Paleo Carrot Bread

This Paleo Carrot Bread is incredibly moist, and full of spices, chopped walnuts and golden raisins. This hearty bread is gluten-free and refined sugar free.

This Paleo Carrot Bread is incredibly moist, and full of spices, chopped walnuts and golden raisins. This hearty bread is gluten-free and refined sugar free.Soo…I’m calling this Paleo Carrot Bread, because that’s what it is and it’s SEO friendly and decently descriptive, but I really wanted to call this Sunshine Bread. My sister actually came up with the idea for a carrot tumeric bread when she was helping me recipe brainstorm over the holidays, I wrote “sunshine bread!” with the description, and the idea has been stuck in my head ever since.

I was predicting it would turn out to be a beautiful golden color thanks to the tumeric, grated carrots, and golden raisins. However, the coconut sugar derailed my colors plans and the bread turned a more rusty orange color – not as “sunshine-y” and I had envisioned, and the name didn’t fit as well as I had planned. Also, sunshine bread is not descriptive at all. 

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies (Gluten Free)

These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are incredibly soft and naturally gluten-free. This simple recipe will become a quick favorite for any peanut butter fans.

These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are incredibly soft and naturally gluten-free. This simple recipe will become a quick favorite for any peanut butter fans.It’s always fun for me to experiment with super unique and different recipes, but sometimes, I just want to make something homey, warm, and comforting. Cookies usually do that for me. The ritual of making cookies always reminds me why I love baking, and it’s even better when you can make the dough with the basics: a bowl and wooden spoon.

I’m constantly using my stand mixer and subsequently doing a whole bunch of dishes, but for this recipe, you can skip it. A little elbow grease is all you need! [Read more…]

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies (GF + Paleo)

These Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies are a swoon-worthy and surprisingly guilt-free treat – they’re gluten-free, refined sugar-free and Paleo!

Are you NOT gluten-free or Paleo and want to make these brownies with ingredients you already have? Click here for a version of this recipe with traditional brownies.

These Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies are a swoon-worthy and surprisingly guilt-free treat - they're gluten-free, refined sugar-free and Paleo!I remember when my sister first asked me to try baking healthier for her. When I was first learning how to bake eight years ago, it pretty well coincided with her discovering her intolerance to gluten. She would come into the kitchen and scoff at me putting 2 cups of sugar and a whole bunch of all-purpose flour into something, begging me to please figure out how to make things delicious without all the sugar and gluten that I normally used, that she couldn’t have.

I heavily resisted for a while. I was convinced that nothing without gluten or sugar could possibly taste good, and I held on to that skepticism for a while. Finally, when my dad decided to try going gluten-free, I acquiesced, realizing the majority of my immediate family now wouldn’t eat the gluten-filled items I’d make. [Read more…]

Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal (GF + Vegan)

This Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal tastes like dessert for breakfast! This oatmeal is sweetened with a banana and cocoa powder + chocolate chips make it super chocolatey. It’s gluten-free, refined sugar free, and vegan.

This Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal tastes like dessert for breakfast! This oatmeal is sweetened with a banana and cocoa powder + chocolate chips make it super chocolatey. It's gluten-free, refined sugar free, and vegan.

Let’s talk about breakfast. Specifically, let’s talk about that fact that the chocolatey bowl of deliciousness you’re seeing above this sentence? Yeah, you can eat that FOR BREAKFAST. Who’s in?

I made this for breakfast for the first time on Monday, again on Tuesday, photographed it (and subsequently devoured) on Wednesday, make it again on Thursday, and then was exceedingly sad on Friday when I was all out of bananas and strawberries. You can say I’m a little obsessed. [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 Berry Bars (Paleo + Vegan)

These Chocolate Berry Bars have an almond flour crust topped with vegan chocolate ganache and fresh raspberries and blueberries. These dessert bars are beautiful, delicious, and better for you – they’re gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, and Paleo.

These Chocolate Berry Bars have an almond flour crust topped with vegan chocolate ganache and fresh raspberries and blueberries. These dessert bars are beautiful, delicious, and better for you - they're gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, and Paleo.I got a new camera! And these photos are the first photos I’m posting that I took using it. What do you think?!

I went pro, and bought myself the Canon 6D and the 100mm f/2.8L Macro Lens (those are affiliate links). It cost a whole lot of money and it sort of hurt to pay it, I was due for an upgrade and I’m glad I splurged and got a really great camera and lens. I still barely know how to use it, but since I’m coming from another Canon (the Rebel T3 – discontinued, here’s the newer version; and 50mm f/1.8 lens), the learning curve isn’t too steep.

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Chocolate Banana Granola (GF + Vegan)

This Chocolate Banana Granola is super chocolatey with mashed banana and banana chips! This gluten-free and vegan granola makes a super addictive snack or breakfast.

This Chocolate Banana Granola is super chocolatey with mashed banana and banana chips! This gluten-free and vegan granola makes a super addictive snack or breakfast.Happy New Year 🎉 welcome to 2016! I know I’m a little late, but I thought we could all use a few days off from the real world to let 2016 settle in, am I right? My year started a little differently than expected, with a quiet night at home in San Diego instead of in the mountains like I had planned – but, hanging out with my dog and gazing outside to see the ocean, I can’t really complain.

I can confidently say I haven’t had a bad moment this year and I’m going to hold on to that for as long as I can. I have a good feeling about 2016 :) and how can I not, when the first thing I baked of the year was this chocolate banana granola? [Read more…]

Pear Cranberry Ginger Crisp (GF)

This Pear Cranberry Ginger Crisp is a mix of sweet, tart, and little spicy with a buttery shortbread cookie crumble! This festive holiday dessert is gluten-free and doubles easily.

This Pear Cranberry Ginger Crisp is a mix of sweet, tart, and little spicy with a buttery shortbread cookie crumble! This festive holiday dessert is gluten-free and doubles easily.I have been, no joke, thinking of holiday cookies for pretty much the entire month of December (and November and October, because planning and testing). I even did a roundup of my 16 All-Time Favorite Holiday Cookies! And as much as I LOVE cookies…I’m sorta done with them for the year. Is that ok? Instead, I’m going to share with you some other swoon-worthy, still totally holiday-relevant desserts.

Like this pear cranberry ginger crisp. I’ve said it before, but crisps are my favorite. Especially with ice cream, and I won’t complain about caramel sauce either. Apple tends to be my fave, but this pear cranberry ginger crisp is a serious contender for 1st place crisp winner in my book. It is SO good.  [Read more…]