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Soaked Teff Crackers

Tired of the same old crackers? Try something new with soaked teff crackers. Allergen friendly, crunchy and salty these crackers are easy to eat for toddlers or strong enough to use for dipping.

Soaked Teff Crackers | Just Take A Bite

Normally when I do any gluten free baking I use at least two different flours, usually three. I really like this combination.

Single starches.

But when  you are on a very limited diet and are trying to rotate starches that gets tricky. You sometimes have to limit yourself to one grain/starch a day. Most gluten free flours don’t work well alone (have you ever tried baking with just tapioca…it doesn’t work so well). But there is one that does.

Teff!

Soaked Teff Crackers | Just Take A Bite

Teff is a very hearty grain that reminds me of wheat or rye. It gives great depth of flavor to baked goods. Sometimes I use it for about a quarter of the flour in my baking.

But other times I use it alone. Like in these soaked teff crackers.

Family favorite.

I started making them for my little one and I so we had something safe to snack on. But soon the whole family wanted them. My son even requested these in place of the crackers I had already made for him.

I like to keep a batch on hand at all times for dipping (hummus is my favorite), eating with soup or for an easy snack on the go.

These teff crackers have a little sugar so they are like Wheat Thins. But they don’t have any vegetable oils, gums or fillers. And the flour is soaked for better digestion. Teff crackers are the perfect solution to delicious gluten free snacking. I love to add extra salt on top to really satisfy my craving for a salty snack.

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Make it fast.

What’s even better is how easy they are to make! It takes about one minute to get the flour soaking. Then the next day you’ll have crackers in the oven with about ten minutes of hands on time.

This is a great project for little hands. Invite your kids into the kitchen and show them how fun and easy it is to make food from scratch.

Double the recipe and store half in the freezer. Snack on some and save some for easy lunch packing. Teff crackers, cheese slices and homemade lunch meat make the perfect homemade Lunchable.

The next time  you are in the mood for something crunchy make a batch of teff crackers. Just be sure to make it a big batch! They’ll go quickly.

Have you ever baked with teff?

Give it a try with these foolproof teff crackers. The whole family will love them.

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Soaked Teff Crackers
Yields 50
A gluten free Wheat Thin style cracker made with teff flour.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups teff flour
  2. 4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (or melted lard, tallow or butter)
  3. 6 Tbsp. warm water
  4. 1 tsp. lemon juice
  5. 1 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  6. 6 tsp. organic cane sugar
  7. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  8. 3-6 Tbsp. water
Instructions
  1. Combine the flour, fat, warm water and lemon juice.
  2. Cover and let sit 7-24 hours.
  3. Heat oven to 350*F.
  4. Add the salt, sugar, baking soda and 3 Tbsp. water to the soaked mixture.
  5. Mix and knead dough by hand until a ball forms. Add more water if needed.
  6. Split the dough into three equal parts.
  7. Cut four pieces of parchment paper (the size of a baking sheet).
  8. Place one piece of dough on one piece of parchment paper. Top with another sheet of parchment paper.
  9. Roll the dough between the paper until it is about 1/8" thick.
  10. Remove the top layer of paper.
  11. Cut into desired shapes with a pizza cutter or cookie cutters.
  12. Sprinkle extra salt on top of the dough.
  13. Transfer the parchment paper to a baking sheet.
  14. Repeat with the remaining portions of dough.
  15. Bake the crackers for about 20 minutes, until golden.
  16. Turn off oven. Leave the crackers in the oven for 7-10 minutes, until crisp.
  17. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  18. Store crackers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a month or in the freezer for up to a year.
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My Favorite Gluten Free Flour Mix | Just Take A Bite

My Favorite Gluten Free Flour Mix

Gluten free baking can be intimidating and challenging. There are so many flours to choose from! I’m helping you out with my favorite gluten free flour mix.

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If you’ve ever tried gluten free baking you know it can be tricky. I can make the same recipe ten times and it turns out just a little differently every time. Though that may have more to do with my lack of precise measuring when I bake.

At any rate, gluten free baking is not nearly as forgiving as baking with wheat.

The ratio of sugar to fat is very important. But the real key to successful gluten free baking is using the right blend of flours.

Use all starchy flour and you’ll get a dry, crumbly mess. Use all seeds and you might have a gooey, dense blob.

There are so many flours to choose from when it comes to gluten free baking. My recipes usually call for a gluten free flour mix of your choice. Everyone has different things on hand. And a variety of flours will work.

But after years of experimenting I have come up with my favorite gluten free flour mix.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you some exact flours to use. This is a general rule. Then use what you have on hand.

My gluten free flour mix is:

My Favorite Gluten Free Flour Mix | Just Take A Bite

Not sure which is which? Here is a quick rundown of some common flours.

My Favorite Gluten Free Flour Mix | Just Take A Bite

For your next recipe that calls for two cups of gluten free flour use one cup of grain, a half cup of seed, nut or bean and a half cup of starch. Choose from the above lists. Play around with combinations to see what flavors you like best.

Give my gluten free flour mix a try and see how your gluten free baked goods turn out!

Note that white rice can be used as a grain or a starch. It is technically a grain. But white rice behaves similar to a starch.

My Favorite Gluten Free Flour Mix | Just Take A Bite

What is your favorite blend of flours?

I often use a combination of sorghum, amaranth and tapioca. My baked goods always come out well using those three.

Find your favorite combinations. Then mix up a whole batch so baking is simple. No measuring three or four flours at a time. Just use your mix!

Create a variety to rotate through different types of flour. Gluten free baking just got a little bit simpler.

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Simple Honey Oat Bars | Just Take A Bite

Simple Honey Oat Bars

When little tummies are recovering from illness it’s best to keep food simple and skip a lot of fat and sugar. These honey oat bars come together easily and are gentle on the tummy.

Simple Honey Oat Bars | Just Take A Bite

Did I mention my son was sick? That seems to be an ongoing battle this winter. My poor boy that has such a sensitive digestive system.

He had the recent stomach virus that went around. But unlike most people that were over it in a day or two he struggled with it for a week. And he could hardly eat that whole time. He spent his days either on the couch or in the bathroom.

BRAT diet doesn’t exist here.

Add all of his allergies on top of trying to keep his diet bland and starchy and you’ve got a real challenge. No gluten, rice, corn, potatoes or bananas.

Simple Honey Oat Bars | Just Take A Bite

We decided to try oats. He basically lived on oatmeal for a week. And just when he thought he couldn’t handle another bowl of oatmeal I came up with these simple honey oat bars!

I wanted to keep them very low in fat to keep his tummy settled. So I used grass-fed gelatin in place of eggs. I also kept the sweetness low with just a touch of cane sugar and honey.

The combination of whole oats and ground oats helps the bars bind together.

Oats to the rescue.

My son loved them! And they kept him going. There was starch but also protein. Not to mention the gelatin was helpful for healing his upset tummy.

My daughter tried them too and thinks they’re great…even if she’s not sick. They make an easy, low sugar breakfast to keep stashed in the freezer for busy week days.

Get your oats soaking and whip up a batch or two of these simple honey oat bars. Always have some on hand to put upset bellies at ease.

Don’t forget to add activated charcoal to the diet as well to really stop the stomach upset.

What is your go-to food when recovering from a stomach virus?

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Simple Honey Oat Bars
Yields 10
A simple, low fat oat bar that is perfect for settling little tummies after illness.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup oat flour (grind rolled oats in a blender)
  2. 1 cup rolled oats
  3. 1 cup warm water
  4. 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  5. 2 tsp. grass-fed gelatin (NOT collagen)
  6. 1/4 cup hot water
  7. 1 Tbsp. organic cane sugar
  8. 3 Tbsp. honey
  9. 2 Tbsp. melted butter, coconut oil, lard or tallow
  10. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  11. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
Instructions
  1. Combine the oat flour, oats, warm water and lemon juice. Cover and let sit for 7-24 hours (24 hours is best for oats).
  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or line with parchment paper an 8" square baking pan.
  3. Add the gelatin to the hot water and stir until dissolved.
  4. Add all of the ingredients to the soaked oats. Mix well.
  5. Spread in the prepared pan.
  6. Bake 35 minutes.
  7. Cool and cut into bars.
  8. Store in a covered container for up to a week at room temperature, two weeks in the refrigerator or one year in the freezer.
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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.

Einkorn Chocolate Chip Cookies | Just Take A Bite

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.

Einkorn Chocolate Chip Cookies | Just Take A Bite

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.

Einkorn Chocolate Chip Cookies | Just Take A Bite

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 Pumpkin Flax Granola Muffins | Just Take A Bite

Gluten Free Pumpkin Flax Granola Muffins

Can’t decide what to have for breakfast? Get your cereal and bread all in one with gluten free pumpkin flax granola muffins. They are the perfect way to start your day this fall.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Flax Granola Muffins | Just Take A Bite

I am working with Stonyfield and Nature’s Path for this post. I have been compensated for my time commitment. But the opinions and ideas are my own. I have not been paid to post positive reviews.

It’s no secret. I L-O-V-E granola. Really I love cereal of any kind.

But cereal is a rare commodity around here, only showing up on the breakfast menu when I have time to make some. Most cereal is just not healthy.

My kids enjoy my homemade granola. I make a kettle corn version that everyone goes crazy for.

But it sure is nice to get variety once in a while. And to give myself a break (it’s hard work cooking for a family with so many different allergies!)

So I was excited to try two products from Nature’s Path – Pumpkin flax granola and Cranberry Vanilla Qia.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Flax Granola Muffins | Just Take A Bite

Big helpers.

Since I can’t have either my big kids gladly volunteered to be the taste testers!

Both kids really loved the Qia. It is a unique blend of seeds and dried fruit. We tried it in both milk and yogurt. Either way is great.  Just mix and let it sit for five minutes. Breakfast is served.

My oldest was the granola sampler (since my son is allergic to some of the ingredients). She gave it two thumbs up!

She even got an extra special treat one day with an Oh My Yog! yogurt and pumpkin flax granola in her lunch.

From a flavor standpoint both products are winners.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Flax Granola Muffins | Just Take A Bite

My kids reviewed the taste. I reviewed the ingredients.

I was disappointed to see soy oil in the granola. We try to avoid all soy. I also am not sure what oat syrup solids are. It sounds a lot like corn syrup solids, just using a different grain.

I was hopeful as I read the ingredient list of the Qia cereal. Until I got to the last one – natural vanilla flavor.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Flax Granola Muffins | Just Take A Bite

Natural flavor is my biggest pet peeve when it comes to “natural” products.

Natural flavor is pretty much the same thing as artificial flavor.

They may start with different ingredients, but the end product is about the same. And they impact my children the same way.

Both make my kids C-R-A-Z-Y.

Preparation is key.

I also think that seeds and grains need to be properly prepared to avoid nutrient deficiencies and to aid in digestion. Eating all of these oats and seeds that haven’t been soaked can be hard on the gut. My son seemed to have a really hard time with the seeds and had some off tummy days.

So I did let my kids try both products. But they are not items I would let them have regularly.

Pumpkin flax granola is good for those times when you are traveling or for those days here and there when you really have no time at all to prepare breakfast.

It also makes a great addition to muffins! Especially if you can’t have eggs.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Flax Granola Muffins | Just Take A Bite

Flax seed is a great egg substitute.

So I used the pumpkin flax flavor of the granola and bumped it up with real pumpkin and flax seeds to create gluten free egg free pumpkin flax granola muffins.

A little sprinkle of granola on top adds a nice crunch and burst of flavor.

Since I like to prepare my grains I used Stonyfield whole milk yogurt to soak the flour first. The yogurt not only breaks down the phytic acid, it also helps bind the muffins and give them a soft texture.

You can make the muffins with or without the granola added. I made some without for my son and he still loved them.

Pumpkin and flax are a great pair. Put them in a muffin and you have a great fall breakfast. Make a big batch to stock the freezer for easy weekday mornings.

Are you a cereal fan? Or do muffins top your list?

Why not put them together and enjoy some pumpkin flax granola muffins. Use pumpkin flax granola or your favorite homemade granola for a new twist on breakfast.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Flax Granola Muffins | Just Take A Bite | A gluten and egg free muffin packed with pumpkin and flax seeds plus granola for extra crunch

Gluten Free Pumpkin Flax Granola Muffins
Serves 12
A gluten and egg free muffin with pumpkin flavor and crunchy granola.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup sorghum flour (or brown rice or whole wheat)
  2. 1/4 cup warm water
  3. 1/2 cup plain, whole milk yogurt
  4. 1 cup tapioca flour (or white rice or all purpose)
  5. 1/2 cup granola + 1/4 cup for topping
  6. 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  7. 2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
  8. 1/3 cup organic cane sugar
  9. 1 tsp. baking soda
  10. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  11. 3 Tbsp. whole milk
  12. Optional: 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips or dried fruit
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine the sorghum, water and yogurt. Cover and let sit 7-24 hours.
  2. Heat the oven to 350*F. Line a muffin pan with paper or silicon muffin cups.
  3. Add the flax seeds to the soaked flour. Let sit 5 minutes.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients (except granola for topping).
  5. Mix well.
  6. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Sprinkle granola on top of each muffin.
  7. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes.
Notes
  1. Squash or sweet potato can be used in place of the pumpkin.
  2. The muffins can be made without the granola.
  3. To make these dairy free replace the yogurt and milk with coconut milk or water.
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Gluten Free Squash Cookies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Gluten Free Squash Cookies: KS Post

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.

Gluten Free Squash Cookies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

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Salted Caramel Cupcakes with Maple Bacon Glaze | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Salted Caramel Cupcakes with Maple Bacon Glaze

Looking for a unique treat that is both salty and sweet? Salted caramel cupcakes with maple bacon glaze are the perfect solution. They are free of gluten, dairy, corn and nut but full of flavor.

Salted Caramel Cupcakes with Maple Bacon Glaze | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

When it comes to dessert cupcakes top the list for fun, portable and easy to eat. No need to fuss with cutting or plating.

Simple. Just the way I like it.

There are so many cupcake flavors to choose from. Chocolate, vanilla and yellow are traditional flavors. Or you can add some fun with strawberry and coconut.

But if you really want to kick your cupcakes up a notch try a salted caramel cupcake base with maple bacon glaze.

The cake is properly prepared with soaked gluten free grains. The glaze is made with only four simple ingredients, including bacon grease and urefined sea salt!

Salted Caramel Cupcakes with Maple Bacon Glaze | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

The family consensus.

I thought these salted caramel cupcakes were amazing! I am a sucker for anything sweet with a pop of saltiness. Add bacon on top? You’ve got a winner. I would have gladly eaten the whole batch myself.

And I may have eaten a few for breakfast!

My husband enjoyed them, but wasn’t sure he liked quite so much bacon flavor in his cupcake.

The kids felt the same – good cupcakes, pretty strong on bacon.

You can adjust the bacon flavor to your liking by adjusting the amount of bacon grease used in the glaze. It will also depend on your bacon. Ours is quite smokey and has a very strong flavor.

Salted Caramel Cupcakes with Maple Bacon Glaze | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

The cake.

Salted caramel cupcakes have a great balance of salty and sweet. They are actually good without adding any frosting or glaze.

You could go for a simple vanilla buttercream on top too if you like more sweet. Chocolate frosting would also pair well with the salty base.

The cake itself is soft and moist from soaking the gluten free grains. Not too dense but also not crumbly. It holds up well in little hands.

Allergen friendly.

These cupcakes are gluten, dairy, nut, corn, rice, soy and coconut free. If you can’t have eggs you could use an egg replacement.

In other words they are safe for just about everyone!

Bring on the birthday parties. Salted caramel and bacon are the perfect combination for a celebration.

Are you a salty and sweet fan? Looking for a confection that’s unique and allergen friendly?

Salted caramel cupcakes with maple bacon glaze give a whole new meaning to dessert. Easy, fun, salty, sweet goodness.

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Salted Caramel Cupcakes with Maple Bacon Glaze
Yields 12
An allergen friendly salty and sweet cupcake perfect for birthdays and holidays.
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Cupcake
  1. 1/4 cup amaranth or brown rice flour
  2. 1 cup sorghum or white rice flour
  3. 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  4. 1 cup warm water
  5. 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  6. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  7. 1 tsp. organic vanilla (use corn free if allergic to corn)
  8. 1 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  9. 1 tsp. baking soda
  10. 1 egg or egg substitute
  11. 1 1/2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  12. 1/4 cup organic cane sugar or coconut sugar
Glaze
  1. 2 Tbsp. melted bacon grease
  2. 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  3. 4 Tbsp. organic cane sugar
  4. pinch sea salt (optional)
Cupcake
  1. Combine the amaranth, sorghum and tapioca flour. Whisk to remove any lumps.
  2. Add the water and lemon juice. Mix and work out any lumps.
  3. Cover and let sit 7-24 hours.
  4. Heat the oven to 325*F. Line a muffin pan with muffin cups.
  5. Add the syrup, vanilla, salt, soda, egg, oil and sugar to the soaked mixture.
  6. Beat until well combined.
  7. Fill muffin cups almost full.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool completely before glazing.
Glaze
  1. Combine the melted bacon grease, syrup, sugar and salt. Mix well.
  2. Top the cupcakes with glaze.
  3. Refrigerate to solidify the glaze.
  4. Serve at room temp or straight from the refrigerator.
  5. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Notes
  1. Some or all of the bacon grease can be replaced with melted lard, butter or coconut oil to reduce the bacon flavor.
  2. The cupcakes freeze well. Freeze without glaze.
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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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Honey Date Muffins {soaked, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, corn free}

Honey Date Muffins {Soaked Gluten Free Dairy Free Nut Free Corn Free} | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Two of my favorite natural sweeteners are honey and dates.  They are such simple foods loaded with flavor.  In fact, they are so good you can eat them plain for an easy treat.  My kids love a spoonful of honey or a couple dates as a snack.

I decided to combine them into one delicious muffin that is made with soaked grains.  Plus these muffins are gluten and dairy free.

The end product is a mildly sweet muffin the whole family will love.  Spread on a healthy dose of butter or coconut oil and you are on your way to great breakfast.  Pair the muffins with a protein source like eggs, bacon, nuts or yogurt for a balanced meal. 

Honey Date Muffins {Soaked Gluten Free Dairy Free Nut Free Corn Free} | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Honey date muffins are so easy to make.  Soak the flour one day.  Mix in the remaining ingredients and bake the next.  These muffins also freeze well.  So you can make a big batch, eat some fresh and freeze some for later.

Do you love salty and sweet combinations as much as I do?  You could add cooked, crumbled sausage right into the batter for a complete meal all in one!

Honey and dates – simple yet full of flavor. They are the perfect combination for a breakfast or snack for the whole family.  Get your flour soaking now so you can enjoy this nutritious treat. 

Honey Date Muffins {Soaked Gluten Free Dairy Free Nut Free Corn Free} | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Soaked Honey Date Muffins {gluten free, dairy free, nut free, corn free}
Yields 15
A simple soaked muffin with a touch of sweetness from honey and dates.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups any combination gluten free flours
  2. 1/2 cup melted coconut oil or butter
  3. 2 Tbsp. lemon juice.
  4. 2 Tbsp. warm water
  5. 1/4 cup coconut sugar, maple syrup or honey
  6. 1/4 cup honey
  7. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  8. 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  9. 1 tsp. tapioca flour or arrowroot
  10. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  11. 2 eggs
  12. 1/2 cup chopped dates
Instructions
  1. Combine the flour, water, lemon juice and fat.
  2. Cover and let sit 7-24 hours.
  3. Heat the oven to 325*F. Grease a muffin pan or line with muffin cups.
  4. Add the sugar, honey, soda, cream of tartar, tapioca flour, salt and eggs to the soaked flour.
  5. Beat until well combined.
  6. Stir in the dates.
  7. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full with batter.
  8. Bake 25 - 30 minutes.
  9. Store in an airtight container.
Notes
  1. The muffins freeze well.
  2. The muffins can be made with whole wheat, spelt, kamut or einkorn flour if you are not gluten free.
  3. Stir 1/2 cup cooked, crumbled sausage or bacon into the batter with the dates before baking for a complete meal in one.
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Basic Grains: Amaranth

Basic Grains Amaranth | Homemade Dutch Apple PieThe final grain I am highlighting in my basic grains series is amaranth.  If you are new to baking and cooking with alternative grains you may have never even heard of it.

Amaranth is one of my favorite grains for baking.  I grind the whole grain to make fresh flour.  Then I usually use it for about half of my flour mixture.

Not only is amaranth great as a flour, it can also be used as the whole grain.  It cooks very similarly to oats and can be used as an oatmeal substitute.

Amaranth is also similar in texture to quinoa when it cooks.  It can be used in place of quinoa in your favorite recipes.  The grains are small and have a little bite to them.  They remind me of really tiny grains of rice.

Serve amaranth as a breakfast porridge, a warm side cooked in broth, in place of noodles or even in a cold salad.  Warm it with milk and maple syrup for a rice pudding type dessert.

Like other grains Amaranth must be soaked for 24 hours to eliminate most of the phytic acid content.  Then it cooks quickly for easy use in your breakfast, lunch or dinner.

If you are like me and don’t tolerate grains in their whole state very well be sure to try a small amount of amaranth first to see if your body handles it.  I just assumed I’d do well with whole grain amaranth since I use the flour with no problems all the time.  But that was not the case.

If you are looking for more variety in your diet or need another gluten free alternative give amaranth a try. 

Basic Grains Amaranth | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Basic Grains: Amaranth
Serves 4
How to soak and cook amaranth
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup whole amaranth
  2. 1 cup warm water
  3. 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, whey, kefir or yogurt
  4. 1 - 1 1/2 cups water or broth
Instructions
  1. Combine the amaranth, warm water and lemon juice.
  2. Let sit for 7-24 hours (24 is best)
  3. Pour the soaked amaranth in a medium saucepan.
  4. Add one cup of water or broth.
  5. Bring to a boil and simmer until the liquid is absorbed/the grain is cooked - about 10 minutes.
  6. Add extra liquid if necessary.
Notes
  1. This can be served as a porridge (like oats) with honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, cinnamon, butter, coconut oil, milk, yogurt, fruit, nuts and/or flax seeds.
  2. This can be a savory side dish (like rice) using broth and seasoning.
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