Snacks

Healthy Chocolate, Banana, and Coconut Parfait {GF}

September 10, 2014
Healthy Chocolate, Banana, and Coconut Parfait | an easy-to-make snack (or dessert!) that's creamy, chocolate-y, and basically guilt-free! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

You know those times when you just need a mid-day chocolate fix? So maybe you don’t know those times because you’re not a chocolate addict like some people I know (ahem – me), but if you do, you’ll know where I’m coming from here. Sometimes it’s hard to combine healthy + snack + chocolate all in one […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Restaurant-Style Salsa

July 23, 2014
Restaurant-Style Salsa - a classic spicy salsa perfect for dipping or serving alongside a Mexican-inspired meal.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

First things first: today’s recipe involves no cooking what-so-ever. That is to say, “Let’s Get Cookin’” doesn’t make total sense here and should really be something like, “Let’s Get the Blender Out and Pretend we’re Cooking”, but you get the point. We’re taking a break from the baking and going the savory route, if for […]

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Healthy No-Bake Chocolate, Almond, and Coconut Bars {GF, Vegan}

July 14, 2014
Healthy No-Bake Chocolate, Almond, & Coconut Bars - a satisfying breakfast or snack that puts Almond Joys to shame. {GF, Vegan} | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Welcome to another round of let’s-eat-chocolate-for-breakfast-and-call-it-healthy-too. Mondays of all days call for chocolate… unless of course you’re like me and every hour of every day seems to call for chocolate. Life is tough. ;) Remember these healthy dark chocolate no-bake bars and this double-chocolate, almond, and coconut granola? If not, here’s what you need to know: they’re chocolatey. […]

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Confession #142: I’m a snacker… Cranberry-Apricot Almond Butter Granola Bars {GF, Vegan}

January 17, 2014
Cranberry-Apricot Almond Butter Granola Bars - Healthy and filling fruit and nuts bars with an almond-y twist.  | brighteyedbaker.com

 As much as I loooove a good sandwich, one that’s warm and toasty and packed with yummy fillings, I rarely ever have one because I’m just not a big lunch eater. My list of meal priorities goes something like: breakfast, dinner/dessert (actually dessert might come before dinner), and then… lunch. At best, lunch for me […]

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DIY Almond Butter {with Vanilla Bean & Sea Salt}

January 14, 2014
DIY Almond Butter {with Vanilla Bean & Sea Salt} - a naturally sweet and healthy nut butter that you can whip up in minutes. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Truth: If I had to pick between peanut butter and almond butter, I’d pick peanut butter any day of the week. Frankly, sometimes almond butter just feels boring to me. BUT, there are times when I’ll whip out the almond butter to make something healthy, and by whip it out, I mean whip it up. […]

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Confession #141: I need some chocolate in my breakfast… Double-Chocolate, Almond, and Coconut Granola {GF, Dairy-Free}

January 7, 2014
Double Chocolate, Almond, and Coconut Granola - a perfectly crunchy granola filled with chocolate-y clumps of oats, almonds, and coconut flakes, with chunks of dark chocolate in every bite. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

When it comes to breakfast, I have this slight problem in the way that my taste buds just aren’t ready for anything savory until mid-afternoon (at best). I’m a scone–muffin–sweet roll kind of girl at heart which is part of the reason why I love baking so much. And sometimes I just crave some chocolate in my breakfast (which, […]

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Confession #135: I’m SET for fall… {All Fruit} Blueberry Peach Smoothie

September 12, 2013
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Being ready for fall isn’t a big secret or anything, is it? Except, in my head, I keep questioning whether I really feel this way, because it’s weird for me. I’m usually the kind of person who would be happy with sun 365 days of the year, and if I could live somewhere where it […]

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Confession #123: Chocolate is my vice … Healthy Dark Chocolate No-Bake Bars {GF, Vegan}

May 29, 2013
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You know those days when you’re sitting there swooning over a bowl of ice cream and thinking about how you’re going to start eating healthier tomorrow? I feel like this happens to me on a weekly basis; I decide that I should go on a little health kick, make healthier breakfasts, eat less bread, etc. The problem […]

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DIY Peanut Butter

April 1, 2013
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Sometimes, the kitchen can get you down. Something goes wrong, and you don’t know why (or maybe you do) and it’s frustrating as heck. I have problems when I bake just like everyone else – I’m not the only one, right? – and I always have to remind myself that life goes on. And usually, […]

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Confession #114: I CRAVE Soft Pretzels… Pretzel Rolls

March 8, 2013
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 I’ve talked about my love for soft pretzels before. I also said I don’t like salt on my pretzels – nix that. Homemade Pretzels Rolls sprinkled with sea salt are where it’s at. I’ve never been much of a fast-food girl, but soft pretzels are about as close as I get. You know the kind – […]

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