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  • bananabread / breakfast / chiapudding / chocolate / egg free / glutenfree / grainfree / smoothies / vegan / vegetarian

    Creamy Banana Bread Chia Seed Pudding (vegan + gluten-free)

    Creamy Banana Bread Chia Seed Pudding

    Creamy Banana Bread Chia Seed Pudding made with a few vegan and gluten-free ingredients for an easy and healthy banana bread pudding recipe!

    Creamy Banana Bread Chia Seed Pudding

    Remember when I shared this recipe this morning and there was no text in the blog post?

    …mmkay! That is a sign that I need to get my ISH together. And by ISH I mean sh!t.

    I have been going a million miles a minute lately between blog work, book work and caring for my bubba. I am by no means complaining and I know there are many many other people who are in situations much more hectic and stressed than mine but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I have been feeling pretty blah.

    High cortisol has been a struggle of mine in the past and I already feel it creeping back in. I’m going to start doing everything I can do slow down and manage them a bit better, but I would love to hear from you guys if any of you struggle with this too. If so, I will definitely make an effort to share more about this journey and how I am handling it. Also would love to connect with anyone else in a similar boat.

    But now let’s get to the real reason why you are probably here..

    CREAMY BANANA BREAD CHIA SEED PUDDING! Yup, you’re new go-to breakfast option ready in about 5 minutes flat.

    I am all about the easy food options lately. Not even because of Ezra (although that does minimize my food prep time), but also because I don’t want to spend 10 hours a day in my kitchen making food everyday. It is summertime here and I want to enjoy the outdoors and soak in every ounce of vitamin D that I can before the winter hits. Continue Reading

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    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’ 😉

    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

  • 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