Pumpkin Fig Oats

Last year, I did a whole30 over the month of October and I’m planning on doing the same this year. October is a great time for a little nutritional reset in my opinion. No big holidays like birthdays or anniversaries to tax my willpower, it’s just a regular ol’ month for me and a great…

Chocolate Fig Frosty

I love how the seasons change in Southern California. It’s gradual but unmistakable when the scent of autumn hits the air regardless of the reading on the thermometer (hint: It ain’t chilly). Changes like the oranges, reds, and yellows of seasonal produce hitting the market, tourists leaving our vacation destination town, and holiday advertisements infiltrating…

Date-Sweetened Macaroons

As far as I can tell, most macaroon recipes call for honey as the sweetener. Confession time: Sometimes I just don’t like honey. It has a very distinct flavor which is great is some things, but in others the flavor takes over. In an attempt to quell my macaroon craving and also avoid the honey…

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…

Sugarless Banana Bread

I’ve been on a bit of a banana kick lately. Partly because I love baking things that are sugar-free (this includes natural forms of sugar like maple syrup, coconut sugar, honey, etc.) and sweet tasting. I also love them because when it comes to sugar, my body prefers starch. I’m not super great at processing more…

Raw Cookie Dough Balls

My new favorite thing! A sugar-free (minus the chocolate chips), grain-free, raw cookie dough?! This makes a single serving of about 200 calories (125 without chocolate chips). This can be altered to any kind of flavor you desire. Lots of cinnamon for a snickerdoodle, some walnuts for a banana bread batter, come cacao powder for…

Sugar-Free Agua Fresca

Two exciting things! 1. I bought a new awesome shirt from Steve’s Original. 2. I’ve launched my new cooking classes in South Orange County! So keep checking the Services page for the classes. They are super affordable and a lot of fun! One of my favorite things in San Clemente is our neighborhood Mexican market….

Paleo BBQ sauce

It’s Summer! Which means BBQ’s every weekend. And what do you usually have at a BBQ? BBQ sauce! Usually, this little condiment is loaded with all sorts of processed weirdness (unless your host just happened to have a super secret, centuries old, homemade from scratch-recipe; not likely). Even most BBQ sauce recipes have ingredients like Worcestershire sauce…

Sweet Potato Fudge

I’ve made this probably a billion times. It was my first really weird experimental paleo treat. It’s good at room temp, good chilled, good frozen. It’s just good. Period. Sweet Potato Fudge 2 cups sweet potato puree ½ c. coconut oil, melted ¾ c. cacao powder 1 tsp vanilla extract Sea salt to taste Blend…

Coconut-Crusted Yam Tart

This is an amazing recipe for those who want a “sweet” treat without completely derailing their sugar detox/cleanse/general avoidance. The combination of sweet potato or yam, spices, and coconut creates a really savory and finger-licking taste. No guilt involved, I promise. Even more, when you freeze these puppies, it’s almost like a little open faced…