Chocolate Strawberry Granola (Gluten Free, Vegan + Refined Sugar Free)

Chocolate Strawberry Granola is healthy enough to eat for breakfast, but it’s so delicious you’ll want to have it for dessert too! This simple and easy granola recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar free, and it’s loaded with chocolate & strawberry flavor.

Chocolate Strawberry Granola is healthy enough to eat for breakfast, but it's so delicious you'll want to have it for dessert too! This simple and easy granola recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar free, and it's loaded with chocolate & strawberry flavor.

***2017 Update*** You guys have probably noticed I’ve been updating a lot of older recipes with new photos! This is another one of those – this Chocolate Strawberry Granola was posted last year, and has become a major favorite of mine and for lots of you. It’s beyond easy and always satisfying. I love it with yogurt or almond milk and berries, or just as a snack. 

As usual, I’ve left the words in the post the same as when it was originally posted for nostalgia’s sake…even though it was a little brutal reliving my LASIK experience in this post 😂 thank goodness that was over a year ago! Scroll down for the recipe, and enjoy! :)
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Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Cups: Take 5-Inspired (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free + Vegan)

These Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Cups are inspired by the Take 5 candy bar, but made with way more wholesome ingredients! These gluten-free, refined sugar-free and vegan candy cups are filled with peanut butter caramel, with pretzels and peanuts for crunch.

These Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Cups are inspired by the Take 5 candy bar, but made with way more wholesome ingredients! These gluten-free, refined sugar-free and vegan candy cups are filled with peanut butter caramel, with pretzels and peanuts for crunch.

I’m not much one for candy bars anymore, but I used to be ALLL about them. I had many favorites – Twix and Reese’s were definitely at the top of the list, but Take 5 Bars had to be my ride-or-die favorite.

They combine all my favorite things about sweet + salty treats – salty pretzels, gooey caramel, smooth peanut butter, and crunchy peanuts, all coated in chocolate. Swooooon. All the goods! [Read more…]

Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies

These Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies have amazing crispy edges, a soft, chewy center and tons of dark, melted chocolate chunks! You’ll go crazy for these paleo, gluten-free and refined sugar free blondies.

These Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies have amazing crispy edges, a soft, chewy center and tons of dark, melted chocolate chunks! You'll go crazy for these paleo, gluten-free and refined sugar free blondies.

***2017 UPDATE!!!*** Since I first posted these on March 1st, 2015, they’ve been SO loved by so many of you. They’re incredibly gooey, rich, and delicious, and they come together so quickly and easily you won’t believe it. The original post photos were lackluster for how deliciously amazing these are, so I’m giving them a new 2017 update.

I’m keeping the original 2015 post written below though – for nostalgia’s sake, and all that. Throwback to my good old days living with all my best friends in college! ❤️ Hope you enjoy the new photos and delicious recipe!
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No-Bake Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

This No-Bake Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache is a gluten-free, Paleo and vegan cheesecake made with a walnut crust, a creamy cashew cheesecake filling, topped with a luscious chocolate ganache. This healthier cheesecake alternative will satisfy your cheesecake cravings!

This No-Bake Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache is a gluten-free, Paleo and vegan cheesecake made with a walnut crust, a creamy cashew cheesecake filling, topped with a luscious chocolate ganache. This healthier cheesecake alternative will satisfy your cheesecake cravings!

I’ve been on a cashew cheesecake kick lately – I can’t seem to get enough of them, and I’m constantly impressed by the lusciously smooth and creamy filling that results after a few minutes whizzing in the blender.

It’s kind of amazing, isn’t it? Cashews, after being soaked in cold water overnight, transform into the most magically smooth and creamy paste, ready to take on any flavors you’re adding to it. [Read more…]

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge (Refined Sugar Free + Vegan)

This Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge is made with just four wholesome ingredients! This refined sugar free and vegan fudge is incredibly smooth, creamy, and melts in your mouth.

This Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge is made with just four wholesome ingredients! This refined sugar free and vegan fudge is incredibly smooth, creamy, and melts in your mouth.

I’ve always been of the opinion that fudge should be easy to make – like very easy. Never ever have I bothered to fuss over a candy thermometer for good fudge, because it’s so unnecessary and stress-inducing.

My old, unhealthy favorite fudge recipe was pretty easy, but my new super easy refined sugar free + vegan fudge recipe is even EASIER. Like, no cooking necessary. Just melting the coconut oil. That’s my kind of easy. [Read more…]

Paleo Magic Cookie Bars (Gluten Free + Vegan)

These Paleo Magic Cookie Bars are just as rich and delicious as the classic seven layer bars you know and love! This gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar free version has an almond flour crust and homemade coconut milk caramel.

These Paleo Magic Cookie Bars are just as rich and delicious as the classic seven layer bars you know and love! This gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar free version has an almond flour crust and homemade coconut milk caramel.

Let’s talk about my favorite childhood dessert for a minute: Magic Cookie Bars. Also known as Seven Layer Bars or Hello Dolly Bars, these pieces of chewy, chocolatey dessert art are truly delicious and are remembered with great fondness by all who have tried them.

I really don’t know that I’ve ever had someone not love them. The combination of so many delicious things thrown on top of a buttery graham cracker crust and topped with sweetened condensed milk just really can’t end up as anything but insanely delicious. [Read more…]

Almond Chocolate Coconut Smoothie Bowl (Gluten Free + Vegan)

This Almond Chocolate Coconut Smoothie Bowl is refreshing and chocolatey – it’s an absolutely delicious way to start the day! This easy recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and comes together in 5 minutes. This post is sponsored by Silk #TopItTuesday.

This Almond Chocolate Coconut Smoothie Bowl is refreshing and chocolatey - it's an absolutely delicious way to start the day! This easy recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and comes together in 5 minutes.

It is starting to really feel like spring around here. Yesterday was a warm and pretty perfect 78ºF here in San Diego, and today is pretty much the same. The nights are warmer, and the chilly bite is finally subsiding.

How’s it feeling around you guys? Starting to warm up and feel like spring just yet?! I still can’t believe it’s already mid-April – warm summer days are approaching fast! [Read more…]

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie (Gluten Free + Vegan)

This Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie is the ultimate thick, gooey oatmeal cookie! This gluten-free and vegan dessert is loaded with gooey chocolate. This one is sure to satisfy your chocolate cravings!

This Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie is the ultimate thick, gooey oatmeal cookie! This gluten-free and vegan dessert is loaded with gooey chocolate. This one is sure to satisfy your chocolate cravings!

I’m back from the Caribbean, and I’m missing it already! After spending a week on a catamaran in the sunshine looking out over the clearest water I’ve ever seen, San Diego’s cloudy day seems a little lackluster.

Let’s be honest though: just about any place seems lackluster in comparison to the British Virgin Islands. It’s truly a piece of paradise. It was a long week packed with activity, but it also flew by in a flash. [Read more…]