Instant Pot Butter Chicken

It’s creamy, perfectly spiced and oh-s0-delicious! This Instant Pot Butter Chicken is a great weeknight dinner at the end of a busy day. This gluten and optionally dairy-free dinner is a one pot meal, thanks to the rice that cooks alongside the chicken. It’s guaranteed to be a new family favorite. Made in partnership with my friends at Farmer Focus!

Instant Pot Butter Chicken Recipe

This Instant Pot Butter Chicken recipe is a great short-cut to a flavorful weeknight dinner! Boneless chicken breasts are cooked in a velvety smooth spiced tomato sauce and served alongside rice. This delicious dinner uses the pot in pot cooking method, which means cooking the butter chicken and the rice all together right in the pressure cooker! This gluten and optionally dairy free dish also reheats well for meal prep and is a add to your favorite Instant Pot Recipes.

Ingredients for Butter Chicken

  • Chicken Breast
  • Oil
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Tomato Paste
  • Tomato Puree
  • Garam Masala
  • Turmeric
  • Cumin
  • Cinnamon
  • Chicken Stock
  • Butter or Ghee (for dairy-free)
  • Cashew Cream or Heavy cream
  • Cilantro

What is Pot in Pot Cooking?

This recipe uses the pot in pot method of cooking two different meal components in the Instant Pot at the same time. The ‘Pot in Pot’ method (or PiP) allows food to cook in a separate bowl that’s placed on a trivet on top of the other dish. Steam generated from liquid below the steam rack is used to build pressure and cook the food. In this case, the butter chicken cooks below the trivet and the rice cooks in the bowl on top.

What type of trivet to use

The trivet that typically comes with the purchased Instant Pot will not work for PiP. You must have a trivet that creates at least 2.5″ of space between the bottom of the pot and the trivet. We purchased the egg trivet, that works not only for evenly cooking eggs, but it also works as a steam trivet for PiP cooking. The one we purchased came with two trivets, use the one that will allow the bowl to fit over the chicken.

What type of bowl to use

There are two important factors to consider when choosing the bowl for PiP cooking. The first is whether or not the bowl is safe to use under pressure. Generally speaking, any stainless steel bowl will work. Also, oven safe glass such as pyrex can work. This is what we’ve primarily used for PiP cooking.

Why Farmer Focus Has Been our Chicken Choice for Years

I am so happy to continue my partnership with my friends at Farmer Focusto bring you today’s easy Instant Pot chicken recipe! Farmer Focus has been my go-to, trusted chicken for years now, because they pride themselves in producing the highest quality meat grown on family-owned farms. I love being able to grab up a package of Farmer Focus chicken at the grocery store and not having to question whether it is truly coming from meat raised in a humane way.

Farmer Focus is building partnerships with growers through their innovative Farmer Focus Business Model

Farmer Focus is a company that supports their farmer partners and that is working hard to do things right and truly raise and produce the highest quality chicken! Every Farmer Focus product includes a 4-letter farm I.D. that traces your chicken to the farm that raised it. Buying meat from Farmer Focus also gives me peace of mind that I am supporting hard working family farmers.

Farmer Focus chickens are humanely raised and fed a diet free from animal byproducts, pesticides, and antibiotics. On their website you can see where all of the farms are located, so you know just where your chicken was raised! How awesome is that?!

You can also use their easy store locator to find where you can get this amazing quality chicken near you.

Don’t have an Instant Pot?

You can make this soup in the slow cooker too! Though, you’ll have to cook the rice separately.

To Make in the Slow Cooker:

  1. Place all of the ingredients except the cashew cream and butter in the slow cooker. Cook on high for 4-6 hours, or low for 6-8 hours.
  2. 20 minutes before the end of the cooking time, remove the chicken and whisk in the butter and cream. Place there chicken back inside and continue to cook without the lid until the sauce has slightly thickened.

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Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:12 Inactive Time 00:10 Total Time 00:32 Serves 4


  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2” piece fresh ginger, grated
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 lbs. boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup long grain or jasmine rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup water or broth
  • ¼ cup butter or ghee
  • ½ cup cashew cream (can also use heavy cream or coconut cream)
  • Cilantro, for garnish


  1. Add oil to the insert of a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot. Press the saute function, and heat the oil. Once hot, add garlic and ginger and cook while stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add tomato paste, tomato puree, garam masala, turmeric, salt and cumin and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Shut off the saute function and add in cinnamon stick, chicken stock and stir together. Place the chicken breasts inside.
  3. Arrange a 2.5-inch trivet over the chicken and place a 7-inch oven-safe bowl on top. Add the rice and water to the bowl. Secure the lid and move the steam release valve to Sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 12 minutes. Move the steam release valve to venting to quickly release the steam pressure. When the floating valve drops, remove the lid.
  4. Remove the rice and the trivet. Fluff the rice, cover to keep warm and set aside. Remove the chicken and dice into bite-sized pieces and set aside.
  5. Press the saute function and whisk in the butter and cream and cook until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the diced chicken back to the pot to heat through.
  6. Serve the chicken with the rice, and garnish with cilantro, if desired.
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Dairy Free Hot Chocolate

If you have 5 minutes, and a few pantry staples you can have this delicious dairy free Hot Chocolate in your mug warming you up, right now! It’s so much healthier than anything from a packet and so much tastier. 

Dairy free hot chocolate with marshmallows in a mugEasy Dairy Free Hot Chocolate

In case you didn’t know, hot chocolate is really easy to make at home, with ingredients any well stocked pantry will have. Homemade hot chocolate is so rich and delicious and so different from any powders from a packet! You can customize this dairy-free hot chocolate to suit your tastes (extra dark, a bit more sweet, thick and chocolate-y) and have it in your mug in about five minutes. And don’t forget those marshmallows

hot dairy free hot chocolate in a pot

Vegan Hot Chocolate Ingredients

  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (good quality makes a big difference here)
  • Dark or Milk Chocolate
  • Maple Syrup or Coconut Sugar
  • Salt
  • Dairy-Free Milk
  • Vanilla Extract

Dairy-Free Milk Options

We make this with a few different dairy-free milks, including almond milk, oat milk and coconut milk. Coconut milk makes the thickest and richest hot chocolate. I recommend replacing half of the coconut milk with water if you are using that dairy-free milk and do not want it very heavy. Likely just about any dairy-free milk or regular milk should work here.

pouring vegan hot chocolate in a mug

How to Customize this Drink

Make this drink the way you like it! If you like it extra dark, add less sweetener or more cocoa powder. You can switch up the type of cocoa powders by getting a really dark one, or one that is less bitter. Change up the type of chocolate you add. Add in some extracts, spices such as cinnamon or a sprinkle of sea salt to change the flavor profile. Adjust the sweetness to your likening by adding more or less syrup. There is really a lot of room to get creative here. Taste as you go to adjust.

Topping Options

My favorite part about homemade hot chocolate? The toppings! Top it with marshmallows (homemade or store-bought) or get really creative and make some homemade marshmallow fluff, you won’t regret it!

dairy free hot chocolate mix recipeHow to Make this as a DIY Gift

Want to give somebody a homemade packet of cocoa? You can make little packages with all of the dry ingredients (cocoa, chocolate, salt and coconut sugar) with instructions attached to it of what ingredients to add (such as milk and vanilla extract) and how to make it. Such a sweet way to let somebody know you love them this holiday season.

dairy free hot chocolate in a mug

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Dairy Free Hot Chocolate

Prep Time 00:02 Cook Time 00:03 Total Time 00:05 Serves 2



  1. Heat ingredients in a medium pot over medium heat while whisking. Heat until bubbles form around the edges of the pot.
  2. Check the taste and adjust with more chocolate or sweetener. 
  3. Pour into two mugs and add marshmallows or fluff, if desired.
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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Blossoms

These Gluten Free Peanut Butter Blossoms have all the flavor of the traditional, but using better-for-you ingredients! These peanut butter cookies cookies are easy-to-prepare and perfect for the holidays, or year round. The dough is made in 1-bowl and they are free from gluten, grains and refined sugar but still perfectly delicious.

Gluten free peanut butter blossoms on a board.Gluten Free Peanut Butter Blossoms

A few months ago, somebody wrote to us asking if we could develop a few gluten-free cookie recipes, and specifically a recipe for Peanut Butter Blossoms. Ask, and you shall receive! We worked really hard and developed a few new cookie recipes (and by that I mean we ATE a lot of cookies!) that have been going live each Monday this month. And this healthy peanut butter cookie recipe is definitely a winner! Our take on a peanut butter blossoms is a bit crisp on the outside, with a dense chewy peanut butter middle. Despite this being lightened up, we still want to have a nice bit of chocolate right in the middle. We couldn’t find any high quality chocolate “kisses” that are traditionally used in the center, so we turned to melted chocolate instead. You could go the more traditional route, but we felt better using chocolate that had only a few ingredients as opposed to what the “kisses” have in them.

What we really love about this recipe is that it is truly easy to make. We simplified the steps needed to make this cookie by using just 1 bowl and a sturdy spoon to mix the dough all together. Which means you can have fresh, hot cookies on your table quickly. They don’t need to be chilled (but can be if you want to make the dough ahead of time) and don’t dirty up a lot of dishes. This is also a great recipe to make with the kids for the holiday baking season.

Making an indentation in gluten free peanut butter thumbprints

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookie Ingredients

  • Natural Peanut Butter
  • Almond Flour
  • Tapioca Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Butter
  • Honey or Maple syrup
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Chocolate

Spooning chocolate into gluten free peanut butter cookiesTips for Making Gluten Free Peanut Butter Blossoms

  1. Make sure your butter is fully softened. This recipe requires the butter to be room temperature because it is mixed in with the dough as is, as opposed to creaming it or melting it. Room temperature butter can easily be mixed into this almond flour dough, with no chunks of butter remaining.
  2. Use a study spoon and a bit of muscle.We use a bit of an unusual method of making this dough: all the ingredients are simply mixed together in a bowl until the dough has come together. It’s easiest to achieve smooth dough if you use a sturdy spoon, such as metal or wooden, and really mix up the dough well. At some point while you are making the dough you are going to feel like it won’t ever come together–but keep mixing: it will.
  3. Double indents! If you are filling this chocolate with melted chocolate like we did, you’ll need to make an indent before the cookie is baked, and after. The cookies puff and spread slightly when baking, so when they come out of the oven, carefully use a teaspoon sized measuring spoon and press gently in the well to reform it. If you are using a traditional chocolate kiss, you won’t need to do that.
  4. Our preferred method of melting chocolate: We melt chocolate over a double-boiler because it’s the most gentle way to melt it. Most people don’t have a double boiler at home, so make up your own by placing a heat proof bowl over a simmering pot of water. Just make sure that the bowl is not touching the water. Alternatively you could melt the chocolate in the microwave at 20 second intervals, whisking in between until it’s fully melted.
  5. Type of chocolate: You can use a chopped bar of chocolate, or you can use chocolate chips. If using chocolate chips, try to buy a medium to high quality brand with as few ingredients added as possible. Chocolate chips with a lot of added ingredients don’t melt as easily since they are manufactured to hold their shape.

Gluten free peanut butter cookies with chocolate

Storing Gluten Free Dough and Baked Cookies

The cookie dough can be made up to 3 days ahead of time. The dough can be frozen if desired, but portion them out and make the indentation before freezing.

As with any of our gluten-free cookie recipes, these are best eaten on the first or second day they are made. On day 1, the outside is crisp in the middle is soft and chewy. The cookies can be stored in a bag or container at room temperature for up to 2 days, but they soften as time goes on.

Gluten free peanut butter blossoms

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Healthier Peanut Butter Blossoms

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:12 Total Time 00:27 Yields about 15 cookies



  1. Preheat the oven to 350º and line a baking sheet with parchment parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together almond flour, tapioca flour, and baking powder in a bowl. 
  3. Add in peanut butter, butter, sweetener and vanilla extract. Mix the dough all together, using a sturdy spoon, until fully combined with no visible butter remaining.
  4. Roll dough into balls about 1 tablespoons in size and place on baking sheet about 1-½” apart. Make an indentation with your thumb in the middle. If any cracks appear you can smooth them over with your finger.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and using a teaspoon measuring spoon press down into the indentations to re-form the well. Let cool.
  6. Meanwhile, melt chocolate using your desired method. Spoon the melted chocolate into the wells of the cookies. Let chocolate set up before serving.

Recipe Notes

  1. This dough could also be made in an electric stand mixer, following the same process as mixing it by hand.
  2. If you find the dough difficult to work with, place in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes before rolling cookie dough balls.
  3. Cookie dough can be made up to 3 days ahead. Fully baked cookies can be made up to 2 days ahead and stored at room temperature.
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18 Homemade Edible Gifts

There’s so much to love about the holiday season. This time of year gives us all an opportunity to share gifts with the people we care about most. Does gifting stress you out? Don’t panic! As always, I’ve put together a holiday gift guide to help you with your search.

I’m also a big believer in the fact that food is love, and I don’t think you can ever go wrong with sharing some edible treats come the holiday season. Everyone on your list will appreciate the fact that you took the time to actually get in the kitchen and DIY a present for them… and that’s before they even take a taste! On top of all this, it’s lighter on your budget! I’ve scoured all of my favorite LCK recipes to create this list of the most giftable treats. Enjoy!

Lexi Davidson

18 Edible Gifts for All of Your Favorite People

Give the gift of yum.

Classic Homemade Granola: Granola is almost always a crowd pleaser, and my gluten-free granola recipe is both delicious and healthy. It’s extra crunchy and flavored with cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, honey, maple syrup, molasses, vanilla, and other nutrient-packed ingredients that will help you and your friends and family members get the fiber, antioxidants, and protein you need. You’ll give the gift of many delicious breakfasts and snacks with this one!

Peppermint Bark: There’s also what you might think of as the most classic version of chocolate bark — the peppermint variety! My recipe features just five ingredients and involves little more than melting chocolate and making it look pretty. It’s great for putting in bags and gifting to teachers, co-workers, neighbors, and anyone else you care about. 

Trail Mix Granola Bars edible gifts

Trail Mix Granola Bars: I love making these granola bars to keep around the house for snacks and on-the-go breakfasts. I’m sure the busy moms in your life would absolutely love to receive a box of them to keep on hand, as well! You can even customize the recipe so it’s chock full of the nuts, seeds, and fruits that the recipient loves best.  

DIY Everything Bagel Seasoning: Everything Bagel Seasoning from Trader Joe’s has been all the rage lately, but thanks to my recipe, you can make your own version and gift it to friends and family members! The best part is that you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry already. This is an especially great gifting option for people who don’t have easy access to a Trader Joe’s themselves. 

Trail Mix Bark: This sweet & salty bark is one of my favorite treats to DIY. In addition to appealing to pretty much all taste buds, the bark is gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and even vegan friendly, so it can satisfy almost all lifestyles, too! I love making bark with cookie cutters so they’re that much more special and festive. 

Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce: I’m a big believer in the fact that everyone should have their own signature BBQ sauce recipe, but if you know this isn’t the case for some of the people on your gift list, you can just let them borrow yours (or mine)! My sweet and smoky version is paleo friendly and free of refined sugars. Plus, it takes just twenty minutes to make, so it will fit easily into your busy holiday schedule. 

Maple Meringue Cookies: Maple is one of my favorite flavors of the season, and cookies are almost everyone’s favorite at this time of the year! Put the two together and you’ve got my easy Maple Meringue Cookies — simple, crunchy, light, paleo, and naturally sugar- and gluten-free. It’s upside all around! I worked really hard to perfect this recipe, and I can’t wait to see you share it with the people you love most this holiday season.

*BONUS IDEA: Make a few types of cookies, like adding these and these, and make a cookie platter or basket!

Maple Kettle Corn: Your holiday needs more maple, and my recipe for Maple Kettle Corn is a fantastic way to add it to the mix. It’s whole grain and made without refined sugars and will still prove totally addicting to everyone you give it to. The best part for the gift giver? It only requires three ingredients! 

Perfect chocolate edible gift.

Homemade Almond Butter Cups: There are few treats more universally beloved than nut butter cups, and my recipe for a Dark Chocolate Almond Butter version allows you to enjoy all the candy yumminess without the not-so-healthy elements of the kind you buy at the store. You’ll use wholesome ingredients, making the cups paleo friendly and refined sugar-free. And don’t be scared off by the idea of making your own candy! The process is easy and totally worth it. 

Taco Seasoning: Upgrade Taco Tuesdays with the gift of homemade taco seasoning! It only takes a few minutes to mix up the chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic, ground celery seed, sea salt, and cayenne pepper that will give the perfect kick to Mexican recipes. If you have kiddos around, ask them to decorate envelopes to package the seasoning up! 

Cherry, Coconut and Chocolate Granola: Satisfy all the sweet tooths you know with this granola variety. Tart cherries, sweet coconut flakes, and big chunks of chocolate guarantee delicious flavor, but that doesn’t mean I’m cutting corners on nutritional value. The recipe is also full of fiber and healthy fats, and is free of gluten and refined sugar. What’s not to love?

Homemade Vanilla Extract: A little jar of homemade vanilla extract is the ideal present for all the baking enthusiasts in your life, because it’s the gift that keeps on giving! They’ll think of you every time they make one of their own favorite recipes in the months ahead — and since vanilla extract is that much better when it’s homemade, the thoughts will only be good ones! It might sound complicated to make your own extract, but it’s actually super simple and only requires vanilla beans and gluten-free vodka. (But nobody needs to know how easy it is!)

Homemade Marshmallows: Nothing warms up a cold winter day better than a cozy mug of hot chocolate… and the only thing that can make that cozy mug of hot chocolate even better is a handful of marshmallows. My recipe for paleo marshmallows is perfect for gifting to anyone on your list, and all of your loved ones will thank you for making their winter beverages that much more delicious. Wrap them in a gift bag with a ribbon for an extra touch! 

Espresso Candied Pecans: There’s something about homemade candy that is really impressive, and these Espresso Candied Pecans are no exception. You’ll make them with egg whites, shelled pecans, espresso powder, maple sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt, then add a personal touch with some pretty packaging. The recipe is great for mixing up in large batches, so you can use it to easily check lots of people off your gift list. 

Homemade Burger Seasoning: If you live in a colder climate, the days of grilling burgers might seem far off right about now… but it’s never too early to start thinking about seasoning those burgers perfectly! I love mixing up my own seasoning mix, and I promise you that all your favorite burger lovers will be crazy about it, too. Plus, giving the gift of homemade burger seasoning is a fantastic way to ensure that you’ll get invited to plenty of summer barbecues next year! 

Matzo Crack edible gift recipe

Chocolate Matzo Crack: Chocolate-covered matzo bark is often considered a Passover treat, but it’s so delicious that it deserves to be served (and gifted!) all year ‘round. Why not portion it into cute gift bags and give it as holiday presents? I have recipes for three variations — peanut butter swirl, trail mix, and chocolate toffee crunch — so you can easily satisfy all of the preferences among your friends and family members. 

Body Scrub: My DIY Chocolate Coconut Scrub is technically edible, but unlike the other items on this list, you’re probably not gifting it with snacking in mind. It’s all about exfoliating! There are so many health and cosmetic benefits to exfoliating, but at the end of the day, when you share a present like this with someone you love, you’re really giving them the gift of self-care. Everyone deserves a reminder to slow down and take care of themselves this holiday season. If it’s DIY, all the better!

Happy cooking, happy gifting, and happy holidays! 

Easy Peppermint Bark

Using only 5 ingredients, this Peppermint Bark is simple to prepare and perfect for giving away to friends and family as holiday gifts. It’s as easy as melting and spreading chocolate, but truly looks fancy. Top it with candy canes for that super festive look (and taste)!

Pieces of peppermint bark.Easy Peppermint Bark Recipe

This Peppermint Bark recipe is the most festive (and simple) holiday gift idea or addition to the dessert table.  It is not only delicious, but it looks stunning too. Making bark at home requires nothing more than melting and spreading chocolate, then topping it with the different flavor additions. This easy bark recipe is flavored with peppermint extract and topped it with crushed candy canes. You could spend a ton of money on store-bought or mail-ordered bark with unknown ingredients OR you can make your own at home in well under 20 minutes.

Peppermint Bark Ingredients

  • Dark Chocolate
  • White Chocolate
  • Peppermint Extract
  • Candy Canes 
  • Flaky Sea Salt (optional)

Diy peppermint bark on a sheet trayTips for Working with Chocolate

  • Use a medium to good quality chocolate, especially if you are using chocolate chips. While we love that this is an affordable gift option, using low quality chocolate with a lot of additives, will negatively impact the final product. This is especially true if you are using chocolate chips, which are manufactured to hold their shape. Look for chocolate or chocolate chips with only a few ingredients for the best bark taste and texture. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive chocolate, but shoot for the mid range brands such as Ghiradelli, Trader Joe’s, 365 Brand, or Guittard, at a minimum. We also love Enjoy Life for dairy free chocolate. We also found a few brands of candy canes that didn’t use chemical food dyes including 365 Brand, Wholesome Organic and Yum Earth.
  • Make sure all utensils are clean and dry.Water and chocolate do not mix! Even a small addition of chocolate to water can make it break, which would mean gritty chocolate. Make sure your bowls and utensils are clean and dry.
  • Melt chocolate in a double boiler. We suggest melting chocolate over a double-boiler because it’s the most gentle way to melt it. Most people don’t have a double boiler at home, so make up your own by placing a heat proof bowl over a simmering pot of water. Just make sure that the bowl is not touching the water. Using this method to melt the chocolate is an easy way to melt it, while making sure you don’t over cook the chocolate. Alternatively you could melt the chocolate in the microwave at 20 second intervals, whisking in between until it’s fully melted.

Homemade peppermint barkHow to Make Peppermint Bark

  1. First line a sheet pan with parchment paper so the bark comes off easily.
  2. Then, melt the dark chocolate and white chocolate (with added peppermint extract) separately. We prefer to use a double-boiler method, but you can use the microwave if you really want to, just make sure not to overheat the chocolate.
  3. Next pour out the dark chocolate and lightly spread to a rough 11″ x 16″ rectangle. Place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to harden. Next spread out the white chocolate on top of the dark chocolate.
  4. Then, add your crushed candy canes.  After you’ve topped it, let it sit at room temperature for a few hours or place in the freezer for about 5 minutes until bark hardens.

Break into pieces and either wrap up to give away as gifts, or store for serving later.

Storing Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark can be stored at room temperature, just so long as the room temperature isn’t above 70 degrees. If you need to store in the refrigerator make sure it is is in an air-tight container to avoid the chocolate pick up any smells or moisture.

A handful of peppermint bark

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Easy Peppermint Bark Recipe

Prep Time 00:15 Inactive Time 00:10 Total Time 00:25 Serves 8-12



  1. Line a 13"x 18" baking sheet (or similar size) with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Melt dark chocolate using a double-boiler method: Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil with heatproof bowl over the top. Add the chocolate to the bowl and slowly melt and stir the chocolate until almost all of it has melted. Remove from heat, let sit a few minutes and then whisk it all together. Alternatively you could melt the chocolate in the microwave at 20 second intervals, whisking in between until it's fully melted.
  3. Pour out chocolate and lightly spread into a rectangle onto parchment lined baking sheet. Set in the freezer for 5-10 minutes until set.
  4. Meanwhile, melt white chocolate and extract together. Once dark chocolate is chilled, pour the white chocolate on top and carefully spread it over.
  5. Sprinkle crushed candy canes and sea salt (if using) and let sit at room temperature for a few hours or place in the freezer for about 5 minutes until bark hardens.
  6. Break into pieces and wrap up to give away as gifts, or store for serving later.

Recipe Notes

  1. Bark will keep stored, at cool room temperature for about 2-3 weeks, depending on the ingredients added to the bark. A good rule of thumb to note is that if you add ingredients that keep well at room temperature for a while, the bark will keep well.
  2. This is roughly 8-12 servings but will make about 4 gift bags of bark, depending on how much you are placing in a package.
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DIY Everything Bagel Seasoning

Love Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Seasoning but your store doesn’t have it in stock frequently? Our recipe is so easy to make, with likely ingredients you already have on hand so no need to go hunting for it in store anymore! This homemade seasoning also makes cute DIY gifts. Learn how to make this and you’ll never run out of Everything Bagel Seasoning again!

Trader Joe's Everything but the bagel seasoning copycatDIY Everything Bagel Seasoning (Trader Joe’s Copycat)

It sure is easy to buy your own Everything Bagel Seasoning blend at the store, but you know what else is easy? Making it at home so you never run out, and never have to worry about Trader Joe’s being out of stock! Plus, you can control the ingredients and flavor and adjust based on your own favorite blend! We know this is a beloved spice blend, so this Everything Bagel Seasoning also makes a great DIY gift to hand out to friends.

Spice blends are great to make yourself because you get to control the flavor. We are partial to the proportions we have given in our recipe, but feel free to adjust to your desired amount. You likely already have almost all of the ingredients in your pantry, too!

Everything Bagel Spice Blend ingredientsIngredients for Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Seasoning

  • Garlic Granules
  • Dried Minced Garlic
  • Dried Minced Onion
  • Sesame Seeds (a mix of both black and white are good)
  • Poppy Seeds
  • Fine Sea Salt
  • Coarse Sea Salt

Everything bagel seasoning recipe in a jar

How to Use Everything But the Bagel Seasoning

There are a lot of ways to use this blend! You can sprinkle this on all sorts of things that are not bagels, such as hard boiled eggs, avocado and roasted veggies. But really, let your imagination be your guide with this one.

Some other ideas:

Everything Bagel Seasoning on Toast with hummusHow to Store Everything Bagel Seasoning

Store in a jar with a tight fitting lid. We often will reuse our empty store-bought spice jars for when we make our own blends. 

How long will it keep? It is not that spices go bad, it’s that spices lose their potency. It’s generally accepted that spices should last about a year once opened, but that’s assuming the store you are purchasing them from has a quick turnover rate and isn’t letting spices sit on the shelves for a while. If you are making this spice blend with spices that have been sitting on your shelf for a while your blend will lose its potency quicker. At the LCK test kitchen, if spices have been around for more than a year we toss and refresh with new ones.

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Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Seasoning

Prep Time 00:05 Total Time 00:05 Yields 3 tablespoons


  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (white or black, or a mix is fine)


  1. Place all ingredients in a jar and stir or shake to mix it up completely.
  2. Close with a tight fitting lid and store for up to one year (see note).

Recipe Notes

  1. Spices are best kept for one year, so if you are starting with older spices it may lose its potency sooner.
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