Paleo

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….

But nevertheless, seeing these edible pieces of deliciousness all over my social media feeds really upped my craving for the dough. So I figured just in time for Valentine’s Day, I’d whip up my own!

These take all of 5 minutes

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. He bought two of the same waffle irons and decided we should have a waffle off with each of us making 5 different kinds of waffles. Mine were all healthy, paleo, gluten- free, dairy free etc. and

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

My Snack Obsessions of the Moment!

I’m a constant snacker – you will find wrappers in my purse, car, desk, bed and anywhere else that a snack can be consumed. I won’t leave the house without at least one emergency snack because in my world,  snacks > meals.

Since I’m always testing and trying out new snacks (often of the gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and paleo/paleoish variety), I wanted to share three of my new snacks finds with you!

(And by new, I mean I made this over the summer and in typical me fashion, forgot to post it… #oops BUT I still stand by these picks and figured better late than never to spread the snack love)

So here they are! Have a favorite snack to share? Let me know!

I Scream for (Dairy-Free) Ice-Cream!

Some people are cake people. For others it’s cupcakes. Or cheesecake (looking at you, husband) Or pie.

I’m 100% an ice-cream/frozen yogurt (and chocolate chip cookie/scone) kind of girl.

Case in point: during my first summer hiatus at The Oprah Winfrey Show, I got a job working at a frozen yogurt shop. While all of my other co-workers spent their time off traveling & relaxing – I spent my summer spooning mochi balls and fruity pebbles on top of tart yogurt for $11 an hour at Berry Chill (RIP):

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It’s how I first discovered I was allergic to dairy. After consuming fro yo all day everyday for 3 months, my skin looked worse than a 14 year old in the midst of puberty and I felt awful.

So, after my Dr. delivered the devastating news, I cut out dairy and go figure,  my skin cleared up.

Flash forward to 2016.

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

On the Fence: Beef Jerky (Epic Honest Harvest Wholesome Trail Mix)

Hello!

This has been a very exciting week. The Boy and I celebrated two years together (crazy!), I found out that Backstreet Boys will be not only be the show “Undateable” next week- but they will also be on the same lot WHERE I WORK.  (Poll: Do we think it’s okay if I “coincidentally” wear my Backstreet Boys studded denim jacket to work that day?! “Oh, this old thing?”)

Oh AND I tried a new snack… Beef Jerky.

So much excitement, so little time.

Here’s the truth about Beef Jerky. When I think about Beef Jerky I think about growing up seeing Slim Jim commercials and those tubular things of beef at the gas station that looked (in my opinion), beyond nasty. 8th grade me thought why have that as a snack when you can have Gushers? or Teddy Grahams (chocolate ones, obviously). Or those yogurts that came with a thing of sprinkles to pour into it! Sprinkles in a

Dessert for Breakfast + National Coffee Day + Chicago = One Happy Me! (and here’s the cake in a mug recipe from Windy City Live!)

You guys!!

I had SO much fun on Windy City Live this morning!!!

Ice Cream Hack!
Yes, I am eating (coconut milk) ice cream straight out of the pint before noon. Because I’m a grown up.

 

The hosts were fun, the audience was fab & I got to eat gluten free cupcakes at 11:40 a.m. and call it work… so to me, the day was already a gold star sticker kind of day by 11:45.

I had so much fun showing off different dessert hacks but I was so caught up in the cake-in-a-mug fun that I forgot to say how much flour to use! #oops

So here is the full recipe!

Cake in a Mug:

I made a chocolate chip cookie dough cake in a mug this morning and it’s so easy you probably have everything you need sitting in your pantry right now. Because that

Back in the Windy City for Windy City Live!

It’s SO great to be back in Chicago!! I lived here for 5 years and every time I come back it feels like coming back home!

I spent the day with some of my favorite people visiting some of my favorite Chicago spots (If you’re ever in Chicago check out Beatrix for brunch!) and spent the afternoon getting ready for my segment tomorrow on Windy City Live!

Cooookies!
Testing out recipes in the adorable kitchen of one of my favorites- J Silvs!

If you’re in Chicago you can check it out at 11 a.m. Central on ABC or again at Midnight for all you late night TV watchers!

I’ll be showing some clever dessert hacks to make all things sweet tooth related easier which means you get to the yummyness a whole lot faster-  which is always a good thing!

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and with the hacks I’ll of course