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

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Spice Cake

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

Sometimes you just need chocolate. Am I right?

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

Something New

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

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

Kid-Friendly

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

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

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

Change It Up

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

Yogurt and Spice and Everything Nice

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

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

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

Allergy Friendly

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

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

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

Spiced Apple Ice Cream

It is fall!! That means apple season is definitely here! Celebrate with a dish of spiced apple ice cream. Warm spices, cooked apples, cold cream. Perfection.

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Fall is a special time in Michigan. There are orchards all around and apples of every variety.

If you have a child in school they will likely have a field trip to an orchard. Facebook is full of family apple picking photos.

Apple goodies abound. Apple cider. Apple donuts. Apple crisp. Apple pie (the Dutch variety too!). Applesauce. Apple pie parfaits. Apple pie cake. The list goes on.

Something new.

This year I created a new way to enjoy apples – in ice cream!

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Spiced apple ice cream is a mix of sauteed, sweetened apples (think apple pie filling), warm spices and thick raw cream.

Start by sauteing chunks of apples in butter, honey and your favorite blend of spices. Then make a rich cinnamon ice cream. Mix in the apples and let it freeze.

For the spice you can go simple with just cinnamon. Or you can add nutmeg and cloves. I actually used a cinnamon spice blend from Ground 2 Table. It worked really well.

Enjoyment all around.

Spiced apple ice cream was definitely a winner with my family. Even my in-laws got to sample some and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Of course it tastes great plain. But spiced apple ice cream is really good served on vanilla cake or apple crisp!

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Maybe you’re like me and need a little crunch? Crumble some homemade pumpkin spice graham crackers over the ice cream. It’ll taste like crust so you get the full apple pie effect.

You can also add crunch with chopped crispy pecans. Sprinkle them on top or mix them right in the ice cream. You’ll really bump up the flavor by using sugar coated pecans!

If you want to add to the creaminess and nutrition you can use pastured egg yolks. But if you don’t have access to quality eggs or you don’t tolerate eggs you can leave them out.

For sweetener cane sugar, maple syrup and honey all work. I like to use a combination of two or all three of them to create a more neutral flavor.

No guilt.

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Now that apple season is in full swing it’s time to create some fall treats. Grab your favorite variety of apple and fresh cream. You’re well on your way to a dish of rich spiced apple ice cream.

What is your favorite way to enjoy fall and the abundance of apples?

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Spiced Apple Ice Cream
Serves 12
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Ingredients
  1. 2 medium apples, peeled and diced
  2. 2 tsp. butter (or coconut oil)
  3. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  4. optional: nutmeg, cloves or a cinnamon spice blend
  5. 1 Tbsp. honey
  6. 2 1/2 cups cream (raw if possible) (or coconut milk)
  7. 1/2 cp whole milk (raw if possible) (or coconut milk)
  8. 2 egg yolks (optional)
  9. 1/2 cup cane sugar, maple syrup and/or honey
  10. 1 Tbsp. vanilla or vodka
  11. 1 Tbsp. tapioca flour or arrowroot
  12. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  13. 2 tsp. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Sautee apples in butter, spices and honey over medium heat about 5 minutes, until tender but not mushy. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a blender combine the remaining ingredients. Blend until well mixed.
  3. Process the ice cream in an ice cream mixer according to manufacturer's directions (it takes 15 - 20 minutes in my Kitchen Aid ice cream maker attachment).
  4. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer safe container.
  5. Stir in the apples.
  6. Freeze until firm.
Notes
  1. You can add 1/4 cup chopped crispy pecans or sugar coated pecans when you stir in the apples.
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Sausage Seasoning For Sensitive Palates

Sausage Seasoning For Sensitive Palates | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

I don’t usually cook breakfast in the morning (except warming my daily mug of soup).  That may seem surprising for someone that gets up early and loves to be in the kitchen.

But here mornings are for easy, get it on the table quickly meals.  That means things like yogurt, homemade granola, fruit, baked goods, nuts, cheese, smoothies, gummies, hard boiled eggs and dried fruit.

Morning is my time to get work done before the kids get up.  Not to mention I have one child that often wakes up early and is ready for breakfast the moment his feet hit the floor.  So breakfast is usually something prepared the night before.

But we do LOVE all breakfast foods – pancakes, waffles, french toast, eggs, bacon and of course sausage!  Breakfast foods are some of our favorites.  So we have breakfast for dinner once a week.

My daughter has a very sensitive palate…i.e. won’t eat anything “spicy.”  That includes just about any seasoning.  It’s rare that she can eat anything in a restaurant without it burning her tongue.  If your little one is the same way check out this post on “picky eating.”  And read on to find out how we make sausage that is not spicy but has lots of flavor. 

Sausage Seasoning For Sensitive Palates | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie We often buy our sausage from a local farm.  It tastes very good and is high quality meat.  My daughter will eat a little bit of it.  But not much.

So recently we got a half pig.  Part of that included sausage.  I opted to just get plain ground pork instead of the butcher adding seasoning.  I didn’t want ten pounds of sausage that my daughter wouldn’t touch.

That meant I had to come up with my own sausage spice blend so we could still enjoy sausage on our breakfast for dinner nights or in our squash soup.

This seasoning uses common herbs and spices and is easy on the palate.  There is a bit of coconut sugar added to make sure it is well tolerated in a sensitive mouth.

You can mix it up fresh for one batch of sausage or make a large batch and have a jar of it on hand whenever you need it.  This sausage seasoning also works well for burgers and chicken.

You can even mix the seasoning into the meat, shape the sausage patties and freeze them on a tray for easy sausage any time.

There is no need to take sausage off the menu if you have a sensitive palate to cook for.  Simply make your own spice blend so everyone can enjoy delicious sausage with their favorite breakfast foods. 

Sausage Seasoning For Sensitive Palates | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Sausage Seasoning For Sensitive Palates
A very mild, yet flavorful seasoning for homemade sausage.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  2. 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  3. 1/2 tsp. basil
  4. 1/2 tsp. celery salt
  5. 1 tsp. dill weed
  6. 1/2 tsp. mustard powder
  7. 3 tsp. coconut sugar
  8. 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Add to one pound of ground meat (pork, turkey or chicken).
  3. Use immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Form patties and cook in coconut oil, lard or tallow in a skillet.
Notes
  1. The seasoning mix can be prepared in advance. It can also be made in large batches and used as needed.
  2. You can add an egg to the meat and seasoning mixture as a binder.
  3. One batch totals about 7 tsp. So if you make a larger batch you can use 7 tsp. of it per pound of meat.
  4. You can mix the meat and seasoning and form patties in advance. Simply place them on a parchment lined baking sheet, freeze them and then store them in a sealed container. Thaw as many patties as you need at a time.
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Pumpkin Spice Graham Crackers | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

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

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

Pumpkin Spice Graham Crackers | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

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

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

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

I have created quite a few versions of graham crackers:

Pumpkin Spice Graham Crackers | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Spice it up!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pumpkin Spice Graham Crackers | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

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

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

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

Kids in the kitchen.

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

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

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

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

Pumpkin Spice Graham Crackers | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Stock the freezer.

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

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

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

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

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

Last night I also made a batch of taco seasoning.  This recipe from Heavenly Homemakers is about as easy as it gets.  You just measure, pour and shake.  Even a 2-year old can make it 🙂  Laura recommends 3 Tbsp. per pound of meat.  I used a little more than 3 Tbsp., and there still wasn’t a very strong flavor.  I’ll probably add a bit more next time.  This is really good!  And so much better for you than boughten taco seasoning.  I only made a half recipe.  Still plenty to last a while.  And it fits nicely in a 1/2 pt. jar.
Taco Seasoning Mix
1/2 cup chili powder
1/4 cup onion powder

1/8 cup ground cumin
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. paprika
1 Tbsp. sea salt

Put all ingredients into a jar and shake!

Three Tbsp. of Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix is equal to one 4-ounce package of taco seasoning mix. I would recommend adding 3 Tbsp. of mix to one pound of browned ground meat for tacos (I’ll add a little more than that next time.  I also add some water to the pan while the meat simmers with the seasoning.)

I would also recommend shaking again before each use to make sure the spices are well distributed throughout the mix.

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