Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

This Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie is a peanut butter lover’s dream!! The peanut butter cookie stays soft in the center while the edges get crispy, and a layer of peanut butter in the center takes this skillet cookie over the top.

This Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie is a peanut butter lover's dream!! The peanut butter cookie stays soft in the center while the edges get crispy, and a layer of peanut butter in the center takes this skillet cookie over the top.Aloha from Kauai! If you had asked me on Saturday morning where I would be this week, I definitely wouldn’t have thought I’d be in Hawaii.

But, on Saturday morning, my sister texted me from the vacation house in Kauai she’d just arrived at with her boyfriend. They had two extra bedrooms, I had a voucher for a free flight, and a job that allows me to work from where ever I want. It was one of those times where it worked out too well for me to do anything but jump at the opportunity to escape the Seattle rain and soak in some sun rays in Hawaii. [Read more…]

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies (GF + Paleo)

These Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies are a swoon-worthy and surprisingly guilt-free treat – they’re gluten-free, refined sugar-free and Paleo!

Are you NOT gluten-free or Paleo and want to make these brownies with ingredients you already have? Click here for a version of this recipe with traditional brownies.

These Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies are a swoon-worthy and surprisingly guilt-free treat - they're gluten-free, refined sugar-free and Paleo!I remember when my sister first asked me to try baking healthier for her. When I was first learning how to bake eight years ago, it pretty well coincided with her discovering her intolerance to gluten. She would come into the kitchen and scoff at me putting 2 cups of sugar and a whole bunch of all-purpose flour into something, begging me to please figure out how to make things delicious without all the sugar and gluten that I normally used, that she couldn’t have.

I heavily resisted for a while. I was convinced that nothing without gluten or sugar could possibly taste good, and I held on to that skepticism for a while. Finally, when my dad decided to try going gluten-free, I acquiesced, realizing the majority of my immediate family now wouldn’t eat the gluten-filled items I’d make. [Read more…]

Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal (GF + Vegan)

This Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal tastes like dessert for breakfast! This oatmeal is sweetened with a banana and cocoa powder + chocolate chips make it super chocolatey. It’s gluten-free, refined sugar free, and vegan.

This Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal tastes like dessert for breakfast! This oatmeal is sweetened with a banana and cocoa powder + chocolate chips make it super chocolatey. It's gluten-free, refined sugar free, and vegan.

Let’s talk about breakfast. Specifically, let’s talk about that fact that the chocolatey bowl of deliciousness you’re seeing above this sentence? Yeah, you can eat that FOR BREAKFAST. Who’s in?

I made this for breakfast for the first time on Monday, again on Tuesday, photographed it (and subsequently devoured) on Wednesday, make it again on Thursday, and then was exceedingly sad on Friday when I was all out of bananas and strawberries. You can say I’m a little obsessed. [Read more…]

Chocolate Ganache Tarts with Coconut Macaroon Crust (GF + Paleo)

These Chocolate Ganache Tarts with Coconut Macaroon Crust are Paleo, gluten-free + refined sugar free, but you’d never guess from the decadent vegan chocolate ganache or sweet and chewy crust.

These Chocolate Ganache Tarts with Coconut Macaroon Crust are Paleo, gluten-free + refined sugar free, but you'd never guess from the decadent vegan chocolate ganache or sweet and chewy crust.I’m an early riser. Like, my eyes were open before the clock hit 5 a.m. this morning kind of early. And even though waking up so early ensures I start getting drowsy around 8 or 9 p.m., there’s a certain calm energy in the air during those hours before most of the world has woken up.

Here in wintery Washington, the sun doesn’t rise until well after 7 a.m., leaving me a few hours of time before the sun (or clouds, more likely around here) comes out and cars start buzzing around. I haven’t always woken up quite this early, though I’ve always been a morning person. Since I started working from home, those pre-dawn hours have become my time to organize myself. [Read more…]

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft + chewy cookies full of freeze dried strawberries and chocolate chunks, dipped and drizzled with dark chocolate.

These Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft + chewy cookies full of freeze dried strawberries and chocolate chunks, dipped and drizzled with dark chocolate.You guys have heard about this crazy Powerball lottery jackpot right now, right? As I write this, the prize money is 1.3 BILLION – the highest ever. When someone wins that jackpot, they’ll become a billionaire, just like that! Well, you know, before taxes and all that not-fun stuff.

So it got me thinking – what would I change if I won the lottery? Not that I’ve ever actually bought a lottery ticket, just hypothetically. And I must say…there’s not much I would change about my life. Of course, I would build my dream house with the most KILLER kitchen ever and travel a ton, but I’m lucky enough to be doing what I love, and why would I want to change that? [Read more…]

Chocolate Berry Bars (Paleo + Vegan)

These Chocolate Berry Bars have an almond flour crust topped with vegan chocolate ganache and fresh raspberries and blueberries. These dessert bars are beautiful, delicious, and better for you – they’re gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, and Paleo.

These Chocolate Berry Bars have an almond flour crust topped with vegan chocolate ganache and fresh raspberries and blueberries. These dessert bars are beautiful, delicious, and better for you - they're gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, and Paleo.I got a new camera! And these photos are the first photos I’m posting that I took using it. What do you think?!

I went pro, and bought myself the Canon 6D and the 100mm f/2.8L Macro Lens (those are affiliate links). It cost a whole lot of money and it sort of hurt to pay it, I was due for an upgrade and I’m glad I splurged and got a really great camera and lens. I still barely know how to use it, but since I’m coming from another Canon (the Rebel T3 – discontinued, here’s the newer version; and 50mm f/1.8 lens), the learning curve isn’t too steep.

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Chocolate Banana Granola (GF + Vegan)

This Chocolate Banana Granola is super chocolatey with mashed banana and banana chips! This gluten-free and vegan granola makes a super addictive snack or breakfast.

This Chocolate Banana Granola is super chocolatey with mashed banana and banana chips! This gluten-free and vegan granola makes a super addictive snack or breakfast.Happy New Year 🎉 welcome to 2016! I know I’m a little late, but I thought we could all use a few days off from the real world to let 2016 settle in, am I right? My year started a little differently than expected, with a quiet night at home in San Diego instead of in the mountains like I had planned – but, hanging out with my dog and gazing outside to see the ocean, I can’t really complain.

I can confidently say I haven’t had a bad moment this year and I’m going to hold on to that for as long as I can. I have a good feeling about 2016 :) and how can I not, when the first thing I baked of the year was this chocolate banana granola? [Read more…]

Chocolate Mint Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Mint Shortbread Cookies are easy to make slice n’ bake cookies that are perfect for gifting! These crunchy chocolate cookies have a minty chocolate coating and sprinkle of crushed candy canes.

Chocolate Mint Shortbread Cookies are easy to make slice n' bake cookies that are perfect for gifting! These crunchy chocolate cookies have a minty chocolate coating and sprinkle of crushed candy canes.This morning I got a text from my best friend Paige: “OMG OMG OMG you’re the bestest person in the whole world.” There was one clear reason for her delight: I sent her a much needed big box of holiday goodies to help her get through her first year law school finals. She’s a total smarty pants, so I know she’ll do great, but I thought I’d make her long nights in the library a little more bearable by shipping her some holiday goodies.

Isn’t the best part of the holidays sharing treats with your family and friends? It’s one of my favorite parts. Paige’s box was packed full of wintery treats: peppermint marshmallows, chai spice pecan brittle, and these chocolate mint shortbread cookies. The cookies are incredible, and it’s hard to eat just one – Paige says they received raving reviews in the library. Stressed out law student approved! [Read more…]