Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites (Gluten Free + Vegan)

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites have just 5 ingredients and are sweetened with dates! These easy energy bites come together in only 10 minutes and they’re gluten-free, refined sugar free + vegan.

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites have just 5 ingredients and are sweetened with dates! These easy energy bites come together in only 10 minutes and they're gluten-free, refined sugar free + vegan.

So I made these little Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites the day before I left for Cuba, and I was so darn excited to have a homemade snack to bring along for when I inevitably got hungry and cranky on the trip…especially one filled with peanut butter + chocolate, two of my favorite things.

And then, of course, I forgot them in the refrigerator, and only remembered when I was en route to the airport. Tragic, I tell you. I thought of them longingly many times during our trip. [Read more…]

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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Chocolate Chunk Banana Baked Oatmeal (Gluten Free + Vegan)

This easy Chocolate Chunk Banana Baked Oatmeal is a delicious twist on classic oatmeal – you’ll definitely want to start your day with a serving of this gluten-free + vegan breakfast! This healthier oatmeal has no added sweetener; it’s sweetened entirely with ripe banana and chocolate chunks.

This easy Chocolate Chunk Banana Baked Oatmeal is a delicious twist on classic oatmeal - you'll definitely want to start your day with a serving of this gluten-free + vegan breakfast! This healthier oatmeal has no added sweetener; it's sweetened entirely with ripe banana and chocolate chunks.For all the oatmeal I eat, baked oatmeal isn’t something that I’ve made too often. To be honest, it’s a method of preparing it that I often forget about…but now that I’ve rediscovered baked oatmeal, with it’s fluffy center and crispy edges, it’s here to stay.

If you’ve never tried baked oatmeal before, you’re going to want to listen up. Baked oatmeal is similar to traditional oatmeal, but it’s made with a few extra ingredients to help it get puffy and browned, and piled into a dish to bake instead of simmering away on the stove.

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter (No Sugar Added)

This Slow Cooker Apple Butter has no sugar added – just fresh apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice. This healthy homemade apple butter can be enjoyed on toast, stirred into oatmeal or yogurt, or eaten by the spoonful! It’s Paleo-friendly and vegan.

This Slow Cooker Apple Butter has no sugar added - just fresh apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice. This healthy homemade apple butter can be enjoyed on toast, stirred into oatmeal or yogurt, or eaten by the spoonful! It's Paleo-friendly and vegan.How do you all feel about your slow cooker? Do you love it? Do you even have one?! Because if you don’t…you should get on that.

I’ve been a little bit slow to the slow cooker party. I’ve had one, and used it sparingly over the past two or so years. Maybe a handful of times, to be honest. Each time, delicious meals were had, and the slow cooker was put away, not to be brought out again until the next slow cooker recipe I spotted on Pinterest had me pulling it out of the cupboard again. [Read more…]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free + Vegan)

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal tastes like a peanut butter cup, but it’s sweetened with just a ripe banana! You’ll love to wake up to this gluten-free, refined sugar-free + vegan breakfast.

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal tastes like a peanut butter cup, but it's sweetened with just a ripe banana! You'll love to wake up to this gluten-free, refined sugar-free + vegan breakfast.The photos in this post were updated in May 2016, but the recipe and writing below remains the same as when originally published! I’ve been rephotographing some of my old favorite recipes here on the site that don’t get nearly enough attention, probably because the photos didn’t do this delicious oatmeal justice.

But, for memorial’s sake, I’m not rewriting the post at all. All that’s below, including the recipe, is the original from July 2012. Enjoy – this recipe is still one of my favorites! I make it at least a couple of times a month :)

It’s clear to everyone who knows me I’m addicted to chocolate and peanut butter together. They’re perfect for each other, and anyone who has ever eaten a peanut butter cup can attest to that. [Read more…]

Paleo Double Chocolate Banana Bread

This Paleo Double Chocolate Banana Bread is perfectly moist and gooey with an incredibly deep chocolate flavor, and you’d never guess it’s sweetened entirely by ripe bananas.

This Paleo Double Chocolate Banana Bread is perfectly moist and gooey with an incredibly deep chocolate flavor, and you'd never guess it's sweetened entirely by ripe bananas.I’ve been thinking about this recipe for a long time and now I’m positively kicking myself that it took me this long to finally get around to making it – both for my sake and for yours, because this recipe turned out as delicious as I had always hoped and dreamed that it would be. I feel like a proud mama!

A few years ago (that makes me feel like such an old blogger 😱) I posted this recipe for Paleo Chocolate Chunk Banana BreadI wasn’t even going to post it, because I figured I already had a bunch of banana bread recipes posted. Thankfully, one of my housemates at the time tried it and bugged me to take some pictures before it was gone because it was pretty darn incredible – perfectly sweet (even without sugar) with a texture and flavor that tasted eerily similar to the banana bread my mom used to make. [Read more…]

Paleo Banana Nut Muffins

You would never guess that these Paleo Banana Nut Muffins have no added sugar – all the sweetness comes from the bananas! These gluten-free muffins make a great breakfast or snack.

You would never guess that these Paleo Banana Nut Muffins have no added sugar - all the sweetness comes from the bananas! These gluten-free muffins make a great breakfast or snack.Happy Monday! This past week was a weird one for me, and I’m looking forward to this week’s fresh start. Monday, and muffins, are being embraced whole-heartedly.

I’ve been battling a pretty bad cold for the past week, and it’s left me exhausted, coughing, sneezing, and worst of all – uninspired. Finally, on Thursday and Friday, I just let myself be sick. Stopped trying to brainstorm recipes when I didn’t even want to think about food, took a nap in the middle of the day, and let myself do just the work that I needed to – no more. [Read more…]

Paleo Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

These Paleo Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins taste just like your mom’s homemade banana chocolate chip muffins, except with an creamy almond butter filling. They’re gluten-free, grain-free, and sugar-free – these muffins are sweetened with only bananas!

These Paleo Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins taste just like your mom's homemade banana chocolate chip muffins, except with an creamy almond butter filling. They're gluten-free, grain-free, and sugar-free - these muffins are sweetened with only bananas!Settling in is an unusual feeling, don’t you think? A new apartment and a new city is finally starting to feel like home, but there is still a bit of nostalgia for the places you’ll never live again. My college house (and college, for that matter) has been left behind and now that summer is coming to a close, classes are starting again. The school year is beginning, and for the first time in my life that I can remember…I’m not starting classes too.

Instead, I’m sitting on my patio at home, sipping coffee and looking at our calming view of the Puget Sound, and enjoying my favorite spot in the house, writing a post to you. Let me just say: Our patio is seriously awesome. Super comfy futon, cute yellow trunk/coffee table, dining set, herb garden, twinkle lights, and flowers – what more could a girl want on her patio?

These Paleo Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins taste just like your mom's homemade banana chocolate chip muffins, except with an creamy almond butter filling. They're gluten-free, grain-free, and sugar-free - these muffins are sweetened with only bananas! [Read more…]