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Looking for a delicious jelly that is naturally free of pectin? This is it! Red plum raspberry jelly is the perfect fruit combination for your morning toast, mixed into yogurt or spread on your pancakes.

Red Plum Raspberry Jelly {No Added Pectin!}

Looking for a delicious jelly that is naturally free of pectin? This is it! Red plum raspberry jelly is the perfect fruit combination for your morning toast, mixed into yogurt or spread on your pancakes.

Looking for a delicious jelly that is naturally free of pectin? This is it! Red plum raspberry jelly is the perfect fruit combination for your morning toast, mixed into yogurt or spread on your pancakes.I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I’m not very good at making jams and jellies. Even when I use the packs of pectin!

I have switched over to using gelatin to create my strawberry freezer jam, cherry jam, grape jelly and five minute peach jam. They turned out beautifully!

But I recently teamed up with Ball Brand to try one of their recipes. I had the great pleasure of perusing The All New Ball Book Of Canning And Preserving. It’s like a canner’s dream.

The pictures are gorgeous. And the recipes all sound so delicious. I wish I had time to try them all!

But I had to just pick one to try and share with you.

Looking for a delicious jelly that is naturally free of pectin? This is it! Red plum raspberry jelly is the perfect fruit combination for your morning toast, mixed into yogurt or spread on your pancakes.

Trying My Hand At Jelly Again

With our allergies I don’t use pectin. Since I can’t be certain of the source it’s too risky. I know a lot of pectin is made from apples. And my two youngest are allergic to apples.

So instead of modifying a recipe I went for one that didn’t even need pectin. Red plum raspberry jelly sounded like the perfect combination of fruit flavors. And it is!

Neither fruit over powers the other.

There is no doubt that red plum raspberry jelly tastes good. You can use it for your  morning eggs and toast or mixed into some plain yogurt. We like it on pancakes.

Looking for a delicious jelly that is naturally free of pectin? This is it! Red plum raspberry jelly is the perfect fruit combination for your morning toast, mixed into yogurt or spread on your pancakes.

The Outcome

The real question, though, is did I manage to make good jelly without using gelatin?

Ummmm, no.

I read the instructions on how to look for the gelling point. I used a thermometer to monitor the temperature (got it to 220 just like it said).

But the timing worked out that it was right around the gelling point when I was trying to get my toddler down for a nap. And of course this was the one day where she was fighting sleep. In fact, instead of taking 3-10 minutes to get her to sleep it took over an hour and a half (including a dirty diaper change)! Maybe it was all those raspberries she ate!

Looking for a delicious jelly that is naturally free of pectin? This is it! Red plum raspberry jelly is the perfect fruit combination for your morning toast, mixed into yogurt or spread on your pancakes.

So I kept bouncing back and forth between checking the jelly and checking the toddler. And at one point I just said I have to get it done and said a prayer. Well, it wasn’t gelled.

My Big Mistake

And now that I am re-reading the directions I see that it says to stir constantly…oops. Not easy when trying to get a toddler to nap. I think all of the pectin came to the top when I wasn’t stirring…there was a sticky, pink foam. Oops.

Note – keep stirring while it boils!!

All is not lost, though. We now have sweet red plum raspberry syrup! I can’t wait to use it on our pancakes this week (every Friday we have breakfast for dinner…pancakes is on the menu).

I might also try cooking it down a bit or adding a little gelatin when I open a jar. Just to see what happens.

It’s Your Turn

In spite of my inability to make jams and jellies I am sharing this delicious recipe with you today. I bet you’ll have better luck. Maybe you can teach me a thing or two about gel! My motto moving forward is going to be “Follow the directions and keep stirring.”

I hope to try this recipe again and actually cook it the right way. I REALLY want to try red plum raspberry jelly on bread (freshly baked sourdough would heavenly).

How about you? Are you a pro at making jams and jellies? Or are you jelly challenged like me?

I’d love to hear how it goes if you try red plum raspberry jelly.

But there’s more! Keep reading.
Looking for a delicious jelly that is naturally free of pectin? This is it! Red plum raspberry jelly is the perfect fruit combination for your morning toast, mixed into yogurt or spread on your pancakes.

Red Plum Raspberry Jelly
Yields 4
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Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs. firm, ripe red plums, halved
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 4 cups raspberries
  4. 3 cups cane sugar
  5. cheesecloth
Instructions
  1. Pit plums, reserving pits. Chop plums and place in a 6 qt. stainless steel or enameled Dutch oven. Lightly crush the plum with a potato masher.
  2. Stir in the water and reserved pits. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Add raspberries, crushing with a potato masher. Return to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  4. Line a large, fine wire mesh strainer with 3 layers of dampened cheesecloth. Place the strainer over a large bowl.
  5. Pour the plum mixture into the strainer (do not press down). Cover and let stand 3 hours or until collected juice measures 3 1/2 cups and mixture no longer drips.
  6. Wash and dry Dutch oven.
  7. Pour the juice into the Dutch oven. Stir in the sugar and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil, stirring constantly, to gelling point.
  8. Ladle hot jelly into a hot jar, leaving 1/4-inch headspace.
  9. Wipe jar rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band and adjust to fingertip tight.
  10. Place jar in boiling water canner. Repeat until all jars are filled.
  11. Process jars 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat, remove lid and let jars stand 5 minutes.
  12. Remove jars from canner and cool.
Notes
  1. Tip - plum pits are super high in pectin, so simmering them with the fruit really helps give this jelly its velvety smooth set.
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Looking for a delicious jelly that is naturally free of pectin? This is it! Red plum raspberry jelly is the perfect fruit combination for your morning toast, mixed into yogurt or spread on your pancakes.Can It Forward

Don’t forget to “Can It Forward” with Ball Brand. On July 22, 2016 they are hosting a Can-It-Forward day live on Facebook. You’ll see demos (I think I need to tune in for one on jelly). Plus Ball Brand will be donating to a local charity. The more engagement they receive the more they donate!

Here’s how you can participate.

  • Pledge to can-it-forward by signing up via the pledge page and share with friends.
  • Tune in on July 22nd to watch canning demonstrations via Facebook Live from 10:00AM – 3:30PM ET. Each hour, viewers will have the chance to win a giveaway prize!
  • If you engage with any of the Facebook Live recipe videos, a donation will be made to charity.
  • You can ask Jarden Home Brands canning experts any preserving or home canning questions via Twitter with the hashtag #canitforward from 10AM – 5PM ET on July 22nd. Consumers can also share their own #canitforward creations with the brand on Pinterest and Instagram.

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Does red plum raspberry jelly sound like a delicious combination? What is your favorite jelly flavor?

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Divine Chocolate Cake | Just Take A Bite

Divine Chocolate Cake

When it comes to Valentine’s Day nothing beats chocolate. Get your fix with this divine chocolate cake that can be mixed by hand and made gluten free!

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I am working with Stonyfield and Divine Chocolate 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.

Stop what you’re doing and run to the kitchen.

Wait, read this post first. Then run to the kitchen to make this divine chocolate cake. Trust me, your family will be singing your praises.

Chocolate always wins.

When it comes to sweets I always pick chocolate anything. Especially for Valentine’s Day. So naturally I like to make chocolate treats for my family.

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This year I was challenged to create something with Stonyfield yogurt and Divine Chocolate.

My first thought…eat a dish of yogurt with big chunks of chocolate in it. That’s my idea of great treat!!

But that isn’t much of a recipe.

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My creation.

Instead I created a chocolate cake that uses melted chocolate for flavor and whole milk yogurt for moisture. I don’t go overboard with sugar either. The end result is a light chocolate cake that you’ll go crazy for.

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I made two versions. One gluten free for my kids and one with wheat for my husband. Both cakes were so delicious! If my husband approves of a gluten free cake you know it has to be good.

My daughter even shared some with a friend at school (who is not gluten free) who raved about it.

For the gluten free cake I used my favorite gluten free flour mix. It worked perfectly!

Time to decorate.

But you can’t have cake without frosting! So I added a light chocolate buttercream and shavings of dark chocolate. Yep, I had some pretty happy kids.

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The great thing about Divine Chocolates is that there are quite a few flavors. So you could change up the flavor of the cake. Simply shave flavored chocolate on top or add it right to the cake batter. The mint or raspberry would be amazing!

Are you looking for an easy and delicious dessert for your family?

This Valentine’s Day give your loved ones a special treat by creating your own divine chocolate cake using Stonyfield yogurt and Divine Chocolate. Everyone will feel the love!

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Divine Chocolate Cake
Serves 12
A light, moist chocolate cake made with dark chocolate and yogurt.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup chocolate of choice (see notes)
  2. 1/4 cup butter
  3. 1 Tbsp. carob powder (optional)
  4. 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder (optional)
  5. 1 cup organic cane sugar
  6. 2 cups AP flour or gluten free flour mix (see post for link)
  7. 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  8. 1/2 tsp. salt
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 1 tsp. vanilla
  11. 1 cup plain, whole milk yogurt
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350*F. Grease and line with parchment paper two 8" or 9" round cake pans.
  2. Melt the chocolate, butter, carob powder and cocoa powder in double boiler. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add the eggs, vanilla and yogurt. Stir until combined.
  5. Add the melted chocolate. Stir until well mixed. The batter will be thick.
  6. Divide the batter into the prepared pans.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes.
  8. Allow cake to cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool completely on a cooling rack.
  9. Frost and serve.
Notes
  1. For chocolate you can use any flavor of Divine chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips.
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Light Chocolate Buttercream
A simple, light chocolate buttercream.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup butter at room temperature
  2. 1/3 cup organic palm shortening (or more butter)
  3. 1 cup organic powdered cane sugar
  4. 1 -2 Tbsp. organic cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. Beat all ingredients together in a large bowl until well mixed and fluffy.
Notes
  1. To make powdered sugar simply blend organic cane sugar in a high powered blender until powdered.
  2. This makes enough to fill and top a two layer cake. Double the recipe if you also want to frost the sides.
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Fruity Breakfast Cake | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Fruity Breakfast Cake: Super Healthy Kids Post

Fruity breakfast cake is a great way to start the day!  Soaked gluten free grains and healthy fat mixed with fresh fruit is a winning combination.

Fruity Breakfast Cake | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Cake for breakfast?

You bet!  When made with colorful fruit and nutritious ingredients, cake can be great way to start the day and help your kids enjoy fruit in a different way.  Fruity Breakfast Cake tastes delicious which is important so that kids will eat something and feel satisfied until lunch!

Fruity breakfast cake is a combination of whatever berries, cherries or stone fruit you like topped with a low sugar, soaked cake.  It is also free of many allergens – gluten, dairy, nuts, corn and soy.

What makes a breakfast nutritious?

Balance!

Create a balance of macronutrients by pairing the breakfast cake with a protein like scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil or butter, sausage or whole milk yogurt.  Then you get carbohydrates, protein and fat in your meal.  This is great for providing energy and balancing blood sugar.

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Want to hear more about how to create a balanced breakfast and how to make this delicious breakfast cake?  Head over to Super Healthy Kids for the full post and recipe!

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Teff and Sorghum Cherry Bars | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Teff and Sorghum Cherry Bars

Teff and sorghum cherry bars combine two flavorful gluten free grains with a sweet summer fruit to make a soaked, allergen friendly bar.  Cherry bars are perfect for easy breakfasts, snacks or even dessert!

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Cherries, cherries everywhere!

Did you take advantage of cherry season this year?

I think I blinked and it was over.  It lasted maybe two weeks.

I’m thankful we got a good haul while they were around.  I froze most of them.  But we still have a small bowl in the fridge that needs to be used up ASAP.

We could eat them fresh.  But we are all getting cherried-out after devouring them for a few days straight.

Instead I like to make teff and sorghum cherry bars.  My kids go crazy for these.

The dough is made with soaked gluten free grains and can be mixed by hand.  The cherries are combined with gelatin and touch of honey for a sweet cherry filling.

Trying to get your kids in the kitchen?

Teff and sorghum cherry bars are perfect for little hands that want to help.  The dough is very “hand friendly” and needs to be pressed into the pan.  It is also a very firm dough, so it doesn’t spill out of the bowl very easily.

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Teff and Sorghum Cherry Bars {soaked, gluten free, dairy free, corn free, nut free, egg free, soy free, coconut free}
Serves 12
A simple soaked bar using fresh sweet cherries. It makes the perfect summer breakfast, snack or dessert!
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup teff flour
  2. 1 1/2 cups sorghum flour
  3. 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. warm water
  4. 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  5. 4 Tbsp. olive oil (or liquid fat of choice)
  6. 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. honey
  7. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  8. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  9. 2 tsp. grass-fed gelatin
  10. 1 cup sweet cherries, pitted and roughly chopped
  11. 1 Tbsp. hone
  12. 1 tsp. grass-fed gelatin
Instructions
  1. Combine the teff, sorghum, water, lemon juice and oil. Work the wet ingredients into the flour. It will be crumbly. Cover and let sit 7-24 hours.
  2. Heat oven to 350*F. Grease a 9" square baking pan.
  3. Mix the cherries, 1 Tbsp. honey and 1 tsp. gelatin. Set aside.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the flour mixture. Mix until combined.
  5. Press half of the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  6. Spread the cherry mixture on the dough.
  7. Top with the remaining half of dough.
  8. Bake for 35 minutes.
  9. Let the bars cool completely.
  10. Cut into bars.
  11. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator (for up to a week) or freezer (for up to 6 months).
Notes
  1. The sorghum can be replaced with white or brown rice flour.
  2. Avocado oil, melted butter, lard, tallow or coconut oil will also work in place of the olive oil.
  3. You can add chopped nuts or chocolate chips into the dough or on the cherry layer.
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Worried about allergens?

No need to be!  Teff and sorghum cherry bars are free of:

  • gluten
  • rice
  • dairy
  • nuts
  • corn
  • soy
  • eggs
  • coconut

The grains are also soaked for better digestion and absorption of nutrients.  What’s not to love about a treat like that?

Let’s not forget one of the stars of this bar…grass-fed gelatin!

The gelatin helps bind the bars, create a gooey filling and adds nutrients.

If you are looking for a simple breakfast, try teff and sorghum cherry bars.  Add a dish of whole milk yogurt, scrambled eggs or  pastured bacon and you’ve got a great start to your day.

Teff and sorghum cherry bars aren’t just for breakfast.

I love using cherry bars as a simple component in lunches.  A few slices of raw cheese, fresh in-season fruits and vegetables and a cherry bar…the perfect (and easy!!) summer lunch.  Bonus that it can all be eaten with your hands.

Not sure how to use up those last few cherries?  Give teff and sorghum cherry bars a try.  You many find yourself digging in to your freezer stash to make them all year long!

You can even add chopped nuts and chocolate chips to the batter or spread them on top of the cherries for a really special treat.

Did you miss out on cherries?

No problem.  Try these bars with blueberries!  Simply mash the berries a bit before adding the gelatin.

No matter what fruit you add these bars are delicious and a perfect summer treat.

What are some fun ways you use your fresh, summer fruit?

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Sourdough Cherry Granola | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Sourdough Cherry Granola

Sourdough cherry granola is a simple, traditionally prepared breakfast cereal that incorporates fresh cherries with a touch of maple syrup and honey.  No baking required and only five ingredients!  It doesn’t get much easier.

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When I was in college I got hooked on granola.  I have no idea what brand they had, but the granola in the cereal bins in our cafeteria was amazing!

Just thinking about it makes me want a bowl.  Granola and milk…two things I miss dearly.

I looked forward to it every single day.  Yes, I said every day.

If you’ve been around here long you know that eating the same foods every day often leads to an intolerance or even allergy.  Which is why I now am on a rotational diet.

Can you guess what I can’t eat now?  Oats.  Which means no traditional granola.

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There are alternatives.

I’ve made alternative versions of granola over the years like grain free granola and soaked cereal.

Nuts have been out of my diet for a long time now.  And lately my little one reacts to so many things that my grain options are dwindling…even many of my usual gluten free grains.

Instead I use a lot of sourdough right now (but of course I try not to eat it every day!)

What do you do with bowls full of cherries?

After cherry picking recently I was trying to brainstorm new ways to use up cherries.  I decided to try my hand at making granola using my sourdough starter with added cherries for a sweet twist.

Making granola could not get any simpler!  There are only five ingredients in sourdough cherry granola.  All you do is mix and dehydrate.

The result is a sweet, fruity, crunchy cereal perfect for snacking or an easy summer breakfast.

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Sourdough Cherry Granola
Serves 12
A sweet, fruity, crunchy granola made with traditional sourdough and sweet cherries.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups sourdough starter
  2. 1 cup sweet cherries, pitted
  3. 1/4 cup honey
  4. 1/3 cup maple syrup
  5. 1 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  6. optional: 1/2 tsp. baking soda to make it a bit softer
  7. optional after drying: chopped nuts, dried fruit, coconut flakes, min chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. 3 - 9 hours before making the granola feed your sourdough starter so you have at least 3 1/2 cups.
  2. Puree the cherries in a blender.
  3. Mix the cherry puree, sourdough starter, honey, syrup and salt (and soda if using).
  4. Pour the mixture onto parchment lined dehydrator trays (this filled two trays in my Excalibur).
  5. Dry on the highest setting until crisp (this took about 15 hours for me).
  6. Break the granola into small pieces for granola or large pieces for crackers.
  7. Store in a sealed container in the cupboard or in the freezer for long term storage.
Notes
  1. You can replace the cherries with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or a combination of fruit.
  2. You can use all honey or all maple syrup. The combination gives a neutral/mild sweet flavor.
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There is no flour added to the sourdough starter so you don’t have to worry about waiting for grains to ferment.

There is also no need to worry about oats!

Are oats really that great?

It’s funny that oats are such a staple in our culture.  Oatmeal is thought of as the “perfect breakfast” and great for heart health.  But I find that many people have a really hard time digesting oats.  Even my mom (that doesn’t know a ton about real food) thinks they are hard on your stomach.

And if they are not properly prepared they are extra hard on your gut due to the high phytic acid content.

I attempted to eat oats once recently…and my baby had such  horrible reflux or stomach pain (she can’t tell us which yet) that she just screamed.  So it’s nice to have an alternative to the traditional oat-based cereals.

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But how does it taste?

Now let’s get to the really important part – what my kids think.

They love it!

To be honest we haven’t been eating it as cereal much.  But we have been munching on it a lot!

Sourdough cherry granola is the perfect finger food for snacks whether at home or on the go.  It is not messy and stays good at room temperature.

I kept my sourdough cherry granola simple.  If you want to spruce it up you can add dried fruit, nuts, coconut flakes or chocolate chips after it is dried and crumbled.

Not a cereal fan?  Break the dried sheets into larger chunks for crackers!

Sourdough cherry granola is a great way to use fresh summer fruit.  If you want to change it up you can swap blueberries, strawberries or raspberries for the cherries.

Give yourself a break.

This summer let yourself sleep in once in a while and wake up to a simple, no prep breakfast.  Pour raw milk over your sourdough cherry granola or sprinkle the granola on a dish of whole milk yogurt.

Take five minutes and five ingredients to get sourdough cherry granola going.  Then let your dehydrator do the work.  Stock your pantry and your freezer with this delicious breakfast.

Are you a granola fan?  What is your favorite version?

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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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Double Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins {gluten free, dairy free, nut free}

Double raspberry chocolate chip muffins are gluten, dairy and nut free treats packed with fresh raspberries.Double Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins - Gluten Free Dairy Free Nut Free || Homemade Dutch Apple PieWhen fall arrives everyone is thinking about apples, pears and pumpkins.  But don’t forget the end of summer/early fall fruit that reappears – raspberries!  Yes, they come back.

This year we were able to go raspberry picking and enjoy a few raspberry treats with our last few days of warm weather.

I made raspberry ice cream, raspberry yogurt and raspberry pancake topping.  Those are all great!  But my favorite was the double raspberry chocolate chip muffins.

These muffins have the perfect amount of moisture from the raspberries and an extra hint of sweetness from the chocolate chips.  You’ll never know they are gluten and dairy free.

Raspberry muffins make an easy breakfast.  They also pair well with any kind of soup for a simple, nourishing lunch or dinner.  So make a big batch, stash some in the freezer and you’re ready to go.

My kids devoured these muffins.   My daughter even ate two with her meal!  Even though one recipe makes 18 muffins, none of them made it to our freezer.  I should have made a double batch.

Take advantage of this late summer fruit and enjoy a special breakfast treat.  Your whole family will love double raspberry chocolate chip muffins.

Double Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins - Gluten Free Dairy Free Nut Free || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

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Double Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins (gluten free, dairy free, nut free)
Yields 18
A moist muffin filled with raspberry and chocolate.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup "white" gluten free flour (tapioca, white rice)
  2. 1 cup whole grain gluten free flour (teff, amaranth, sorghum, brown rice)
  3. 1 cup organic cane sugar or coconut sugar
  4. 1 tsp. aluminum free baking powder
  5. 1 tsp. baking soda
  6. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  7. 1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
  8. 2 Tbsp. honey
  9. 1/2 cup melted coconut oil or palm shortening (or butter)
  10. 3 eggs
  11. 1 cup + 1/2 cup raspberries
  12. 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, nuts or dried fruit (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375*F. Line a muffin pan with paper muffin cups, silicon cups or grease the pan.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, powder, soda and salt.
  3. Add the eggs, vanilla and honey. Beat until just combined.
  4. Add the melted fat. Beat until combined.
  5. Add 1 cup raspberries. Beat until well combined (raspberries will "puree" into the batter).
  6. Stir in chocolate chips, nuts and/or dried fruit if desired.
  7. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full with batter.
  8. Using the remaining 1/2 cup raspberries, place 1-3 raspberries on the top of each muffin.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes.
  10. Allow the muffins to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
  11. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the freezer for long term storage.
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Cherry Jam

Cherry Jam -  Homemade Dutch Apple PieSweet cherries are abundant in the summer here in Michigan.  We love to go picking and then freeze a ton to use all year long (we got almost forty pounds this year!).

We also use a lot of them fresh.  Sweet cherries are great for making desserts and smoothies.

But another way to enjoy them is in jam.  Nothing beats fresh cherry jam!

This jam recipe is very easy to make.  Plus it’s free of pectin.  You can make a big batch and freeze most of it to use throughout the year.

One recipe makes about four 1/2-pint jars.  You can easily double the recipe so you have a lot to freeze.

Not sure you love cherries as much as I do? Swap some of the cherries for another fruit for a combination jam. Cherries and raspberries work very well together.

Cherries offer a perfect natural sweetness so you don’t need to add much to the jam.

Are you ready to start your day with a plate of scrambled eggs and toast with fresh cherry jam? I sure am! I think I could even eat the jam straight out of the jar. It’s that good.

Cherry Jam - Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Cherry Jam
Yields 4
A simple and sweet homemade cherry jam that is free of pectin and fillers.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  2. 2 Tbsp. pure cherry juice (can be replaced with more lemon juice)
  3. 3 tsp. grass-fed gelatin
  4. 4 cups sweet cherries, pitted and chopped (keep any juice that comes out from chopping with the cherries)
  5. 1/2 cup organic cane sugar, sucanat or coconut sugar
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan combine the lemon juice, cherry juice and gelatin. Let the gelatin dissolve for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add the cherries and sugar to the pan.
  3. Cook and slightly mash cherries with a potato masher over medium heat until it comes to a boil.
  4. Turn down heat and allow jam to simmer for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and pour the jam into clean jars.
  6. Place lids on the jars and refrigerate until fully gelled.
  7. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Notes
  1. This recipe makes about 4 - 1/2 pint jars.
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This pectin free strawberry freezer jam is the easiest and most delicious jam you'll ever make. No pectin. Just simple, nutritious ingredients. It's a family favorite on toast, pancakes, waffles and oatmeal.

Pectin-Free Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam

Summer preservation just got a little easier.  This pectin-free easy strawberry freezer jam is the perfect way to use fresh strawberries.pectin-free easy strawberry freezer jam | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

There are so many ways to use strawberries when they are fresh.  There are even plenty of ways to use them once they are frozen.  But one of the best ways to use them, fresh or frozen, is by making strawberry jam!

I’ll confess.  I’ve never been that great at making jam.

I followed recipes exactly.  I bought various types of pectin.  It just never seemed to turn out well.  I think my husband was starting to wonder if I would ever make jam that wasn’t like liquid or totally solid.

This year I decided to create my own recipe for pectin-free easy strawberry freezer jam.  It turned out so well!!

This pectin free strawberry freezer jam is the easiest and most delicious jam you'll ever make. No pectin. Just simple, nutritious ingredients. It's a family favorite on toast, pancakes, waffles and oatmeal.

I love this recipe because you don’t need pectin (the debate is still out on whether or not pectin is really that great for you).  Instead it uses grass-fed gelatin.  It is also super easy to make and only takes about 15 minutes.

This pectin-free strawberry freezer jam recipe makes about five half-pints of jam.  I just might have to make another batch soon.  I don’t think it’s going to last very long in our house.

Pectin-free easy strawberry freezer jam is great on toast.  But  you can also spread it on pancakes, mix it into yogurt or even use it as an ice cream topping!  My kids like to eat it by the spoonful.  It’s that good.

Whether you still have fresh strawberries available or you already have your stash in the freezer, try making pectin-free easy strawberry freezer jam.

You’ll have a little taste of summer ready in your freezer all year long.pectin-free easy strawberry freezer jam | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Pectin-Free Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam
A simple jam that comes together in minutes and is free of pectin.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup lemon juice
  2. 3 1/2 tsp. grass-fed gelatin
  3. 3/4 cups organic cane sugar, sucanat, coconut sugar or honey
  4. 5 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen)
Instructions
  1. In a medium sauce pan combine the lemon juice and gelatin. Let sit 2 minutes.
  2. Add the sweetener and strawberries.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring and mashing berries with a potato masher, for about 10 minutes.
  4. Pour the jam into half-pint jars.
  5. Chill jam in the refrigerator until set.
  6. Use the jam fresh or freeze until ready to use.
Notes
  1. This makes about five half-pints.
  2. If using frozen berries, thaw them at least partially before making the jam.
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Blueberry Pie Ice Cream

Blueberry pie ice cream is rich and creamy, using fresh, raw cream.  Packed with  blueberries and pieces of gluten free pie crust, it makes a real treat.blueberry pie ice creamOne of my absolute favorite things about summer in Michigan is the abundance of fresh blueberries.  It has been my favorite fruit since I was little.

Blueberry pie has always been my favorite kind of pie as well.  I used to request it for my birthday instead of cake.

While blueberry pie is quite perfect on its own, it can get better.  There is only one way I can think of to improve blueberry pie…by making it into blueberry pie ice cream!

The other day my daughter requested blueberry pie ice cream.  I happily obliged.

Together we came up with a rich, creamy ice cream that is packed with blueberry flavor and has bits of real pie crust mixed in.  An added bonus is the brilliant purple color of the ice cream.  Nothing artificial here.  Just pure blueberry goodness.blueberry pie ice cream 3

Fresh blueberries will be here any time now.  Be sure you save some for making ice cream.

As different fruits are in season you can swap them for the blueberries…strawberry, cherry, raspberry or even peach!  You can also make this dairy free using coconut milk.

Blueberry season just got a little sweeter with blueberry pie ice cream.blueberry pie ice cream 2

Blueberry Pie Ice Cream
A rich, creamy ice cream packed with blueberries and pieces of pie crust. It is gluten free and can be made both egg and dairy free.
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Pie Crust
  1. 1/2 cup any combination of gluten free flours (i.e. tapioca, rice, amaranth)
  2. 2 Tbsp. organic palm shortening or butter
  3. 2 Tbsp. cold water
  4. 2 Tbsp. organic cane sugar
Ice Cream
  1. 2 1/2 cups cream (preferably raw) (can be replaced with coconut milk)
  2. 1/2 cup whole milk (preferably raw) (can be replaced with coconut milk)
  3. 1 - 3 egg yolks (optional)
  4. 1 Tbsp. tapioca flour (optional)
  5. 3 tsp. organic vanilla
  6. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  7. 1/2 cup any combination of sweeteners (honey, maple syrup, cane sugar, coconut sugar)
  8. 3/4 - 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  9. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
  10. 1/4 cup blueberries (optional)
Pie Crust
  1. Heat oven to 400*F.
  2. Combine the flour and sugar.
  3. Cut in the shortening/butter until crumbly.
  4. Add the water and mix until a dough forms.
  5. Spread the dough on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until golden brown.
  7. Cool and crumble.
Ice Cream
  1. Combine the cream, milk, egg yolks, flour, salt, vanilla, sweetener, cinnamon and 3/4 cup of blueberries.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Taste and add more blueberries if stronger flavor is desired. Blend.
  4. Process ice cream in an ice cream mixer according to manufacturer's directions.
  5. Transfer ice cream to a freezer safe container.
  6. Mix 1/4 cup blueberries and pie crust pieces into the ice cream.
  7. Freeze ice cream until firm.
Notes
  1. If you don't have an ice cream maker you can beat the batter in a chilled bowl until it thickens.
  2. It is best to use one "white" flour for half of the flour in the pie crust (tapioca or white rice).
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