Alcohol-Free Glycerin Extracts

Making homemade extracts is pretty easy to do, but we’ve figured out a shortcut—essential oils—to make some extracts even easier. Normally, extracts are achieved by steeping vanilla beans, citrus peels, fresh herbs (such as peppermint leaves), dried herbs/spices (including cinnamon sticks), or coconut meat in alcohol for several months. As it steeps, the alcohol takes on the flavor of the added substance and an extract is produced. The longer you let it sit, the stronger the flavor tends to be.

We used the alcohol extract method to create this Homemade Vanilla Extract. Since then, we’ve learned that there are alternate solvents, such as vegetable glycerin, that can be used instead of alcohol. By using vegetable glycerin, we can create an extract that is alcohol-free and has a more pleasant taste. However, it is important to keep in mind that these extracts may only last about 14–24 months (whereas alcohol extracts can last 4–6 years).

Vegetable glycerin extracts usually use a glycerin/water combination and need to have at least 70% glycerin with 30% (or less) distilled water (if you are making extracts from fresh herbs, you’ll need to account for the water in the plant). The common ratio for herb to glycerin/water is 1:8.

To make most extracts, it is important to let the substance steep in the glycerin for a minimum of 4–6 weeks (preferably 10–12 weeks or more for a stronger flavor). However, we’ve found that if you use essential oils for some extracts, you can use the extract within days of steeping.

Essential Oil Glycerin Extracts

  • Servings: Yield=2 oz.
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) organic liquid vegetable glycerin
  • 10–15 drops essential oil (such as lemon, orange, peppermint, cassia or cinnamon)
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) distilled water
  • 2 oz. Glass Bottle with Black Lid

Instructions:

  1. Add glycerin and essential oils to the bottle. Screw the lid on, and shake to combine. Remove the lid, and add the distilled water. Replace the lid, and shake once more.
  2. Let steep for at least 24 hours before using.

Extra Idea:

  • If you would rather use alcohol for the longer shelf life, just add the essential oils to the bottle and fill it up with vodka (80-proof).


You can also use glycerin to make other extracts such as vanilla, almond, and coconut extracts.

Glycerin Extracts

  • Servings: Yield=4 oz.
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 2 vanilla beans (sliced open lengthwise and cut in half or chopped into smaller pieces),
    1/4 cup (21 g) coconut meat (freshly grated),
    OR 10 sweet almonds (skins removed and cut in half or chopped)
  • 6 Tbsp. (90 ml) organic liquid vegetable glycerin
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) distilled water
  • 4 oz. Glass Bottle with Black Lid

Instructions:

  1. Place vanilla beans, coconut meat, or sweet almonds in the bottle. Add glycerin and water to the bottle. Screw the lid on, and shake to combine.
  2. Let steep for at least 4–12 weeks before using. Shake as often as possible. The more you shake, the sooner it will be ready. (Your extract can be ready as soon as 2 weeks if you shake it at least once every day.)
  3. After 12 weeks, strain out the vanilla beans, coconut meat, or sweet almonds, and pour the liquid back into the bottle.

Extra Ideas:

  • You can make this recipe in bulk using mason jars and then place the final liquid extract in smaller bottles (such as the 2 oz. Glass Bottle with Black Lid) for gifting.
  • Check out these cute vinyl labels for vanilla extract.
  • If you would rather use alcohol for the longer shelf life, just replace the glycerin and water in this recipe with vodka (80-proof).

Don’t forget about gift giving during this holiday season! These little bottles of extract make a perfect neighbor gift!

Turkey Rub with Essential Oils

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without a turkey. We’ve come up with this delicious turkey rub recipe so you can benefit from the wonderful properties and flavors of essential oils this Thanksgiving.

Turkey Rub with Essential Oils

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 2–4 Tbsp. (25–50 g) brown sugar or organic cane sugar (optional)
  • 4 Tbsp. (57 g) butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. (4 g) kosher salt or Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. (1.5 g) garlic powder
  • 2–3 drops cassia essential oil
  • 3–5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 3–5 drops thyme essential oil
  • 2–3 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 1 toothpick–1 drop ginger essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a glass bowl. Mix together using a hand mixer or fork.
  2. Rub onto the turkey (and inside the turkey) prior to cooking for a more subtle flavor or after cooking for stronger flavor (use a spoon or pastry brush to spread it around if the turkey is hot).

Note: If you are rubbing it onto an uncooked turkey, use the maximum number of essential oil drops. If you are rubbing it on a cooked turkey, use fewer essential oil drops unless you want a strong flavor.

Although you can use this turkey rub recipe no matter how you cook your turkey, we tested it on a frozen turkey breast that we cooked in an electric pressure cooker. It turned out delicious, so we want to share this recipe with you as well.

Pressure-Cooked Essential Oil Turkey Breast

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 3.5 lbs. (1.5 kg) frozen turkey breast
  • Essential Oil Turkey Rub (recipe above..use the max number of essential oil drops)
  • 2 Tbsp. (28 g) butter (can take some from the turkey rub)
  • 1 apple, cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 onion, quartered
  • 1/2 tsp. (1 g) allspice berries
  • 2 stalks celery (optional)
  • 2 1/2 cups (600 ml) chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. (4 g) kosher salt or Himalayan sea salt
  • Fresh sage leaves (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Using your hand, spread the Essential Oil Turkey Rub over the entire turkey breast.
  2. In the pressure cooker, sauté the butter, apple, onion, allspice berries,
    and celery until the onion is translucent. Add the chicken broth to the pressure cooker.
  3. Place a trivet in the pressure cooker on top of the apple/onion mixture. Place the frozen turkey breast on the trivet. Sprinkle salt over turkey and lay sage leaves on top, if desired.
  4. Lock and seal the lid. Cook on high pressure for 45–50 minutes, and let the pressure release naturally before opening the lid.
  5. If you want the skin crispy, place the turkey breast along with some of the broth in a baking dish or roasting pan, and broil for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

Extra Ideas:

  • The juices make a delicious turkey gravy! Use a slotted spoon to scoop out the apple/onion mixture. Melt 4 Tbsp. (57 g) butter in a saucepan. Whisk in 1/4 cup (30 g) flour. Let cook for a couple minutes, then slowly add the turkey broth while continuing to whisk. Keep stirring for a couple more minutes until the gravy thickens.
  • If turkey is not frozen, cook on high pressure for 25–30 minutes with a natural pressure release.

Try these other Thanksgiving recipes & ideas:

EO-Flavored Water: Cranberry Orange

It’s cranberry season, and this flavor is sure to change up your water. Because cranberries are pretty tart, we recommend adding a little bit of orange juice to the water as well. To make this water flavoring, just cut a few cranberries in half with a knife, and add them to your water along with a little orange juice (or squeeze a couple orange slices and drop them in) and a drop of orange essential oil. Shake well before drinking.

If you don’t like the tartness of cranberries, you can always freeze them and add them to the water to act as decorative ice cubes instead.

Guidelines for Adding Essential Oils to Your Water:

  • Make sure to use an essential oil–safe water bottle! Glass or metal cups, bottles, and straws work great. Plastic should be avoided, especially with cinnamon or citrus essential oils.
  • This Natural Essential Oil Emulsifier really helps disperse the oils throughout your water. Just add 1 drop of emulsifier for every drop of essential oil. If you don’t want to use the emulsifier, then remember to shake the bottle to mix in the oils before drinking. When taken internally, essential oils can irritate the mucous membranes—especially when concentrated on the surface of the water—so make sure to add an emulsifier or shake the bottle really well before drinking.
  • Remember, a little goes a long way! If you don’t know whether you’ll like the taste, start out small—dip a toothpick in the oil and swish it in your water (the more you dip, the more oil you’ll get). A good rule of thumb is 1 drop oil to 1–4 cups of water.
  • Safety Note: Essential oils are very concentrated, and it is easy to overload the body if adding oils to your water every day. Occasionally is fine, but make sure to give your body a break in between uses.

Cranberry Sauce & Cream Cheese Dip

Cranberry sauce is a popular Thanksgiving dish, but it is one of those items that is too often just eaten from a can. If you’ve never tried to make your own cranberry sauce, then make a goal to try it this Thanksgiving! It’s so easy and tastes infinitely better than what you get from a can. Plus, you can add essential oils to increase the already tasty flavor and health benefits!

Cranberry Sauce

  • Servings: 8–10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) honey
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) orange juice
  • 1 bag (12 oz.) fresh cranberries
  • 1 toothpick cassia or cinnamon essential oil
  • 1 drop orange essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Bring sugar, honey, water, and orange juice to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Add cranberries. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10–15 minutes or until sauce thickens. Smash cranberries with the back of a spoon, if desired.
  3. Remove from heat, and allow to cool completely before stirring in the essential oils.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


This cranberry sauce also makes a fantastic dip! If you have any left over after your Thanksgiving feast, spread it over some cream cheese, and set it out with some crackers. It’ll be gone before you know it!
If you only have a little left, you can always add some extra ingredients to make it spread a little further. Here are a few flavor combination ideas:

Basic Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip: leftover cranberry sauce, cream cheese. Spread cream cheese into a shallow bowl. Spread the cranberry sauce on top.

White Cheddar Cranberry Dip: leftover cranberry sauce, grated white cheddar cheese, cream cheese, fresh cranberries. Mix it all up, and heat in the oven until bubbly.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Salsa: leftover cranberry sauce, minced jalapeno pepper (seeds removed), 1 toothpick cilantro essential oil (or chopped fresh cilantro), 1 toothpick cumin essential oil, green onions, cream cheese. Spread cream cheese in a shallow bowl. Mix remaining ingredients, and spread over cream cheese.

Crunchy Cranberry Dip: leftover cranberry sauce, celery, green onions, chopped walnuts, cream cheese. Spread cream cheese in a shallow bowl. Mix remaining ingredients, and spread over cream cheese.

No matter how you enjoy your cranberry sauce, this recipe is a must-try this Thanksgiving!

Soft & Squishy Soap Jellies

Kids love how soft and squishy these soap jellies are! They are perfect for making bathtime and learning about hygiene fun. You may even want to try them out on yourself! They make a great sensory experience for all!

Soap Jellies

  • Servings: 12+
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 2 Tbsp. unflavored gelatin (about 2–3 small packets)
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) distilled water
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) Castile Soap
  • 30 drops essential oil (lavender, melaleuca, lemon, orange, and peppermint are good options)
  • Body-safe soap coloring (optional) (a drop or two of blue tansy essential oil is a natural way to get a nice blue color)
  • 1 tsp. (6 g) salt
  • Silicone mold or small soap mold
  • Small Spray Bottle of alcohol (optional)
  • 16 oz. PET Jar

Instructions:

  1. Place mold on a cutting board or cookie sheet or another flat, movable surface.
  2. Place water in a pan, and sprinkle the gelatin on the water. Allow gelatin to bloom for 5 minutes; then bring the water to a boil to dissolve the gelatin.
  3. Once boiling, remove from heat and add the castile soap, coloring, and essential oils. Stir gently until combined.
  4. Stir in the salt last. (Don’t skip this step! It makes a big difference!)
  5. Pour the mixture into your molds.
  6. You can get rid of air bubbles by spritzing the soap with a little alcohol from a small spray bottle.
  7. Place in the refrigerator until completely hardened.
  8. Store in a PET Jar in a cool, dry location (such as the refrigerator) for up to 1 week.

Harvest Turkey Sloppy Joes

These Harvest Turkey Sloppy Joes put a fun autumn twist on the average sloppy joe. You’ll love the rich flavor, and your body will thank you for the healthier ingredients! Everyone who tried this recipe gave it a big thumbs up!

Harvest Turkey Sloppy Joes

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. (450 g) ground turkey (for a vegan option, substitute this with 1 cup [190 g] dried green lentils)
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) coconut oil or avocado oil
  • 1 1/2 cups (210 g) diced butternut squash
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. (2 g) mustard powder
  • 1 tsp. (2 g) ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. (1 g) paprika
  • 1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup (245 g) canned pumpkin puree
  • 3–4 Tbsp. (45–60 ml) maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt
  • 1–2 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 2 drops cumin essential oil
  • 1–2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil

Instructions:

  1. If using lentils: Add the lentils and 2 cups (480 ml) of water to a pot. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 8 minutes. Add in the cubed butternut squash, and simmer until both the squash and lentils are tender, about 7–12 more minutes. Drain any excess water, and set aside.
  2. If using ground turkey: In a large skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add in the ground turkey, onion, and butternut squash, and cook until the turkey is cooked through and the butternut squash is soft (about 7–10 minutes).
  3. Add in the garlic, tomato paste, mustard powder, cumin, and paprika. Sauté for another 30 seconds.
  4. Add in the tomato sauce, pumpkin puree, and maple syrup. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Add in the apple cider vinegar, salt, and essential oils. Stir to combine. Remove from the heat, and serve with buns or flatbread, over potatoes, on a salad, or as desired. We enjoyed our sloppy joes with onion slices, lettuce, and avocado on a Kaiser roll.

Autumn Chocolate Brittle

This chocolate brittle is so yummy! Who doesn’t like orange- and cinnamon-flavored chocolate topped with dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds? (If you don’t, then maybe this post isn’t for you—but you are seriously missing out!) This recipe is as healthy as you make it. You can make the chocolate as dark as you please and add lots of dried fruit and seeds to get a good source of antioxidants and fiber, along with the benefits of the essential oils. You can also make this mostly chocolate (sweetened to your preference) and eat it for dessert. Either way you like it, we’ll show you how to make it.

Autumn Chocolate Brittle

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • Chocolate (your favorite bar, or use the recipe below)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1–3 toothpicks cinnamon or cassia essential oil
  • 1–3 toothpicks clove essential oil
  • 1–3 toothpicks orange essential oil
  • Dried cranberries
  • Shelled pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas)
  • Pumpkin pie spice (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (you can spray or oil the baking sheet to help the parchment paper stick to the sheet), and set aside.
  2. Melt the chocolate, or make the recipe below.
  3. Add salt and essential oils to taste. Start with a toothpick of each oil, and keep adding until you like the taste.
  4. Pour the melted chocolate onto the parchment paper, and spread as thin as you like.
  5. Sprinkle the cranberries and pumpkin seeds over the chocolate to your liking.
  6. Sprinkle the chocolate with pumpkin pie spice for a little extra flavoring, if desired.
  7. Let the chocolate come to room temperature; then freeze it until it’s completely solid.
  8. Once solid, use a knife or your hands to break the chocolate into fragments.
  9. Store any leftovers in the freezer or the refrigerator.

Homemade Chocolate

  • Servings: 2–2 1/2 cups (480–600 ml) melted
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 30 cocoa butter wafers (about 2.5 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) cocoa or cacao powder
  • 2–4 Tbsp. (30–60 ml) maple syrup or powdered sugar
  • 3–4 Tbsp. (20–27 g) powdered milk (optional; omit if using maple syrup)

Instructions:

  1. Melt the cocoa butter wafers in a double boiler over medium heat.
  2. Once mostly melted, mix in the rest of the ingredients. Keep stirring until everything is fully melted and combined.
  3. Feel free to taste it and add more maple syrup or sugar if you want it sweeter.

For a healthy dark chocolate version: use cacao powder and maple syrup. Omit the powdered milk.
For a sweeter milk chocolate version: use cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and powdered milk.

Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Delight your tastebuds with the wonderful flavors of autumn that abound in these Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins!

Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins

  • Servings: 9–10
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Muffin Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (120 g) white whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp. (8 g) arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. (2 g) baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • 1/2 tsp. (1 g) allspice (optional)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (142 g) plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (67 g) cane sugar or lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) melted coconut oil
  • 2 cups (200 g) peeled and chopped apple (we used Granny Smith, but you could use sweeter apples)
  • 2–3 drops cinnamon or cassia essential oil
  • 1–2 drops clove essential oil
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) raisins (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) chopped walnuts (optional)

Cinnamon Topping Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp. (22.5 g) whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) old-fashioned oats
  • 3 Tbsp. (37.5 g) coarse cane sugar or brown sugar (not packed)
  • 2 Tbsp. (24 g) coconut oil, plus more if needed
  • 1 toothpick cinnamon or cassia essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a muffin tin.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, arrowroot powder or cornstarch, baking soda, salt, and allspice until combined.
  3. In another bowl, mix together eggs, yogurt, vanilla extract, sugar, and essential oils until well combined.
  4. Melt coconut oil on the stove over low heat.
  5. While the coconut oil is melting, peel and finely chop the apples. Toss chopped apples in with the flour mixture. Stir to coat the apples with the flour mixture before they brown. This step helps with evenly dispersing the apples throughout the muffins.
  6. Pour wet ingredients and melted coconut oil into the flour/apple mixture. Add raisins and walnuts, if desired, and stir until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, or the muffins will turn out dense.
  7. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cavities, filling each one about 3/4 full.
  8. Cinnamon Topping: In another bowl, stir together the flour, oats, and coarse cane sugar or brown sugar. Add 2 Tbsp. (24 g) of coconut oil, and stir in a toothpick of cinnamon essential oil. Add a little more coconut oil if too dry or a little more flour or oats if too wet.
  9. Top each muffin with the cinnamon topping.
  10. Fill any empty cavities of the muffin tin with water to ensure even baking.
  11. Bake for 20–25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  12. Allow muffins to cool for 5–10 minutes before eating.

Mini Pumpkin & Apple Candles

These mini pumpkin and apple candles make cute autumn decorations that double as essential oil diffusers. You’ll also love the sound of a real fire crackling and snapping as the wooden wicks burn!

Pumpkin & Apple Candles

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • Mini pumpkins, gourds, squash, or apples
  • Wooden candle wicks (these can be found on amazon.com)
  • Beeswax Pellets
  • Essential oils (see blend suggestions below)
  • Small autumn-shaped cookie cutters (optional)
  • Sharp paring knife and/or pumpkin-carving tools

Instructions:

  1. Melt 1/3 cup (25 g) of beeswax pellets in a microwave, or use a double boiler. A DIY double boiler can be made by placing a heat-proof glass measuring cup in a pan of water. Place the beeswax pellets in the measuring cup, and heat over medium heat.
  2. While the beeswax is melting, cut out a hole in the pumpkin, gourd, squash, or apple. We used small autumn-shaped cookie cutters to start the cutting process and give the holes some character. We found pumpkin-carving tools helpful for carving holes in the mini pumpkins.
  3. Once you have the holes cut out, set up the wood wicks inside, and cut to about 1/2″ (1 cm) above the pumpkin or apple. You’ll want to double up the wood wicks (2 per candle) for the best continuous flame.
  4. Once your wicks are cut, soak them in the melted beeswax for 5–10 minutes as you keep the beeswax hot.
  5. Pull out the candle wicks, and place them on a paper plate. Match up the pairs (according to size) and place them in the candle wick holders that came with the wicks. Then place them in the pumpkins/apples, and pack beeswax pellets around them to hold them in place and fill the holes.
  6. Add 15 drops of essential oil to each candle (see blend suggestions below). Then pour the melted beeswax into each candle until all have been filled.
  7. Allow candles to cool before using.

Essential Oil Blend Suggestions:

Pumpkin Spice:
6 drops cinnamon*
4 drops ginger
4 drops clove
2 drop cardamom
Autumn Zest:
6 drops orange
4 drops lemon
3 drops cinnamon*
3 drops clove
Spiced Cider:
6 drops orange
5 drops cinnamon*
3 drops ginger
Spicy Citrus:
4 drops orange
4 drops cinnamon*
3 drops lemon
2 drops bergamot
2 drops clove
Stress Less:
4 drops lemon
4 drops orange
4 drops clove
4 drops cedarwood
Holiday Glow:
3 drops cinnamon*
7 drops fir
5 drops orange

*Cassia can be used instead of cinnamon.
You can also use the essential oil autumn blends we used in our room sprays. Just double the recipes for use in the candles.

Safety Note: Make sure to keep an eye on these candles while they are burning or place them in a heat-proof (or candle-approved) glass container while burning.


Black Bean Chili and Rosemary Cornbread

This essential oil–flavored chili and cornbread make the perfect meal for a cold evening. This recipe is easy to make whether you make it on the stove, in a pressure cooker, or in a slow cooker.

Black Bean Chili

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (or 1 small can of green chiles)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. (450 g) organic, grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained (or substitute with 5–6 large fresh tomatoes, skinned and diced)
  • 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) dark brown sugar or honey (add a little more sugar if using fresh tomatoes)
  • 2 tsp. (5 g) unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsp. (16 g) chili powder
  • 2 tsp. (4.5 g) paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. (2.5 g) kosher salt, or to taste
  • 2 cups (480 ml) beef broth
  • 2–3 drops cumin essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil
  • 1 drop coriander essential oil

Optional Toppings:

  • Grated cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Avocado slices
  • Green onions
  • Cilantro
  • Hot sauce

Instructions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a pan (or pressure cooker), and sauté the onion, bell pepper, and jalapeño pepper (or green chiles) for 3–4 minutes or until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic, and sauté for an additional 10 seconds. Transfer onion/pepper mixture to a bowl.
  2. Place the ground beef in the pan (or pressure cooker), and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beef has browned. Drain fat if desired.
  3. In a stock pot, pressure cooker, or slow cooker, place the onion/pepper mixture, ground beef, beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar (or honey), cocoa powder, chili powder, paprika, salt, and beef broth; cook* until flavors are combined.
  4. Top chili with desired toppings. Serve with rosemary cornbread or baked potatoes.

*Cooking Times:

  • Stovetop (in stock pot): Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Pressure Cooker: Cook on high pressure for 8–10 minutes, then release pressure naturally.
  • Slow Cooker: Cook on high for 1–2 hours or low for 4–6 hours.

Cornbread is the perfect pairing with chili. Place little bits of cornbread in the bowl to scoop up with some chili, or mix up a little honey butter and spread it on the cornbread for a delicious side dish.

Rosemary Cornbread

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 6 Tbsp. (85 g) butter
  • 1 cup (155 g) cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup (90 g) flour
  • 1 Tbsp. (12.5 g) sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. (7 g) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. (2 g) baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) buttermilk (or 1 1/2 cup milk + 1 1/2 Tbsp. white vinegar or lemon juice)
  • 1–2 drops rosemary essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place butter in an 8″ (20 cm) baking dish (or standard bread pan), and put in the oven so the butter will melt.
  2. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, stir together 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) milk and 1 1/2 Tbsp. (23 ml) white vinegar or lemon juice. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, add the eggs, and lightly beat. Then add the buttermilk and essential oil. Whisk together until combined.
  5. Remove the baking dish from the oven, and rotate the pan to coat the sides in the melted butter.
  6. Pour the wet ingredients and melted butter into the dry ingredients, and fold together until there are no dry spots (the batter will still be lumpy).
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, and bake for 20–25 minutes (30 minutes in a standard bread pan) or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cornbread comes out clean.
  8. Remove the cornbread from the oven, and let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.