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…]

Chocolate Berry Bars (Paleo + Vegan)

These Chocolate Berry Bars have an almond flour crust topped with vegan chocolate ganache and fresh raspberries and blueberries. These dessert bars are beautiful, delicious, and better for you – they’re gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, and Paleo.

These Chocolate Berry Bars have an almond flour crust topped with vegan chocolate ganache and fresh raspberries and blueberries. These dessert bars are beautiful, delicious, and better for you - they're gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, and Paleo.I got a new camera! And these photos are the first photos I’m posting that I took using it. What do you think?!

I went pro, and bought myself the Canon 6D and the 100mm f/2.8L Macro Lens (those are affiliate links). It cost a whole lot of money and it sort of hurt to pay it, I was due for an upgrade and I’m glad I splurged and got a really great camera and lens. I still barely know how to use it, but since I’m coming from another Canon (the Rebel T3 – discontinued, here’s the newer version; and 50mm f/1.8 lens), the learning curve isn’t too steep.

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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…]

Top 10 Recipes of 2015

These recipes make up Bakerita’s Top 10 Recipes of 2015! These are the reader favorites that have been a hit in kitchens all over – these favorites won’t disappoint.

These recipes make up Bakerita's Top 10 Recipes of 2015! These are the reader favorites that have been a hit in kitchens all over - these favorites won't disappoint.I’m a little in shock that this year has flown by so quickly – 2015 has been a big year for me! This will forever go down as the year that I graduated college, moved to Seattle, and crazily decided to purposely not get a job after graduating with an international business degree, and instead go after this crazy dream of food blogging full-time.

I must say, it has been one exciting and sometimes stressful journey, but each comment, email, and Instagram tag from a reader reminds me how incredibly lucky I am to do what I love each and every day. Combing through the 122 (!!) recipe posts I put up this year, a lot of personal favorites emerged. Some made this list of your top 10 favorites, but there were also some of my favorites that I don’t think got the attention they deserved. On that list? Ultimate Fudgy Gluten-Free Brownies, for sure. Mini Apple Berry Crumble Pies also were a favorite, and these Pecan Pie Blondies that made an appearance on my Thanksgiving and Christmas dessert tables. [Read more…]