Strawberry Cheesecake Bars (Vegan + GF)

The classic flavors of tangy cheesecake and fresh ripe strawberries marry together perfectly in these 10-ingredient, vegan, gluten-free bars! We were inspired to make a berry cheesecake bar for summer to highlight juicy, ripe berries, and these definit…

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars (Vegan + GF)

The classic flavors of tangy cheesecake and fresh ripe strawberries marry together perfectly in these 10-ingredient, vegan, gluten-free bars! We were inspired to make a berry cheesecake bar for summer to highlight juicy, ripe berries, and these definitely hit the spot! We went for a baked cheesecake in order to achieve that quintessential cheesecake flavor and texture. Did we mention they’re kinda perfect? Let us show you how it’s done!

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Almond Joy Energy Bites (6 Ingredients!)

We want to let you in on a little secret. These might look like unassuming energy bites but they’re not. They’re kind of exceptional (but shhh, don’t tell). Not only do they pack all of the flavors of Almond Joy inside (hello chocolate, coconut, almond…

Almond Joy Energy Bites (6 Ingredients!)

We want to let you in on a little secret. These might look like unassuming energy bites but they’re not. They’re kind of exceptional (but shhh, don’t tell). Not only do they pack all of the flavors of Almond Joy inside (hello chocolate, coconut, almond!), but they also have the texture of a no-bake cookie. WE KNOW. It’s a big deal.

Oh, and did we mention they have an (optional but highly recommended) coconut butter GLAZE?

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Easy Flourless Granola Cookies

The concept for these cookies came to be when I was eating a bowl of granola and wished it was a cookie and wondered if combining the two was possible. After some experimenting, we were so excited to discover it is — and it’s SO delicious! If you’re lo…

Easy Flourless Granola Cookies

The concept for these cookies came to be when I was eating a bowl of granola and wished it was a cookie and wondered if combining the two was possible. After some experimenting, we were so excited to discover it is — and it’s SO delicious! If you’re looking for a more wholesome cookie with plenty of nutritious nuts and seeds, this is the one for you. Just 1 bowl and 10 ingredients required.

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Canistrelli

The last two cookies I’ve made on this site have been American-style, i.e.; on the larger side, with lots of flavors and other stuff going on. I like those, but I also like “quiet” European cookies, which are often simple, sometimes somewhat plain (like French sablés, or butter cookies), that let you focus on one or two flavors. Canistrelli fit that profile. Originally from Corsica,…

The last two cookies I’ve made on this site have been American-style, i.e.; on the larger side, with lots of flavors and other stuff going on. I like those, but I also like “quiet” European cookies, which are often simple, sometimes somewhat plain (like French sablés, or butter cookies), that let you focus on one or two flavors. Canistrelli fit that profile. Originally from Corsica, Canistrelli are flavored with anise and made with wine, and sometimes chestnut flour, which gives them a husky taste, but it’s not easy to find unless you live in Corsica.

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No-Bake Vegan Cake Pops

These no-bake vegan cake pops are easy to make with just 5 ingredients. They make for a great indulgent, yet healthy, dessert or snack. These are guaranteed to impress vegans and non-vegans alike. Gluten-free and oil-free, too. I know that cake pops ar…

These no-bake vegan cake pops are easy to make with just 5 ingredients. They make for a great indulgent, yet healthy, dessert or snack. These are guaranteed to impress vegans and non-vegans alike. Gluten-free and oil-free, too. I know that cake pops are a concept that have been around for a while now. But I...

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Golden Milk Granola

We have a serious thing for golden milk — the traditional Indian beverage that has its roots in Ayurveda and is most traditionally known as haldi ka doodh. In its simplest form, it’s a combination of warmed milk and ground turmeric, which may sound lik…

Golden Milk Granola

We have a serious thing for golden milk — the traditional Indian beverage that has its roots in Ayurveda and is most traditionally known as haldi ka doodh. In its simplest form, it’s a combination of warmed milk and ground turmeric, which may sound like an interesting combination, but once you try it, you just get it. It’s not only comforting but also incredibly anti-inflammatory and delicious. This granola is an homage to golden milk.

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Almond Joy Stuffed Dates

True story: I used to hate Almond Joys. I had a weird thing with the texture of coconut as a kid, so Almond Joys were a no-go for me. But something switched in adulthood, and coconut became one of my favorite ingredients. And when you combine a love of…

Almond Joy Stuffed Dates

True story: I used to hate Almond Joys. I had a weird thing with the texture of coconut as a kid, so Almond Joys were a no-go for me. But something switched in adulthood, and coconut became one of my favorite ingredients. And when you combine a love of coconut with a serious affection for dates and chocolate, good things are bound to happen. Introducing our latest easy dessert obsession: Almond Joy Stuffed Dates!

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Cherry Almond Granola Bars

Looking for a lazy morning breakfast or on-the-go snack? These cherry almond granola bars are just the thing.
Nutritious oats, seeds, and flaked almonds are mixed with dates and tart dried cherries and coated in an almond-maple mixture.
The result is …

Cherry Almond Granola Bars

Looking for a lazy morning breakfast or on-the-go snack? These cherry almond granola bars are just the thing.

Nutritious oats, seeds, and flaked almonds are mixed with dates and tart dried cherries and coated in an almond-maple mixture.

The result is a perfectly sweet, chewy, wholesome bar of goodness with a hint of tartness that’s perfect for a light snack or healthier dessert.

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Apple Butter Cheesecake Bars (Vegan/GF)

After cracking the code on date-sweetened apple butter, we wanted to put it to use in something approachable yet delicious. We settled on cheesecake bars, vegan and gluten-free, of course.
We modified this recipe from some of our previous cheesecakes,…

Apple Butter Cheesecake Bars (Vegan/GF)

After cracking the code on date-sweetened apple butter, we wanted to put it to use in something approachable yet delicious. We settled on cheesecake bars, vegan and gluten-free, of course.

We modified this recipe from some of our previous cheesecakes, but with a twist: swirled with apple butter and topped with an (optional but delicious) maple oat crumble. MAJOR SWOON. The best part? Simple methods and just 10 wholesome ingredients required.

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Bostock

One of the lesser-known French pastries is Bostock. Perhaps it’s the funny name that doesn’t sound very French, as pain au chocolat or chausson aux pommes do, that’s been keeping it out of the spotlight. True, the name does sound like a Swiss bouillon mix and although I’ve read it’s from Normandy, I haven’t found any conclusive evidence of that. But wherever it’s from, the…

One of the lesser-known French pastries is Bostock. Perhaps it’s the funny name that doesn’t sound very French, as pain au chocolat or chausson aux pommes do, that’s been keeping it out of the spotlight. True, the name does sound like a Swiss bouillon mix and although I’ve read it’s from Normandy, I haven’t found any conclusive evidence of that. But wherever it’s from, the good thing about Bostock is that it’s one of the easiest desserts to make and doesn’t require rolling out any pastry, spending a day making brioche, or rely on any fancy techniques. It’s one of my very favorite things to eat.

Bostock was likely invented to use up leftover brioche that bakeries had on hand after they closed their doors. Bakers everywhere are naturally thrifty and this is a clever way to use up leftover bread, whether it be brioche, challah, or any firm-textured white bread, such as pain de mie.

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