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    Paleo Chunky Grainless Granola

    Paleo Chunky Grainless Granola is the tastiest, chunkiest granola, is gluten-free and made with the best ingredients!

    I’m predictable if I say this, but you guys, this is hands down the best thing I ever made and put on the blog. TRUST ME on this one when I say that you need to make it. Do you like granola with big clusters? Do you like it a little sweet and a little salty? Do you like it made with minimal ingredients that are almost completely plant based? If you answered yes, well then this granola is for you.

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    Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Banana Bread

    Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Banana Bread is the dreamiest version of gluten-free banana bread!

    It is FINALLY here! My gluten-free cinnamon roll banana bread has been making you all crazy ever since I posted it and the time has finally come. I was super timid when working with gluten-free flour because I really didn’t want people to “know” when eating that this was gluten free. I wanted it to remind everyone of the real, thick, moist banana bread.

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    Cinnamon Roll Tahini Freezer Fudge

    Cinnamon Roll Tahini Freezer Fudge makes the perfect night time sweet treat!

    Guess who’s back, back again. Its me with another version of my absolute FAVORITE dessert ever. If you’ve been around here long enough, you will know that means some sort of freezer fudge and most likely made with tahini. If you haven’t tried tahini freezer fudge yet, you need to get on it. I have several different version on the blog: maple tahini, peppermint, gingerbread.

    The best part about it is that you literally can just throw everything into the food processor, blend it up, and put in the freezer. Its ready within 30 minutes. I absolutely love having freezer fudge as part of nightly routine and always have some in my freezer. It makes the perfect after dinner snack.

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    Healthy Chickpea Blondies

    These Healthy Chickpea Blondies will completely blow your mind, you’ll never believe they are healthy!

    I’ve been on a baking kick in the kitchen lately. There are just so many different things that I want to make and share with you all. Except I’ve definitely had some major fails too.

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    Chocolate Tahini Mint Cookies

    Chocolate Tahini Mint Cookies

    Chocolate Tahini Mint Cookies
     
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    Recipe type: Cookies
    Ingredients
    • 1 egg
    • ½ cup tahini
    • ¼ cup coconut oil, softened
    • ¾ cup coconut sugar
    • ¼ tsp peppermint extract
    • ½ tsp vanilla
    • 1 cup almond flour
    • ½ cup cacao
    • ½ tsp baking soda
    • pinch of salt
    Instructions
    1. In a food processor, blend 1 egg, ½ cup tahini, ¼ cup coconut oil - softened, ¾ cup coconut sugar, ¼ tsp peppermint extract, ½ tsp vanilla. Scrape down sides and add in 1 cup almond flour, ½ cup cacao, ½ tsp baking soda, pinch of salt. Continue to blend until ball forms. Chill for 20 minutes. Roll in balls and place on parchment lined baking sheet, bake at 350 for 11-13 minutes. Let cool and drizzle with chocolate.

     

     

    Healthy Cornbread with Cinnamon Honey Butter

    Healthy Cornbread with Cinnamon Honey Butter will take your Super Bowl chili to the next level!

    Let’s talk cornbread. My absolute favorite version of bread – I like it fresh out of the oven, in stuffing, crumbled into soups, or even topped with homemade cinnamon honey butter.

    Growing up, my family typically ate a very standard American diet that didn’t include much fast food. Anytime we went to McDonald’s or Wendy’s, it was for a special treat and I remember just how excited I was. The only place that we would go to more often than those fast food joints was Boston Market.

    Enter the best cornbread in the world. I don’t know if you grew up going to Boston Market but the Morrissey family would be there at least once a month. The cheesy mac and cheese. The hot cinnamon apples. But my favorite part? The CORNBREAD. I always got the chicken, with two sides and DOUBLE cornbread because homegirl liked her cornbread.

    There was something about it that could not compare to anywhere else. It was straight, fluffy magic.

    I haven’t been back to Boston Market in forever, and I’m not even sure if they still even exist (?!) but last week when I was making a pre-made box mix cornbread, I took a look at the ingredients and realized that I could most likely make a better tasting and healthier version of my favorite side.

    I had to re-test the recipe twice because I wanted it to be perfect and I think you all will love it.

    It came out perfectly moist, slightly crumbling (but not dry at all!) and the flavor was on point. Don’t skip the cinnamon honey butter – I promise. A little goes a long way too, so if you’re weary about butter just add as much as you would like!

    The Super Bowl is next week, and you need to bring this cornbread!

    Healthy Cornbread with Cinnamon Honey Butter
     
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    Recipe type: Side
    Ingredients
    • BREAD:
    • 1¼ cup whole wheat flour
    • ¾ cup cornmeal
    • 2 tsp. baking powder
    • ¼ tsp. salt
    • 1 egg, room temp
    • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
    • ¼ cup maple syrup
    • 1 cup milk of choice (I used almond)
    • BUTTER:
    • 1 cup softened salted butter (I used Kerrygold)
    • ½ cup honey
    • 1 tsp. cinnamon
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 400F
    2. In a small bowl, mix together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt.
    3. Set aside.
    4. In medium bowl, whisk egg.
    5. Add in oil, maple syrup, and milk. Whisk until blended.
    6. Add dry ingredients to wet, careful not to over-mix. Some lumps are okay.
    7. Coat a 8x8 pan with cooking spray and pour batter into pan.
    8. Bake for 20-23 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
    9. While baking, prepare butter spread.
    10. In a bowl, mix together softened butter, honey, and cinnamon.
    11. Store the butter in refrigerator and the cornbread at room temperature.

     

    Easy Classic Peanut Butter Granola

    This Easy Classic Peanut Butter Granola will be your new favorite crunchy breakfast and snack!

     

    The only homemade granola recipe you will ever need. Trust me on that one. There are two things in life that I’m very very confident are really good. One of them is my banana bread recipe and the other is this granola recipe.

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    Raw Peanut Butter Cup Freezer Brownies

    Raw Peanut Butter Cup Freezer Brownies are a delicious, yet healthy chocolate-filled dream!

    These. On repeat. Every single night. For the past two weeks straight.

    One of the things that makes me SO happy in life is finding the perfect combination of healthy things to throw into my food processor and finding out that they create something beyond delicious. Peanut butter and chocolate is always a winning combination for me, and I knew  I needed to create a freezer fudge recipe that combined those two, so I got to work.

    I threw together cacao powder, pb, dates, and oat flour and it made the most magical creation. They are THAT easy that even my dad could make them and that guy only knows how to heat up a can of baked beans for dinner. Sorry Dad!

    These 4-ingredient raw brownie bars are vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free (if oat flour is certified GF), and can easily be made with another type of nut butter if need be, but you would just need to give them a new name 🙂

    If you don’t know by now, I put all my desserts in the freezer and I top all of them with salt. Something about having a cold, sweet + salty dessert every single night makes me so happy, so after I created the raw “batter” for these, I pushed them into a pan and placed in the freezer for a while.

    Care to add more decadence? Add some warm melty peanut butter to the top to really make your taste buds dance!

    Raw Peanut Butter Cup Freezer Brownies
     
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    Recipe type: Dessert
    Ingredients
    • 1 cup packed, pitted medjool dates. (If hard, soak in warm water first)
    • ⅓ cup cacao (or cocoa powder)
    • ⅓ cup natural peanut butter
    • ⅓ cup oat flour
    Instructions
    1. Place all ingredients in a food processor.
    2. Process until ball forms and all ingredients are incorporated.
    3. Flatten into brownie pan or bread pan (depending on desired thickness - I used a bread pan to make them thicker)
    4. Add sea salt to top if desired.
    5. Freeze for at least 1 hours.

     

     

     

     

    Erin Lives Whole’s Parents Taste Test Regular + Dairy-free Yogurt

    Erin Lives Whole takes yogurt testing to her childhood home kitchen. What do her two traditional diet parents, with no diet restrictions, think of the six different yogurt brands? All of the samples were vanilla yogurt, three dairy and three dairy-free. See what Mom + Dad liked!

    Things I’m Loving Friday #17

     Things I’m Loving Friday #17 

    Back for another edition of Things I’m Loving Friday and I’m definitely channeling my inner girly-girl with this one. This week was a little bit shorter due to the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday and so I was off from work.

    Having off on a Monday is a total game-changer because getting that extra day is SO nice. I slept in, worked on some blog stuff, met a friend for coffee, and got to hang out all day. I don’t even know when the last time I did that was!

    This weekend we are laying low – I’m hoping to get in a workout on Saturday, spend some time with friends, and gear up for the Eagles game on Sunday! I’m getting nervous because Tom, my boyfriend, is a die-hard Patriots fan. There are only four teams left and both the Eagles and the Patriots are two of those teams… Go Birds!

    Anyway, getting to my favorites this week, comment on this post or comment on my Instagram to tell me what your favorites are!

    The Bachelor

    YEP. I know. I took a break from watching it for a couple of years, only truly because I couldn’t keep up with the amount of episodes they had, but something about this season had me hooked when I found out it was Arie. I didn’t even love him on Emily’s season so I’m not sure why I felt so compelled to watch, but of course, I’m hooked. Who are your favorites? I’m still deciding!!!

    Homemade Bagels

    I made Skinnytaste’s recipe for homemade bagels last week and let’s just say they were delicious. I need to work on my bagel making skills and I want to perfect the recipe, but I think for a first time, I did pretty well!

    They seriously were so easy, like 5 basic ingredients that you already have in your house – no yeast required. They would be perfect to make ahead of time for a weekend where you are hosting people, and your guests will be incredibly impressed.

    My Healthy Human Water Bottle

    Guys – don’t kill me for saying this, but I’ve NEVER been a water bottle girl. Like yes, I would use plastic water bottles strictly for convenience, because I am SO bad at drinking water, and also partially the fact that I would constantly lose them. Well ever since getting my Healthy Human, I am absolutely obsessed with it. I have this exact one in stone gold and I LOVE it. It goes with me everywhere from workouts to work to a ten minute ride in the car. I’m drinking more water (and using the bathroom haha) more than I ever have.

    If you want a discount for a Healthy Human water bottle use code ERINLW on Amazon for 10% off! I share more of my discounts on this page.

    Sperry Duck Boots

    For Christmas last year, I asked for the L.L.Bean Bean Boots because everyone had them and I felt like I just HAD to have them too. In reality, I knew they would be great for walking around the city when its snowy or icy and were a great alternative to lugging around my Hunter rain boots.

    Little did I know, Bean Boots are basically chronically on back order. My mom told me that there wasn’t even a chance I could get them before May, when it was just starting to get warm. So instead she got me these Sperry Duck Boots and although I was initially bummed I didn’t get the Bean Boots, I am completely and totally in love with these Duck Boots.

    You guys  – they are absolutely AMAZING! Mine are fleece lined so they keep my tootsies nice and warm, they are so incredibly comfortable (I’ve spent days walking around the city in them), and I get the best compliments on them. A couple of my friends who have the Bean Boots have even said they like these better than theirs! I highly recommend them.

    **They are currently on sale too!! I just checked! Not an affiliate, I just love them! Link here.

    My Return to Running 

    Last but definitely not least, I am finally getting back to running after 6 weeks of physical therapy! It’s been a long time coming if you are new around here, I was injured due to over-training and was forced to take a break from my beloved sport.

    While I expected the running break to be really difficult, it actually forced me to try new ways to work out. I’ve completely fallen in love with spinning, using ClassPass (link for first $30 free!)to try different workouts, and figuring out different ways to move my body.

    I’m excited at least to be ABLE to run now though if I would like, but I plan on keeping my workout routine varied. If you want to read more about my running journey, read this post.

    What is one thing that you’re loving this week?