Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Cookies

These Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Cookies are soft, chewy and bursting with flavor! They’re loaded with cinnamon, orange zest, fresh tart cranberries, and chewy dried cranberries. Perfect for the holidays!

These Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Cookies are soft, chewy and bursting with flavor! They're loaded with cinnamon, orange zest, fresh tart cranberries, and chewy dried cranberries. Perfect for the holidays!Ah, the madness of Thanksgiving has passed! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and weekend, full of family, friends, and of course…it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without lots of delicious food.

I spent pretty much all day Wednesday and Thursday prepping for our feast, and my dad ended up having to come pick me up because I couldn’t get the two pies, apple cranberry crisp, pumpkin chocolate chunk cookies, four-layer birthday cake, brussels sprouts, and cranberry sauce safely over to his house in one piece by myself, especially with my huge dog lurking in the car. [Read more…]

Cranberry Apple Crisp (Gluten Free + Vegan)

This Cranberry Apple Crisp is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg & orange zest and topped with a crunchy pecan oatmeal crisp topping. This gluten-free and vegan crisp is the perfect holiday dessert!

This Cranberry Apple Crisp is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg & orange zest and topped with a crunchy pecan oatmeal crisp topping. This gluten-free and vegan crisp is the perfect holiday dessert!Are you a planner or a procrastinator? I know some of us have already had the whole Thanksgiving menu planned out for weeks now…and then there’s the other group, who’ll be running frantically to the grocery store for another bag of potatoes the morning of Thanksgiving. Which group are you in?!

I’m typically in the planner group – leaving things until the very last minute has always given me anxiety, so I made sure that my family knew who was making what for our Thanksgiving feast earlier this week. [Read more…]

Paleo Apple Pie

This Paleo Apple Pie has a flaky gluten-free lattice crust with a delicious spiced apple filling! Your holiday dessert table isn’t complete without apple pie, and this healthier refined sugar free recipe will satisfy any apple pie lover.

This Paleo Apple Pie has a flaky gluten-free lattice crust with a delicious spiced apple filling! Your holiday dessert table isn't complete without apple pie, and this healthier refined sugar free recipe will satisfy any apple pie lover.I’m sitting here trying to think of what to say…while my mind is really on the election, nervously watching electoral votes roll in. I can’t even go there – this is a baking blog, not a political one, so I’m going to take a break from my worrying to talk about one of my favorite foods – apple pie!

There’s nothing polarizing about apple pie, is there?! Except maybe whether you prefer a lattice crust or a crumble crust – but that’s easily solved…just make two pies! ;) [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…]

Lemon Berry Oatmeal Snack Bars (Gluten Free + Vegan)

These Lemon Berry Oatmeal Snack Bars are the perfect mid-day treat or dessert to satisfy your hunger! These snack bars have an oatmeal crust, a tangy lemon mixed berry filling, and they’re gluten-free + vegan. Thanks to Lipton for sponsoring this post!

These Lemon Berry Oatmeal Snack Bars are the perfect mid-day treat or dessert to satisfy your hunger! These snack bars have an oatmeal crust, a tangy lemon mixed berry filling, and they're gluten-free + vegan.Let’s talk about snack time. Are you a big into snacking, or are you more of a stick-to-your-meals kind of person? I do a little of both – on the days when I’m recipe developing and testing, I’m snacking on baked treats all day and don’t even really eat real meals until dinner.

On the other days, I’m usually a stick-to-my-meals person, but there’s got to be some sort of sweet treat during the day. I’m a baking blogger after all, so it’s okay, right?! [Read more…]

Pear Apple Crisp (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

This Pear Apple Crisp combines two of the best fall fruits into one delicious crisp, flavored with vanilla, cinnamon and ginger and topped with a grain-free crumble topping. This crisp is gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan.

This Pear Apple Crisp combines two of the best fall fruits into one delicious crisp, flavored with vanilla, cinnamon and ginger and topped with a grain-free crumble topping. This crisp is gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan.

Ever since I moved back to San Diego, my friend Monica from The Movement Menu and I have been trying to get together for a baking and cooking day, and after four months, it finally happened!

I always love getting together with other bloggers for whatever reason – baking, cooking, and just chatting about blogging is always such a joy, since normally our interactions are limited to behind a screen. Since blogging tends to be a solo endeavor, getting to be face-to-face to collaborate and bounce flavor ideas off each other is so much fun. It’s always so interesting for me to see someone else’s creative process when doing recipe development and food photography.

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Chocolate Mousse Tart with Coconut Crust + Fresh Fruit Flowers (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

This Chocolate Mousse Tart with Coconut Crust + Fresh Fruit Flowers has the most incredible vegan chocolate mousse filling! You’d never guess that this rich dessert is gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan.

This Chocolate Mousse Tart with Coconut Crust + Fresh Fruit Flowers has the most incredible vegan chocolate mousse filling! You'd never guess that this rich dessert is gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan.So, we’re a just few days from October and we’ve officially crossed the threshold into fall. How’s everyone feeling about it? I’m feeling…conflicted, as the change of season always does to me, especially in San Diego. 

I forgot how disorienting the changing seasons are in San Diego, mostly because…the season’s don’t really change. It’s pretty much: really sunny, sunny, a little breezy, and back to sunny. It’s hard to get into a Fall/Winter mindset when the sun is still shining and it’s 80 degrees out, ya know? [Read more…]

Raspberry Acai Bowl

This Raspberry Acai Bowl is a refreshing & delicious breakfast, especially when you add your favorite toppings! This easy breakfast is ready in a few minutes.

This Raspberry Acai Bowl is a refreshing & delicious breakfast, especially when you add your favorite toppings! This healthy breakfast is ready in a few minutes.Let’s be honest – I’ve become a little bit obsessed with acai bowls. If you follow me on Instagram stories or Snapchat, you may have noticed that I make them all the time. Like, at least a couple times a week. They’ve also crept their way out of breakfast territory and into lunch and dinner territory, too.

This Peanut Butter Acai Bowl is one of my favorites that I make over and over again because hello, I’m peanut butter obsessed. But I’ve made room for a lot of other favorites too – namely, this raspberry acai bowl! [Read more…]