Some of my favorite memories from growing up are weekend coffee dates with my dad. We would walk down to one of our favorite coffee shops / bakeries and get a fun drink and share a pastry. Our pastry of choice on most weekends? Morning glory muffins.
Freshly baked paleo banana bread has to be one of my all-time favorite things in the WORLD. The smell alone is enough to make me swoon. If I could bake banana bread every single day just to make my house smell like it, I 100% would.
Just because you’re paleo or on a healing diet like the Specific Carbohydrate Diet doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy cereal. With this paleo hazelnut fig granola you can have the best of both worlds.
Unpopular opinion: oatmeal cookies were always the best growing up. Truly – I LOVED oatmeal raisin cookies as a kid (and I’m pretty sure I was the only one LOL). These paleo pomegranate n’oatmeal cookies are the perfect grain-free, gut-healthy upgrade to that childhood favorite.
Wow… happy DECEMBER! Can you believe it!? Seriously November FLEW by. But hey, time flies when you’re having fun. From taking on BGC full-time, starting work with Freedom Bar, fun Thanksgiving festivities with my family, lots of recipe testing (most noteworthy – this paleo gingerbread cookie skillet) and everything in between, I definitely had a lot of fun.
(Please note that this recipe is sponsored by Vital Proteins, but I truly and honestly love the product and only share content I 100% stand behind!)
Even with the weather turning colder, I can’t give up my smoothie bowls. I’ve still been making my classic chocolate smoothie bowl on repeat, but I knew I had to make an even more festive version for fall.
(Please note that this recipe is sponsored by Vital Proteins, but I truly love their products and stand behind them as a company!)
You guys know my obsession with cauliflower rice oatmeal is REAL and so is my obsession with pumpkin so you can only imagine my obsession with this version!
(please note that this recipe post is sponsored by Vital Proteins, but any opinions shared are genuine and honest!)
These pumpkin pie bars have me like WHOA. But seriously… these slices are HEAVENLY (just ask my parents). My mom even said they’re her favorite recipe of mine and trust me, she’s tried them ALL.
Fall may have been underway for a little while now, but it officially feels like fall now that it’s October. I just absolutely LOVE this season and this month. The cozier weather, the cozier food, the gorgeous leaves, the sunny yet crisp days, the flavors, the pumpkin patch adventures.
The first official day of fall is FOUR days away you guys. FOUR DAYS!!! In my opinion fall is a whole mindset and way of life, so I’m getting stoked to officially be able to call it pumpkin season.
When September 1st hit it was like my brain went into full on fall mode with no looking back. Despite it still being warmer than 70 degrees almost every day this week and it still technically being summer, I’m feeling all the fall vibes.
Fig season BEST season, am I right or am I right!? I fell in love with figs last summer and you could say it’s getting pretty serious. I don’t see a breakup in our future anytime soon, especially with this paleo fig newton bread (with pistachios!!) in the mix.
If you follow me on Instagram you know that this chocolate banana smoothie bowl has been on REPEAT lately. I don’t usually get so obsessed with one meal or combo, but I’ll be the first to admit that I’m addicted to this smoothie.
As many of you probably saw on Instagram, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time on Whidbey Island, my home away from home. When I think of my childhood I think of Whidbey Island – beach trips with my family, bonfires by the ocean, eating locally harvested seafood, going to the farmers market – it’s always held such a special place in my heart.
(please note that the product discussed in this cinnamon banana smoothie recipe was sent to me via BeeFree for review, but all opinions are honest!)
I’m so excited to share this cinnamon banana smoothie with you guys!! When I first started the Specific Carbohydrate Diet I kind of fell off my smoothie game because I could no longer have my normal protein powders (read: super sweet protein powders full of stevia, gums and other crap that was v bad for my stomach).
Apple season is definitely coming to a close (HELLOOOOO Spring!!!), so I needed to whip out one more apple recipe in honor of that.
(Please note that this recipe is in partnership with Liberated Specialty Foods and I was provided with the products. Despite that, all opinions are honest and true!)
When I first started SCD in the beginning of August (how CRAZY that it’s been so long already) I was completely overwhelmed and I’m sure any of you out there who have done, or are doing, SCD or have totally had to change the way you’re eating to benefit your health, can relate.
I think by now it’s quite obvious how obsessed I am with my cauliflower oatmeal and so many of you have gotten hooked as well! (I also have another paleo oatmeal that’s made with coffee – SO GOOD). No joke, I’ve had it every day for breakfast (except for once) this past week… if it ain’t broke why fix it?
You guys have been LOVING my lemon pomegranate scones, so I knew more flavors just had to be created. And, since I had been itching to bake with apples since reincorporating them into my diet, apple cinnamon scones won (and let me tell you, there was some tough competition).
There’s just something about banana bread that is so, so comforting. Biting into a thick, still-warm-from-the-oven slice of banana bread transports me back to my childhood when my mom would have a snack and tea waiting for me after school and we’d sit and recap the entire day (never leaving out any tiny detail or bit of boy drama). Times have changed and sadly I can’t recap every day of college with her (but I text her so much it kind of seems like I still get to LOL), but my love for cozy snacks like this, paired with a cup of tea, has stayed the same. But now my cozy snacks include this paleo banana bread and it’s even BETTER than my childhood snacks.
This cauliflower rice oatmeal has been on REPEAT lately (if you follow me on Instagram, you know how true this is). I seriously can’t stop making this cozy cauliflower rice oatmeal bowl morning after morning. I tell myself to be more creative, but 9 times out of 10 I find myself reaching for the cauliflower rice. It’s just that good.
It definitely is the most wonderful time of the year! Oh how I LOVE the holidays. I love cozying up with peppermint tea by the tree, watching old Christmas movies (Miracle on 34th Street is by far my favorite), wrapping gifts for my family, seeing my town all lit up and sparkly… I honestly wish Christmastime would just last for months on end!!! Maybe that’s what I should ask Santa for this year. Maybe if I leave out these paleo scones he’ll grant my wish!
I thought my love for delicata squash couldn’t get any deeper after making my cinnamon spice squash cookies, but then I made the recipe for these delicata squash muffins and just about died and went to delicata heaven. Slightly dramatic? Maybe. Very accurate depiction of how DELISH these squash muffins are? Heck yes.
No shame in the basic game because pumpkin spice is too dang good. I will admit I despise pumpkin spice lattes, so maybe I’m not that basic. But this paleo pumpkin spice dip? This is a pumpkin spice I CAN get behind.
If you asked me what my three favorite foods are I’d say bananas, almond butter and squash… and kale and eggs and coconut and salmon and figs… foodie problems amiright? But all jokes aside, I seriously LOVE those top three foods. I’ve always been a huge banana and almond butter lover, but my squash obsession is pretty recent. And my obsession is only being fueled further by these squash cookies!
I road tripped with my parents this weekend to go to my sweet cousin’s high school graduation party and we stayed in a cabin we used to rent all the time was a was a tiny little kid. It was SO fun to reminisce on those summers here, flying paper airplanes from the loft with my cousins (we were easily entertained), driving the golf carts like maniacs (thank goodness I turned out to be a good driver) and fishing off the dock with my big brother (this one time he was casting his line and the giant a** night crawler slapped me in the neck… pretty sure I had never screamed so loud in my life).
Does anyone else use cooking/baking as a way to procrastinate? I usually HATE procrastinating and typically get all of my schoolwork done days in advance (call me a nerd), but sometimes homework becomes a black hole and the only way out is to do something that makes my soul happy. So when I do procrastinate, it’s what I call productive procrastination. I’m the queen of it. It’s when I know I need to work on an essay for class, but instead draft 4 blog posts, reorganize my entire pantry and make homemade hummus, pesto AND peanut butter.
Valentines Day is SO soon and I’m celebrating with all the healthy sweet treats, and this new creation is one for the books.