pecans

No-Bake Sweet Potato Pie Bites + Vitamix Giveaway! {gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free}

November 8, 2017
An easy, no-bake recipe that combines pecans, sweet potatoes, and warm fall spices into a clean-eating snack. {gluten-free, refined sugar-free, vegan}

Pretty sure I’m never gonna be tired of the concept of no-bake snacks. Let’s just take a second to talk about allll the reasons why they’re the best thing since sliced bread (<– which really, if you ask me, isn’t that hard to beat). 1. NO-BAKE. This one’s obvious, but how awesome is it that […]

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Pecan Sandies

December 20, 2014
Pecan Sandies - dense but soft, lightly sweetened cookies with toasty pecans, a touch of almond extract, and a good dusting of powdered sugar. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

These cookies were meant to be on the blog two long years ago, but for two years in a row I forgot to post them during Christmastime, which I felt needed to be done. If you haven’t heard of sandies before, they also go by “mexican wedding cookies” and “snowball cookies”, which I find extremely confusing since all of […]

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Salted Caramel and Candied Pecan Biscotti

November 29, 2014
Salted Caramel & Candied Pecan Biscotti - crunchy candied pecans, a sweet caramel drizzle, and a sprinkle of sea salt turn simple biscotti into an extra-tempting treat.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Biscottttiiii! It is OFFICIALLY full-on holiday-baking time and I’m way too excited about all the recipes I have to share with you guys in the coming month. Full disclosure, I’ve been eating gingerbread since mid-October (did I call that breakfast? Oh yeah, I did) and pretending it’s Christmas since before Thanksgiving, so the fact that now I […]

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Pecan & Date Oatmeal Cookies

November 11, 2014
Pecan & Date Oatmeal Cookies - Hearty, flavor-packed, cinnamon-spiced oatmeal cookies that just happen to be 100% whole wheat and butter-free; you'd never know it though! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

There are chocolate chip cookie people and then there are oatmeal raisin cookie people, and I’m definitely, 100%, on team chocolate chip cookie. (I’m pretty sure my love of chocolate is extremely obvious, so many of you could probably guess this already – it’s not exactly news.) What I’m actually trying to get at here is that […]

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Pear-Pecan Crumb Muffins

November 8, 2014
Pear-Pecan Crumb Muffins - Cinnamon and nutmeg spice up this cozy fall muffin, sprinkled with a sweet and crunchy crumb topping. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

So remember what I said about pears, and how I was mehhh about them until I tried poaching them? And now here I am making muffins with them and doing that whole “stepping out of your comfort zone” thing. Like, who am I and what have I done to that girl who didn’t like pears?? I’ve […]

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DIY Candied Pecans

November 4, 2014
DIY Candied Pecans - it takes 5 minutes to turn regular pecans into this dangerously addicting treat.| www.brighteyedbaker.com

Two years ago I made brown sugar candied walnuts for the first time, and I was wowed by the fact that it was so super easy to turn a nut I’m really not all that crazy about (like please, add walnuts to my food never) into total crack candy. But somehow it didn’t occur to me until now […]

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Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars

October 21, 2014
Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars - pie crust gets swapped out for a moist, cake base and a irresistible crumble topping in this easy recipe.

These crumb bars are for all of you out there who don’t like pie crust — to which I say, you’re craaaazzzzy, but we can still be friends. :) Basically, imagine taking a cinnamon-spiced, brown sugar-infused whole wheat dough and a rich, nutty crumble topping smattered with graham cracker crumbs and dotted with pecan bits, […]

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Banana Date Bread {Dairy-Free}

October 2, 2014
Banana Date Bread - a moist banana bread studded with sweet dates and topped with a caramelized banana-pecan crust. | www.brighteyedbaker.com #wholewheat

Apparently this is the week of travel-inspired recipes. There were those fluffy buttermilk scones that I first discovered in Paris, and then there’s this bread, directly inspired by Tartine Bakery in San Francisco. I was dying to visit after I ordered one of their cookbooks and made my dream bread – aka hole-ridden sourdough with a crispy crust and […]

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Strawberry Apple Crumble

September 3, 2014
Strawberry Apple Crumble - a wam, nutty crumble that combines juicy summer berries with crisp fall apples in the best way possible.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

You guys? Summer is soooo not over. Everybody seems to think it is though, and I keeping seeing pumpkin recipes popping up around the web, fall treats appearing at coffee shops, and all this other goodbye-summer hello-fall craziness. I’m all for the temperature dropping a little below three digits and I love everything pumpkin as much as the next person, […]

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Skillet Peach Pie Crumble {Vegan}

July 21, 2014
Skillet Peach Pie Crumble - an incredibly easy and comforting summer dessert loaded with sweet yellow peaches.| brighteyedbaker.com

Confession: I may have something of a mild obsession with fruit crumbles. They’re incredibly easy to make and – hello?! – they’re 50% nutty, sweet, crunchy, crumble topping. It’s like eating a coffee cake with a mile-high crumble topping, but replacing the cake part with a juicy layer of cooked fruit. Heaven? Yesssirrreee. This, in […]

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