2021 Recap +Top 20 Reader Favorites!
If I wrote this blog post last week, I would have probably had a different perspective in the past year.

Putting all personal things aside for a moment – I cannot believe we are going into 2022 *still* worrying about COVID. I don’t want to turn this blog post into a COVID session so I will leave it at this. But wow – I was definitely not expecting to have deja vu when it came to the holiday season from last year.

For anyone who has dealt with loss or had a challenging year – I see you, I am here for you and I hope going into 2022, it can bring us all health, happiness and the best of vibes.

2021 was a pretty big year for us personally and professionally. We did kick off the year with having COVID ourselves, but we also had some growth as a family:

  1. We had our “baby cookie” aka Brody Isaac Carpenter. The mushiest and loving bubba and Ezra’s bestie.
  2. Jordan left his job in finance to help me run my business (still shook over this)
  3. We moved from Hoboken, NJ to Millburn, NJ and entered the land of suburbia
  4. We launched our peanut butter bites with Sweet Nothings
  5. JTGS Patreon crew kicked off (so much more to come there)
  6. We are officially on Tiktok
  7. We hit 1.1 million monthly views on Pinterest (go Jord!)

These have all been huge life changing things. And call me cheesy or whatever – but I am truly grateful to be in a spot where I am today. I am so thankful to have each of you and your support during it all. And most importantly – here are the top 20 recipes of the year…

1. Vegan Carrot Cake Banana Bread With Cream Cheese Frosting

Vegan Carrot Cake Banana Bread with a dreamy and delicious cream cheese frosting! The ultimate gluten-free carrot cake banana bread made with all healthier ingredients and topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.


2. Life ChanginBakery-Style Blueberry Muffins (Gluten-Free)

Life Changing Bakery-Style Blueberry Muffins made with gluten-free ingredients for a healthier twist on a classic blueberry muffin recipe.


3. Insane Gluten-Free Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

INSANE Gluten-free Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies that are truly life-changing. These cookies are the ultimate cookie recipe to make and the browned butter takes them to a whole new level.


4. Healthy Spaghetti Squash Casserole (No Noodles!)

This Spaghetti Squash Casserole is hands down one of the easiest and most delicious heathy dinner ideas. It is gluten-free, made with only 4 ingredients and you only need one skillet to make it.


5. Insane Brown Butter Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Insane Brown Butter Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls


6. Copycat Sweetgreen Kale Caesar Salad

This Copycat Sweetgreen Kale Caesar Salad is basically better than the real deal. Super simple and easy to make and you will think you are at your favorite salad joint eating it!


7. Healthier Vegan Oatmeal Cream Pies (Gluten-Free)

Healthier Vegan Oatmeal Cream Pies made with all gluten-free ingredients. These are copycat "Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies" and SO dreamy and addicting! 


8. One-Pot Ginger Coconut Milk Chicken Bowls


9. Fudgy Perfect Mudslide Cookies (Gluten-Free)


10. Epic Grill Pan Steak Tacos With Chimichurri Sauce

Epic Grill Pan Steak Tacos with Chimichurri Sauce! These are the ultimate steak tacos guys and you don't even need a grill to whip them up plus they're paleo and gluten-free.


11. Copycat Little Bites Brownie Bites (Gluten-Free)

Homemade copycat Little Bites BROWNIES everybody! These are a healthier twist on the childhood staple and they're gluten-free and nut-free and so easy to make.


12. The Easiest Gluten-Free Yogurt Pancakes


13. Addicting Gluten-Free Cinnamon Peanut Butter Granola

Addicting Gluten-free Cinnamon Peanut Butter Granola with big CLUSTERS! This vegan granola recipe is absolutely delicious and so easy to make.


14. The Best Healthy Apple Bread Ever (Vegan + Gluten-Free)


15. Crowd Pleaser Brussels Sprout Slaw!


16. The Best Ever Vegan Morning Glory Muffins (Gluten-Free)


17. The Best Ever Gluten-Free Lemon Cake


18. Peach And Burrata Pizza With Balsamic Glaze


19. Vegan Cinnamon Roll Banana Bread Muffins

Vegan Cinnamon Roll Banana Bread Muffins made with all gluten-free and nut-free ingredients! A delicious banana bread muffin with a cinnamon swirl twist!


20. Healthier Crispy Rice Recipe!

Sharing my favorite Crispy Rice Recipe! Inspired by the dish we all love to order anytime it is on a menu.