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  • body / lifestyle / thingsimlovinglately

    My Body Story & Relationship with Food: We All Have One

    Photo by Pura Soul Photography
    Photo by Pura Soul Photography

    I have been wanting to write this post for so long. But to be honest, I really wasn’t ready to write it until recently…

    I am frequently asked how I stay in shape being a food blogger and recipe developer. Shockingly enough, I ask myself that question often too.

    I am surrounded by food 24/7. There is a pantry 10 feet away from me with 12 shelves stacked with various types of granolas, nut butters, chocolates, bars and more at all times. There is fridge that honestly has not had vacancy since we moved in last August, and a freezer that is filled with the leftovers from recipe testing (mostly cookies, banana breads and other desserts) and who even knows what else is in there…

    Then there are the packages that arrive daily filled with food. Half the time I don’t even know how the company got my address (yes, it is scary) or any idea what the product is. 90% of the time it is food related and luckily since I am in the clean eating space, chances are it is organic and likely up my alley to eat.

    But that doesn’t mean I don’t ever feel stressed or overwhelmed by it. I am human too. Continue Reading

  • breakfast / dairyfree / glutenfree / grainfree / lowsugar / paleo / pancakes / vegetarian

    6-ingredient Fluffy Paleo Pancakes (gluten + dairy-free)

    6-ingredient Fluffy Paleo Pancakes made with almond flour and coconut flour for a simple and easy healthy pancake recipe!

    6-ingredient Fluffy Paleo Pancakes made with almond flour and coconut flour for a simple and easy healthy pancake recipe!6-ingredient Fluffy Paleo Pancakes made with almond flour and coconut flour for a simple and easy healthy pancake recipe!

    Gooooooood morning, Homemade Fluffy Paleo Pancake!

    I am pretty sure making pancakes is one of my top 5 favorite hobbies. Call me crazy but there is nothing more satisfying than a fat stack of cakes. Sometimes I make my own, sometime I cheat and use a mix but no matter what, I’m devouring every single crumb and am in complete heaven. I also like to make double when I’m cooking some and saving them for later in the week. Most pancakes freeze really well (especially these) so feel free to double the batch and go to TOWN.

    These pancakes I’m sharing with you today are one of my favorite pancake recipes yet. They are hands down the fluffiest homemade paleo pancakes I have ever made from scratch. They are very thick and not as thin like many of the other paleo pancakes I have seen.. And they are very simple allowing for any customization you are craving. Dark chocolate chips? Definitely. Organic blueberries? For sure. Sliced banana? DUH! You can even get crazy and do a mix of everything. All drizzled with endless maple syrup and some nut butter, puhlease.

    For the cakes, I use a base of pasture-raised eggs (I haven’t tested flax egg here) with full-fat coconut milk and coconut oil. I do think the full-fat coconut milk is key here. The batter really needs that thicker liquid of sorts and regular non-dairy milk is a bit too thin. If you do try regular non-dairy milk, you may need to add in more flour but again, I recommend the full-fat coconut milk.

    We are also using a mix of coconut flour and then some almond flour for the flours in the recipe. These are my two go-to paleo flour options and I love using them together in recipes since they compliment each other well. Coconut flour absorbs liquid very quickly aka why we need to use 3 eggs, oil and a decent amount of milk. I found that the almond flour helped bulk the recipe up a bit and then the pancakes are too overpowering with the coconut flavor. At first I tried these with all coconut flour and it was missing a little something to get them fluffy! Continue Reading

  • baking / dairyfree / dessert / egg free / glutenfree / snacks / vegan

    Blueberry Oatmeal Crumb Pie Bars (vegan + gluten-free)

    Blueberry Oatmeal Crumb Pie Bars made with vegan and gluten-free ingredients for and easy and delicious blueberry dessert! 

    Blueberry Oatmeal Crumb Pie Bars made with vegan, gluten-free ingredients for and easy and delicious blueberry dessert! 

    Blueberry Oatmeal Crumb Pie Bars made with vegan and gluten-free ingredients for and easy and delicious blueberry dessert! 

    A new dessert is here friends. And for once it doesn’t involve chocolate (shocker, I know).

    These Blueberry Oatmeal Crumb Pie Bars are absolutely insane and they’re perfect for summer with all the fresh organic juicy blueberries around. But let’s be real, I will be making these all year around.

    I’m not usually one to crave fruity desserts unless it involves banana aka because then it involves chocolate. But these blueberry pie bars are hands down one of the best desserts I have made in awhile. I wish I saved them for my book but lucky you, you will get them on the blog.

    This recipe is completely plant-based, gluten-free and nut free-friendly. Plus it doesn’t require a million different ingredients. If you are a usual reader of the blog or like to cook healthier recipes, you will likely have all of these ingredients on hand.

    When Jord came home from work and saw these bars on these Blueberry Oatmeal Crumb Pie Bars on the counter, he said “uhh are these fair game?”. Usually I am forcing him to eat dessert with me but with these he was voluntarily asking (I call that a win). Continue Reading

  • baking / chocolate / cookies / dairyfree / glutenfree / oatmeal / snacks / vegetarian

    Double Chocolate Coconut Oil Cookies (gluten-free + dairy-free)

    Double Chocolate Coconut Oil Cookies that are gluten-free, dairy-free and uses coconut oil instead of butter!

    Double Chocolate Coconut Oil Cookies that are gluten-free, nut-free dairy-free and uses coconut oil instead of butter!Double Chocolate Coconut Oil Cookies that are gluten-free, dairy-free and uses coconut oil instead of butter!

    It’s been awhile since we shared a new cookie recipe here on the blog.

    Cookies have always been my favorite dessert. No matter what day of the week, no matter what the occasion is, there is nothing better than warmed cookies (or frozen too – I’m weird) paired with a class of nut milk.

    These Double Chocolate Coconut Oil Cookies are the latest craze over here and that’s for a few reasons..

    For starters these cookies are super thick, hard on the outside and have a soft center. Just the way I like my cookies. These cookies also have no butter in them, no gluten and they are refined sugar-free! Instead of cane sugar or brown sugar typically in cookies, I use organic coconut sugar from Better Body Foods. And instead of butter, we use liquid coconut oil from Better Body Foods too!

    What I also love about these cookies are the options we have for flour. I have made these with sprouted spelt flour, oat flour and gluten-free baking flour. I know sprouted spelt flour is not considered gluten-free, so if you do have celiac or a severe gluten intolerance, I suggest using oat or gluten-free AP instead. It will work great! But sprouted spelt flour has been one of my favorites to use for baking. Sprouted grains are easier for our bodies to digest and most of the time if gluten isn’t your friend, you can digest spelt flour. Continue Reading

  • candy / chocolate / dairyfree / dessert / egg free / glutenfree / snacks / vegan / vegetarian

    Crispy Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups (vegan + gluten-free)

    Crispy Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups made with vegan, gluten-free and healthy ingredients for a satisfying dessert!

    Crispy Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups made with vegan, gluten-free and healthy ingredients for a satisfying dessert!Crispy Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups made with vegan, gluten-free and healthy ingredients for a satisfying dessert!

    Chocolate cups, why are you so good?!

    These Crispy Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups are my latest stash in the fridge and I have a feeling they will be my new go-to cups when I make my own. I love that they are crunchy, are low in sugar and secretly have superfoods blended in there.

    Say what?!

    Yes, there are hidden superfoods in these cups and you don’t even taste them. I use Better Body Food’s LIVfit Superfood Organic Superfood Blend. it is flavor-neutral, organic, with no artificial flavors or sweeteners and it is made from whole fruit and vegetable concentrates. Plus it is gluten, dairy and soy-free! I love adding it into my smoothies when I make them or in recipes like these cups.

    Better Body Foods makes so many amazing products I use in my kitchen everyday like coconut flour, coconut oil, PBfit and more. Remember that Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Banana Bread and Double Layer Brownie Cookie Bars? Ya, that was Better Body Foods too! Continue Reading

  • bananabread / breakfast / dairyfree / egg free / glutenfree / snacks / vegan / vegetarian

    Vegan Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Bread (gluten-free)

    Vegan Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Bread made with gluten-free ingredients! 

    Vegan Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Bread made with gluten-free and refined sugar-free ingredients! Vegan Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Bread made with gluten-free ingredients! 

    It has been awhile since we have shared a new banana bread recipe on the blog.

    I made so many loafs over the past couple of years between my Paleo Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, Vegan Cinnamon Coffee Cake, Dark Chocolate Sweet Potato loaf and so on, that I was really satisfied for a bit.

    Until I was craving a slice of banana bread that had a ton of peanut butter flavor with melted chocolate and didn’t call for any eggs in it. Aka I was out of eggs and didn’t feel like going to the store to get more..

    I didn’t even plan on sharing this recipe as I was making in the kitchen. I had zero expectations for how it would turn out, but the second I took this sweet and banana-y loaf out of the oven, I knew it was going to be a-m-a-z-i-n-g.

    This Vegan Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Bread pretty much combines all of my favorite foods into one perfectly delicious recipe. We have bananas, chocolate and peanut butter all in one gluten and dairy-free banana bread!

    What I love about this bread is how versatile and EASY it is to make too. I used sprouted oats and oat flour as the flour but you can absolutely sub spelt or gluten-free flour if you choose.

    I use Better Body Foods Coconut Oil and their PBFit Official Powdered Peanut Butter in this recipe too. I love baking with their PBFit as you saw in those Double Layer Peanut Butter Brownie Cookie Bars and even in my PB&J Smoothie Bowl! Better Body Foods makes a variety of staples that you will love to have on hand in your kitchen. Their coconut flour, chia seeds and superfood blends are also some of my favorites. They make the most healthy and tasty ingredients that you can use for so many recipes! Continue Reading