Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites (Gluten Free + Vegan)

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites have just 5 ingredients and are sweetened with dates! These easy energy bites come together in only 10 minutes and they’re gluten-free, refined sugar free + vegan.

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites have just 5 ingredients and are sweetened with dates! These easy energy bites come together in only 10 minutes and they're gluten-free, refined sugar free + vegan.

So I made these little Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites the day before I left for Cuba, and I was so darn excited to have a homemade snack to bring along for when I inevitably got hungry and cranky on the trip…especially one filled with peanut butter + chocolate, two of my favorite things.

And then, of course, I forgot them in the refrigerator, and only remembered when I was en route to the airport. Tragic, I tell you. I thought of them longingly many times during our trip. [Read more…]

Banana Coconut Baked Oatmeal (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free & Vegan)

This Banana Coconut Baked Oatmeal is packed with fiber and potassium for a healthy, hearty breakfast. This easy recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and sweetened with a ripe banana – no added sugar needed!

This Banana Coconut Baked Oatmeal is packed with fiber and potassium for a healthy, hearty breakfast. This easy recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and sweetened with a ripe banana - no added sugar needed!

*2017 UPDATE* This recipe was originally posted in May of 2012, and the pictures didn’t reflect how scrumptious this recipe! Funnily enough, this recipe was one of my first forays into healthier recipes on the site. It’s a super easy + delicious breakfast favorite, and you can even make this baked oatmeal ahead of time. The post below has been kept the same since it was originally posted FIVE years ago, for nostalgia’s sake. Enjoy! :)

Obviously, I really like food.

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Chocolate Chunk Banana Baked Oatmeal (Gluten Free + Vegan)

This easy Chocolate Chunk Banana Baked Oatmeal is a delicious twist on classic oatmeal – you’ll definitely want to start your day with a serving of this gluten-free + vegan breakfast! This healthier oatmeal has no added sweetener; it’s sweetened entirely with ripe banana and chocolate chunks.

This easy Chocolate Chunk Banana Baked Oatmeal is a delicious twist on classic oatmeal - you'll definitely want to start your day with a serving of this gluten-free + vegan breakfast! This healthier oatmeal has no added sweetener; it's sweetened entirely with ripe banana and chocolate chunks.For all the oatmeal I eat, baked oatmeal isn’t something that I’ve made too often. To be honest, it’s a method of preparing it that I often forget about…but now that I’ve rediscovered baked oatmeal, with it’s fluffy center and crispy edges, it’s here to stay.

If you’ve never tried baked oatmeal before, you’re going to want to listen up. Baked oatmeal is similar to traditional oatmeal, but it’s made with a few extra ingredients to help it get puffy and browned, and piled into a dish to bake instead of simmering away on the stove.

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Paleo Morning Glory Muffins

These Paleo Morning Glory Muffins are loaded with bananas, shredded carrots, toasted walnuts, and golden raisins. These easy muffins have NO added sugar – they’re sweetened entirely with bananas! They’re the perfect on-the-go breakfast or snack.

These Paleo Morning Glory Muffins are loaded with bananas, shredded carrots, toasted walnuts, and golden raisins. These easy muffins have NO added sugar - they're sweetened entirely with bananas! They're the perfect on-the-go breakfast or snack.

Happy New Year!!! Welcome to 2017 – I hope the beginning of your year is off to a wonderful start. This feels a little weird, because I’m writing this while it’s still 2016. You, however, will be reading this in 2017. And if you’re reading this right around when it’s getting posted, I’m in CUBA!!!

Until the 10th, my best friend Paige and I are going to be exploring the island and taking a break from American civilization…and also from the internet, since Cuba isn’t known for their widespread Wifi. [Read more…]

Gingerbread Energy Bites (No-Bake, Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

No baking required to make these Gingerbread Energy Bites! These gluten-free, Paleo + vegan energy bites are made with dates, pecans, and gingerbread spices – they’re the perfect healthy snack to fuel your day.

No baking required to make these Gingerbread Energy Bites! These gluten-free, Paleo + vegan energy bites are made with dates, pecans, and gingerbread spices - they're the perfect healthy snack to fuel your day.Happy Friday! And, happy December…! When did that happen? I swear this year has gone by in about two blinks. I can’t believe we’re already firmly into holiday season, with cookies and candies and treats abound!

And I’ve got lots of those coming up, but today I’ve got a healthier snack…it still tastes like a treat, though :) [Read more…]

Paleo Persimmon Bread

This Paleo Persimmon Bread is a healthy treat that uses pureed Fuyu persimmons for flavor and moisture, and is loaded with toasted walnuts & golden raisins! This gluten-free persimmon bread is spiced with cinnamon, ginger and allspice and makes a perfect breakfast or snack.

This Paleo Persimmon Bread is a healthy treat that uses pureed Fuyu persimmons for flavor and moisture, and is loaded with toasted walnuts & golden raisins! This gluten-free persimmon bread is spiced with cinnamon, ginger and allspice and makes a perfect breakfast or snack.Ugh, don’t you just hate when the days get shorter because of daylight savings time? As I’m writing this, it’s barely 5 P.M. and it’s already dark and dusky…and I’m sitting here really missing the 8 P.M. sunsets from summer.

Thankfully, besides the shorter days, it still mostly feels like summer here in San Diego. We still have fresh berries at the farmers market and I was happily running around in shorts in today’s 78˚F sun. It’s the days like today that make me appreciate what an incredible place I live in 🙏 [Read more…]

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Caramelized Apples + Pecans

This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is topped with caramelized apples and crunchy pecans for an irresistible breakfast that’s much more decadent than it looks. This breakfast treat is gluten-free, refined sugar free + vegan!

This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is topped with caramelized apples and crunchy pecans for an irresistible breakfast that's much more decadent than it looks. This breakfast treat is gluten-free, refined sugar free + vegan!Sooo…I’ve been sitting here wondering what to call this bowl of delicious apple oatmeal for a little while now. My sister’s suggestions were “apple pie oatmealiciousness” and “caramel apple oatmeal extravaganza” and while more exciting than my usual recipe titles, not exactly SEO friendly or very self-explanatory.

I finally decided on Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, but MAN how boring does that sound? It reminds me of the instant oatmeal packets from childhood – remember those? And the weird, thin, almost chalky oatmeal it made? [Read more…]

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

These Paleo Pumpkin Muffins, made with coconut flour and almond butter, are moist, fluffy, and lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. These healthy muffins make a great breakfast or snack and freeze well.

These Paleo Pumpkin Muffins, made with coconut flour and almond butter, are moist, fluffy, and lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. These healthy muffins make a great breakfast or snack and freeze well.So I’ve been in my apartment for a few weeks now, and even though I’m still not done furnishing and decorating because I’m so darn picky, I’m loving it here SO much!

The place is bathed in natural light during the day thanks to the floor to ceiling windows, which makes it perfect for taking photos and makes it a wonderfully happy place to spend the day. I also finally got a kitchen island from IKEA just set up yesterday, which will makes my kitchen even more functional. [Read more…]