Healthy Holme's 5 Must-Have Items for the Home Baker•
Posted on August 15 2022
Stephanie Niemis of Healthy Holme is a holistic nutritionist, mother of three and cookbook author that creates easy, gluten-free recipes the whole family will love! From comforting year-round recipes like her Oat M!lk Chocolate S'mores Skillet to her more festive treats like Frog Birthday Cakes and Earth Day Cake Bites, it's hard not to fall in love with her sweet creations. So naturally, we want to know what her favorite kitchen staples are - read on to find out!
Pictured: Stephanie's healthier take on a classic pecan pie, featuring wholesome ingredient swaps and our Santander 85% Luker Chocolate.
No kitchen is complete without chocolate! From simple recipes like Birds Nests for Easter to more complicated ones like Stephanie's Healthy Chocolate Pecan Pie, high quality chocolate is a baking staple that any pastry chef or home baker should have on hand.
Whether you're drizzling melted chocolate on top of cookies, filling hot cocoa bombs, or incorporating chocolate into your next healthy pie recipe, our selection of fine chocolate products are up to the task.
Stephanie's Take: Stephanie loves all chocolate, but her favorites are the Santander, Huila, and Tumaco 85% from Luker Chocolate. "The chocolate discs melt perfectly to drizzle over dessert. They are an easy way to make a dessert look fancier! I also chop them up and mix them into cookie batter for the ultimate, melty chocolate chunks in my cookies!"
Stephanie's Chocolatey Recipes:
- Oat M!lk Chocolate S'mores Skillet using Luker Chocolate's Oat M!lk Chocolate
- Healthy Chocolate Pecan Pie using Santander Dark Luker Chocolate
- Hot Cocoa Bombs made with Tumaco Dark Chocolate
- Paleo Valentine Cookies made with Tumaco Dark Chocolate
- Samoa Cookies made with Tumaco Dark Chocolate
- Oat M!lk Chocolate Grasshopper Pie
- Easy Birds Nest Recipe made with Huila Dark Chocolate
Colorants are a super fun way to add a pop of color to celebratory cakes and everyday treats - particularly when you can feel great about the ingredients, too. PurColour's dry colorants are all-natural, made with ingredients like fruit, vegetables and minerals (the green comes from Spirulina!). Bonus? They're also super easy to use. Simply add your choice of color to buttercream or frosting and stir!
Stephanie's Take: "The colorants are incredibly vibrant and you only need a teaspoon or two to turn white icing into something colorful and beautiful! I love that the colorants are made using natural ingredients instead of artificial dyes."
Learn more about PurColour's natural colorants here.
Check out some of Stephanie's colorful sweet creations:
- Paleo Vanilla Frog Cake
- Paleo Rainbow Cookies
- Cupcake Roses
- Earth Cake Bites
- Monster Deviled Eggs for Halloween
Ever want chocolate, but trying to go easy on the sugar? Luker Chocolate's Roasted Cocoa Nibs are there for you (and your cravings). Made with 100% Fino de Aroma cacao, these fermented and roasted nibs guarantee high standards in quality, flavor, and aroma. You'll get that chocolatey fix, but without the sugar rush. Win, win!
Stephanie's Take: "Cocoa nibs are full of antioxidants and completely sugar-free. They add a great crunch and the chocolate flavor without the sugar! I love mixing them into yogurt, granola bars, smoothies and more!"
Try incorporating them into these gluten-free Healthy Homemade Granola Bars for a perfect on-the-go snack!
If you're searching for a way to add instant color and shine naturally to your sweet creations, look no further. PurColour's selection of glittery, eye-catching Crystal Sugars can be used on pastries, cakes, or confections. Their products contain no artificial ingredients, additives, or preservatives and are always gluten, dairy, and nut-free!
The ever-popular Natural Rainbow Sprinkles are a health-conscious way to add a pop of color to confections as well, with colors coming from natural sources like vegetable juice, turmeric, and beta-carotene.
Stephanie's Take: "Sprinkles and crystal sugars make desserts so fun and festive! I love that these have no artificial dyes in them!"
Stephanie's Recipes with Sugar Toppings:
Earth Cake Bites
Sweet, creamy flavor with velvety after-tones, our Pure Madagascar Vanilla Extract is perfect for cooking and baking both sweet and savory recipes. A staple for all sorts of festive cookies!
Stephanie's Take: "This pure vanilla extract is an ingredient in so many of my recipes! It adds a delicious flavor!"
Check out some of Stephanie's recipes using our Pure Vanilla Extract:
- Green Buttercream Icing (for the Paleo Vanilla Frog Cake)
- Samoa Cookies
- Paleo Gingerbread Cookies
- Healthy Chocolate Pecan Pie
Ready to get baking?
With these ideas, we bet you’re inspired and ready to start tackling some new recipes! Show us what you make by tagging us on social media @ifiprovisions with #PastryatHome on Facebook and Instagram. Also, be sure to check out our Pinterest for sweet inspiration, recipes, and more!