Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites (Gluten Free + Vegan)

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites have just 5 ingredients and are sweetened with dates! These easy energy bites come together in only 10 minutes and they’re gluten-free, refined sugar free + vegan.

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites have just 5 ingredients and are sweetened with dates! These easy energy bites come together in only 10 minutes and they're gluten-free, refined sugar free + vegan.

So I made these little Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites the day before I left for Cuba, and I was so darn excited to have a homemade snack to bring along for when I inevitably got hungry and cranky on the trip…especially one filled with peanut butter + chocolate, two of my favorite things.

And then, of course, I forgot them in the refrigerator, and only remembered when I was en route to the airport. Tragic, I tell you. I thought of them longingly many times during our trip. [Read more…]

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free + Vegan)

These No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars have a peanut date crust and a super creamy cashew-based peanut butter filling – you’d never guess that they’re vegan, gluten free, and refined sugar free!

These No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars have a peanut date crust and a super creamy cashew-based peanut butter filling - you'd never guess that they're vegan, gluten free, and refined sugar free!Does everyone else love chocolate and peanut butter as much as I do, or do I bore you guys with my incessant bombardment of chocolate and peanut butter flavored desserts?

As you can probably tell, I can’t get enough of chocolate and peanut butter. I eat it all the chances I can get, and now that we’ve moved onto chillier days, this chocolate peanut butter oatmeal has become a staple breakfast item. It’s dessert for breakfast, a little more guilt free…definitely worth waking up for. [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 Crunch Brownies (Gluten Free)

These Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies are incredibly rich and delicious, with a crunchy and fudgy topping. These gluten-free brownies were made for chocolate and peanut butter lovers!

These Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies are incredibly rich and delicious, with a crunchy and fudgy topping. These gluten-free brownies were made for chocolate and peanut butter lovers!Hi, friends! I’m writing to you from thousands of feet in the air, en route from Barcelona to London, where I’ll continue on home to San Diego (on an eleven hour flight- ugh :P). For the past 17 days, I’ve been bouncing from city to city around Europe, and while I thought I would be excited to be back home, I’m already dreaming of the next time I can go back.

If we’re Snapchat friends, you may have seen my story – documenting all the places I’ve seen and all the many, many gelato cones that I’ve eaten. Along with my mom’s whole side of the family (minus my sister – we missed you, Shay!), we started in Athens and then got on a 10-day cruise through Europe, finally ending in one of my favorite cities in the world – Barcelona. [Read more…]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Muffins (Gluten Free + Refined Sugar Free)

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Muffins are loaded with chocolate chunks and have a peanut butter swirl – you’d never guess that they’re gluten-free and the batter is sweetened entirely with bananas!

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Muffins are loaded with chocolate chunks and have a peanut butter swirl - you'd never guess that they're gluten-free and the batter is sweetened entirely with bananas!Chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas. Three of my favorite ingredients, and I use each one of them a whole lot individually…so naturally, I love it when they come together into one fantastically delicious dish, like this oatmeal or these nom-worthy pancakes.

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Muffins are the one of the best combinations of chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas I’ve had in a while – they’re gooey, chocolatey, rich, and amazingly, fully gluten free and refined sugar free! The magic behind the muffins?

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Chocolate Peanut Butter & Jelly Cups

These Chocolate Peanut Butter & Jelly Cups are homemade peanut butter cups with an added layer of jam or jelly! This healthier candy recipe is only 5 ingredients, and uses an easy refined sugar free chocolate recipe.

These Chocolate Peanut Butter & Jelly Cups are homemade peanut butter cups with an added layer of jam or jelly! This healthier candy recipe is only 5 ingredients, and uses an easy refined sugar free chocolate recipe.Making copycat candies, but way healthier, has become a recent favorite activity of mine. It started with these paleo + vegan Twix Bars, moved onto these Girl Scout cookie copycat Samoa Bars, candy-inspired Almond Joy Brownies, and then these homemade peanut butter cups.

The homemade peanut butter cups got me all excited (because I love a good peanut butter cup – or a peanut butter anything, really) and I started coming up with all sorts of peanut butter cup related recipes. [Read more…]

Peanut Butter & Jelly Blondies (Gluten Free + Refined Sugar Free)

These Peanut Butter & Jelly Blondies are a super gooey and delicious way to enjoy this classic sandwich combo! These dessert bars are gluten-free, grain-free and refined sugar-free.

These Peanut Butter & Jelly Blondies are a super gooey and delicious way to enjoy this classic sandwich combo! These dessert bars are gluten-free, grain-free and refined sugar-free.It’s peanut butter jelly time! Every time I think about peanut butter and jelly, the peanut butter jelly time song starts playing involuntarily on repeat in my head. In fact, it’s been playing in my head non-stop as I’ve edited photos and it’ll probably be playing in my head while I write this post. It’s so catchy (and mildly annoying).

But, it commemorates arguably the most American lunch there is: peanut butter and jelly! Were you a peanut butter and jelly kid in elementary school, or did you prefer other meals packed in your lunch box? I’ve always loved PB&J, which my peanut butter obsession no doubt contributed to, but there’s so many other totally delicious ways to enjoy the combo than in just a sandwich. [Read more…]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free + Vegan)

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal tastes like a peanut butter cup, but it’s sweetened with just a ripe banana! You’ll love to wake up to this gluten-free, refined sugar-free + vegan breakfast.

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal tastes like a peanut butter cup, but it's sweetened with just a ripe banana! You'll love to wake up to this gluten-free, refined sugar-free + vegan breakfast.The photos in this post were updated in May 2016, but the recipe and writing below remains the same as when originally published! I’ve been rephotographing some of my old favorite recipes here on the site that don’t get nearly enough attention, probably because the photos didn’t do this delicious oatmeal justice.

But, for memorial’s sake, I’m not rewriting the post at all. All that’s below, including the recipe, is the original from July 2012. Enjoy – this recipe is still one of my favorites! I make it at least a couple of times a month :)

It’s clear to everyone who knows me I’m addicted to chocolate and peanut butter together. They’re perfect for each other, and anyone who has ever eaten a peanut butter cup can attest to that. [Read more…]