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This squash cherry smoothie is so refreshing and free of allergens.

Squash Cherry Smoothie

Winter, spring, summer or fall this squash cherry smoothie packs a nutritional punch and is bursting with flavor. Plus it’s safe for those with allergies.

This squash cherry smoothie is so refreshing and free of allergens.

Smoothies are pretty popular these days. For good reason. You can add a lot of healthy stuff to them without kids complaining.

Smoothies are tough with allergies.

But when you have a lot of allergies the list of typical smoothie ingredients dwindles quickly.

I had to get creative to make smoothies for my youngest two. No dairy or dairy substitutes. No avacodo, banana, nuts or seeds. No eggs. Not too many options.

Instead of writing off smoothies I used what foods we can eat to create a delicious breakfast beverage that is full of nourishing ingredients.

This squash cherry smoothie is so refreshing and free of allergens.

Secret ingredients.

This squash cherry smoothie contains fruit, vegetables, grassfed collagen (I love this brand) and probiotics (I use Megaspore). I also sometimes add desiccated liver (this is what I use) and broth!

One of the best parts about this smoothie is that you prepare it the night before. In the morning just blend and pour! So simple.

This is a great way to use some of the cherries that we freeze in the summer.

Great for kids and adults.

My four year old LOVES this squash cherry smoothie. And he can be picky! You don’t taste all of the “extra” ingredients. You just taste cherries.

I serve squash cherry smoothie in a cup with a straw for my big kids. For my youngest I put it in a straw sippy cup. Then I can take it with us when we are running errands or driving to and from school. It is a great way to add calories and nutrients for her.

This squash cherry smoothie is so refreshing and free of allergens.

But don’t think this is just for kids. I love squash cherry smoothies for breakfast too! It is so refreshing. Plus it’s great for busy mornings. I always pair it with some kind of starch for balance and to keep my metabolism going. But the smoothie is where I pack the nutrients.

Have you ever put squash in your smoothie?

It adds a natural sweetness and is great for thickness.

Cherry season will be here again before we know it. I’ll be using up last year’s freezer stash by making lots of squash cherry smoothies!

This squash cherry smoothie is so refreshing and free of allergens.

Squash Cherry Smoothie
Serves 1
A refreshing and allergy friendly smoothie packed with nutrients.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups frozen cherries
  2. 3/4 cups frozen or cooked squash
  3. 2 Tbsp. grassfed collagen
  4. 1 - 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  5. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  6. 1/2 cup water or mild broth
Optional
  1. up to 1 capsule powdered probiotic
  2. 1/2 capsule desiccated liver
  3. 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
Instructions
  1. Place the water, squash, cherries, syrup and salt in a blender.
  2. Add the collagen and any optional ingredients.
  3. Store the blender in the refrigerator over night.
  4. Blend until smooth. Adjust sweetness if necessary.
  5. Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. This makes enough for one adult or two children.
  2. Activated charcoal can be added to the smoothie to settle an allergy flair.
  3. The ingredients can separate if the smoothie sits for too long. Drink immediately after blending or keep in a cup with a lid and shake before serving.
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Black Forest Smoothie

Want to say “I Love You” in a healthy way? Show your kids some extra TLC with a black forest smoothie. It  combines the delicious flavors of chocolate and cherry and is packed with nutrition!

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January was great, wasn’t it? Full of motivation and enthusiasm about your goals. Everyone is eating well, getting good rest and moving their body each day.

Then February arrives. So do the sweet treats!

Don’t panic. This year take a new approach to Valentine’s Day or any holiday. Instead of showing your love with boxed chocolates and candy, promote health and wellness to show you care. It is the gift that keeps on giving.

You can show some love this February by creating nutrient dense food that still tastes great. This black forest smoothie is a great place to start. Whether you serve it for breakfast, a snack or even dessert you’ll be doing your kids a favor.

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They taste chocolate and cherries. You see them filling up on healthy fats, protein, probiotics and vitamin-rich fruit. If you really want to bump up the nutrition factor you can add avocado, chia seeds, flax seeds and collagen. That sounds like a delicious and nutritious breakfast! The perfect way to show your kids some love.

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Click here to head over to Super Healthy Kids where I’m sharing this delicious black forest smoothie! The perfect breakfast for Valentine’s Day or any day.

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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.

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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.

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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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Cherry Mustard Vinaigrette | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Cherry Mustard Vinaigrette

Spruce up your summer salad with this sweet and tangy cherry mustard vinaigrette.  It is ready in minutes and will turn any kid into a salad lover.Cherry Mustard Vinaigrette | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

I am a tried and true lover of all things honey mustard.  It is my go-to dressing for salads.  We use it for chicken nuggets.  I’d eat it on just about anything.

I have recipes for many different variations on honey mustard.

But with cherry season in full swing I decided to add a twist to my favorite.

I created cherry mustard vinaigrette.  It has sweetness from honey and cherries, tang from mustard and a little zing from apple cider vinegar.Cherry Mustard Vinaigrette | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Wishing your kids would eat salad?

Cherry mustard vinaigrette is very kid friendly.  My oldest could not get enough of it.  She loves using it on her salads (especially when she’s using lettuce from her own garden!).

If your kids won’t touch lettuce (like my four year old), try using this as a dip for fresh summer vegetables like snap peas and cucumbers.  Either way it’s a win!

If you don’t like the vinegar flavor you can cut back on the apple cider vinegar and increase the honey.  Or you could swap mayo for vinegar to make it a creamy dressing or dip.

Cherry mustard vinaigrette is also very allergen friendly.

No need to worry about dairy, coconut, eggs, nuts, grains, etc.  Extra virgin olive oil works well for this dressing.  Alternately you could use avocado oil.

Skip the store bought salad dressings with rancid vegetable oils (like canola), thickeners (like xanthan gum and guar gum) and artificial flavors and sweeteners.  It only takes a few minutes to make a unique, healthy and delicious dressing at home.

I like to add all of my dressing ingredients to a small mason jar, put a lid on and shake.  Though I wouldn’t mind some fun salad dressing bottles (note for future gift lists!).Cherry Mustard Vinaigrette | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

This is a fun project for small children…

and keeps them busy while you do other food prep.  They can shake and shake until they get sick of it.

If you don’t have cherry juice on hand use some of those fresh cherries and squeeze the juice out.  Or you can use the whole cherry and blend a handful to use in place of the juice.

I know not everyone loves cherries as much as I do.  So if they are just not your thing you can use another great mid-summer fruit – blueberries!  Cherry mustard vinaigrette turns into blueberry mustard vinaigrette with one simple swap.

In fact, you can use just about any of your favorite summer fruits to put a spin on this dressing.  Peaches and plums would make great dressings as well.

Are you getting hungry for a big summer salad yet?

I know I am!  Time for a great summer meal using fresh produce and nourishing homemade salad dressing.  Cherry mustard vinaigrette is perfect for your summer salads.Cherry Mustard Vinaigrette | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Cherry Mustard Vinaigrette
Serves 8
A light and fruity summer salad dressing.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup black cherry juice
  2. 2 1/2 Tbsp. honey
  3. 1 1/2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (or avocado oil)
  4. 1 1/2 Tbsp. mustard
  5. 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  6. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl or jar.
  2. Whisk or shake until combined.
  3. Chill until ready to serve.
Notes
  1. This will stay good in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.
  2. Replace the apple cider vinegar with homemade mayonnaise for a creamy dressing.
  3. This dressing can be used as a marinade on chicken.
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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
Yields 6
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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Cherry Rhubarb Jello

Cherry rhubarb jello is the perfect kid-friendly way to use fresh produce and welcome summer weather.

Cherry Rhubarb Jello | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

We have two rhubarb plants in our garden.  Most years we get a few decent stalks from them that I use to make a special dessert like crisp, ice cream, cake or even cheesecake!

This year our rhubarb plants were huge!  After making three strawberry rhubarb crisps there was still plenty left. That means it is time to experiment with new ways to use rhubarb.

I came up with cherry rhubarb jello.  This is the perfect, nutritious way to use fresh, spring produce in combination with last year’s freezer stash (we still have a couple gallons of sweet cherries left!).

The cherries give sweetness and a deep maroon color while the rhubarb gives a hint of tartness.  It’s the perfect combination.

Cherry Rhubarb Jello | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Cherry rhubarb jello makes a great finger food lunch addition or snack for kids.  The fruit provides vitamins while the gelatin provides easy-to-digest protein.

An added bonus is that cherry rhubarb jello is very allergen friendly.  Not to mention there is no food coloring or artificial flavor.  So it makes a unique and healthy treat for everyone.

Are you looking for a dish to pass at your next potluck or picnic?  Cherry rhubarb jello is just the thing.  You can make it in advance and both kids and adults will enjoy it.

Sometimes I even serve this for breakfast.  My oldest can take her time eating in the morning.  If we need to get out the door on time jello is great.  It is soft and easy to chew.

Don’t forget the really important part – cherry rhubarb jello is so easy to make!  Just cook, puree, add the gelatin and chill.  It takes about five minutes of hands on time.  Who doesn’t love that?!

Before rhubarb season ends grab a few stalks and make this fun treat to celebrate the end of the school year and welcome summer.

Cherry Rhubarb Jello | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Cherry Rhubarb Jello
Serves 12
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups sweet cherries (fresh or frozen)
  2. 2 cups rhubarb, peeled and chopped
  3. 3/4 cups organic cane sugar or coconut sugar
  4. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  5. 1/2 cup water
  6. 2 Tbsp. grass-fed gelatin
Instructions
  1. Combine the cherries, rhubarb, sugar and salt in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes.
  3. Pour the mixture into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  4. Return the mixture to the saucepan.
  5. Dissolve the gelatin in 1/2 cup cold water. Let sit 1 minute.
  6. whisk the gelatin water into the hot puree until dissolved, about 1 minute.
  7. Pour the mixture into an 8" square pan or a bowl.
  8. Refrigerate until firm.
  9. Scoop or cut into squares to serve.
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How To Make {REAL} “Kool-Aid”

How To Make Real Kool-Aid || Homemade Dutch Apple PieLately I see a lot of commercials for convenience foods that just seem plain silly.  Like to-go containers of peanut butter?  Because you don’t have enough time to scoop a little peanut butter into a container at home?

Then there are the “foods” that are just plain junk.  Like “Kool-Aid” squeeze packs.  Because it’s such a great idea to fill your child with high fructose corn syrup and food coloring that they had to make it even easier for you to do.  And you can even do it on the go.  Give your child a bottle of water…and then fill it with nasty stuff that contributes to ADHD and other health issues.

I say just give them the water and be done.  There really is no need for anything extra.How To Make Real Kool-Aid || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

But sometimes it is nice to have a treat.  And there are also times when your child needs a beverage that is a bit more hydrating than plain water.

So I created a real food version of “Kool-Aid” syrup to add to water.  It’s made with quality ingredients.  Plus it has unrefined sea salt with minerals for hydration.How To Make Real Kool-Aid || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

 I send my daughter to school with a water bottle every day.  But once in a while I add a couple tablespoons of our homemade fruit syrup.  She gets a treat.  And she’s more likely to drink more that way and stay hydrated.  A little flavor goes a long way.

You don’t need the corn syrup and food dyes to make water fun.  Simply make your own syrup (it only takes 10 minutes!).  Then your child can still focus at school while having a delicious treat.  And if your child is like mine, they’ll tell their friends all about it and start teaching others about good health at a young age.  Everyone wins.

What do your kids like to drink?  How about some “Kool-Aid” real food style?  The pictures show cherry “Kool-Aid.”  You can also make blueberry or lemon lime or any combination.  There is something delicious for everyone.

How To Make Real Kool-Aid || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

{REAL} "Kool-Aid"
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup pure juice (cherry, blueberry, lemon, lime)
  2. 1 cup organic cane sugar or coconut sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 5-10 minutes, until sugar is completely dissolved, whisking frequently.
  3. Remove from heat. Pour the syrup into a glass container, cover and refrigerate until cool.
  4. When ready to serve add 1 Tbsp. syrup to every 1/2 cup water. Stir or shake to mix.
Notes
  1. This can be made with one flavor of juice or a combination.
  2. You can add more or less syrup depending on how sweet you like it.
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Sweet Cherry Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Sweet Cherry Coconut Milk Ice Cream -  Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Summer isn’t complete without at least one cherry treat.  Coconut milk blends perfectly with sweet cherries for a delicious dessert.

This ice cream is perfect for those with allergies.  Sweet cherry coconut milk ice cream is naturally dairy, nut, egg, gluten, corn and soy free.

Even if you don’t have to be dairy free this ice cream is wonderful.  Both of my kids LOVE it.  It’s not too heavy and not too sweet.  Just a perfect balance.

Not sure what to do with your sweet cherries?  Make ice cream!  Have you already frozen  your cherries?  No problem.  Frozen works just as well as fresh to make ice cream.  So you can enjoy a summery treat all year long. 

Sweet Cherry Coconut Milk Ice Cream - Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Sweet Cherry Coconut Milk Ice Cream
A creamy cherry ice cream that is dairy free.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups (1 can) coconut milk
  2. 1 cup pitted sweet cherries
  3. 1/2 cup choice of sweetener (honey, maple syrup, cane sugar, coconut sugar)
  4. 1 Tbsp. organic vanilla
  5. 1 Tbsp. tapioca flour
  6. 2 egg yolks (optional)
  7. Chocolate chips and/or chopped cherries (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients (except chocolate chips/chopped cherries) in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Process the ice cream in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions.
  3. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips and/ or chopped cherries if desired.
  5. Freeze until firm.
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