Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Cups: Take 5-Inspired (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free + Vegan)

These Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Cups are inspired by the Take 5 candy bar, but made with way more wholesome ingredients! These gluten-free, refined sugar-free and vegan candy cups are filled with peanut butter caramel, with pretzels and peanuts for crunch.

These Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Cups are inspired by the Take 5 candy bar, but made with way more wholesome ingredients! These gluten-free, refined sugar-free and vegan candy cups are filled with peanut butter caramel, with pretzels and peanuts for crunch.

I’m not much one for candy bars anymore, but I used to be ALLL about them. I had many favorites – Twix and Reese’s were definitely at the top of the list, but Take 5 Bars had to be my ride-or-die favorite.

They combine all my favorite things about sweet + salty treats – salty pretzels, gooey caramel, smooth peanut butter, and crunchy peanuts, all coated in chocolate. Swooooon. All the goods! [Read more…]

Caramel Apple Baked Brie

Caramel Apple Baked Brie is a gooey, scrumptious appetizer that’s perfect for holiday entertaining! This easy recipe has a caramel apple topping piled on top of wheel of melted brie. It only has 5 ingredients and takes 20 minutes from start to finish.

Caramel Apple Baked Brie is a gooey, scrumptious appetizer that's perfect for holiday entertaining! This easy recipe has a caramel apple topping piled on top of wheel of melted brie. It only has 5 ingredients and takes 20 minutes from start to finish.

I realized the other day that I haven’t shared one appetizer recipe for this entire year. Um, I guess I got a little carried away with the chocolate and cookies, as per usual.

But with the holidays coming up and quick and easy appetizers being in high demand, a scrumptious holiday appetizer was in order – especially because this is the season for baked brie, one of my favorite holiday treats  [Read more…]

Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies are super easy to make with only 6 ingredients total! The tender gluten-free and Paleo shortbread cookies are filled with a no-cook vegan caramel and topped off with a dark chocolate drizzle and flaky sea salt. They’re perfect for the holidays!

These Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies are super easy to make with only 6 ingredients total! The tender gluten-free and Paleo shortbread cookies are filled with a no-cook vegan caramel and topped off with a dark chocolate drizzle and flaky sea salt. They're perfect for the holidays!Oh man, I am so full right now. Like, so so stuffed to the brim, full of delicious food. Tis the holiday season, right? I’m just a week ahead of Thanksgiving with the over-eating.

Monica from The Movement Menu came over to my apartment today to do some baking and photo-shooting together, and as soon as she arrived and saw the restaurant that’s in my building, she insisted we go there later for dinner. I’m already a frequent patron of theirs and happily obliged. [Read more…]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart with Pretzel Crust (Gluten Free + Vegan)

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart has a crunchy pretzel crust, smooth peanut butter caramel filling and luscious chocolate ganache spread on top! This recipe is gluten-free and vegan.

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart has a crunchy pretzel crust and smooth peanut butter caramel filling, all topped with luscious chocolate ganache. This recipe is gluten-free and vegan.It’s Friday, so I thought we should celebrate the beginning of the weekend with something that’s chocolatey and peanut buttery and salty and delicious. Raise your hand if you agree!

Okay – I’ll pretend I see all of your hands waving wilding in the air because I know they are and that you’re all just as excited about this pretzel-crusted goodness as I am, right?!?! [Read more…]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Cups (Vegan + Refined Sugar Free)

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Cups are made with homemade chocolate surrounding a gooey vegan peanut butter caramel. The six-ingredient recipe for these refined sugar free treats is the perfect way to get your candy fix!

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Cups are made with homemade chocolate surrounding a gooey vegan peanut butter caramel. These refined sugar free treats are the perfect way to get your candy fix!Last week, I headed into the kitchen to whip up another batch of homemade peanut butter cups after I realized my roommate Ally and I had demolished all of the two batches I had made when I first posted them a few weeks ago…oops. It was a situation that needed to be remedied STAT.

I got started, mixing up the super easy 3-ingredient homemade chocolate recipe that I know like the back of my hand, and pouring the bottom layer of chocolate into the lined mini muffin tins. I popped the tin into the freezer to let the chocolate layer set and as I grabbed the peanut butter, I decided to have a little fun with the it…why have plain peanut butter cups when I could have peanut butter caramel cups?!?  [Read more…]

Homemade Twix Bars (GF, Paleo + Vegan)

This recipe for homemade Twix Bars is a game changer! When you take a bite, you won’t believe that this candy bar copycat is gluten-free, refined sugar free, Paleo, and vegan.

This recipe for healthy homemade Twix Bars is a game changer! When you take a bite, you won't believe that this candy bar copycat is gluten-free, refined sugar free, Paleo, and vegan.

Happy Fri-YAY!!! It’s the weekend, and you deserve some celebratory chocolate for making it through the week. And today, we’re celebrating with HEALTHY(er) homemade Twix Bars.

Whaaaat? Healthy Twix? I know. Yes, this is for real. I made homemade Twix bars that you can eat guilt-free, because these pretty little bars are gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free, AND vegan. A whole big pile of them, because you deserve nothing less. I had to make this recipe three times, because you know, testing and stuff. I also needed an excuse to eat more.more.more of these delicious goodies.

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Salted Honey Almond Caramel Corn

This Salted Honey Almond Caramel Corn is an addictive snack you can give as a gift or serve to a crowd. This caramel corn is made without corn-syrup and uses honey instead – it also has a sprinkle of sea salt! This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.

This Salted Honey Almond Caramel Corn is an addictive snack you can give as a gift or serve to a crowd. This caramel corn is made without corn-syrup and uses honey instead - it also has a sprinkle of sea salt!T-2 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!!

Uh, hold up – how did that happen so quickly? I swear, it was just Halloween. This holiday season as flown by, and of course I’m once again left with a long list of seasonal recipes that just didn’t get made in time before the season was up.

Thankfully for all of us, this Salted Honey Almond Caramel Corn got made just in time for me to share it with you all. This final pre-Christmas recipe isn’t necessarily Christmas-y at all, but you could definitely make it for Christmas. [Read more…]

Cashew Caramel Shortbread Bars

Cashew Caramel Shortbread Bars have a buttery shortbread layer topped with homemade caramel, crunchy cashews, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.

Cashew Caramel Shortbread Bars have a buttery shortbread layer topped with homemade caramel, crunchy cashews, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.

If you’ve been around here before, then it’s probably no surprise to you that I love making cookies and bars. I love making them all year round, so when it finally comes time for holiday baking, I get extra excited because it means everyone else is jumping all in on the baking bandwagon with me – at least for the month.

Every November and December, I fill my kitchen with recipe successes and failures for every type of cookie, candy, and bar I can to share with you the best of what comes out of my kitchen. And then, you have all you need to make the best of my kitchen come out of yours, ready to share with your friends and family for the holidays. [Read more…]