Paleo Gummies (Three Flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Pomegranate + Cranberry Orange)

These Paleo Gummies couldn’t be easier to make! The three flavors, Pomegranate, Apple Cinnamon, and Cranberry Orange, are flavored with fruit juice and made with gut-healing gelatin for a superfood boost. You can use any flavor of fruit juice you’d like to customize these to your tastes, too! This post is sponsored by Vital Proteins.

These Paleo Gummies couldn't be easier to make! The three flavors, Pomegranate, Apple Cinnamon, and Cranberry Orange, are flavored with fruit juice and made with gut-healing gelatin for a superfood boost. You can use any flavor of fruit juice you'd like to customize these to your tastes, too!I can’t deal with any chit chat today because LOOK guys, I made homemade and healthy gummy bears!!!

I love making healthier versions of my favorite candies (see my Twix Bars and Peanut Butter Cups), but until now, I haven’t ventured into fruity candies. That’s a shame, because fruity candies are some of my favorites.

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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…]

Mango Coconut Crumble Muffins (Vegan)

These Mango Coconut Crumble Muffins are tender and full of tropical flavor! These vegan muffins use coconut oil, coconut flakes, and fresh diced mango for a treat that will make you feel like you’re on vacation.

These Mango Coconut Crumble Muffins are tender and full of tropical flavor! These vegan muffins use coconut oil, coconut flakes, and fresh diced mango for a treat that will make you feel like you're on vacation.UPDATE! The photos for this post have been updated from when it was originally posted in May 2013 to represent how darn delicious these Mango Coconut Crumble Muffins are. I left the post as written when it was first published a few years back for nostalgia’s sake. Hope you enjoy this old favorite of mine – it’s perfect for summer! :)

I was a weird little kid. Not saying I’m exactly normal now, but when I was really little, I thought I was already old and wise. I would say the most ridiculous insightful things that my parents would always say I was an old soul because there was no way a four year old would say things like I did. [Read more…]

Blackberry Peach Scones

Blackberry Peach Scones combine two delicious summer fruits in a light, flaky scone that’s perfect for breakfast or as a snack.

Blackberry Peach Scones combine two delicious summer fruits in a light, flaky scone that's perfect for breakfast or as a snack.I’ve been thinking a lot about the things that drive me: the motivation to be better than I currently am as a person, as a baker, as a friend, and as a daughter. The support that I’m lucky to have in spades from the people who care about me and love me, as well as from all of you. The fear that I won’t find my way, that I’ll always have this directionless feeling that will allow me to float in any direction. The words, from everyone around me, but also the words in my head that whisper my deepest dreams that seem too big and scary to acknowledge.

It’s an unsettling place to be. In some ways, my fear that my life could go in so many directions just needs a shifted perspective – that fear is really opportunity. Seizing the opportunity and extracting what I want from it is the hard part. [Read more…]

Brown Butter Pear Bars

These Brown Butter Pear Bars are loaded with juicy, fresh pears in a brown butter spiced filling, all piled on a crisp shortbread crust. 

These Brown Butter Pear Bars are loaded with juicy, fresh pears in a brown butter spiced filling, all piled on a crisp shortbread crust. Crispy, crunchy, creamy, sweet, full of brown butter, and loaded with fruit. <— that list encompasses a darn whole lot of my favorite words that you can use to describe a baked good, and all 100% accurately describe the amazingness that is these Brown Butter Pear Bars.

After getting a big box of pears from Harry & David and devouring most of them plain (soooo good…), I realized the vast insufficiency of pear recipes on Bakerita. So, fixing to change that, I dreamed up these bars, layered with brown butter, creamy pear chunks, and an irresistible flavor, and they turned out even better than I had imagined they would. [Read more…]

Roasted Cherry Brownies

These Roasted Cherry Brownies are rich, fudgy, and immensely chocolate. The oven roasted cherries add a burst of sweetness you’ll love!

These Roasted Cherry Brownies are rich, fudgy, and immensely chocolate. The oven roasted cherries add a burst of sweetness you'll love!There’s just something about the fresh produce in the summertime that makes me want to put it in everything. It seems like a crime to use chocolate chips or toffee bits as a flavor enhancer when I have piles of gorgeous strawberries, cherries, peaches, plums, and raspberries winking at me from all over the kitchen.

The result of this fruit flirtation? A whole lot of fruity, perfect for summer desserts.

I live in San Diego, and while it’s been above-average hot around here (80s), I know it’s WAAAY above average hot in most places. Hence, most of you don’t wanna turn on your ovens, and you want something light. Um, sorry. [Read more…]