Pear Apple Crisp (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

This Pear Apple Crisp combines two of the best fall fruits into one delicious crisp, flavored with vanilla, cinnamon and ginger and topped with a grain-free crumble topping. This crisp is gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan.

This Pear Apple Crisp combines two of the best fall fruits into one delicious crisp, flavored with vanilla, cinnamon and ginger and topped with a grain-free crumble topping. This crisp is gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan.

Ever since I moved back to San Diego, my friend Monica from The Movement Menu and I have been trying to get together for a baking and cooking day, and after four months, it finally happened!

I always love getting together with other bloggers for whatever reason – baking, cooking, and just chatting about blogging is always such a joy, since normally our interactions are limited to behind a screen. Since blogging tends to be a solo endeavor, getting to be face-to-face to collaborate and bounce flavor ideas off each other is so much fun. It’s always so interesting for me to see someone else’s creative process when doing recipe development and food photography.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Bars (Gluten Free + Paleo)

These Chocolate Hazelnut Bars have a hazelnut flour crust and are topped with dark chocolate chunks + crunchy hazelnuts. These gluten-free, Paleo + refined sugar free bars get even fudgier the day after they’re made!

These Chocolate Hazelnut Bars have a hazelnut flour crust and are topped with dark chocolate chunks + crunchy hazelnuts. These gluten-free, Paleo + refined sugar free bars get even fudgier the day after they're made!I’ve become a firm believer that when you smile at life, life smiles right back at you. Putting positive vibes out into the world can make a world of difference in how you feel…and it also makes a difference in the life of every person you come into contact with.

I’ve recently been reveling in the power of a positive mindset. After struggling with anxiety for years, I’ve been trying to overcome it by thinking positively and believing in my future, by going after the things I want, and maybe most importantly realizing I can’t control everything. Patience is key.

These Chocolate Hazelnut Bars have a hazelnut flour crust and are topped with dark chocolate chunks + crunchy hazelnuts. These gluten-free, Paleo + refined sugar free bars get even fudgier the day after they're made!But with a little positivity and a little patience, good things will come. This past year has been one of big changes for me, but I feel like I’m at a point right now of total contentment – I could pinch myself when I think about the fact that I do what I love for “work” everyday.

I’ve had some exciting news this past weekend, it made me spend some time thinking about how my year has been a great one, and how I began it. When I woke up on January 1st, I decided to myself that I wasn’t going to let myself be in a bad mood this year, as long as I could go. I didn’t exactly realize it at the time, but I had really given myself the New Years Resolution of having a positive mindset.

These Chocolate Hazelnut Bars have a hazelnut flour crust and are topped with dark chocolate chunks + crunchy hazelnuts. These gluten-free, Paleo + refined sugar free bars get even fudgier the day after they're made!I didn’t let things that would normally annoy me get to me, not wanting to break my “streak” of not being in a bad mood. As we got further into the year, I mostly forgot about my resolution, but the positive mindset stuck. I occasionally remember my beginning-of-the-year commitment to myself, and try to start a new streak.

In all my ramblings, I guess I’m just trying to say that being positive will make your life better, and you just need a little patience to get there. And something else that does well with a little bit of patience? These Chocolate Hazelnut Bars you’ve been looking at 😍 !!

These Chocolate Hazelnut Bars have a hazelnut flour crust and are topped with dark chocolate chunks + crunchy hazelnuts. These gluten-free, Paleo + refined sugar free bars get even fudgier the day after they're made!The reason I say these require patience is not because they take a long time to make – they’re actually relatively simple and don’t take long to bake. They do, however, get better after they hang out overnight. Don’t get me wrong, they’re good on day one. But on day two, and however many more days they last? They get extra fudgy, and the chocolate flavor is extra intense.

These chocolate hazelnut bars have legit hazelnut flavor – they’re used three times in the recipe! The crust is made with hazelnut flour, the chocolate-y frangipane filling uses hazelnuts in place of traditional almonds, and whole hazelnuts are pressed on top before it’s baked for crunch.

These Chocolate Hazelnut Bars have a hazelnut flour crust and are topped with dark chocolate chunks + crunchy hazelnuts. These gluten-free, Paleo + refined sugar free bars get even fudgier the day after they're made!They are alsooo super chocolatey, between the cocoa powder and those big dark chocolate chunks that are on top. However, these don’t really taste like your favorite chocolate hazelnut spread. They’re not super duper sweet, and the chocolate doesn’t overpower the hazelnut flavor – it’s more nicely balanced. You can really taste that toasty hazelnut flavor that gets lost in a lot of chocolate hazelnut desserts.

The filling comes together quickly in your food processor or blender, and these bake in 15 to 18 minutes – keep an eye on them during those last few minutes, because if they over-bake they’ll be dry. If you’re craving something a little unique and majorly delicious, you’re going to love these. Happy baking, friends!!

These Chocolate Hazelnut Bars have a hazelnut flour crust and are topped with dark chocolate chunks + crunchy hazelnuts. These gluten-free, Paleo + refined sugar free bars get even fudgier the day after they're made!

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Chocolate Hazelnut Bars (Gluten Free + Paleo)
 
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Serves: 16 bars
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (112g) hazelnut flour
  • 2 tablespoons (14g) tapioca flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
For the topping
  • ¾ cup (110g) hazelnuts
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (preferably Dutch processed)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅓ cup coconut sugar
  • 5 tablespoons (70g) coconut oil
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup hazelnuts
  • 3 oz. dark chocolate, cut into chunks
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8x8” square pan with parchment paper. Grease with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the hazelnut flour, tapioca flour, coconut sugar, salt, and melted coconut oil until fully combined, and there's no dry flour remaining. Press the crust evenly in the pan.
  3. In your food processor or blender, grind the hazelnuts, tapioca flour, salt, and coconut sugar to a powder (or as fine as you can make it). Add the coconut oil and process until no longer visible. Add the egg and vanilla, blending until completely incorporated, and a smooth paste is formed. Spread the filling evenly over the hazelnut crust.
  4. Top the filling with chocolate chunks and hazelnuts and press them into the chocolate hazelnut mixture.
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until just barely set and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean - be careful not to over-bake or they'll be dry!
  6. Let cool completely before cutting into squares. Keep any leftovers in an airtight container.

These Chocolate Hazelnut Bars have a hazelnut flour crust and are topped with dark chocolate chunks + crunchy hazelnuts. These gluten-free, Paleo + refined sugar free bars get even fudgier the day after they're made!

Chocolate Mousse Tart with Coconut Crust + Fresh Fruit Flowers (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

This Chocolate Mousse Tart with Coconut Crust + Fresh Fruit Flowers has the most incredible vegan chocolate mousse filling! You’d never guess that this rich dessert is gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan.

This Chocolate Mousse Tart with Coconut Crust + Fresh Fruit Flowers has the most incredible vegan chocolate mousse filling! You'd never guess that this rich dessert is gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan.So, we’re a just few days from October and we’ve officially crossed the threshold into fall. How’s everyone feeling about it? I’m feeling…conflicted, as the change of season always does to me, especially in San Diego. 

I forgot how disorienting the changing seasons are in San Diego, mostly because…the season’s don’t really change. It’s pretty much: really sunny, sunny, a little breezy, and back to sunny. It’s hard to get into a Fall/Winter mindset when the sun is still shining and it’s 80 degrees out, ya know? [Read more…]

Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies (Gluten Free + Refined Sugar Free)

These Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies are moist, fudge-like brownies with a swirled layer of spiced pumpkin cheesecake! These brownies are gluten-free and refined sugar free. This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill.

These Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies are moist + fudgy brownies with a swirled layer of spiced pumpkin cheesecake! These brownies are gluten-free and refined sugar free.Appropriately enough, along with my first pumpkin post of 2016, comes the first rainy + cold autumn days in San Diego. We’ve had beautiful sunny weather pretty much every day since I moved back in June, but Tuesday was miserably grey and rainy all day long.

Eating pumpkin baked goods, making chili, and drinking lots of tea seemed like an appropriate way to spent the first real fall day. In all honestly, as much as I love and appreciate San Diego’s near constantly sunshine, I love a good rainy day and I’m not entirely dreading the start of the cooler seasons, as much as I love summer.

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Banana Almond Butter Grain Free Granola

This Banana Almond Butter Grain Free Granola is a crunchy + filling snack, made without any grains or refined sugars! It makes the perfect yogurt or smoothie bowl topping, or just grab a handful to hold you over until your next meal.

This Banana Almond Butter Grain Free Granola is a crunchy + filling snack, made without any grains or refined sugars! It makes the perfect yogurt or smoothie bowl topping, or just grab a handful to hold you over until your next meal.Phew, happy Monday, friends! Normally I write my posts at least a few days in advance, but with all the chaos of celebrating my birthday AND going to Kaaboo for the last four nights, I was absolutely exhausted and just didn’t get it done.

Although…I must say, Kaaboo was totally worth the exhaustion. If you were watching my constant concert Insta-stories or Snapstories, you heard me singing and dancing my heart out to the Chainsmokers, Fall Out Boy, Flo Rida, and Matoma, and I got right up front for Capital Cities, Cold War Kids, RAC and Rebelution. [Read more…]

Apple Cinnamon Skillet Cookie (Gluten Free + Paleo)

This Apple Cinnamon Skillet Cookie is a deep-dish cookie that’s loaded with fresh diced apples and warm fall spices! This gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and Paleo-friendly skillet cookie is topped with caramelized apples.

This Apple Cinnamon Skillet Cookie is a deep-dish spiced cookie that's loaded with fresh diced apples and warm fall spices! This gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and Paleo-friendly skillet cookie is topped with caramelized apples.Happy birthday to me! Today, I turn 23, and because I’m obsessed with all things apple/cinnamon/caramel, I had to share this apple cinnamon skillet cookie with you today. Even though I (depressingly enough) won’t be eating this glorious creation today.

I’m usually not big on my birthday and prefer to let it go by without my much celebrating – just a good meal with my most important people does the trick for me. This year though, San Diego happens to be having a music festival, Kaaboo, that’s about a five minute drive from my house, on my birthday weekend! [Read more…]

Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Bean Macaroons (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Bean Macaroons are a quick and easy dessert that is gluten-free, Paleo + vegan! These macaroons are baked low and slow and have a chocolate drizzle.

These Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Bean Macaroons are a quick and easy dessert that is gluten-free, Paleo + vegan! These macaroons are baked low and slow and have a chocolate drizzle.I distinctly remember my first few introductions to the world of food blogging, and the first couple of blogs I ever read. I’ve mentioned before that my sister was a food blog reader before I was, and she turned me onto her favorite food blogs and got me hooked.

One of the first, if not the first food blog she ever showed to me, was Oh She Glows, written by Angela Liddon. I immediately loved and admired her site, filled with so many healthy, plant-based recipes and helpful healthy cooking and baking tips. Angela is a rockstar of the healthy food blogging world, and if you don’t already follow her, you definitely need to give a peek to Oh She Glows. [Read more…]

Raspberry Acai Bowl

This Raspberry Acai Bowl is a refreshing & delicious breakfast, especially when you add your favorite toppings! This easy breakfast is ready in a few minutes.

This Raspberry Acai Bowl is a refreshing & delicious breakfast, especially when you add your favorite toppings! This healthy breakfast is ready in a few minutes.Let’s be honest – I’ve become a little bit obsessed with acai bowls. If you follow me on Instagram stories or Snapchat, you may have noticed that I make them all the time. Like, at least a couple times a week. They’ve also crept their way out of breakfast territory and into lunch and dinner territory, too.

This Peanut Butter Acai Bowl is one of my favorites that I make over and over again because hello, I’m peanut butter obsessed. But I’ve made room for a lot of other favorites too – namely, this raspberry acai bowl! [Read more…]