Recipes
Chocolate Brownies with Almond MilkFor reals. This is one of my absolute favorite recipes I’ve created to date! I am SO excited to share these Almond Butter Cup Brownies with you! I was craving some homemade, healthier brownies recently so got in the kitchen to create a simple recipe…and these were born. It sometimes happens on the first try and it DID! I got the recipe down, and I really want to hear what you think if you bake them. I hope you love them! In addition to being totally delicious, they are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free (basically all the frees;) and are made with cacao powder, which is basically raw chocolate and a superfood. Yes, please! Cacao powder is full of magnesium, fiber and antioxidants. 

The almond butter provides protein and healthy fats, and also we’ve got some healthy fats from the coconut oil. Another ingredient I wanted to add is flaxseed. I love adding flaxseed to baked goods as an extra easy way to add in more fiber! 

Almond Butter Cup Brownies

Okay, here’s the recipe!! Enjoy, sweet friend! Makes: 16 brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond butter (I use the Whole Foods almond butter directly from the grinder; no sugar, salt or oils added)

  • ¾ cup coconut sugar 

  • ½ cup cacao powder

  • ½ cup almond flour

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 3 pasture raised eggs 3 tbsp coconut oil (melted)

  • 3 tbsp flaxseed

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • ¼ tsp Himalayan pink sea salt

  • ¼ tsp baking soda ½ – ¾ cup vegan chocolate chips

Baking Equipment:

Parchment paper 9 x 9 or 13 x 9 brownie baking pan

Directions:

  1. Add all the dry ingredients – coconut sugar, cacao powder, almond flour, flaxseed, cinnamon, sea salt and baking soda – to large mixing bowl and mix together.

  2. In a blender, add almond milk, almond butter, two eggs, vanilla, and melted coconut oil. Blend well.

  3. Stir in the blended wet ingredients to the dry mix.

  4. Use a hand mixer to mix all the ingredients into a nice brownie batter.

  5. Add in the 3rd egg and continue mixing using the hand mixer.

  6. Continue to mix until a nice consistency.

  7. Fold in the chocolate chips.

  8. Before pouring batter into your baking pan, add parchment paper on the bottom and overhang on two sides to easily pull out once the brownies have cooled.

  9. Pour brownie batter into your brownie pan. I misplaced my smaller 9 x 9 brownie pan, however, used a 13 x 9 cake/brownie baking pan and just poured it in the middle of the pan, making it roughly into a square. It did just fine! Another option if you have a 13 x 9 pan is doubling this recipe to make more batter to fill the entire pan.

  10. Bake brownies at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Oven times vary so make sure to keep a close eye on your brownies and do the clean toothpick test to make sure they are baked completely. I baked mine for approximately 18.5 minutes.

  11. Let brownies cool. Take the parchment paper sides to pull brownies out of pan.

  12. Cut into brownie squares & enjoy!

Stack of Chocolate Chip BrowniesBrownies with Almond Milk with Pink Background


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Holidays, Recipes
Dairy-Free Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream Bites

Happy 4th of July weekend, sweet friend! Hope it’s a fun-filled weekend with lots of sunshine, relaxing, great food, good company and sweet treats. And speaking of sweet treats, I have the perfect one for you to enjoy with no guilt whatsoever! I know holidays can create some anxiety around staying healthy, but make healthy choices when you can and also treat yourself too (if you want)! Restricting ourselves is never fun, can create stress and can actually cause us to think about whatever food we are trying to restrict way too much. Food is absolutely meant to nourish us, but remember it’s also for us to enjoy. So, over the weekend, make sure to have a healthy breakfast (a protein and fiber-filled smoothie or some eggs with veggies and avocado), drink plenty of water, take your vitamins, make other healthy choices when you can, #treatyoself and have F U N


Went off on a tangent – haha, to make sure and encourage you! – now back to these dairy-free coconut ice cream bites! These are the perfect July 4th healthy summer treats to cool you off and be super festive too! They are easy to make with only 4 ingredients (sticking with the holiday theme of course), so fun for entertaining, and naturally sweetened with strawberries and a few drops of liquid stevia. You can enjoy poolside or as a dessert for a holiday BBQ! They are vegan and made with whole, nourishing ingredients. If you make these (which I hope you do!), please let me know what you think in the comment section below or on my Instagram. I hope you love them!

What you will need:

Blender Star-shaped ice cube tray

Ingredients:

  • ¾ can organic coconut milk

  • 1 large handful organic strawberries

Directions:

  1. Make sure to place coconut milk in fridge overnight so the cream solidifies at the top.

  2. When ready to make your ice cream bites, take coconut milk out of fridge and scoop out all the coconut cream at the top and a little of the liquid milk at the bottom which will help everything blend together nicely. Pour into high-powered blender.

  3. Add stevia and vanilla and blend well.

  4. Pour coconut mixture into bowl. Rinse blender.

  5. Next, take a large handful of strawberries and blend in blender. (You want to blend the strawberries separate from the coconut mix to create a beautiful variety of color for the stars.)

  6. Pour blended strawberries into a separate bowl.

  7. Then take a third bowl and add some of the coconut mix and some of the blended strawberries and mix together. Spoon that mixture into a couple of the star molds.

  8. Repeat steps with varying amounts of the coconut mix and the strawberries, again to give different looks to all of the stars. Play and have fun with this!

  9. Once all of the stars are filled in the tray, place in the freezer overnight.

  10. When you’re ready to eat, take out and enjoy!

Have a wonderful July 4th weekend and holiday!
xoxo signature-silver

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Lifestyle, Recipes
May is my favorite month! It always has been. Probably because it’s my birthday month…well, honestly, it is because it’s my birthday month;) but I also love the spring weather, flowers, and how the warmer temps and sunshine bring excitement and happy moods.

Hi May spelled out with fruit

I’ve been wanting to share a fun, simple picnic on the blog, plus I’ve been wanting a new picnic basket and blanket, so I stopped by Target and purchased my new picnic essentials as a birthday gift to myself {yes, I did!}. Obsessed with my new little basket and blanket.  I linked all of my picnic items plus some additional cute options at the end of this post for you! 

Picnic basket with sunflowers Pug and Picnic basket with sundlowers
What could be better than a Picnic with Mini Donuts & Strawberry Mimosas? I think not a whole lot! And what makes it even better is that there should be no guilt whatsoever when enjoying these! They are gluten-free, dairy-free, flourless, and made with my favorite natural baking sugar, coconut sugar. Also, you could call them superfood donuts because they are made with cacao powder, an antioxidant packed superfood. I threw this birthday picnic to enjoy with my hubs and little pug, Scarlett, and also to share with you for an easy spring entertaining idea! You could throw a donuts and champagne picnic for some girlfriends, enjoy with your love and dog like I did, or you could grab a good book and have some great alone time sippin’ on mimosas and eating healthy donuts!

Mini Donuts with sprinkles photo Mini Donuts with sprinkles on cake stand

Mini Gluten-Free Chocolate Donuts

Makes 30 mini donuts

Donut Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • 1 organic, free-range egg
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • ½ cup coconut milk {organic, unsweetened full-fat version in can, usually in baking aisle or Asian food aisle}
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup mini vegan chocolate chips {I like the Enjoy Life brand}
  • Coconut oil for greasing mini donut pan

Chocolate Icing Ingredients:


Mini Donuts with sprinkles on cooling rack

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine sugar, cacao powder, baking powder, flaxseed, cinnamon and sea salt in mixing bowl and mix together.
  3. In a separate smaller bowl, combine coconut milk, egg and vanilla and whisk together.
  4. Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Grease your mini donut pan with plenty of coconut oil.
  7. Spoon dough into each donut mold.
  8. Bake 8-10 minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.
  9. While donuts are cooling, make your chocolate icing.
  10. Melt chocolate chips using a double boiler.
  11. Drizzle melted chocolate over donuts.
  12. Top with sprinkles, pop the champs and enjoy!
Note: Keep donuts refrigerated in an airtight container.

Strawberry mimosas and Mini Donuts with sprinkles Detail photo of Mini Donuts with sprinkles

Strawberry Mimosas

Ingredients:

  • 2 cartons of organic strawberries
  • Your favorite champagne

Strawberry Mimosas with champagne bottle

Directions:

  1. Juice strawberries in your juicer.
  2. Pour ½ strawberry juice and ½ champagne {or whatever your preference!}.
  3. That’s it! Cheers!
 Candid photo of picnic basket, donuts and champagne

Here’s to mini chocolate donuts, pastel sprinkles + strawberry mimosas!
xoxo signature-silver

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Recipes, Seasonal
Chocolate Chip Cake Pops with Roses So, I have to admit I am a chocolate lover! Dark chocolate lover to be exact. And I love creating recipes with chocolate…if you haven’t noticed by now. Luckily, chocolate can be a healthier treat! Depending on the quality, ingredients, amount and source of sugar used in the chocolate, it can definitely be nutritionist-approved. For this recipe, I used my favorite high-quality brand of dark chocolate chips.  keep reading
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Recipes

Chocolate-Cherry Popsicles!

With the hot summer temps, there’s nothing like a frozen treat!  Often we crave some ice cream, fro-yo or store-bought popsicles all which are tasty, yes, but are typically loaded with sugar and dairy.  These popsicles are dairy-free and have no added sugar.

Plus, there are only four ingredients:  keep reading

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