Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie (Gluten Free + Paleo)

This Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie is an easy, one bowl recipe loaded with fresh raspberries and dark chocolate chunks. This gooey skillet cookie is gluten-free, Paleo, and refined sugar free.

This Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie is an easy, one bowl recipe loaded with fresh raspberries and dark chocolate chunks. This gooey skillet cookie is gluten-free, Paleo, and refined sugar free.I hope everyone had a nice + long holiday weekend! We’re officially post-Labor Day, so even though we haven’t reached the official end of summer quite yet, it feels like we’ve passed the unofficial conclusion of the sunny season. Even here in San Diego, though the days are still warm, a bit of that fall breeze in starting to roll in with a bite of chill in night air.

And even though I’m basking in every last bit of sunshine, I’m starting to get really excited about all that fall brings, specifically to the dessert table: apples, cinnamon, pumpkin, and lots and lots of chocolate! [Read more…]

Blueberry Galette (Gluten Free + Paleo)

This Blueberry Galette is a delicious dessert that’s easier to make than a pie, with the same fruity filling and super flaky crust. This healthier dessert is gluten free, Paleo-friendly, and refined sugar free.

This Blueberry Galette is a delicious dessert that's easier to make than a pie, with the same fruity filling and super flaky crust. This healthier dessert is gluten free, Paleo-friendly, and refined sugar free.We’re officially into September. How’d we already get this far into 2016? It feels like a few weeks ago we were ringing in the new year, wondering how 2015 passed so quickly. And now, a new school year is beginning (without me), I’m about to turn 23, and I’ve been graduated from college for over a year. Blah. Things are weird.

Also, what is UP with grocery stores already having Halloween candy out? I refuse to go there when it’s still two month away. Let’s stay stuck in summer for just a teeeensy bit longer. Agreed? [Read more…]

Baked Peanut Butter Banana Donuts with Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze (Gluten Free + Vegan)

These Peanut Butter Banana Donuts have a dark chocolate glaze topped with a drizzle of peanut butter! They’re baked instead of fried, and they are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan, making them way healthier than your average donut.

These Peanut Butter Banana Donuts have a dark chocolate glaze topped with a drizzle of peanut butter! They're baked instead of fried, and they are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan, making them way healthier than your average donut.It’s donut time!!! But first: I have a little confession to make. Not to rain on the donut parade or anything….but donuts aren’t really my favorite thing.

They definitely used to be though. When I was a kid, I was a firm believer in junk food. My parents divorced when I was four, and let’s just say my dad didn’t exactly feed my sister and I the healthiest of foods, opting to buy us pretty much whatever we wanted from the grocery store. It usually ended with a lot of candy (like, two of those big Red Vines containers at a time) and Smart Ones frozen dinners. [Read more…]

Granola Crust Breakfast Tarts with Greek Yogurt + Berries (Gluten Free + Refined Sugar Free)

These Granola Crust Breakfast Tarts are topped with Greek yogurt and fresh berries for a fun and filling breakfast! This gluten-free and refined sugar-free twist on a classic parfait looks beautiful and tastes even better.

These Granola Crust Breakfast Tarts are topped with Greek yogurt and fresh berries for a fun and filling breakfast! This gluten-free and refined sugar-free twist on a classic parfait looks beautiful and tastes even better.I have a granola infatuation, and I’m constantly dreaming up new flavors and new ways to use granola for every purpose. If you’re a regular around here, that’s no surprise – you’ve seen a whole bunch of granola recipes over the years.

To be honest, I’m surprised these granola crust breakfast tarts haven’t come along sooner, considering they have a whole lot of granola goodness going for them, and they’re a twist on my favorite breakfast: Greek yogurt, berries, and homemade granola. [Read more…]

Dried Cherry, Almond + Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (Gluten Free + Vegan)

These no bake Dried Cherry, Almond + Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are the perfect grab and go breakfast or snack. These flavor-packed granola bars are gluten free, refined sugar free, vegan, and topped with a dark chocolate drizzle!

These no bake Dried Cherry, Almond + Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are the perfect grab and go breakfast or snack. These flavor-packed granola bars are gluten free, refined sugar free, vegan, and topped with a dark chocolate drizzle!When I was a little one, I could not pronounce ‘granola bar’ for the life of me. I loved them and requested them often, but in my toddler gibberish, I was unable to ask for them, instead requesting “ganenah boats” – something my parents tried hard to decipher for a while before finally figuring out I was referring to granola bars from me pointing at them.

With my little kid speech impediments, it took me a few years before my pronunciation made sense to anyone outside of the family, but the granola bar love perpetuated through childhood. To be honest, though, I’d sort of fallen off the granola bar wagon. [Read more…]

Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal (Gluten Free + Vegan)

Start your morning with Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal for a healthy & delicious breakfast treat! This gluten-free and vegan oatmeal is sweetened with a ripe banana.

Start your morning with Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal for a healthy & delicious breakfast treat! This gluten-free and vegan oatmeal is sweetened with a ripe banana.When I was younger, I did not like oatmeal…at all. All I had ever really tried was the instant packet variety which, in all it’s mushiness, didn’t really do anything for me. It wasn’t until I was in my late teens when my sister showed me how she makes her oatmeal – with rolled oats and sweetened with just a banana – that I finally started to appreciate it.

Now, I often crave a warm bowl of banana-sweetened oatmeal, especially on the upcoming cool fall mornings and cold winter days. But even with the still-warm weather, I can appreciate the deliciousness of a good bowl of oatmeal and it’s magical ability to keep me full for hours. [Read more…]

Banana Bread French Toast with Caramelized Bananas (Gluten Free, Paleo + Dairy Free)

This Banana Bread French Toast is topped with caramelized bananas for a banana lover’s delight! This gluten-free, Paleo, and dairy-free french toast is sure to satisfy your breakfast and brunch cravings.

This Banana Bread French Toast is topped with caramelized bananas for a banana lover's delight! This gluten-free, Paleo, and dairy-free french toast is sure to satisfy your breakfast and brunch cravings.Calling all banana lovers! This post was made for you. If you’re not a banana fan – sorry, but you’re probably going to want to skip this one, because today is going to be full of delicious banana goodness.

French toast is getting a major upgrade right now, and all we had to do was switch out regular bread for one of my other favorite types of bread: banana bread! Sure, it requires making a batch of banana bread, but trust me friends: it’s so worth it. [Read more…]

Mozzarella Heirloom Tomato Galette with Parmesan Crust (Gluten Free + Grain Free)

This Mozzarella Heirloom Tomato Galette showcases beautiful heirloom tomatoes bubbling with melted mozzarella cheese, all tucked into a gluten-free + grain-free Parmesan crust. 

This Mozzarella Heirloom Tomato Galette showcases beautiful heirloom tomatoes bubbling with melted mozzarella cheese, all tucked into a gluten-free + grain-free Parmesan crust. Since I tried making my first galette earlier this year, this irresistible chocolate strawberry one, I’ve been having galettes on the mind rather often. A galette, if you’ve never had one before, is essentially a rustic version of a pie or tart. It has a similar flaky crust that’s rolled out, and it can have a fruity or savory filling, but instead of being placed in a pie dish or tart pan, the edges of the pastry dough are folded up and around the filling, forming a freeform kind-of pie.

After that initial Chocolate Strawberry Galette was such a raging success, I had dreams of a galette that could be dinner – I wanted something savory, full of veggies and cheese. From that, the Spinach Artichoke Galette was made…and subsequently devoured. [Read more…]