Gluten Free Cinnamon Coffee Cake



Over the weekend I decided to wipe up a quick and easy Gluten Free Coffee Cake using my Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix – love that stuff.  I had all the ingredients except cinnamon.  I had forgotten to put it on my grocery list.  I began putting the ingredients back in the cupboard, when I could smell the cinnamon bark essential oil I had in my diffusing (which smells incredible!) and decided to try adding it to my recipe in place of the ground cinnamon.

It turned out incredible!!  So I had to share this quick and easy recipe for those who amy have gotten the Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil for FREE this month on the promotion. (I only use Young Living Essential Oils in my cooking)  Your family will thank you!

The recipe is adapted from the Sour Cream Coffee Cake recipe on the back of the Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix package.   Just keep in mind… I am not a food photographer, but wanted to show you the final product!

Gluten Free Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Fabulously flavorful Gluten Free option to serve with coffee or tea
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Cake Batter
  1. 2 Cups Pamela's Baking and Pancake Mix
  2. 1 Cup coconut sugar
  3. 1 tsp vanilla
  4. 2/3 Cup butter
  5. 2 large eggs
  6. 1 Cup sour cream
  1. 1 Cup Pecans, chopped
  2. 1/2 Cup coconut sugar
  3. 3 drops Young Living Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
  4. 1/2 Cup raisins, soak in cup of hot water to plump, then drain
  1. 1 Cup powdered sugar
  2. 2-3 TBSP water
  3. 3 drops Young Living Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix together FILLING and set aside
  3. Cake Batter: soften butter in mixing bowl. Add sugar and mix well. Add eggs one at a time, then vanilla.
  4. On low speed, alternately add Pancake Mix, then sour cream until incorporated.
  5. Grease 9" bundt cake.
  6. Spoon 1/2 batter into pan, covering the bottom.
  7. Sprinkle 1/2 of the filling over batter evenly, repeat with layer of batter, then sprinkle remaining filling evenly over batter.
  8. Take a knife and insert straight down into batter moving up and down around the pan in a zig-zag motion to marbleize cake. (I did not do this step)
  9. Do not smooth out the batter.
  10. Bake 45-50 minutes when inserted toothpick comes out clean. While warm, run a knife around the edges.
  11. When cool remove from pan and pour thin stream of glaze back and forth over the cake.
Adapted from Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix Package
Adapted from Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix Package
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Emeals Family Favorite Recipe



We are on vacation this week but I wanted to share with you one of my family’s FAVORITE eMeals recipes.   This recipe dates back to October of 2009 -YES – I have been an eMeals lover that long!!

It’s REAL name is:  Ham and Broccoli Pastry – but we have lovingly re-named it the Ham and Broccoli Bake.

Even though I am now more of a Gluten Free and Paleo lover, this recipe finds it’s way into our meal planning for special occasions. It is often THE most requested meal item for birthday dinners.  :-)

So, as I asked for suggestions for our vacation meals, it was no surprise this one made it into the top 5 choices!  I thought it was certainly time to share the fabulous meal with you too.

This recipe has coveted my family’s rating of 5 stars……. now, when we rate any eMeals or other recipe, it is always done off the “Ham and Broccoli Bake” rating scale – so you know this is a BIG deal at our house!


The recipe is simple and is perfect when you serve some fruit or a small salad along with it.  I also love this recipe because you are kinda sneaky  –  you are getting that broccoli in, and for many in your family, they may miss it since it tastes so good!

Here is what it looks like as you pull it out of the oven.  Easy to cut into serving size pieces.


Emeals has so many meal plan options to choose from, making dinner prep and planning simple for me.  Right now, you can get 20% off any new meal subscription using the discount code:   SCHOOL   

Now is the time to make your meal planning simple and easy – why waste your time on something that someone else can do for you better or more efficeintly?  That is my motto!!  Plus, they do it well.

Emeals Makes 4th of July Easy!!


E-meals-4th-JulyI love how eMeals makes meal preparation and planning so easy – even better for holiday dinners.  Do you have a great menu planned for the Fourth of July yet?  If not, or even if you do – you might find a new recipe to start a new Fourth of July tradition here from eMeals.

Ready for great food and good times on Independence Day? Get inspired with eMeals’ FREE Fourth of July Menu.

This menu includes:

Easy Baby Back Ribs
Bacon Potato Salad
Marinated Slaw
Crunch-Topped Squash Casserole
Watermelon Salad
Berry-Topped Thunder Cake

It is FREE with any eMeals subscription purchase, so check out 1 of their 60 meal plans on their website today to help you get dinner on the table in a snap every night.  I especially love my meals menu plan for the week, but it is so fun to have a special holiday menu ready made for me – then I can enjoy family time instead of searching for new and interesting recipes to make a holiday special.

Now, onto the sneak peek recipe for Bacon Potato Salad from the July 4th menu!

Bacon Potato Salad:

4 lb Yukon Gold potatoes
2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
6 slices bacon
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
3/4 teaspoon pepper
3 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup chopped tomato

Cook potatoes in boiling water to cover with 1 teaspoon salt 20 minutes or until tender; drain and cool 15 minutes.
Cook bacon until crisp.
Stir together mayonnaise, mustard, pepper and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in a large bowl.
Peel potatoes; cut into 1-inch pieces.
Add potatoes and eggs to mayonnaise mixture.
Stir in bacon.
Sprinkle with tomatoes.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Recipe serves 8-10

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Paleo/Gluten-Free Meatloaf



Welcome, I am so glad to have you continue the “Essentially Summer” blog series, wasn’t Stephanie’s Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad recipe not the best?  She even kindly suggested you could use it as a side-dish to my meatloaf recipe!!  {BLUSH}  I can’t wait to make it!  The items I need are on my grocery list already for the weekend!!  Even though I am gluten free, I know my family will love it!

I am excited to share with you one of my family favorites – many have asked for my meatloaf recipe over the past few months as I’ve went to a Gluten-Free and mostly Paleo diet.  So, today is your lucky day!

One of my secret tricks is to hide some veggies in my meatloaf, so today my recipe has a few carrots and mushrooms that I’ve chopped to add in.  I love the color the carrots add.  I have made this as a loaf, you can make meatballs as well as mini-meatloafs using a muffin tin.

Lowfat Paleo/Gluten-Free Meatloaf Recipe 

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Emeals Paleo Plan – A Week of Easy Meals Done!



Planning dinner for our families is one of those task we all hate as moms.  I found it quite hysterical that my husband commented on just that when he took over the household duties for the month, that figuring out what everyone was going to eat really was hard!  {BIG GRIN!}

You know how much I love eMeals – I share about it often – and most recently about their 7 Day Paleo Challenge which fit nicely with my new journey of eating a more Paleo friendly diet.

Do you know about eMeals? 

With eMeals you choose a meal plan based on eating style {there are so many to choose from – Clean Eating, Classic, Paleo, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Low Carb, Kid Friendly, Vegetarian and more}, your family size and your favorite grocery store. Once a week you get an email with 7 dinner recipes, a shopping list organized by section and coordinated with weekly sales at grocery stores.   They also have an APP where you can easily access the lists to grocery shop from and do your cooking.  It is so simple!  I love that planning is done for me and you really can save some money. You can also add on breakfast and lunch menus if you want.

So I decided to take a week week menu plan for us, which was Paleo, shop for all the ingredients exact to the shopping list and fix the meals as listed and share with you my results.  I normally take the main menu plan and use portions of it, replacing certain dishes with family favorites.  But for the week I chose, April 23-29, 2014 on the eMeals Paleo Family Plan, I fixed all the meals just as listed.

Here is what was listed for the week, my specific comments and what my family rated it on a scale of 1 – 5.  Remember, at home right now I have a my wonderful husband, a 17 year old boy, 13 year old boy and 4 year old boy….so keep that in mind.

1.  Chipotle Lime Grilled Flank Steak with Avocado Orange Spring Mix Salad

On our scale it rated a 3.7 total.  I will say that the marinade was not quite as strong as we are used to, so perhaps adding a bit more Chipolte Chile Pepper would have been nice.  Everyone loved the Avocado Orange Spring Salad – that was by far a hit, even for the kids.

2.  Ginger Sesame Grilled Chicken Thighs with Bok Choy Sesame Seed Salad

On our scale it rated 4.4 total.  The Chicken was incredible – very moist and an easy recipe to put together and of course, it was on the grill – so perfect for me!  I hand that off to hubby!  What was a real surprise was the Bok Choy-Sesame Seed Salad – it was incredible.  We had never had Bok Choy like this, but I can tell you we will again.

3.  Olive and Rosemary Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Bacon Thyme Kale

On our scale it rated a 4.0.  This was an easy slow cooker recipe, which I love.  I put it on on Sunday morning before we left for church and I didn’t have to think about it until later.  The Bacon-Thyme Kale was excellent as well, even for the kids!

4.  Cauliflower Rice and Beef Stuffed Peppers with Broccoli, Bacon and Raisin Salad

On our scale it rated a 1.0.  I knew that this one would be risky and it was just too bland for us.  We do not really care for cooked peppers, so had I not been doing this experiment, I would have substituted this recipes with a family favorite.  But, the Broccoli, Bacon and Raisin Salad was a perfect side dish and I will be making it again!

5.  Grilled Rosemary Thyme Lamb Skewers with Cucumber Tomato Salad  

On our scale it rated a 3.4.  We substituted pork loin for the lamb – it was fun to eat, my 4 year old loved the skewers!  The salad was average, but for some reason my 13 year old couldn’t stop talking about it!  Another easy one for the barbecue!

6.  Cajun Baked Tilapia with Sauteed Asparagus with Green Onions

On our scale it rated a 4.8.  This was the highest rated dinner of the week and it was fabulous!  The Asparagus was excellent and there was nothing left.  When I make this again I plan to double the recipe as even all the boys loved it and wanted to make fish sandwiches with leftovers, of which there was none!

7.  Orange Broiled Pork Chops with Sauteed Mushrooms and Spinach

We rated it a 4.2.  Both items were good, easy to prepare and offered variety.  The pork chop was a bit spicy, but I am not sure I actually measured the jerk seasoning accurately!  The sautéed veggies were very good and we had leftovers to put in omelets the next morning.

When all was said and done – it was still a HUGE success even if one meal was not a favorite.  I almost could predict that Stuffed Peppers not being a well-liked meal and normally I would have substituted with another family favorite.  But what I really enjoyed was trying new items, new recipes and even my kids were surprised by how good some of those “risky” items were.

We had some leftovers for nearly all the meals, so that was great for lunches and also breakfast.

Our grocery bill for this week’s worth of dinner meals was $128.23 and I shopped at a local low priced grocery store.  I do believe eating Paleo is more expensive than other options for sure, as every meal is based off a main protein which is higher priced than perhaps some other options.  It is a choice we have made in our budget, to allow for higher quality items and are better for us.  We have made some big adjustments in the past year to do this, like not eating out as much, not going to Starbucks and just making our food choices based on long term benefits.  

In addition, we have purchased beef and pork from a local farmer in the area…so normally I would not be buying these items as they would already have been budgeted in with our larger 1/4 beef order.

If you are struggling with meal planning and having new ideas – I urge you to give eMeals a try.  It will change the way you think about dinner, really!  I love that I can have new ideas each week and then can choose what to fix and what to substitute.  It is all done for me and it is simple.  I would much rather pay about $.90 a week to have it done for me – it is so worth it!!!  When you subscribe for a year, that is what it will cost you when you use the discount code eMeals is offering now MEALS15 to take 15% off!