healthy pumpkin pie bars! {made w. coconut flour}

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It’s here already! And I will always gladly and unashamedly embrace the pumpkin spice season.

These bars are great if you are a fan of pumpkin pie. I personally am not a crust person (gasp), so this is isolating the delicious pumpkin filling in a healthy, portable way!

The texture is wonderfully soft and moist like pumpkin pie, definitely not like a cookie bar or brownie. It is probably the most genius way to use coconut flour, since it tends to have that texture.

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LOVED these. Definitely try them!

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carrot cake breakfast cookies

Here’s a little riff on the zucchini breakfast cookies from a few weeks ago!

carrot cake breakfast cookiesJust as soft and delicious, but these taste like carrot cake! Loaded with raisins and coconut, if you please :)

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{no bake} pumpkin spice cookie bites

I spent way too long debating whether I should call these pumpkin pie bites vs. pumpkin spice cookie bites.

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(I still don’t know if I made the right decision.)

I was getting in a real rut with these no bake laraball-like things shaped into balls. Basically every time I made them, I would go with my old standby–almonds + dates + cocoa powder. Sometimes I would go nuts (haha) and add in some walnuts or peanuts instead. Sometimes a handful of coconut flakes. But for the most part, it was getting super boring.

So it doesn’t take long for pumpkin inspiration to strike this time of year. These actually don’t have any nuts, unlike most larabar-based recipes. It makes these taste even more like the texture of pumpkin pie. My favorite is keeping these in the fridge for a fudgy chewy bite.

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brownies for two

Today I present to you a good, old fashioned brownie recipe. Totally different from my usual vegan/date/raw/nuts in the food processor kinda hippie brownie recipe.

Because everything is moderation. And you can’t beat a good butter, sugar, and flour brownie!

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One of the things that keep me from making most brownie recipes is the ingredient list–I’m mainly talking about the melted chocolate. Most of the time, I like to keep ONE kind of chocolate in my pantry–Trader Joe’s Pound Plus 70%. A giant slab that I can chop in chunks or melt down and drizzle over anything. Recipes that call for all the different types of semi-sweet, bittersweet, unsweetened bars in different ounces…I would prefer not to deal with that.

So I guess I was looking for a cocoa brownie recipe that I could trust. Honestly, I didn’t think that just cocoa would give me a chocolatey enough brownie.

Also, I am firmly in the FUDGY brownie group, and I didn’t quite believe recipes that claimed fudginess.

I didn’t want to commit to a full pan of brownies that may not be as fudgy and may end up disappointingly un-chocolately because I didn’t melt 3 different kinds of chocolate bars.

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Well this recipe was PERFECT. 1) because I trust the sources to tell me it would be worth it. 2) since I’m crazy and still didn’t 100% believe them, the small batch was a small enough risk to try. 3) cocoa only!! not to mention only 7 ingredients, all of which you definitely have in your pantry.

perfect fudgey brownies for twoAlso, baking in a loaf pan means EXTRA EDGES.

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And then I swirled some peanut butter in there and it was game over.

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Rave reviews from EVERY single person who tried these.

perfect fudgey brownies for two

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zucchini breakfast cookies

Because winter is COMING and what’s better than cookies for breakfast???

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Okay, winter is not quite on its way yet, but summer is certainly on its way out. And along with that is the end of the zucchinis!

I am well aware that it is September, and a zucchini recipe is really pushing it.

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These zucchini cookies are really cakies more than anything, but I think that sounds pretty dumb. What’s important is how healthy they are! Especially if you use nuts and raisins instead of chocolate (but why)

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baked zucchini chips

Here’s a quick snack recipe! Because everybody loves snacks.


These are perfect as the weather gets cooler, and you finally dare to turn your oven on again. To make crispy chips, just like for apple chips, you have to bake it low and slow.


The zucchinis shrink A LOT. You can see the bigger circle around the chips where the zucchini used to be haha

Make them before the zucchinis are gone!

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chewy cinnamon honey granola bars

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Short and sweet today! Not the most drop dead gorgeous recipe, but it sure makes up for it in how simple, healthy, and delicious it is.

Just like your favorite granola bars, these are chewy with lots of cinnamon spices and sweetened with honey. You can mix in whatever you want! Next time I make these, my choice will be almond slivers and dark chocolate chips :)

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