Quinoa Granola (Gluten Free + Vegan)

This Quinoa Granola is a nutty, crunchy breakfast or snack option that’s packed with whole grains and protein. This maple-sweetened granola is gluten-free and vegan, with cinnamon and dried cranberries for flavor! The quinoa bakes up into delicious clusters.

This Quinoa Granola is a nutty, crunchy breakfast or snack option that's packed with whole grains and protein. This maple-sweetened granola is gluten-free and vegan, with cinnamon and dried cranberries for flavor! The quinoa bakes up into delicious clusters.

Despite my many years of making homemade granola, I never get sick of it. Neither the process of making the granola, nor the product churned out of my kitchen ever gets old or tired.

The now-ritualistic process soothes me – measuring out the nuts and grains, adding a whole ton of warm spices, deciding which sweeteners to use and which add-ins I feel like that week. Of course, I definitely don’t get sick of the incredible smell that fills my apartment while it’s baking slowly in the oven. [Read more…]

Paleo Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread

This Paleo Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread has a layer of pecan crumble in the center and on top, creating a ripple of cinnamon flavor throughout the whole loaf of banana bread. This moist gluten-free + refined sugar free bread is sweetened with bananas and made with coconut flour.

This Paleo Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread has a layer of pecan crumble in the center and on top, creating a ripple of cinnamon flavor throughout the whole loaf of banana bread. This moist gluten-free + refined sugar free bread is sweetened with bananas and made with coconut flour.

Sooo, last weekend, I finished my first Whole30! And to be honest, it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it was going to be – I learned a lot about my food habits, and also managed to change a lot of them for the better.

I feel a little bit spoiled because since I work from home, meal prepping wasn’t as necessary for me as it is for so many people. I made a whole bunch of delicious meals from some of my favorite bloggers, and actually learned how to be a much better cook using way healthier ingredients. Progress! [Read more…]

Orange Ginger Grain-Free Granola (Gluten-Free, Paleo + Vegan)

Orange Ginger Grain-Free Granola is crunchy, flavorful, and incredibly delicious – you definitely won’t miss the oats! This gluten-free, Paleo and vegan granola makes the perfect breakfast or snack. This post is sponsored by Noosa.

Orange Ginger Grain-Free Granola is crunchy, flavorful, and incredibly delicious - you definitely won't miss the oats! This gluten-free, Paleo and vegan granola makes the perfect breakfast or snack.

I’ve told you guys soooo many times about my favorite breakfast: yogurt, granola, and berries. I could eat it pretty much everyday – it’s one of those meals I just don’t get sick of.

One of the reasons I probably don’t get sick of it is the wide variety of yogurts and granola I can use, and allll the various delicious flavor possibilities! The options are pretty much endless – as well represented by the wide variety of granola recipes on my site. [Read more…]

Banana Bread Pecan Almond Butter (Vegan, Paleo + Whole30)

You’ll want to spread this Banana Bread Pecan Almond Butter on everything! This creamy nut butter, made from pecans and almonds, tastes like a spreadable version of banana bread, loaded with cinnamon, nutmeg, and dried banana bits. There’s no sugar added in this vegan, Paleo, + Whole30-approved treat.

You'll want to spread this Banana Bread Pecan Almond Butter on everything! This creamy nut butter, made from pecans and almonds, tastes like a spreadable version of banana bread, loaded with cinnamon, nutmeg, and dried banana bits. There's no sugar added in this vegan, Paleo, + Whole30-approved treat.
Okay, I know I just shared another nut butter recipe last week (this homemade cinnamon raisin almond butter) but I had to share this one too because it’s SO GOOD and I seriously can’t stop eating it.

You’re maybe side-eyeing me right now, because banana bread-flavored nut butter sounds a little bizarre, no? Bizarre but incredibly delicious, let me tell you… [Read more…]

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

This easy Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl is a simple and sweet treat! It’s a healthy Paleo + vegan breakfast or snack made with only a few ingredients, and you can add whichever toppings your heart desires to customize to your tastes.

This easy Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl is a simple and sweet treat! It's a healthy Paleo + vegan breakfast or snack made with only a few ingredients, and you can add whichever toppings your heart desires to customize to your tastes.

Smoothie bowls: yay or nay? I LOVE them, which is obvious based on the number of smoothie bowl and acai bowl recipes I’ve posted on the site, as well as the frequency with which I make them for breakfast and go out to local juice bars to get them.

But, some people don’t see the point. “Why do you need to EAT your smoothie with a spoon?” they say. “Who has time to sit and eat a smoothie?” they ask. I’ve seen smoothie bowls on a whole bunch of lists of food trends that have gotta go in 2017. [Read more…]

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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