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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Brands with a Cause, Earth Friendly, Food

Nature’s Path to Donate 1 Million Bowls Worth of Food To US/Can Food Banks

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Nature’s Path to Donate 1 Million Bowls Worth of Food To US/Can Food Banks

Nature’s Path – the leading family-owned organic breakfast and snack food company – has been serving even more with its annual Eat Well Do Good donation campaign to address childhood hunger and food insecurity, which according U.S. Census data, has more than quadrupled since the global pandemic began. More families are experiencing the need for food during this pandemic.

Nature’s Path never wants families to go hungry so they have doubled their annual donation commitment by donating the equivalent of one million bowls of food to hungry children and their families in the US and Canada through hard-working food banks.

noted ceramics artist Earth and Element to create a commemorative bowl

It has been 10 years since the launch of Nature’s Path Eat Well Do Good campaign so they chose 10 food banks across US and Canada to receive these donations. PLUS, Nature’s Path will also match every dollar donated to any of their partners through Eat Well Do Good with an additional $5 worth of organic food!

The list of food banks that Nature’s Path have teamed up with are:

  1. Ruby’s Pantry –  locations across Minnesota and Wisconsin
  2. Second Harvest – Orange County in Southern California
  3. Open Hands Calvary Creekside – in Whatcom County, Wa
  4. Blessings in a Backpack – Waukesha County, WI
  5. Feed the Children – in all 50 states in the US, the District of Columbia
  6. Ferndale Community Family Fund – Ferndale, Wa area
  7. Richmond Food Bank Society – Richmond, BC, Canada
  8. Greater Vancouver Food Bank – Vancouver, BC, Canada areas
  9. Daily Bread Food Bank – Toronto, Canada
  10. Second Harvest Canada – across Canada

Love the bowl Nature’s Path ceramic above?

Nature’s Path has also commissioned noted ceramics artist Earth and Element to create a commemorative bowl, which will be sent to active supporters of the campaign and sold online with a portion of sales going to food banks partners. Earth & Element has beautiful ceramics made by women in America and with little waste. To buy this bowl and allow the proceeds to help this campaign, visit HERE!

Nature's Path granola

It always feels good to buy from brands that do good and doing good is Nature’s Path mission. To learn more, visit and for more on Eat Well Do Good visit here.

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!