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I've got a solution for your busy weekday mornings. These grain free pumpkin spice breakfast cookies are so easy to make and loaded with good stuff. Plus kids love them!

Grain Free Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Cookies

I’ve got a solution for your busy weekday mornings. These grain free pumpkin spice breakfast cookies are so easy to make and loaded with good stuff. Plus kids love them!

*I am working with Perfect Supplements for this post. I have been compensated for my time commitment, but all opinions are my own. Some links are affiliate links. Using the links will not change the cost of anything for you.*

I've got a solution for your busy weekday mornings. These grain free pumpkin spice breakfast cookies are so easy to make and loaded with good stuff. Plus kids love them!

Life is just a tad bit crazy right now. Who knew selling your house was so much work?

Busy life = less time for making good food.

But I’m not giving up! No way. I came up with the perfect fall breakfast that you can prepare in advance. You can even make a double or triple batch to stock your freezer for weeks.

Allergy Friendly Ingredients.

These pumpkin spice breakfast cookies are loaded with nourishing ingredients. Plus they taste great! They are super allergen friendly too. No grains, dairy, nuts, eggs or soy.

There is one secret ingredient that is really the star of the show.

Gelatin!

I recently tried the grass-fed gelatin from Perfect Supplements. I love it!! There is no strange smell. It gels beautifully. And since I do a lot of egg free baking it is my go-to ingredient.

These pumpkin spice breakfast cookies are also packed with pumpkin and and coconut oil for vitamins, minerals and healthy fat. Combine that with gelatin and garbanzo bean flour for protein. Plus tapioca flour for starch. It’s a complete breakfast that you can hold in your hand.

Grab a couple for the road, pair it with bacon and fresh fruit or pack one in your child’s lunch box. You get the flavors of fall in a nutritious cookie.

I've got a solution for your busy weekday mornings. These grain free pumpkin spice breakfast cookies are so easy to make and loaded with good stuff. Plus kids love them!

Grain Free Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Cookies
Yields 15
An allergy friendly breakfast cookie loaded with healthy protein, fat and carbs.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup amaranth flour
  2. 3/4 cups tapioca flour
  3. 3/4 cups garbanzo bean flour
  4. 3/4 cups water
  5. 2 Tbsp. Perfect Supplements collagen
  6. 1 Tbsp. organic lemon juice
  7. 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  8. 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  9. 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  10. 3 tsp. Perfect Supplements gelatin
  11. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  12. 1 tsp. baking soda
  13. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  14. 1/2 - 1 cup mix-ins of choice: raisins, dried cranberries, mini chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine the flour, water, collagen and lemon juice.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Cover and let sit at room temperature 7 - 24 hours.
When ready to bake
  1. Heat oven to 375*F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat.
  2. Add the coconut oil and pumpkin to the soaked mixture. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the sugar, gelatin, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Mix well.
  4. Stir in your mix-ins of choice.
  5. Drop by large mounds onto the prepared baking pans.
  6. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, until golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes on baking pan.
  8. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  9. Store in a sealed container at room temperature for 3 days, in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a year.
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Prep Ahead.

I soak the seed and bean flours to help with digestion. I also prep the rest of the ingredients the night before. In the morning I just pour, mix and bake. I can have a batch of pumpkin spice breakfast cookies in the oven in about five minutes. Then we can eat some fresh and stick the rest in the freezer for a quick breakfast any day of the week.

Add whatever mix-ins you like. Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, mini chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries…they’re all good.

My kids LOVE these cookies. I think my toddler ate THREE one morning (yes, the toddler that used to barely eat anything). They are that good.

I've got a solution for your busy weekday mornings. These grain free pumpkin spice breakfast cookies are so easy to make and loaded with good stuff. Plus kids love them!

More To Love.

If you’ve never tried Perfect Supplements gelatin I highly recommend it. The quality is exceptional. But don’t stop there. Perfect Supplements carries such a wide variety of products.

Collagen.

Like the collagen that I also use in the pumpkin spice breakfast cookies. I use it in all of our smoothies (like this blueberry spinach smoothie or this squash cherry smoothie). It was a life saver (literally) for my toddler when she was barely eating (check out how I got her to eat again with this “squash milk”).

Liver.

Another favorite of mine is the desiccated liver. I use it every single day. I really need to boost my vitamin A. And I am NOT a liver fan. The Perfect Supplements desiccated liver has been pivotal to my health. I use it on my salads, in my soups or in this salted caramel. Believe it or not I actually enjoy the taste of this liver and sometimes even crave it.

Greens.

We also recently tried both the fermented kale powder and the aquatic greens. They are perfect for smoothies. And the aquatic greens are especially great for those with allergies (imagine my disappointment that my toddler reacts to them!). I use it for my big kids as often as possible.

I could go on and on about all of the great products. But I’ll let you do some looking for yourself.

I've got a solution for your busy weekday mornings. These grain free pumpkin spice breakfast cookies are so easy to make and loaded with good stuff. Plus kids love them!

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Come back later this week…I’ve got another great recipe that uses Perfect Supplements gelatin to share with you! I just couldn’t decide on one.

I've got a solution for your busy weekday mornings. These grain free pumpkin spice breakfast cookies are so easy to make and loaded with good stuff. Plus kids love them!

What is your favorite way to use gelatin?

Need more ideas for fun ways to add gelatin or collagen to your diet? Try these:

Strawberry Kiwi Gummies

Lemon Elderberry Gummies

Dairy Free Grilled Cheese

Homemade Fruit Snacks

Healing Hot Chocolate

Molasses Tonic

Squash Milk

Allergy Friendly Vanilla Cake

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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Easy Coconut Snowballs | Just Take A Bite

Easy Coconut Snowballs

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Even if there is no snow outside you can have a white Christmas inside with these little coconut snowballs. Just four ingredients create a fun, healthy treat.

Easy Coconut Snowballs | Just Take A Bite

If you’re looking for a last minute holiday treat that you can make in minutes I’ve got you covered!

These coconut snowballs only have four ingredients. And they taste like peppermint.

So easy!

All it takes is about five minutes of mixing, melting and pouring. Then form the mixture into balls once it has cooled.

Easy Coconut Snowballs | Just Take A Bite

I like to add these to my kids’ lunches. I make sure they are getting healthy fat. They love having a little treat with their meal.

Coconut snowballs would also make great finger food for a holiday party. Set a tray out for guests and watch them disappear!

Easy Coconut Snowballs | Just Take A Bite

You can use cane sugar or powdered cane sugar (simply blend cane sugar in a high speed blender until powdered) to make coconut snowballs. The flavor is the same. Using powdered sugar creates a smoother texture.

Easy Coconut Snowballs | Just Take A Bite

Let it snow.

Somehow we don’t have snow yet in Michigan this year! I’m not sure if we’ll end up with a white Christmas. But we can make it white with our own snow!

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?

Get in the kitchen and create a little snowstorm with the kids. Everyone will have fun and stay warm.

Easy Coconut Snowballs | Just Take A Bite

Easy Coconut Snowballs
Yields 9
A minty coconut snowball that makes a great treat or any time snack.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 Tbsp. organic cane sugar OR powdered cane sugar
  2. 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  3. 3 Tbsp. coconut oil
  4. 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
Instructions
  1. Combine the sugar, coconut and oil in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium heat, stirring until the sugar and oil are melted.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add peppermint extract.
  5. Pour into a small glass dish.
  6. Refrigerate until solid, but not hard (1-2 hours)
  7. Scoop into tsp. size balls.
  8. Store in the refrigerator.
  9. Serve cold or room temperature.
Notes
  1. You can add a tsp. of cocoa powder to the mix to make dirty snowballs.
  2. You can dip the chilled snowballs into melted chocolate.
  3. If your mixture is too hard to scoop simply leave it out to come to room temperature.
  4. You can make your own powdered sugar by blending cane sugar in a high powered blender until fine.
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Honey Sweetened Pumpkin Butter Three Ways | | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Honey Sweetened Pumpkin Butter Three Ways: SHK Post

Now that fall is here it’s time for pumpkin everything! Use this nutrient packed vegetable to create three variations on pumpkin butter. It is so easy and delicious. Your kids will love it.

Honey Sweetened Pumpkin Butter Three Ways | | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Coming up with healthy snacks can be a challenge. Kids want sweet and tasty. You want quick and nutritious.

Honey sweetened pumpkin butter is the perfect solution!

Pumpkin is not a vegetable most people eat very often. But it really is packed with nutrients. Pumpkin contains vitamin A (a lot of it!), vitamin C, potassium, copper and iron in addition to lots of phyto-nutrients. So it makes the perfect component to a healthy snack like pumpkin butter.

There are three variations of pumpkin butter – original, chocolate and sunflower. They each have a unique flavor that your kids are sure to love. And with only three or four ingredients they are all easy to make.

Honey Sweetened Pumpkin Butter Three Ways | | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

It only takes about ten minutes to make all three pumpkin butters! It is that easy. After a few minutes in the refrigerator they are ready to eat. I like to prepare them in advance. Then snack time is easy. The pumpkin butter will last up to a week in the refrigerator.

Are you ready to whip up one or all three of these tasty fall treats? Head on over to Super Healthy Kids where I show you just how easy it is. Then surprise your kids with a delicious after school treat.

Don’t forget to really add to the fun by making a batch of pumpkin spice graham crackers to go along with the pumpkin butter. Maybe homework time will go a bit smoother with a fun snack. At the very least your kids will have their mouths and bellies full of good stuff.

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Ecocentric Mom – Mom + Baby Box Review

Ecocentric Mom: Mom and Baby Box Review | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

**I am working with Ecocentric Mom to blog about this Mom + Baby box. I have been compensated for my time commitment to review this product. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.**

Have you ever heard of Ecocentric Mom?  I hadn’t until recently.  It is a great site that finds quality, natural products and sends you a box every other month.  You can choose from three types of boxes – Mom, Mom + Baby or Pregnancy.

I just got my first box to try.  It is a mom and baby box, and it is filled with great stuff.  Now I get to share it with you!

It is neat to see new, natural products that I may not know about otherwise.  Plus I didn’t have to go to the store to shop for them!  This is a great way to find products I feel good about and want to use.  Then if I find something I really like I can order just that specific product.

Here are the products included in this month’s box, descriptions and my reviews.

Mama Loves Me by Mara Van Fleet
“In this delightful book, a cute baby elephant shares his admiration for his mom’s special talents—using her trunk to reach up high, to play hide-and-seek, to give him a quick shower, and to kiss him at goodnight.”

This is such a cute book!  All three of my children love it.  I like how the trunk is part of each page.  I also love that it is a quality board book that my little one can hold and not destroy.  She is in the chew on books phase.  So this is perfect.Ecocentric Mom: Mom and Baby Box Review | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Snack Out Loud Crunchy Bean Snack
“Crunchy Bean Snacks are an irresistible, family-friendly savory snack made simply from pinto beans, sunflower oil and natural seasoning so they’re naturally Non-GMO, gluten-free, nut free and soy free. Yummy!”

I wasn’t sure what to think of a crunchy bean.  But this was really tasty!  Even my kids loved it, which surprised me.  They reminded me of spiced peanuts.  So it was really a treat for me (that can’t have peanuts).  Plus I love anything crunchy.  I may have to see if these are sold at our local health food store for an easy on-the-go snack.Ecocentric Mom: Mom and Baby Box Review | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
“Add excitement to your favorite dishes—and promote a healthy lifestyle—with our Kelapo™ Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Kelapo Coconut Oil is organic, cold-pressed, and fair trade approved.”

Personally, I’ve never tried a brand of coconut oil I didn’t like.  So I can’t say if Kelapo is better or worse than any other brand.  But I can say it tastes great!  I loved slathering it on my bread.  When you’re dairy free you have to have good coconut oil on hand.  I would gladly have a big jar of Kelapo in my kitchen.

Pure Essentials Botanic Bath Infusions
Botanic Bath Infusions are 3-in-1 relaxing bath therapies that combine restorative mineral sea salts, fragrant essential oils, and curative herbs and flowers in a 100% biodegradable soilon pouch.”

These bath salts look great…if I could ever find time to actually take a bath.  I might have to just try them in a foot soak soon.

Amara Baby Food
This is an easy and healthy way to travel with baby food.  We got to try the apple.  The only ingredient is apples!  I simply added some milk to the powder (no heating, no waiting, no glass jars to carry.  And any liquid, including water and breastmilk, will work).  Both of my big kids loved it.  My little one isn’t old enough to try it yet.  But I’d definitely let her have it when she’s a little older.Ecocentric Mom: Mom and Baby Box Review | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Bum Boosa Bamboo
Bum Boosa replaces the traditional synthetic or tree-pulp wet wipe using an immensely renewable and sustainable grass: bamboo. Nourishing plant-based ingredients such as Calendula, Chamomile, and Organic Aloe Vera care for delicate skin. Scented with Lavender and Sweet Orange essential oils.”

I normally use cloth wipes.  And when I do use disposable they are unscented.  So it was strange to me to use wipes with so much scent.  But they work very well.  I really like that they are made without any chemicals.

Flavrz
Flavrz Organic Drink Mixes – world’s best organic, deliciously healthy and affordable, alternative to the usual artificially flavored, colored and sweetened beverages.In addition to being delicious, healthy and affordable Flavrz Organic Drink Mixes are great for the environment when used with a reusable water bottle. Our small, easy to carry, easy to use 2Go pouch is a concentrate that one adds to ten to sixteen ounces water at home, office, gym or on the go.

Six Flavrs – Sport, Energy, Immunity, Cherry Berry, Tropical Peach and Lemon-Lime
Organic, NON-GMO, Gluten-Free”
 
The Falvrz drink mix has great flavor.  I tried the sport. It was a nice treat to have something besides water to drink.  I like that you can make your drink as sweet or mild as you like.  I diluted mine quite a bit.  But I’m not a fan of the agave syrup it contains.  So I wouldn’t buy this normally.
 
“The perfect way to catch all of your ideas – as they happen. 100 heavy weight white cards fit nicely into pockets or handbags for quick jots of important things. Complete with a heavy card  stock carrying case.”
 
These little note cards are so fun and have a variety of cute pictures on them.  I’m always writing things down so I won’t forget (hello, mommy brain!).  These are handy to have on hand both at home and on the go.  Small note cards are also great for keeping little hands busy when you’re waiting somewhere.  Grab a few cards and crayons before you head out the door.
 
O & N Collective
O&N Collective is an online apothecary specializing in certified organic and natural skin and personal care products.  Our mission is to provide safe and effective products that promote health and wellness.”
 
This looks like a great site for ordering specialty personal care products.  Included in the Ecocentric Mom box is a coupon for 15% off your order.  That is a huge savings when it comes to natural products!
 
Natural Seal Liquid Bandage

“Don’t let a small scrape turn into a trip to the hospital, protect your little ones with Natural Seal Liquid Bandage! For the ultimate protection for your little ones, use on cuts, scrapes, burns, rashes, blisters & more!”

Of all of the products in the box I think I enjoyed this one the most!  This liquid bandage is so easy to use and perfect for little ones that pick at bandages and pull them off.  As long as you can get them to wait the minute or two for the liquid to seal you’re all set.  No peeling off sticky bandages and pulling hairs.  No tears.  Just spray it on and wash it off.  The next time one of my kids gets a scrape I’m using this for sure!

Do you like what you what you see?  Are you interested in getting a box of great products to try for yourself?  Sign up at Ecocentric Mom and see what fun, natural products arrive at your door.

I am working with Ecocentric Mom to blog about this Mom + Baby box. I have been compensated for my time commitment to review this product. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog.

In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for you.

Simple Smoothie Series: Sunrise Smoothie

Simple Smoothie Series Sunrise Smoothie || Homemade Dutch Apple PieThe next simple smoothie in this series is called the sunrise smoothie.  It’s the perfect morning drink.

The combination of orange, banana and strawberry gives a burst of flavor and also great color. It almost looks like a sunrise.  Though you don’t need to take warning for this red sky.

By adding yogurt and egg yolks to these fruits you create a vitamin powerhouse.

My oldest really loves this smoothie.  And she can be picky about smoothies.  It is bright and fresh and a great thing to boost your energy for the day.  She renamed it the morning milkshake.Simple Smoothie Series Sunrise Smoothie || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

If you want to add some healthy fat to the smoothie avocado, coconut oil and flax seed all work well.

Don’t forget to pair it with some properly prepared starch (quinoa, rice, sourdough bread, fried potatoes, etc.) for better absorption and digestion.  Then you’ll have a good balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates.

Even if it’s cold and the sun isn’t shining during the winter you can start your day with a nutritious sunrise – in a smoothie!  Take your fermented cod liver oil with it to boost your vitamin D, just like the sun does.Simple Smoothie Series Sunrise Smoothie || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Simple Smoothie Series: Sunrise Smoothie
Serves 1
A fruity smoothie that looks like a sunrise in a glass.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 medium banana
  2. 1 clementine (or half an orange)
  3. 1/3 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  4. 1/2 cup yogurt (or kefir, coconut milk or coconut milk yogurt)
  5. 1 egg yolk
  6. 2 Tbsp. honey (or maple syrup), if desired
  7. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smoothie.
  3. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator.
Notes
  1. You can add 1/2 small avocado, 1 Tbsp. melted coconut oil or 2 tsp. flax seeds for extra fat.
  2. Leave out the honey if serving this smoothie to a child under one year of age.
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*If you order by clicking on any of my Tropical Traditions links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.

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Simple Smoothie Series: Kiwi Strawberry

Simple Smoothie Series: Kiwi Strawberry || Homemade Dutch Apple PieIt’s that time of year – time to get back on track with nourishing foods.

So this month I’m doing a simple smoothie series.  Smoothies are a great way to pack in nutrition, and they can be tailored to meet any dietary restrictions.  Plus kids love them!

The other great thing about smoothies is that they can be prepared in advance and are great for on the go breakfasts or lunches.  They can even be frozen to make a breakfast popsicle your kids will love.

If you have a little one just starting solids you can spoon feed a thick smoothie.  It’s an easy way to give them things like probiotics and cod liver oil.  Be sure to leave out the honey if giving it to a child under one year of age.

A smoothie can be a meal on its own.  I personally need to have a salty/starchy component to my meal or else I will feel cold.  So if I drink a smoothie (which has lots of fat and protein) I like to pair it with a muffin or slice of bread or bowl of rice with salt.  That gives a good fat/protein/carbohydrate balance and a good sugar/salt/saturated fat/starch balance – both of which are ideal for good health.  It is especially important for adrenal health.

My first simple smoothie is kiwi strawberry.  It’s perfect for the winter months.  Kiwi is readily available in the store.  Then add some strawberries from your summer freezer stash.  It’s a delicious combination that is rich in vitamin C.

An added bonus of using strawberries is that they are the best source of ellagic acid.  According to Nourishing Traditions, “strawberries contain a compound called ellagic acid, which is an antioxidant that helps detoxify carcinogens.”Simple Smoothie Series: Kiwi Strawberry || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

The yogurt or kefir in the smoothie provides probiotics and enzymes to help digest lactose.  The egg yolks provide so many nutrients – fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K plus calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12.

I add a pinch of sea salt to smoothies for trace minerals.  You can also add gelatin (use the non-gel form) and coconut oil.

Probiotic powder and liquid fermented cod liver oil can also be added in small amounts.  You can also add avocado for thickness and dates for sweetness.

The end result is a refreshing kiwi strawberry drink.  But when you look a bit deeper you see it is a nutrition powerhouse and a great way to start your day.

I sometimes make a large batch of smoothie on Sunday and pour it into individual cups.  Then I can use them as needed throughout the week.  If you are going to make the smoothies in advance leave out the coconut oil and gelatin.  They will change texture as they sit in the refrigerator.

This recipe makes enough for two adults (average size smoothies) or three to four children.

A few words of caution.  Do not add raw greens to your smoothies.  Most of them contain oxalates in their raw forms.  If you want to add greens be sure to cook them first.

Also, I don’t advise drinking smoothies every day.  It’s a good addition a couple times a week.  Change it up with other breakfasts throughout the week.

A strawberry kiwi smoothie is the perfect breakfast treat for the whole family.  Stay tuned for more delicious flavors.Simple Smoothie Series: Kiwi Strawberry || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Simple Smoothie Series: Kiwi Strawberry
Serves 2
A power packed smoothie to start the day.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup total yogurt, kefir, sour cream, milk, coconut milk and/or coconut milk yogurt
  2. 2 egg yolks
  3. 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  4. 1 kiwi, peeled and cut up
  5. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  6. 2-4 Tbsp. honey and/or maple syrup (to taste)
  7. 2 tsp. gelatin (optional)
  8. 1 Tbsp. melted coconut oil (optional)
  9. 1/2 small avocado (optional)
  10. 2 dates (optional - leave out some or all of the honey if adding dates)
Instructions
  1. In a blender combine the yogurt/milk, egg yolks, strawberries, kiwi, salt and sweetener. Blend until smooth.
  2. Adjust sweetness to taste.
  3. Add gelatin and blend.
  4. While the blender is running slowly pour in the melted coconut oil.
  5. Pour into glasses and serve immediately or store in the refrigerator.
Notes
  1. If making the smoothie for a child under one year of age leave out the honey. It is not safe for a small child. They should not need extra sweetener besides the fruit. Or you can add a bit of banana for extra sweetness.
  2. If making the smoothies in advance leave out the gelatin and coconut oil.
  3. If you do not tolerate eggs you can make the smoothie without egg yolks. The taste will not change.
  4. You can substitute a different kind of berry if you do not tolerate strawberries.
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Soaked Donuts with Chocolate, Vanilla and Lemon Glaze

Soaked donuts make the perfect Saturday morning breakfast.  Top them with chocolate, vanilla or lemon glaze for an extra special treat.Soaked Donuts With Chocolate Vanilla and Lemon Glaze: Gluten Free Dairy Free Nut Free Corn Free || Homemade Dutch Apple PieFor Christmas my three year old got me a donut pan.  Such a subtle way of telling Mommy he wants more donuts!  We experimented with donuts a bit ago without a donut pan.  Now we can make the real deal.

My son is my baking buddy these days.  So of course we had to get to work right away to try out the new pan.

I came up with a delicious soaked donut that is also gluten free, dairy free, nut free and corn free.

 It’s not overly sweet either.
Soaked Donuts With Chocolate Vanilla and Lemon Glaze: Gluten Free Dairy Free Nut Free Corn Free || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie 3 This is a cake style donut that can be topped them with chocolate, vanilla and lemon glaze.  You could also dip them in a cinnamon sugar mixture.

The chocolate covered donuts reminded me of my childhood.  Whenever we got donuts (which was a rare treat) we always picked chocolate covered (…until we got older and ventured out to glazed, long johns, etc.).  It’s like vanilla cake with chocolate frosting.  What kid doesn’t love that?  My kids certainly enjoyed the ones with chocolate that we made!Soaked Donuts With Chocolate Vanilla and Lemon Glaze {Gluten Free Dairy Free Nut Free Corn Free} ||  Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

These soaked donuts are very easy to make.  Soak the flour one day.  Bake the donuts the next.  Even the glazes only take a few minutes to prepare.  The chocolate glaze is cooked.  The lemon and vanilla glazes just require stirring.  But you do need some homemade powdered sugar for them.  It only takes a minute to make!

Soaked donuts are a fun treat to have once in a while.  They are good for a special Saturday morning breakfast or a birthday treat.

If you don’t have a donut pan you can simply bake the batter in a muffin pan.  Only fill the muffin cups about half full to keep them smaller/more like a donut.  You can use an apple corer to remove the center if you like.Soaked Donuts With Chocolate Vanilla and Lemon Glaze: Gluten Free Dairy Free Nut Free Corn Free || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie 4

I may have to put donut pan on my birthday list now.  The one I got only makes six at a time.  So it took a couple rounds of baking to use all the batter.

Now we can experiment with more flavors and maybe even create some savory soaked donuts.  I’m also thinking about bagels!

What is your favorite donut flavor?Soaked Donuts With Chocolate Vanilla and Lemon Glaze: Gluten Free Dairy Free Nut Free Corn Free || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie 5

Soaked Donuts with Chocolate, Vanilla and Lemon Glaze {gluten free, dairy free, nut free, corn free}
Yields 20
A healthy, real food version of chocolate covered donuts.
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Donuts
  1. 2 cups any combination of gluten free flours
  2. 2/3 cup warm soaking liquid (2 Tbsp. lemon juice + water, kefir, yogurt, sour cream or 2 Tbsp. vinegar + milk)
  3. 6 Tbsp. melted fat (butter, coconut oil, lard, palm shortening)
  4. 2 eggs (preferably at room temperature)
  5. 3/4 cups sugar (coconut and/or cane) (increase to 1 or 1 1/4 cups if you like a sweeter donut)
  6. 1 tsp. baking soda
  7. 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  8. 2 tsp. tapioca flour or arrowroot
  9. 1/2 tsp. sea salt
Chocolate Glaze
  1. 1 cup chocolate chips
  2. 2 Tbsp. milk or coconut milk
  3. 2 Tbsp. arrowroot
Vanilla Glaze
  1. 1 cup powdered sugar (see recipe for link)
  2. 2 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. milk or coconut milk
  3. 1/4 tsp. vanilla
Lemon Glaze
  1. 1 cup powdered sugar (see recipe for link)
  2. 2 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. lemon juice
Donuts
  1. Combine the flour and the warm soaking liquid.
  2. Cover and let sit for 7-24 hours (24 hours or longer is preferred)
  3. Heat the oven to 400*F. Grease a donut pan or muffin pan.
  4. Add the melted fat to the soaked flour. Beat until combined.
  5. Add the eggs. Beat until combined.
  6. Add the dry ingredients. Beat well.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepare pans, filling the donut pan about 2/3 full or muffin cups 1/2 full.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Remove donuts from the pan and allow to cool completely before dipping in glaze.
Chocolate Glaze
  1. Place the chocolate chips, milk and arrowroot in a double boiler.
  2. Heat until the chocolate is melted and the ingredients are combined, stirring frequently.
  3. Dip the donuts into the warm glaze and place on a baking sheet or wire rack to let the glaze cool and harden.
Vanilla Glaze
  1. Combine the sugar, milk and vanilla in a bowl. Stir until combined.
  2. Dip the donuts in the glaze.
  3. Allow to set and harden.
Lemon Glaze
  1. Combine the sugar and lemon juice.
  2. Stir until combined.
  3. Dip the donuts in the glaze.
  4. Allow to set and harden.
Notes
  1. It is best to use the batter as soon as it is mixed. It will rise better. If allowed to set it will still work, but there won't be as much rise.
  2. It is best to use at least 1/4 white/starchy flour in the flour mixture, like tapioca or white rice.
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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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Kettle Corn Granola

Kettle corn granola is a little salty and little sweet.  You get the flavor of kettle corn in your breakfast bowl!Kettle Corn Granola || Homemade Dutch Apple PieGranola is one of my absolute favorite foods.  I got hooked on it in college…and ate it every day.  I wish I had known back then just how easy it is to make your own granola.

Now I make it all the time.  I always have some on hand for an easy snack or quick breakfast.  It’s great mixed in yogurt or eaten plain with milk.  I even love putting some in my daughter’s lunch for a filling finger food.

I’ve been making granola for many years now.  I have several granola recipes already on the blog.  I don’t usually follow a recipe anymore.  I just use what we have on hand and create something new every time.

Recently I came up with a unique version of granola.  It’s salty and sweet and very addictive!!  I call it kettle corn granola because it really tastes like kettle corn.Kettle Corn Granola || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

My kids love to munch on this stuff.  As you can see my son had no problems helping me make the granola and being my taste tester.

One of the great things about granola is that you can make a huge batch (I usually do about 10 cups of oats at a time – a double batch of this recipe) and freeze it.  Then when you want granola you are set.  You don’t even have to thaw it!  Granola is ready straight from the freezer.  I usually keep a small jar in the cupboard and refill it from the freezer stash as we use it up.

 The other thing I love about granola is how much money it saves.  Have you looked at the price of granola made with quality ingredients?  I was recently at a local meat market.  They had locally made granola…for $4 for about 6 oz.!!!  That is insane.

When you make granola at home you control the ingredients and you save a ton of money.  You also make a very allergen-friendly breakfast treat.  This one is gluten, dairy, nut and egg free.Kettle Corn Granola || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Granola only takes about five minutes to prepare.  The end result is a huge batch of homemade cereal that will last a long time.  It is also the perfect project to do with kids.  When I make granola each kids gets his or her own bowl to create their own batch.  They can add whatever they like.  My kids love being creative with granola.  Sometimes we end up baking theirs, but usually they eat it before it gets to the oven.

This would make a great Christmas gift.  Make a couple batches, package it and pass it around to family and friends.  Throw a few mini chocolate chips in after the granola has cooled and you’ll really be giving a delicious treat.

If you want to be sure you’re really getting all of the nutrients out of your granola you can make this into a soaked version.  You’ll have to plan ahead, but it’s still oh, so delicious!

Do you like the salty sweet combination of kettle corn?  Now you can enjoy it for breakfast with kettle corn granola.

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Kettle Corn Granola
A delicious granola cereal that has the sweet and salty flavor of kettle corn.
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Unsoaked
  1. 5 cups old fashioned oats
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 3/4 cup coconut oil and/or butter
  4. 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  5. 1/4 cup honey
  6. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  7. 1 tsp. unrefined sea salt
Soaked
  1. 5 cups old fashioned oats
  2. 2 1/2 cups warm water + 2 Tbsp. yogurt, kefir or lemon juice
  3. 1/3 cup coconut oil and/or butter
  4. 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  5. 1/4 cup honey and/or maple syrup
  6. 1 tsp. unrefined sea salt
Unsoaked
  1. Heat the oven to 350*F.
  2. In a large bowl combine the oats, water and salt.
  3. In a saucepan heat the sugar, honey, syrup and oil until the oil is melted and the sugars and oil combine.
  4. Pour the sugar/oil mixture over the oats. Mix until well combined.
  5. Spread the oat mixture onto a large parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for about one hour, stirring every 20 minutes, until golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  8. Store in an air tight container in the cupboard or in the freezer for long term storage.
Soaked
  1. Combine the oats, warm water and soaking agent.
  2. Cover and let sit 24 hours.
  3. Spread the oat mixture onto dehydrator trays and dry until crisp, about 8 hours.
  4. Crumble dried oats into a large bowl.
  5. Heat oven to 350*F.
  6. In a small saucepan combine the salt, butter, sugar and honey.
  7. Cook until melted and combined.
  8. Pour the butter mixture over the oats. Mix well.
  9. Spread onto a parchment lined baking sheet (it may fit on one large sheet or you may need to spread it on two sheets).
  10. Bake for 30 minutes.
  11. Allow to cool completely.
  12. Crumble the granola and store in an air tight container or in the freezer.
Notes
  1. This recipe easily doubles or triples and freezes well.
  2. Granola is ready straight from the freezer.
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Pumpkin Spice Graham Crackers | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Pumpkin Spice Graham Crackers {gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free}

Pumpkin spice graham crackers are easy to make, allergen friendly and capture the warm flavors of pumpkin pie. They make a perfect after school snack or lunch box addition.

Pumpkin Spice Graham Crackers | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

For me there is no better snack than a graham cracker. Crunchy. Slightly sweet. Perfection.

I got hooked on them in college and have eaten more than my share since. Of course they came out of box.

No more boxes here. Now when I’m in the mood for graham crackers I make them!

I have created quite a few versions of graham crackers:

Pumpkin Spice Graham Crackers | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Spice it up!

Today I’m sharing my fall version of graham crackers – pumpkin spice.

They are very easy to make and very allergen friendly. Pumpkin spice graham crackers are gluten, dairy, egg, nut, soy, corn and rice free. But nobody will ever know!

You get the mild sweetness and crunch of a graham cracker combined with pumpkin and spice. This is a fun holiday treat for kids and adults. It is like pumpkin pie in graham cracker form.

Let your kids trade in Halloween candy for pumpkin spice graham crackers or add them to your Thanksgiving baking list!
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Breakfast, lunch, snack or dessert.

My kids go crazy for pumpkin spice graham crackers. Though we try not to go overboard, a whole batch is sometimes gone in a couple weeks.

They make the perfect after school snack with a big glass of raw milk. Somehow they make homework easier. But there are many other ways to enjoy them.

Pumpkin spice graham crackers are delicious broken and sprinkled over whole milk yogurt for breakfast. You can also spread nut butter in between two crackers for a nutritious snack or sandwich alternative.

Pumpkin Spice Graham Crackers | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Kids will love pumpkin spice graham crackers in their lunch.  What a fun way to give them a treat that is full of good stuff.

They can be used in desserts as well.  Sprinkle crushed graham crackers on top of pudding or grind them to make the crust for a fall cheesecake.

No matter how you serve them, pumpkin spice graham crackers are sure to be a hit.

Kids in the kitchen.

The next time your kids are begging for a treat make a batch of pumpkin spice graham crackers. But be sure to let them help.

All you need is a bowl and a spoon.  Kids can measure, poor, stir and then roll the dough. My kids always have fun making graham crackers.

You can make it even more fun by using cookie cutters to create different shaped crackers.

The dough is ready to go in the oven in less than fifteen minutes. The hard part is waiting for them to bake and cool.

Pumpkin Spice Graham Crackers | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Stock the freezer.

One batch of pumpkin spice graham crackers makes around fifty crackers. Keep half in the cupboard and store the rest in the freezer for an easy snack when you don’t have time to bake.

If your kids are like mine you might need to make a double batch!

Not sure what to give your kids when they are asking for snacks? Pumpkin spice graham crackers are just the thing. Healthy fat, vegetables and gluten free grains will give them the energy they need to keep going.

Do you enjoy graham crackers? What is your favorite way to eat them?

Pumpkin Spice Graham Crackers | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

 

Pumpkin Spice Graham Crackers {gluten free, dairy free, nut free, egg free}
Yields 50
A graham cracker with the taste of pumpkin pie.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup any combination of starchy gluten free flour (tapioca, white rice)
  2. 1 cup any combination of whole grain gluten free flour (sorghum, amaranth, brown rice, buckwheat)
  3. 1/2 cup organic cane sugar or coconut sugar
  4. 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  5. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  6. 1 tsp. vanilla
  7. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  8. 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  9. 1/8 tsp. cloves
  10. 2 Tbsp. honey
  11. 2 Tbsp. molasses (can be replaced with honey or maple syrup)
  12. 6 Tbsp. butter, coconut oil, lard or tallow, melted
  13. 1/3 cup pureed pumpkin
Instructions
  1. Preheat an oven to 350*F.
  2. Cut three pieces of parchment paper the size of a baking sheet.
  3. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, salt, soda, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Stir.
  4. Add the honey, molasses, pumpkin and melted oil. Stir until well combined.
  5. Split the dough in half.
  6. Place one half on a piece of parchment paper. Top with a second sheet.
  7. Roll the dough between the paper until it is about 1/4" thin.
  8. Remove the top piece of paper. Using a pizza cutter or knife cut the dough into squares.
  9. Transfer the dough on the parchment paper to a baking sheet.
  10. Repeat this process for the second half of the dough.
  11. Bake graham crackers in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes.
  12. Turn off the oven. Leave the crackers in the oven for an extra 10 minutes.
  13. Remove the crackers from the oven. Allow to cool completely.
  14. The crackers will crisp as they cool.
  15. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the freezer for long term storage.
Notes
  1. The graham crackers freeze very well and are ready to eat as soon as you take them out of the freezer.
  2. You can replace the cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg with 1 1/2 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice.
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