Healthiest Choices

5-Ingredient Strawberry Almond Cereal Bars {GF, Vegan, No-Bake}

August 3, 2015
5-Ingredient Strawberry Almond Cereal Bars  {GF, Vegan} - a simple, healthy snack made with 5 all-natural ingredients, sweetened with agave, and loaded with tangy freeze-dried strawberries. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

All Mondays should call for 5-ingredient recipes, am I right? Nothing too fussy or complicated – just 5 ingredients and 5 steps on the way to healthy snacking bliss – AMEN. I’ve been reading through responses from the reader survey I put out last week (you can fill one out here if you haven’t already!), and one […]

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Healthy Raspberry-Coconut Crisps {gf, vegan}

June 11, 2015
Healthy Raspberry-Coconut Crisps: an easy, made-for-two crisp recipe that's #glutenfree and #vegan | http://www.brighteyedbaker.com

Have you ever looked up the difference between a crumble and a crisp? The answers are all over the place and therefore I’ve come to conclude that we essentially use two different names to describe one dessert purely for the sake of confusing people. I’ve always understood that crumbles have oats in the topping and crisps don’t, but there […]

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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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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
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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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
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 […]

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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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