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Keep the Halloween treats simple, nutritious and delicious with these pumpkin filled chocolates. Free of major allergens but full of flavor.

Easy Pumpkin Filled Chocolates

Keep the Halloween treats simple, nutritious and delicious with these pumpkin filled chocolates. Free of major allergens but full of flavor.

Keep the Halloween treats simple, nutritious and delicious with these pumpkin filled chocolates. Free of major allergens but full of flavor.

Halloween is just around the corner. Which means candy everywhere you turn.

Where We Stand.

I’m not one to tell my kids they can never have anything sweet. But I am one to shy away from most traditional processed candy.

We don’t do any food coloring.

NONE. Which eliminates pretty much all fruity candy.

I let my kids choose a couple chocolates as a special treat. But even if the ingredients aren’t too horrible I still think ethically the big name companies are not so great. And I’d prefer not to support them.

So I turn to my tried and true solution – I make my own!

Keep the Halloween treats simple, nutritious and delicious with these pumpkin filled chocolates. Free of major allergens but full of flavor.

Pumpkin Season!

This year I went with something festive – pumpkin filled chocolates!!

Delicious, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate (I use this brand because it is allergen free) filled with gooey, sweetened pumpkin…made with Perfect Supplements gelatin! Candy with good stuff in it? Yes, please.

These are a huge hit with my kids (especially my son that has been cocoa free for the last year and can now have it again…and my toddler that could care less about sweets but loves chocolate). We love to make them in fun shapes.

As an added bonus they are super easy to make. And if there happens to be either leftover pumpkin or chocolate they are great plain!

Keep the Halloween treats simple, nutritious and delicious with these pumpkin filled chocolates. Free of major allergens but full of flavor.

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Easy Pumpkin Filled Chocolates
Yields 20
A simple allergy friendly chocolate filled with gooey pumpkin.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups chocolate chunks or chocolate chips
  2. 1/2 cup pure pumpkin
  3. 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  4. 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  5. pinch unrefined sea salt
  6. 1 1/2 tsp. Perfect Supplements gelatin
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler.
  2. Fill the bottom of candy molds with half of the chocolate. Freeze to set while making the filling.
  3. Combine the pumpkin, cinnamon, syrup, salt and gelatin in a small saucepan.
  4. Let sit 1 minute.
  5. Heat over low - medium heat until the gelatin is dissolved (about 3 minutes).
  6. Add a small scoop of the pumpkin mixture to each chocolate mold. Freeze to set (about 3 minutes).
  7. Warm the remaining chocolate. Fill the candy molds to the top. Chill.
  8. When chocolate is solid remove the candy from the molds.
  9. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
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Keep the Halloween treats simple, nutritious and delicious with these pumpkin filled chocolates. Free of major allergens but full of flavor.

Looking for a few other fun Halloween treats? Try these!

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Gummies

Five Minute Salted Honey Chocolates

Chocolate Covered Toffee

Maple Candy

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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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Now for the really fun part.

 

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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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Allergen Free No Cook Pumpkin Yogurt | Just Take A Bite

Allergen Free No Cook Pumpkin Yogurt

No need to give up yogurt just because you have allergies! This pumpkin yogurt only takes five minutes to prep and still packs a nutritional punch with protein and probiotics.

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I’ve been dairy free for 18 months now, ever since my youngest was about a month old. This is not the first time I’ve had to go dairy free. But no matter how many times and no matter how long it lasts it’s never easy.

I LOVE dairy. Love it.

One of the things I miss most is yogurt. I used it eat it almost daily for breakfast or lunch. Add some granola…my happy place.

For most people there are some decent options to replace dairy yogurt – coconut, almond, etc. But those are all out for me too. We have that many allergies. So I’ve just gone without yogurt.

Until now.

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Problem solved.

My youngest it starting to notice when her siblings have yogurt and she keeps asking for it. Oh, how I’d love to give it to her!! It breaks my heart to have to say no. I feel so mean since she doesn’t understand why.

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So I came up with a solution.

I created pumpkin yogurt. It is creamy and slightly sweet. It has lots of protein from both grass-fed collagen and gelatin plus a healthy dose of probiotics (this is the one we use). Just like the real thing.

An added bonus is you also get a big helping of vegetables!

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The first time I made pumpkin yogurt I added fruit and some crumbled homemade graham crackers. I was instantly taken back to my happy place. Finally! I can have yogurt again!

My little one loves it too. I gave her a small dish. Her response: “mrrrr” (more). That is all I needed to hear.

To my surprise even my four year old loves it. When I first told him I made pumpkin yogurt he made the “don’t come near me with that stuff” face. But after he tried it he had to have a second dish! Maybe me calling it pumpkin PIE yogurt helped a little.

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More than just great taste.

Not only is pumpkin yogurt a nutritious breakfast it is also so easy to make!

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Pour the mixture in a jar.
  3. Let it culture for about eight hours.

That’s it.

Pumpkin yogurt makes a great breakfast, lunch or snack. Eat it plain or add your favorite fruit and crunchy topping. It is perfect for school lunches too.

Have you had to say goodbye to yogurt due to allergies?

Even if you can’t have dairy…or coconut…or nuts…or rice…you don’t have to give up yogurt. Pumpkin yogurt is allergen friendy, easy to make and oh so delicious!

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Want to learn more about feeding children with allergies?

Check out my book Why Won’t My Child Eat?! It’s packed with feeding strategies, tips on pinpointing reactions and allergen friendly recipes.

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Allergen Free No Cook Pumpkin Yogurt
Serves 3
A creamy pumpkin yogurt that is free of common allergens.
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup cooked pumpkin (canned or fresh)
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1 Tbsp. grass-fed collagen
  4. 1 Tbsp. sweetener (honey, maple syrup, cane sugar)
  5. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  6. 1/4 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
  7. 1 1/2 tsp. grass-fed gelatin
  8. 1 capsule powdered probiotic
Instructions
  1. Combine the pumpkin, water, collagen, sweetener, salt and cinnamon in a blender.
  2. Blend on high until smooth.
  3. Add the gelatin and probiotic.
  4. Blend for about 10 seconds.
  5. Pour the mixture into a glass jar with a lid.
  6. Put the jar in a warm place for 8-10 hours.
  7. Put in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.
  8. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Notes
  1. Setting the mixture on a counter that gets sunlight or on a stovetop with the oven on or in an unheated oven with the light on works well for culturing the yogurt.
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Rainbow Egg Muffins

Winter is almost over! Get ready to think spring with these rainbow egg muffins. Lots of color, flavor and nutrition packed into the perfect little bite.

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Spring is coming. I can almost taste it. After the snow and cold I am more than ready to think about new life and color returning.

And after all of the illness we’ve had I am looking forward to spending a lot of time outside in the fresh air. The end to illness can start any time now. Any time.

If you look out your window and still see everything covered in white you can at least bring spring back to your breakfast with these colorful rainbow egg muffins.

Start the day with a healthy dose of protein, vitamins and vegetables all in one. Add a slice of toast with homemade grape jelly or peach jam to make it a complete meal.

 

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Rainbow egg muffins are even great for toddlers. Cut one into bite size pieces so your toddler can practice picking up food and self feeding.

What a fun Easter breakfast for the whole family!

How do they taste?

Will kids really eat them? I let my four year old be my taste tester. I put one on his plate and stepped back into the kitchen to grab something. When I got back his muffin was already half gone. The other half went down about ten seconds later.

Want the recipe? Head over to Super Healthy Kids! I’ve got this simple recipe for rainbow egg muffins plus some tips on how to cut your prep time in half.

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Muffin Tin Mini Pumpkin Pot Pies

Turn Thanksgiving leftovers into a fun and delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. Muffin tin mini pumpkin pot pies are perfect for the whole family.

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The Thanksgiving feast is over. You’re left with a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

There isn’t enough for a full meal. Or is there?

Combine those leftovers to create muffin tin mini pumpkin pot pies that the whole family will love. What kid doesn’t like pie for dinner?!

It only takes a half cup of pumpkin (or squash) to create a fun post-Thanksgiving brunch or lunch. The pumpkin replaces the traditional pot pie cream sauce.

Start with a simple crust (only 4 ingredients!) that you can quickly mix by hand. This is a great project for kids. They love to work with their hands and press the dough into the muffin cups.

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The filling is made with pumpkin or squash, vegetables and turkey. Don’t forget the real star of the show – turkey broth!! It is packed with vitamins, minerals and gelatin.

Prepare them all at once or in steps as you have time.

Muffin tin mini pumpkin pot pies are simple, versatile and delicious! Plus they are a great way to use Thanksgiving leftovers or to enjoy a taste of Thanksgiving any time of year.

Head over to Super Healthy kids where I show you how to make this fun dish that can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

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Sourdough Pumpkin Swiss Cake Rolls

Are you looking for a non-traditional Thanksgiving dessert? Wow your guests with these fancy yet simple sourdough pumpkin swiss cake rolls.

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Halloween may be over, but fall is just getting started! That means there is another month to indulge in all things pumpkin.

I grew up eating those little chocolate cake rolls out of a box…anyone else? They were good. Cake filled with cream rolled into a little log and covered with chocolate.

It’s been about twenty years since I’ve had one. But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a good roll cake.

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Free of just about everything.

I created this sourdough pumpkin swiss cake roll with myself in mind. I know that sounds bad, but I get a special treat about once every four months lately. The rest of the time I’m busy making stuff for my kids.

These delicious little cakes are free of dairy, nuts, soy, corn, rice, roots, coconut and eggs.

They are actually almost fat free too! That is NOT something I aim for. But it just happened.

It is not as much fun or as tasty to bake when you can’t use butter or coconut oil. So I ended up just making a dessert without an added fat.

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Simple.

The cake is a simple pumpkin sourdough thin sheet cake. The filling is sugar, flour and pumpkin. That’s all.

Then top it with melted chocolate. Divine!

Sourdough pumpkin swiss cake rolls can be prepared in advance, up to a week ahead! One more thing to scratch off your Thanksgiving to-do list early.

Surprise your guests with this special dessert. No messing with ice cream or whipped cream. It is ready to eat.

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The cake tastes great without the chocolate too. But it really adds a good flavor contrast. Pumpkin and chocolate are a perfect match.

And those extra crispy edges you trim off? They make a great snack dipped in the extra filling!

Looking for a unique Thanksgiving dessert this year?

Try sourdough pumpkin swiss cake rolls. You won’t find anything this good in a box!

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Sourdough Pumpkin Swiss Cake Rolls
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Sourdough pumpkin cake filled with pumpkin cream and topped with melted chocolate.
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Cake
  1. 1/2 cup sourdough starter
  2. 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  3. 2 Tbsp. water
  4. 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  5. 1/4 cup organic brown cane sugar
  6. 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  7. 1/4 ts. unrefined sea salt
  8. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Filling
  1. 3/4 cup organic cane sugar
  2. 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  3. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  4. 4 Tbsp. all purpose flour
  5. Topping: 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Cake
  1. Combine the sourdough, flour and water. Let set one hour.
  2. Heat oven to 350*F. Line a medium size baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Add the pumpkin, brown sugar, soda, salt and cinnamon to the flour. Mix well.
  4. Spread evenly (not too thin) on the parchment paper.
  5. Bake 40 minutes.
Filling
  1. Blend the sugar on high in a high power blender to create powdered sugar.
  2. In a medium bowl beat the powdered sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon and flour on high for two minutes. Chill.
Assembly
  1. When the cake comes out of the oven cut it in half both vertically and horizontally to create 4 pieces. Trim any crispy edges.
  2. Let the cake cool for about 2 minutes.
  3. Spread filling on each piece of cake and roll. Use a toothpick to hold the cake in the rolled position if necessary.
  4. Chill the cakes in the refrigerator.
  5. When chilled melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler (glass bowl over a small saucepan with an inch of water).
  6. Drizzle the chocolate over the cakes.
  7. Chill.
  8. Keep the cakes in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  9. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Notes
  1. The filling can be made up to 3 days in advance or while the cake is baking.
  2. There will likely be extra filling. It is great for dipping graham crackers or using as frosting on muffins or cupcakes. It also tastes great eaten plain with extra melted chocolate swirled in.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Crockpot Candy Corn Potatoes and Carrots

Halloween isn’t limited to sweets. Candy corn potatoes and carrots is festive and healthy! You won’t have any problem getting your kids to eat vegetables when they look like dessert.

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I love fall.

I wish it could last longer. Mild temperatures. Beautiful colors. All things pumpkin.

Savoring the season.

I recently shared my candy corn finger jello recipe as a nod to fall and a tribute to my grandparents. In that same spirit I have another fun play on candy corn today. But this time it is savory!

Candy corn potatoes and carrots is a fun and healthy side dish. You can modify it to meet your dietary needs too.

Change it up.

The base recipe uses white potatoes, sweet potatoes and carrots. But if you don’t want to use roots or don’t like quite that much starch (or have a crazy sensitivity/allergy to them like my daughter) then you can use pumpkin or squash (yellow/orange) and cauliflower (white)!

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Take your time.

The preparation for candy corn potatoes and carrots is so simple because the crockpot does most of the work for you. Toss all of the veggies in the crockpot. Once they are cooked you simply puree and layer them.

The entire dish can be prepared in advance and just warmed before you eat. The warming can even be done in the crockpot!
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Pick your flavor.

I love how versatile the flavor of this dish is. Add any seasoning, spices or even sweeteners you like.

My kids love a little brown sugar on their carrots and sweet potatoes. So I added just a touch to the bottom layers. But if you like things really savory adding salt, pepper and herbs would be just as delicious. Or you can find a happy medium by adding a pinch of cinnamon.

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Go ahead and choose which color to put in which layer. I like the dark to light effect. But you can go with the traditional candy corn yellow, orange, white scheme too.

Fun holiday dinner.

Are you wondering what to serve for dinner on Halloween? How about roast beef paired with candy corn vegetables and candy corn finger jello?! Your kids will love it. Plus they’ll fill up on nourishing foods and won’t crave a bunch of sweets later (can I get an Amen?!).

You could even turn this into a one pot meal by adding seasoned ground beef, chicken or turkey between each layer. Candy corn casserole!

Surprise the kids with some Halloween fun before the trick-or-treating begins. Candy corn potatoes and carrots (or squash and cauliflower) is a healthy way to enjoy the holiday.

Do you have any creative Halloween traditions or treats?

If not, start one with a festive dinner your kids will request year after year that includes candy corn potatoes and carrots.

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Crockpot Candy Corn Potatoes and Carrots
Serves 6
A fun, fall side dish filled with vegetables.
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Ingredients
  1. Orange layer: 3-5 sweet potatoes OR 1 orange flesh squash (pumpkin, butternut, kabocha)
  2. Yellow layer: 6-8 large yellow carrots OR 1 yellow flesh squash (acorn, spaghetti)
  3. White layer: 3-4 white potatoes OR 1 head cauliflower
  4. unrefined sea salt to taste
  5. water, broth or milk (enough to puree)
  6. optional: brown cane sugar, maple syrup, honey, herbs, cinnamon, spices
Instructions
  1. Peel and cut vegetables into large chunks.
  2. Place the vegetables in glass containers with a small amount of water or broth. Place the containers directly into the crockpot.
  3. Add about 1/2 inch of water to the bottom of the crockpot.
  4. Cook on high about 3 hours, until vegetables are tender.
  5. Remove containers from the crockpot.
  6. Add salt and any sweetener, herbs or spices and puree with an immersion blender (or in a blender). Add water, broth or milk if needed.
  7. Layer the vegetables in desired order in a see-through oven safe dish.
  8. Serve immediately or place in the crockpot on warm or cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to heat (in a 350*F oven for about 20 minutes).
Notes
  1. If using squash it can be roasted whole in the crockpot or oven, then cut open and the flesh scooped out. You can keep it as is or puree it at this point.
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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Cups

Looking for an easy, prep ahead fall breakfast? These no bake pumpkin cheesecake cups are great for kids and adults. Plus they are packed with nutrition.

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One of my favorite foods is cheesecake. It comes in a close second behind ice cream. Yes, I love my creamy dairy desserts!

However, I don’t have time to make cheesecake very often. So I came up with a cheater version for fall.

Pumpkin cheesecake cups do require about two minutes of heating to dissolve the gelatin. But there is no baking involved. All of the prep work takes about five minutes of hands on time. In fact pumpkin cheesecake cups are so easy to prepare that even your kids can make them!

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Nutrition first.

Pumpkin is a superstar when it comes to vitamins. So any way I can add it to our diet is a bonus. Then you add yogurt with probiotics and healthy fat.

Don’t forget about the gelatin! This will help aid digestion and boost the protein content.

I love that I can make a batch of pumpkin cheesecake cups before bed and breakfast is ready in the morning. So when I have a child wake up at 6 am and tell me he’s starving we don’t have a mini crisis (i.e. meltdown).

Pumpkin cheesecake cups also work really well for school lunches. Kids see it as a treat. I see it as a source of protein and vegetables. A win for everyone.

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Perfect any time of day.

Of course you can always serve these for dessert too. Make a big batch for a crowd. Add some crumbled gluten free pumpkin spice graham crackers to individual cups to mimic crust. You’ll get rave reviews and be able to sit and enjoy some with your guests!

This recipe makes enough for two cheesecake cups. It can easily be scaled up to make as many servings as you need. They will stay good in the refrigerator for up to a week so you can make a batch to enjoy all week long. Though I can guarantee they won’t last very long!

If you like your cheesecake really soft you can reduce the gelatin about 1/2 tsp. If you like it super firm you can increase the gelatin about 1/2 tsp. Adjust it to make your ideal cheesecake.

Are you enjoying all things pumpkin right now?

Add these no bake pumpkin cheesecake cups to your list of must try treats!

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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Cups
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup plain greek yogurt or strained whole milk yogurt
  2. 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin
  3. 1/4 cup honey
  4. 3 tsp. grass-fed gelatin
  5. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  6. 2 homemade graham crackers or 1 store-bought graham cracker
Instructions
  1. Strain whole milk yogurt for one hour (it takes about 1 1/2 cups of yogurt to get 3/4 cups thick yogurt).
  2. Crush graham crackers and place in the bottom of two small containers (1/2 pint jars work well)
  3. Combine the yogurt, pumpkin, honey, cinnamon and gelatin in a small saucepan.
  4. Let sit one minute.
  5. Heat on low-med until the gelatin is dissolved and the mixture is liquid, about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Pour the mixture over the graham crackers and chill until set.
Notes
  1. Pumpkin cheesecake cups will stay good in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  2. Squash can be used in place of the pumpkin.
  3. Coconut milk yogurt can be used in place of the dairy yogurt.
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Einkorn Pumpkin Scones

Einkorn pumpkin scones are the perfect fall breakfast. They are easy to make and free of dairy, eggs, nuts, soy, rice, corn and coconut.

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Have you ever tried einkorn flour? It is quite new to me.

If you haven’t heard of it, einkorn is an ancient variety of wheat that has not been modified or processed like most modern wheat. So it is easier on the gut. Even some people that are sensitive to gluten can tolerate einkorn!

Baking with einkorn.

Einkorn absorbs liquid differently than regular wheat. So you can’t just swap it one for one in your recipes. You will likely need more einkorn.

Since I love to experiment I set to work right away when I got my first bag of einkorn flour. I created einkorn pumpkin scones.

I LOVE scones. Not only are they delicious, but they are easy to make and easy to adapt to an allergen free diet. There are no eggs required and you can use whatever flour and fat you tolerate. You just have to get the ratios right.

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Start simple.

I make these even easier by mixing the dough in the food processor. Then you can chill the dough to bake later in the day, freeze the dough for freshly baked scones another day or bake them immediately.

Einkorn pumpkin scones are perfect for fall. Serve them for breakfast, brunch or alongside a hot bowl of soup (my favorite!). Who doesn’t love a warm, pumpkin and cinnamon scone fresh from the oven?!

The thing that stands out to me about einkorn flour is how soft it is. Most wheat has sort of a hard texture. But einkorn is so soft…which makes your baked goods soft! It really takes them to a whole new level.

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I also love that you don’t have to soak these scones because they use all purpose einkorn flour. Many baked goods work really well with soaked flour. A scone is not one of them. I’ve tried. They just don’t quite turn out the same. Scones aren’t meant to have much liquid added. Just fat and flour.

Not a huge scone fan? Add an egg to the dough and turn einkorn pumpkin scones into cookies!

If you have never had einkorn flour I encourage you to give it a try. It is much gentler on the tummy than modern varieties of wheat. Plus it makes amazing baked goods.

Start with a batch of einkorn pumpkin scones to see how you like it and how it behaves. Then start your own experimenting.

Do you like scones as much as I do? What is your favorite flavor?

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Einkorn Pumpkin Scones
Yields 12
A simple scone made with pumpkin and einkorn flour.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all purpose einkorn flour
  2. 1/2 cup cane sugar
  3. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  4. 1 tsp. baking soda
  5. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  6. 1/2 cup solid fat (lard, tallow, butter, coconut oil)
  7. 2/3 cup pureed pumpkin
  8. 1 tsp. vanilla
  9. optional: 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, chopped crispy pecans, dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350*F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, soda and salt in a food processor (or bowl). Pulse to combine.
  3. Add the fat. Pulse until the mixture is crumbly (or combine by hand).
  4. Add the pumpkin and vanilla. Process until well combined.
  5. Transfer the dough to a bowl. Mix the chocolate chips/nuts/dried fruit in by hand.
  6. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Roll into a ball and flatten on prepared parchment paper.
  7. Sprinkle cane sugar on top if desired.
  8. At this point you can freeze the scones or chill them in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes.
Notes
  1. To make these into cookies add one egg along with the pumpkin and vanilla. Scoop mounds of dough onto the baking sheet. Reduce baking time to 10 - 15 minutes.
  2. Squash can be used in place of the pumpkin. Butternut works best.
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