No-Bake Lemon Tarts (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These No-Bake Lemon Tarts are easy to make with tart lemon flavor. The super creamy and bright lemon filling is perfectly complimented by the lemony cashew coconut crust. These gluten-free, Paleo and vegan tarts are perfect for warm days!

These No-Bake Lemon Tarts are easy to make with tart lemon flavor. The super creamy and bright lemon filling is perfectly complimented by the lemony cashew coconut crust. These gluten-free, Paleo and vegan tarts are perfect for warm days!

I’ve probably mentioned it before, but lemon desserts typically are not my favorite. They have the tendency to be way too sweet, with way too much sugar compared to the amount of tart lemon.

If I’m having a lemon dessert, I want IN YOUR FACE super tart lemon flavor. Don’t give me something that tastes like a lemon candy or something with so much sugar it makes me pucker up for the wrong reasons. [Read more…]

Almond Chocolate Coconut Smoothie Bowl (Gluten Free + Vegan)

This Almond Chocolate Coconut Smoothie Bowl is refreshing and chocolatey – it’s an absolutely delicious way to start the day! This easy recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and comes together in 5 minutes. This post is sponsored by Silk #TopItTuesday.

This Almond Chocolate Coconut Smoothie Bowl is refreshing and chocolatey - it's an absolutely delicious way to start the day! This easy recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and comes together in 5 minutes.

It is starting to really feel like spring around here. Yesterday was a warm and pretty perfect 78ºF here in San Diego, and today is pretty much the same. The nights are warmer, and the chilly bite is finally subsiding.

How’s it feeling around you guys? Starting to warm up and feel like spring just yet?! I still can’t believe it’s already mid-April – warm summer days are approaching fast! [Read more…]

No-Bake Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Macaroons (Gluten-Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These No-Bake Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Macaroons are packed with strawberry flavor! It’s hard to resist these creamy gluten-free, Paleo + vegan coconut macaroons, and the chocolate dip and drizzle makes them even more delicious.

These No-Bake Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Macaroons are packed with strawberry flavor! It's hard to resist these creamy gluten-free, Paleo + vegan coconut macaroons, and the chocolate dip and drizzle makes them even more delicious.

I feel like I’ve rekindled my love for baking, post-Whole30. Not that it even left, but after not being able to make many of the recipes I dreamed up during my baking-free month, it feels so good to get back into the kitchen to create a whole bunch of new dessert goodness.

Testing, tasting, and tweaking recipes are some of my favorite things (obviously) and after a month without it, I really missed the process of developing new recipes. Of course, I did it during my Whole30 with my Whole30-approved recipes, but I wasn’t testing nearly as much as normal. [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…]

Banana Coconut Baked Oatmeal (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free & Vegan)

This Banana Coconut Baked Oatmeal is packed with fiber and potassium for a healthy, hearty breakfast. This easy recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and sweetened with a ripe banana – no added sugar needed!

This Banana Coconut Baked Oatmeal is packed with fiber and potassium for a healthy, hearty breakfast. This easy recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and sweetened with a ripe banana - no added sugar needed!

*2017 UPDATE* This recipe was originally posted in May of 2012, and the pictures didn’t reflect how scrumptious this recipe! Funnily enough, this recipe was one of my first forays into healthier recipes on the site. It’s a super easy + delicious breakfast favorite, and you can even make this baked oatmeal ahead of time. The post below has been kept the same since it was originally posted FIVE years ago, for nostalgia’s sake. Enjoy! :)

Obviously, I really like food.

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Paleo Almond Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These Paleo Almond Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with almond butter and big chocolate chunks for super gooey, decadent cookies! These gluten free and refined sugar free cookies will definitely satisfy your cookie craving.

These Paleo Almond Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with almond butter and big chocolate chunks for super gooey, decadent cookies! These gluten free and refined sugar free cookies will definitely satisfy your cookie craving.Happy Friday, friends! This week has been a long and stressful one – full of divisiveness and arguments, and for a lot of us, disappointment. So, I thought we could all use a cookie. A big, warm cookie with gooey chocolate chunks, because that is something we can definitely all agree on, right?

This particular batch of cookies gets jazzed up by two of my all-time favorite ingredients: crunchy almonds + flaked coconut! The two come together with the big chunks of chocolate for an outrageously gooey and delicious cookie. [Read more…]

Double Chocolate Macaroons (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These rich Double Chocolate Macaroons are made super chocolatey with both cocoa powder and melted chocolate. These easy cookies are dipped and drizzled with chocolate, and they’re gluten-free, Paleo + vegan.

These rich Double Chocolate Macaroons are made super chocolatey with both cocoa powder and melted chocolate. These easy cookies are dipped and drizzled with chocolate, and they're gluten-free, Paleo + vegan.Sometimes I get really excited about a recipe and I’ve got to share it right away. Case in point? You’re looking at ’em 😏

As soon as I bit into one of these double chocolate macaroons, I had to get the recipe on here ASAP, because I felt mean withholding these beauties any longer than I had to. They’re so good. [Read more…]

Chocolate Mousse Tart with Coconut Crust + Fresh Fruit Flowers (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

This Chocolate Mousse Tart with Coconut Crust + Fresh Fruit Flowers has the most incredible vegan chocolate mousse filling! You’d never guess that this rich dessert is gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan.

This Chocolate Mousse Tart with Coconut Crust + Fresh Fruit Flowers has the most incredible vegan chocolate mousse filling! You'd never guess that this rich dessert is gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan.So, we’re a just few days from October and we’ve officially crossed the threshold into fall. How’s everyone feeling about it? I’m feeling…conflicted, as the change of season always does to me, especially in San Diego. 

I forgot how disorienting the changing seasons are in San Diego, mostly because…the season’s don’t really change. It’s pretty much: really sunny, sunny, a little breezy, and back to sunny. It’s hard to get into a Fall/Winter mindset when the sun is still shining and it’s 80 degrees out, ya know? [Read more…]