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  • baking / bananabread / bread / breakfast / dairyfree / egg free / glutenfree / nutfree / snacks / vegan / vegetarian

    Vegan Lemon Blueberry Breakfast Bread (gluten-free + nut-free)

    Vegan Lemon Blueberry Breakfast Bread made with all gluten-free and nut-free ingredients for an easy and delicious healthy lemon bread

    Vegan Lemon Blueberry Breakfast Bread made with all gluten-free and nut-free ingredients for an easy and delicious healthy lemon breadVegan Lemon Blueberry Breakfast Bread made with all gluten-free and nut-free ingredients for an easy and delicious healthy lemon bread

    This won’t come as a surprise to most but, I have made and eaten a lot of sweet breads in my life.

    There my go-to when I am in the mood for baking something and they’re my favorite to keep around for breakfast, sneaking and dessert. It’s like the trifecta over here.

    Today’s bread is one that has been requested for what feels like forever. I shared a Paleo Lemon Berry Pound Cake last year and since then, many of you beautiful humans have been asking for a vegan and nut-free version. And today is the day, friends!

    We have a healthy Lemon Blueberry Breakfast Bread that is gluten-free, nut-free and plant-based. It is extra cakey and “moist” and full of flavor, but just the right amount of lemon. I’m not a huge fan of when lemon overpowers a recipe and prefer just the subtle splash of it in each bite. If you do like things more lemon-y just add a couple more tablespoons of lemon juice or zest.

    I use ingredients for this that you likely already have in your pantry if you are used to baking recipes from the blog. We can use either gluten-free oat flour, spelt flour, brown rice flour and probably even an all purpose flour if you prefer. I haven’t tested grain-free ones here (this recipe is grain-free though). Instead of using eggs in this, we are making flax egg using Garden of Life’s Organic Flaxseed – an absolute staple in my pantry along with their coconut oil. 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 / breakfast / dairyfree / glutenfree / grainfree / muffins / paleo / vegetarian

    Paleo Blueberry Crumb Cake Muffins (gluten-free + dairy-free)

    Paleo Blueberry Crumb Muffins made with gluten-free, dairy-free and grain-free ingredients for an easy and healthy crumb cake muffin!

    Paleo Blueberry Crumb Cake Muffins made with gluten-free, dairy-free and grain-free ingredients for an easy and healthy crumb cake muffin!Paleo Blueberry Crumb Muffins made with gluten-free, dairy-free and grain-free ingredients for an easy and healthy crumb cake muffin!

    Mufffffffins! It has been awhile, I know.

    Finally sharing a new muffin recipe with you guys. Not sure what has been taking me so long to whip up some new muffins around here but let me tell you that these Paleo Blueberry Crumb Cake Muffins were well worth the wait.

    They are made with all gluten, grain and dairy-free ingredients and they may just be the easiest crumb cake muffin recipe I have ever made or seen.

    I use ingredients like pasture-raised eggs, unsweetened applesauce, full-fat coconut milk and almond and tapioca flour in the base of the muffin. The crumb topping though is really my favorite part. I mix together some almond flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon and chilled Garden of Life Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil to get that perfectly crumbly topping to add.

    Using chilled or solidified coconut oil here is key. You guys know my obsession with Garden of Life products and especially their coconut oil! It is a go-to for all my baking and cooking and I keep an extra jar in the bathroom for my skin and hair too. It also melts super easily so any recipes that you need liquid coconut oil for too, you can use it! Continue Reading

  • baking / chocolate / dairyfree / dessert / glutenfree / grainfree / nutfree / paleo / snacks / vegetarian

    8-ingredient Paleo Marble Pound Cake (nut-free)

    8-ingredient Paleo Marble Pound Cake made with coconut flour, coconut oil and other simple ingredients for a healthier pound cake recipe!

    8-ingredient Paleo Marble Pound Cake made with coconut flour, coconut oil and other simple ingredients for a healthier nut-free pound cake recipe!8-ingredient Paleo Marble Pound Cake made with coconut flour, coconut oil and other simple ingredients for a healthier pound cake recipe!

    Does pound cake remind anyone else of their childhood?

    I remember my Mom buying this poundcake loaf for us and me just standing at the counter eating it straight for the loaf pan. It was always so perfectly moist and fluffy and flavorful. The top had this sweeter taste and I randomly preferred it cold over warm (weird, I know).

    I haven’t had pound cake in what feels like forever until I made that Paleo Lemon Berry Loaf last year. I was craving a more chocolatey one and whipped up this Paleo Marble Pound Cake made with just 8 ingredients (so easy) and thankfully it turned out just right. Even Jord loved it when he warmed up a slice for dessert later that day. I know when he is actually eating dessert and asking for it, it must be good.

    This paleo pound cake is also nut-free, which is pretty rare for most paleo recipes. I use coconut four, full-fat coconut milk and Garden of Life’s Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil so I guess you can say I went a little coconut crazy over here. But these ingredients work so perfectly in this recipe! And the cake is sweetened with a little maple syrup. That is the only added sugar unless you drizzle some melted chocolate chips on top like I did. Continue Reading

  • baking / bananabread / breakfast / dairyfree / egg free / glutenfree / nutfree / snacks / vegan / vegetarian

    Vegan Cinnamon Roll Banana Bread (gluten-free + nut-free)

    Vegan Cinnamon Roll Banana Bread mad with all gluten-free and nut-free ingredients for an easy banana bread recipe with a cinnamon roll twist!

    Vegan Cinnamon Roll Banana Bread made with all gluten-free and nut-free ingredients for an easy banana bread recipe with a cinnamon roll twist!Vegan Cinnamon Roll Banana Bread mad with all gluten-free and nut-free ingredients for an easy banana bread recipe with a cinnamon roll twist!

    Are you guys ready for a marathon of recipes the first couple weeks of February?

    We are quickly approaching the due date of our little dude (2/22) and I have front loaded a month’s worth of recipes into the first couple of weeks of the month. Sure, he could make his arrival tomorrow for all I know but at least I know my friends (aka you) have some delicious eats to keep you satisfied!

    I’m planning to take a “maternity leave” from 2/1-4/1, but TBH I have no idea what that means when you are working for yourself. Hopefully no emails (or limited emailing) and no new recipe development. Just eating as fuel, posting content that I prepped for you and just in the moment eats and loving with our bub. We shall see.

    But let’s get to this Vegan Cinnamon Roll Banana Bread because I have been oh so excited to share this recipe with you guys since I first tested it last month. I truly think this is my favorite banana bread recipe on the blog ever and that is a very bold statement, I know. That’s for a few reasons though…

    This banana bread is unique compared to the others here on the blog. It is a bit more cake-like and has just the right amount of “moist” texture to it. The edges of the bread have a little crispy crunch and the flavors of banana bread swirled with cinnamon coconut sugar truly make me swoon. We are combining two of the best kind of breakfast recipes into one, what is not to love?

    This Cinnamon Roll Banana Bread is also gluten-free, nut-free and plant-based so it is very allergy-friendly for most. I use brown rice flour (one of my faves for gluten-free and nut-free baking!). I also bake this with flax egg and extra virgin coconut oil from Garden of Life. By now, you guys know that those two items are staples over here in the kitchen. I use them in so many recipes every week and the ground flaxseed is super versatile. You can sprinkle it on top of yogurt, blend in smoothies, make flax eggs from it, anything! And you know the low down with coconut oil, so I won’t bore you guys. Just be sure to melt it then let it cool before adding to the batter! Continue Reading

  • lifestyle / pregnancy

    Hospital Bag Checklist: What I am Bringing for Me + Baby

    Hospital Bag Checklist: What I am Bringing for Me and the Baby

    33 week maternity shoot!

    I was at the doctor’s office a few weeks ago, and the nurse (who I love!) so kindly reminded me it was time to start packing my hospital bag! At first I thought she was crazy since I was due 9 weeks from then, but then I started to do some research on what to bring and now I get why she told me to get my tush in gear. Now I am due in just a short 5 weeks and my bag is packed and ready to go. I tend to over pack for everything (as Jord knows) so my list may be a bit crazy, but I’d rather be safe than sorry. Plus since we have a car, it’s not a pain to bring things anyways!

    some of what is going in this bag (it fits so much!)

    I will update this list after birth too to give you guys the full run down. Any mamas who have other recommendations on things to bring, let me know! J is also packing his own bag (pretty much what you’d bring for an overnight trip) and I am requesting an epic playlist to occupy us and ease any stress during the process. Continue Reading