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  • 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 an easy and healthier chocolatey 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. 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 Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. It 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. Likely 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.

    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

  • 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).

    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

  • breakfast / chocolate / dairyfree / egg free / glutenfree / grainfree / lowsugar / oatmeal / paleo / snacks

    6-ingredient Paleo Banana Breakfast Pudding (gluten-free)

    6-ingredient Paleo Banana Breakfast Pudding

    6-ingredient Paleo Banana Breakfast Pudding made with wholesome ingredients like almond flour and flaxseeds for an easy grain-free oatmeal recipe!6-ingredient Paleo Banana Breakfast Pudding

    I mean, is there ever a time that banana bread isn’t the most satisfying flavor combination imaginable? Especially when we’re talking all things breakfast.

    Toady we are making the easiest 6-ingredient Paleo Banana Breakfast Pudding and it has been on the weekly rotation over here. When I gave some to J for breakfast, he called me from work asking where I bought it from. I could have been insulted by that comment but instead took that as a compliment that he really was enjoying it.

    I like to think of this as a paleo/grain-free oatmeal meets pudding type of recipe. It is so simple and easy to make and is very filling and satisfying for breakfast. Plus you can whip up a big batch and enjoy it throughout the week.

    I use a base of nut milk, banana, almond flour, coconut flakes, flaxseeds and collagen peptides for some extra protein. I find that if I don’t have just the right combo of fat, carbs and protein in the morning, I’m starving in an hour. For this recipe I love to use Vital Protein’s Mocha Collagen Creamer. The smell of that creamer alone has me drooling. Being someone who isn’t a fan of coffee, I was hesitant on buying their creamers but now I love baking with them and using them in my oatmeal. Jord loves adding it to his coffee with creamy coconut milk too. Continue Reading

  • baking / breakfast / dairyfree / egg free / glutenfree / muffins / nutfree / snacks / vegetarian

    Gluten-free Bakery-Style Blueberry Muffins (egg-free + nut-free)

    Gluten-free Bakery-Style Blueberry Muffins made with all nut-free and egg-free ingredients for an easy and healthy blueberry muffin recipe!

    Gluten-free Bakery-Style Blueberry Muffins made with all nut-free and egg-free ingredients for an easy and healthy blueberry muffin recipe!Gluten-free Bakery-Style Blueberry Muffins made with all nut-free and egg-free ingredients for an easy and healthy blueberry muffin recipe!

    I have a fresh batch of muffins for ya and I have a feeling you are going to love these gems!

    It’s no surprise to anyone on Instagram, I am seriously feeling the muffin vibe lately. I have been on a kick of snacking on these Gluten-free Bakery-Style Blueberry Muffins over the past few days and I have a feeling you guys are going to love them.

    They’re made with all egg-free and nut-free ingredients plus they are gluten-free and have that bakery-style vibe to them. Extra cakey and filled with organic blueberries and sweetened with a little coconut sugar!  Continue Reading

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

    Gluten-free Pecan Carrot Cookie Cake (egg-free +grain-free)

    Gluten-free Pecan Carrot Cookie Cake made with less than 10 ingredients for an easy and healthy carrot cake cookie skillet recipe!

    Gluten-free Pecan Carrot Cookie Cake made with less than 10 ingredients for an easy and healthy carrot cake cookie skillet recipe!Gluten-free Pecan Carrot Cookie Cake made with less than 10 ingredients for an easy and healthy carrot cake cookie skillet recipe!

    The carrot cake binge continues friends!

    When the only way you’ll eat carrots is when their hidden in a dessert, you have to get creative in the kitchen 😉 And this Gluten-free Pecan Carrot Cookie Cake is absolutely insane and officially my go-to dessert right now. It isn’t often a dessert recipe satisfies me that doesn’t have chocolate in it but this recipe hits the spot.

    This carrot cookie cake has a crunchy outside and that soft gooey cookie center we all love. Plus you can top it off with some ice cream of choice or even some creamy coconut yogurt for a little fancy snack or dessert actions.

    Did I mention you only need to dirty one bowl to make this recipe too? Easy prep, easy clean up and you are set.

    I also add in some of my favorite Vital Protein’s collagen peptides. You guys know my obsession with collagen peptides and baking with it. I love sneaking it into recipes because it adds extra protein and dissolves right into the batter. I use the regular collagen peptides here so it doesn’t add any flavor either. Just all the benefits to consuming some extra collagen in our diets (more on that here). Continue Reading

  • baking / breakfast / dairyfree / donuts / egg free / glutenfree / nutfree / snacks

    Gluten-free Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts (egg-free + nut-free)

    Gluten-free Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts that are egg-free, nut-free and ready in less than 15 minutes!

    Gluten-free Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts that are egg-free, nut-free and ready in less than 15 minutes!Gluten-free Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts that are egg-free, nut-free and ready in less than 15 minutes!

    Do-nut even get me started on my recent craze over all things DONUTS.

    A few years ago when I first bought a donut pan, I questioned my impulse decision after ordering. I didn’t think I’d actually ever use it and now I find myself using this pan so much, I want to buy more so I can make bigger batches of donuts and bagels!

    This is healthy spin on the classic cinnamon sugar donut. It is a basic and very simple recipe to make and will take all of 15 minutes start to finish to whip them up. I love that they are sweetened with a little coconut sugar, have unsweetened applesauce in them for that moist consistency and I even snuck in some Vital Proteins collagen when I made them. The first time I used their collagen creamer (so good) and the second time I used the collagen peptides since it is all I had on hand.

    I love sneaking in Vital Protein’s collagen into random recipes as you guys know. It adds more collagen and protein to a recipe and it doesn’t bulk it up or anything like your usual protein powder. It dissolves right in the batter when you bake with it (more on collagen here).

    The consistency of these donuts is my favorite. They are perfectly cakey and not too heavy. I personally find some healthier donuts pretty dense but these aren’t at all. They are also egg-free, nut-free and gluten-free so very allergy-friendly for all my friends out there looking for something to bake for friends, family or let’s be real – yourself because that is usually what even instigates me to start baking 😉 Continue Reading