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    Paleo Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Bread (gluten-free)

    Paleo Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Bread made with gluten-free ingredients like almond flour, coconut flour and coconut sugar-sweetened dark chocolate!

    Paleo Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Bread made with gluten-free ingredients like almond flour, coconut flour and coconut sugar-sweetened dark chocolate!Paleo Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Bread made with gluten-free ingredients like almond flour, coconut flour and coconut sugar-sweetened dark chocolate!

    It’s about time there is a zucchini bread recipe on the blog.

    This isn’t your traditional zucchini bread recipe because of the ingredients and the texture is a bit different. The whole loaf is paleo and I use almond flour and coconut flour making it a bit more dense then the usually fluffy and cakey zucchini bread. It’s so satisfying and the chunks of dark chocolate almonds and pieces of zucchini make it absolutely unreal.

    I use Hu Kitchen’s Dark Chocolate Almond Hunks inside the batter. Yup, that’s right – I chopped up these dreamy chocolatey almonds instead of the usual chocolate bar (don’t worry the chocolate bar is on top!). They add an extra crunch and a little sweet and salty flavor inside! I sprinkle their new Earl Grey Cashew Butter bar on top of the loaf before baking and the melted chocolate and cashew butter together is insane in the best way possible.

    I found this loaf was more of a breakfast/snack for me rather than dessert. It isn’t super sweet. In fact the whole sweetener besides the chocolate is 6 tablespoons of maple syrup – that’s it! Continue Reading

  • baking / chocolate / cookies / glutenfree / nutfree / vegetarian

    Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Sheet (gluten-free + nut-free)

    Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Sheet made with gluten-free ingredient for a healthy crispy on the outside, chewy center cookie recipe!

    Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Sheet made with gluten-free and nut-free ingredients for a healthy crispy on the outside, chewy center cookie recipe!

    Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Sheet made with gluten-free ingredient for a healthy crispy on the outside, chewy center cookie recipe!

    There is something about baking cookies that have butter in them.

    Whenever I bite into a cookie that has butter in it, I know there is without even seeing the ingredient list. It adds the best flavor and texture to cookies that truly is unlike baking with anything else.

    I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t go through the whole “don’t eat butter, it’s bad for you” phase. It happened a few years ago when I was beyond confused on what I “should” and “shouldn’t” eat. Like there was supposed to be a rule book to go along with it. Spoiler alert: there is no rule book when it comes to eating. Eat what you want and what makes you feel good. And more often than not for me, that’s enjoying a good old buttah-filled COOKIE.

    I don’t just use any butter though. I am a bit biased in that department and always have Vital Farm’s Pasture-Raised Butter on hand. There are boxes and boxes of it in my freezer but that is how much we use it. I like to keep a mix of Vital Farm’s Sea Salt and Unsalted varieties on hand, but usually baking with the Sea Salt one is my go-to. Especially when it comes to baking with chocolate. It gives it that touch of salty flavor with the sweet taste that I love with my cookies.

    I also use Vital Farm’s Pasture-Raised Eggs in this recipe, but you guys already know my love affair for their products. We have made everything from that big mama Cinnamon Roll Skillet to Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls and more on the blog. We also sear our steaks in their butter on the skillet and fry up there eggs probably a dozen times a week. They’re an amazing brand producing quality product that I truly love using (and eating). Continue Reading

  • chocolate / dairyfree / egg free / glutenfree / grainfree / nutfree / snacks / vegan / vegetarian

    The Best Ever Dark Chocolate Cookie Dough Bars (nut-free + gluten-free)

    Sharing The Best Ever Dark Chocolate Cookie Dough Bars made with all nut-free, gluten-free and vegan ingredients for an easy no-bake dessert!

    Sharing The Best Ever Dark Chocolate Cookie Dough Bars made with all nut-free, gluten-free and vegan ingredients for an easy and healthy no-bake dessert!

    Sharing The Best Ever Dark Chocolate Cookie Dough Bars made with all nut-free, gluten-free and vegan ingredients for an easy no-bake dessert!

    A couple years ago I shared my Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Cookie Dough Crack Bars. Since then they have become one of the most popular recipes on the blog and they’re always a crowd pleaser when I make them for friends and family.

    I have been meaning to make a few changes to the original recipe to help them stay together a bit longer (aka not melt). And I also wanted to make a nut-free option for those that have a nut allergy or just prefer using grain-based flours instead. I know nut-based flours tend to get really pricey for anyone on a budget and I want to make sure al of my recipes are feasible for anyone to make.

    With that being said.. allow me to introduce to you “The Best Ever Dark Chocolate Cookie Dough Bars”. Made with simple and healthy ingredients that you guys likely already have on hand in your pantry.

    I combine a mix of sunflower butter and creamy tahini for the usual nut butter addition in a recipe. This helps make the cookie dough base extra “doughy” and mixed with Garden of Life’s Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for extra moisture. For the flours and dry ingredients, I use gluten-free oat flour and Garden of Life’s Organic Ground Flaxseed and we use some coconut sugar for the sweetness. It’s of course optional to use coconut sugar if you’d prefer to keep things lower in sugar.  Continue Reading

  • baking / cookies / dairyfree / dessert / glutenfree / oatmeal / snacks / vegetarian

    Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Carrot Cake Bars (gluten-free)

    Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Carrot Cake Bars made with gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients for a twist on oatmeal cookies and carrot cake!

    Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Carrot Cake Bars made with gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients for a twist on oatmeal cookies and carrot cake!Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Carrot Cake Bars made with gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients for a twist on oatmeal cookies and carrot cake!

    Hope no one is sick of carrot cake recipes yet because these new Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Carrot Cake Bars are officially one of my new favorite recipes to make on the blog. Ya baby – I said it!

    They are lightly sweetened (just a little maple syrup in the batter), gluten-free, dairy-free and have zero refined sugar in them. Plus we use a mix of almond flour, rolled oats, oat flour for the flours here. I love doing a mix of both almond and oat for this because it makes them a bit more filling and the consistency is on point. Sometimes I find that baking with only grain-free flours leave the consistency a bit too moist, so adding oats really helps!

    These bars are almost like an oatmeal cookie or oatmeal bake you’d enjoy in the morning. I personally liked eating these for breakfast more than dessert and paired them with yogurt, nut butter and fresh fruit! You can also freeze them too if you want to save any for later, but that likely won’t happen once you try these 😉

    I used Hu Kitchen’s dark chocolate bar and cut it into chunks for the chocolatey sweetness here. Slice up one or two (I prefer two, duh!) and mix some in the batter and then sprinkle some on top for that extra chocolatey goodness. Continue Reading

  • baking / brownies / chocolate / dairyfree / dessert / glutenfree / grainfree / paleo / vegetarian

    Grain-free Chocolate Chip Brownies (Passover-friendly)

    Grain-free Chocolate Chip Brownies made with almond butter, almond flour and all gluten and dairy-free ingredients and friendly for Passover!

    Grain-free Chocolate Chip Brownies made with almond butter, almond flour and all gluten and dairy-free ingredients and friendly for Passover!Grain-free Chocolate Chip Brownies made with almond butter, almond flour and all gluten and dairy-free ingredients and friendly for Passover!

    I am pretty sure many of my recipes are also Passover-approved but since it is right around the corner, I wanted to make something especially for the holiday.

    I am never into the desserts served at the seder that are store bought. They end up tasting like cardboard in my opinion and after my dinner, I want and crave something indulgent and rich and goooood.

    These Grain-free Chocolate Chip Brownies are just that. They are made with wholesome ingredients like almond butter, eggs, sweetened with maple syrup and they are filled with Enjoy Life Foods Dark Chocolate Morsels for the ultimate fudgey brownie.

    I made these brownies on a whim when my Mom put me in charge of dessert duty for our family’s seder. Ezra’s first Passover and granted he can’t taste these but I like to think he will through my milk supply 😉 I cannot wait for one day when he can actually enjoy some treats with me.

    Whether you are celebrating Passover or Easter or just find this recipe in the middle of the year, I promise this brownies will satisfy your chocolate craving and sweet tooth. I love that they are made with just a few ingredients and they are dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. Adding in Enjoy Life Food’s Dark Chocolate Morsels really just tops of the recipe in my opinion. The mini semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks also work for this and they melt so perfectly in the oven. Continue Reading

  • baking / bananabread / breakfast / chocolate / dairyfree / dessert / glutenfree / motherhood / nutfree / vegetarian

    Gluten-free Lactation Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (dairy-free)

    Gluten-free Lactation Chocolate Chip Banana Bread made with wholesome and healthy ingredients for all mama's milk supply!

    Gluten-free Lactation Chocolate Chip Banana Bread made with wholesome and healthy ingredients for all mama’s milk supply!Gluten-free Lactation Chocolate Chip Banana Bread made with wholesome and healthy ingredients for all mama's milk supply!

    For all my mama friends, you guys are going to go crazy over this banana bread.

    And for anyone who just loves banana bread, you can still make and enjoy this recipe too – I promise it is for everyone!

    It goes without saying that I am more than obsessed with baking different banana bread recipes on the blog. We have everything from vegan and paleo ones, to nut free, to cinnamon roll banana breads. Oh and don’t forget the banana bread oatmeal bake. There are oh so many recipes that are created purely based off my love for banana bread.

    But today we are merging two things I am passionate about in life: banana bread + breastfeeding.

    I have been breastfeeding for almost 3 months now and that is quite the adventure. I have been sharing a lot with you guys over on Instagram and there is a lot more to come here on the blog, but for now let’s just focus on the banana bread and the ingredients we use to make it!

    This Gluten-free Lactation Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is made with ingredients to help support a healthy milk supply. I use foods like sprouted rolled oats, which are said to help mama’s supply. Plus they are even filled with fiber! I also add in a product that I am so passionate about – Majka.

    You have seen me posting about Majka’s products (specifically their bites) over on Instagram a lot over the past couple of months. I truly am so impressed with the products they create and seeing how much they have helped my supply makes them such a huge part of my daily eats right now. I usually find products like these gimmicky and don’t buy into the whole thing. But I can confidently say, these work for me. I cannot say they will work for every mama but they’re so worth a try you guys!

    Majka was derived from the Bosnian translation of mother. The two founders are so passionate about helping mamas have the best journey during their two breastfeeding. They created products to help make this time as easy as possible by having products you can easily incorporate into your life and eats. Continue Reading