MATCHA NO BAKE ENERGY BITES – with VIDEO {gluten, dairy, egg, peanut, soy & ref. sugar free, vegan, paleo}

These matcha no bake energy bites pack both a wake-up and a nutritional punch. The matcha powder provides a gentle dose of caffeine, while the rest of the ingredients ensure that you get a nice balance of carbs, protein and healthy fats with this tasty snack, as well as plenty of vitamins and minerals. (Psst, there’s a video with step-by-step instructions, as well!)

Matcha No Bake Energy Bites {gluten, dairy, egg, peanut, soy & refined sugar free, vegan, paleo} - These matcha no bake energy bites make the perfect morning snack, as well as a pre workout or post workout treat. The matcha powder gives a gentle caffeine kick, while the rest of the ingredients provide a nice balance of carbs, protein and healthy fats, as well as vitamins and minerals. Gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, as well as vegan and paleo.

Do you like Mondays? I know I don’t. When I think of Mondays, I think of a Disneyesque character (a villain, obviously) cackling evilly and shrilly screaming: “Monday mornings are eeeearly mornings! Monday mornings are eeeearly mornings!”

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PISTACHIO RASPBERRY ENERGY BARS – with VIDEO {gluten, dairy, egg, peanut, soy & ref. sugar free, vegan, paleo}

These pistachio raspberry homemade energy bars taste like dessert but are the perfect quick healthy snack. They are super easy and quick to prepare with only 6 ingredients and 20 minutes of active preparation time. (Psst, there’s a video with step-by-step instructions, as well!)

Pistachio Raspberry Homemade Energy Bars {gluten, dairy, egg, peanut, soy & refined sugar free, vegan, paleo} - These pistachio raspberry homemade energy bars taste like dessert but are the perfect quick healthy snack. They are super easy and quick to prepare with only 6 ingredients and 20 minutes of active preparation time. Gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanut and refined sugar free, as well as vegan and paleo.

It’s been a crazy week round here. Actually, the last few weeks months have been crazy. Whoever said that starting a blog in the first year of your PhD was a piece of cake was… actually, I doubt anyone has ever said that. Because, honestly, who could possibly be insane enough to do it?

Yep. That’s right. Me. *facepalm*

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CARAMEL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE BROWNIES – with VIDEO {gluten, dairy, soy & ref. sugar free, peanut free option, paleo}

These caramel chocolate chip cookie brownies will blow your mind. This flourless dessert is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, and yet it is so incredibly decadent. The brownie layer is a fudgy chocolate taste explosion, the chocolate chip cookie layer is buttery and crumbly, and the caramel sauce… pure luscious naughtiness. (Psst, there’s also a video with step-by-step instructions!)

Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies {gluten, dairy, soy & refined sugar free, paleo} - These caramel chocolate chip cookie brownies will blow your mind. This flourless dessert is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, and yet it is so incredibly decadent. The brownie layer is a fudgy chocolate taste explosion, the chocolate chip cookie layer is buttery and crumbly, and the caramel sauce… pure luscious naughtiness.

You know those ideas that are so insane they are actually brilliant? This recipe is one of them.

I mean, just how insane do you have to be to think to yourself: “I know, I’ll throw together chocolate chip cookies, caramel sauce and brownies, and bake it all in one pan. And, oh why not, let’s make the whole thing flourless and dairy free… and refined sugar free.”

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PALEO BROWNIES WITH AVOCADO GANACHE – with VIDEO {gluten, dairy, soy, peanut & ref. sugar free, paleo}

These paleo brownies are about as healthy as a brownie can get – but that certainly doesn’t prevent them from being perfectly dense, fudgy, sweet and delicious. The dairy free avocado ganache makes these gluten free brownies even more spectacular… and no, you can’t taste the avocado. (Psst, there’s a RECIPE VIDEO as well!)

Paleo Brownies with Avocado Ganache {gluten, dairy, soy, peanut & refined sugar free, paleo} - These paleo brownies are about as healthy as a brownie can get – but that certainly doesn’t prevent them from being perfectly dense, fudgy, sweet and delicious. The dairy free avocado ganache makes these gluten and dairy free brownies even more spectacular… and no, you can’t taste the avocado.

Let me tell you something about food bloggers:

(1) It feels bloody amazing to describe myself as one.

(2) We usually get the best recipe ideas at the worst possible moment (like that one time in the lab with concentrated hydrochloric acid in hand… or at two in the morning… or in the middle of a conversation with a normal person (a.k.a. not a food blogger) who’s now probably afraid of you after you started squealing excitedly about an ohmygosh-totally-brilliant-recipe-I’ve-just-thought-of).

And…

(3) We count our food-blogging lives in terms of unusual milestones.

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