chocolate

Frozen Mocha Chip Coffee! (Dairy Free + Collagen!)

It’s been So HOT. So Hot In Herre.

Sorry I can’t help myself.

I just came back from running errands around my neighborhood and even though I’ve lived here for just over 5 years now, I have yet to fully grasp that people drive EVERYWHERE (like they will get in their car to drive a block only to spend 15 minutes trying to find parking) I still have that Chicago mentality so I spent the last couple of hours bopping around West Hollywood and I think I finally understand why people drive such short distances.

If you could see my frizzy hair and incredibly sweaty self at this very moment, you’d get it, too.

So I needed something to cool me down and fill me up. Iced coffee in the afternoon on a hot day (so like, every day here for the past 5 years)  is always my go to but today I needed something a little more. I love

Chocolate Caramel Slice (Gluten/Grain, Dairy + Refined Sugar free!)

These Caramel Slices look like they are full of refined sugar and other not so ideal ingredients but surprise! They are completely grain, dairy and refined sugar free… and totally addicting.

Though I got married just over a year ago (ah!) we waited to go on our honeymoon until March when I had a long break from work and it was summer in Australia!

I had been to Australia in 2010 when I was working for Oprah and loved every second- even the work related we-almost-took out-Hugh-Jackman’s-eye stressful ones (sorry about that, Hugh). I instantly knew I wanted to go back ASAP.

7 years later (ha!) we made it back for 16 days of pure amazingness. And what I didn’t realize back in 2010 (and maybe that’s because I spent a good part of those days in a hotel conference room), was that Australia KNOWS WHAT’S UP when it comes to incredibly healthy, fresh and delicious food that

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies (Paleo + Refined Sugar Free)

These cookies are incredibly easy to whip up and even easier to eat! Totally free of refined sugar but full of delicious chocolate chunks! 

You guys. I’m experiencing a bit of a break through over here. Oprah always called it an a-ha moment, others an epiphany. But By George, I think I’ve got it (yes I just said that).

I’ve finally figured out what takes chocolate chip cookies to the next level.

No matter what batter you’re using, everyone wants a cookie with gooey melty chocolate goodness and after baking them for countless years and trying recipes of every kind from gluten-free to gluten-filled, grain-free to vegan and everything in between, the key to making your chocolate chip cookies the envy of all other chocolate chip cookies?

5 Minute Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Have you guys heard about this place DO (pronounced Dough)  in New York City? It looks absolutely UNREAL. It’s full of all different kinds of edible cookie dough and they even have a couple of gluten free, grain free and vegan options! The lines have been absolutely ridiculous. I know someone that went and said the line was 2 and a half hours long.

For COOKIE DOUGH.

Pretty sure the only thing that would make me wait 2 and a half hours for cookie dough is if the Backstreet Boys were spoon-feeding it to me while simultaneously serenading me when I got to the front of the line….

Chocolate Chip “Peanut Butter” Banana Bread Waffles!

For the last two weeks I’ve had a major, serious, very real craving for waffles.

The only problem? I didn’t own a waffle iron.

When we were registering for our wedding, we decided we would be satisfied with pancakes and that we didn’t need another gadget taking up space in our cabinets.

What a mistake that was.

Because when waffle craving strikes you, no pancake in the world will substitute the peaks and valleys and crispy edges paired with the soft fluffy-ness you get from all of that waffle goodness.

Lesson Learned.

So last week I mentioned to my husband that I wanted to get a waffle iron and well, that man took it to a whole other level.

You’ll Gobble Up These Grain-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins!

Pumpkin Season seasons seems to be stronger than ever.

Have you set foot inside a Trader Joe’s recently? That entire store got a Pumpkin Makeover. And I’m not talking about that weird Today show horrible slapped together makeover. I’m talking about the back in the day Oprah Winfrey Show circa 2008 ‘there’s NO way that’s the same woman that just walked out there on the stage and now I’m crying tears of joy’ kind of makeover. There are things on those shelves that got Pumpkinified that I wouldn’t even think could be pumpkinified. But nevertheless, I still want it.

What is it with us and pumpkin?! I can’t say for certain why this obsession runs deep but whatever it is, I’m happy to be on the bandwagon and admittedly also spend my mornings from september-january craving something delicious and warm and pumpkin (of course) but as you know by know, I’m also looking for something filling and gluten-free, dairy free and won’t

DIY Wedding Welcome Bags/How We Made Our Hotel Wedding Welcome Bags Personal!

This past June, I got married!

It was everything I ever dreamed of.  Surrounded by our closest friends and family it was a weekend we will never forget.

One of the most important things to me throughout the whole wedding planning process was how to make our wedding feel personal. I didn’t need my wedding to be “different” or over the top, I just wanted people to walk away from the weekend h  aving 1) danced their booties off 2) ate too much 3) felt our love for each other and 4) felt the personal touches that made our wedding feel like “Us”

So over the next couple of weeks I will share the ways we really strived to make our wedding personal and how you can too! I think a lot of people put focus on how to make their wedding different, but what makes your wedding different is that it’s YOU. There will be no

Improvised Scones (as inspired by the Jersey Shore)

Ok so Scones aren’t the first thing you thing of when you think Jersey Shore, I know

Drinking, gambling, screen printed touristy t-shirts and Snooki come to mind, sure.  But devouring gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free, dairy free & Paleo scones? Yeah… not even in the top 250 list of “Things you MUST do when visiting the Jersey Shore”

Unless you’re reading my list. In that case, it’s number one.

I discovered the gem of a coffee shop that is No. 7311 in Ventnor city last year, their almond milk lattes, small batch baking and overall cuteness made a major impact on my soul. (Be warned: You will want all of the things)  So when I returned with the Husband (ah, how weird is THAT to type?!) it was at the top of my list.

The almond milk latte? still delicious.

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But this year they had a new addition.

Easy to make, Easy to Eat: Paleo Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches!

You will HEART these Grain Free, Dairy Free and Paleo Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches! I’ll be whipping up a batch of the cookies for my friends Baby Shower this weekend. She’s currently on the dairy and soy free train and I know these are so good they will fool even all of the Team Pro Gluten & Diary attendees! so while I’m prepping the batter, I figured I would share how to turn a delicious dairy free cookie into an even more delicious dairy free ice cream sandwich. These store really well in the freezer, the cookie stays soft (that is, if you can resist not eating them all before the whole freezing them part comes along!)

I used Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter for half of these and their Cherry Amaretto flavor for the other but any ice cream flavor would work! I particularly would enjoy a coffee flavor! 🙂

Happy Wednesday!

xoJ

HOW TO MAKE… GLUTEN FREE CANDY STUFFED BROOKIES!

Hi Folks!!

A while back I posted about the homemade Brookies I made and I’ve been asked by a lot of people how I make them. Others have told me they’ve since made them and brought them to parties and that they were a hit- I LOVE hearing this!! The whole reason I started this blog in the first place is to share what I love in hopes that you and your friends, families, and strangers you meet on the street, love it just as much as I do! And really, what’s better than sharing the love of cookies meeting brownies meeting (gluten free) oreos and a whole lot of other chocolate goodness?! That is real, true love!

For me, back in the days of Lisa Frank folders and Kipling backpacks, I loved a good old visual aid to help my learning. So I figured why not make a fun visual aid on how to make these Brookies even easier for you