snacks

Healthy Chocolate Cacao Nib Truffles {gluten-free, vegan}

January 19, 2017
Healthy Chocolate Cacao Nib Truffles {gluten-free, vegan} | www.brighteyedbaker.com

You guys know how much I love healthy excuses for eating chocolate, right? And if you read this blog regularly I’m hoping we totally agree that dark chocolate is less of a dessert than it is a healthy treat. SOOO, following that logic, we can totally mix it up with cocoa powder, cacao nibs, almonds, […]

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Mixed Fruit & Oat Bars {GF, Dairy-Free}

November 3, 2016
Mixed Fruit & Oat Bars {gf, dairy-free}| www.brighteyedbaker.com

S’mores milkshake, marshmallow-stuffed cookies, gluten-free, dairy-free, pretty much guilt-free oat bars. It’s a natural cycle, right? I’ve officially devoted myself to being sweets-free this month, so I figured the blog should reflect that a little bit. I also mayyyy be trying to avoid thinking about dessert since there’s two huge bags of leftover Halloween candy […]

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Malted Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie {Dairy-Free}

September 3, 2015
Malted Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie - An easy-to-blend-up smoothie that makes the perfect post-workout snack or healthy sweet treat, with a bold and creamy, milkshake-like peanut butter-banana flavor.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I’ve always tried to be a generally healthy eater, but – let’s be real – when your job involves developing recipes for baked goods day after day, you’re bound to run into a few brick walls. It wasn’t that long ago that I craved chocolate every. single. day. and felt depressed about breakfast choices that […]

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Healthy Apricot & Coconut Date Balls {GF, Vegan}

April 30, 2015
Healthy Apricot & Coconut Date Balls - a recipe for natural-sweetened energy bites to curb those random snacking cravings. {Gluten-Free, Vegan} | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I love it when I can say that a recipe is gluten-free and vegan (with absolutely no added sugar either!) and know that I’m not serving up something boring, tasteless, and generally BLAH. Because these little guys — the fruity, coconut-flaked ones you see here — are 100% healthy and anything but boring. Think those coconut-date rolls that you […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Spicy Loaded Guacamole

April 28, 2015
A recipe for fresh, spicy guacamole loaded with red onion, tomato, and a touch of lime juice for maximum flavor. Takes minutes to make and SO much better than store-bought! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

There are no words to explain the intensity with which I ♡ this guacamole. It’s fresh, spicy, vibrant, bursting with flavor, and – overall – KILLER good. Mind you, I’ve made 2 batches of this within the last 48 hours; if my enthusiasm wasn’t totally legit, that never would have happened. Now really, I owe this recipe to Saturday-night […]

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Apricot Almond Granola {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free}

February 18, 2015
Apricot Almond Granola - loaded with clusters of honey-sweetened almonds and oats, plus tangy dried apricots for a big flavor boost. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Fact: The apricot-almond combo will forever be a winner. It makes some of the best scones I’ve ever had, a galette that tastes like heaven in your mouth, and now a KILLER granola. I don’t know how it took me so long to realize that these flavors belong in a granola recipe, but thank goodness I finally […]

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No-Bake Chocolate Sesame Seed Bars {Dairy-Free, GF}

January 2, 2015
No-Bake Chocolate Sesame Seed Bars -  sesame-flecked chocolate bars with a honey & tahini twist. {gluten-free}

 And just like that, we’re into 2015. Bang. Acting like the sensible person I pretend to be sometimes, I usually try to make January an “eat healthy” month, post healthy recipes, and in general act like I don’t crave chocolate chip cookies 24/7. Considering I have one – count ’em – ONE recipe ready to post that I’d actually […]

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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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