Chocolate Cherry Tart with Toasted Almond Crust (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

This Chocolate Cherry Tart has a toasted almond shortbread crust filled with silky chocolate ganache and fresh cherries! This gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan dessert is incredibly rich and comes together quickly.

This Chocolate Cherry Tart has a toasted almond shortbread crust filled with silky chocolate ganache and fresh cherries! This gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan dessert is incredibly rich and comes together quickly.This summer is truly flying by – how is already almost August?! Granted, I’ve been on the go for most of it. At the end of May, I moved from Seattle to San Diego via a week long road trip down the West Coast, closely followed by three weeks cruising around Europe. As if that wasn’t enough, this past weekend I went back up to Seattle to attend Pemberton music festival near Whistler in British Colombia with my friends.

While it was all so much fun and I’m not complaining for one second, since I got back from the music festival (which was amaaaaaazing) this past Monday, I have been so happy to sit my butt down on the couch, get caught up on work, and not move too much. I, for once, am happy to not have any trips in my immediate future. [Read more…]

Peach Cobbler (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

This Peach Cobbler has a crispy, fluffy topping with a simple peach filling – it’s the most perfect summer dessert! This is a gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan treat that you don’t want to miss.

This Peach Cobbler has a crispy, fluffy topping with a simple peach filling - it's the most perfect summer dessert! This is a gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan treat that you don't want to miss.The peak of summer demands that only the absolute best produce makes it’s way into my baked goods, and because all the fruit this time of year is so darn good, simple is definitely best. Juicy peaches are my kryptonite this time of year, and I always need to buy double whatever I need to for a recipe to make sure I don’t eat them all before the recipe gets made. It’s a frequently occurring problem.

Luckily, I managed to hold on to enough juicy, ripe peaches, as hard as it was, in order to whip up this easy peach cobbler. Since I made this blackberry and blueberry cobbler a few months ago, I’ve been dreaming of a peach version. [Read more…]

No-Bake Chocolate Banana Tart (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

This No-Bake Chocolate Banana Tart has an easy date crust, filled with creamy chocolate ganache and sliced bananas! This quick and simple recipe is only has five ingredients and it’s gluten-free, Paleo and vegan.

This No-Bake Chocolate Banana Tart has an easy date crust, filled with creamy chocolate ganache and sliced bananas! This quick and simple recipe is only has five ingredients and it's gluten-free, Paleo and vegan.Sometimes, simple is the best. While I love to create recipes with tons of fabulous ingredients, that take a bit of standing time in the kitchen to create, there’s other times (like when I’m baking in this summer heat) that I want a recipe that’s the wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am kind of simple.

And nothing says simple quite like a no-baking-required dessert made with just five ingredients, am I right? [Read more…]

Blueberry Skillet Cookie (Gluten Free + Paleo)

This Blueberry Skillet Cookie is a cross between a gooey skillet cookie and a bubbly blueberry cobbler! This recipe is gluten-free, Paleo and refined sugar free and makes just enough to share.

This Blueberry Skillet Cookie is a cross between a gooey skillet cookie and a bubbly blueberry cobbler! This recipe is gluten-free, Paleo and refined sugar free and makes just enough to share.I’m seriously going nutty over all the incredible fruit and vegetables around this time of year. I keep buying all of these incredible peaches, juicy watermelons and flavorful plums with the intention of making all these recipes I have in my head and scribbled on my notepads, and then they end up in my stomach before they end up in a recipe – I just can’t resist.

Fruit in San Diego is irresistible this time of year, and this week at the farmer’s market, I couldn’t keep my hands off the berries and the oh so beautiful heirloom tomatoes. Working with fabulous produce makes baking so much more fun – everything is better when the produce is high quality and super flavorful on it’s own. [Read more…]

Ricotta Heirloom Tomato Tart (Gluten Free)

This Ricotta Heirloom Tomato Tart has a gluten-free cornmeal crust and basil ricotta filling, topped with beautiful heirloom tomatoes! This simple tart makes a wonderful appetizer, lunch, or dinner.

This Ricotta Heirloom Tomato Tart has a gluten-free cornmeal crust and basil ricotta filling, topped with beautiful heirloom tomatoes! This simple tart makes a wonderful appetizer, lunch, or dinner.Okay as promised, before we get to talking about this swoon-worthy ricotta heirloom tomato tart, I’m going to finish telling you about my Eurotrip! We left off leaving Malta, heading off the Italy…

Sicily was the first stop in Italy, and we ventured from port to Taormina, a precious Italian town perched in the hills overlooking the ocean. We explored the town, wandering through the pedestrian-only streets and window shopping, before having a delicious pizza lunch and gelato (when in Italy, right?) and heading back to the boat. [Read more…]

Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies (Gluten Free)

These Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies are incredibly rich and delicious, with a crunchy and fudgy topping. These gluten-free brownies were made for chocolate and peanut butter lovers!

These Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies are incredibly rich and delicious, with a crunchy and fudgy topping. These gluten-free brownies were made for chocolate and peanut butter lovers!Hi, friends! I’m writing to you from thousands of feet in the air, en route from Barcelona to London, where I’ll continue on home to San Diego (on an eleven hour flight- ugh :P). For the past 17 days, I’ve been bouncing from city to city around Europe, and while I thought I would be excited to be back home, I’m already dreaming of the next time I can go back.

If we’re Snapchat friends, you may have seen my story – documenting all the places I’ve seen and all the many, many gelato cones that I’ve eaten. Along with my mom’s whole side of the family (minus my sister – we missed you, Shay!), we started in Athens and then got on a 10-day cruise through Europe, finally ending in one of my favorite cities in the world – Barcelona. [Read more…]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Muffins (Gluten Free + Refined Sugar Free)

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Muffins are loaded with chocolate chunks and have a peanut butter swirl – you’d never guess that they’re gluten-free and the batter is sweetened entirely with bananas!

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Muffins are loaded with chocolate chunks and have a peanut butter swirl - you'd never guess that they're gluten-free and the batter is sweetened entirely with bananas!Chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas. Three of my favorite ingredients, and I use each one of them a whole lot individually…so naturally, I love it when they come together into one fantastically delicious dish, like this oatmeal or these nom-worthy pancakes.

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Muffins are the one of the best combinations of chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas I’ve had in a while – they’re gooey, chocolatey, rich, and amazingly, fully gluten free and refined sugar free! The magic behind the muffins?

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Peanut Butter Acai Bowl

This Peanut Butter Acai Bowl is the perfect creamy, healthy, and peanut buttery breakfast! The recipe makes one thick smoothie bowl, best topped with fresh fruit, granola, and peanut butter.

This Peanut Butter Acai Bowl is the perfect creamy, healthy, and peanut buttery breakfast! The recipe makes one thick smoothie bowl, best topped with fresh fruit, granola, and peanut butter.I’ve gotten pretty crazy obsessed with acai bowls and smoothie bowls since I discovered I could make them at home in my Vitamix. They’re the perfect breakfast or mid-day snack, especially in the summertime when you need something to help cool you off.

At my place in Seattle, there was an acai bowl/jar bar place on my street called FIT BAR, and they had the best peanut butter acai bowl called Peanut Butter Power. Not going to lie, guys – this recipe is my copycat of the peanut butter power acai bowl. [Read more…]