Bites & Snacks
It’s carrot cake season and I am SO not mad about it! Seriously, my Instagram feed has been 75% carrot cake remakes and I am loving it!!! Carrot cake waffles, carrot cake smoothies, carrot cake donuts, carrot cake muffins, carrot cake protein balls… you name it, there’s probably a carrot cake rendition of it.
Do you remember your favorite Girl Scout cookie growing up? I know I sure do!! And they were Samoa cookies ALL the way. These paleo and vegan Samoa energy balls are the perfect taste-alike to bring you down memory lane!
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.
Carrot cake has been my favorite cake since I can remember. I would make it for birthdays, Easter, you name it. I LOVED carrot cake. I realized I hadn’t had it in years due to my food intolerances, so making a gut-friendly version has been top of my list for what seems like ever so I’m SO happy to finally have this option in my life.
Happy almost Valentine’s Day sweet friends! When you think of Valentine’s Day what do you think of? Oh… love? I was going to say chocolate. ;) Either way, these coconut coffee nut butter cups are the perfect way to indulge in your sweet cravings today AND show your significant other or gal pals some love as well (if you’re willing to share that is).
I’m not sure what’s going on but I’m going through a major cooked apple phase and I am HERE for it. Whether I’m topping cauliflower “oatmeal” with cinnamon sautéed apples, eating sautéed apples with banana ice cream and grain free granola on top like a paleo version of an apple crisp or just eating cooked apples on their own – I can’t get over them.
There’s just something about lemon baked goods that gives me all the feels. I think it’s because they’re comforting (as all baked goods are), but also refreshing. It’s truly the best combo, isn’t it? Well these paleo + SCD friendly lemon thumbprint cookies are the perfect showcase of that intersection between comforting and refreshing!
Since it's the middle of winter I thought we could all use a little sunshine in the form of paleo lemon cake (the best kind of sunshine in my opinion)! These little, mini cakes are perfect when you want something sweet but don't necessarily want leftovers. OR, you can always double, triple or quadruple the recipe and make enough for guests! With how cute they are and how YUMMY they taste, they're sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Raise your hand if you’re doing Whole30 this month!? *not raising my hand because I’m not* BUT I will still be enjoying these Whole30-approved “cheesy” tahini cauliflower bites despite that!
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.
Okay so I know it’s technically Christmastime now (I’m literally listening to Michael Buble Christmas music right this second), but I couldn’t help but sneak in ONE more pumpkin recipe.
I’ve been on SUCH a chocolate kick lately and I’m not mad about it. I’m so, so happy I listened to my body a few months ago and reincorporated it into my life again after giving it up for so long (it’s an iffy food on SCD which I was following strictly when I first got diagnosed with ulcerative colitis – now I’m following it more loosely).
(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.
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.
When I think of summer flavors, tropical flavors always come to mind first (maybe it’s just wishful thinking that I was on a beach somewhere in Hawaii…). Pineapple, mango, coconut and macadamia nuts are probably the top four flavors (ingredients? Idk what to call them LOL) that make my tastebuds scream SUMMER.
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 this paleo avocado cashew pesto recipe is sponsored by Bare Snacks, but all opinions on their products are honest and true!)
I’ve been a pesto lover since wayyyy back. Like WAY back. I remember absolutely LOVING it on cheese paninis and pasta when I was little (oh how times have changed) and it always completed the fun snacky boards my family would make for special occasions. I started experimenting with making my own pesto recipes a few years ago (you might remember a couple that were on the blog, but I’ve ditched those in lieu of this new and improved version).
(please note that this post is sponsored by Wicked Joe Coffee, but all opinions are truly my own!)
If you don’t know how much I love coffee by now, you need to pay closer attention. And if this paleo coffee cheesecake creation doesn’t prove it, then I’m not sure what will…
Apple season is definitely coming to a close (HELLOOOOO Spring!!!), so I needed to whip out one more apple recipe in honor of that.
Bliss balls, energy balls, energy bites – whatever you want to call them – they are my JAM. They’re easy to make, super versatile and the perfect, healthy, on-the-go snack! And these strawberries and cream version? HEAVENLY.
I can’t believe January is already over and February is in full swing!! This year is already flying by… but you know what they say – time flies when you’re having fun! Especially fun in the kitchen. And these cashew butter cups are the most fun!!!
I can’t even remember a time when anything turmeric wasn’t trendy as heck, but I don’t even want to think about a time pre-turmeric. It’s just too dang good. Especially good FOR you. So yes, while turmeric is super trendy and “in” right now, it’s trendy and “in” for a good reason (and it’s also been utilized in naturopathic medicine for over 4,5000 years… so we’re actually all really late to the game). And these golden milk cookies are the PERFECT way to easily incorporate it into your diet.
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.
Eating these paleo cake pops make me feel like a kid again and I LOVE that. I think we all need a little help getting back to our childish roots once in awhile! Who wouldn’t want a little reminder of carefree days, munching on sugary treats without a care in the world?! Except now I munch on health-ified versions of those sugary treats and my stomach definitely thanks me for that.
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.