Paleo Chocolate Melting Cakes

These Paleo Chocolate Melting Cakes are incredibly gooey, rich and chocolatey! This easy, five-ingredient recipe is a healthier take on Carnival’s Chocolate Melting Cake. You’ll love the melting, gooey center!

These Paleo Chocolate Melting Cakes are incredibly gooey, rich and chocolatey! This easy, five-ingredient recipe is a healthier take on Carnival's Chocolate Melting Cake. You'll love the melting, gooey center!So, have you ever been on a Carnival Cruise? If you have, I bet you’ve ended one of your dinners on the ship digging into the gooey center of one their famous Chocolate Melting Cakes, topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

This past summer my mom’s whole family piled onto a Carnival cruise ship in Athens and sailed our way through Turkey, Greece, Malta, and Italy, finally landing in Barcelona. Most of the nights that we had dinner on the boat, we would eat in the same restaurant. [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…]

Brown Butter Shortbread (Gluten Free + Refined Sugar Free)

These Brown Butter Shortbread are crisp and buttery with dark chocolate + flaky sea salt on top. These gluten free & refined sugar free cookies melt in your mouth and make the perfect addition to your holiday cookie tray!

These Brown Butter Shortbread are crisp and buttery with dark chocolate + flaky sea salt on top. These gluten free & refined sugar free cookies melt in your mouth and make the perfect addition to your holiday cookie tray!Hi friend! Coming at you on a Tuesday, a little off schedule but with something exciting to share – it’s officially holiday cookie season, and today marks the start of #HolidayCookieParty2016!

A few weeks back, my friend Rebecca from Displaced Housewife asked if I wanted to join a cookie exchange between a bunch of other bloggers/Instagrammers. Uh, receiving cookies in the mail from one of the people’s whose treats I drool over on the daily? YES, please. [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…]

Gluten-Free Peppermint Mocha Tart

This Gluten-Free Peppermint Mocha Tart has a chocolate shortbread crust filled with a luscious peppermint mocha chocolate ganache! This quick + easy dessert is perfect for the holidays.

This Gluten-Free Peppermint Mocha Tart has a chocolate shortbread crust filled with a luscious peppermint mocha chocolate ganache! This quick + easy dessert is perfect for the holidays.

Even though I love to focus on the food around the holidays, it’s spending time with family that’s my favorite thing about these days. My sister has been staying with me these past few days, and last night my entire dad’s side of the family gathered to pick up my cousin from the airport after her first semester of college, and then descended upon my studio apartment for dinner.

Having the 15 of them packed on the couch, laying on my bed, and scouring the fridge for the leftover baked goods filled the space with such warmth and love. While food is the reason for gathering (and a definitely delicious perk), it’s the people that make the holidays so special.

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Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies are super easy to make with only 6 ingredients total! The tender gluten-free and Paleo shortbread cookies are filled with a no-cook vegan caramel and topped off with a dark chocolate drizzle and flaky sea salt. They’re perfect for the holidays!

These Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies are super easy to make with only 6 ingredients total! The tender gluten-free and Paleo shortbread cookies are filled with a no-cook vegan caramel and topped off with a dark chocolate drizzle and flaky sea salt. They're perfect for the holidays!Oh man, I am so full right now. Like, so so stuffed to the brim, full of delicious food. Tis the holiday season, right? I’m just a week ahead of Thanksgiving with the over-eating.

Monica from The Movement Menu came over to my apartment today to do some baking and photo-shooting together, and as soon as she arrived and saw the restaurant that’s in my building, she insisted we go there later for dinner. I’m already a frequent patron of theirs and happily obliged. [Read more…]

Cranberry Apple Crisp (Gluten Free + Vegan)

This Cranberry Apple Crisp is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg & orange zest and topped with a crunchy pecan oatmeal crisp topping. This gluten-free and vegan crisp is the perfect holiday dessert!

This Cranberry Apple Crisp is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg & orange zest and topped with a crunchy pecan oatmeal crisp topping. This gluten-free and vegan crisp is the perfect holiday dessert!Are you a planner or a procrastinator? I know some of us have already had the whole Thanksgiving menu planned out for weeks now…and then there’s the other group, who’ll be running frantically to the grocery store for another bag of potatoes the morning of Thanksgiving. Which group are you in?!

I’m typically in the planner group – leaving things until the very last minute has always given me anxiety, so I made sure that my family knew who was making what for our Thanksgiving feast earlier this week. [Read more…]

Salted Almond Chocolate Truffles (Paleo + Vegan)

With toasted almonds for crunch and a sprinkle of sea salt on top, these Salted Almond Chocolate Truffles are a chocolate lover’s dream! They’re easy to make, Paleo-friendly, and vegan. A batch of these truffles makes the perfect holiday gift. This post is sponsored by Diamond of California.

With toasted almonds for crunch and a sprinkle of sea salt on top, these Salted Almond Chocolate Truffles are a chocolate lover's dream! They're easy to make, Paleo-friendly, and vegan. A batch of these truffles makes the perfect holiday gift.Sometimes, the best compliment you can get on a dessert is silence…just the sound people chewing, and maybe the occasional moan of satisfaction as it’s devoured.

When I brought out these salted almond chocolate truffles at the end of my grandpa’s birthday dinner and passed them around the table to my family, I got silence (rare) and a lot of “mmmmm”s. Then the Tupperware went around the table again…and again. That, my friends, is the ultimate compliment. [Read more…]