Homemade Coconut Butter

Homemade Coconut Butter has just one ingredient: coconut! It’s easy to make at home in a food processor or high-powdered blender and can be used in TONS of ways – it’s great as a spread on it’s own and can also be used in many different recipes.

Homemade Coconut Butter has just one ingredient: coconut! It's easy to make at home in a food processor or high-powdered blender and can be used in TONS of ways - it's great as a spread on it's own and can also be used in many different recipes.I’m almost embarrassed to post this because it can barely be called a recipe. Seriously…it has ONE ingredient. It’s less a recipe and more just a post full of me telling you why you should put some unsweetened coconut flakes in your blender or food processor.

And I have a lot of good reasons. See, what happens when you blend up that unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut is that it slowly breaks down into a smooth, luscious coconut butter. It’s similar to coconut oil in that it has a low 77º melting point, and when it’s all melty, it’s a fabulous spread on toast and perfect for drizzling over your bowl of oatmeal or yogurt.  [Read more…]

Almond Joy Brownies (Gluten Free + Paleo)

These Almond Joy Brownies have a coconut butter topping and a drizzle of dark chocolate – you’d never guess that these indulgent brownies are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and Paleo!

These Almond Joy Brownies have a coconut butter topping and a drizzle of dark chocolate - you'd never guess that these indulgent brownies are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and Paleo!The candy copycat train has gotten rolling and it CAN’T BE STOPPED! Since the Homemade Twix Bars started this obsession, followed by the smashing successes of these homemade Peanut Butter Cups + the Girl Scout Cookie copycat Samoa Bars, I’ve been thinking of lots of candy-inspired but totally healthified recipes to make for you.

Next up: Almond Joy Brownies! I was going to go for straight up copycat Almond Joys, and that will probably happen around here someday, but piling all the goodness of an Almond Joy onto a deliciously rich and fudgy brownie? Well, that sounded like it needed to be made ASAP. [Read more…]

Samoa Bars (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These Samoa Bars have a shortbread crust, a layer of toasted coconut caramel, and a dark chocolate drizzle! They’re a gluten-free, Paleo, vegan, and guilt-free way to enjoy your favorite Girl Scout cookie.

These Samoa Bars have a shortbread crust, a layer of toasted coconut caramel, and a dark chocolate drizzle! They're a gluten-free, Paleo, vegan, and guilt-free way to enjoy your favorite Girl Scout cookie.What are your favorite Girl Scout cookies? Mine have always been a strong tie between Thin Mints and Samoas (or Caramel DeLites to some of you). They’re so different that I could never pick a fave and always ended up with both – sometimes with a box of Tagalongs thrown in for good measure.

Samoas have always had one of my favorite ever flavor combinations, though. For someone who absolutely adores shortbread cookies, caramel, chocolate, and toasted coconut in most forms, putting them all together was a genius move. In fact, it was one that was long over due to be replicated in my kitchen. [Read more…]

Vegan Pineapple Coconut Muffins

Have a taste of the tropics with these Vegan Pineapple Coconut Muffins! They’re super soft, full of tropical flavor, and no one would ever guess that they are dairy-free + vegan.

Have a taste of the tropics with these Vegan Pineapple Coconut Muffins! They're super soft, full of tropical flavor, and no one would ever guess that they are dairy-free + vegan.When I went on a walk yesterday and could take off my jacket to feel the sun on my skin without shivering, I got the biggest smile on my face. It’s amazing how a little sunshine can make a city come alive.

After being in Costa Rica last week, basking in 90ºF+ weather, it was such a relief to come back to Seattle and see that spring has finally started to show itself. The past few days, the sun has inched past the 60s and settled at 72º – even though I know we’ll still have a few cloudy days (it is Seattle, after all), the worst is officially over. [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 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…]