Chocolate Raspberry Tartlets (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These Chocolate Raspberry Tartlets are super chocolatey bites – they have a chocolate shortbread crust filled with chocolate ganache and topped with a fresh raspberry. Satisfy your chocolate craving with one of these gluten-free, Paleo + vegan tartlets.

These Chocolate Raspberry Tartlets are super chocolatey bites - they have a chocolate shortbread crust filled with chocolate ganache and topped with a fresh raspberry. Satisfy your chocolate craving with one of these gluten-free, Paleo + vegan tartlets.

Is it just me, or is this year already flying by? I feel like we just started 2017, yet somehow we’re already creeping in on Valentine’s Day and before we can blink, it’s going to be Thanksgiving.

I remember when adults used to tell me to appreciate the time I had as a kid, because as soon as I grew up, time would fly right by. I would giggle and disregard it, wishing still for time to speed up until my next birthday or whatever. I should’ve listened. [Read more…]

Gluten-Free Peppermint Mocha Tart

This Gluten-Free Peppermint Mocha Tart has a chocolate shortbread crust filled with a luscious peppermint mocha chocolate ganache! This quick + easy dessert is perfect for the holidays.

This Gluten-Free Peppermint Mocha Tart has a chocolate shortbread crust filled with a luscious peppermint mocha chocolate ganache! This quick + easy dessert is perfect for the holidays.

Even though I love to focus on the food around the holidays, it’s spending time with family that’s my favorite thing about these days. My sister has been staying with me these past few days, and last night my entire dad’s side of the family gathered to pick up my cousin from the airport after her first semester of college, and then descended upon my studio apartment for dinner.

Having the 15 of them packed on the couch, laying on my bed, and scouring the fridge for the leftover baked goods filled the space with such warmth and love. While food is the reason for gathering (and a definitely delicious perk), it’s the people that make the holidays so special.

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Chocolate Mousse Tart with Coconut Crust + Fresh Fruit Flowers (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

This Chocolate Mousse Tart with Coconut Crust + Fresh Fruit Flowers has the most incredible vegan chocolate mousse filling! You’d never guess that this rich dessert is gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan.

This Chocolate Mousse Tart with Coconut Crust + Fresh Fruit Flowers has the most incredible vegan chocolate mousse filling! You'd never guess that this rich dessert is gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan.So, we’re a just few days from October and we’ve officially crossed the threshold into fall. How’s everyone feeling about it? I’m feeling…conflicted, as the change of season always does to me, especially in San Diego. 

I forgot how disorienting the changing seasons are in San Diego, mostly because…the season’s don’t really change. It’s pretty much: really sunny, sunny, a little breezy, and back to sunny. It’s hard to get into a Fall/Winter mindset when the sun is still shining and it’s 80 degrees out, ya know? [Read more…]

Chocolate Pecan Tart (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

This Chocolate Pecan Tart has a chocolate shortbread crust, pecan pie filling, and is topped with dark chocolate ganache, pecans + a sprinkle of sea salt! You won’t believe that this is gluten-free, Paleo, refined sugar free, and vegan.

This Chocolate Pecan Tart has a chocolate shortbread crust, pecan pie filling, and is topped with dark chocolate ganache, pecans + a sprinkle of sea salt! You won't believe that this is gluten-free, Paleo, refined sugar free, and vegan.Let’s just get it out there: I’m having all the feels for this chocolate pecan tart. Pecans are without a doubt my favorite nut, and the pecans ✨ shine ✨ in this dessert, adding crunch and warmth. It’s my first foray this year into a definitely-not-summer dessert, but it’s so delicious that it makes me want to skip happily into fall.

Chocolate, pecans, and caramel is a classic combo (Turtles, anyone?!) and for good reason. It just works, and one bite of this chocolate pecan tart is all you need to be sure of that.  [Read more…]

No-Bake Chocolate Banana Tart (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

This No-Bake Chocolate Banana Tart has an easy date crust, filled with creamy chocolate ganache and sliced bananas! This quick and simple recipe is only has five ingredients and it’s gluten-free, Paleo and vegan.

This No-Bake Chocolate Banana Tart has an easy date crust, filled with creamy chocolate ganache and sliced bananas! This quick and simple recipe is only has five ingredients and it's gluten-free, Paleo and vegan.Sometimes, simple is the best. While I love to create recipes with tons of fabulous ingredients, that take a bit of standing time in the kitchen to create, there’s other times (like when I’m baking in this summer heat) that I want a recipe that’s the wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am kind of simple.

And nothing says simple quite like a no-baking-required dessert made with just five ingredients, am I right? [Read more…]

Ricotta Heirloom Tomato Tart (Gluten Free)

This Ricotta Heirloom Tomato Tart has a gluten-free cornmeal crust and basil ricotta filling, topped with beautiful heirloom tomatoes! This simple tart makes a wonderful appetizer, lunch, or dinner.

This Ricotta Heirloom Tomato Tart has a gluten-free cornmeal crust and basil ricotta filling, topped with beautiful heirloom tomatoes! This simple tart makes a wonderful appetizer, lunch, or dinner.Okay as promised, before we get to talking about this swoon-worthy ricotta heirloom tomato tart, I’m going to finish telling you about my Eurotrip! We left off leaving Malta, heading off the Italy…

Sicily was the first stop in Italy, and we ventured from port to Taormina, a precious Italian town perched in the hills overlooking the ocean. We explored the town, wandering through the pedestrian-only streets and window shopping, before having a delicious pizza lunch and gelato (when in Italy, right?) and heading back to the boat. [Read more…]

Strawberry Chocolate Tart (GF, Paleo + Vegan)

This Strawberry Chocolate Tart is filled with whipped vegan chocolate ganache and topped with fresh strawberries, all piled in a chocolate crust. Slice into this easy and delicious gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan dessert.

This Strawberry Chocolate Tart is filled with whipped vegan chocolate ganache and topped with fresh strawberries, all piled in a chocolate crust. Slice into this easy and delicious gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan dessert.Hi Monday. Mondays after a holiday are always worse than the usual Monday, don’t you think? I spent the past week in Costa Rica with my whole mom’s side of the family, soaking in plenty of sun on the beach and chasing around monkeys and iguanas

We had an incredible time, traveling first to Rio Perdido – an eco-friendly resort with the most incredible thermal river. The river (the resort’s namesake) is one of the few thermal rivers in the world and was among the most incredible things I’ve ever experienced. My sister, aunt, mom and I spent hours lounging in the 95 degree water, sitting with our backs against the rapids and letting nature give us a massage. [Read more…]

Chocolate Ganache Raspberry Tart

This Whipped Chocolate Ganache Raspberry Tart has an almond flour crust filled with creamy chocolate ganache topped with fresh raspberries! It’s naturally gluten free.

This Whipped Chocolate Ganache Raspberry Tart has an almond flour crust filled with creamy chocolate ganache topped with fresh raspberries! It's naturally gluten free.The recipe for this tart is on Delish.com! Here’s an except of the post…read on to click through to the recipe at the bottom, or click here to see the post on Delish. 

Fresh berries are way at the top of my list of my favorite things about summer, right up there with cold fruity cocktails, sandy beach days, and 10pm sunsets. Raspberries, in particular, are some of my favorites.

A few weeks ago, I convinced my friend to come raspberry picking with me about an hour east of Seattle, and we spent hours weaving our way through the raspberry bushes, pulling the sun-ripened berries right off the vines. Only about half of the berries made it into the basket – the rest were going straight into our mouths. There’s nothing like eating a raspberry just pulled off the vine, still hot from the sun. I could eat pounds of them, just like that. [Read more…]