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…]

Snickerdoodles (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These healthier Snickerdoodles are incredibly soft and flavorful. This gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan recipe comes together so quickly and easily in just twenty minutes, you won’t believe it!

These healthier Snickerdoodles are incredibly soft and flavorful. This gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan recipe comes together so quickly and easily in just twenty minutes, you won't believe it!

It’s somehow already December 23rd – 1 day until the first night of Hannukah, 2 days until Christmas, and 8 days until New Years Eve. I’m squeezing in one last cookie recipe before everyone goes on a diet or cleanse or whatever.

This one is a classic that I actually haven’t ever posted a recipe for, the snickerdoodle cookie. Traditionally full of sugar, butter, and cinnamon, it’s a soft and chewy cookie that gets rolled in cinnamon sugar before baking. It’s also usually not very healthy – at all. [Read more…]

Paleo Peppermint Marshmallows

These Paleo Peppermint Marshmallows are exactly what your hot chocolate needs! They’re light, fluffy, and easier to make than you’d think. This recipe is Paleo + refined sugar free, with a beautiful swirl of homemade red food coloring!

These Paleo Peppermint Marshmallows are exactly what your hot chocolate needs! They're light, fluffy, and easier to make than you'd think. This recipe is Paleo + refined sugar free, with a beautiful swirl of homemade red food coloring!If you’ve been enjoying hot drinks galore this winter, you’re going to want to listen up. These peppermint marshmallows are going to make that drink in your mug so much more festive and delicious. You’re going to be drinking cup after cup of hot cocoa or coffee once you’ve got these in your house!

If you’re giving me side eye that marshmallows are super hard to make, that’s where you’re mistaking! They’re actually pretty darn easy, as long as you’ve got a candy thermometer and a bit of patience.  [Read more…]

Chocolate Fudge (Paleo + Vegan)

This Chocolate Fudge is incredibly smooth, rich and chocolatey. It’s made with only four wholesome ingredients, there’s no cooking required, and it’s Paleo + vegan! It’s the perfect holiday treat.

This Chocolate Fudge is incredibly smooth, rich and chocolatey. It's made with only four wholesome ingredients, there's no cooking required, and it's Paleo + vegan! It's the perfect holiday treat.Back in high school, when I first start started experimenting in the kitchen and churning out tons of treats, I became infatuated with making fudge.

During the holiday season, I would make a whole bunch of batches, in all sorts of flavors, but most of them got sprinkled with a generous dusting of flaky Maldon sea salt – my newest obsession at the time, and one that still continues to this day. [Read more…]

Paleo Gummies (Three Flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Pomegranate + Cranberry Orange)

These Paleo Gummies couldn’t be easier to make! The three flavors, Pomegranate, Apple Cinnamon, and Cranberry Orange, are flavored with fruit juice and made with gut-healing gelatin for a superfood boost. You can use any flavor of fruit juice you’d like to customize these to your tastes, too! This post is sponsored by Vital Proteins.

These Paleo Gummies couldn't be easier to make! The three flavors, Pomegranate, Apple Cinnamon, and Cranberry Orange, are flavored with fruit juice and made with gut-healing gelatin for a superfood boost. You can use any flavor of fruit juice you'd like to customize these to your tastes, too!I can’t deal with any chit chat today because LOOK guys, I made homemade and healthy gummy bears!!!

I love making healthier versions of my favorite candies (see my Twix Bars and Peanut Butter Cups), but until now, I haven’t ventured into fruity candies. That’s a shame, because fruity candies are some of my favorites.

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Chocolate Rugelach (Gluten Free + Refined Sugar Free)

These Chocolate Rugelach are incredibly tender and flaky, thanks to the cream cheese-based dough. These refined sugar-free and gluten-free rugelach are filled with dark chocolate shavings for an irresistible holiday treat.

These Chocolate Rugelach are incredibly tender and flaky, thanks to the cream cheese-based dough. These refined sugar-free and gluten-free rugelach are filled with dark chocolate shavings for an irresistible holiday treat.For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted a garden. Mostly because I found the idea of growing my own food to be a novel one, having grown up in suburban San Diego with not many gardens around that I remember, save for the garden in our school yard.

As soon as I got my first apartment out of college last year, I recruited my roommate Ally to help me assemble an herb garden. We loved and tended to it all summer and into fall, watching it thrive and using the fruits of our labor in our meals and letting them inspire my treats, like these Raspberry Mint Brownies. Then, Seattle winter came and our plants all died a sad death, turning into shriveled grey twigs. [Read more…]

Paleo Chocolate Melting Cakes

These Paleo Chocolate Melting Cakes are incredibly gooey, rich and chocolatey! This easy, five-ingredient recipe is a healthier take on Carnival’s Chocolate Melting Cake. You’ll love the melting, gooey center!

These Paleo Chocolate Melting Cakes are incredibly gooey, rich and chocolatey! This easy, five-ingredient recipe is a healthier take on Carnival's Chocolate Melting Cake. You'll love the melting, gooey center!So, have you ever been on a Carnival Cruise? If you have, I bet you’ve ended one of your dinners on the ship digging into the gooey center of one their famous Chocolate Melting Cakes, topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

This past summer my mom’s whole family piled onto a Carnival cruise ship in Athens and sailed our way through Turkey, Greece, Malta, and Italy, finally landing in Barcelona. Most of the nights that we had dinner on the boat, we would eat in the same restaurant. [Read more…]

Brown Butter Shortbread (Gluten Free + Refined Sugar Free)

These Brown Butter Shortbread are crisp and buttery with dark chocolate + flaky sea salt on top. These gluten free & refined sugar free cookies melt in your mouth and make the perfect addition to your holiday cookie tray!

These Brown Butter Shortbread are crisp and buttery with dark chocolate + flaky sea salt on top. These gluten free & refined sugar free cookies melt in your mouth and make the perfect addition to your holiday cookie tray!Hi friend! Coming at you on a Tuesday, a little off schedule but with something exciting to share – it’s officially holiday cookie season, and today marks the start of #HolidayCookieParty2016!

A few weeks back, my friend Rebecca from Displaced Housewife asked if I wanted to join a cookie exchange between a bunch of other bloggers/Instagrammers. Uh, receiving cookies in the mail from one of the people’s whose treats I drool over on the daily? YES, please. [Read more…]