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 Hazelnut Magic Bars (GF)

These Chocolate Hazelnut Magic Bars are a new flavor twist on a classic cookie bar. The crust is kept naturally gluten-free with hazelnut flour. A gooey chocolate hazelnut spread filling and topping made of chocolate chips, flaked coconut, and hazelnuts takes these bars over the top!

These Chocolate Hazelnut Magic Bars are a new flavor twist on a classic cookie bar. The crust is kept naturally gluten-free with hazelnut flour. A gooey Nutella filling and topping made of chocolate chips, flaked coconut, and hazelnuts takes these bars over the top!These Chocolate Hazelnut Magic Bars are a hazelnut lovers dream. They’re pretty magical, you might say. I packed a bunch of hazelnut flavor into these in three separate ways, and each way adds its own texture and flavor and contributes to the overall deliciousness of these bars. Of course, there’s also a whole lot of chocolate.

First: the crust. Magic bars traditionally have a graham cracker crust, but to make these super hazelnutty (new word?) and keep them gluten free, I used Bob’s Red Mill hazelnut flour. I mixed it with butter to help it hold together and give it delicious buttery flavor. The crust goes into the oven for a few minutes to help it firm up a bit before you put on the rest of the toppings. [Read more…]

Magic Bar Macaroons

These Magic Bar Macaroons have all of the flavors of one of my favorite cookie bars, Magic Bars, in macaroon form! Chocolate chips, butterscotch, and walnuts make these naturally gluten-free cookies even more delicious.

These Magic Bar Macaroons have all of the flavors of one of my favorite cookie bars, Magic Bars, in macaroon form! Chocolate chips, butterscotch, and walnuts make these naturally gluten-free cookies even more delicious.Every year since I can remember, my mom and I would make batch after batch of Magic Cookie Bars in the weeks leading up to Christmas. A bunch would be given away in cookie tins to teachers, friends, and family, while another oversized stash would get put into the garage freezer to be saved for Christmas day.

The batch that got put in the freezer never lasted all the way until Christmas due to us all sneaking out to have a Magic Cookie Bar (or three) anytime we could sneak into garage to snag them. Magic Cookie Bars are just too darn addicting – if you’ve had them, you know what I mean. [Read more…]

Tropical Cookies (with White Chocolate, Macadamia Nuts, Lime Zest + Toasted Coconut)

These Tropical Cookies are loaded with white chocolate, macadamia nuts, lime zest, and toasted coconut! These tropical treats will have you dreaming of a vacation.

These Tropical Cookies are loaded with white chocolate, macadamia nuts, lime zest, and toasted coconut! These tropical treats will have you dreaming of a vacation.I love to make cookies. I like to make cookies for the people in my life, whether it’s for a special occasion or no reason at all. Cookies just scream “here’s something comforting because I was thinking about you,” don’t they?

If you can deliver them warm, even better. There are few things on the planet that can beat a warm, gooey cookie, especially if it’s slightly under-baked and/or has melty chocolate chunks. [Read more…]

Vegan Raspberry Lime Cheesecake with Coconut Crust

This Vegan Raspberry Lime Cheesecake with Coconut Crust is creamy and bursting with fresh, summery flavor. This vegan cheesecake is also Paleo, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free.

This Vegan Raspberry Lime Cheesecake with Coconut Crust is creamy and bursting with fresh, summery flavor. This vegan cheesecake is also Paleo, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free.I unwittingly made this raspberry week here on Bakerita, considering the other two recipes I shared this week were a Chocolate Ganache Raspberry Tart and Raspberry Mint Brownies. Keeping in the theme, today we have a vegan raspberry lime cheesecake with a coconut crust.

Vegan cheesecake, you ask? How is that possible?! Well…the magical ingredient here is CASHEWS! [Read more…]

Almond Coconut Butter Granola

This Almond Coconut Butter Granola is the perfect topping for your yogurt, or it’s great on its own as a heathy snack! This easy recipe is gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan.

This Almond Coconut Butter Granola is the perfect topping for your yogurt, or it's great on its own as a heathy snack! This easy recipe is gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan.

When it comes to eating breakfast, I am sooo a creature of habit. I get into a breakfast routine, and I stick to it. Since I started college, I’ve been almost perpetually stuck in the same breakfast routine of yogurt, berries, and granola.

The yogurt has graduated from my younger years, when I ate only low-fat vanilla yogurt. While I used to scoff at Greek yogurt, and I now love the stuff. It’s thick and creamy and makes breakfast just so much better. [Read more…]

Banana Coconut Granola

This Banana Coconut Granola tastes warm and tropical, and is full of crunch from the coconut flakes and pecans! It makes a delicious snack by itself, or mix it into some yogurt for the perfect breakfast.

This Banana Coconut Granola tastes warm and tropical, and is full of crunch from the coconut flakes and pecans! It makes the perfect snack by itself, or mix it into some yogurt for the perfect breakfast.I’m a total granola fiend. Seriously. I go through granola so quickly because I eat it for breakfast, no joke, just about every single morning. My go-to favorite breakfast is Greek yogurt (sometime flavored, sometimes not), berries (whichever ones I have), and a scoop of whatever homemade granola I have at the time. It’s simple, so delicious, and fills me up until lunch.

I really never get sick of it, and that’s probably because it’s a rare occurrence that I make the same granola recipe more than once. Usually, I make some slight variation on one of my favorite recipes that I’ve already posted on here. [Read more…]

Raspberry Coconut Crumble Tart (Paleo, GF + Vegan)

This Raspberry Coconut Crumble Tart has an almond coconut crust that doubles as a crumble topping, filled with fresh raspberries! This easy recipe is Paleo-friendly, gluten free, refined sugar free, and vegan.

This Raspberry Coconut Crumble Tart has an almond coconut crust that doubles as a crumble topping, filled with fresh raspberries! This easy recipe is Paleo-friendly, gluten free, refined sugar free, and vegan.It’s been a little while since I posted something healthier, because I’ve been too busy shoving lots of cookies and cakes in your face (and my face). No regrets, you (we) deserved some chocolate.

However, it’s time for a little detox. Not a real detox though, because real detoxes are hard and not delicious. This detox involves a raspberry coconut crumble tart, which is anything but hard, and it’s most definitely delicious. [Read more…]