“Peanut Butter Cookie” Larabars

Since I first posted the recipe for a batch of copycat “Larabars” a couple years ago, I’ve received several requests to create some of the brand’s other flavors– the most popular one being their Peanut Butter Cookie flavor.


And I’m so glad I listened to you guys, because these are some of the tastiest snack bars I’ve ever had! They taste like a peanut butter cookie, but better.

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What I Ate: Recipe Development

I’ve been asked several times about what my diet looks like when I’m developing recipes, so today I thought I’d share a peek into that process. (Pictured above are two recipes from my cookbook– Nut-free & Grain-free “Granola” Bars and Chocolate Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream) When I first started this blog, recipe development fit naturally…

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Smoothies for Babies & Toddlers

Smoothies are my go-to solution for ensuring that my son gets plenty of nutrition each day. What I love about smoothies is that you can squeeze plenty of nutrient-rich foods into a single drink, including many ingredients a young child might not eat on his or her own. For example, leafy lettuces have a tendency to make my son gag, but they…

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No-Bake Andes Mint Bars

When it comes to desserts, the combination of chocolate and mint has always been a favorite of mine. When I was younger, I used to hoard the Andes mints that my parents would put out in candy dishes for company. So, I thought it might be a good idea to make a homemade version that I’m happy to…

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What I Ate: Getting Back On Track

It’s been a while since my last “What I Ate” post, so I thought I’d share a peek at what I’ve been eating lately. I think it’s important to note that I don’t always eat “perfectly,” and I’ve been finding it especially difficult to stay on track over the past couple of months. I’ve found all sorts of excuses to indulge in…

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Paleo Coconut Flour Zucchini Bread

Zucchini bread is one of my very favorite varieties of “quick bread.” Lightly sweetened, with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, it’s a tasty way to use up any extra zucchini you may have on hand and will appeal to even your pickiest eaters! In fact, my husband (who tends to be a picky eater when…

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“Everything Bagel” Buns

If you love “everything” bagels, you’re in luck. My friend, Ali, has come up with a healthier way to enjoy the flavor of everything bagels, without the refined flour and gluten found in the traditional variety. In her new cookbook, Inspiralized, Ali shares a variety of creative ways to use a spiralizer to add more…

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Natural Immunity Boosters

According to my son’s pediatrician, February is a popular month at her office– there are lots of people getting sick! I’ve been fortunate enough to avoid illness for the last 3 years, but after flying home for the holidays, my son and I both came down with colds. Being a sick parent with a sick baby is the WORST. However, that awful experience did…

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Vegan & Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

With nut allergies becoming more prevalent, I’ve been looking to create a vegan and gluten-free cookie that is nut-free, as well. This turned out to be quite a challenge! First, I tried adapting my favorite Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies, using oat flour instead of almond meal, but the result didn’t hold together well. I realized that oat flour requires an egg-like…

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Easy Salmon Curry

With the Lenten season upon us, I thought you all might appreciate a new fish recipe. A friend of mine shared this dish with me, noting that it’s a great way to serve frozen salmon. Frozen salmon doesn’t always have the best texture when compared to the fresh variety, but it’s more economical on the budget,…

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Homemade Chocolate Almond Butter (Vegan)

I’ve been seeing jars of chocolate almond butter available on grocery store shelves for several years now, but I’ve never been able to justify spending $10+ dollars to try one– especially when I’d probably devour most of it in one sitting. I’ve never had much willpower around chocolate. This homemade chocolate almond butter was actually the result of one…

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Healthy Valentine’s Day Desserts

When I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of sweets. Since the processed candies that come in a heart-shaped box usually leave me feeling pretty yucky, I wanted to share some of my favorite naturally-sweetened recipes today. They’re all gluten-free, and many of them are vegan, too! My own Valentine loves peanut butter + chocolate…

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Healthy Double Chocolate Cookies

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’ve got chocolate on the brain. These cookies should do the trick. They’re made with 100% whole food ingredients– no flour, no oil, and no added sugar! But don’t let these healthy ingredients throw you off. These cookies still have a rich and fudgy flavor and texture, almost…

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