Chocolate Coconut Bars (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These Chocolate Coconut Bars have three irresistible layers – a chocolate shortbread crust, a melt-in-your-mouth coconut butter filling, and a chocolate topping with toasted coconut! Any coconut lover is going to love these gluten-free, Paleo + vegan dessert bars.

These Chocolate Coconut Bars have three irresistible layers - a chocolate shortbread crust, a melt-in-your-mouth coconut butter filling, and a chocolate topping with toasted coconut! Any coconut lover is going to love these gluten-free, Paleo + vegan dessert bars.

It’s been a little bit since I last sat down to write a post – in fact, I haven’t written one since I got home from my trip to CUBA! Holy cow, you guys, it was AMAZING.

I’ve traveled a lot (somewhere around 30 countries, and counting) but Cuba definitely stands out as one of the most unique places I’ve ever been to. Largely in part to the fact they’ve essentially been a time capsule for the past 50ish years. [Read more…]

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 Rugelach (Gluten Free + Refined Sugar Free)

These Chocolate Rugelach are incredibly tender and flaky, thanks to the cream cheese-based dough. These refined sugar-free and gluten-free rugelach are filled with dark chocolate shavings for an irresistible holiday treat.

These Chocolate Rugelach are incredibly tender and flaky, thanks to the cream cheese-based dough. These refined sugar-free and gluten-free rugelach are filled with dark chocolate shavings for an irresistible holiday treat.For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted a garden. Mostly because I found the idea of growing my own food to be a novel one, having grown up in suburban San Diego with not many gardens around that I remember, save for the garden in our school yard.

As soon as I got my first apartment out of college last year, I recruited my roommate Ally to help me assemble an herb garden. We loved and tended to it all summer and into fall, watching it thrive and using the fruits of our labor in our meals and letting them inspire my treats, like these Raspberry Mint Brownies. Then, Seattle winter came and our plants all died a sad death, turning into shriveled grey twigs. [Read more…]

Gluten Free Pecan Praline Cheesecake Bars

These Gluten Free Pecan Praline Cheesecake Bars will be your new favorite dessert! The super creamy cheesecake filling has a sweet + crunchy pecan praline topping.

These Gluten Free Pecan Praline Cheesecake Bars will be your new favorite dessert! The super creamy cheesecake filling has a sweet + crunchy pecan praline topping.Ah, the holidays. They turn December into a rowdy, festive, fast-paced swirl of a month, don’t they? It’ll be past in a blink. Before you know it, we’ll be entering 2017, and with the start of the new year, embarking on quests to fulfill our New Years Resolutions.

That may mean a few less desserts in our futures, so we better get in our fill while the holidays are still here, right?! Let’s talk candy and all things sweet. [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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Paleo Almond Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These Paleo Almond Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with almond butter and big chocolate chunks for super gooey, decadent cookies! These gluten free and refined sugar free cookies will definitely satisfy your cookie craving.

These Paleo Almond Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with almond butter and big chocolate chunks for super gooey, decadent cookies! These gluten free and refined sugar free cookies will definitely satisfy your cookie craving.Happy Friday, friends! This week has been a long and stressful one – full of divisiveness and arguments, and for a lot of us, disappointment. So, I thought we could all use a cookie. A big, warm cookie with gooey chocolate chunks, because that is something we can definitely all agree on, right?

This particular batch of cookies gets jazzed up by two of my all-time favorite ingredients: crunchy almonds + flaked coconut! The two come together with the big chunks of chocolate for an outrageously gooey and delicious cookie. [Read more…]

Double Chocolate Macaroons (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These rich Double Chocolate Macaroons are made super chocolatey with both cocoa powder and melted chocolate. These easy cookies are dipped and drizzled with chocolate, and they’re gluten-free, Paleo + vegan.

These rich Double Chocolate Macaroons are made super chocolatey with both cocoa powder and melted chocolate. These easy cookies are dipped and drizzled with chocolate, and they're gluten-free, Paleo + vegan.Sometimes I get really excited about a recipe and I’ve got to share it right away. Case in point? You’re looking at ’em 😏

As soon as I bit into one of these double chocolate macaroons, I had to get the recipe on here ASAP, because I felt mean withholding these beauties any longer than I had to. They’re so good. [Read more…]