Healthiest Choices

Let’s Get Cookin’: Spicy Loaded Guacamole

April 28, 2015

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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Raspberry-Almond Salted Chocolate Bark

April 18, 2015
Raspberry-Almond Salted Chocolate Bark - extra-dark chocolate sprinkled generously with freeze-dried raspberries, honey-roasted almonds, sea salt, and Demerara sugar. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Chocolate bark is officially my life-saver dessert. It’s that one thing you can reach for when plain ol’ chocolate just isn’t gonna cut it but anything else would be too indulgent (← my current situation — because it’s when I decide to eat healthy that I crave everything unhealthy more than ever). And even though I’m […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: One-Pot Chile & Carrot Lentils {Vegan}

February 23, 2015

I am ALL for easy meals. I’ll go all-out for a stunner cake every once in a while, but when it comes to actual food – like the stuff we survive on ;) – easy is pretty much the only language I speak. The truth is, I’ll be more than happy if you want to cook […]

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

February 18, 2015

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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Mint-Citrus Green Smoothie {Dairy-Free}

January 27, 2015
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, […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocado

January 19, 2015

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 […]

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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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Let’s Get Cookin’: Cheesy Smoked Paprika Roasted Cauliflower

November 26, 2014
Cheesy Smoked Paprika Roasted Cauliflower - an easy, healthy, and flavor-packed vegetarian side dish. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Like WOAH. How did it get to be the day before Thanksgiving already?? I feel like September blurred into October and then November before I even realized what was going on. Am I the only one who watched the last two months flash before their eyes? Please tell me I’m not. Maybe we can all […]

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Healthy No-Bake 3-Layer Chocolate Espresso Bars {GF, Vegan}

November 21, 2014
Healthy No-Bake 3-Layer Chocolate Espresso Bars - dessert taste without the guilt!| www.brighteyedbaker.com

I ♡ no-bake recipes. Because really, as much as this blog is all about BAKING, it’s also about making treats that don’t involve baking but taste everrry bit as good – like pumpkin cheesecake shooters and apple cinnamon energy bars. That’s partly because these kinds of recipes are usually less involved (at least the way I tend do them!), partly because they’re […]

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Sesame Seed Tahini Granola {GF, Dairy-Free}

October 25, 2014
Sesame Seed Tahini Granola - A crunchy granola with tons of perfectly-sweet, sesame-studded clumps and clusters.

So there have been lots and lots of more “indulgent” recipes around here lately – not counting this amazing chocolate bark which feels indulgent but is actually on the healthier side – and I figured it was time for a guilt-free recipe – aka granola alllll the way. This is basically the type of thing I […]

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