Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies (Gluten Free)

These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are incredibly soft and naturally gluten-free. This simple recipe will become a quick favorite for any peanut butter fans.

These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are incredibly soft and naturally gluten-free. This simple recipe will become a quick favorite for any peanut butter fans.It’s always fun for me to experiment with super unique and different recipes, but sometimes, I just want to make something homey, warm, and comforting. Cookies usually do that for me. The ritual of making cookies always reminds me why I love baking, and it’s even better when you can make the dough with the basics: a bowl and wooden spoon.

I’m constantly using my stand mixer and subsequently doing a whole bunch of dishes, but for this recipe, you can skip it. A little elbow grease is all you need! [Read more…]

Monte Cristo Pancakes

Ever had a monte cristo sandwich? You’ve never had one like this – these Monte Cristo Pancakes have pancakes instead of bread, with a filling of ham, cheese, and raspberry jam.

Ever had a monte cristo sandwich? You've never had one like this - these Monte Cristo Pancakes have pancakes instead of bread, with a filling of ham, cheese, and raspberry jam.

I’ve had quite a few phenomenal monte cristos in my day. There’s something about the salty/savory combined with the sweet that draws me to the dish, and I’ve ordered it at many brunches – the sandwich at Milk in Barcelona is amazing, and Dirty Oscar’s Annex in Tacoma, Washington also makes a great one.

Traditionally, a monte cristo is a sandwich of ham, a good melting cheese (typically gruyere), and jam. The whole sandwich is then dipped in a french toast-like egg wash, and grilled to melt the cheese and griddle the bread. Sometimes, it gets a good sprinkle of powdered sugar as well. [Read more…]

Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal (GF + Vegan)

This Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal tastes like dessert for breakfast! This oatmeal is sweetened with a banana and cocoa powder + chocolate chips make it super chocolatey. It’s gluten-free, refined sugar free, and vegan.

This Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal tastes like dessert for breakfast! This oatmeal is sweetened with a banana and cocoa powder + chocolate chips make it super chocolatey. It's gluten-free, refined sugar free, and vegan.

Let’s talk about breakfast. Specifically, let’s talk about that fact that the chocolatey bowl of deliciousness you’re seeing above this sentence? Yeah, you can eat that FOR BREAKFAST. Who’s in?

I made this for breakfast for the first time on Monday, again on Tuesday, photographed it (and subsequently devoured) on Wednesday, make it again on Thursday, and then was exceedingly sad on Friday when I was all out of bananas and strawberries. You can say I’m a little obsessed. [Read more…]

Sweet Sticks

Sweet Sticks were a favorite of my friends and I in college – these bread sticks are topped with melted mozzarella, garlic, and brown sugar for a salty-sweet combo that’s surprisingly irresistible!

Sweet Sticks were a favorite of my friends and I in college - these bread sticks are topped with melted mozzarella, garlic, and brown sugar for a salty-sweet combo that's surprisingly irresistible!Sweet sticks bring back some really good memories…sometimes hazy, but always good.

Sweet sticks were one of the staples of a night out in college. At my school, there was a pizza place on campus that would stay open until 2 a.m. on the weekends, but they would stop taking pizza orders an hour before closing. [Read more…]

Chocolate Ganache Tarts with Coconut Macaroon Crust (GF + Paleo)

These Chocolate Ganache Tarts with Coconut Macaroon Crust are Paleo, gluten-free + refined sugar free, but you’d never guess from the decadent vegan chocolate ganache or sweet and chewy crust.

These Chocolate Ganache Tarts with Coconut Macaroon Crust are Paleo, gluten-free + refined sugar free, but you'd never guess from the decadent vegan chocolate ganache or sweet and chewy crust.I’m an early riser. Like, my eyes were open before the clock hit 5 a.m. this morning kind of early. And even though waking up so early ensures I start getting drowsy around 8 or 9 p.m., there’s a certain calm energy in the air during those hours before most of the world has woken up.

Here in wintery Washington, the sun doesn’t rise until well after 7 a.m., leaving me a few hours of time before the sun (or clouds, more likely around here) comes out and cars start buzzing around. I haven’t always woken up quite this early, though I’ve always been a morning person. Since I started working from home, those pre-dawn hours have become my time to organize myself. [Read more…]

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft + chewy cookies full of freeze dried strawberries and chocolate chunks, dipped and drizzled with dark chocolate.

These Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft + chewy cookies full of freeze dried strawberries and chocolate chunks, dipped and drizzled with dark chocolate.You guys have heard about this crazy Powerball lottery jackpot right now, right? As I write this, the prize money is 1.3 BILLION – the highest ever. When someone wins that jackpot, they’ll become a billionaire, just like that! Well, you know, before taxes and all that not-fun stuff.

So it got me thinking – what would I change if I won the lottery? Not that I’ve ever actually bought a lottery ticket, just hypothetically. And I must say…there’s not much I would change about my life. Of course, I would build my dream house with the most KILLER kitchen ever and travel a ton, but I’m lucky enough to be doing what I love, and why would I want to change that? [Read more…]

Paleo Banana Upside Down Cake

This Paleo Banana Upside Down Cake is an impressive and delicious cake that’s gluten-free and refined sugar free. Sweetened almost entirely with bananas, this is a banana lover’s dream! This post is sponsored by ONE Banana.

This Paleo Banana Upside Down Cake is an impressive and delicious cake that's gluten-free and refined sugar free. Sweetened almost entirely with bananas, this is a banana lover's dream!

Yes, it’s still pretty much the first week of January and everyone’s still dieting, or at least trying/pretending to – right? Today, we’re keeping in theme with the rest of the world and having something a bit healthier.

No, it’s not a salad or soup or “detox” anything. Yes, I am giving you a cake as my one of my first posts of the new year – #judgeme. BUT, this is a cake that you could theoretically eat for breakfast without feeling guilty, so let’s embrace it, okay? [Read more…]

Chocolate Banana Granola (GF + Vegan)

This Chocolate Banana Granola is super chocolatey with mashed banana and banana chips! This gluten-free and vegan granola makes a super addictive snack or breakfast.

This Chocolate Banana Granola is super chocolatey with mashed banana and banana chips! This gluten-free and vegan granola makes a super addictive snack or breakfast.Happy New Year 🎉 welcome to 2016! I know I’m a little late, but I thought we could all use a few days off from the real world to let 2016 settle in, am I right? My year started a little differently than expected, with a quiet night at home in San Diego instead of in the mountains like I had planned – but, hanging out with my dog and gazing outside to see the ocean, I can’t really complain.

I can confidently say I haven’t had a bad moment this year and I’m going to hold on to that for as long as I can. I have a good feeling about 2016 :) and how can I not, when the first thing I baked of the year was this chocolate banana granola? [Read more…]