Salted Almond Chocolate Truffles (Paleo + Vegan)

With toasted almonds for crunch and a sprinkle of sea salt on top, these Salted Almond Chocolate Truffles are a chocolate lover’s dream! They’re easy to make, Paleo-friendly, and vegan. A batch of these truffles makes the perfect holiday gift. This post is sponsored by Diamond of California.

With toasted almonds for crunch and a sprinkle of sea salt on top, these Salted Almond Chocolate Truffles are a chocolate lover's dream! They're easy to make, Paleo-friendly, and vegan. A batch of these truffles makes the perfect holiday gift.Sometimes, the best compliment you can get on a dessert is silence…just the sound people chewing, and maybe the occasional moan of satisfaction as it’s devoured.

When I brought out these salted almond chocolate truffles at the end of my grandpa’s birthday dinner and passed them around the table to my family, I got silence (rare) and a lot of “mmmmm”s. Then the Tupperware went around the table again…and again. That, my friends, is the ultimate compliment. [Read more…]

10 Healthier Homemade Candy Recipes

This is a collection of 10 Healthier Homemade Candy Recipes that I love – they’re all gluten free and refined sugar free so you can enjoy your favorite treats more guiltlessly!

This is a collection of 10 Healthier Homemade Candy Recipes that I love - they're all gluten free and refined sugar free so you can enjoy your favorite treats more guiltlessly!

Happy Halloween, friends! Today, in celebration of all things candy, I’m sharing a post that’s a little bit different than my usual recipe posts – a roundup of ALL my favorite homemade candies! These recipes are all healthier than your typical trick-or-treating fare, so you can enjoy a little more guiltlessly.

Most of the recipes are healthier twists on your classic favorites, as well as a couple delectable twists on the classics that I know you’ll love as much as I do! [Read more…]

Chocolate Peanut Butter & Jelly Cups

These Chocolate Peanut Butter & Jelly Cups are homemade peanut butter cups with an added layer of jam or jelly! This healthier candy recipe is only 5 ingredients, and uses an easy refined sugar free chocolate recipe.

These Chocolate Peanut Butter & Jelly Cups are homemade peanut butter cups with an added layer of jam or jelly! This healthier candy recipe is only 5 ingredients, and uses an easy refined sugar free chocolate recipe.Making copycat candies, but way healthier, has become a recent favorite activity of mine. It started with these paleo + vegan Twix Bars, moved onto these Girl Scout cookie copycat Samoa Bars, candy-inspired Almond Joy Brownies, and then these homemade peanut butter cups.

The homemade peanut butter cups got me all excited (because I love a good peanut butter cup – or a peanut butter anything, really) and I started coming up with all sorts of peanut butter cup related recipes. [Read more…]

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free + Vegan)

These homemade Peanut Butter Cups are a healthier version of my favorite candy, made with only four ingredients! They are made with a refined sugar-free + vegan homemade chocolate and sprinkled with flaky sea salt.

These homemade Peanut Butter Cups are a healthier version of my favorite candy, made with only four ingredients! They are made with a refined sugar-free + vegan homemade chocolate and sprinkled with flaky sea salt.You may have noticed that recently I’ve been super into making way healthier but still totally delicious versions of my favorite, traditionally unhealthy treats. First, I whipped up these copycat homemade Twix Bars that were made with a super delicious vegan caramel and crispy coconut flour shortbread.

A version of one of my favorite candies made with only six ingredients, and without any refined sugars or gluten? Yes, please! Those first bars have inspired a whole slew of follow-ups.  [Read more…]

Chai Spice Pecan Brittle

This Chai Spice Pecan Brittle is a unique flavor twist on one of my holiday favorites – brittle! This version features buttery pecans and a bold chai spice blend.

This Chai Spice Pecan Brittle is a unique twist on the traditional brittle you see around the holidays - this version features buttery pecans and a bold chai spice blend.

Every year around the holidays, I fall in love with making candy all over again, and wonder why I don’t make candy all of the time. It’s definitely not for everyone – making candy requires patience, precision, and a little bit of love.

It can be awfully finicky – melting sugar doesn’t always want to cooperate, and too often candy ends up undercooked, burned, or crystallized. It’s not that candy making is hard, it’s just that you have to dedicate about 10-20 minutes to doing just that: making candy. [Read more…]

S’mores Fudge

This S’mores Fudge only takes 15 minutes and six ingredients to prep – no baking required! This quick and easy fudge recipe is a no-mess way to enjoy s’mores.

This S'mores Fudge only takes 15 minutes and six ingredients to prep - no baking required! This quick and easy fudge recipe is a no-mess way to enjoy s'mores.Weather in Seattle has not been my friend recently. When I first moved into my apartment I was stoked on my light situation – a living room with an entire glass wall that gets direct light for half the day? Yes, please! In the summer, I struggled with having too much light. I would be blinded by the sun in my eyes as I stood inside taking photos.

Oh, how I miss those days. They are so long gone. Back in summer, I could be taking photos until 5 or 6 PM…now, the light is totally gone for the day by 4 PM at the latest – but that’s not the main problem. The wall of windows that used to let in tons of light now barely lets in any, but that’s cause there is none, except for the occasional hour where the sun will break through the clouds to grace us with it’s presence. [Read more…]

Peppermint Marshmallows

Making your own marshmallows is easier than you’d think! These Peppermint Marshmallows look gorgeous, taste 100x better than store bought, and make a great holiday gift. Be sure to save a few to enjoy in your hot cocoa!

Making your own marshmallows is easier than you'd think! These Peppermint Marshmallows look gorgeous, taste 100x better than store bought, and make a great holiday gift. Be sure to save a few to enjoy in your hot cocoa!Today, we’re making marshmallows. Beautiful, pillowy peppermint-flavored marshmallows that have a gorgeous and vivid red swirl on the top of them. They seem hard to make, right? Most people are surprised by the feat of homemade marshmallows, and even more impressed when they sink their teeth into the sweet, pillowy puffs of goodness that are incomparable to their store-bought counterparts.

I tackled homemade marshmallows a while back, and have posted a chocolate malt version and a cake batter version. Every time I make them I wonder why I don’t make them more often. Besides watching for your candy thermometer to reach a certain temperature while you melt down the sugar and waiting a while for the mixture to whip into gorgeous white fluff, this recipe isn’t too difficult. [Read more…]

Bacon Toffee

This Bacon Toffee is easy, delicious, and super addictive! Bacon adds a smoky, salty twist to a classic holiday favorite. Only five ingredients!

This Bacon Toffee is easy, delicious, and super addictive! Bacon adds a smoky, salty twist to a classic holiday favorite. Only five ingredients!

Today I teamed up with some amazing bloggers in honor of an exciting celebration: David from Spiced Blog and his wife Laura are expecting a baby boy! In honor of the baby on the way, Chris from Shared Appetite organized a super manly baby shower to help send David and Laura some delicious blogger love before their little sous chef arrives. Everyone made some delicious things – you can see the full list down below!

I love following David’s blog and seeing how guys can kill it as food bloggers too! I was also super excited to come up with a “manly” treat to share for this virtual baby shower.

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