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Neapolitan and Spumoni Parfaits

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

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

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

A modern version.

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

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

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Kid friendly breakfast.

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

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

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Great for special occasions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peppermint Stick Ice Cream

Celebrate Christmas with the traditional flavors of peppermint and chocolate in this homemade version of peppermint stick ice cream topped with hot fudge.

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Mint and chocolate. Chocolate and mint.

It is a match made in heaven. And it is a favorite of my entire family.

One of my husband’s requests every Christmas is peppermint stick ice cream with hot fudge. I usually buy some. A little holiday indulgence.

But this year I wanted my kids to enjoy it too.

So I created my own version of peppermint candy and used it to make peppermint stick ice cream.

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It tastes great as is. But it is even better topped with gluten free hot fudge or chocolate sauce. Or you can add chocolate right into the ice cream with mini chocolate chips.

It only takes about three minutes to prepare the ice cream batter. Then the hard part begins – waiting for it to churn and freeze!

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Peppermint stick ice cream can be dairy free by using coconut milk. The eggs are also optional, so it is very allergen friendly.

There really isn’t much more to say about this delicious Christmas treat. Run to the kitchen and get a batch started. The taste will speak for itself.

Creamy mint ice cream with little bits of crunchy peppermint candy scattered throughout. Your whole family is sure to love it.

Peppermint Stick Ice Cream | Just Take A Bite

What Christmas goodies do you make every year? Sugar cookies? Gingerbread men? Apple pie?

This year give peppermint stick ice cream a try. Maybe you’ll make it part of your Christmas tradition!

Get the peppermint candy recipe here!

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Peppermint Stick Ice Cream
Serves 12
Mint ice cream with homemade peppermint candy pieces.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups cream (preferably raw) (or coconut milk)
  2. 1/2 cup whole milk (preferably raw) (or coconut milk)
  3. 1/2 - 3/4 cups choice of sweetener (organic cane sugar, honey, maple syrup)
  4. 1 tsp. peppermint extract
  5. 1 Tbsp. organic vanilla or vodka (note that some vanilla comes from corn)
  6. 2 egg yolks (optional)
  7. 1 Tbsp. tapioca or arrowroot (optional)
  8. 1/2 recipe peppermint candy, broken into small pieces (see post for recipe link)
  9. 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a blender combine all of the ingredients, except candy and chocolate chips.
  2. Blend until well mixed. Adjust sweetness and peppermint flavor if needed.
  3. Process in an ice cream mixer according to manufacturer instructions.
  4. Transfer ice cream to a freezer safe container.
  5. Stir in candy and chocolate chips.
  6. Freeze until firm.
Notes
  1. The batter should be slightly sweeter than you want the ice cream to taste. The sweetness will go down as the ice cream churns.
  2. Serve with hot fudge.
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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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Spiced Apple Ice Cream | Just Take a Bite

Spiced Apple Ice Cream

It is fall!! That means apple season is definitely here! Celebrate with a dish of spiced apple ice cream. Warm spices, cooked apples, cold cream. Perfection.

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Fall is a special time in Michigan. There are orchards all around and apples of every variety.

If you have a child in school they will likely have a field trip to an orchard. Facebook is full of family apple picking photos.

Apple goodies abound. Apple cider. Apple donuts. Apple crisp. Apple pie (the Dutch variety too!). Applesauce. Apple pie parfaits. Apple pie cake. The list goes on.

Something new.

This year I created a new way to enjoy apples – in ice cream!

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Spiced apple ice cream is a mix of sauteed, sweetened apples (think apple pie filling), warm spices and thick raw cream.

Start by sauteing chunks of apples in butter, honey and your favorite blend of spices. Then make a rich cinnamon ice cream. Mix in the apples and let it freeze.

For the spice you can go simple with just cinnamon. Or you can add nutmeg and cloves. I actually used a cinnamon spice blend from Ground 2 Table. It worked really well.

Enjoyment all around.

Spiced apple ice cream was definitely a winner with my family. Even my in-laws got to sample some and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Of course it tastes great plain. But spiced apple ice cream is really good served on vanilla cake or apple crisp!

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Maybe you’re like me and need a little crunch? Crumble some homemade pumpkin spice graham crackers over the ice cream. It’ll taste like crust so you get the full apple pie effect.

You can also add crunch with chopped crispy pecans. Sprinkle them on top or mix them right in the ice cream. You’ll really bump up the flavor by using sugar coated pecans!

If you want to add to the creaminess and nutrition you can use pastured egg yolks. But if you don’t have access to quality eggs or you don’t tolerate eggs you can leave them out.

For sweetener cane sugar, maple syrup and honey all work. I like to use a combination of two or all three of them to create a more neutral flavor.

No guilt.

Does this sound too indulgent for you? Check out this amazing resource to learn how to Stop Fighting Food and enjoy what you eat. Then dig in!

Now that apple season is in full swing it’s time to create some fall treats. Grab your favorite variety of apple and fresh cream. You’re well on your way to a dish of rich spiced apple ice cream.

What is your favorite way to enjoy fall and the abundance of apples?

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Spiced Apple Ice Cream
Serves 12
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Ingredients
  1. 2 medium apples, peeled and diced
  2. 2 tsp. butter (or coconut oil)
  3. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  4. optional: nutmeg, cloves or a cinnamon spice blend
  5. 1 Tbsp. honey
  6. 2 1/2 cups cream (raw if possible) (or coconut milk)
  7. 1/2 cp whole milk (raw if possible) (or coconut milk)
  8. 2 egg yolks (optional)
  9. 1/2 cup cane sugar, maple syrup and/or honey
  10. 1 Tbsp. vanilla or vodka
  11. 1 Tbsp. tapioca flour or arrowroot
  12. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  13. 2 tsp. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Sautee apples in butter, spices and honey over medium heat about 5 minutes, until tender but not mushy. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a blender combine the remaining ingredients. Blend until well mixed.
  3. Process the ice cream in an ice cream mixer according to manufacturer's directions (it takes 15 - 20 minutes in my Kitchen Aid ice cream maker attachment).
  4. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer safe container.
  5. Stir in the apples.
  6. Freeze until firm.
Notes
  1. You can add 1/4 cup chopped crispy pecans or sugar coated pecans when you stir in the apples.
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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.

Brain Booster Milkshake | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

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.

Brain Booster Milkshake | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

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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Grain Free Peach Cobbler Creamsicles | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Grain Free Peach Cobbler Creamsicles

Nothing says summer like fresh peaches! Enjoy them in a frozen treat with these simple grain free peach cobbler creamsicles that have no refined sweeteners.

Grain Free Peach Cobbler Creamsicles | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

If you want to know what summer tastes like all you have to do is bite into a fresh, juicy peach. There is nothing quite like it.

Peach cobbler creamsicles transform that summer flavor into a frozen treat you can’t resist.

Start with a simple grain free crumble that only has three ingredients! A quick mix by hand and it’s in the oven.

While the cobbler is baking you can mix up the rest of the creamsicle. Whole milk yogurt and raw milk are combined with pure maple syrup for a sweet, creamy base.

Then cut up fresh peaches right over the bowl so you don’t miss a drop of the juice.  Stir them in to create peach cream.

Once the cobbler is done you can mix it into the creamy mixture, pour it into molds and freeze.

Grain Free Peach Cobbler Creamsicles | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

The taste buds don’t lie.

My kids went crazy for these peach cobbler creamsicles! In fact my husband did too.

I happened to make them when it as about 90 degrees here. Talk about a refreshing treat when it’s hot!

Peach cobbler creamsicles are very allergen friendly. You can swap coconut milk and yogurt for the dairy. They are naturally free of grains, gluten, eggs, nut, corn and soy.

If you can’t have or don’t have tapioca you can substitute for it with cassava or rice. Note that it will not be grain free if you use rice. But it will still be gluten free.

Grain Free Peach Cobbler Creamsicles | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Smooth it out.

If your child doesn’t like food with chunks simply puree all of the ingredients before filling the molds. You’ll still get the peach cobbler flavor in a smooth form. Go with whatever texture works!

When I think of summer I envision sitting on the porch, soaking up the sunshine with peach juice dribbling down my chin (because there is no other way to eat a fresh peach!). Now that summer vision is kicked up a notch with peach cobbler creamsicles (you can let them dribble down your chin too).

Grain Free Peach Cobbler Creamsicles | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Choose your shape.

When it comes to popsicles I’m kind of old fashioned.  I like to use cups and popsicles sticks instead of fancy molds (though these certainly would be a great gift!!!). It reminds me of how I made them as a child.  These creamsicles work with whatever you’ve got.

You can use a traditional mold or even these silicon molds to make them more like push pops.

Peach cobbler creamsicles are so refreshing and bursting with flavor, yet full of healthy ingredients.  That is an essential part of a great summer.

If you are celebrating a summer birthday these would also make a great birthday treat.

Are you a peach fan? What is your favorite peach treat?

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Grain Free Peach Cobbler Creamsicles
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Nothing says summer like fresh peaches! Enjoy them in a frozen treat with these simple grain free peach cobbler creamsicles.
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Cobbler
  1. 1/4 cup tapioca flour (or cassava or white rice)
  2. 2 tsp. butter (or lard or coconut oil)
  3. 2 tsp. pure maple syrup (or honey)
Creamsicle
  1. 3/4 cup plain whole milk yogurt or coconut yogurt
  2. 1/4 cup whole milk (raw if possible) or coconut milk
  3. 3-4 Tbsp. pure maple syrup (adjust to your liking)
  4. 1/8 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  5. 1 large peach, cut into small chunks, juice reserved
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350*F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl combine the flour, butter and syrup until crumbly.
  3. Spread on the parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool and crumble into small chunks.
  5. In a bowl combine the yogurt, milk, syrup and salt.
  6. Cut the peach over the bowl so the juice drips into the yogurt.
  7. Stir in the peaches.
  8. Stir in the cooled cobbler.
  9. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until solid.
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Blueberry Cheesecake Pops | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Blueberry Cheesecake Pops

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

Blueberry Cheesecake Pops | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

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

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

Simple is best.

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

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

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

Blueberry Cheesecake Pops | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Cheesecake flavor.

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

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

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

Blueberry Cheesecake Pops | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Not just a treat.

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

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

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

Blueberry Cheesecake Pops | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

A quick snack.

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

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

What is your favorite way to enjoy blueberries?

Blueberry Cheesecake Pops | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

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

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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Simple Smoothie Series: The Health Nut

Simple Smoothie Series: The Health Nut || Homemade Dutch Apple PieThe final smoothie in this series is packed with nutrients and has no added sugar.  So I call it the health nut.

Dates and fruit add a touch of sweetness while flax seeds, avocado, egg yolks and vegetables provide critical fats, vitamins, minerals and omega-3’s.

The health nut is a very mild smoothie.  There are no strong flavors that overpower.  It is perfect for kids.

I used yogurt for probiotics, but this smoothie works just as well without any dairy products.  You can use coconut milk or water to get the correct consistency.  Then add a powdered probiotic.Simple Smoothie Series: The Health Nut | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

This smoothie does require a little bit of forethought.  You should soak the dates in warm water for a bit before using them.  The dates plus the soaking liquid will help sweeten the smoothie better that way.  I just put the dates and water in the blender the night before and add the rest of the ingredients in the morning.

You can adjust the amount of dates and fruit to your liking to make the smoothie sweeter if desired.

This smoothie is great as part of your breakfast or lunch or even for a mid-day snack.  Pour some in a travel mug with a straw and sip on it throughout the day when you need a little pick-me-up.

A smoothie is a great way to add nutrients to your diet with little effort.  This health nut smoothie is a delicious way to do it.Simple Smoothie Series: The Health Nut | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

 

Simple Smoothie Series: The Health Nut
Serves 1
A simple, nutritious smoothie with no added sweeteners.
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Ingredients
  1. 3-4 dates, pitted, soaked in 4 Tbsp. warm water
  2. 1 small or 1/2 medium apple
  3. 10 -15 grapes (red or green)
  4. 1 medium stalk celery
  5. 1/2 medium carrot, peeled, cut in chunks
  6. 1/4 cup whole milk yogurt, kefir, coconut milk yogurt, milk or coconut milk
  7. 1 egg yolk
  8. 1/4 avocado
  9. 1 Tbsp. flax seeds
  10. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
Instructions
  1. Soak dates in warm water over night or at least 3 hours.
  2. Combine the soaked dates (with liquid) and the remaining ingredients in a high powered blender.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Notes
  1. You can soak the dates in the blender.
  2. The egg yolk, flax seeds and avocado are all optional, depending on your tolerance.
  3. You can substitute cucumber for the celery.
  4. You can substitute cooked squash or pumpkin for the carrot.
  5. You can add 2 Tbsp. soaked nuts if you tolerate nuts.
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