingredients to make the full molasses tonic you can simply add molasses and sea salt to hot water. You’ll still get a big nutritional boost and feel hydrated.

The next time you need a hot beverage skip the coffee. Instead whip up a power packed molasses tonic.

This is great for kids too. Add some whole milk or coconut milk to their molasses tonic for a creamy drink.

Do you consume molasses regularly? What is your favorite way to use it? 
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Molasses Tonic
Serves 1
A warm drink packed with vitamins and minerals
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 - 2 cups boiling water
  2. 1/2 - 1 Tbsp. blackstrap molasses
  3. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
optional
  1. 1 tsp. nettle leaf
  2. 1 Tbsp. grass-fed collagen
  3. 1 tsp. organic cocoa powder
  4. 1/2 tsp. organic carob powder
  5. 2 tsp. grade B maple syrup
  6. 1 Tbsp. butter or coconut oil
  7. 2-4 Tbsp. whole milk or coconut milk
Instructions
  1. If using nettle leaf, use a tea strainer or cheesecloth to steep nettle leaves in 1/2 cup boiling water for 10 minutes. Remove the leaves.
  2. Add the remaining boiling water and ingredients.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Allow to cool enough to drink or add ice cubes or milk.
Notes
  1. This can be served warm or cold (iced molasses tonic).
  2. This can be placed in a water bottle and packed for school lunch.
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Brain Booster Milkshake | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Brain Booster Milkshake

Get the school morning started right with a brain booster milkshake.  Full of protein, vitamins and minerals it will keep your kids going all day.

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School mornings can be hard. Get breakfast on the table. Feed the baby. Brush everyone’s teeth. Find shoes and backpacks.

You do your best to prepare and have things go smoothly. But even with good planning it is tough to always give your kids the nourishment they need before heading out the door.

Especially if you have a child like mine that eats very slowly and ends up often only managing a few bites of breakfast.

To make sure she starts her day the right way I created my brain booster milkshake.

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Add some nourishment.

This milkshake is packed with some nutritional powerhouses.

  • raw milk – easy to digest protein, calcium and vitamins
  • raw pastured egg yolks – B vitamins that are critical for brain function and concentration
  • probiotics – for gut health and boosting the immune system
  • grass-fed collagen – easy to digest protein and important amino acids
  • maple syrup – carbohydrates for energy and trace minerals
  • unrefined sea salt – trace minerals

I usually serve the milkshake with something else like a homemade granola bar or even dinner leftovers! But even if she doesn’t take a single bite of her breakfast I know she’s going to be fueled for the morning as long as she drinks her brain booster milkshake.

This is a really good option for kids with oral SPD and chewing problems. A milkshake goes down pretty quickly. It is also easy on the digestive system. The nutrients are very easy to absorb and utilize.

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One of the key components is the raw, pastured egg yolk. Have you ever read about them? Though often deemed as unhealthy or bad for your heart the opposite is actually true. And eaten raw (as long as they are pastured) the nutrients are not damaged and are easy to absorb.

Egg yolks are amazing little packages of nutrients, specifically B vitamins that are essential for your child’s brain development and ability to focus. They contain other nutrients such as choline (necessary for methylation), selenium (great for the thyroid) and biotin (helps with blood sugar regulation – perfect for breakfast!).

Not just for breakfast.

I sometimes put milkshakes in my daughter’s lunch too. She struggles to eat much lunch at school. There just isn’t enough time for her, and she’s busy talking. But she usually comes home with an empty cup!

This is also great for kids going through orthodontic work. The day after adjustments their mouth can be very sore and chewing can be a challenge. A milkshake is always in my daughter’s lunch the day after her expander gets adjusted. I tell her that even if she can’t eat anything she should be sure to drink her brain booster milkshake.

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Choose your flavor.

The base milkshake recipe is vanilla. But you can create other flavors too. My kids love when I add a bit of cocoa powder or carob powder for a chocolate shake.

Add some strawberries from your freezer stash for a strawberry shake. Any berry or even cherries will work.

Sometimes we really get creative and add mint extract.  It tastes like mint ice cream (my kids’ favorite!).

If you can’t have dairy, coconut milk is a great substitute! Any milk alternative will work.

Serve it in a fun cup with a straw or in a sealed cup to pack in a lunch box.

Whether you serve it for breakfast, lunch or both you’ll know your child is getting essential nutrients with a brain booster milkshake. All they have to know is they get something delicious to drink!

Get your kids excited about breakfast. What flavor do you think they’ll like best?

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Brain Booster Milkshake
Serves 1
A delicious shake perfect for breakfast or lunch that will give your kids the nutrients they need to perform their best.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup raw milk or coconut milk
  2. 1 - 2 raw pastured egg yolks
  3. 1 Tbsp. grade B maple syrup
  4. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  5. 2 tsp. grass-fed collagen
  6. 1/2 capsule preferred probiotics
  7. 1/2 capsule preferred multi-vitamin
  8. optional: 2 tsp. carob powder or cocoa powder OR 1/4 cup berries or cherries
  9. optional: 1/2 tsp. organic vanilla OR 1/4 tsp. organic mint extract
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or a cup with a lid.
  2. Blend or shake until well combined.
  3. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Black Forest Popsicles | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Black Forest Popsicles

The sweet flavor of fresh cherries is combined with a hint of chocolate in these black forest popsicles for a unique summer treat.Black Forest Popsicles | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

The ice cream truck has driven by for the tenth time.  The kids are begging for a treat.  It’s been hot for days.

Enter super mom with black forest popsicles!

This is the perfect way to use some of your fresh cherries for a unique summer treat.  Black forest popsicles are creamy, fruity and chocolaty!

What’s really great is that they only take a few minutes to prepare.  The hard part is waiting for the popsicles to freeze!

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Most of the popsicle is simply pureed cherries.  A touch of honey can be added to boost the sweetness.

The real secret is the hint of chocolate.  Chocolate chips, carob chips or cacao nibs are blended right in for a burst of flavor.  Leave little chunks of chocolate to get the full effect.

Sweet cherries, tart cherries or both work well in black forest popsicles.  Simply adjust the amount of honey added depending on which variety you choose.

I like to use these silicon popsicles molds. They are easy to fill and easy for kids to use.

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But what about that ice cream truck?

If your kids are like mine, they love to pretend.  Mom can be the ice cream truck driver while the kids order their black forest popsicles and “pay” for their treat.

Everyone has fun.  Everyone stays healthy.

Black forest popsicles do contain dairy.  You can swap the yogurt for coconut yogurt, coconut milk or any other milk you tolerate.  So they are a very allergen friendly snack.

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We are blessed here in Michigan to be able to go cherry picking every summer.  We pit and freeze a ton of cherries to use all year in smoothies and yogurt.

I also like to use fresh or frozen cherries for:

This year I’m saving some of our cherries for black forest popsicles.  My kids go crazy for them.  Yours will too!

Don’t forget mom and dad deserve a treat here and there too.  Black forest popsicles are for everyone.

This summer be the hero of the day with black forest popsicles.

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Black Forrest Popsicles
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The sweet flavor of fresh cherries is combined with a hint of chocolate in these black forest popsicles for a unique, low sugar summer treat.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups sweet or tart cherries, fresh or frozen
  2. 4 Tbsp. chocolate chips, carob chips or cacao nibs
  3. 2 Tbsp. honey (increase if using tart cherries, omit if you don't want them as sweet)
  4. 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt or milk or coconut yogurt, coconut milk, almond milk or rice milk
Instructions
  1. Blend the cherries, yogurt/milk and honey until smooth.
  2. Add the chocolate chips.
  3. Blend well, leaving small bits of chocolate.
  4. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until firm.
Notes
  1. You can use 4 tsp. cocoa powder or carob powder + 2 Tbsp. cane sugar in place of the chocolate chips. You will get the chocolate flavor but will not have the chocolate bits.
  2. You can replace the cherries with raspberries.
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Gluten Free Inside Out Oreos® | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Gluten Free Inside Out Oreos®

This homemade version of gluten free inside out Oreos® is a fun, allergen friendly treat that is perfect for birthdays or Father’s Day.Gluten Free Inside Out Oreos® | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Father’s Day is just around the corner!  It’s time celebrate all the special dads in your life.

What is the best way to a man’s heart?  Through his stomach of course!  A special dessert is just the thing to show your husband, father or grandfather how much you love him.

Remember to take care of that stomach, though.  Don’t serve sweets with artificial ingredients, food coloring and hydrogenated oils.  Instead make a homemade dessert that he can’t resist using real ingredients.

Enter gluten free inside out Oreos®.  They are both fun and delicious.  They will also last a while so your special man can enjoy them the whole week.

The kids can even help make gluten free inside out Oreos®.  You can make them in advance so there is plenty of time to work on them with the kids.  Then they will be so proud to give them to dad.

These tasty cookies are also perfect for birthday treats.  I recently made them for my son’s cow spotted birthday.

I love how easy they are to make…and how little mess they make when my kids eat them.

Gluten free inside out Oreos® do contain cocoa powder.  But you can substitute carob if you need to avoid it.

Maybe you’re thinking these look great…but what about all the sugar?

Each cookie contains less than two teaspoons of sweetener.  Plus there is plenty of healthy fat in the cookie to help metabolize the sugar.  The combination of the cookie and the frosting actually does have a purpose!

You also have to remember this is a treat.  Itis not something to eat all the time.Gluten Free Inside Out Oreos® | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Homemade Oreos® are definitely a family favorite.  We usually make them with the traditional combination – chocolate cookies with vanilla frosting.  Sometimes we get really fancy and make special holiday versions.

Now we can add gluten free inside out Oreos® to the list.

Homemade Oreos® are even very allergen friendly.  They contain no gluten, dairy, nuts, corn, rice, eggs or soy.  With a family like mine that is very important.  I don’t like anyone to feel left out.

Are you still trying to decide what to make your special man for Father’s Day?  Or do you need a fun birthday treat?  Gluten free inside out Oroes® are just what you need.  They:

  • are free of allergens
  • are easy to make
  • can be made in advance
  • are a fun project for kids to help with
  • can be eaten without a big mess

This Father’s Day don’t just go for the traditional cake or chocolate chip cookies.  Surprise all the special dads in your life with this fun, allergen friendly dessert that will make his heart and his tummy happy.  Gluten free inside out Oreos® are the perfect way to say I love you.Gluten Free Inside Out Oreos® | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Gluten Free Inside Out Oreos® {dairy free, nut free, corn free, egg free}
Yields 30
A fun, allergen friendly version of Oreos®...flipped inside out!
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Cookies
  1. 1 cup sorghum flour (or white rice)
  2. 3/4 cups tapioca flour
  3. 1/2 cup amaranth flour (or brown rice)
  4. 1/2 cup organic cane sugar or coconut sugar
  5. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  6. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  7. 1 tsp. vanilla
  8. 6 Tbsp. honey
  9. 1/2 cup melted butter, coconut oil, palm shortening, lard or tallow
Filling
  1. 1/2 cup palm shortening OR 1/4 cup palm shortening + 1/4 cup butter (at room temp)
  2. 3-4 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  3. 1 Tbsp. carob powder
  4. 10 Tbsp. tapioca flour
  5. 1/4 - 1/3 cup maple syrup
Cookies
  1. Heat the oven to 350*F. Cut 3 sheets of parchment paper the size of a baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, salt and soda. Stir to remove any lumps.
  3. Add the vanilla, honey and melted fat. Stir to combine. Use hands to form a ball of dough.
  4. Split the dough in half. Place one half on a piece of parchment paper. Roll until 1/4" thin.
  5. Cut the dough into desired shapes and transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Repeat this process until all of the dough is used.
  7. Bake the cookies for 12-13 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the cookies in for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool completely.
Filling
  1. Beat all of the ingredients together in a medium size bowl.
Fill the cookies
  1. Use a spoon or a piping bag to put filling on one cookie. Top with another cookie and gently push down. Repeat until the filling is gone.
  2. Keep the cookies in the refrigerator for the filling to harden.
Notes
  1. This makes three trays of cookies if cutting shapes. Alternately you can simply roll the dough and cut it into squares and bake them without having to transfer the cookies to another sheet. You will only need two baking sheets of cookies with this method.
  2. You can replace the gluten free flours with whole wheat or all purpose flour.
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Cow Spotted Birthday Cake {soaked gluten free chocolate cake}

Cow Spotted Birthday CakeI’m not quite sure how it happened, but my son recently turned four!  He was active in my belly and has not stopped moving since the day he was born.  He keeps life interesting and exciting for sure!

One of the fun things about my son is that he is already very passionate and knows what he likes.  His enthusiasm is a gift.  One of his passions is construction trucks and “worker men.”  The other is farming.  He is sure we are moving to a farm soon and will have every animal possible.  He has even assigned the whole family their chores already!  I love his enthusiasm and wouldn’t be surprised if he really does have a farm of his own some day (and mama would be very proud of him if he does!).Cow Spotted Birthday Cake | Soaked Gluten Free Chocolate Cake | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

My son’s favorite animal is a “baby calf.”  So this year we decided to do a cow spotted birthday for him.  He loved the idea.  I loved that it didn’t require any color for decorations.  I think my only problem was that I kept thinking of more fun treats to go along with the theme!

My first priority was to make his cake have cow spots.  I recently made a soaked gluten free vanilla cake for my daughter’s birthday (with really fun, colorful decorations!).  That served as the starting point.  Then I created this soaked gluten free chocolate cake to use for the spots.

The cake turned out so well!  Every time we cut into the cake the spots changed.  It was so fun.  The other great thing was that we had lots of extra cake batter since the chocolate was only used for spots.  So we made the rest into donuts.Cow Spotted Birthday Cake | Soaked Gluten Free Chocolate Cake | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

My son was so happy with his cow spotted cake and birthday celebration.  I made chocolate spots and chocolate frosting to decorate the cake.  Then to really turn it into a cow spotted celebration I made inside out “Oreos”, chocolate suckers, chocolate/vanilla yogurt gummies, fudge swirl ice cream (like this without the caramel and cone) and chocolate milk (using this chocolate sauce).

I do try to limit the amount of chocolate my son eats since it tends to make him hyper.  But this was a fun and special birthday treat for him.  If you avoid cocoa you can substitute carob in this recipe.Cow Spotted Birthday Cake | Soaked Gluten Free Chocolate Cake | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

This cake is also quite allergen friendly since it is gluten, dairy, nut, corn, rice and soy free.  It does contain eggs whites.  Side note – don’t get rid of those leftover yolks!  They are packed with nutrition.  Use them for Russian custard, pudding, ice cream or smoothies.

Do you have a farmer-in-training?  Or maybe you need a special way to celebrate an older farmer in your life?  This cow spotted cake is so fun and delicious!  Plus the grains are properly prepared.  It’s the perfect treat for kids and adults.  You can make it simple with just the cake.  Or go all out with cow spots everywhere!  Happy farming and happy birthday!Cow Spotted Birthday Cake

Soaked Gluten Free Chocolate Cake {Cow Spotted Cake}
A soaked gluten free chocolate cake that can be used as is or in a vanilla, spotted cake.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup sorghum flour (or white rice)
  2. 1/2 cup amaranth flour (or brown rice)
  3. 1/4 tapioca flour (or arrowroot)
  4. 1/2 cup cocoa powder (or carob)
  5. 3/4 cups water, milk or milk substitute
  6. 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, yogurt, whey or kefir
  7. 1 1/4 cups organic cane sugar or coconut sugar
  8. 2 Tbsp. melted coconut oil, palm shortening or butter
  9. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  10. 3 egg whites
  11. 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  12. 1 tsp. baking soda
  13. 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
Soak the flour
  1. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, water/milk and lemon juice/yogurt.
  2. Cover and let sit 7-24 hours.
Bake the cake
  1. Grease and line with parchment paper two 8" or 9" round cake pans or one 9x13 pan.
  2. Heat the oven to 350*F.
  3. Beat the egg whites and 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  4. Add the sugar, butter and salt to the soaked mixture. Beat well (it will be thick).
  5. Fold in the egg whites.
  6. Stir in the baking soda and 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar.
  7. Immediately pour the batter into the prepared pans.
  8. Bake for 35 minutes for 8/9" rounds, 40 minutes for 9x13 or 25 minutes for cupcakes.
Notes
  1. This batter can be used for donuts. Simply grease and fill the donut pans with the batter. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes.
  2. To make the cow spotted cake prepare the vanilla batter at the same time as the chocolate batter. Fill the pans with all of the vanilla batter. Drop spoonfuls of the chocolate batter into the vanilla batter. You will use about 1/4 - 1/3 of the chocolate batter for the spots. Bake 35 minutes.
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Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake {grain free, dairy free, nut free}

Ice cream isn’t just for summer. Enjoy this allergen friendly treat all winter long. Neapolitan ice cream cake is perfect for any holiday or birthday.

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When I think of ice cream in the winter the first thing that comes to mind is Neapolitan.  I’m not really sure why.  Maybe my family always ate it in the winter.  Or maybe that’s when it’s available in the store.  I’ve never really paid that much attention.

So while brainstorming ice cream flavors recently Neapolitan came to mind.  But it’s not that easy to make a three flavored ice cream at home…unless you have three ice cream mixers!  Which I do not (though with as much as I make ice cream it’s not a bad idea…).Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake grain free dairy free nut free | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

After some thinking I decided to do the ice cream in bottom to top layers instead of side by side.

The end result is an amazingly delicious dessert that is totally dairy free and fancy enough for guests.

Neapolitan ice cream cake is not something you can whip up in a few minutes.  Although it does not take a lot of work it does take several days.  So you need to plan ahead.

You can make the dessert layers in any order you like.  I did strawberry first so it was the smallest layer.  We like vanilla and chocolate best (anyone else remember just eating the chocolate ice cream and leaving the strawberry and vanilla for your parents?).

This is a fun treat for Valentine’s Day.  I love that it’s so satisfying you don’t need a big piece.  Just a little slice is plenty.  Drizzle some dairy free chocolate sauce on top for something really special.

If you don’t like or don’t tolerate strawberries you can replace them with blueberries, cherries or raspberries.  Not a fan of fruity ice cream?  Just add an extra layer of vanilla or chocolate!

If you don’t want to serve the dessert as a whole you can simply layer the ice cream in a freezer container without the plastic wrap and just scoop it out with an ice cream scooper.  You’ll just have to be sure to scoop down deep to get all three flavors.

This Valentine’s Day treat your whole family to a special ice cream dessert.  This “cake” is delicious and allergen friendly.  If you are not dairy free you can replace the coconut milk with cream.  Either way you’ll love it.

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Neapolitan Ice Cream "Cake" {dairy free, nut free, grain free, egg free}
Serves 10
A three layer ice cream cake that is free of most allergens.
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Strawberry Layer
  1. 1/2 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen, thawed)
  2. 1 cup coconut milk or cream
  3. 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  4. 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  5. 1 Tbsp. tapioca flour or arrowroot
  6. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
Vanilla Layer
  1. 1 1/2 cups coconut milk or cream
  2. 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  3. 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  4. 1 Tbsp. tapioca flour or arrowroot
  5. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  6. 1 egg yolk (optional)
Chocolate Layer
  1. 1 1/2 cups coconut milk or cream
  2. 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder or carob powder
  3. 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  4. 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  5. 1 Tbsp. tapioca flour or arrowroot
  6. 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  7. 1 egg yolk (optional)
Instructions
  1. Line a large loaf pan with plastic wrap in both directions/make sure it is fully covered.
Strawberry Layer
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend until well combined.
  2. Process in an ice cream maker (this is a small batch so it doesn't take too long. It took about 10 minutes in a Kitchen Aid attachment.)
  3. Spread the strawberry ice cream in the bottom of the prepared loaf pan.
  4. Fold the plastic wrap over the ice cream and place it in the freezer.
Vanilla Layer
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend until well combined.
  2. Process in an ice cream maker (It took about 15 minutes in a Kitchen Aid attachment.)
  3. Spread the vanilla ice cream on top of the strawberry ice cream.
  4. Fold the plastic wrap over the ice cream and place it in the freezer.
Chocolate Layer
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend until well combined.
  2. Process in an ice cream maker (It took about 15 minutes in a Kitchen Aid attachment.)
  3. Spread the chocolate ice cream over the vanilla ice cream.
  4. Fold the plastic wrap over the ice cream and place it in the freezer.
  5. Freeze until firm.
To serve
  1. Invert the ice cream cake on to a plate.
  2. Cut slices.
  3. Top with chocolate sauce if desired.
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Hot Cocoa Waffles {soaked, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, corn free}

Hot Cocoa Waffles - soaked gluten free dairy free nut free corn free || Homemade Dutch Apple PieMy favorite drink is hot cocoa.  I could (and used to) drink it every day.  I even have a very healing and nourishing version.

I think that many dishes can be transformed into a hot cocoa version.  So recently I made hot cocoa waffles!

This is a great holiday breakfast or dinner.

My kids love these waffles.  We ate them with homemade strawberry topping (just strawberries mashed with honey) and homemade powdered sugar.Hot Cocoa Waffles - soaked gluten free dairy free nut free corn free || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

The thing I love most is that they are soaked to minimize phytic acid in the grains.

If you can’t have cocoa these would work well using carob powder.  You might have to add a touch more sweetener to compensate.

If you really want to make this a treat you can add mini chocolate chips to the batter as well.

Hot cocoa waffles are a fun breakfast, but they can also make a great dessert.  Top a quarter of a waffle with ice cream and chocolate syrup.  Yum!Hot Cocoa Waffles - soaked gluten free dairy free nut free corn free || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

If you need a special holiday breakfast (or lunch, dinner or dessert!) try these soaked hot cocoa waffles.  You may want to make a double or triple batch.  They go quickly.  Plus you can freeze leftovers for a quick breakfast any day of the week.

No waffle iron?  No problem.  This batter works just as well for pancakes!Hot Cocoa Waffles - soaked gluten free dairy free nut free corn free || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Hot Cocoa Waffles {soaked, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, corn free}
Yields 4
A delicious chocolate waffle that makes the perfect holiday breakfast or dessert.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/4 cups any combination of gluten free flours
  2. 3/4 cup soaking liquid (1/4 cup lemon juice, water kefir, dairy kefir or yogurt + 1/2 cup water, coconut milk or dairy milk)
  3. 1/4 cup cocoa powder or carob powder
  4. 3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil or butter
  5. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  6. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  7. 1/4 cup organic cane sugar or coconut sugar
  8. 4 eggs, separated
Instructions
  1. Combine the flour, cocoa powder and soaking liquid. Cover and let soak 7-24 hours.
  2. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  3. Beat egg yolks until lemon color (about 3 minutes).
  4. Add the egg yolks to the soaked mixture. Beat until mixed in.
  5. Add the coconut oil, salt, vanilla and sugar. Beat until well combined.
  6. Fold in the egg whites.
  7. Add 1/4 of the batter to a hot waffle iron and cook.
  8. Repeat until all of the batter is used.
Notes
  1. If using carob powder increase the sugar to 1/3 cup.
  2. Serve the waffles with fruit topping, powdered sugar or syrup.
  3. The waffles freeze well. Simply reheat in the toaster oven or toaster.
  4. Use at least 1/4 cup starchy flour (white rice or tapioca) in the gluten free flour mix for best results.
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