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  • baking / brownies / chocolate / dairyfree / dessert / egg free / glutenfree / grainfree / vegan / vegetarian

    The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Stuffed Brownies (gluten-free + vegan)

    The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Stuffed Brownies made with all gluten-free and vegan ingredients for a healthy and easy dessert!

    The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Stuffed Brownies made with all gluten-free and vegan ingredients for a healthy and easy dessert!The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Stuffed Brownies made with all gluten-free and vegan ingredients for a healthy and easy dessert!

    I think the cool kids call these “slutty brownies” but for one I am not cool and two my mom wold 100% have something to say if I had a recipe with “slut” in it – ha!

    So we’re going with The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Stuffed Brownies and I am feeling really good about these bad boys. They are gluten-free and vegan and made with such easy ingredients you will see.

    What I also love about these is that they sound 100x more gluttonous than they actually are. When you think about adding cookies into brownies, most would say “whoa that’s crazy” but when you add a thin layer of these Crunchy Chocolate Chips Cookies from Simple Mills on the brownie batter, you’ll see they really aren’t as crazy as you think.

    For starters the Simple Mills cookies are made with a nut and seed blend, organic coconut sugar, organic coconut oil and all ingredients you would find in your own kitchen. How awesome is that? But I am sure most of you already know this since I talk about Simple Mills and all of their goodies often. We have been a fan of their mixes, crackers and cookies for over four years now (so insane!) and it has been amazing to see their brand grow. I remember when they only had cake mixes to offer. Now there are so many options to choice from. Continue Reading

  • baking / bananabread / breakfast / chocolate / dairyfree / glutenfree / nutfree / snack / snacks / vegetarian

    Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (vegan)

    Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread made with all vegan and gluten-free ingredients for an easy and healthier chocolatey banana bread recipe!

    Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread made with all vegan and gluten-free ingredients for a healthy banana bread recipe!

    Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread made with all vegan and gluten-free ingredients for an easy and healthier chocolatey banana bread recipe!

    A few years ago, I shared a Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread here on the blog. Not only was the recipe mediocre but the photos were pretty unappetizing if you ask me! I then found myself scrolling and looking at other older recipes with an urge to tweak them.

    This recipe is the first of many I’m going to be recreating from the blog. And at this point we’re talking 4+ years ago some of these are from, and I like to think I have brushed up on a few more kitchen and photo skills since then 😉

    Ok ok but this healthy Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread..

    This bread is a mix of devil’s food cake and banana bread in my opinion. The consistency is extra *moist* and has the best chocolatey flavor to it. Because I added in melted chocolate to the batter plus some cacao powder and chocolate chips. Such a game changer!

    Then there’s the addition of Vital Proteins Hot Cocoa Collagen Latte. Hands down one of my favorite products they have ever created. It is amazing to add just to your smoothies or warmed milk etc. for a drink of sorts but I love to bake with it.

    But what does collagen even do to a recipe? Adding collagen to a recipe doesn’t change the consistency at all but it does add some extra nutritional benefits and protein, which is always a plus if you ask me. Especially when you crave sweets and banana bread 24/7. I need to get some protein in too 😉 Continue Reading

  • bananabread / breakfast / chocolate / dairyfree / egg free / glutenfree / oatmeal / vegan / vegetarian

    Mini Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Oatmeal Bake (vegan + gluten-free)

    Mini Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Oatmeal Bake made with all vegan and gluten-free ingredients with an extra boost for a healthier milk supply for nursing mamas too!

    Mini Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Oatmeal Bake made with all vegan and gluten-free ingredients with an extra boost for a healthier milk supply for nursing mamas too!

    Mini Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Oatmeal Bake made with all vegan and gluten-free ingredients with an extra boost for a healthier milk supply for nursing mamas too!

    An oatmeal bake for two? Yes please!

    I am all about the mini recipes these days. Mini pretty much means smaller serving of a recipe around here.

    I know many of you guys are always looking for recipes to make that don’t create a huge batch of something and I totally get it! The more food I have prepped at times the better, but there are times Jord and I don’t always want the same thing to eat and I don’t want to make a huge baked oatmeal or batch of cookies if he isn’t going to eat it too!

    That’s what brings us to this Mini Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Oatmeal Bake. One of the easiest breakfast recipes ever since you pretty much mix a few ingredients together in a bowl, pour into a small cast iron skillet and you’re good to go.

    So what do you need for this mini healthy oatmeal bake?

    I made this oatmeal bake, which made two servings for me. I used my mini cast iron skillet and added in some of my Majka lactation booster for my milk supply. Using the booster is optional in this recipe but for any of my nursing mamas or mama’s to be, I highly recommend trying out Majka’s products. They have helped support my milk supply tremendously over the past few months. I love keeping their bites on hand for snacking (I eat about 2 per day) and their booster to add into recipes. Continue Reading

  • baking / brownies / chocolate / cookies / dairyfree / dessert / glutenfree / snacks

    One Giant Fudgy Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookie (gluten-free)

    One Giant Fudgy Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookie made with all gluten-free, dairy-free ingredients for a low sugar easy dessert!

    One Giant Fudgy Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookie made with all gluten-free, dairy-free ingredients for a low sugar easy dessert!

    One Giant Fudgy Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookie made with all gluten-free, dairy-free ingredients for a low sugar easy dessert!

    Is there anything better than a big a$$ chocolate chip BROWNIE COOKIE?!

    Ya, I’m going to go with a big fat no to that question. Especially when it is extra fudgy like this one. A complete combination of a brownie and a cookie in one recipe. And did I mention that it is just one big serving? Sure you could go ham on this yourself, but it usually serves two over here. I eat one half, then save the rest for later (or share with J if he’s lucky).

    Let’s chat single serving cookies…

    This recipe was inspired but my Giant Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie from a couple years ago. I recently made it again and it was such a hit with you guys. I always know what recipes you enjoy the most when I see how many people are making it themselves and tagging me. This was for sure a winner with the rachLeats community and I’m beyond happy about it. I think you guys will love this Giant Fudgy Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookie just as much.

    The recipe itself is gluten-free, dairy-free and is only sweetened with mashed banana and chocolate chips. No other sugar! Plus I add in some of Vital Protein’s new Hot Cocoa Collagen Latte, which is actually insane. You can make a beverage with it or you can add it into any of your favorite chocolatey recipes like I did with this one. It adds some extra protein to your dessert and in this case, even more chocolatey flavor.  Continue Reading

  • baking / bananabread / chocolate / cookies / dessert / glutenfree / nutfree

    Soft and Chewy Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookies

    Soft and Chewy Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookies made with healthy ingredients for a delicious banana bread cookie recipe!

    Soft and Chewy Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookies made with nut-free ingredients.

    Soft and Chewy Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookies made with healthy ingredients for a delicious banana bread cookie recipe!

    What has taken me so long to combine two of life’s greatest foods in the whole world.

    Banana bread, meet chocolate chip cookies.

    Chocolate chip cookies, meet banana bread.

    Healthy and nut-free COOKIES – heyyyooo!

    I think you guys will be the best of friends. In fact, I know you are the best of friends already after eating a dozen of these cookies in two days (but actually).

    I made these super soft and chewy banana bread cookies and they are officially going on the dessert rotation. You know, the list of my go-to recipes when I am craving dessert and want to make something for myself or for a friend (if they’re lucky…). These cookies are super flavorful and have that dreamy banana bread consistency (extra moist – yup!) but still taste and hold up like a chocolate chip cookie.

    They are gluten-free, nut-free and made with just a few simple ingredients that you likely already have on hand if you are a usual baker over here on the blog.

    A couple months ago, we chatted all about Vital Farm’s and their amazing pasture-raised butter in the Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Sheet . And guess what friends? It is time to chat all about the buttah again. I am hooked on baking with Vital Farm’s butter and once you taste the flavor it brings to any recipe, you will see why.  Continue Reading

  • baking / dairyfree / dessert / egg free / glutenfree / grainfree / paleo / snack / vegan

    Vegan Blueberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars (gluten-free)

    Vegan Blueberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars made with gluten-free and grain-free ingredients for an easy and healthy cookie bar recipe!

    Vegan Blueberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars made with gluten-free and grain-free ingredients for an easy and healthy cookie bar recipe!

    Vegan Blueberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars made with gluten-free and grain-free ingredients for an easy and healthy cookie bar recipe!

    True life this recipe was fully intended to be a blueberry lemon crumb cake pie bar. But after recipe testing for a couple hours and using up way too many ingredients, I hit the pause button on that idea and went with some cookie dough bars instead.

    And to be honest, I’d rather eat cookie dough bars anytime over some pie bars.. just sayin’ 😉

    You’d never guess these cookie dough bars are actually healthy…

    These Vegan Blueberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars melt in your mouth and pretty much taste like you’re eating raw cookie dough in the center. Except they have a crunchy cookie crust that is absolutely delicious and each bite has a mix of tarty blueberries and melted chocolate – too GOOD.

    I love that these cookie dough bars only dirty up one bowl in the kitchen and they’re ready in just 20 minutes. There are no frills here friends, just some basic baking ingredients and combination of both blueberries and chocolate because it is the most underrated flavor combo in my opinion. I love the subtle tartiness the blueberries add and that melted chocolate sweetness with them. Continue Reading