Chocolate Coconut Bars (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These Chocolate Coconut Bars have three irresistible layers – a chocolate shortbread crust, a melt-in-your-mouth coconut butter filling, and a chocolate topping with toasted coconut! Any coconut lover is going to love these gluten-free, Paleo + vegan dessert bars.

These Chocolate Coconut Bars have three irresistible layers - a chocolate shortbread crust, a melt-in-your-mouth coconut butter filling, and a chocolate topping with toasted coconut! Any coconut lover is going to love these gluten-free, Paleo + vegan dessert bars.

It’s been a little bit since I last sat down to write a post – in fact, I haven’t written one since I got home from my trip to CUBA! Holy cow, you guys, it was AMAZING.

I’ve traveled a lot (somewhere around 30 countries, and counting) but Cuba definitely stands out as one of the most unique places I’ve ever been to. Largely in part to the fact they’ve essentially been a time capsule for the past 50ish years. [Read more…]

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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Paleo Almond Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These Paleo Almond Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with almond butter and big chocolate chunks for super gooey, decadent cookies! These gluten free and refined sugar free cookies will definitely satisfy your cookie craving.

These Paleo Almond Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with almond butter and big chocolate chunks for super gooey, decadent cookies! These gluten free and refined sugar free cookies will definitely satisfy your cookie craving.Happy Friday, friends! This week has been a long and stressful one – full of divisiveness and arguments, and for a lot of us, disappointment. So, I thought we could all use a cookie. A big, warm cookie with gooey chocolate chunks, because that is something we can definitely all agree on, right?

This particular batch of cookies gets jazzed up by two of my all-time favorite ingredients: crunchy almonds + flaked coconut! The two come together with the big chunks of chocolate for an outrageously gooey and delicious cookie. [Read more…]

Double Chocolate Macaroons (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These rich Double Chocolate Macaroons are made super chocolatey with both cocoa powder and melted chocolate. These easy cookies are dipped and drizzled with chocolate, and they’re gluten-free, Paleo + vegan.

These rich Double Chocolate Macaroons are made super chocolatey with both cocoa powder and melted chocolate. These easy cookies are dipped and drizzled with chocolate, and they're gluten-free, Paleo + vegan.Sometimes I get really excited about a recipe and I’ve got to share it right away. Case in point? You’re looking at ’em 😏

As soon as I bit into one of these double chocolate macaroons, I had to get the recipe on here ASAP, because I felt mean withholding these beauties any longer than I had to. They’re so good. [Read more…]

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…]

Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Bean Macaroons (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Bean Macaroons are a quick and easy dessert that is gluten-free, Paleo + vegan! These macaroons are baked low and slow and have a chocolate drizzle.

These Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Bean Macaroons are a quick and easy dessert that is gluten-free, Paleo + vegan! These macaroons are baked low and slow and have a chocolate drizzle.I distinctly remember my first few introductions to the world of food blogging, and the first couple of blogs I ever read. I’ve mentioned before that my sister was a food blog reader before I was, and she turned me onto her favorite food blogs and got me hooked.

One of the first, if not the first food blog she ever showed to me, was Oh She Glows, written by Angela Liddon. I immediately loved and admired her site, filled with so many healthy, plant-based recipes and helpful healthy cooking and baking tips. Angela is a rockstar of the healthy food blogging world, and if you don’t already follow her, you definitely need to give a peek to Oh She Glows. [Read more…]

Mango Pineapple Crumble (Gluten Free + Vegan)

This Mango Pineapple Crumble has an irresistible coconut macadamia nut crumble topping. This is a gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar free crumble that will bring your tastebuds to the tropics!

This Mango Pineapple Crumble has an irresistible coconut macadamia nut crumble topping. This is a gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar free crumble that will bring your tastebuds to the tropics!The fruit-filled crisp and crumble obsession continues. I am not kidding you when I say I’ve made six or seven crumble varieties in the last two weeks. It’s quite the tasty obsession, my friends, especially since it’s brought us to this mango pineapple crumble.

I shared this Summer Stone Fruit Crisp last week, and it is already a known favorite around here. It was devoured ridiculously quickly both times I made it, and I was tempted to make for the third time because of all the beautiful peaches and plums and nectarines I had, perfectly ripe in the fridge. [Read more…]

Mango Coconut Crumble Muffins (Vegan)

These Mango Coconut Crumble Muffins are tender and full of tropical flavor! These vegan muffins use coconut oil, coconut flakes, and fresh diced mango for a treat that will make you feel like you’re on vacation.

These Mango Coconut Crumble Muffins are tender and full of tropical flavor! These vegan muffins use coconut oil, coconut flakes, and fresh diced mango for a treat that will make you feel like you're on vacation.UPDATE! The photos for this post have been updated from when it was originally posted in May 2013 to represent how darn delicious these Mango Coconut Crumble Muffins are. I left the post as written when it was first published a few years back for nostalgia’s sake. Hope you enjoy this old favorite of mine – it’s perfect for summer! :)

I was a weird little kid. Not saying I’m exactly normal now, but when I was really little, I thought I was already old and wise. I would say the most ridiculous insightful things that my parents would always say I was an old soul because there was no way a four year old would say things like I did. [Read more…]