Fun Lunch Ideas for Kids

Healthy and fun lunch ideas that are perfect for school or home. Even the pickiest of young eaters will love these nutritious and delicious lunches! This post is sponsored by Kroger. Whether children are in school or learning at home, the lunchtime dil…

Healthy and fun lunch ideas that are perfect for school or home. Even the pickiest of young eaters will love these nutritious and delicious lunches! This post is sponsored by Kroger. Whether children are in school or learning at home, the lunchtime dilemma is the same. What should we make our kids for lunch and…

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1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

When I was in college I worked in a movie theater diner, and my absolute favorite part of my shift was when the restaurant closed. We got to turn up the music (we had a jukebox that had really good songs on it), dance around while cleaning, laugh with …

1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

When I was in college I worked in a movie theater diner, and my absolute favorite part of my shift was when the restaurant closed. We got to turn up the music (we had a jukebox that had really good songs on it), dance around while cleaning, laugh with coworkers about the ups and downs of our shift, and finally eat some food after all the patrons left. 

My friend Katie was a server, and I managed the dessert counter (are we surprised?).

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5-Ingredient Honey Mama’s Chocolate Bars

We’ve been fans of Honey Mama’s chocolate bars for some time now. The rich, chocolaty texture is almost brownie-like, the flavors are incredible, and the ingredients are top-notch.
When a recent craving struck and we didn’t have any on hand, we decide…

5-Ingredient Honey Mama’s Chocolate Bars

We’ve been fans of Honey Mama’s chocolate bars for some time now. The rich, chocolaty texture is almost brownie-like, the flavors are incredible, and the ingredients are top-notch.

When a recent craving struck and we didn’t have any on hand, we decided to make our own. The result was a quick-and-easy chocolate bar made with wholesome ingredients you likely have on hand right now!

The best part? They’re entirely naturally sweetened, don’t require cocoa butter, tempering, or double boilers, and come together FAST.

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Easy No-Bake Granola Bars

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best granola bars recipe

How are you doing? I find myself oscillating between hope and frustration. I look at the news, and promptly crave a distraction. I’ve always hoped that this website serves as a helpful resource. If it provides a ray of sunshine or a healthy escape, even better.

Today, I offer you my go-to recipe for granola bars. These bars are delicious and easy to make with basic pantry ingredients. They can pass as a quick breakfast, and they make a perfect snack.

granola bar ingredients

These granola bars have spared me from some hangry moments lately. They’re satisfying, just sweet enough, and stick with me for a few hours. Granola bars to the rescue!

I’ve finally found some ingredients to work with, so I’ll be back with more recipes soon. Please let me know what you’re looking for, and I’ll try to come up with something good.

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Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies (V/GF)

While attempting to create a more nutrient-rich brownie, we ended up creating our new favorite brownie recipe! It’s happening.
Introducing super fudgy, naturally-sweetened, whole grain, healthier brownies made with just 10 ingredients. Let’…

Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies (V/GF)

While attempting to create a more nutrient-rich brownie, we ended up creating our new favorite brownie recipe! It’s happening.

Introducing super fudgy, naturally-sweetened, whole grain, healthier brownies made with just 10 ingredients. Let’s bake!

First, we make sweet potato purée by baking a sweet potato, removing the skin, and mashing in a bowl or food processor.

The sweet potato purée is then mixed with maple syrup, almond butter, vanilla, and avocado oil.

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Fluffy Almond Butter Sweet Potato Muffins (GF)

Many of you have enjoyed our Sweet Potato Almond Butter Muffins, but asked if they could be made gluten-free.
We thought so, but we knew they’d need a few tweaks. Spoiler alert: Major success!
These revamped sweet potato muffins are gluten-free, …

Fluffy Almond Butter Sweet Potato Muffins (GF)

Many of you have enjoyed our Sweet Potato Almond Butter Muffins, but asked if they could be made gluten-free.

We thought so, but we knew they’d need a few tweaks. Spoiler alert: Major success!

These revamped sweet potato muffins are gluten-free, naturally sweetened, oil-free, and require just 10 ingredients to prepare. Let’s bake!

These start with roasting a sweet potato, peeling off the skin, and then mashing it to make a purée.

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5-Ingredient Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Snowballs

Sometimes the best recipes happen by accident. This is certainly one of them!
I had leftover melted chocolate from another recipe, so I did what any logical person would do: I smeared some almond butter on a date, dunked it, and rolled it in shredded c…

5-Ingredient Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Snowballs

Sometimes the best recipes happen by accident. This is certainly one of them!

I had leftover melted chocolate from another recipe, so I did what any logical person would do: I smeared some almond butter on a date, dunked it, and rolled it in shredded coconut. The rest is history!

Let us show you how easy this recipe is!

Made with just 5-ingredients and ready in just 15 minutes, these satisfying, delicious treats are a must-try.

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Snickers Almond Butter Tart.

Don’t even have words for this snickers almond tart. I mean, NO WORDS. This is like grown up Halloween candy! Homemade adult candy. Not to mention, it’s insane. Yes please. I’ve rambled on and on and on here on this little corner of the internet about how growing up, Snickers bars were my favorite candy […]

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Don’t even have words for this snickers almond tart. I mean, NO WORDS.

This snickers almond tart is made with an almond crust, homemade almond butter caramel and a chocolate ganache. It's to die for!

This is like grown up Halloween candy! Homemade adult candy.

Not to mention, it’s insane.

Yes please.

homemade almond butter caramel

I’ve rambled on and on and on here on this little corner of the internet about how growing up, Snickers bars were my favorite candy bar by FAR. We didn’t really get to eat candy bars often, but on Halloween? I was all about the Snickers. I mean, I would give my brothers all my peanut butter cups JUST for their Snickers. Oh, and their mallo cups.

The joke was on me, because they hated peanuts (and coconut!) anyway and probably would have just handed them over freely.

chocolate ganache pour

Remember when I made Homemade Snickers Bars?! They remain one of the most popular recipes here on the blog. They make me so happy! And tastes (insanely) exactly like legit Snickers.

chocolate ganache

The weirdest thing about my love for Snickers? I really don’t care for nuts in desserts. Cookies and brownies with nuts are disastrous for sure, especially the classics. I’ve always said that nuts ruin desserts and sure, these days, I know there are a few desserts that are enhanced by nuts. 

But still. 

This snickers almond tart is made with an almond crust, homemade almond butter caramel and a chocolate ganache. It's to die for!

So what all goes in this tart? A TON OF DELICIOUSNESS!

First, an almond tart crust. It’s easy! It’s good! Almond flour, butter, maple syrup.

While the tart filling is no bake, you do want to bake the crust for a few minutes just to set it. No big deal, it only takes a second. 

This snickers almond tart is made with an almond crust, homemade almond butter caramel and a chocolate ganache. It's to die for!

The filling? Homemade almond butter caramel. YES. Say it with me. 

Almond butter caramel.

I cannot! This stuff is so so so good. 

All you do is make a quick classic caramel with cream and sugar and then stir in almond butter until it all melts. Let it cool and thicken a bit and try not to eat the entire pot! Because it’s heavenly.

This snickers almond tart is made with an almond crust, homemade almond butter caramel and a chocolate ganache. It's to die for!

Even though it freaked me out a bit at first, I stirred chopped almonds into the caramel layer of the tart because my forever Snickers loving heart told me to. It adds the best crunch! 

The top layer is a classic ganache. Topped with flaked salt. 

Then! 

You stick this baby in the fridge and serve it cold. 

It’s rich. Like super rich. Decadent and ridiculously delicious! You see the slices I cut above in my tart? You can even cut in them half again, it’s so rich. However, a small bite is the perfect dessert.

If you want to serve something homemade and wildly wonderful, this is it. 

This snickers almond tart is made with an almond crust, homemade almond butter caramel and a chocolate ganache. It's to die for!

Snickers Almond Tart

Snickers Almond Butter Tart

This snickers almond tart is made with an almond crust, homemade almond butter caramel and a chocolate ganache. It’s to die for!

almond tart crust

  • 2 cup almond flour
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter, (melted)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup

almond butter caramel

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • ⅓ cup creamy almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raw almonds, (chopped)

chocolate ganache

  • 6 ounces high-quality semi-sweet chocolate, (chopped)
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a tart pan (mine is a 9-inch round) with nonstick spray.
  3. Place the almond flour, butter and maple syrup in a large bowl. Stir until combined and the mixture is all moistened. Press it into the tart pan, pressing up the sides slightly.

  4. Bake the crust for 10 to 12 minutes or until slightly golden. Let it cool completely.

almond butter caramel

  1. Combine the sugar, butter, cream and almond butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk to combine, then cook and stir until the mixture is bubbling. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes until it slightly thickens and is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Let it cool to room temperature – it will thicken as it cools!
  2. Once it’s cool, pour the caramel into the almond tart crust. Top with the chopped almonds. Stick the tart in the fridge while you make the ganache.

chocolate ganache

  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a bowl.
  2. Heat the cream in a saucepan over low heat just until it’s warm and the edges bubble. Pour it over the chocolate and let it sit for a minute or two.
  3. Stir continuously until the chocolate melts, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the tart from the fridge and pour the ganache over top. Sprinkle with the flaked salt. Stick the tart back in the fridge.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or even overnight. To serve, slice into very thin slices because it is so rich. Serve immediately!

This snickers almond tart is made with an almond crust, homemade almond butter caramel and a chocolate ganache. It's to die for!

Probably going to frame that corner.

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Almond Butter Baked Oatmeal with Sticky Cinnamon Figs.

I’m ready to start off every morning with almond butter baked oatmeal. Seriously, this stuff is ridiculously GOOD. If you want to eat breakfast for dessert, I’m here for you. With you. Beside you. Making it for you. Serving it all to you.  So I don’t eat it all!  No but really, the baked oatmeal? […]

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I’m ready to start off every morning with almond butter baked oatmeal.

This almond butter baked oatmeal with sticky cinnamon figs is the perfect weekend treat or great for when you have brunch guests!

Seriously, this stuff is ridiculously GOOD. If you want to eat breakfast for dessert, I’m here for you. With you. Beside you. Making it for you. Serving it all to you. 

So I don’t eat it all! 

No but really, the baked oatmeal? Fantastic.

making baked oatmeal

What goes on top? Even more fantastic. Sticky cinnamon figs made in a saucepan with butter and honey. Ohhhh my gosh. I want to make a pan of those and eat them for a snack. 

Fresh figs are one of my favorite fruits and honestly, I like them in their fresh form best. Yes, I know I’ve put them in focaccia bread, but there is nothing like a fresh ripe fig. So juicy! The pop of flavor is ridiculously appealing to a texture lover too. 

sticky cinnamon figs

The sticky cinnamon figs are one of my exceptions – a way to make and eat the figs that could possibly be even better than fresh figs. Or at least on the same level. 

I mean, just look at them!

sticky cinnamon figs

So!

I’ve shared the base of this baked oatmeal before. You can find the classic version here, and boy oh boy… this is like dessert for breakfast. I almost go as far as saying that this is oatmeal cake. It’s basically oatmeal dessert, served like a cake. 

It is DELICIOUS.

This almond butter baked oatmeal with sticky cinnamon figs is the perfect weekend treat or great for when you have brunch guests!

Now hear me out. It’s not an oatmeal I would necessarily eat every day during the week, but I think it’s a great recipe to have in your arsenal for this coming season. It’s amazing served at a brunch for guests. Or if you just want an extra special weekend treat, you could make it for breakfast and freeze some of it for later. 

It is satisfying and decadent as far as oatmeal is concerned. 

This almond butter baked oatmeal with sticky cinnamon figs is the perfect weekend treat or great for when you have brunch guests!

Maybe even top it with whipped cream? Uh yes please.

This almond butter baked oatmeal with sticky cinnamon figs is the perfect weekend treat or great for when you have brunch guests!

Almond Butter Baked Oatmeal with Sticky Cinnamon Figs

Almond Butter Baked Oatmeal with Sticky Cinnamon Figs

This almond butter baked oatmeal with sticky cinnamon figs is the perfect weekend treat or great for when you have brunch guests!

  • 4 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk – whatever you prefer! ((dairy or nondairy))
  • ½ cup almond butter, (melted)
  • ¼ cup butter, (melted)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • milk or cream for drizzling
  • sliced almonds, (for topping)

sticky cinnamon figs

  • 8 to 10 figs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined. Stir in the melted butter and almost butter until combined. Pour the mixture in the dish.
  3. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and set. Remove the dish from the oven. Let cool slightly, then cut into squares. Serve with the sticky figs and a drizzle of milk or cream.

sticky cinnamon figs

  1. Slice the figs in half or in quarters. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the butter.
  2. Place the figs in the skillet and drizzle with honey. Sprinkle them with cinnamon and a pinch of salt.
  3. Cook the figs, tossing once or twice, for 5 to 6 minutes. You want honey and butter to create a syrupy sticky sauce in the bottom of the pan. Once the figs are finished, serve them immediately on top of the oatmeal.

figs recipe from bbc good food 

This almond butter baked oatmeal with sticky cinnamon figs is the perfect weekend treat or great for when you have brunch guests!

Fall brunch here I come!

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Fluffy 1-Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies (Plant-Based, GF)

Hey friends! It’s that time of year again as summer comes to a close in our part of the world. And as fall routines settle back in, we’re here to bring you bite-sized pillows of joy to help ease the transition. Sound good?
These tender, wh…

Fluffy 1-Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies (Plant-Based, GF)

Hey friends! It’s that time of year again as summer comes to a close in our part of the world. And as fall routines settle back in, we’re here to bring you bite-sized pillows of joy to help ease the transition. Sound good?

These tender, wholesome cookies are made in 1 bowl and require just 30 minutes to prepare. Let’s bake!

These cookies begin with a flax egg, made by adding flaxseed meal and water to a mixing bowl and letting it sit to achieve an “eggy” texture.

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