Home » BLOG » vegan

Category: vegan

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
Write a review
Print
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.
Just Take A Bite http://justtakeabite.com/

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.

More For You

Ball Brand would also like to give one of my lucky readers coupons for canning supplies and a copy of The All New Ball Book Of Canning And Preserving! Enter below for your chance to win.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for you.

Pistachio Pea Pesto | Just Take A Bite

Pistachio Pea Pesto

With the return of spring comes color and new life. Add some of both to your meal with this bright and flavorful pistachio pea pesto.

Pistachio Pea Pesto | Just Take A Bite

If there is an easy way to get your kids to eat vegetables it is in a sauce. Put the sauce on pasta or pizza. Instant hit!

This pistachio pea pesto is no exception. Parents love the loads of vegetables and healthy fat from nuts. Kids love the taste and color.

Easy “peasy.”

The really great thing about this pesto is how easy it is to make. Only six ingredients (and the cheese is even optional). Toss them all in the blender and it’s done. No cooking. Just puree and serve. It is easy enough for kids to make themselves!

Mix pistachio pea pesto with your favorite variety of noodles for an easy weeknight meal that can even be made gluten or grain free. Add some extra peas and nuts into the pasta for texture and nutrition. Leftover cooked chicken also makes a great addition for a complete meal.

But the possibilities don’t end there. Make pizza night a little more special with pesto pizza. Make or buy your favorite pizza crust. Top it with pistachio pea pesto and some fresh mozzarella. Bake and serve.

Pistachio Pea Pesto | Just Take A Bite

Whether you are vegetarian or just looking to save a little money on your grocery bill either of these would make a great meatless meal.

The possibilities are endless! Head over to Super Healthy Kids where I’m sharing this easy pistachio pea pesto recipe and more fun ways to use it.

In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for you.

Soaked Teff Crackers | Just Take A Bite

Soaked Teff Crackers

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

Soaked Teff Crackers | Just Take A Bite

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

Single starches.

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

Teff!

Soaked Teff Crackers | Just Take A Bite

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

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

Family favorite.

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

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

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

Soaked Teff Crackers | Just Take A Bite

Make it fast.

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

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

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

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

Have you ever baked with teff?

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

Soaked Teff Crackers | Just Take A Bite

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

In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for you.

In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for you.

Two Ingredient Allergen Friendly Nestle Crunch Bites | Just Take A Bite

Two Ingredient Allergen Friendly Nestle Crunch® Bites

This Valentine’s Day get your kids in the kitchen to whip up a special treat. These two ingredient allergen friendly Nestle Crunch® bites are easy to make and fun to eat!

Two Ingredient Allergen Friendly Nestle Crunch Bites | Just Take A Bite

I’m a sucker for just about anything chocolate. Especially when it comes to Valentine’s Day.

Allergies and chocolate do mesh.

Having kids with allergies and food sensitivities has actually increased my love of chocolate.

That may sound strange. But we pretty much avoid all fruity candy. My kids don’t eat anything with food coloring (can you say crazy pills?!). Plus my son is allergic to corn (corn syrup, cornstarch, etc.).

So when it comes to treats we stick to chocolate. Even with dairy allergies we all love the Enjoy Life chocolate chips. They are great plain or in a cookie. But they are even more fun when melted and turned into a delicious candy.

We’ve made chocolate covered toffee and salted honey chocolates (my personal favorite!).

Two Ingredient Allergen Friendly Nestle Crunch Bites | Just Take A Bite

A family favorite.

But hands down my kids love these Nestle Crunch® Bites the best. And they really couldn’t be any simpler to make.

  1. Melt chocolate.
  2. Add coconut.
  3. Pour in molds.

Yes, they are that easy. Yes, they are grain, dairy, nut, soy, rice, egg and corn free.

The little bits of unsweetened coconut give the slightest crunch that tastes just like the crisp rice of Nestle Crunch® bars.

So much fun.

Let your kids choose some fun molds and create a special treat you can feel good about.

Package them up as gifts for friends or family. And don’t forget your spouse! Everyone will want some.

Two Ingredient Allergen Friendly Nestle Crunch Bites | Just Take A Bite

This Valentine’s Day skip the expensive boxed chocolates filled with artificial colors and flavors. Show your friends and family how much you love them with homemade Nestle Crunch® Bites.

Just two simple ingredients. No common allergens. Five minutes of hands on time. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Have you ever made homemade chocolates? Did you know they could be this easy?

Give two ingredient allergen friendly Nestle Crunch® bites a try. You might get some extra love in return.

Two Ingredient Allergen Friendly Nestle Crunch Bites | Just Take A Bite

Two Ingredient Allergen Friendly Nestle Crunch® Bites
Yields 30
A simple allergen friendly chocolate that is grain, nut, dairy, rice, corn, soy and egg free.
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks (semi-sweet) or Dark Chocolate Morsels
  2. 2 - 3 Tbsp. finely shredded unsweetened coconut
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (or glass bowl over a saucepan with about an inch of water).
  2. Turn off the heat.
  3. Add the coconut and stir until combined.
  4. Pour the chocolate into molds.
  5. Refrigerate until firm.
  6. Unmold.
  7. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to a month.
Just Take A Bite http://justtakeabite.com/
 In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for you.

In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for you.

Easy Coconut Snowballs | Just Take A Bite

Easy Coconut Snowballs

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Even if there is no snow outside you can have a white Christmas inside with these little coconut snowballs. Just four ingredients create a fun, healthy treat.

Easy Coconut Snowballs | Just Take A Bite

If you’re looking for a last minute holiday treat that you can make in minutes I’ve got you covered!

These coconut snowballs only have four ingredients. And they taste like peppermint.

So easy!

All it takes is about five minutes of mixing, melting and pouring. Then form the mixture into balls once it has cooled.

Easy Coconut Snowballs | Just Take A Bite

I like to add these to my kids’ lunches. I make sure they are getting healthy fat. They love having a little treat with their meal.

Coconut snowballs would also make great finger food for a holiday party. Set a tray out for guests and watch them disappear!

Easy Coconut Snowballs | Just Take A Bite

You can use cane sugar or powdered cane sugar (simply blend cane sugar in a high speed blender until powdered) to make coconut snowballs. The flavor is the same. Using powdered sugar creates a smoother texture.

Easy Coconut Snowballs | Just Take A Bite

Let it snow.

Somehow we don’t have snow yet in Michigan this year! I’m not sure if we’ll end up with a white Christmas. But we can make it white with our own snow!

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?

Get in the kitchen and create a little snowstorm with the kids. Everyone will have fun and stay warm.

Easy Coconut Snowballs | Just Take A Bite

Easy Coconut Snowballs
Yields 9
A minty coconut snowball that makes a great treat or any time snack.
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 3 Tbsp. organic cane sugar OR powdered cane sugar
  2. 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  3. 3 Tbsp. coconut oil
  4. 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
Instructions
  1. Combine the sugar, coconut and oil in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium heat, stirring until the sugar and oil are melted.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add peppermint extract.
  5. Pour into a small glass dish.
  6. Refrigerate until solid, but not hard (1-2 hours)
  7. Scoop into tsp. size balls.
  8. Store in the refrigerator.
  9. Serve cold or room temperature.
Notes
  1. You can add a tsp. of cocoa powder to the mix to make dirty snowballs.
  2. You can dip the chilled snowballs into melted chocolate.
  3. If your mixture is too hard to scoop simply leave it out to come to room temperature.
  4. You can make your own powdered sugar by blending cane sugar in a high powered blender until fine.
Just Take A Bite http://justtakeabite.com/
In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for you.

In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for you.

Light and Dark Hot Cocoa | Just Take A Bite

Light and Dark Hot Cocoa

Are you looking for the perfect teacher gift? I’ve got you covered! My daughter created Rebecca’s light and dark hot cocoa to give as gifts. Everyone that tries it is blown away by the flavor. You will be too!

Light and Dark Hot Cocoa | Just Take A Bite

I remember the first year my oldest was in Kindermusik. She wasn’t even two yet.

We were finally at the point of venturing out of the house without having to worry about nursing schedules. And I wanted the chance to talk to another human being with a little more to talk about than dolls and dancing.

Class started in the fall and ended just before Christmas. That was fun, I thought. Then the last day rolled around…and everyone started handing gifts to the teacher.

Learning how to give.

Wait a minute.

We’re supposed to give a Christmas gift to every teacher/leader our children have? I guess I missed that part in the parenting handbook.

Light and Dark Hot Cocoa | Just Take A Bite

Now with three kids I know that it is totally a personal choice who you give to and how much. Some years we go shopping and let the kids pick out gifts for teachers. But that gets to be just one more thing to do.

So two years ago I simplified our gift giving. We give gifts to the teachers we see on a regular basis (maybe I’m Scrooge, but I don’t give something to every bus driver and mail carrier. You have to draw the line somewhere).

And I don’t shop for gifts either. We have two gifts we make every year. One is homemade granola. This year teachers get a special treat with kettle corn granola!

Light and Dark Hot Cocoa | Just Take A Bite

The other is my daughter’s “famous” light and dark hot cocoa. She came up with the idea of a layered cocoa mix.

It’s that good.

It is always fun to see the reaction of the people that try it. They assume when a five year old gives them homemade hot cocoa it will be fine. Then they taste it.

Some have even said it’s the best hot cocoa they’ve ever tried.

I love how simple it is to make. And that it doesn’t contain any powdered milk, flavorings, thickeners, etc. Just a few simple ingredients create the most delicious hot cocoa you’ve ever had.

I also love that it is super allergen friendly. Even I can drink it! And if I can drink it anyone can (I haven’t met many people with as many food restrictions as I have). If you can’t have cocoa you can replace all of it with carob. It won’t be light and dark hot cocoa anymore, but it will still taste great.

I even have a couple secret ingredients – unrefined sea salt and grass-fed collagen! Just because you’re drinking hot chocolate doesn’t mean you need to leave the nutrition out.

Light and Dark Hot Cocoa | Just Take A Bite

Let the kids help.

This is a great project for kids of just about any age. My oldest (age seven) can make it on her own. My four year old can make it with a little help from me. Even with kids helping it only takes about five minutes to make.

Let the kids create a pretty label and teacher gifts are done! And I have yet to find a teacher that doesn’t like hot cocoa.

Make a big batch. Give some away as gifts. Keep some for the family and enjoy a mug while you open presents or after playing in the snow (if it will ever snow this year!)

I’ve even got a cute gift tag to attach to the jar for you! Just click the link below, print and cut.

Light And Dark Hot Cocoa Gift Tag

Are you looking for a simple, heart-felt gift this year?

Light and dark hot cocoa makes the perfect teacher gift or special treat.

Light and Dark Hot Cocoa | Just Take A Bite

Light and Dark Hot Cocoa
Yields 2
A rich, homemade hot cocoa with light and dark layers.
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups organic cane sugar
  2. 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  3. 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
  4. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  5. 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  6. optional: 2 Tbsp. grass-fed collagen
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl combine 1 1/2 cups sugar, cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1 Tbsp. collagen.
  2. In another bowl combine 1 1/2 cups sugar, dark cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1 Tbsp. collagen.
  3. In two pint size jars layer 3 Tbsp. cocoa mixture, 3 Tbsp. dark cocoa mixture and a few chocolate chips (about 2 tsp.).
  4. Repeat four times, until the mixture is used.
To use
  1. Mix 1 - 2 Tbsp. of the cocoa mixture into 1 cup of hot water or milk.
Notes
  1. This is enough to fill two pint jars.
  2. Light and dark hot cocoa makes a great gift.
  3. I use Enjoy Life chocolate chips since they are allergen friendly.
Just Take A Bite http://justtakeabite.com/

In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for you.

Homemade Peppermint Candy | Just Take A Bite

Homemade Peppermint Candy

Surprise your kids this year with a unique Christmas treat. No HFCS or food dyes. Homemade peppermint candy is easy to make and allergen friendly!

Homemade Peppermint Candy | Just Take A Bite

You can’t have Christmas without a candy cane. Peppermint and Christmas go hand in hand.

One thing you can do without this time of year, though, is artificial flavor and color. The excitement and wonder of Christmas is plenty to make my kids extra hyper and excited. I don’t need junk food to do that.

Finding balance.

But I’m also not Scrooge. I do want my kids to enjoy special treats this time of year. Emotional well-being is just as important as physical well-being. That includes creating memories and indulging in festive goodies.

So rather than miss out on the traditional minty treats I created my own!

Homemade Peppermint Candy | Just Take A Bite

Homemade peppermint candy only takes about ten minutes to make and is ready to eat soon after.

Safe for those with allergies and oral SPD.

One of the great things about homemade candy is that you control the flavor.

My oldest has oral SPD. So she can’t handle much mint. Yet she loves mint flavored desserts! Just mildly flavored. And that is not something you can find in a store.

I go very light with my peppermint flavor. But you can make it as minty as you like. My candy was actually almost too minty for her. I could scale back the mint just a touch.

Homemade Peppermint Candy | Just Take A Bite

The other fun thing about homemade peppermint candy is being able to choose the shape. I did stars that look like snowflakes. Candy cane molds would be perfect for this time of year! Let the kids pick what shape they like.

Note that silicon works best for hard candy since you have to pour it into molds while very hot.

Great for the whole family.

Peppermint candy is the perfect treat for the whole family. I even let my toddler try some! Even though the candy is hard it dissolves easily and can be chewed. So I broke off a few small chunks for her to taste.

Normally I like to share recipes that kids can help make. But this one is definitely for adults since you are working with hot sugar.

Homemade Peppermint Candy | Just Take A Bite

But don’t let that stop you from getting your kids in the kitchen! It is so fun to watch the candy-making process. It makes a great science lesson. Plus demonstration is the first step in teaching your kids how to cook.

This year take small steps to make your holidays happy yet healthy. Homemade peppermint candy is ready in no time and can be made days or even weeks in advance.

Are you ready to create some great Christmas memories?

I hope they include the wonderful flavor of peppermint candy.

Be sure to come back tomorrow! I’ve got another unique holiday treat that utilizes these fun candies.

Homemade Peppermint Candy | Just Take A Bite

Homemade Peppermint Candy
Yields 10
A simple, allergen friendly mint candy.
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  2. 3 Tbsp. water
  3. 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
Instructions
  1. Mix the sugar and water in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring.
  3. Simmer until the temperature reaches 300*F (this will take about ten minutes, the mixture will start to get thick/syrupy)
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Add the peppermint extract
  6. Immediately pour into candy molds and let set until firm.
  7. Store in a closed container in the refrigerator for up to two months. The candy can be stored at room temperature, but keeping it cool is best.
Notes
  1. You can adjust the peppermint flavor to your liking. Make a batch according to the recipe. Then make another batch with more or less extract to meet your tastes.
  2. The candy can be made with silicon molds, on parchment paper (just pour in rounds) or in one large chunk in a glass pan (then broken into pieces once cooled).
  3. This works for suckers as well.
Just Take A Bite http://justtakeabite.com/
This post is linked to Savoring Saturdays.

In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for you.

In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for you.

Sourdough Pumpkin Swiss Cake Rolls | Just Take A Bite

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.

Sourdough Pumpkin Swiss Cake Rolls | Just Take A Bite

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.

Sourdough Pumpkin Swiss Cake Rolls | Just Take A Bite

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.

Sourdough Pumpkin Swiss Cake Rolls | Just Take A Bite

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.

Sourdough Pumpkin Swiss Cake Rolls | Just Take A Bite

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!

Sourdough Pumpkin Swiss Cake Rolls | Just Take A Bite

Sourdough Pumpkin Swiss Cake Rolls
Yields 4
Sourdough pumpkin cake filled with pumpkin cream and topped with melted chocolate.
Write a review
Print
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.
Just Take A Bite http://justtakeabite.com/
 In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for you.

In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for you.

The Busy Moms Solution to Preserving Pears | Just Take A Bite

The Busy Mom’s Solution to Preserving Pears

Fall is a busy time of canning applesauce and freezing pumpkin. But don’t forget about preserving pears! With a short season and a busy schedule use this guide to stock your pantry with pears before they are gone.

The Busy Moms Solution to Preserving Pears | Just Take A Bite

I try to do a fair amount of canning each fall. How much I do depends on my kids’ ages and how I’m feeling.

Regardless I don’t like to spend hours on end in the kitchen each day to keep up with produce preservation.

Do you have time?

I already take the easy route when it comes to canning peaches. That is a life saver.

Then I get to pears. There is really no way around it.

Canning pears takes a lot of time.

The Busy Moms Solution to Preserving Pears | Just Take A Bite

Lots of peeling and slicing (especially if the pears are small). It can take up to sixty pears just to do one round of canning! That is a lot of peeling.

So I haven’t done it in several years.

I would love to start canning pears again at some point. But while I have little kids and a busy schedule it just isn’t going to happen.

But I still want to preserve this amazing fruit to enjoy it all winter.

The Busy Moms Solution to Preserving Pears | Just Take A Bite

The solution.

Enter pearsauce.

It is just like applesauce but with pears. Honestly, I would take pearsauce any day over applesauce. It is that good.

There is no need to add any sweetener as pears are plenty sweet on their own.

The other thing you don’t have to do – peel them!

Preserving pears is quite easy when you can just wash, quarter, cook and puree. Then either can or freeze the pearsauce.

Use it in many ways.

One of the reasons I love having pearsauce on hand is that it makes a super easy first food for little ones six months and up. You can serve it plain or turn it into a nutrient dense baby porridge. Sign up for email alerts so you don’t miss when that is posted!

The Busy Moms Solution to Preserving Pears | Just Take A Bite

My big kids love it too! Sometimes I even make it extra special by adding strawberries, raspberries or blueberries from our freezer stash. As they melt and let off juice it colors the pearsauce and adds an extra burst of flavor.

Serve it cold. Serve it warm with a pinch of cinnamon. Add it to oatmeal. Mix it in yogurt.

You really can’t go wrong. You also don’t need to spend days on end making pearsauce.

Here is my busy mom’s solution to preserving pears. I worked through a half bushel in one day (with 3 young kids, including a nursing little one) and still managed to get my kids to and from school and activities and get healthy meals on the table.

That was from moving the pears to the sink to pulling the jars out of the canner…twice!

In fact it only took me twenty minutes to wash and slice the first batch of pears while helping my son with school work and feeding my youngest.

If I can do it you can too!

Have you ever tried preserving pears? I encourage you to try pearsauce!

Are you new to canning? Check out my step-by-step tutorial to get you going.

The Busy Moms Solution to Preserving Pears Fall is a busy time of canning applesauce and freezing pumpkin. But don't forget about preserving pears! Even busy moms can get the pantry stocked. | Just Take A Bite

Pearsauce: The Busy Mom's Solution To Preserving Pears
Yields 11
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 35 - 40 pears
  2. 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Wash pears.
  2. Quarter and core and place in a large stock pot with 1 cup water.
  3. Cook for 30 - 40 minutes, stirring periodically, until pears are cooked down and have released their juice.
  4. Puree the pears in a high powered blender or use an immersion blender.
To freeze
  1. Chill the pearsauce.
  2. Put the pearsauce in freezer safe containers.
  3. Label and freeze.
To can
  1. Return the pearsauce to the stockpot and keep warm.
  2. Prepare a water bath canner.
  3. Ladle pearsauce into hot jars.
  4. Place lid and band on the jars.
  5. Can in hot water bath for 25 minutes.
  6. Allow the jars to set untouched for at least 8 hours, until completely cool and sealed.
Notes
  1. One batch of pearsauce makes about 11 pints total. Since my canner holds 7 jars I do 4 quarts and 3 pints or 3 quarts and 4 pint with a little left over to eat fresh.
  2. A half bushel of pears will make two rounds of pearsauce with a few pears left for eating fresh or using for baking.
Just Take A Bite http://justtakeabite.com/

In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for  you.

This post is linked to Savoring Saturdays.

In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for you.

Sourdough Pumpkin Pie Cereal | Just Take A Bite

Sourdough Pumpkin Pie Cereal

Pumpkin isn’t just for fall desserts. Try it in your breakfast! Sourdough pumpkin pie cereal is crunchy, sweet and easy to make. Eat it for breakfast covered in milk or sprinkled on yogurt.

Sourdough Pumpkin Pie Cereal | Just Take A Bite

Are you getting excited for all things pumpkin?

I know I am. It’s crazy to think that just a few years ago I wanted nothing to do with anything pumpkin.

I hated it.

I hated it as a child and as an adult. I just didn’t understand why everyone loved pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin everything.

Until I started roasting fresh pumpkin.

What you get in a can doesn’t even compare to freshly roasted pumpkin.

Sourdough Pumpkin Pie Cereal | Just Take A Bite

Pumpkin, pumpkin everywhere!

Now I love to use pumpkin year round!

Not only is it packed with nutrients, but it tastes great. I use it in soups, breads, muffins, pasta, crackers, pie, ice cream, cheesecake. Pretty much any way you can think of.

I even love it plain with a touch of honey and sea salt.

And yes, I can even handle canned pumpkin now.

Pumpkin for breakfast.

One of my favorite ways to use pumpkin is in sourdough pumpkin pie cereal. It’s like pumpkin pie in your breakfast bowl.

Combine sourdough with pumpkin, sugar and spice and you’ve got an amazing start to your day.

Sourdough pumpkin pie cereal is great with milk. But you can also sprinkle it on yogurt. I like to add it to my salted caramel custard. It is my replacement for granola.

Sourdough Pumpkin Pie Cereal | Just Take A Bite

Pumpkin for snacks.

Most of the time I find myself just munching on it plain! Sourdough pumpkin pie cereal makes a great snack.

Better yet mix it with crispy nuts and dried apples for the perfect fall trail mix.

Any way you serve it this cereal is a delicious fall treat.

Sourdough pumpkin pie cereal is made with traditional sourdough for easier digestion and nutrient absorption. It is also dairy, egg, nut, corn, soy, coconut and rice free.

Are you in need of something different for breakfast this fall?

Grab some pumpkin (fresh or canned) and get a batch of sourdough pumpkin pie cereal started. The whole family will love it!
Sourdough Pumpkin Pie Cereal | Just Take A Bite

Sourdough Pumpkin Pie Cereal
Serves 12
Simple sourdough cereal with pumpkin and spice.
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup sourdough starter
  2. 1 cup wheat, spelt or rye flour
  3. 1/4 cup water
  4. 1 cup pureed pumpkin
  5. 3/4 cups organic cane sugar
  6. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  7. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  8. 1 tsp. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine the starter, flour and water. Cover and let soak 6 - 24 hours.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Heat oven to 350*F.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the flour mixture. Mix well.
  4. Spread on the parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 1 hour.
  6. Let cool 10 minutes.
  7. Flip the whole "cake" (leaving the parchment paper on the baking sheet.
  8. Cut into small squares (using a pizza cutter or sharp knife).
  9. Bake another 45 minutes.
  10. Allow to cool completely.
  11. Store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to a month or in the freezer for up to a year.
Just Take A Bite http://justtakeabite.com/

In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for you.

This post is linked to Savoring Saturdays.

In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for you.