Hot Chocolate Brownies

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup Ancient Nutrition Keto Cococa (regular cocoa will work if you don’t have this!)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Drain and rinse black beans
  3. Using a blender or food processor (I used my Nutri Bullet) blend all ingredients except the mini chocolate chips until combined.
  4. Fold in mini chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into a greased 8×8 baking pan.
  6. Bake for 18 minutes.



Greek Chicken Sweet Potato Nachos

Greek Chicken (prep ahead of time!)
  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 3 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 c water
  1. Place all ingredients in a crock pot and set on low for 7-8 hours.
  2. Shred chicken breasts with two forks when done! Set aside.
Sweet Potatoes
  • 4 large sweet potatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  1. Combine everything in a ziplock bag and shake until potatoes are evenly coated with salt/pepper/olive oil mixture.
  2. Roast potatoes on a baking sheet at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and keep them on the baking sheet!
Cucumber Topping
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 c minced red onion
  • 1/2 c diced cucumber
  • 2 Tbsp parsley
  • 2 Tbsp chopped green onion
  • 3 Tbsp feta
  • 4 Tbsp hummus
  • 4 Tbsp taziki
  1. Combine salt, pepper, red onion, cucumber, parsley, chopped green onion, feta, and taziki in a glass bowl. Set aside.
Layer chicken and cucumber mixture on top of roasted sweet potatoes, top with hummus,and enjoy!

Coconut Peanut Butter Perfect Bars

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (I use this!)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • As many sprinkles as your heart desires 🥰
  • Combine peanut butter, honey, vanilla, salt, and coconut extract in a glass bowl.
  • Warm in the microwave for 1 minute so that the peanut butter is melted.
  • Mix ingredients until combined, then add protein powder and coconut flakes.
  • Pour into a parchment paper lined loaf pan and freeze or refrigerate until you’re ready to eat!

Cashew Butter Fudge

  • 1 cup melted cashew butter (any nut butter would work, I just think cashew butter tastes the best!)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  1. Mix everything except chocolate chips into a large mixing bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined.
  2. Let the mixture cool for 2-3 minutes, then add your chocolate chips (you want to wait until it’s cooled so that the chocolate chips don’t melt!)
  3. Pour mixture evenly into a silicone mini muffin tin (should evenly fill 12 wells) or a loaf pan lined with parchment paper.
  4. Freeze until you’re ready to eat!

*Recipe adapted from Ambitious Kitchen’s No Bake Salted Tahini Cookie Dough Fudge

Thai Peanut Chicken Salad

You would think all I do is sit around and think of ways to incorporate peanut butter into my recipes. Which is 99% true. I love Thai peanut anything really, so this recipe is one of my newest favorites. It can be made into a whole wheat wrap, put on top of a salad, made into a sandwich, put in a lettuce wrap, the options are endless! It’s so light, but filling, and the flavor is to die for.

  • 3 cans (I used 12.5 oz) canned chicken
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce (I use a generic teryaki sauce from Aldi!)
  • juice from one small lime
  1. Drain the canned chicken and combine in a large bowl with the celery, carrots, green onion and peanuts. Mix thoroughly.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine peanut butter, teriyaki sauce, and lime juice and warm until melted.
  3. Pour peanut butter mixture over the chicken salad and combine thoroughly.
  4. Enjoy!

Blueberry/Cranberry Cashew Perfect Bars

No words for this other than ENJOY! I may never buy a store bought perfect bar again.

  • Microwave the cashew butter and honey for 1 minute, then mix thoroughly.
  • Whisk in the protein powder until combined.
  • Add vanilla extract, salt, and dried fruit.
  • Pour into an 8×8 square baking dish, lined with saran wrap or parchment paper.
  • Spread the mixture evenly.
  • Refrigerate for an hour and enjoy!

Creamy Bacon Ranch Chicken

In 2019 one of my intentions is to be more intentional. How does that translate to the blog? Less pointless chatting, more cut to the chase recipe sharing. I’m starting today. This is creamy bacon ranch chicken and you need it in your life. It’s boyfriend/kid/husband/picky eater approved, I promise! Eat it on a whole wheat bun, whole wheat tortilla, lettuce wrap, or on it’s own!

  • 5 large chicken breasts (6-8 small)
  • 2, 8 oz. blocks cream cheese (I used fat free, any will work!)
  • 1/4 cup Ranch powder (or 1 packet)
  • 1 Tbsp Trader Joe’s chili lime seasoning (optional, but I love it in this recipe!)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits
    1. Place chicken breasts in the bottom of your crock pot.
    2. Layer the cream cheese, ranch powder, chili lime seasoning, and cheese on top.
    3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the chicken is fork tender.
    4. Take the chicken breasts out (leaving the liquid in the crock pot), place into a large bowl, and shred with two forks, or use your kitchen aid stand mixer (so much easier!).
    5. Pour the remaining liquid from the crock pot back in with the chicken and combine.
    6. Top with bacon bits.
    7. Enjoy!

Gift Guide: For the Foodie


  1. The Skinny Instant Pot Cookbook: $8
    • This cookbook is specifically for Instant Pot recipes, which is how I do 99.9% of my cooking these days. This book has TONS of great recipes, and anyone can make them, they’re not complicated whatsoever. This would be a great gift for a recent college grad, or newlyweds!
  2. Healthy Human Water Bottles: $19
    • These guys keep your water cold for 24 hours minimum, sometimes longer! They’re perfect for the gym, to keep at work, etc. I highly recommend these if you’re in the market for an insulated water bottle. Use “kalekouture” for 10% off!
  3. Healthy Human Tumbler Cruisers: $26
    • These are just like the water bottles, just a different style! I like the water bottles for cold liquds, and the tumblers for hot, but it’s totally a preference thing! I keep my coffee in my tumbler and it stays warm for a LONG time. Use “kalekouture” for 10% off!
  4. Stainless Steel Bowl Set w/ Lids: $20
    • I use these when I’m baking! I love how deep they are, as well as how easy they are to clean, but what I love most is that they have lids. Sometimes I have to chill dough/let things set up in the fridge, so I love being able to pop a lid on them when I do. They also double as great serving bowls if needed!
  5. Large Silicon Smoothie Straws: $5
    • This seems like a weird thing to add to a gift guide, but if you have a protein shake/smoothie lover in your life, these are a game changer. They’re thick, durable, dishwasher safe, and they last forever! Perfect stocking stuffer!
  6. Cookie Dough Scoop: $9
    • If you’ve followed me for awhile, you know this is my protein ball hack. This tool make it so easy to portion out protein balls, energy balls, no bake cookies, etc. I also use it when I’m trying to make sure my batter is even with muffins, pancake bites, etc. Such a versatile tool for a great price!
  7. Mini Food Processor: $19
    • This is something I didn’t really think I needed, until I had it. I HATE chopping, it’s just annoying to me, but I also didn’t want another huge kitchen appliance taking up tons of room in my cabinet. Especially because I don’t chop all that often. This is the best of both worlds; small and compact and it takes the work out of chopping!
  8. Scrub Daddy: $9
    • These bad boys are a hidden gem. I know it’s weird to buy someone scrubbing sponges for the holidays, but trust me when I say, every single person who uses a baking sheet EVER, needs these. They cut through grease, caked on ANYTHING, and smell amazing. They make cleaning such a breeze! They’re super durable too so they last much longer than a regular sponge.
  9. Frother: $14
    • I don’t even need to profess my love for this because I do it on my story on the daily. This makes at home coffee so much more boujee. If you add collagen to your coffee it dissolves it in seconds. Bottom line, if you there’s a coffee lover in your life, they need this.
  10. Yeti Mug: $24
    • To go with your frothed coffee, you need a boujee coffee mug, and this is it. I am known for having to microwave my coffee multiple times by the time I’m done with it and this completely fixes that issue. This keeps your coffee so freaking hot it’s almost too hot, but I love it. Again, this would make the perfect gift in addition to the frother, for the coffee lover in your life!
  11. Instant Pot: $79
    • I love, love, love my Instant Pot. I use it for so many things, but I mainly love it for it’s ability to make the most perfect hard boiled eggs you’ve ever had in your life in under 5 minutes. It’s worth the $79for that feature alone. In addition to that, anything you could do in your crock pot you could do in the Instant Pot in under 20 ish minutes. It’s magical and would make a great gift for just about anyone that doesn’t already have one!
  12. Mini Loaf Pan: $10
    • I love this little guy! I use it for banana bread, zucchini bread, pumpkin bread, etc. It makes the most perfect mini loafs when you don’t want to make one big loaf.
  13. Silicon Baking Mat Set: $16
    • These are the sole reason I have not had to buy new baking sheets in years. It doesn’t matter if you bake chicken, cookies, tenderloin, anything, it will not stick. They’re dishwasher safe so you can either wash them with your new scrub daddy sponges, or throw them in the dishwasher! This set of 3 is the cheapest I’ve seen them anywhere!
  14. Silicon Muffin Tins: $8
    • If someone you know makes muffins, pancake bites, cupcakes, anything, this is their new best friend. You don’t have to use any oil, oil spray, etc. I use these for pancake bites every single week and they’re an absolute lifesaver! I have two and I use them constantly. When you’re done with them, you can throw them in the dishwasher and you never have to clean them by hand! I will never use a metal pan again!
  15. Nutri Bullet: $59
    • This is on my Christmas list this year … (hi, Taylor!). But in all seriousness, when I asked for blender recommendations earlier this year, I got over 500 messages about how great this is. I make smoothies or shakes every single day, but having a huge blender take up counter space is inconvenient and creates a huge mess. I love that you can drink your shake out of the cup you blend it in and all of the reviews for this speak for themselves. This is on sale for such a great price and would make an amazing gift for anyone on your list!
  16. Air Fyer: $49
    • This air fryer is Taylor’s favorite appliance in our kitchen! We mainly use this for leftover roasted veggies (it reheats things but makes them really crispy at the same time), and sometimes, leftover pizza. We also use it for air fried chicken tenders which is a favorite in our house. The best way I can describe it is it’s like a toaster oven, but better! This is the cheapest I’ve seen an air fryer so if you’re in the market, jump on this!
  17. Kitchen Aid Mixer: $259
    • My mom got me this exact mixer for my college graduation and I’m 100% sure she paid double this price, or more. It’s a splurge item per say, but it’s well worth the money. I’ve had mine for 4 years now and it’s not going anywhere any time soon. If you have newlyweds in your life, or a new homeowner, this is the best gift. I don’t know any girl with a kitchen who doesn’t want this! I guarantee this won’t be this price after black friday, so jump on this one too!
  18. Skinny Taste: One and Done: $19
    • This is the Skinny Taste version of the Instant Pot cookbook, but what this has that the other does not, are recipes for the crock pot, as well as the air fryer! So it’s kind of a 3 in 1 which I really like! This would also make a great college grad/newlywed gift.
  19. Crux Copper Nonstick Bake ware: $27
    • I ordered this bake ware for myself because of two things: the copper is beautiful, as well as the price is seriously crazy. This whole set is cheaper than buying two of these pieces individually! Well, well worth the price in my opinion. This also has everything you need as far as baking is concerned!
  20. Stasher Bag: $9
    • These are on my wish list this year! We go through way too many plastic bags and I think these are worth the investment. I take my lunch every single day so I feel like these would be so useful. These are dishwasher safe and super durable from what I’ve heard. These would make a great stocking stuffer!

Brownie Batter Bites

These little guys are the perfect, bite sized, fudgey snack. They require minimal ingredients, are low in sugar, and are super easy to throw together! I made a double batch of these yesterday and plan to take them with me to school in my lunches this week!

  • 1/2 cup almond butter (Quick tip: microwave your AB if it’s thick! It will be easier to mix later on!)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup Swerve powdered sugar (Use 2 Tbsp honey if you don’t have this)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil (Omit if you used honey instead of powdered sugar)

This is the easy part! Mix everything together in a large bowl! Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes until it thickens. Then use a cookie dough scoop to evenly scoop out the balls. Drop each ball onto parchment paper and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to eat!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Perfect Bars

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know my love for Perfect Bar runs deep. These bars are not only made with good for you ingredients, but they’re also delicious. I personally think they’re worth their weight in gold, so the $2 price point doesn’t usually deter me from buying them, but being able to whip up a batch to have on hand at home is definitely more appealing than having to fight the circus that usually is Trader Joe’s when I need a restock!

I will warn you in saying they are very, very close to the real deal, so if you find yourself three bars deep before you even get them into the refrigerator, you knew what you were getting into! I will also say this: I have only tried them with this specific protein powder, and I really do think it’s part of the reason they taste so much like a real Perfect Bar. This specific protein helps bring out the vanilla flavor in the store bought Perfect Bar, and it isn’t grainy/dissolves really, really well. I’m sure you could sub the protein for another brand, I just can’t promise it’ll taste the same! This is THE closest I’ve gotten to the Perfect Bar flavor and texture, so if you want the best results, use everything I use!

  • Microwave the peanut butter and honey for 1 minute, then mix thoroughly.
  • Whisk in the protein powder until combined.
  • Add vanilla extract and salt,
  • Pour into an 8×8 square baking dish, lined with saran wrap or parchment paper.
  • Spread the mixture evenly and sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
  • Refrigerate for an hour and enjoy!

Creamy Chili Lime Chicken Stuffed Peppers

This is a super easy weeknight recipe that I’ve been loving lately! I don’t know why stuffed peppers intimidate me, but they always have! This was my first time trying them and they’ll definitely be in my dinner recipe rotation from now on. They’re so versatile and can be made with almost anything you like.

If you’re not a huge chicken fan, these could easily be done with ground turkey, shredded pork tenderloin, etc.

  • 4 bell peppers
  • 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken (I put 4 chicken breasts in a crockpot on low for 6 hours with 1 cup of chicken broth and it comes out perfect!)
  • 1 8oz. package fat free cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded cheese of your choice
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp chili lime seasoning (Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup salsa
  • 1 dry ranch packet
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a large 9×13″ baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Slice each pepper in half and remove the seeds. Set each half in the prepared baking pan.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together chicken, cream cheese, cheese, jalapeno, cumin, chili lime seasoning, salt, salsa, and ranch packet.
  5. Fill each pepper half evenly with chicken mixture.
  6. Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

San Francisco and Napa Valley Recap

San Francisco

This past weekend, Taylor and I spent a couple of days in San Francisco and Napa Valley. It was an amazing trip, and I’m so excited to write about it for those of you who have trips planned there/are planning to go soon!

Where we ate

The most important part right? San Francisco has SO many great food options. You could eat somewhere new every meal of the day for years and never try the same restaurant twice, I swear! I am so glad I already had in mind some places I wanted to knock out; I would have been so overwhelmed otherwise!

  • Ferry Building Farmers Market
    • The Ferry Building is a MUST if you’re in town on a Saturday or Sunday. It’s a huge, indoor/outdoor farmers market with all local, fresh produce. There are also permanent restaurants inside the building that offer some amazing items as well. We quite literally ate our way through the farmers market and I wouldn’t have done it any other way!
  • Golden Gate Meat Company
    • This is a restaurant inside the Ferry Building! Taylor and I shared a breakfast sandwich from here and it was excellent!
  • The Mill
    • This place is frequented by the locals, so you know it’s good! They serve specialty toast and it is to die for. Taylor and I shared a couple of different options including the almond butter and pumpkin butter toast, but the cinnamon sugar toast was one of our favorite things we ate on our trip! They also serve lattes, cold brew, etc. A must try for a quick breakfast!
  • Bourdin:
    • This is a chain located at Pier 39. Taylor got the clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl and said it was okay, but nothing to rave about. Just a good, cheap option for lunch if you’re at the pier around lunch time!
  • Super Duper Burgers:
    • This is located near Union Square, so if you’re out shopping and need something fairly quick, I highly recommend it! It’s similar to Smash Burger or Shake Shack; a fast casual place to grab a burger, veggie burger, salad or chicken sandwich. The garlic fries were phenomenal!
  • Oz Pizza
    • We ate at Oz after we got in super, super late on Thursday night. If you’re in need of some late night pizza, this is a great spot! Two pieces of pizza and a drink were less than $10 so if you need something super quick and cheap, this is your spot.
  • Original Joes North Beach
    • Original Joes was highly recommended to us, and we loved it! It was definitely more on the expensive side but it was well worth the money. It’s traditional Italian; we shared the spinach artichoke dip and pasta carbonarra and were super impressed. Be sure to share the entrees, they’re huge!
  • El Farolito
    • This is place is the number one reason I love asking locals for recommendations when it comes to food. It’s the definition of hole in the wall and we never would’ve stopped to look twice had we not heard about how great it was! It’s a family owned Mexican restaurant known for their gigantic portions of phenomenal Mexican food. Taylor got a burrito and I got a quesadilla and they are two of the best things we ate on our trip. It’s super cheap, and great for late night/post bar eats if you’re in need of something along those lines!
  • Tipsy Pig
    • This was our favorite restaurant of the entire trip. It’s a “Californian Gastropub”; even the locals rave about it, so you know its a hot spot. We split the mini burgers and Taylor and I agreed, they were the best burgers we’ve ever had. I can’t recommend this place enough. Their drinks were great too! We recommend both the Moscow Mule and the Mamacita Margarita!
  • Tiffanys Mini Donuts
    • If you’re at Pier 39, don’t leave without trying these mini donuts! They’re warm, cinnamon sugary pockets of heaven. They come in a pack of 6, or a mini bucket if you’re really hungry! They’re cute, different, and you won’t find them anywhere else!

Happy Hour
  • Palm House
    • This place is one of my favorite places we went! They’re known for their tiki/island style drinks, and you’ll feel like you’re at the cutest beach bar from the minute you walk in! I had the chipotle mango margarita, and Taylor had the lychee dark and stormy; we highly recommend both! Check out their happy hour if you can make it in time!
  • Corridor
    • We spent the afternoon drinking wine here on Saturday! The drinks aren’t super cheap but the ambiance is really cool and the service was fantastic. We had garlic monkey bread as we waited for our drinks and if you ask Taylor, he’d say it’s the best thing we ate the entire trip! Definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area.
  • Anchor Steam Brewery
    • If you have a free afternoon, this place is a must. It’s an awesome brewery with a ton of beer options we loved. It’s also just a really fun place to sit and hang out. They had football games on and a big open outside seating area. We did a couple of flights, but the “Blood Orange Blonde” ended up being our favorite!
What We Did

We didn’t have a ton of time in San Francisco, but a couple of things we did that/we would recommend!

  • Ferry Building Farmers Market
    • This is a local farmers market and it’s HUGE! Like I said previously, if you’re in town on a Saturday or Sunday, it’s a must! Be prepared to eat your way through the entire market!
  • Walk around Union Square
    • This is where the shopping is! High dollar shopping that is. I would describe it as New York City on a smaller scale. There are a couple of stores like Zara, Forever 21, and Nordstrom Rack, but the majority of the stores we didn’t even venture into. Louis Vuitton, YSL, Harry Winston, are just a few of the big names in this area.
  • Walk/bike the Golden Gate Bridge
    • If you’re up for the bike ride, we heard this is such a fun thing to do! I’m still not quite up for biking the 10ish mile trek, but we did walk along the beach to the Golden Gate and it was just as fun. There were tons of dogs along the beach (the park is actually called Chrissy Field) and it’s such a beautiful and scenic view, but definitely pack your tennis shoes!
  • Picnic in Delores Park
    • Delores park was only a 30 second walk from where we stayed and I can attest to the fact that it looks exactly like all the pictures! It’s a fun place to take a blanket, relax, enjoy a picnic, and partake in some pretty great people watching. This park doesn’t allow any alcohol, so make sure to leave the wine at home when packing your picnic!
  • Walk around Ghiradelli Square
    • Ghiradelli Square is a 5 minute walk from Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s a cute, newer area and there are a couple of really cute shops and places to eat. Ghiradelli is obviously there, but there’s a fun brewery, area to sit outside, and cheese/wine shop that are all worth checking out!
  • Fisherman’s Wharf/Pier 39
    • These are technically two separate places, but they’re super close together and extremely similar. There are tons of touristy shops, restaurants, and things to see. My favorite part of this area was watching the sea lions on the docks. They were the most entertaining thing we saw our whole trip. If you’re into clam chowder, there are about 10 different places in this area for you to get some here! Just a forewarning, this place is NUTS. It was the most highly concentrated with tourists of any place we went, so just be prepared!
Other Highly Recommended Options:
  • Take the ferry to Sausilito
  • Hike Muir Woods
  • Alcatraz Tour
  • Ride the cable car
  • Chinatown

Napa Valley

We only spent one day in Napa and I’m already actively planning trip #2 because I could’ve stayed at least two more days. I loved it SO much and I cannot wait to go back. If I were picking between San Francisco and Napa, I’d choose Napa in a heartbeat. It totally depends on what you’re looking for in a vacation, but Napa is so much more up my alley!

Note: I don’t have any food recommendations (besides V. Sattui; it’s the only one that served food of any kind) because we only spent about 8 hours there. We went on a guided winery tour so we didn’t have any say in regard to where we went!

  • Roberto Mondavi Winery
    • This winery was the most beautiful in my opinion. The landscape is seriously incredible and hard to even portray in pictures. We sat outside and could not get over how amazing the landscape was. You truly feel like you’re in a postcard. Highly recommend this one just to sit outside and soak in the view!
  • Castello De Amoroso Winery
    • This winery is most known for it’s architecture which is a castle! It’s really cool and unlike any other wineries we saw. It’s definitely pretty commercial and that’s the one thing I didn’t love about this one. The wine was really good, but the service was just okay, and there isn’t much to see once you’ve done your tasting.
  • V Sattui
    • This was by far our favorite winery we visited. The wine is not the most extravagant, however it ended up being our favorite. Not only that, but the service is incredible and I truly felt like the tasting was personalized just for us. The sommeliers are so friendly and truly make every tasting special. We tried multiple wines that were not a part of our tasting, but ones they knew we would love based on our feedback in regard to other wines we tasted. It’s a smaller winery, much less commercialized and this is so evident in the experience we had. I highly, highly recommend! This winery also has a market where you can buy sandwiches, cheese, oils, etc., and have a picnic in the beautiful outside area.


That’s a wrap on the recap! I hope you enjoyed reading about San Fran/Napa, and if you are heading out that way soon, please let me know if you try anything on this list! Also, don’t hesitate to ask me if you have any other specific questions! As always, thanks for reading!