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…]

No-Bake Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Macaroons (Gluten-Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These No-Bake Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Macaroons are packed with strawberry flavor! It’s hard to resist these creamy gluten-free, Paleo + vegan coconut macaroons, and the chocolate dip and drizzle makes them even more delicious.

These No-Bake Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Macaroons are packed with strawberry flavor! It's hard to resist these creamy gluten-free, Paleo + vegan coconut macaroons, and the chocolate dip and drizzle makes them even more delicious.

I feel like I’ve rekindled my love for baking, post-Whole30. Not that it even left, but after not being able to make many of the recipes I dreamed up during my baking-free month, it feels so good to get back into the kitchen to create a whole bunch of new dessert goodness.

Testing, tasting, and tweaking recipes are some of my favorite things (obviously) and after a month without it, I really missed the process of developing new recipes. Of course, I did it during my Whole30 with my Whole30-approved recipes, but I wasn’t testing nearly as much as normal. [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…]

Paleo Chili

This Paleo Chili is a bean-free, Whole30-approved take on my award winning best chili recipe! It’s a hearty, flavorful chili made with ground beef, sausage, bacon and a wonderful blend of spices.

This Paleo Chili is a bean-free, Whole30-approved take on my award winning best chili recipe! It’s a hearty, flavorful chili made with ground beef, sausage, bacon and a wonderful blend of spices.

Since I updated my best chili recipe back in October with new, beautiful photos that show off how delicious it is, so many of you have been LOVING it. I knew that recipe was a winner, but lurking in the back of my archives with less-than-impressive photos, it was always overlooked.

After it got a new look, it managed to go NUTS on Pinterest, and after only about 3 months of being updated, it was my second most viewed recipe of 2016. Of course, with all those people looking at it, a bunch of you made it to. [Read more…]

Vanilla Bean Pecan Butter

This Vanilla Bean Pecan Butter is incredibly smooth and easy to make. The buttery pecans blend up quickly into a creamy nut butter that you’ll want to spread on everything! Cinnamon and vanilla beans complement the pecans wonderfully.

This Vanilla Bean Pecan Butter is incredibly smooth and easy to make. The buttery pecans blend up quickly into a creamy nut butter that you'll want to spread on everything! Cinnamon and vanilla beans complement the pecans wonderfully.

Back atcha with another nut butter! I’m both excited to share this with you, and a little bit sad, because I’m sitting here looking at the bottom of my empty jar of this vanilla bean pecan butter.

My last couple tablespoons were drizzled all over my breakfast this morning and it tasted so good, but using up the last of something so delicious is always bittersweet. No worries though – I can have another batch ready to be devoured in no time because it’s so easy to make. [Read more…]

Chocolate Raspberry Tartlets (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These Chocolate Raspberry Tartlets are super chocolatey bites – they have a chocolate shortbread crust filled with chocolate ganache and topped with a fresh raspberry. Satisfy your chocolate craving with one of these gluten-free, Paleo + vegan tartlets.

These Chocolate Raspberry Tartlets are super chocolatey bites - they have a chocolate shortbread crust filled with chocolate ganache and topped with a fresh raspberry. Satisfy your chocolate craving with one of these gluten-free, Paleo + vegan tartlets.

Is it just me, or is this year already flying by? I feel like we just started 2017, yet somehow we’re already creeping in on Valentine’s Day and before we can blink, it’s going to be Thanksgiving.

I remember when adults used to tell me to appreciate the time I had as a kid, because as soon as I grew up, time would fly right by. I would giggle and disregard it, wishing still for time to speed up until my next birthday or whatever. I should’ve listened. [Read more…]