Peanut Butter Acai Bowl

This Peanut Butter Acai Bowl is the perfect creamy, healthy, and peanut buttery breakfast! The recipe makes one thick smoothie bowl, best topped with fresh fruit, granola, and peanut butter.

This Peanut Butter Acai Bowl is the perfect creamy, healthy, and peanut buttery breakfast! The recipe makes one thick smoothie bowl, best topped with fresh fruit, granola, and peanut butter.I’ve gotten pretty crazy obsessed with acai bowls and smoothie bowls since I discovered I could make them at home in my Vitamix. They’re the perfect breakfast or mid-day snack, especially in the summertime when you need something to help cool you off.

At my place in Seattle, there was an acai bowl/jar bar place on my street called FIT BAR, and they had the best peanut butter acai bowl called Peanut Butter Power. Not going to lie, guys – this recipe is my copycat of the peanut butter power acai bowl. [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…]

Oatmeal Cookie Apple Crisp

This Oatmeal Cookie Apple Crisp has a simple spiced apple filling, topped with a super easy oatmeal cookie crumble topping! Serve it warm with vanilla ice cream for an outstanding quick dessert.

This Oatmeal Cookie Apple Crisp has a simple spiced apple filling, topped with a super easy oatmeal cookie crumble topping! Serve it warm with vanilla ice cream for an outstanding quick dessert.Let’s talk about one of my favorite things in the world: apple crisp. When people ask me what my favorite dessert is (which is a *serious* question, considering my life essentially revolves around dessert), apple crisp with vanilla ice cream is almost always my answer. Unless I’m in a major chocolate mood, I’m going with the apple crisp.

It’s so simple, and when the apples paired with just the right amount of sweetener and spices, their texture and natural sweetness really shine. I like to use a combination of apple varieties so I get a few different flavors and textures from the apples. [Read more…]

Spinach + Artichoke Mediterranean Galette (Gluten Free + Grain Free)

This Spinach + Artichoke Mediterranean Galette has sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, feta cheese, and gooey mozzarella tucked into a flaky gluten-free and grain-free crust. Pair with a side salad for the perfect lunch or dinner.

This Spinach + Artichoke Mediterranean Galette has sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, feta cheese, and gooey mozzarella tucked into a flaky gluten-free and grain-free crust. Pair with a side salad for the perfect lunch or dinner.I’ve started to create a bucket list of food projects to take on in the next couple months. They’ve all been on the brain for a while, and this summer I’m determined to make them all actually happen. Croissants took about four years to get checked off my food project bucket list and it will definitely not take that long before the next thing on the list gets a big old check mark next to it.

So what’s coming up? Homemade sourdough made with a starter I made all by myself, homemade kombucha (I’m a little freaked out about the SCOBY though), from-scratch mozzarella, and homemade seasoning salts (I’m kind of a salt dork). They’re all coming soon in my kitchen…as soon as I find an apartment, that is. Let me know if you want them to be documented on the blog! [Read more…]

Jam Thumbprint Cookies (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These Jam Thumbprint Cookies are a simple and delicious cookie made with only four ingredients! You won’t be able to have just one of these gluten-free, vegan, and Paleo-friendly cookies.

These Jam Thumbprint Cookies are a simple and delicious cookie made with only four ingredients! You won't be able to have just one of these gluten-free, vegan, and Paleo-friendly cookies.UPDATE! I’ve been having a lot of fun remaking some of my old recipes that I think could use a little *erm* refresh, shall we say. Some of my older recipes are definitely outstanding, while the pictures representing the recipes were far from it.

This recipe was originally posted back in January of 2014, when I had first arrived to London for my semester abroad. Remembering that first week, I barely remember getting sick, and just remember how much freaking FUN I had on my semester abroad. Oh, nostalgia…these cookies, too, are still totally outstanding. I don’t like erasing old posts…soooo, here’s the original (pictures replaced, except for one) from 2014! [Read more…]

Paleo Double Chocolate Cookies

Even your most intense chocolate craving doesn’t stand a chance against these Paleo Double Chocolate Cookies! These super chocolatey cookies are gluten free and refined sugar free.

Even your most intense chocolate craving doesn't stand a chance against these Paleo Double Chocolate Cookies! These super chocolatey cookies are gluten free and refined sugar free.I’m officially a San Diego resident again! Sorry for my lack of posts last week, but my plan to write posts at the end of long driving days seemed way less fun after eating big meals and many houuuurs of driving each day. But now we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming!

Before we talk about these glorious paleo double chocolate cookies you’re looking at though, can I finish telling you about my road trip?! If you want to read the first part, you can read it here. If you don’t care, skip ahead to the recipe – I promise I won’t be offended :) [Read more…]

Berry Pitaya Smoothie Bowl

This Berry Pitaya Smoothie Bowl is made from mixed berries, banana, and pitaya – also known as dragonfruit! Top with fresh fruit and other toppings for a nutritious and delicious breakfast or brunch.

This Berry Pitaya Smoothie Bowl is made from mixed berries, banana, and pitaya - also known as dragonfruit! Top with fresh fruit and other toppings for a nutritious and delicious breakfast or brunch.

I hope everyone had a wonderful long Memorial Day weekend, and is enjoying the short four-day week! Mine has been nothing short of fantastic – if you’ve been following along on Snapchat, you’ll know I’m currently road tripping with my dad from Seattle down to San Diego.

We are not taking the quick way though. We’re winding slowly but surely down the 101, and we’ve spent three nights on the Oregon coast so far. The first night was spent at an adorable bed and breakfast on the beach in Newport, which is just about the cutest fishing town ever with delicious seafood. [Read more…]

Strawberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars (Gluten Free + Vegan)

These Strawberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars feature fresh strawberries and an oatmeal crumb crust that doubles as the crumble topping! This quick and easy recipe is gluten-free and vegan.

These Strawberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars feature fresh strawberries and an oatmeal crumb crust that doubles as the crumble topping! This quick and easy recipe is gluten-free and vegan.I’m currently standing in my kitchen while the movers move around me, packing up my furniture and moving boxes filled with everything I own. The contents of my life are getting loaded into the moving truck, ready to be driven down to San Diego. It’s weird, and sad, and a little bit surreal.

As excited as I am to move back to San Diego, it feels so bizarre to be leaving Washington after having spent the past five years here, and I’m extra sad to be leaving my apartment. I love my kitchen and my shooting area and seeing my photography set-up in boxes makes me nostalgic already. I can’t believe another baked good won’t be coming out of this kitchen! [Read more…]