Sweets & Treats
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.
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.
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.
(please note that this post is sponsored by Vital Proteins, but all opinions on products are honest and truthful!) I tried panna cotta for the first time a couple of months ago at my favorite restaurant and knew right away that I had to recreate the creamy dessert.
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.
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.
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.
Happy (almost) 4th of July!! To be honest, I’ve never been a huge 4th of July celebrator (crazy right!?), but I do love whipping up fun, festive treats no matter the holiday. Holidays for me are like a little boost of creativity and inspiration I didn’t even know I needed in the kitchen!
I can’t believe the day is FINALLY here!!! After months of creating specific carbohydrate diet friendly recipes, testing them (and retesting them), photographing them, editing photos and designing the pages of this ebook, it feels surreal that it has finally launched.
(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…
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.
(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).
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.