coconut

Tropical Rum Punch

August 10, 2016
Tropical Rum Punch - An extra-tropical take on a fruity summer sipper. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Be honest with me here – is “Tropical” Rum Punch kinda a dumb name? Are you sitting there thinking, “DUH Alex, all rum punch is tropical”? Because the truth is, in my mind, this is just “that-tropical-drink-I-had-at-a-Kenney-Chesney-concert-and-then-recreated”.  It has no real name and I’m not even 100% sure rum punch is an appropriate one, but […]

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Nutella-Filled Coconut Thumbprint Cookies

July 5, 2016
Nutella-Filled Coconut Thumbprint Cookies -  Like a shortbread cookie-turned-macaroon, with sweet, toasted coconut on the outside and a dollop of Nutella in the middle for a nutty chocolate twist. | www. brighteyedbaker.com

To all the OG readers out there who’ve been around since day one: remember when I used to do confessions with every blog post? Because I confess that I have no memory of what these cookies taste like. Zero, zilch, NADA. The funny thing is (and I swear, it’s a total coincidence), I made them exactly […]

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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

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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Coconut Mango Bread

April 1, 2015
Coconut Mango Bread - a moist and tender, tropically-inspired loaf flaked with coconut and juicy mango bits.

I know it’s not exactly obvious based on the recipe selection around here, but I’m completely and utterly obsessed with mangoes. I might even dare to say that they’re my favorite of all fruits, which is dramatic because it’s incredibly hard for me to pick a favorite anything. But that tangy-sweet flavor, and juicy-but-firm flesh? […]

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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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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 # 143: I have a banana-baking impulse…Healthy Banana Coconut Chocolate Chunk Muffins {GF, Dairy-Free}

February 17, 2014
Healthy Banana Coconut Chocolate Chunk Muffins {GF, Dairy-Free Option, No Added Sugar} - tender and chocolate-filled muffins that are naturally sweetened with roasted bananas and coconut flakes. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

There’s something about an uber-ripe batch of bananas that makes me become a banana hoarder. And if I go to the store and see a bunch covered in those tell-tale brown speckles, all plans are out the window because I’m making banana bread… or muffins, or coffeecake, or SOMETHING. What I’m not doing is passing them […]

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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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Tropical Fruit Pizza

July 20, 2013
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It’s summer, it’s the weekend, and it’s time for Tropical Fruit Pizza, you guys. By that, I mean a giant coconut sugar cookie topped with cream cheese pastry cream, fresh tropical fruit, and shredded coconut. Tropical TO THE MAX! Maybe I’m late to the pizza-is-not-just-for-dinner party, but it wasn’t until last summer that I even […]

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