Dark Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes - moist chocolate cupcakes frosted with whipped ganache make a rich chocolate treat with a bold coffee kick! Perfect for Valentine's Day| www.brighteyedbaker.com #GhirardelliVday #CG

I hope I never run out of ways to put as much chocolate as possible in a cupcake, because… let’s be real here… chocolate makes everything a million times better. And if you follow me on Instagram or know me at all, you have to know that coffee and chocolate are two things I absolutely […]

{ 0 comments }

Citrus Green Smoothie - a healthy green smoothie packed with vitamins & nutrients and a sweet, minty-citrus flavor . {Dairy-Free} | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I’m sure I have no excuse for saying this, since I live in California and winter has been completely mild here this year, but I’m really starting to crave summer again. I’m ready for long sunny days, beach trips, cool-down cocktails, and sunsets at 7:30PM. Since I can’t have that yet I guess I’m trying to compensate, […]

{ 1 comment }

Lightened-Up Double Chocolate Muffins {Dairy-Free}

January 23, 2015
Light and tender double chocolate muffins made healthier with NO white flour, coconut oil, and just enough brown sugar for sweetness  -- a chocolatey treat without the guilt. {Dairy-Free} | www.brighteyedbaker.com

My kitchen has been out of commission for the last few days, which has inevitably led me to rediscover the fact that I’m not at all suited for a desk job. Food blogging basically involves three main things: the actual baking/cooking, the photographing, annnnnd then the computer stuff. It’s that last part that gets me every […]

Read the full article →

Making Dinner Easy with Pizza Hut

January 21, 2015
Making Dinner Easy with Pizza Hut - new crusts, new sauces, new toppings! #flavorofnow | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Yesterday I decided to share a little bit about my thoughts on perfection – or more accurately – the impression of perfection that it’s so easy to get from others in this world full of insanely talented people. (← That bit is on Instagram if you want to read it.) Anyhow, one thing I mentioned […]

Read the full article →

Let’s Get Cookin': Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocado

January 19, 2015
Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocado - A fresh, light, and healthy lunch or side dish that couldn't be easier to put together! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been asked how I stay in good shape even though I’m constantly baking, and my answer is always sort of a mix of things – exercise, good genes (thanks Mom!), and balanced eating. I’m not about to lie and say that I have model eating habits – a […]

Read the full article →

Let’s Get Cookin': Spinach & Tomato Pizza with Creamy Garlic Sauce

January 17, 2015
Spinach & Tomato Pizza with Creamy Garlic Sauce | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I’m admitting it right here, right now: this is a little bit of a cheater’s pizza and I don’t care at all. The side of me that would usually insist on doing things from scratch got squashed by the temptation to make things quick and easy, and this one time, I just don’t feel guilty about […]

Read the full article →

Pesto Swirl Bread

January 15, 2015
Pesto Swirl Bread - A fluffy loaf swirled with basil pesto and sprinkled with sea salt. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Whoever came up with the idea of swirl bread deserves a medal. When you take something that’s already fantastic (homemade bread) and swirl it with something else that’s pretty fantastic itself, you just KNOW that the results are going to blow your mind. (Or your tastes buds? BOTH.) So I’ve done the cinnamon-swirl thing and a chocolate […]

Read the full article →

Almond & Orange Poppyseed Muffins {Dairy-Free}

January 13, 2015
Almond & Orange Poppyseed Muffins - tender and moist muffins packed with whole grains, boosted with healthy fats, and brightened up with an orange kick! {dairy-free}

Last week I went on this big orange craze; I added it to everything I was making, posted too many orange-related photos on Instagram, and just in general realized that those pretty orange citruses are awesome. ←Yes I’m 22 and yes I’ve been eating oranges in one form or another all my life, but it apparently took […]

Read the full article →

Let’s Get Cookin': Lightened-Up Shrimp and Grits Casserole

January 8, 2015
Lightened-Up Shrimp and Grits Casserole - total comfort food for all year round - with less guilt! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I haven’t really made any “official” resolutions this year, but I’m trying to treat it like a blank canvas and start better habits that will make life in general easier. The thing is that while in some ways I’m a pretty organized person, I also tend to be all over the place; it’s a bit […]

Read the full article →

Gingerbread Scones

January 6, 2015
Gingerbread Scones - tender scones with crispy edges and a perfect blend of cozy spices. | brighteyedbaker.com

I have my fingers crossed right now that gingerbread is still a thing even though the holidays are over. I SO wanted to share these scones before Christmas came and went, but the last few weeks have been completely chaotic (in the best way possible!) and here we are on the other end with me hoping that […]

Read the full article →