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…]

Paleo Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

This Paleo Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie is the ultimate gooey dessert! This gluten free and refined sugar free skillet cookie is a healthier alternative to the classic Pizookie. Use big chocolate chunks to make it extra chocolatey!

This Paleo Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie is the ultimate gooey dessert! This gluten free and refined sugar free skillet cookie is a healthier alternative to the classic Pizookie. Use big chocolate chunks to make it extra chocolatey!Ooey…gooey…doughy…with big, melted chunks of dark chocolate. Those are the words I like to hear when we’re talking about gooey chocolate chip skillet cookies, don’t you?

The biggest perk of a skillet cookie is the increased ratio of gooey insides to the crispy, golden outside. When you dig into the center of a skillet cookie with your spoon and get a perfect mix of melted chocolate, barely cooked doughy center, and crispy edges, there isn’t really anything better. [Read more…]

Chocolate Strawberry Galette (Gluten Free + Paleo)

This rustic Chocolate Strawberry Galette will satisfy your sweet tooth guiltlessly! This simple Paleo dessert features fresh strawberries and dark chocolate chunks, folded into a flaky gluten-free crust.

This rustic Chocolate Strawberry Galette will satisfy your sweet tooth guiltlessly! This simple Paleo dessert features fresh strawberries and dark chocolate chunks, folded into a flaky gluten-free crust.I’m bursting with excitement as I write this, because I’m currently en route to Salt Lake City for the Everything Food Conference! I’m going to be meeting and hanging out with a whole bunch of my favorite food bloggers all weekend, and I CAN’T WAIT!

There’s a whole bunch of bloggers going who I have followed, chatted with and admired for years and I finally get to meet them all in real life. It’s going to be so fun and surreal! When this post goes out, I’ll be in the midst of the conference. [Read more…]

Raspberry Rhubarb Almond Bars (Gluten Free + Paleo)

These Raspberry Rhubarb Almond Bars have a crisp almond flour crust topped with soft almond frangipane, fresh raspberries, and tart rhubarb. This recipe is Paleo, gluten free + refined sugar free.

These Raspberry Rhubarb Almond Bars have a crisp almond flour crust topped with soft almond frangipane, fresh raspberries, and tart rhubarb. This recipe is Paleo, gluten free + refined sugar free.Before we talk about the swoon-worthy Raspberry Rhubarb Almond Bars staring at you, I have to make a little announcement! I haven’t officially mentioned it yet, but now that my moving van is scheduled and there’s boxes sitting in my living room, it finally feels real – and close. I’m moving back to San Diego! For those that don’t know, I was born and raised in San Diego, and I moved up to Washington when I was 17 to go to college at University of Puget Sound.

After graduating almost exactly a year ago (uhhh…WHERE did that year go?!?), I moved to Seattle, where I’ve run this blog, lived with one of my best friends, and baked my heart out for the past year with a beautiful view of the sound and a super cute patio (which I’m going to miss a bunch). [Read more…]

Paleo Cherry Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These Paleo Cherry Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies are chewy, gooey, and absolutely delicious! These gluten-free and refined sugar-free cookies are loaded with toasted almonds, dried Bing cherries and dark chocolate chunks, sprinkled with flaky sea salt.

These Paleo Cherry Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies are chewy, gooey, and absolutely delicious! These gluten-free and refined sugar-free cookies are loaded with toasted almonds, dried Bing cherries and dark chocolate chunks, sprinkled with flaky sea salt.I’m here to make Monday a whole heck of lot better by talking about one of everyone’s favorite things: cookies! More importantly, cookies with BIG old chunks of dark, melty chocolate. Isn’t that the best kind there is?

When I first made these Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies last year, I knew the recipe was a total winner. They were devoured super quickly, and it barely registered that they were “Paleo” – no one cared, they were just delicious. A whole bunch of you agree with me – just check out the comments on that post! The edges of the cookies get just crispy enough, while the cookies stay super thick, so the inside is niiice and gooey, just the way I (and apparently most of you) like it. [Read more…]

Peanut Butter & Jelly Blondies (Gluten Free + Refined Sugar Free)

These Peanut Butter & Jelly Blondies are a super gooey and delicious way to enjoy this classic sandwich combo! These dessert bars are gluten-free, grain-free and refined sugar-free.

These Peanut Butter & Jelly Blondies are a super gooey and delicious way to enjoy this classic sandwich combo! These dessert bars are gluten-free, grain-free and refined sugar-free.It’s peanut butter jelly time! Every time I think about peanut butter and jelly, the peanut butter jelly time song starts playing involuntarily on repeat in my head. In fact, it’s been playing in my head non-stop as I’ve edited photos and it’ll probably be playing in my head while I write this post. It’s so catchy (and mildly annoying).

But, it commemorates arguably the most American lunch there is: peanut butter and jelly! Were you a peanut butter and jelly kid in elementary school, or did you prefer other meals packed in your lunch box? I’ve always loved PB&J, which my peanut butter obsession no doubt contributed to, but there’s so many other totally delicious ways to enjoy the combo than in just a sandwich. [Read more…]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free + Vegan)

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal tastes like a peanut butter cup, but it’s sweetened with just a ripe banana! You’ll love to wake up to this gluten-free, refined sugar-free + vegan breakfast.

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal tastes like a peanut butter cup, but it's sweetened with just a ripe banana! You'll love to wake up to this gluten-free, refined sugar-free + vegan breakfast.The photos in this post were updated in May 2016, but the recipe and writing below remains the same as when originally published! I’ve been rephotographing some of my old favorite recipes here on the site that don’t get nearly enough attention, probably because the photos didn’t do this delicious oatmeal justice.

But, for memorial’s sake, I’m not rewriting the post at all. All that’s below, including the recipe, is the original from July 2012. Enjoy – this recipe is still one of my favorites! I make it at least a couple of times a month :)

It’s clear to everyone who knows me I’m addicted to chocolate and peanut butter together. They’re perfect for each other, and anyone who has ever eaten a peanut butter cup can attest to that. [Read more…]