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 Morning Glory Muffins

These Paleo Morning Glory Muffins are loaded with bananas, shredded carrots, toasted walnuts, and golden raisins. These easy muffins have NO added sugar – they’re sweetened entirely with bananas! They’re the perfect on-the-go breakfast or snack.

These Paleo Morning Glory Muffins are loaded with bananas, shredded carrots, toasted walnuts, and golden raisins. These easy muffins have NO added sugar - they're sweetened entirely with bananas! They're the perfect on-the-go breakfast or snack.

Happy New Year!!! Welcome to 2017 – I hope the beginning of your year is off to a wonderful start. This feels a little weird, because I’m writing this while it’s still 2016. You, however, will be reading this in 2017. And if you’re reading this right around when it’s getting posted, I’m in CUBA!!!

Until the 10th, my best friend Paige and I are going to be exploring the island and taking a break from American civilization…and also from the internet, since Cuba isn’t known for their widespread Wifi. [Read more…]

Snickerdoodles (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These healthier Snickerdoodles are incredibly soft and flavorful. This gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan recipe comes together so quickly and easily in just twenty minutes, you won’t believe it!

These healthier Snickerdoodles are incredibly soft and flavorful. This gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan recipe comes together so quickly and easily in just twenty minutes, you won't believe it!

It’s somehow already December 23rd – 1 day until the first night of Hannukah, 2 days until Christmas, and 8 days until New Years Eve. I’m squeezing in one last cookie recipe before everyone goes on a diet or cleanse or whatever.

This one is a classic that I actually haven’t ever posted a recipe for, the snickerdoodle cookie. Traditionally full of sugar, butter, and cinnamon, it’s a soft and chewy cookie that gets rolled in cinnamon sugar before baking. It’s also usually not very healthy – at all. [Read more…]

Chocolate Fudge (Paleo + Vegan)

This Chocolate Fudge is incredibly smooth, rich and chocolatey. It’s made with only four wholesome ingredients, there’s no cooking required, and it’s Paleo + vegan! It’s the perfect holiday treat.

This Chocolate Fudge is incredibly smooth, rich and chocolatey. It's made with only four wholesome ingredients, there's no cooking required, and it's Paleo + vegan! It's the perfect holiday treat.Back in high school, when I first start started experimenting in the kitchen and churning out tons of treats, I became infatuated with making fudge.

During the holiday season, I would make a whole bunch of batches, in all sorts of flavors, but most of them got sprinkled with a generous dusting of flaky Maldon sea salt – my newest obsession at the time, and one that still continues to this day. [Read more…]

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…]

Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Cookies

These Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Cookies are soft, chewy and bursting with flavor! They’re loaded with cinnamon, orange zest, fresh tart cranberries, and chewy dried cranberries. Perfect for the holidays!

These Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Cookies are soft, chewy and bursting with flavor! They're loaded with cinnamon, orange zest, fresh tart cranberries, and chewy dried cranberries. Perfect for the holidays!Ah, the madness of Thanksgiving has passed! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and weekend, full of family, friends, and of course…it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without lots of delicious food.

I spent pretty much all day Wednesday and Thursday prepping for our feast, and my dad ended up having to come pick me up because I couldn’t get the two pies, apple cranberry crisp, pumpkin chocolate chunk cookies, four-layer birthday cake, brussels sprouts, and cranberry sauce safely over to his house in one piece by myself, especially with my huge dog lurking in the car. [Read more…]

Chocolate Hazelnut Bars (Gluten Free + Paleo)

These Chocolate Hazelnut Bars have a hazelnut flour crust and are topped with dark chocolate chunks + crunchy hazelnuts. These gluten-free, Paleo + refined sugar free bars get even fudgier the day after they’re made!

These Chocolate Hazelnut Bars have a hazelnut flour crust and are topped with dark chocolate chunks + crunchy hazelnuts. These gluten-free, Paleo + refined sugar free bars get even fudgier the day after they're made!I’ve become a firm believer that when you smile at life, life smiles right back at you. Putting positive vibes out into the world can make a world of difference in how you feel…and it also makes a difference in the life of every person you come into contact with.

I’ve recently been reveling in the power of a positive mindset. After struggling with anxiety for years, I’ve been trying to overcome it by thinking positively and believing in my future, by going after the things I want, and maybe most importantly realizing I can’t control everything. Patience is key.

These Chocolate Hazelnut Bars have a hazelnut flour crust and are topped with dark chocolate chunks + crunchy hazelnuts. These gluten-free, Paleo + refined sugar free bars get even fudgier the day after they're made!But with a little positivity and a little patience, good things will come. This past year has been one of big changes for me, but I feel like I’m at a point right now of total contentment – I could pinch myself when I think about the fact that I do what I love for “work” everyday.

I’ve had some exciting news this past weekend, it made me spend some time thinking about how my year has been a great one, and how I began it. When I woke up on January 1st, I decided to myself that I wasn’t going to let myself be in a bad mood this year, as long as I could go. I didn’t exactly realize it at the time, but I had really given myself the New Years Resolution of having a positive mindset.

These Chocolate Hazelnut Bars have a hazelnut flour crust and are topped with dark chocolate chunks + crunchy hazelnuts. These gluten-free, Paleo + refined sugar free bars get even fudgier the day after they're made!I didn’t let things that would normally annoy me get to me, not wanting to break my “streak” of not being in a bad mood. As we got further into the year, I mostly forgot about my resolution, but the positive mindset stuck. I occasionally remember my beginning-of-the-year commitment to myself, and try to start a new streak.

In all my ramblings, I guess I’m just trying to say that being positive will make your life better, and you just need a little patience to get there. And something else that does well with a little bit of patience? These Chocolate Hazelnut Bars you’ve been looking at 😍 !!

These Chocolate Hazelnut Bars have a hazelnut flour crust and are topped with dark chocolate chunks + crunchy hazelnuts. These gluten-free, Paleo + refined sugar free bars get even fudgier the day after they're made!The reason I say these require patience is not because they take a long time to make – they’re actually relatively simple and don’t take long to bake. They do, however, get better after they hang out overnight. Don’t get me wrong, they’re good on day one. But on day two, and however many more days they last? They get extra fudgy, and the chocolate flavor is extra intense.

These chocolate hazelnut bars have legit hazelnut flavor – they’re used three times in the recipe! The crust is made with hazelnut flour, the chocolate-y frangipane filling uses hazelnuts in place of traditional almonds, and whole hazelnuts are pressed on top before it’s baked for crunch.

These Chocolate Hazelnut Bars have a hazelnut flour crust and are topped with dark chocolate chunks + crunchy hazelnuts. These gluten-free, Paleo + refined sugar free bars get even fudgier the day after they're made!They are alsooo super chocolatey, between the cocoa powder and those big dark chocolate chunks that are on top. However, these don’t really taste like your favorite chocolate hazelnut spread. They’re not super duper sweet, and the chocolate doesn’t overpower the hazelnut flavor – it’s more nicely balanced. You can really taste that toasty hazelnut flavor that gets lost in a lot of chocolate hazelnut desserts.

The filling comes together quickly in your food processor or blender, and these bake in 15 to 18 minutes – keep an eye on them during those last few minutes, because if they over-bake they’ll be dry. If you’re craving something a little unique and majorly delicious, you’re going to love these. Happy baking, friends!!

These Chocolate Hazelnut Bars have a hazelnut flour crust and are topped with dark chocolate chunks + crunchy hazelnuts. These gluten-free, Paleo + refined sugar free bars get even fudgier the day after they're made!

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Chocolate Hazelnut Bars (Gluten Free + Paleo)
 
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Serves: 16 bars
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (112g) hazelnut flour
  • 2 tablespoons (14g) tapioca flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
For the topping
  • ¾ cup (110g) hazelnuts
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (preferably Dutch processed)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅓ cup coconut sugar
  • 5 tablespoons (70g) coconut oil
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup hazelnuts
  • 3 oz. dark chocolate, cut into chunks
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8x8” square pan with parchment paper. Grease with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the hazelnut flour, tapioca flour, coconut sugar, salt, and melted coconut oil until fully combined, and there's no dry flour remaining. Press the crust evenly in the pan.
  3. In your food processor or blender, grind the hazelnuts, tapioca flour, salt, and coconut sugar to a powder (or as fine as you can make it). Add the coconut oil and process until no longer visible. Add the egg and vanilla, blending until completely incorporated, and a smooth paste is formed. Spread the filling evenly over the hazelnut crust.
  4. Top the filling with chocolate chunks and hazelnuts and press them into the chocolate hazelnut mixture.
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until just barely set and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean - be careful not to over-bake or they'll be dry!
  6. Let cool completely before cutting into squares. Keep any leftovers in an airtight container.

These Chocolate Hazelnut Bars have a hazelnut flour crust and are topped with dark chocolate chunks + crunchy hazelnuts. These gluten-free, Paleo + refined sugar free bars get even fudgier the day after they're made!

Chocolate Pecan Tart (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

This Chocolate Pecan Tart has a chocolate shortbread crust, pecan pie filling, and is topped with dark chocolate ganache, pecans + a sprinkle of sea salt! You won’t believe that this is gluten-free, Paleo, refined sugar free, and vegan.

This Chocolate Pecan Tart has a chocolate shortbread crust, pecan pie filling, and is topped with dark chocolate ganache, pecans + a sprinkle of sea salt! You won't believe that this is gluten-free, Paleo, refined sugar free, and vegan.Let’s just get it out there: I’m having all the feels for this chocolate pecan tart. Pecans are without a doubt my favorite nut, and the pecans ✨ shine ✨ in this dessert, adding crunch and warmth. It’s my first foray this year into a definitely-not-summer dessert, but it’s so delicious that it makes me want to skip happily into fall.

Chocolate, pecans, and caramel is a classic combo (Turtles, anyone?!) and for good reason. It just works, and one bite of this chocolate pecan tart is all you need to be sure of that.  [Read more…]