Fudgy Peppermint Brownies

I can’t even believe that the holiday season is upon us. I realize that Halloween should have been a pretty solid warning but Thanksgiving is less than a week away. I feel completely unprepared. Good thing I’m not hosting The Big Meal cause I would be all kinds of stressed out if that were the…

Banana Hemp Seed Muffins

A classic banana bread typically includes smattering of walnuts or pecans. In this edition of The Clean Plate Makeover, I  chose to add some hemp protein powder and decorate with a sprinkle of hemp seeds! You could also bake this batter into a loaf or bar pan and garnish the top any way you like!…

Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies and Flowers. Is there any greater combination in this world? No. There isn’t. Another great combination is walnuts and chocolate, just ask a brownie. There are a ton of nut butter cookie recipes out there and to my dismay, there weren’t any using walnut butter. So I decided to try one out myself. These are…

Strawberry Banana Bread

My husband was happily munching on this for breakfast this morning! I love using freeze-dried fruit in paleo baked goods because there’s a great concentration of  flavor and sweetness without the potential complication of adding too much moisture to the recipe. You could also try this with some freeze-dried blueberries, pineapple, or mango! Strawberry Banana Bread…

Plantain Pancakes with Ginger Syrup

This might be my most favorite thing I’ve ever made. Not joking. I had made some candied ginger during the holidays and as a result, had a beautiful dark, rich syrup sitting in the fridge with no future purpose or prospects. I figured we would one day craft some delicious ginger-y cocktail. Well, we haven’t quite…

The Paleo Chef’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

While I am A paleo chef, I am not THE paleo chef. That domain name belongs to one, Mary Shenouda. She’s an LA based chef and lifestyle coach with a sassy, fun attitude and a wicked chocolate chip cookie recipe. She shared it a few months ago on her instagram account and I decided to…

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread with Orange Glaze

  Here’s a fun, festive treat for the weekend. I know it’s not particularly “cool” out here in California, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from enjoying as many pumpkin-related treats as possible this season 🙂 Here are some past Clean Plate Pumpkin favorites! Cinnamon Pumpkin Chipotle Soup Pumpkin Butter Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins Pumpkin Pie Smoothie…

Flourless Chocolate Cookies

I have a disclaimer for this post. I really hesitate to use the term “paleo” next to it. These cookies are ridiculous. Ridiculous in a crazy sugar explosion kind of way. They’re mostly sugar (albeit coconut sugar) and chocolate. So they’re delicious, but not exactly premium cave-fare. If you are eating these, just be glad that…

Cranberry Orange Relish

Christmas time is upon us, which for many of us means lots of baking and eating. Here’s a very simple holiday recipe that goes light on the sugar but not on the flavor. This is a very festive, fresh, and healthy side dish for any holiday meal. The salt really enhances the sweetness so you…

Apple Crisp with Molasses Drizzle

The Fall weather has been AMAZING! Great poofy clouds and good temperatures beckoned me outdoors this week. I decided to explore the hills of San Clemente and I found these awesome dried-up POOFY FLOWERS! So neat looking! For this recipe I thought I’d divert away from pumpkin to pay attention to another great Fall-ish flavor… APPLE!…