Peanut Butter, Banana, Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal

This dairy-free and gluten-free Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal is the ultimate make-ahead fiber-rich breakfast for a busy week, perfect for a breakfast potluck, or snack, and is absolutely the best flavor combo! Made in partnership with Enjoy Life Foods!

Healthy Baked Oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal

I am so excited about this healthy baked oatmeal recipe! Who doesn’t love the combination of peanut butter, banana, and chocolate chips baked into an ooey-gooey fiber rich breakfast bake? It’s a super simple one-bowl recipe and can easily be made ahead of time, though we do think it is SO TASTY straight from the oven too. This oatmeal bake is based off of our popular Oatmeal Cups recipe so it has the perfect almond milk (or milk of choice) to oats ratio.Baked Oatmeal

I’ve been using Enjoy Life Foods chocolate for YEARS! All their products are specially made to be free from gluten and the 14 most common food allergens – wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, casein, soy, egg, sesame, sulfites, lupin, mustard, fish, shellfish & crustaceans. They even make all of products in a special allergy friendly facility, which is pretty great. Plus, the chocolate is delicious! I love the dark chocolate chips and the mini chocolate chips for all of our baking, especially this oatmeal!

I find Enjoy Life Chocolate in all of my major grocery stores which is a huge time saving bonus, and you can use their easy Store Locator to find stores near you! PLUS, here’s a special coupon for $2 off their baking chocolate – you can print and use in-store!

Baked Oatmeal Ingredients

Will baked oatmeal freeze?

When it comes to freezing baked oatmeal, you simply make up the baked oatmeal recipe, let it cool, and freeze it!

How do you make baked oatmeal

  • Combine your dry ingredients.
  • Add in your wet ingredients.
  • Pour into your greased, or lined with parchment paper, baking dish.
  • Bake!

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal

What Oats Should You Use

  • Use rolled oats, not quick cooking oats. If gluten-free, make sure you buy gluten-free rolled oats.
  • Can you bake instant oatmeal? The short answer is not really! Instant oatmeal is different than regular oatmeal because it is thinly cut, processed and flavored. They don’t lend the same structure to baked goods as regular oats or quick oats!

P.S. You can sub out for your favorite nut butter here, or to make it nut-free use sun butter.

Baked Oatmeal Recipe

Want other oatmeal recipes? Try our favorite oatmeal and overnight oat recipes:

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Peanut Butter, Banana and Chocolate Baked Oatmeal

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:40 Yields 9

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8" x 8" oven-safe dish. If desired, prepare a parchment sling by cutting out a piece of parchment paper slightly larger than the pan (for easy removal of bake).
  2. In a large bowl mash bananas until they are smooth. Add eggs and whisk to combine. Then add peanut butter, maple syrup, almond milk, oil, apple sauce and vanilla until fully combined.
  3. To the wet ingredients add oats, baking powder, chia, salt and chocolate chips and mix until fully combined.
  4. Pour into prepared 8"x 8" dish and bake for 40 minutes, until the center is just barely firm.
  5. Scoop or cut and serve warm as is or with almond milk, or cool and slice into 9 square portions.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can sub out for your favorite nut butter here, or to make it nut-free use sun butter.
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The BEST Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

This Gluten-Free Chocolate Layer Cake may just be the best chocolate cake we have ever eaten, gluten-free or not. It is super moist, with deep chocolate flavor, and truly easy to put together. The chocolate cake layers are dairy-free and paleo-friendly, and we can promise this gluten-free cake will be a hit for any occasion!

Gluten Free Chocolate CakeGluten-Free Chocolate Cake

We heard you! After we published the BEST Gluten-Free Layer Birthday Cake recipe a while back you’ve been asking us to make a chocolate version. We got to it right away and we are CRAZY HAPPY with the results. This truly is the best chocolate cake we’ve ever tasted! You won’t know it’s gluten-free (not that that matters around here) and it is so rich and moist!

Making this recipe wasn’t as easy as adding in chocolate to our vanilla layer cake. A chocolate cake is a whole different beast. We started with a base of almond and coconut flour, which we love. It lends itself to have just the right crumb and moisture level. And then we added in cocoa powder and adjusted the level of sweetener to balance the bitterness. We added some coffee in to boast the chocolate flavor, but feel free to swap it out with additional milk instead. It took us a few tries to get the right amount of fat, which we use avocado oil here, but once we did this cake was SO GOOD.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe Slice

The cake layers themselves are dairy-free. We choose to frost it with a chocolate buttercream, but if you don’t tolerate dairy you can certainly use a dairy-free chocolate ganache made with coconut milk and dairy-free chocolate to frost your cake.

As we said above, this cake does have nuts. If you’re looking for a nut-free and school-safe cake recipe, go for the two in my cookbook or this July 4th Classic Cake!

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Overhead

Tips Tools Needed to Frost a Cake Like a Pro

It’s not essential to frost the cake like we did. But if you want to give it a whirl, getting these tools make it easier to get an even and smooth cake!

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

If you like this celebration dessert, check out these other recipes:

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Layer Cake

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:25 Serves 6-10

Ingredients

For Cake Layers:

For Chocolate Buttercream:

Directions

For Cake Layers:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350ºF and grease 3 6" layer pans (we used avocado spray) and line with parchment paper that fits directly inside. Skipping this step could result in a cake that sticks to the pan. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl add almond flour, cocoa, coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt.
  3. In a large bowl whisk eggs. Add in coconut sugar, milk, coffee, avocado oil and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine.
  4. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and whisk to combine completely.
  5. Divide batter evenly between 3 cake pans and bake in pre-heated oven for 25  minutes, or until a toothpick inserted and removed is clean or any wet cake batter.
  6. Let cake layers cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing by running a thin knife or offset spatula around the side of the pan to loosen the cake and turning over pan on wire rack. Remove the parchment paper liner if still on the cake. Cool completely before frosting.

For Buttercream Frosting:

For Buttercream Frosting:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment beat the butter until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add the sugar and cocoa powder and mix on low speed until well blended. Increase the speed to medium and beat until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add the vanilla and 1/4 cup of almond milk (or more if needed) and beat on medium speed until lightened in color.

To Assemble the Cake:

  1. Once cake is cooled place first layer on serving plate and frost with a buttercream layer to prevent the cake from moving once assembled.
  2. Add next layer of cake and repeat with layer of buttercream, smoothing over, and place last cake layer on top.
  3. Place cake in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes, to let set up and to make frosting cake easier.
  4. Once cake has chilled, add about half of frosting to the top of the cake and using an offset spatula frost cake starting with the top and moving excess down the sides of the cake and smoothing as going.
  5. Decorate as desired with additional frosting, chocolate cups and sprinkles on the side.
  6. Cake will keep 3-5 days in refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can omit the coffee and substitute in 1/4 cup almond milk or water. Coffee helps bring out the chocolate flavor, but is not essential.
  2. We have a heavy hand when we frost our cakes. If you think you'll want less frosting, swap the recipe with  3 sticks of butter, 1 cup cocoa powder, 4 cups powdered sugar and follow the recipe as stated. If you do end up with leftover frosting, you can freeze it for later use.
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5 Ingredient Healthy Fudge (Vegan)

This 5 Ingredient Healthy Fudge recipe is my new favorite treat. It’s easy to make, made with minimal ingredients, has the perfect texture, is customizable with your favorite fudge add-ins, is packed with healthy fats, and is a rich and decadent treat that everybody will love! Made in partnership with So Delicious.

Healthy Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Healthy Fudge Recipe

I am so excited to partner with my friends at So Delicious today to chat about the brand new So Delicious Organic Almondmilk with Cashew product line. Each of the three flavors is simple and clean, with seven ingredients or fewer. And, it’s the first-ever plant-based bottle in the refrigerated dairy case! We have been loving this new nut milk in our refrigerator and know you will enjoy it, too!

5 Ingredient Healthy Fudge

This healthy fudge recipe is:

  • Decadent
  • Rich
  • Indulgent yet guilt-free
  • Made with clean ingredients
  • Vegan
  • Packed with healthy fats
  • Great for gift bags
  • Perfect to have in the fridge or freezer for a late-night treat or for when guests come over

How do you keep fudge?

Whether you’re going to freeze your fudge, store it in a refrigerator or keep it at room temperature, the process begins with proper wrapping. Wrap each piece of fudge in waxed paper, then place the pieces in a sealable plastic bag or a Tupperware!

Homemade Healthy Fudge

This new almond milk is light-tasting and smooth, and is USDA certified Organic, Non-GMO project verified, and certified Vegan. There are no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives, and each flavor is gluten-free, soy-free, carrageenan-free, and dairy-free!

5 Ingredient Healthy Fudge

If you like this cleaned-up chocolate recipe, try these other favorites:

5 Ingredient Healthy Chocolate Fudge Recipe

A delicious, 5-ingredient, vegan and paleo fudge that you will love. Feel free to add nuts, marshmallows, raisins, dried cranberries, other dried fruit, and anything else you might like! And always top with some maldon sea salt for good measure!

Healthy Fudge Recipe with Coconut Oil

5 Ingredient Healthy Fudge

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:03 Yields 20 Pieces

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Line a 5" x 7" (or similar sized) glass container with parchment paper. Cut the parchment paper big enough so that the ends hang outside the glass container to create a sling to remove the fudge after it has cooled.
  2. In a medium sauce pan add chocolate chips, coconut oil, almond butter, almond milk and 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt. Turn the burner to the lowest setting and immediately begin stirring the chocolate mixture with a spatula to help it melt evenly.
  3. Once it has melted about half of the chocolate chips, switch to a whisk to combine mixture completely and smoothly. Take care not to scorch any of the chocolate by whisking constantly.
  4. After the mixture has become smooth and fully combined, remove from heat and whisk in vanilla.
  5. Pour chocolate into the parchment lined glass container and smooth top. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt and place in refrigerator until set, at least two hours (but better overnight).
  6. Once it has completely set, take fudge out of container using the parchment sling and slice into desired portions.
  7. Store in the refrigerator or the freezer.

Recipe Notes

  • We recommend using dark chocolate chips. When using semi-sweet, the texture was softer.
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Chocolate Matzo Crack: 3 Ways (Gluten-Free!)

This Chocolate Covered Matzo Bark aka Matzo Crack is SO yummy, super addicting (you’ve been warned) and perfect for a Passover treat! It’s made using gluten-free matzo and this matzo crack recipe has 3 different variations to satisfy everyone’s favorite flavors! Made in partnership with Stop & Shop!

Recipe for Matzo Crack

Chocolate Matzo Crack

Last year at this time, I partnered with my friends at Stop & Shop to bring you my family’s favorite Matzo Lasagna recipe! Stop & Shop is my one-stop shop for Passover, so I am SO thrilled to partner with them today to make this epic Matzo Crack recipe, three different ways! Stop & Shop has an incredible selection and offers a wide variety of kosher, organic, grain-free, and gluten-free products at great prices.

Chocolate Matzo Crack

Here’s what I used in this recipe (all of which can be found at Stop & Shop):

  • Yahuda Gluten-Free Matzo (or Matzo of choice)
  • Smart Living Cookie Sheet Pans
  • IF YOU CARE Parchment Baking Paper (Chlorine-Free & Unbleached)
  • Ghirardelli & Enjoy Life Foods Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Kate’s Butter
  • Nature’s Promise Organic Raw Nuts & Seeds
  • Wild Friends & Justin’s Nut Butters
  • Let’s Do Organic Shredded Coconut (a must for my Passover Coconut Macaroons)

Matzo Crack

This is the perfect Passover treat that everybody will love! All three flavors are so yummy, and make perfect little gift bags.

Want other Passover favorites? Try these:

Matzo Crack Recipe

BONUS! Stop & Shop’s floral department has a wide range of arrangements and floral options for decorating your home for the holidays!

Chocolate Matzo Crack: 3 Ways (Gluten-Free!)

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:10 Serves 8-10

Ingredients

For ALL Versions

  • 1-10.5oz box Yehuda Gluten Free Matzo-Style Squares
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips

For Peanut Butter Swirl Matzo Crack

  • 1/3 cup natural-style peanut butter at room temperature

For Trail Mix Matzo Crack

  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts of choice 
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
  • Coarse sea salt

For Chocolate Toffee Crunch Matzo Crack

Directions

For Chocolate Peanut Butter Version:

  1. Make sure peanut butter is at room temperature, if not heat until warmed through and soft. Set aside.
  2. Prepare rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Line baking sheet with matzo squares until it is fully covered, making sure to overlap the matzo slightly so there are no gaps between them. You will have to cut some squares to make it all fit. Note: If your matzo is cracked, it’s okay! Just lightly layer edges.
  3. Melt chocolate in a double-boiler or as desired, and pour over matzo squares. Using an off-set spatula spread the chocolate evenly over the matzo.  
  4. Dollop peanut butter over chocolate while it is still warm, and use toothpick to make the swirl design.
  5. Let the finished chocolate matzo set in the refrigerator (20 minutes or freezer 10 minutes) before cutting or breaking apart. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

For Chocolate Trail Mix Version:

  1. Prepare rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Line baking sheet with matzo squares until it is fully covered, making sure to overlap the matzo slightly so there are no gaps between them. You will have to cut some squares to make it all fit. Note: If your matzo is cracked, it’s okay! Just lightly layer edges, don’t fully overlap!
  2. Melt chocolate in a double-boiler or as desired, and pour over matzo squares. Using an off-set spatula spread the chocolate evenly over the matzo.
  3. Sprinkle nuts, raisins, coconut and seeds evenly over the chocolate. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of flaky sea salt if you'd like! 
  4. Let the finished chocolate matzo set in the refrigerator (20 minutes or freezer 10 minutes) before cutting or breaking apart. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

For Toffee Version:

  1. Prepare rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Line baking sheet with matzo squares until it is fully covered. You will have to cut some squares to make it all fit. Note: If your matzo is cracked, it’s okay! Just lightly layer edges, don’t fully overlap, toffee will connect your pieces!
  2. Make the toffee (see directions below).
  3. Once you've poured your toffee over the matzo and have spread it, scatter the chocolate chips directly on the hot toffee covered matzo squares. Leave it to sit for 5 minutes, and then use an off-set spatula spread it to cover the toffee.
  4. Let the finished chocolate matzo set in the refrigerator (20 minutes or freezer 10 minutes) before cutting or breaking apart. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Toffee Directions:

  1. In a medium sauce pan, before heating, add your maple sugar (you can use coconut sugar but we prefer maple sugar), 1 tablespoon of water and vanilla extract. Add butter and turn the heat to medium.
  2. As the sugar begins to melt, immediately begin to stir the mixture with a spatula, in one direction only. You are doing this to prevent any sugar from burning and to help both the butter and sugar to melt evenly. Once most of the sugar and butter has melted, switch to a whisk and gently whisk the mixture together, in one direction, until it is fully emulsified. If you *do not* start whisking right away, the toffee may not come together.
  3. Once it is fully melted and emulsified, stop whisking. Continue to cook the toffee over medium-low heat, without disturbing, until it reaches a temperature of 290 degrees with a candy thermometer. This took us about 10 minutes, but watch to avoid burning.
  4. Turn off heat, and add salt. Slowly whisk until combined.
  5. Carefully pour toffee over matzo. Using an offset spatula spread the toffee evenly.
  6. Continue with step above to spread your chocolate.

Recipe Notes

  • Pro Tip: If leftover toffee gets stuck to your pot, add water and bring to a boil. This will loosen the candy. 
How do I melt chocolate with a double boiler?
  1. Add 1” of water to a medium saucepan or pot and bring to a very gentle simmer.
  2. Place a heat-safe bowl on top of the pot so that the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water.
  3. Add the chopped chocolate to the bowl and stir occasionally with a spatula until smooth and melted.
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Homemade Bark

This homemade bark is the best holiday gift! It’s delicious, customizable, and festive. Everybody will love these gift bags, and the bonus of a copper cookie cutter! 

Homemade Bark

Day 3 of DIY Gift Week is here!

Monday: Espresso Candied Pecans

Tuesday: Best Ever Chicken Rub

Today: HOMEMADE BARK!

When I was a teacher, a student brought me in a package of homemade bark made in cookie cutters, and it was the cutest, most festive holiday treat! I’ll be gift giving bark all season long! 

Homemade Bark

What you’ll need:

Plastic Bags

Ribbon

Cookie Cutters

Card Stock (White) Card Stock (Brown)

Printable Labels

Homemade Bark

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Download your free printable labels here!

Try these bark variations:

Orange Zest and Sea Salt Bark

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Sea Salt Trail Mix Bark

 

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Grab your free printable labels here!

Happy DIY gift week! Check back for more the rest of the week!


Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Zucchinis are taking over right now at the farmer’s markets and my CSA, so let’s toss it into something sweet. This Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread is a delicious treat that nobody will question the added greens! Do you have massive amounts of zucchinis growing? How are you using them all? I want to hear!

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Let’s talk for a second here, friends! Our wedding is in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS. Whoa. All the planning we have done for a year and half is finally about to be here. I can’t believe it! Any wedding advice for the week of? I’d love to hear it! In the midst of last minute wedding details and my book going to print, I’m still cranking out special blog posts for all of you! Let’s get to this chocolate goodness.

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

This loaf is…

Chocolate-y

Moist

Oozing with chocolate chunks

Made with healthy ingredients

Perfect for a party or an on-the-go snack

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

 

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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