Apple Cinnamon Skillet Cookie (Gluten Free + Paleo)

This Apple Cinnamon Skillet Cookie is a deep-dish cookie that’s loaded with fresh diced apples and warm fall spices! This gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and Paleo-friendly skillet cookie is topped with caramelized apples.

This Apple Cinnamon Skillet Cookie is a deep-dish spiced cookie that's loaded with fresh diced apples and warm fall spices! This gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and Paleo-friendly skillet cookie is topped with caramelized apples.Happy birthday to me! Today, I turn 23, and because I’m obsessed with all things apple/cinnamon/caramel, I had to share this apple cinnamon skillet cookie with you today. Even though I (depressingly enough) won’t be eating this glorious creation today.

I’m usually not big on my birthday and prefer to let it go by without my much celebrating – just a good meal with my most important people does the trick for me. This year though, San Diego happens to be having a music festival, Kaaboo, that’s about a five minute drive from my house, on my birthday weekend! [Read more…]

Paleo Apple Cinnamon Bread

This Paleo Apple Cinnamon Bread is a healthy breakfast or snack that’s made with applesauce! This gluten-free and grain-free spiced loaf is so easy and moist.

This Paleo Apple Cinnamon Bread is a healthy breakfast or snack that's made with applesauce! This gluten-free and grain-free spiced loaf is so easy and moist.Hello from Costa Rica!! When this post goes out, I’ll probably be laying in the sun, basking in the 90 degree heat (not to brag or anything). As I write this though, I’m waiting for my delayed flight to Houston, where I’ll then connect to Liberia, Costa Rica.

I was supposed to meeting up with my sister and mom during the connection, but because of my delay, I’l be on different flight to Costa Rica now. I won’t land there for another twelve hours and I’m yearning to be in the warmth! ☀️☀️

In the meantime, I’ll distract myself from the wait by talking to you about this week’s baking expeditions! Namely, this apple cinnamon bread. This recipe was one I expected to work on the first try, and that was sooo not the case. I tested and tweaked and finally, we have a winner! [Read more…]

Blueberry Crumb Cake

This Blueberry Crumb Cake has a thick layer of pecan crumble atop a flavorful cake that is bursting with fresh blueberries! This cake is perfect dusted with powdered sugar or served with a bit of whipped cream.

This Blueberry Crumb Cake has a thick layer of pecan crumble atop a flavorful cake that is bursting with fresh blueberries! This cake is perfect dusted with powdered sugar or served with a bit of whipped cream.This blueberry crumb cake was inspired by a candle. An amazingly delicious smelling, super cheap candle from Walmart. It’s one of the candles from their basic line, and I think the three wick was something like $4. The scent is called Blueberry Pancakes, but it always reminds me a freshly baked blueberry muffin.

If you’ve made blueberry muffins at home, you know the scent. The one that hits your nose right when you open the oven door to pull them out, or when you tear into one when it’s still warm. It’s the scent of bursted blueberries and a sweet, sugary crumb. The candle smells pretty spot on, if not a little bit artificial. [Read more…]

Gingerbread Snickerdoodles

These soft and chewy Gingerbread Snickerdoodles are so easy and perfect for the holidays. These two-tone cookies are full of flavor, and made with only four ingredients!

These soft and chewy Gingerbread Snickerdoodles are so easy and perfect for the holidays. These two-tone cookies are full of flavor, and made with only four ingredients!Sometimes you need one of those recipes that is seriously so easy but so delicious that you’ll want to make it time and time again. This is totally one of those recipes – and the flavors of gingerbread and snickerdoodles work together so perfectly, you won’t be able to keep your hands away from them.

Back in September when I was visiting the Krusteaz headquarters and representing them at the International Food Blogger Conference as a part of the Baker’s Dozen, we ate a lot of cookies. One of the events that the Krusteaz Baker’s Dozen helped to host was a super fun cookie exchange where all of the bloggers in attendance did some fun crafts, got to know each other, and of course…we each got to take home TONS of cookies! [Read more…]

Apple Crumb Cake

This Apple Crumb Cake is full of warm spices, apple chunks, and Greek yogurt to keep it soft! This recipe has a super thick crumb layer and is a perfect fall cake.

This Apple Crumb Cake is full of warm spices, apple chunks, and Greek yogurt to keep it soft! This recipe has a super thick crumb layer and is a perfect fall cake.I get asked all the time what my favorite dessert is. It seems like a natural question for people to ask, considering dessert is what I do, but what most people don’t realize is that being constantly surrounded by new and exciting desserts makes it so much harder to choose one to hail as your favorite.

When the question comes up, as it inevitably does, my answer usually has something to do with apples (unless it’s a chocoholic sort of day – you know the ones). Apple crisp is a pretty standard answer, but sometimes it’s an apple crumble pie. It almost certainly includes apples, cinnamon, and a crumble of some sort.

This Apple Crumb Cake is full of warm spices, apple chunks, and Greek yogurt to keep it soft! This recipe has a super thick crumb layer and is a perfect fall cake. [Read more…]

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Rolls

These Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Rolls are super easy to make – only one bowl and no yeast required! They’re ready in 45 minutes and perfect as a quick breakfast or snack.

These Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Rolls are super easy to make - only one bowl and no yeast required! They're ready in 45 minutes and perfect as a quick breakfast or snack.Yesterday, my roommate and I woke up decently early, feeling refreshed, and decided to head to the farmer’s market. It was quintessential perfect fall outside, with the leaves changing into rainbows on their branches, a crisp blue sky and a chilly bite in the air.

At the farmer’s market, pumpkins were everywhere with piles of apples on all of the tables in every variety you can imagine. There were apple ciders, pear ciders, and flavored versions of them both. It was buzzing with the warmth and comfort of fall – my favorite thing about the season.

These Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Rolls are super easy to make - only one bowl and no yeast required! They're ready in 45 minutes and perfect as a quick breakfast or snack. [Read more…]

Pumpkin Cheesecake Crumb Bars

These Pumpkin Cheesecake Crumb Bars have a crumble crust full of oats and pecans with a creamy pumpkin cheesecake filling. This recipe is an irresistible fall treat!

These Pumpkin Cheesecake Crumb Bars have a crumble crust full of oats and pecans with a creamy pumpkin cheesecake filling. This recipe is an irresistible fall treat!

For a few days this week, my entire apartment building smelled like pumpkin spice. I have been putting pumpkin into ALL of the things. It started by choice, and then I realized that I had opened a Costco-sized can of pumpkin and had way more pumpkin than I needed to get through with the two pumpkin recipes I had lined up.

So…I made the recipes (both coming soon!) and still had more than half a GIANT can left. So I started thinking of more pumpkin recipes, scouring my scrawled recipe brainstorming lists, and soliciting recipe ideas from my Instagram followers. 

These Pumpkin Cheesecake Crumb Bars have a crumble crust full of oats and pecans with a creamy pumpkin cheesecake filling. This recipe is an irresistible fall treat! [Read more…]

Paleo Granola

This Paleo Granola uses nuts and coconut to bulk it up and add a ton of protein, while egg whites help keep the granola clumpy and crunchy! It is gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and dairy-free.

This Paleo Granola uses nuts and coconut to bulk it up and add a ton of protein, while egg whites help keep the granola clumpy and crunchy! It is gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and dairy-free.

Over this past weekend, I heard a lot of inspirational voices discussing what someone’s writing should have in order to stand out from the thousands of other blog posts and articles being published every hour. Blogging has become a crowded space over the years, and the airwaves are jam-packed with people trying to get their message and their voice heard. It’s like a room where everyone’s jostling to get on stage, but no one knows exactly how to get there.

The folks already standing up there had one invaluable tip to share: be authentic. I heard the words spilling from the lips of editors, New York Times writers, and just about every other blogger I spoke with. Blogging is a place to be the biggest and best version of yourself, whoever that may be.

This Paleo Granola uses nuts and coconut to bulk it up and add a ton of protein, while egg whites help keep the granola clumpy and crunchy! It is gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and dairy-free.

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