Banana Coconut Baked Oatmeal (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free & Vegan)

This Banana Coconut Baked Oatmeal is packed with fiber and potassium for a healthy, hearty breakfast. This easy recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and sweetened with a ripe banana – no added sugar needed!

This Banana Coconut Baked Oatmeal is packed with fiber and potassium for a healthy, hearty breakfast. This easy recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and sweetened with a ripe banana - no added sugar needed!

*2017 UPDATE* This recipe was originally posted in May of 2012, and the pictures didn’t reflect how scrumptious this recipe! Funnily enough, this recipe was one of my first forays into healthier recipes on the site. It’s a super easy + delicious breakfast favorite, and you can even make this baked oatmeal ahead of time. The post below has been kept the same since it was originally posted FIVE years ago, for nostalgia’s sake. Enjoy! :)

Obviously, I really like food.

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Chocolate Chunk Banana Baked Oatmeal (Gluten Free + Vegan)

This easy Chocolate Chunk Banana Baked Oatmeal is a delicious twist on classic oatmeal – you’ll definitely want to start your day with a serving of this gluten-free + vegan breakfast! This healthier oatmeal has no added sweetener; it’s sweetened entirely with ripe banana and chocolate chunks.

This easy Chocolate Chunk Banana Baked Oatmeal is a delicious twist on classic oatmeal - you'll definitely want to start your day with a serving of this gluten-free + vegan breakfast! This healthier oatmeal has no added sweetener; it's sweetened entirely with ripe banana and chocolate chunks.For all the oatmeal I eat, baked oatmeal isn’t something that I’ve made too often. To be honest, it’s a method of preparing it that I often forget about…but now that I’ve rediscovered baked oatmeal, with it’s fluffy center and crispy edges, it’s here to stay.

If you’ve never tried baked oatmeal before, you’re going to want to listen up. Baked oatmeal is similar to traditional oatmeal, but it’s made with a few extra ingredients to help it get puffy and browned, and piled into a dish to bake instead of simmering away on the stove.

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Paleo Morning Glory Muffins

These Paleo Morning Glory Muffins are loaded with bananas, shredded carrots, toasted walnuts, and golden raisins. These easy muffins have NO added sugar – they’re sweetened entirely with bananas! They’re the perfect on-the-go breakfast or snack.

These Paleo Morning Glory Muffins are loaded with bananas, shredded carrots, toasted walnuts, and golden raisins. These easy muffins have NO added sugar - they're sweetened entirely with bananas! They're the perfect on-the-go breakfast or snack.

Happy New Year!!! Welcome to 2017 – I hope the beginning of your year is off to a wonderful start. This feels a little weird, because I’m writing this while it’s still 2016. You, however, will be reading this in 2017. And if you’re reading this right around when it’s getting posted, I’m in CUBA!!!

Until the 10th, my best friend Paige and I are going to be exploring the island and taking a break from American civilization…and also from the internet, since Cuba isn’t known for their widespread Wifi. [Read more…]

Banana Almond Butter Grain Free Granola

This Banana Almond Butter Grain Free Granola is a crunchy + filling snack, made without any grains or refined sugars! It makes the perfect yogurt or smoothie bowl topping, or just grab a handful to hold you over until your next meal.

This Banana Almond Butter Grain Free Granola is a crunchy + filling snack, made without any grains or refined sugars! It makes the perfect yogurt or smoothie bowl topping, or just grab a handful to hold you over until your next meal.Phew, happy Monday, friends! Normally I write my posts at least a few days in advance, but with all the chaos of celebrating my birthday AND going to Kaaboo for the last four nights, I was absolutely exhausted and just didn’t get it done.

Although…I must say, Kaaboo was totally worth the exhaustion. If you were watching my constant concert Insta-stories or Snapstories, you heard me singing and dancing my heart out to the Chainsmokers, Fall Out Boy, Flo Rida, and Matoma, and I got right up front for Capital Cities, Cold War Kids, RAC and Rebelution. [Read more…]

Baked Peanut Butter Banana Donuts with Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze (Gluten Free + Vegan)

These Peanut Butter Banana Donuts have a dark chocolate glaze topped with a drizzle of peanut butter! They’re baked instead of fried, and they are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan, making them way healthier than your average donut.

These Peanut Butter Banana Donuts have a dark chocolate glaze topped with a drizzle of peanut butter! They're baked instead of fried, and they are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan, making them way healthier than your average donut.It’s donut time!!! But first: I have a little confession to make. Not to rain on the donut parade or anything….but donuts aren’t really my favorite thing.

They definitely used to be though. When I was a kid, I was a firm believer in junk food. My parents divorced when I was four, and let’s just say my dad didn’t exactly feed my sister and I the healthiest of foods, opting to buy us pretty much whatever we wanted from the grocery store. It usually ended with a lot of candy (like, two of those big Red Vines containers at a time) and Smart Ones frozen dinners. [Read more…]

Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal (Gluten Free + Vegan)

Start your morning with Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal for a healthy & delicious breakfast treat! This gluten-free and vegan oatmeal is sweetened with a ripe banana.

Start your morning with Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal for a healthy & delicious breakfast treat! This gluten-free and vegan oatmeal is sweetened with a ripe banana.When I was younger, I did not like oatmeal…at all. All I had ever really tried was the instant packet variety which, in all it’s mushiness, didn’t really do anything for me. It wasn’t until I was in my late teens when my sister showed me how she makes her oatmeal – with rolled oats and sweetened with just a banana – that I finally started to appreciate it.

Now, I often crave a warm bowl of banana-sweetened oatmeal, especially on the upcoming cool fall mornings and cold winter days. But even with the still-warm weather, I can appreciate the deliciousness of a good bowl of oatmeal and it’s magical ability to keep me full for hours. [Read more…]

Banana Bread French Toast with Caramelized Bananas (Gluten Free, Paleo + Dairy Free)

This Banana Bread French Toast is topped with caramelized bananas for a banana lover’s delight! This gluten-free, Paleo, and dairy-free french toast is sure to satisfy your breakfast and brunch cravings.

This Banana Bread French Toast is topped with caramelized bananas for a banana lover's delight! This gluten-free, Paleo, and dairy-free french toast is sure to satisfy your breakfast and brunch cravings.Calling all banana lovers! This post was made for you. If you’re not a banana fan – sorry, but you’re probably going to want to skip this one, because today is going to be full of delicious banana goodness.

French toast is getting a major upgrade right now, and all we had to do was switch out regular bread for one of my other favorite types of bread: banana bread! Sure, it requires making a batch of banana bread, but trust me friends: it’s so worth it. [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…]