Secretly Healthy Banana Bread (Gluten Free, Oil Free and Refined Sugar Free!) |

Secretly Healthy Banana Bread (Gluten Free)

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Secretly Healthy Banana Bread (Gluten Free, Oil Free and Refined Sugar Free!) |

Let me just tell y’all about this banana bread. This stuff is GOOD. Like, really, really good, and you would have no idea that it was gluten-free, or moderately healthy, at all. In fact, no one in my family even believed me when I told them it was. We all just devoured it much too quickly.

I favored it warmed up for a few seconds in the microwave, just to get those chocolate chips all melty and delicious and absolutely wonderful. This is real, homestyle, tastes-like-mommy-made-it banana bread. It reminds me so much of the chocolate chip banana bread my mom would always make for my sister and I when we were left with too many overripe bananas. Mmm, such good stuff, except instead of the oil and sugar that made mommy’s banana bread, this one uses honey and applesauce! And because it’s healthy, you can have more slices without the guilt. May I suggest having a piece with some peanut butter on it? Mindblowingly delicious (<–whoops, made up a word, but it’s accurate). Of course, to keep it healthier, leave out the chocolate chips. I just can’t have banana bread without chocolate chips, so I had to include them. [Read more...]

Jam Thumbprint Cookies that are gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar free and can be made paleo AND they only have 4 ingredients! Seriously, can that be beat? Oh yeah, and they taste awesome and are beyond easy | From

Jam Thumbprint Cookies (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Jam Thumbprint Cookies that are gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free and can be made paleo. With only four ingredients, these are so easy & so delicious! | From Hi guys. I’ve been totally AWOL, despite my promises of stories from London and all that good stuff. Let me throw something out there – London has been amazing so far (for the most part, but we’ll get there in a second), but you want to know something slightly pathetic for a blogger?

I have yet to take ONE picture that was not a blurry, night-out, nightclub picture. I know, I know. But the truth is, I haven’t really been sightseeing yet! It’s been orientation, classes (ahem, modules, as the Brits call them), meeting new people, and going out. Oh, getting sick. Right, how is that for luck! One week in, and I woke up in the middle of the night feeling horrific, barely able to get out of bed. So for the past three days I’ve been in my room, miserable. Until this morning, I hadn’t seen a soul, and all I had eaten was one granola bar and a handful of cereal…in three days.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie Cookies | These are the ultimate in fudgy, delicious cookies! You can't tell they don't contain any flour! Recipe available at

Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie Cookies | These are the ultimate in fudgy, delicious cookies! You can't tell they don't contain any flour! Recipe available at

It’s the final day of the year, and I’m waking up in London! I arrived yesterday with my friend Paige around 2 PM, we took a taxi to the hotel, and set off to explore a little bit. We got our new British phones and some toiletries, ate dinner, and proceeded to pass out for 15 hours. Guess we needed a little bit of sleep?

We’re still drowsy/jet-lagged, but so ready for an amazing New Years Eve in London! This is going to be a short post, 1) because our Internet is almost expired, and 2) we really need to get out of bed and go run some errands. [Read more...]

Toffee Caramel Cheesecake from

Toffee Caramel Cheesecake

Toffee Caramel Cheesecake from Phew – finals are done, and I’m finally home as of yesterday afternoon.Typical – the night before I came home, I woke up with the flu, and after an agonizing day traveling with the flu (it sucks and I don’t recommend it), I finally got home and slept from 2 PM until 9 AM this morning. 19 hours of sleep…think I was tired?!

Thankfully though, I woke up feeling so much better, and thank goodness. Now that I’m home, I leave for London in exactly 10 days. I have no idea how time or this semester has gone so damn quickly. Nevertheless, it’s almost the holidays, and I need to share with you an amazing holiday dessert. Really though, it’s a dessert for anytime you need some serious decadence in your life, and if the holidays aren’t the time for that, well then, I don’t know when is. [Read more...]

Yellow Cake with Caramel Buttercream from

Yellow Cake with Caramel Buttercream

Yellow Cake with Caramel Buttercream from Bakerita.comThis cake is pure, simple, and easy, yet still utterly delicious and impressive. I made it for my Aunt Lori’s birthday. At this point in my baking life, I know the flavor favorites of most of my family and friends. It’s become one of those things that I absolutely love knowing about people because it feels like a little window into their souls. Knowing the right flavors to make them happy makes me feel like I know someone better, or something.

It’s something I try to ask people about, mostly because I’m curious. I love knowing someone’s favorite flavor of frosting, what kind of cake they prefer, and the baked good from childhood that makes them happiest. It’s the little things, and almost everyone has a favorite. Bonus – if I ever feel the need to bake someone a birthday cake, or show a little gratitude, or just feel like spread the baking love, I know what someone will like. No one wants to bring vanilla cake to a party where everyone wants chocolate. [Read more...]

Peppermint Oreo Fudge Brownies from

Peppermint Oreo Fudge Brownies

Peppermint Oreo Fudge Brownies from

Sooo can I freak out for a sec? I leave for London in 27 DAYS!!! How is that even possible? I’m going to be gone for almost 6 months. It’s going to be surreal, and so fun, and I’m beyond excited. But, also sort of nervous. Big change and all of that. One of my biggest concerns though…is Bakerita! I’m not quite sure how much I’ll be able to bake in London since I’ll be sharing a small kitchen with 9 or 10 other students. Not conducive for food blogging.

I’m thinking that food features about the local foods of the places I’m traveling could be cool, or maybe just travel posts?! I don’t know what you guys want, so if you leave me a comment about what you’d like to see (whatever it is!), I would love your input.

Anyways, moving on to brownies: these are so seasonally-correct, so delicious, so rich, and so absolutely perfect to give to people this holiday season. I’m usually majorly off with creating season desserts, but I’m so glad I made these, and I hope you do too! [Read more...]