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

    Life Changing Healthy Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake (grain-free)

    Life Changing Healthy Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake made with grain-free, dairy-free and gluten-free ingredients for an epic healthier crumb cake recipe!

    Life Changing Healthy Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake made with grain-free, dairy-free and gluten-free ingredients for an epic healthier crumb cake recipe!Life Changing Healthy Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake made with grain-free, dairy-free and gluten-free ingredients for an epic healthier crumb cake recipe!

    I am on a serious crumb cake kick right now. I was recently asking my parents and Jord if they had to pick one epic dessert to eat with no regrets, what would it be?

    For me personally it was a crumb cake of sorts. The epic kind with chunks of powdered sugar crumbs on top of a moist and thick cake. It was always a favorite of mine growing up and really anything crumb cake-related is the way to my weird.

    Now this Life Changing Healthy Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake has made my crumb cake obsessed self the happiest human ever. It is grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and has just the right amount of sweetness to it. When I was testing this, I didn’t have much of a pan besides mixing everything into a bowl and hoping for the best. I got lucky with this recipe because the first try and it turned out so delicious.

    I spiced up the traditional crumb cake a bit by adding a chocolatey twist to it (shocker). I mix in some Enjoy Life Food’s Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips into the cake batter then sprinkle some on top of the cake and mix into the crumb topping. Chocolate overload? Perhaps. But it is the dreamiest addition to this recipe and now we really combined the two best things into one dessert: crumb cake + chocolate. Continue Reading

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

    Grain-free Peanut Butter Cookie Brownies (dairy-free)

    Grain-free Peanut Butter Cookie Brownies made with all gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free ingredients! These Fudgey brownie cups are topped with a crunchy peanut butter cookie topping for an extra peanut buttery flavor!

    Grain-free Peanut Butter Cookie Brownies made with all gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free ingredients! These Fudgey brownie cups are topped with a crunchy peanut butter cookie topping for an extra peanut buttery flavor!Grain-free Peanut Butter Cookie Brownies made with all gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free ingredients! These Fudgey brownie cups are topped with a crunchy peanut butter cookie topping for an extra peanut buttery flavor!

    Remember when we made those Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies aka “brookies” and everyone started to go crazy?!

    Ya, we are back today with a NEW brookie recipe for you. Except this time there are a few new twists on the original recipe I shared.

    For starters, this recipe is about 85% brownie and 15% cookie. I wanted to make something a little more decadent and chocolate-y than the usually half cookie/half brownie portion in a brownie cookie recipe. Plus the brownie in this is a lot fudgier than usual. It’s almost like a moist cake of sorts and when you bake it in cupcake/muffin form, it really makes it even more cakey than I imagined – I am obsessed!

    The brownie in this is also grain-free, gluten-free and dairy-free. I use a mix of almond flour, cacao powder and melted dark chocolate (along with a couple other goods) to get that extra dense and chocolate-flavor.

    But now let’s chat about the peanut butter cookie topping. Some may say this is “cheating” but I personally think this is one of the smartest baking hacks ever. As someone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen testing all different things, I love making most things from scratch. But there also comes a time when you are in a rush or just don’t feel like making cookies from scratch and I don’t blame you. As a soon-to-be Mom, I have a feeling that will be the new normal over here. Continue Reading

  • baking / breakfast / chocolate / dairyfree / egg free / glutenfree / grainfree / granola / vegan / vegetarian

    Super Chunky Grain-free Chocolate Chip Granola (vegan + gluten-free)

    Super Chunky Grain-free Chocolate Chip Granola made with all vegan and gluten-free ingredients for an easy and healthy nut-based granola recipe!

    Super Chunky Grain-free Chocolate Chip Granola made with all vegan and gluten-free ingredients for an easy and healthy nut-based granola recipe!Super Chunky Grain-free Chocolate Chip Granola made with all vegan and gluten-free ingredients for an easy and healthy nut-based granola recipe!

    I’m the annoying person who opens a bag of granola and picks out every single cluster then eats the rest of the crumbs afterwards.

    live for granola clusters. They’re my favorite snack (dipped in nut butter) and every time I need a little nosh or something crunchy to snack on, I pull out a bag of granola and go to town.

    The granola love affair likely isn’t coming as a surprise to you guys as you see me post on Instagram daily about ‘nola. Whether that’s sprinkling it on my breakfast or dessert bowls or just snacking on it during the day, it is my go-to always. Ever since Quaker was one of the only brands making granola. I used to snack on that one constantly and in the dining hall in college, they had a huge tub of it and I would always get some to go in a coffee cup (I’m crazy, I know).

    I’m not biased when it comes to grain-based or grain-free granolas. I usually spice things up a bit and mix them together in fact. My fridge constantly has a few bags opened. You may be wondering why the heck I store granola in the fridge and it is to make it extra crunchy! I find some brand’s granolas tend to get soggy if not. I do buy granolas more than make them (guilty since it is easier), but I do love making some homemade clusters when I can.

    And now I finally have a homemade GRAIN-FREE granola recipe to share with you! The number one most requested recipe is finally here. This Super Chunky Grain-free Chocolate Chip Granola is going to be your new BFF, I can promise you that. It bakes in one big mama cluster and then you break it up into smaller pieces. This recipe is so easy to make and it is even plant-based and relatively lower in sugar compared to most granolas in the store. Continue Reading

  • candy / chocolate / dairyfree / dessert / egg free / glutenfree / grainfree / peanutbutter / pumpkin / raw / snacks / vegan / vegetarian

    Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pumpkin Candies (vegan + grain-free)

    Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pumpkin Candies made with plant-based, grain-free and gluten-free ingredients. Plus they have extra protein in them!

    Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pumpkin Candies made with plant-based, grain-free and gluten-free ingredients. Plus they have extra protein in them!Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pumpkin Candies made with plant-based, grain-free and gluten-free ingredients. Plus they have extra protein in them!

    When the dark chocolate and peanut butter cravings strike, there is not way to ignore it.

    Even when you crave this pretty much every day like I do over here. This has been my go-to dessert combo since I was younger and my Mom would bribe me with Reese’s Pieces and peanut butter cups to behave. Or when I was at the movies and would down a large bag of Reese’s pieces (true story). The obsession is unreal.

    Today we are taking this combo up a notch by making them a bit more seasonal. We are making Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pumpkin CANDIES. Heck to the flipping yes.

    These homemade candies are made with all plant-based, grain-free and gluten-free ingredients. Not to mention here is no refined sugar involved and I even added some extra plant protein in them, which helps stabilize my blood sugar a bit when I eat a few of these. I love sneaking in plant-based proteins whenever I can to desserts and sweet snacks. I notice I feel much more full and satisfied after and when you find the right protein powder, it adds a delicious flavor.

    Today we are using ALOHA’s newly reformulated vanilla protein powder, I was able to try! You may remember from the recipe I shared on the blog a few days ago here. I love the current one so much but you guys are going to go crazy when the new one comes out too! ALOHA’s protein powders are organic, made with whole foods and has no stevia, soy or dairy. It has over 18g protein per serving and only 3g sugar too. The vanilla flavor actually tastes like cake and isn’t chalky either! Continue Reading

  • dessert / egg free / glutenfree / grainfree / peanutbutter / pumpkin / raw / vegetarian

    Grain-free Pumpkin Peanut Butter Pie with Cookie Crust

    Grain-free Pumpkin Peanut Butter Pie with Cookie Crust for a delicious and easy no-bake homemade pie filled with delicious peanut buttery pumpkin flavors!

    Grain-free Pumpkin Peanut Butter Pie with Cookie Crust for a delicious and easy no-bake homemade pie filled with delicious peanut buttery pumpkin flavors! Grain-free Pumpkin Peanut Butter Pie with Cookie Crust for a delicious and easy no-bake homemade pie filled with delicious peanut buttery pumpkin flavors!

    I have been sharing recipes on the blog for almost four years now. Why has it taken me this long to make a homemade pie recipe?! I will forever be perplexed about this.

    Sure, we have Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie and a handful of other cakes and such but as someone who loves pumpkin pie pretty much any time of the year, I’m speechless that I haven’t never made one for you guys.

    This Grain-free Pumpkin Peanut Butter Pie with Cookie Crust is hands down one of the best pies I have ever eaten though. I don’t like to toot my own horn but after epically failing trying to make a “healthier” pumpkin pie a few times, when this one finally came out I was ecstatic.

    Not to mention it isn’t just a pumpkin pie but also has the creamy peanut butter texture and flavor combined with a cookie crust. Absolutely unreal. After you take your first bite, you will know exactly what I am talking about. The toasted pecan cookie crust topped with a creamy pumpkin peanut buttery filling that is just the right amount of sweetness. Plus there is no baking necessary for this pie. Just your food processor and a freezer to let it set a bit.

    The cookie crust is made out of Simple Mill’s Crunchy Toasted Pecan Cookies. We made a yummy crust with their soft-baked variety a few months ago, so I’m excited to have an option using their crunchy cookies now. Their pecan ones are perfect for a fall-ish pie since the pecan compliments the pumpkin flavor oh so well.

    You guys know my love affair and obsession with Simple Mills by now but incase this is your first time hearing about them, here’s the run down. Simple Mills makes a variety of grain-free and refined sugar-free baking mixes, ready-to-eat cookies and crackers. They use ingredients similar to what I bake with like almond flour, coconut sugar, tapioca flour, etc. AKA all real food that actually tastes good. Continue Reading

  • dairyfree / dinner / egg free / glutenfree / grainfree / lowsugar / lunch / paleo / vegan / vegetarian

    Chickpea-less Sweet Potato Falafels (grain-free + vegan-friendly)

    Chickpea-less Sweet Potato Falafels made with grain-free ingredients for an easy and delicious vegan-friendly recipe!

    Chickpea-less Sweet Potato Falafels made with grain-free ingredients for an easy and delicious vegan-friendly recipe!

    Raise your hand if you love falafel but kind of sorta can’t eat chickpeas all the time?

    Dats me! I’m not allergic or intolerant to chickpeas but whenever I eat them frequently, it definitely isn’t my stomach’s favorite. But that wasn’t easy for me to accept as a self-proclaimed falafel queen who wants to eat it daily.

    That’s where these Chickpea-less Sweet Potato Falafels come in handy. They’re grain-free, vegan and made with NO chickpeas yet still have that falafel-like consistency. They’re so crispy on the outside and filled with organic sweet potato, raw almonds, almond flour and spices on the inside.

    I also add in my favorite dijon mustard from Sir Kensington’s in this recipe. It adds the best flavor ever to the sweet potato falafels. I also use some of their other condiments to serve like the special sauce or their new avocado ranch!

    What I love about these falafels is that they are too easy to make. All you need to use is a food processor to make the batter then crisp them on a skillet and bake. They’re one of my go-to’s to food prep for the week since they stay well in the fridge and make for the best taco topping, addition in a grain bowl or anything you’re craving. Continue Reading