Gingerbread Energy Bites (No-Bake, Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

No baking required to make these Gingerbread Energy Bites! These gluten-free, Paleo + vegan energy bites are made with dates, pecans, and gingerbread spices – they’re the perfect healthy snack to fuel your day.

No baking required to make these Gingerbread Energy Bites! These gluten-free, Paleo + vegan energy bites are made with dates, pecans, and gingerbread spices - they're the perfect healthy snack to fuel your day.Happy Friday! And, happy December…! When did that happen? I swear this year has gone by in about two blinks. I can’t believe we’re already firmly into holiday season, with cookies and candies and treats abound!

And I’ve got lots of those coming up, but today I’ve got a healthier snack…it still tastes like a treat, though :) [Read more…]

Cranberry Apple Crisp (Gluten Free + Vegan)

This Cranberry Apple Crisp is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg & orange zest and topped with a crunchy pecan oatmeal crisp topping. This gluten-free and vegan crisp is the perfect holiday dessert!

This Cranberry Apple Crisp is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg & orange zest and topped with a crunchy pecan oatmeal crisp topping. This gluten-free and vegan crisp is the perfect holiday dessert!Are you a planner or a procrastinator? I know some of us have already had the whole Thanksgiving menu planned out for weeks now…and then there’s the other group, who’ll be running frantically to the grocery store for another bag of potatoes the morning of Thanksgiving. Which group are you in?!

I’m typically in the planner group – leaving things until the very last minute has always given me anxiety, so I made sure that my family knew who was making what for our Thanksgiving feast earlier this week. [Read more…]

Paleo Apple Spice Marshmallows

These Paleo Apple Spice Marshmallows are sweetened with maple syrup and flavored with apple juice + loads of warm spices! Homemade marshmallows are easier than you’d think, and you’ll love these on their own or as the perfect apple cider addition.

These Paleo Apple Spice Marshmallows are sweetened with maple syrup and flavored with apple juice + loads of warm spices! Homemade marshmallows are easier than you'd think, and you'll love these on their own or as the perfect apple cider addition.I really want to complain about how fast this year has gone by – November already, HOW?! But instead we’re going to talk about something infinitely more delicious…fluffy, maple-sweetened, cinnamon-dusted apple spice marshmallows!

A few weeks back my friend Monica from The Movement Menu invited me over for a photoshoot. As we texted about what to make, we decided a whole bunch of marshmallows. We started brainstorming marshmallow ideas and after not being able to narrow it down, we decided on two. each.  [Read more…]

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Caramelized Apples + Pecans

This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is topped with caramelized apples and crunchy pecans for an irresistible breakfast that’s much more decadent than it looks. This breakfast treat is gluten-free, refined sugar free + vegan!

This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is topped with caramelized apples and crunchy pecans for an irresistible breakfast that's much more decadent than it looks. This breakfast treat is gluten-free, refined sugar free + vegan!Sooo…I’ve been sitting here wondering what to call this bowl of delicious apple oatmeal for a little while now. My sister’s suggestions were “apple pie oatmealiciousness” and “caramel apple oatmeal extravaganza” and while more exciting than my usual recipe titles, not exactly SEO friendly or very self-explanatory.

I finally decided on Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, but MAN how boring does that sound? It reminds me of the instant oatmeal packets from childhood – remember those? And the weird, thin, almost chalky oatmeal it made? [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Apple Butter (No Sugar Added)

This Slow Cooker Apple Butter has no sugar added – just fresh apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice. This healthy homemade apple butter can be enjoyed on toast, stirred into oatmeal or yogurt, or eaten by the spoonful! It’s Paleo-friendly and vegan.

This Slow Cooker Apple Butter has no sugar added - just fresh apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice. This healthy homemade apple butter can be enjoyed on toast, stirred into oatmeal or yogurt, or eaten by the spoonful! It's Paleo-friendly and vegan.How do you all feel about your slow cooker? Do you love it? Do you even have one?! Because if you don’t…you should get on that.

I’ve been a little bit slow to the slow cooker party. I’ve had one, and used it sparingly over the past two or so years. Maybe a handful of times, to be honest. Each time, delicious meals were had, and the slow cooker was put away, not to be brought out again until the next slow cooker recipe I spotted on Pinterest had me pulling it out of the cupboard again. [Read more…]

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…]