Dried Cherry, Almond + Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (Gluten Free + Vegan)

These no bake Dried Cherry, Almond + Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are the perfect grab and go breakfast or snack. These flavor-packed granola bars are gluten free, refined sugar free, vegan, and topped with a dark chocolate drizzle!

These no bake Dried Cherry, Almond + Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are the perfect grab and go breakfast or snack. These flavor-packed granola bars are gluten free, refined sugar free, vegan, and topped with a dark chocolate drizzle!When I was a little one, I could not pronounce ‘granola bar’ for the life of me. I loved them and requested them often, but in my toddler gibberish, I was unable to ask for them, instead requesting “ganenah boats” – something my parents tried hard to decipher for a while before finally figuring out I was referring to granola bars from me pointing at them.

With my little kid speech impediments, it took me a few years before my pronunciation made sense to anyone outside of the family, but the granola bar love perpetuated through childhood. To be honest, though, I’d sort of fallen off the granola bar wagon. [Read more…]

Blueberry Nectarine Pie with Almond Crumble (Gluten Free + Refined Sugar Free)

This Blueberry Nectarine Pie is the epitome of summer, and it has a delicious oatmeal almond crumble on top! This gluten free and refined sugar free pie is sure to be a favorite.

This Blueberry Nectarine Pie is the epitome of summer, and it has a delicious oatmeal almond crumble on top! This gluten free and refined sugar free pie is sure to be a favorite.
Happy Friday! Another summer weekend is upon us, and I hope you’ll be spending it well! Particularly, enjoying the sunshine and hopefully some delicious baked goods, starring some of summer’s best produce. My summer fruit obsession is continuing strong, and this blueberry nectarine pie is definitely an appropriate representation of that.

Is it just me, or are nectarines a little underrated? Especially in the baking world! You see peaches as the star of so many different recipes, but nectarines are barely ever used. I think that’s a grave mistake, because nectarines are definitely one of my favorites for as long as I can get my hands on them.  [Read more…]

Strawberry Cobbler (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

This Strawberry Cobbler recipe makes a small batch that’s perfect for sharing between a few people. This gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan dessert is made even better with some whipped coconut cream!

This Strawberry Cobbler recipe makes a small batch that's perfect for sharing between a few people. This gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan dessert is made even better with some whipped coconut cream!Since this Blackberry & Blueberry Cobbler and then this Peach Cobbler, I have gotten very, very into cobblers. The juicy, fruity filling that gets all bubbly and caramelized around the edges, topped off with a fluffy, crispy, and gooey cobbler topping – it’s all very exciting. 😍😍😍

The problem is, I love fruit cobblers a little too much, so I can’t make too big of a batch, or I’ll end the day with cobbler having replaced all my meals. Oops. [Read more…]

Almond Blueberry Breakfast Cookies (Gluten Free + Refined Sugar Free)

Almond Blueberry Breakfast Cookies are a quick and healthy breakfast treat or snack. These hearty breakfast cookies, made with rolled oats and almond butter, are gluten free, refined sugar free, and bursting with fresh blueberries!

Almond Blueberry Breakfast Cookies are a quick and healthy breakfast treat, snack, or dessert. These hearty breakfast cookies, made with rolled oats and almond butter, are gluten free, refined sugar free, and bursting with fresh blueberries!Happy Monday! I hope your starting this week bright eyed and bushy tailed after a refreshing weekend of whatever it is you did – hopefully taking advantage of the beautiful summer weather and not thinking about how quickly fall will be upon us.

It was surprisingly gloomy here in San Diego, so I spent the weekend relaxing, seeing friends and family, doing a little recipe testing, and watching a whole lot of the Olympics. I’m super into them this year – normally I just watch a few of my favorite events, but this year I’ve been loving all of them. [Read more…]

Oatmeal Fig Bars (Gluten Free + Vegan)

These Oatmeal Fig Bars are an incredible way to use your fresh figs! These gluten-free + vegan bars taste like Fig Neutons, but without the guilt or refined sugars. Enjoy them for breakfast or as a snack!

These Oatmeal Fig Bars are an incredible way to use your fresh figs! These gluten-free + vegan bars taste like Fig Neutons, but without the guilt or refined sugars. Enjoy them for breakfast or as a snack!So, are you guys on Snapchat? If so…what do you think about the new Instagram Stories? It’s clear that Instagram totally knocked off Snapchat’s story feature. I must admit, I’ve been using Snapchat for years and I prefer Snapchat stories because I love all the location filters and that you can speed up/slow down/make yourself beautiful.

However, I’ve got to admit, it’s awfully convenient having my Instagram followers being able to see everything on one app without having to send people over to Snapchat to “see more” of whatever. I’ve only been using Instagram stories for a day and a half, and there’s no way I can do stories on both, so one’s going to have to give. Any preference from you? Will Instagram or Snapchat prevail?! [Read more…]

Blueberry Chia Jam (Paleo + Refined Sugar Free)

This Blueberry Chia Jam is a healthier homemade jam, made in just 30 minutes! This Paleo + refined sugar free jam is sweetened with maple syrup and naturally thickened with chia seeds.

This Blueberry Chia Jam is a healthier homemade jam, made in just 20 minutes! This Paleo + refined sugar free jam is sweetened with maple syrup and naturally thickened with chia seeds.Holy cow, you guys. It’s already August. When did that happen? This summer has been a busy one for me, with moving and traveling, but it feels like it’s flown by in an instant.

Thankfully, living in San Diego now, summer lasts for a good part of the year. I can look forward to beach days and warm weather for at least a few more months. Unfortunately, the fresh produce that’s so abundant right now doesn’t last for the next couple months, so I need to take full advantage of it while it’s still around. [Read more…]

Summer Stone Fruit Crisp (Gluten Free + Vegan)

This Summer Stone Fruit Crisp features lightly sweetened peaches, plums, and nectarines topped with a oatmeal pecan crumble topping. This gluten-free and vegan dessert showcases the best of summer!

This Summer Stone Fruit Crisp features lightly sweetened peaches, plums, and nectarines topped with a oatmeal pecan crumble topping. This gluten-free and vegan dessert showcases the best of summer!Help. I’m going crisp CRAZY over here. I’ve always been a big fan of them – most people who ask me what my favorite dessert is get apple crisp as the answer, and I can take down an apple crisp all by myself. But for some reason, I’ve always relegated crisps to fall and winter.

And now I’m here full of regret for having never made a stone fruit crisp before this weekend. It’s definitely time to make up for lost time, because apple crisp may very well be giving up it’s crown for this guy. [Read more…]

Mango Pineapple Smoothie Bowl

This Mango Pineapple Smoothie Bowl brings the tropics to your breakfast bowl! Customize the toppings on this ultra refreshing & healthy smoothie bowl for your ideal breakfast or snack.

This Mango Pineapple Smoothie Bowl brings the tropics to your breakfast bowl! Customize the toppings on this ultra refreshing & healthy smoothie bowl for your ideal breakfast or snack.I’ve become a major smoothie bowl addict. I could eat one for breakfast pretty much every single day, and a lot of mornings recently…I have been doing just that. Acai and pitaya bowls are also everywhere in San Diego, so I’ve been picking up my fair share of the bowls at local juice bars too.

I love making them at home, though, where I can make them just as thick and creamy as I like them, with alllll the toppings that I want, using whichever fruits my heart desires. This classic acai bowl is a good place to start the smoothie bowl obsession, but I think the berry pitaya smoothie bowl and peanut butter acai bowl are more frequent favorites of mine – you know I can’t resist a little peanut butter ;) [Read more…]