Food, Natural Foods, Recipes

A Fall Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread Recipe with Florida Crystals

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Not all sugar is created equally! You have choices between basic white and brown sugar, cane sugars, zero calorie sweeteners that act as sugar substitutes and now we even have liquid sugars. If you are on a sugar free regimen then you may seek out the substitutes so you can still enjoy sweet foods or flavored beverages. If you are about low price and don’t give much thought to quality then a basic white or brown sugar is your go-to.

As for me? I try to sneak in sugar-free options in my diet where I can smartly do so. But, overall I like real sugars when baking especially this pumpkin bread recipe and it matters to me where it comes from (my recipe alone uses 2 cups of white sugar and 1/2 cup of brown sugar). There is quite a bit of sugar in breads so I want to make sure it is organic and raw. For this recipe I am using a favorite, Florida Crystals Organic Raw Cane Sugars.

About Florida Crystals

We can break it all down like this – Florida is where it is sourced. Crystals in reference to sugars. Organic because the sugars come from the only organic sugarcane farms in the nation and have been farmed without the use of pesticides or herbicides. Raw because all of their products are Non-GMO Project verified, vegan and kosher, so you know you’re getting the pure sweetness. Cane because they mill their sugarcane the same day it’s harvested from the farms and are minimally processed. All of this brings you pure sugar in a reuse, recycle farming and production style the brand is proud of.

pumpkin bread

Let’s try this Pumpkin Bread Recipe with our Florida Crystals Organic Raw Cane Sugars!


Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I use organic raw cane sugar in this recipe and it makes it that much more special!
Prep Time20 mins
Active Time1 hr
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread
Author: Erin Sluka


  • 3.5 Cups Flour
  • 2.5 tsp Pumpkin Spice Blend
  • 15 Oz Pumpkin Puree (canned Pumkin)
  • 1 Cup Cooking Oil 1 Heaping Cup
  • 2/3 Cup Water
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 Cups Florida Crystals Organic Raw Cane Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Florida Crystals Raw Cane Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips I used Sugar Free Chocolate Chips


  • Preheat Oven to 325 and grease loaf pan
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, pumpkin Spice blend and set aside
  • In a large bowl mix together pumpkin, oil, water. Then stir in sugars. Then stir in eggs and vanilla.
  • Add the flour mixture to the large bowl of wet ingredients and stir as you combine.
  • Pour batter into loaf pan. Sometimes I have too much batter and make muffins with the rest of the batter.
  • Bake 55-60 minutes. Cool!


I used the Florida Crystals Raw Organic Cane Sugars. If you need to bake with zero calorie baking sugars, make sure you use a brand that measures in a 1:1 ratio with cane sugar. For low carb use almond flour or perhaps 3 cups almond + 1/2 cup coconut flour and then add 5 (not 4) eggs in the egg step. I do not stir my chocolate chips throughout – I pour batter in loaf pan, top with chocolate chips and use a spatula to fold them just on the top part. If you want chocolate chips throughout entire loaf to fold in add another 1/4-1/2 cup of chocolate chips if you desire.
chocolate chip pumpkin bread recipe


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2020 Holidays, Food, Natural Foods, Recipes

Healthy On You Vegan Spices have Edible Playlists – Smoked Pork Shoulder

Healthy On You Vegan Spices Combine Culture, Flavor & Music

If you are like me you have been cooking at home much more and with some extra time have wanted to get more creative in the kitchen. I recently upgraded our smoker and have been practicing my meat and meal skills on this new grill. I even took an entire day recently and renovated my spice cabinet because I spend so much time in it I need it more organized. Then I went on to find more spice combinations to have on hand.

Healthy on You is a spice brand I have been introduced to and they have a unique line of organic, non-GMO, vegan spices combining flavor, culture, and music. You can now shake things up with these vegan spices for a fun cooking experience from home. Cooking just became more fun!

best spices

You will love the names of these spices from Healthy On You…playlists for your meals! Let the Good Thymes Roll”, “Hit the Roast Jack”, “No Woman, No Spice”.

Healthy On You is a black woman-owned business created by certified health coach, Samantha Binkley, who took her passion for pursuing a healthy lifestyle and cooking to create her vegan, 100% USDA organic spice and salt blend line. You won’t want to lock these up in a cabinet – they are fun kitchen conversation starters.

roast spice rub

The first thing I smoked the day these vegan spices arrived were 2 pork shoulders. I used the Hit the Roast Jack blend on the pork and it came out amazing! The bark was so delicious! I dry brined with this rub overnight. Then slow cooked all day. At wrap time I used a layer of pink butcher paper and then a layer of foil. Pulled it at 200 degrees, rested it for 45 minutes still in its wrap. Once I finally opened it up I had a beautiful spiced bark and the most tender meat inside. It was my best pork smoke yet!

smokes pork shoulder

Look at the bark and smoke ring! The Hit the Roast Jack rub I used from the Healthy on You spice blends is actually a spice and coffee rub. Typically fantastic for a beef roast I wanted to try it on pork and am so glad I did. This blend is made up of allspice, cayenne, cinnamon, coconut sugar, coffee, garlic, ground porcini mushrooms, kosher salt and smoked paprika. Doesn’t that sound amazing?

smoked meats

What I am really excited for is my Spice Up the Holidays Build Your Own Collection from the edible playlists! I am hosting the family Thanksgiving this year and have a large turkey and roast to cook and this collection will be my best friend come November. I can’t wait to use the I’m Still Brining turkey brine blend for fantastic flavor. The fennel countdown is best for seafood but I may try it on hearty green veggies like brussel sprouts. This collection also comes with a Hit the Roast Jack for that holiday roast and I already know how fantastic that will turn out.

spice edible playlist

The Build Your Own Edible Playlist is the best way to customize your experience.  This beautifully designed, sustainable keepsake bamboo box comes with three spice blends accompanied by three delicious, healthy recipes, an olive wood spoon, and various loose organic spices. Choose three spices and get your spice groove on in the kitchen. Visit Healthy on You to get your organic, vegan spices in time for the fall holidays!

Food, Natural Foods, Recipes

Keto Blueberry Mini-Muffins with Paleonola Grain Free Granola

Comment: I have partnered with Paleonola and was sent samples. Opinions are my own.

Finding snack or breakfast foods that are made with clean ingredients and that actually taste good is not always easy. If you follow a clean-eating or low carb strict diet you know that what you eat for breakfast hugely sets you up for less cravings and a successful start to your day. Paleonola is my new favorite breakfast and snack option. I say, ‘snack option’ because their grain free granola is so delicious I eat it right out of the bag.

What is Paleonola granola and bars made with? It is actually easiest to tell you what is NOT inside : there is no gluten soy, oats, grains, fillers, dairy, preservatives, GMO or anything artificial. That petty much leaves fruit and nuts as natural as Earth gives them to us.

If you look above you can see every ingredient through the package window. Pumpkin fans, they have a Pumpkin Pie grain free granola flavor that is out of this world!!

Keto Blueberry Mini-Muffins with Paleonola Grain Free Granola

Paleonola is great out of the back as I mentioned with flavors such as Pumpkin Pie, Maple Pancake, Cinnamon Blueberry, Apple Pie, Pina Colada and Original.

The Paleonola Protein bars come in Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, Chocolate Chip and Almond Butter and Jelly. These protein bars give you 9 grams of protein without sugar alcohols, brown rice syrup or gluten. Just simple ingredients with big flavor.

My Keto Blueberry Mini-Muffins with Paleonola Grain Free Granola

I have been playing around with morning options I can make ahead of time and eat throughout the week that are simple and low carb. These are dense like almond flour can do to a muffin mix but I like them and the sweetness of the blueberries and the flavors of the granola make these low carb muffins so delicious.

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar or stevia equivalent
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp milk of choice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite Paleonola grain free granola

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line or grease a mini muffin tin very well. Stir all dry ingredients, then add all remaining ingredients except berries and granola. Press in some blueberries and granola on top. Bake 13 minutes on the center rack. Remove from the oven and let cool an additional 10 minutes. Makes 13-14 mini muffins. *Note: this batter is not a liquid, boxed mix-like consistency, it will be thicker so that is why I press in berries and granola rather than stir in.

Visit Paleonola for your Grain free granola and protein bars! Paleonola is also available on Amazon.

Food, Recipes

Trash Can Breakfast Burritos

OK! There is no trash can to lift off of these burritos, so credit is still given to my favorite Trash Can Nachos I love when we visit Vegas. But, I do save food from ending up in the trash can because they are used up in these burritos.

This recipe is about using up leftovers! Sometimes I joke around and call these our Sustainable Breakfast Burritos because I am just using the leftovers in my fridge. Whatever you want to call them, these breakfast burritos are the best idea for using up leftovers and getting your fridge space back again!

When I made these ones for you we had done pretty well throughout the week and did not have an abundance of leftovers.

I did have defrosted ground turkey I needed to use, 1 potato left over, onions from tacos the night before. If you want the best breakfast burrito leftovers, make these the night after a Mexican meal when you have taco meat, all sorts of veggies and beans left!

Trash can Breakfast Burritos

Great weekend breakfast! This is a great way to use up those leftovers from the previous week and get room back in your fridge again
5 from 1 vote
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Mexican


  • 1 lb Meat use leftover taco meat, ground meat, steak, etc
  • 1 C potato use leftovers potato, fries – or beans
  • 1/2 C Vegetables Have veggies going bad soon or leftovers? Use those – tomatoes, onion, peppers, mushrooms
  • 1/2 C Shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5 Tortillas
  • Salsa optional
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 4 Eggs


  • In one pan cook meat and potatoes (just throw any leftovers in one pan together and heat back up to 165 degrees)
  • In a separate pan scramble eggs until cooked through
  • Prepare veggies
  • Warm tortillas in a microwave wrapped in a towel for 20-30 seconds
  • On one tortilla add a spoonful of meat/potato mix, cooked eggs. Top with any veggies, cheese and S&P and roll up
  • Optional: place rolled burrito into a pre-heated, oiled skillet and brown each side for a crispier tortilla
  • Optional: Top each rolled burrito with salsa
Keyword burrito

Really, you can do thee burritos any way that works with the food you already have. Don’t have potatoes? Use beans. My son likes just meat and cheese and topped with sour cream. Don’t throw out those leftovers-reuse them! A great weekend breakfast.

Just look at that steam rolling out of that burrito!