Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats

These Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats come together in five minutes so breakfast will be ready right when you wake up! This easy overnight oat recipe tastes like blueberry muffins and can be served cool or warm.

These Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats come together in five minutes so breakfast will be ready right when you wake up! This easy overnight oat recipe tastes like blueberry muffins and can be served cool or warm.The past few days have been unseasonably hot here in Seattle, with the temperature cracking the 80s earlier in the week, and it’s luckily stayed in the realm of sundress weather. Being able to photograph on my patio without the need for two jackets and a scarf has been a blessing, and my body is thankful for the extra dose of vitamin D it’s getting from my long daily walks to soak up the sun.

Seattle transforms during the spring and summer, turning from the land of rain and gloom into a sunshine-y, blue skied place with lots of glimmering water and pale locals trying to catch a tan while the sun hangs around ever so briefly. I don’t think summer is here quite yet, as the forecast is predicting a weekend full of rain, but the teases of summer have definitely infected the atmosphere up here. [Read more…]

Paleo Double Chocolate Banana Bread

This Paleo Double Chocolate Banana Bread is perfectly moist and gooey with an incredibly deep chocolate flavor, and you’d never guess it’s sweetened entirely by ripe bananas.

This Paleo Double Chocolate Banana Bread is perfectly moist and gooey with an incredibly deep chocolate flavor, and you'd never guess it's sweetened entirely by ripe bananas.I’ve been thinking about this recipe for a long time and now I’m positively kicking myself that it took me this long to finally get around to making it – both for my sake and for yours, because this recipe turned out as delicious as I had always hoped and dreamed that it would be. I feel like a proud mama!

A few years ago (that makes me feel like such an old blogger 😱) I posted this recipe for Paleo Chocolate Chunk Banana BreadI wasn’t even going to post it, because I figured I already had a bunch of banana bread recipes posted. Thankfully, one of my housemates at the time tried it and bugged me to take some pictures before it was gone because it was pretty darn incredible – perfectly sweet (even without sugar) with a texture and flavor that tasted eerily similar to the banana bread my mom used to make. [Read more…]

Vegan Pineapple Coconut Muffins

Have a taste of the tropics with these Vegan Pineapple Coconut Muffins! They’re super soft, full of tropical flavor, and no one would ever guess that they are dairy-free + vegan.

Have a taste of the tropics with these Vegan Pineapple Coconut Muffins! They're super soft, full of tropical flavor, and no one would ever guess that they are dairy-free + vegan.When I went on a walk yesterday and could take off my jacket to feel the sun on my skin without shivering, I got the biggest smile on my face. It’s amazing how a little sunshine can make a city come alive.

After being in Costa Rica last week, basking in 90ºF+ weather, it was such a relief to come back to Seattle and see that spring has finally started to show itself. The past few days, the sun has inched past the 60s and settled at 72º – even though I know we’ll still have a few cloudy days (it is Seattle, after all), the worst is officially over. [Read more…]

Strawberry Chocolate Tart (GF, Paleo + Vegan)

This Strawberry Chocolate Tart is filled with whipped vegan chocolate ganache and topped with fresh strawberries, all piled in a chocolate crust. Slice into this easy and delicious gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan dessert.

This Strawberry Chocolate Tart is filled with whipped vegan chocolate ganache and topped with fresh strawberries, all piled in a chocolate crust. Slice into this easy and delicious gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan dessert.Hi Monday. Mondays after a holiday are always worse than the usual Monday, don’t you think? I spent the past week in Costa Rica with my whole mom’s side of the family, soaking in plenty of sun on the beach and chasing around monkeys and iguanas

We had an incredible time, traveling first to Rio Perdido – an eco-friendly resort with the most incredible thermal river. The river (the resort’s namesake) is one of the few thermal rivers in the world and was among the most incredible things I’ve ever experienced. My sister, aunt, mom and I spent hours lounging in the 95 degree water, sitting with our backs against the rapids and letting nature give us a massage. [Read more…]

Paleo Apple Cinnamon Bread

This Paleo Apple Cinnamon Bread is a healthy breakfast or snack that’s made with applesauce! This gluten-free and grain-free spiced loaf is so easy and moist.

This Paleo Apple Cinnamon Bread is a healthy breakfast or snack that's made with applesauce! This gluten-free and grain-free spiced loaf is so easy and moist.Hello from Costa Rica!! When this post goes out, I’ll probably be laying in the sun, basking in the 90 degree heat (not to brag or anything). As I write this though, I’m waiting for my delayed flight to Houston, where I’ll then connect to Liberia, Costa Rica. I was supposed to meeting up with my sister and mom during the connection, but because of my delay, I’l be on different flight to Costa Rica now. I won’t land there for another twelve hours and I’m yearning to be in the warmth! ☀️☀️

In the meantime, I’ll distract myself from the wait by talking to you about this week’s baking expeditions! Namely, this apple cinnamon bread. This recipe was one I expected to work on the first try, and that was sooo not the case. I tested and tweaked and finally, we have a winner! [Read more…]

Vegan Blueberry Muffins

You would never know these Vegan Blueberry Muffins were made without eggs due to their light texture and incredible flavor! This easy recipe comes together quickly and only uses one bowl.

You would never know these Vegan Blueberry Muffins were made without eggs due to their light texture and incredible flavor! This easy recipe comes together quickly and only uses one bowl.Updated March 2016: I decided that this post deserved to be revitalized with some new pictures and new love! It’s a celebrated and delicious recipe that the previous pictures didn’t do justice to. I left the story and post the same as when it was originally posted way back in April 2013! I hope you enjoy these secretly-vegan muffins. :)

These muffins were a total accident, that turned out SO amazingly. I was planning on making regular blueberry muffins when I realized two things:

A) The carton of blueberries I bought was on the verge of going bad,

B) I had never shared my favorite blueberry muffins on here!

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Classic Acai Bowl

This recipe for a Classic Acai Bowl has only three ingredients and is so delicious! You’re missing out if you haven’t jumped on this easy breakfast trend. This post is sponsored by Silk.

This recipe for a Classic Acai Bowl has only three ingredients and is so delicious! You're missing out if you haven't jumped on this easy breakfast trend.Are you on the acai bowl bandwagon? I’ve been acai bowl obsessed for a loooong time now – they’ve been a favorite of mine since I first discovered the Sambazon acai bowl cafe in Cardiff way back in high school. Now, you can find them all over in San Diego, but there were still no places near me to get them in Washington, so they became a visiting home treat.

When I went to Kauai last month, my sister had already scouted out a favorite acai place by the time I had gotten there. I must say, she chose well – they were soooo delicious! Acai is a big deal in Hawaii and you can find roadside stands offering an assortment of smoothies, fresh produce, and acai bowls pretty much everywhere. [Read more…]

Blackberry Crisp Tart (GF + Vegan)

This quick and easy Blackberry Crisp Tart has an oatmeal crust and fresh blackberries! This recipe is gluten-free, refined sugar-free and vegan.

This quick and easy Blackberry Crisp Tart has an oatmeal crust and fresh blackberries! This recipe is gluten-free, refined sugar-free and vegan.

Since I started working for myself, I’ve started spending a lot of time in coffee shops. Despite that I stopped drinking coffee for the most part late last year, I’ve spent a good portion of each week this past year mooching off of free WiFi and becoming a regular at a few favorite coffee shops on my street.

When I’ve been with myself a little too long, I pull myself out of my flour-covered pajamas and head to the small coffee shop a block down from my apartment, or the Starbucks a half a mile down the road. Let’s be honest, my choice usually depends on how hard it’s raining – the harder it’s raining, the more likely I’m taking the shorter walk. Armed with my green tea or coconut milk green tea latte (respectively), I can find new inspiration. [Read more…]