Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites (Gluten Free + Vegan)

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites have just 5 ingredients and are sweetened with dates! These easy energy bites come together in only 10 minutes and they’re gluten-free, refined sugar free + vegan.

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites have just 5 ingredients and are sweetened with dates! These easy energy bites come together in only 10 minutes and they're gluten-free, refined sugar free + vegan.

So I made these little Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites the day before I left for Cuba, and I was so darn excited to have a homemade snack to bring along for when I inevitably got hungry and cranky on the trip…especially one filled with peanut butter + chocolate, two of my favorite things.

And then, of course, I forgot them in the refrigerator, and only remembered when I was en route to the airport. Tragic, I tell you. I thought of them longingly many times during our trip. [Read more…]

Chocolate Coconut Bars (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These Chocolate Coconut Bars have three irresistible layers – a chocolate shortbread crust, a melt-in-your-mouth coconut butter filling, and a chocolate topping with toasted coconut! Any coconut lover is going to love these gluten-free, Paleo + vegan dessert bars.

These Chocolate Coconut Bars have three irresistible layers - a chocolate shortbread crust, a melt-in-your-mouth coconut butter filling, and a chocolate topping with toasted coconut! Any coconut lover is going to love these gluten-free, Paleo + vegan dessert bars.

It’s been a little bit since I last sat down to write a post – in fact, I haven’t written one since I got home from my trip to CUBA! Holy cow, you guys, it was AMAZING.

I’ve traveled a lot (somewhere around 30 countries, and counting) but Cuba definitely stands out as one of the most unique places I’ve ever been to. Largely in part to the fact they’ve essentially been a time capsule for the past 50ish years. [Read more…]

Paleo Triple Chocolate Layer Bars

These Paleo Triple Chocolate Layer Bars have a chocolate pecan crust with a chocolate mousse layer and a buttercream topping! You’re going to love this irresistible dessert.

These Paleo Triple Chocolate Layer Bars have a chocolate pecan crust with a chocolate mousse layer and a buttercream topping! You're going to love this irresistible dessert.

Hi! As you’re reading this, I’m in Cuba, so while I’m gone, I decided to have one of my friends come share a recipe with you – Monica from The Movement Menu! She’s one of my best blogger friends and you’ve all seen her hand before cause she helped me photograph these Paleo Chocolate Melting Cakes. You’ve GOT to see all the delicious Paleo-friendly treats she creates. So much deliciousness! Today, she’s sharing these outrageous Paleo Triple Chocolate Layer Bars. I’ll let her tell you all about them :) make sure you click over to check out her site!!

I’m super excited to be hanging out on Bakerita today. Rachel is such an undeniable and incredible force in the blogosphere. It’s an absolute honor to be featuring one of my recipes on her site!

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Chocolate Chunk Banana Baked Oatmeal (Gluten Free + Vegan)

This easy Chocolate Chunk Banana Baked Oatmeal is a delicious twist on classic oatmeal – you’ll definitely want to start your day with a serving of this gluten-free + vegan breakfast! This healthier oatmeal has no added sweetener; it’s sweetened entirely with ripe banana and chocolate chunks.

This easy Chocolate Chunk Banana Baked Oatmeal is a delicious twist on classic oatmeal - you'll definitely want to start your day with a serving of this gluten-free + vegan breakfast! This healthier oatmeal has no added sweetener; it's sweetened entirely with ripe banana and chocolate chunks.For all the oatmeal I eat, baked oatmeal isn’t something that I’ve made too often. To be honest, it’s a method of preparing it that I often forget about…but now that I’ve rediscovered baked oatmeal, with it’s fluffy center and crispy edges, it’s here to stay.

If you’ve never tried baked oatmeal before, you’re going to want to listen up. Baked oatmeal is similar to traditional oatmeal, but it’s made with a few extra ingredients to help it get puffy and browned, and piled into a dish to bake instead of simmering away on the stove.

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Chocolate Fudge (Paleo + Vegan)

This Chocolate Fudge is incredibly smooth, rich and chocolatey. It’s made with only four wholesome ingredients, there’s no cooking required, and it’s Paleo + vegan! It’s the perfect holiday treat.

This Chocolate Fudge is incredibly smooth, rich and chocolatey. It's made with only four wholesome ingredients, there's no cooking required, and it's Paleo + vegan! It's the perfect holiday treat.Back in high school, when I first start started experimenting in the kitchen and churning out tons of treats, I became infatuated with making fudge.

During the holiday season, I would make a whole bunch of batches, in all sorts of flavors, but most of them got sprinkled with a generous dusting of flaky Maldon sea salt – my newest obsession at the time, and one that still continues to this day. [Read more…]

Chocolate Rugelach (Gluten Free + Refined Sugar Free)

These Chocolate Rugelach are incredibly tender and flaky, thanks to the cream cheese-based dough. These refined sugar-free and gluten-free rugelach are filled with dark chocolate shavings for an irresistible holiday treat.

These Chocolate Rugelach are incredibly tender and flaky, thanks to the cream cheese-based dough. These refined sugar-free and gluten-free rugelach are filled with dark chocolate shavings for an irresistible holiday treat.For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted a garden. Mostly because I found the idea of growing my own food to be a novel one, having grown up in suburban San Diego with not many gardens around that I remember, save for the garden in our school yard.

As soon as I got my first apartment out of college last year, I recruited my roommate Ally to help me assemble an herb garden. We loved and tended to it all summer and into fall, watching it thrive and using the fruits of our labor in our meals and letting them inspire my treats, like these Raspberry Mint Brownies. Then, Seattle winter came and our plants all died a sad death, turning into shriveled grey twigs. [Read more…]

Pumpkin Oatmeal Scotchie Bars with Chocolate Chips + Pecans

These Pumpkin Oatmeal Scotchie Bars with Chocolate Chips + Pecans are soft, gooey, and absolutely irresistible! These decadent dessert bars couldn’t be easier to make. This post is sponsored by Krusteaz.

These Pumpkin Oatmeal Scotchie Bars with Chocolate Chips + Pecans are soft, gooey, and absolutely irresistible! These decadent dessert bars couldn't be easier to make.Is everyone done with pumpkin now? I feel like lots of people end pumpkin season when December starts, replacing the pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg with peppermint and gingerbread everything!

I’m all for those flavors, don’t get me wrong…but I still like pumpkin all the way until the end of the year. Hopefully you guys do too, because I’ve got one more pumpkin recipe to sneak in and share with you! [Read more…]

Paleo Chocolate Melting Cakes

These Paleo Chocolate Melting Cakes are incredibly gooey, rich and chocolatey! This easy, five-ingredient recipe is a healthier take on Carnival’s Chocolate Melting Cake. You’ll love the melting, gooey center!

These Paleo Chocolate Melting Cakes are incredibly gooey, rich and chocolatey! This easy, five-ingredient recipe is a healthier take on Carnival's Chocolate Melting Cake. You'll love the melting, gooey center!So, have you ever been on a Carnival Cruise? If you have, I bet you’ve ended one of your dinners on the ship digging into the gooey center of one their famous Chocolate Melting Cakes, topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

This past summer my mom’s whole family piled onto a Carnival cruise ship in Athens and sailed our way through Turkey, Greece, Malta, and Italy, finally landing in Barcelona. Most of the nights that we had dinner on the boat, we would eat in the same restaurant. [Read more…]