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Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Spice Cake

Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Sometimes you just need chocolate. Am I right?

And sometimes you need dark chocolate…with a twist.Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Something New

I recently got to try the new Stonyfield double cream yogurt and some fun spices from Simply Organic. I paired these unlikely sidekicks in a unique dark chocolate spice cake.

The cake is very mildly sweet with a hint of spice. But plenty of chocolate!Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Kid-Friendly

My kids couldn’t get enough. I thought they would be hesitant to try chocolate with cumin added. Boy, was I wrong. They could hardly wait for me to take pictures before they tried it.

And of course they all wanted to help make the cake. My toddler did a lot of sampling.

I also added some mini chocolate chips (this is the brand we love because it is allergen free) to provide another burst of chocolate and some texture.Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Change It Up

We enjoyed it plain as a light dessert. Dark chocolate spice cake would also be very good topped with a simple butter cream or homemade ice cream (vanilla, chocolate or salted dark chocolate would all be great choices!).Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Yogurt and Spice and Everything Nice

I’m so glad we got to try the double cream yogurt from Stonyfield. It is just what it says…double the cream (you know I’m always in favor of more healthy fat!). It’s like yogurt and sour cream had a baby…super creamy and mildly tangy. The perfect combination.

On the down side now regular yogurt (even though we buy full fat) doesn’t seem as creamy.Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

I’ve been using Simply Organic spices for quite some time now. But I’m pretty boring. I stick the same basic herbs and spices. So I was excited to see some unique blends like adobo and garam masala. Looks like I’ll be doing more experimenting!Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Allergy Friendly

If you’re looking for a chocolate-y treat that won’t give you sugar overload try my gluten free dark chocolate spice cake. It is loaded with healthy fat and real ingredients but free of gluten, nuts and eggs.

Have you ever mixed chocolate and spice? What combination would you try?Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Spice Cake
Serves 12
A mildly sweet dark chocolate cake that combines cocoa, cumin and cinnamon for a unique twist.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup white rice flour
  2. 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  3. 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  4. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp. cumin
  6. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  7. 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  8. 2 tsp. grassfed gelatin
  9. 1/4 cup cold water
  10. 1/4 cup hot water
  11. 1/2 cup Stonyfield Double Cream Yogurt
  12. 2 Tbsp. honey
  13. 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8" baking dish.
  2. Combine the gelatin and 1/4 cup cold water. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, cumin, salt and baking powder.
  4. Add the 1/4 cup hot water to the gelatin mixture and stir to dissolve.
  5. Add the gelatin water, yogurt and honey to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 35 min.
  8. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Notes
  1. Serve plain or topped with ice cream, butter cream or vanilla yogurt.
  2. For extra flavor mix whole raspberries into the batter before baking.
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Einkorn Chocolate Chip Cookies | Just Take A Bite

Einkorn Chocolate Chip Cookies

These einkorn chocolate chip cookies are a remake of the classic. Simple and delicious, yet free of dairy, nuts, soy, corn, rice, coconut and egg whites.

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Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? I know I sure do!

Mom’s cookies are the best.

Growing up my mom was famous for her chocolate chip cookies (and still is!). It was rare we didn’t have any in the house.

We would eat two or three fresh out of the oven. 

She still brings her cookies to every family function or church event. They aren’t fancy, just plain old all purpose flour, butter, sugar, etc. But she somehow transforms the ingredients into something unique.

I miss those cookies. I can almost taste one right now.

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Finding an alternative.

Even though I can’t eat my mom’s cookies I can indulge in einkorn chocolate chip cookies once in a while.

This version is super easy to make. Plus it doesn’t have dairy, nuts, soy, corn, rice, coconut or egg whites.

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Dessert or breakfast.

If you need a quick treat einkorn chocolate chip cookies are perfect. Or use the base and add whatever you like to make it your own.

There is no need to soak the flour, which makes them even easier!

Add dried fruit and seeds to create a breakfast cookie. Or keep it classic with just chocolate chips.

Smart Sweets

No matter what you add they’re good! Especially fresh out of the oven.

Soft cookie dough with melted chocolate.

Who can resist that?!

In need of a cookie fix?

Try something new with einkorn chocolate chip cookies.

Einkorn Chocolate Chip Cookies | Just Take A Bite | A twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie that is free of dairy, nuts, soy, rice, corn and coconut

Einkorn Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 12
A twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie using einkorn flour.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup einkorn flour
  2. 1/2 cup whole wheat, all purpose or white rice flour
  3. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  4. 1 tsp. baking soda
  5. 1/2 cup honey
  6. 3 egg yolks
  7. 1/4 cup olive oil, avocado oil or melted tallow
  8. 1/4 cup add-ins: chocolate chips, dried fruit, seeds
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350*F.
  2. In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients except add-ins. Beat until well combined.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop mounds onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Cool and store in a sealed container for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a year.
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Gluten Free Squash Cookies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

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If you are in need of a healthy breakfast, lunch or dessert gluten free squash cookies are just the thing. Easy to make. Properly prepared grains. And vegetables!

Gluten Free Squash Cookies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

All summer long you are in control of what your kids eat and when they eat.

There is an abundance of fresh fruit to serve IF they need a little snack (not when snack time is a mandatory part of their day). Breakfasts don’t have to be made AND consumed in ten minutes in order to catch the bus. Lunches can be cooked and served warm.

Then school starts.

Mornings are chaotic getting everyone dressed and fed and out the door.

Lunches have to be simplified and packed.

It is a challenge to maintain the nutrient dense status of your kids’ food. Not to mention they are bombarded with special treats for everything from birthdays to good behavior as soon as they step foot in the door.

So as the new school year gets under way why not combine the need for nourishment with the desire for something sweet? Did I mention it is also easy?

These super simple gluten free squash cookies are portable and work for breakfast or lunch. Vegetables in your breakfast and dessert? Yes, please!

Head over to Kitchen Stewardship to find out how I make these easy and delicious cookies.

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Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats

Peaches and cream overnight oats make a satisfying breakfast. Prepared in advance, they are a grab ‘n’ go breakfast everyone will love. Use fresh peaches in the summer and frozen or canned peaches in the winter.

Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

I try my best to do breakfast preparation in advance. In the morning I want everything ready to go.

When my husband is getting ready for work…breakfast is ready.

When one kid wakes up early and is instantly begging for food…breakfast is ready.

When the baby needs to nurse and everyone else is hungry…breakfast is ready.

Since we don’t eat store-bought cereal I need other quick and easy breakfasts that are ready for the family even if I’m busy.

Peaches and cream overnight oats are the perfect solution.

Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Simple, simple, simple.

It only takes about five minutes to prepare overnight oats. I line up jars for however many servings I’m going to make. Then just add the ingredients to each jar and mix.

Peaches and cream overnight oats only contain five ingredients. All of them except for the peaches are pantry and refrigerator staples. So you can whip up a batch just about any time.

Give them a boost.

In addition the five base ingredients you can add collagen for protein and egg yolk for vitamins. This will make peaches and cream overnight oats a very balanced breakfast. That includes three components:

  1. Proteinyogurt, collagen, egg yolk
  2. Carbohydrates – oats, peaches, maple syrup
  3. Fat – whole milk yogurt or coconut yogurt

One other thing I love is that the overnight soaking makes the oats much better for you!

Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Get ready to host.

These overnight oats are great for the whole family on a school day morning. But that’s not all.

Peaches and cream overnight oats are fancy enough for hosting overnight guests or a brunch. Mix up a bunch of small jars of the oats and leave the peaches on top. They look so elegant. Plus you can just pull them out of the fridge in the morning and have time to visit with your guests. No cooking necessary.

Change it up.

If you aren’t a fan of peaches in your yogurt or you just don’t have any on hand you can swap another fruit. Stone fruits like plums, apricots and nectarines work very well.

Or you can use berries and cherries. They can be fresh or go right from the freezer to the oat mixture. By morning they will be thawed and ready to go!

No matter what flavor you choose overnight oats are a perfect prep ahead breakfast.  You can make them for a busy weekday morning or even make a batch while you enjoy some end of summer travel.  All of the ingredients are available wherever you go.

On the go.

Peaches and cream overnight oats are also great for school lunches and snacks.  Just mix it up the night before.  Put a lid on and pack it in the lunch box.  It is ready to go when your child is ready to eat.

By using gluten free oats this breakfast is not only delicious but also gluten, egg, nut, corn, soy and rice free. If you use coconut yogurt it is also dairy free. There is a version for just about everyone!

In need of an easy breakfast?  Peaches and cream overnight oats are the way to go!

Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats
Serves 2
Peaches and cream overnight oats make a satisfying breakfast. Prepared in advance with fresh peaches, they are a grab 'n' go breakfast everyone will love.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup old fashioned oats (be sure to get gluten free oats if you are gluten free)
  2. 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt or coconut yogurt
  3. 4 Tbsp. maple syrup (adjust to your liking)
  4. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  5. 1 large peach, peeled and cut up (over oats)
  6. optional - 2 tsp. collagen, 1 egg yolk
Instructions
  1. Divide the oats, yogurt, maple syrup and salt (and collagen and egg yolk if desired) between two small jars or dishes. Mix well.
  2. Cut up the peaches over the jars so the juice drips into the jars.
  3. Cover and refrigerate 7-24 hours.
  4. Stir in peaches when ready to eat.
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Bedtime Beverage

Bedtime Beverage | Homemade Dutch Apple PieDo you have trouble falling asleep at night?  Or maybe your kids have a hard time winding down at the end of the day?  Mine sure do!

Except for one…the baby.  How does she go to sleep?  She nurses and falls fast asleep.  Mother’s milk is warm and has the perfect balance of nutrients to help a little one nod off to sleep.  It is comforting and nourishing.

So how does that translate to everyone else?  Surprisingly ice cream (the kind made with real, whole ingredients) is about the closest thing we have to breast milk in terms of its nutrient profile.  It has a good balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat.

You could definitely indulge in a dish of ice cream to see if it helps you get sleepy.  But I have a drink that might work better.  It’s like warm ice cream!

Raw cream or whole milk is the ideal base for this drink.  If you can’t have dairy you can use full fat coconut milk and add a little extra gelatin for the protein balance.Bedtime Beverage | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Egg yolks are added because they are packed with vitamins (especially B) and a little bit of protein.  The cream or milk has lots of healthy fat.  Gelatin gives more amino acids and protein.  Plus the gelatin makes it all easier to digest.  The sea salt helps you absorb everything and adds trace minerals.  The syrup also helps digestion (sugar is easily absorbed) and gives balance to the drink by adding carbohydrates.

At bedtime you need your adrenals to settle down for the night.  Having a balance of sugar, salt and fat will help your body accomplish that.   You can also add a small starchy snack along side the bedtime beverage to really balance out the components.  A couple soaked graham crackers or even a slice of sourdough bread are perfect.

This bedtime beverage is like a nutritionally boosted version of the warm milk you grew up drinking at bedtime (yes, there was some truth behind that).  It’s almost as comforting and calming as mother’s milk.  It tastes great too!

This drink can also be very helpful during the first trimester of pregnancy.  Even if you can’t get much else down this will give you a nutrient boost and may be soothing to an unsettled stomach.

There is no fancy equipment required for this drink.  Just a small pan and a whisk.  It only takes a few minutes to make.  Don’t forget to save your egg whites for baking.  They store well in the refrigerator or freezer for a long time.  I like to use them for making gluten free bread!

You won’t have to convince your kids to drink this before bed.  Offer a soothing bedtime beverage that tastes like ice cream and I’m sure they will gladly oblige.  Then watch them settle down and drift off to sleep.  Mother’s milk is wonderful for helping little ones get to sleep.  Now everyone else can do the same.Bedtime Beverage | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Bedtime Beverage
Serves 1
A warm drink to help you sleep at night.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup heavy cream, coconut milk or whole milk
  2. 2 Tbsp. maple syrup (or honey)
  3. 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  4. 1 - 2 tsp. collagen or gelatin
  5. 1 - 2 egg yolks
  6. optional: 1 - 2 tsp. cocoa or carob powder
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan.
  2. Whisk to combine.
  3. If using gelatin let the mixture set for 1 minute.
  4. Gently warm the mixture over low heat. Do not let it boil or you could curdle the milk or cook the egg yolks.
  5. Pour into a mug and enjoy before bed.
Notes
  1. This can be made with just the cream, syrup and salt.
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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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Simple Smoothie Series: True Blue-Berry

Simple Smoothie Series: True Blue-Berry || Homemade Dutch Apple PieToday I’ve got a smoothie that is sure to please everyone.  Who doesn’t love blueberries?!

This true blue-berry smoothie gives a double shot of flavor with both whole blueberries and blueberry juice.

A blueberry smoothie is great for really little ones because you can leave out the sweetener and it still has a lot of flavor.  Just be careful how you serve it so it doesn’t get on everything!

If you or your kids are adventurous you can also add a few pieces of roasted beets.  A little goes a long way in terms of changing the flavor.  But it also adds a lot of nutrition.  If you don’t tell your kids it’s in there they might not know.  It won’t change the color.

You can also easily add elderberry syrup to a blueberry smoothie for extra immune system support.

If you are dairy free you can leave out the yogurt and add a bit of powdered probiotics instead.  The smoothie will taste great without the yogurt.  Or you can add some coconut milk for texture.

Every summer we load up on fresh Michigan blueberries while they are in season and freeze them.  Then all winter long we can have delicious smoothies like this, knowing we’re using fruit from the peak of freshness.

If you do not have a blueberry stash in your freezer you can get frozen organic blueberries at the store.  They are a better option than any fresh berries you find in the winter since it is not blueberry season.

Blueberries are my favorite fruit…and a blueberry smoothie is my favorite flavor.  What’s yours?Simple Smoothie Series: True Blue-Berry || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Simple Smoothie Series: True Blue-Berry
Serves 2
A healthy smoothie bursting with blueberry flavor.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  2. 1/4 cup pure blueberry juice
  3. 1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt or coconut milk yogurt
  4. 2 egg yolks
  5. 2 Tbsp. honey
  6. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  7. 1 Tbsp. roasted beet (optional)
  8. 2 Tbsp. elderberry syrup (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Notes
  1. To make this into popsicles simply pour the smoothie into popsicle molds and freeze until solid.
  2. If you serving the smoothie to a child under one year of age leave out the honey.
  3. You can omit the egg yolks if you are allergic to eggs.
  4. The yogurt can be left out or replaced with coconut milk yogurt or coconut milk to make this dairy free.
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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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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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Honey Mustard Four Ways

Honey Mustard Four Ways || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Hands down my favorite dip/dressing is honey mustard.  It has been my favorite for many, many years.  I think I got hooked in college when I started eating salads more frequently.

Now if I make a salad for myself, 95% of the time I use honey mustard dressing.  It’s just such a great flavor.

My kids love honey mustard for dipping when we make chicken nuggets.

Over the years I’ve made it countless times.  It seems like I make it a little different each time.  There really are many ways to make delicious honey mustard.

Honey Mustard Four Ways || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Today I’m sharing my top four ways to make honey mustard.  They are all very easy, and they all taste great! Three of the varieties take about one minute to make, each.

The fourth version of honey mustard uses homemade mayonnaise. I always have some on hand, so it doesn’t add any prep time for me. But if you don’t have it, making the mayonnaise will add about three minutes to the preparation.

Try any of them as a salad dressing, a dip or a condiment on sandwiches and burgers.  Honey mustard goes with just about anything.

Honey mustard can be prepared in advance so it’s ready when you need it.  All of these varieties will last for several weeks (at a minimum) in the refrigerator.  Double or triple the recipe to have a full bottle of dressing on hand for lots of salads year round.

How about you?  Do you like honey mustard?  What do you use it for?

Honey Mustard Four Ways || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Honey Mustard I
A simple honey mustard dressing or dip.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup honey
  2. 1/3 cup mustard
Instructions
  1. Mix the honey and the mustard until well combined.
  2. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.
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Honey Mustard II
A simple honey mustard dressing or dip.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup honey
  2. 1/3 cup mustard
  3. 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Combine the honey and the mustard. Mix well.
  2. Gradually pour in the oil as you mix/whisk. Mix until well combined.
  3. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.
Notes
  1. You can add 1-2 tsp. apple cider vinegar to this recipe if you are using it as a salad dressing.
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Honey Mustard III
A simple honey mustard dressing or dip.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup honey
  2. 1/3 cup mustard
  3. 1 egg yolk
  4. 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Combine the honey and mustard. Mix well.
  2. Add the egg yolk. Mix until well combined.
  3. Gradually add the oil while mixing/whisking. Mix until well combined.
  4. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
Notes
  1. The honey mustard will get thicker if it is chilled.
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Honey Mustard IIII
A simple honey mustard dressing or dip.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup homemade mayonnaise (see post for recipe link)
  2. 1/3 cup honey
  3. 1/3 cup mustard
Instructions
  1. Combine all three ingredients. Mix until well combined.
  2. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Notes
  1. The honey mustard will thicken as it chills.
  2. This honey mustard works well as a dip since it is a little thicker.
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