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Pumpkin Chocolate Marbled Freezer Fudge (Paleo + Vegan)

Yes, I’m posting two fudge recipes back to back.

and I’m not mad about it. I don’t think you will be either.

After finishing off a batch of the chocolate freezer fudge during last weeks heat wave AND simultaneously seeing the rest of the country posting pumpkin recipes and photos allll over the place, I found myself both craving the freezer fudge AND all things pumpkin.

I had a lone can of pumpkin left in my pantry another batch of freezer fudge with pumpkin was really the obvious choice.

PB&J Overnight Oats (Gluten, Dairy + Refined Sugar Free)

One of my biggest regrets in life might just be that I never truly appreciated Peanut Butter & Jelly as a kid. When my mom would pack it in my lunch it was always met with an “Ugh not PB&J!!!”

What was I thinking?!
Peanut Butter & Jelly is like chocolate and coffee. Or like chocolate & pb. Or like me being serenaded by Backstreet Boys. All WINNING combinations.

Now that I’m a total grown up I’ll take that PB&J combo wherever I can get it, thankyouverymuch. In a smoothie, a classic sandwich and now, these overnight oats.

I’m way way way behind on the overnight oats train, I know. The truth is, I’ve thought about making them for years but oats are generally something we just don’t keep on hand and so overnight oats haven’t been made!

But recently, my husband tried a store-bought version of overnight oats at work and he raved about

Coffee Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream (Dairy + Refined Sugar Free!)

There are few treats that I like more than Coffee Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.

Actually now that I’m really thinking about it,  there is no treat I like more than Coffee Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.

My mom said she ate a LOT of Haagen Dazs Java Chip ice cream when she was pregnant with me and I’m pretty sure that’s why I’ve had a life long affinity for chocolate and coffee (I remember being in like 4th grade at dance class and helping myself to the coffee pot that was left out for the dance moms… so there’s that.)

And of course, a lifelong love for coffee chocolate chip ice cream.

Dark Chocolate Covered Mixed Berry Pops! (Dairy + Refined Sugar Free!)

I’ve hit a turning point.

I’ve never been much of a frozen fruit dessert person. Even when I was a kid with strep throat, the idea of a popsicle never really thrilled me. When it comes to frozen treats, I’ve always been an ice cream kind of girl. Be it in a pint, on a cone or even on a stick, I prefer the creamy to the frozen fruity.

Until now!

I was recently on vacation with my husbands family in Huntington Beach, California and stumbled upon PopBar at the mall up the street from our hotel. Just writing the name of the place makes me sad that there isn’t one near me in LA.

It’s this GEM of a place where they have tons of popsicle options, yogurt based, gelato based  and fruit based. You then pick what kind of chocolate you want it in (milk, white, dark, mint etc) and what toppings (mostly chopped nuts, sprinkles, or crumbled

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 Cinnamon Chia Pudding Parfait! (Dairy + Refined Sugar Free)

This chia parfait tastes like dessert but is a super filling and healthy breakfast or snack! It’s completely dairy, gluten, and refined sugar free, vegan and paleo friendly and the best part? It only takes 5 minutes to make!

 Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia! Since chia seeds burst on to the health food scene a few years ago, I still can’t help but sing the jingle from commercial for the Chia Pet from the 90s EVERY time I say the word chia. Is that just me? And pretty much on constant loop in my brain because I use chia seeds all the time! (The Pottery That Grows!)

Aside from growing pet plants, Chia seeds are full of fiber and they are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, they are rich in antioxidants as well as calcium and iron too!

I use them in smoothies or sprinkle them on top of acai bowls but my favorite way to make them

Roasted Tumeric Carrot Fries!

I’ve expressed this before but I can’t say it enough:

To me, food is as a vehicle to consume condiments. And one of my favorite ways to do that?

The Fry.

I love me a fry. Thick cut steak fries, hand cut, wedges, waffle, curly, sweet potato- I’ve rarely met a fry I don’t like. But for me, traditional fries live in the “20” category of the whole 80/20 thing.

But! I still have the urge to dip dip dip. So carrot fries have been my new go to as of late.

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….