Chocolate Chunk Matcha Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate chunk matcha shortbread cookies

Well I’ve never really had a cookie I didn’t like, but then there are just some cookies that are showstoppers… like these Chocolate Chunk Matcha Shortbread Cookies. And if you’re not on the matcha bandwagon, gohead gurl- hop on, you’ll be thanking me later. And if you’re quite acquainted with matcha, these cookies will rock your matcha lovin’ socks off!

Chocolate chunk matcha shortbread cookies

These Chocolate Chunk Matcha Shortbread Cookies are moist, sweet, super quick to make, and dangerously easy to eat. SO, this recipe came to be as a result of a fun collaboration from my friend Rezel over at Rezel Kealoha! Guys, she is so super talented, I knew I wanted to make one of her recipes, so we decided to swap recipes and make one of eachothers’ with our own unique take on it. Well not only is she such an amazing photographer, her recipes are delicious too! This cookie recipe was an evolution from her Earl Grey Creme Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookie recipe! I would have made her whole original recipe, but I didn’t have any earl grey tea on hand and had a whole lotta matcha, so I decided to put my own spin on the recipe. Y.U.M.

Chocolate chunk matcha shortbread cookies

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Chocolate Coffee Doughnuts with Cinnamon Pitaya Icing

Chocolate Coffee Doughnuts with Cinnamon Buttercream Icing

I woke up craving doughnuts. Oh, don't even act like you've never done the same... haha, but it's kinda weird because I haven't had a "real" doughnut in years, literally. I guess doughnuts are just one of those things you don't forget. Anyway, I just went with it,  you're welcome wink wink.  So not to confuse these doughnuts with chocolate doughnuts, like the cocoa kinda. These doughnuts are made with chocolate coffee, also a newish obsession of mine! I don't drink coffee often because caffeine makes me a little jittery and my tummy doesn't like it very much, but when I do, I make it count! So I replaced the liquid in these doughnuts with coffee; I mean, you can have your coffee and eat it too, right?!

Cherry Chocolate Nice Cream Sundaes Sponsored by Mambo Sprouts

chocoalte cherry nice cream sundae

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mambo Sprouts. The opinions and text are all mine. Now that we're well into May and it seems like we've jumped right to summer, I'm gettin' all kinda of ideas for nice cream sundaes. If you're new to the nice cream game, welcome to your new summer obsession. If you're been nice creamin' it up for a while now, oh it's game on. May is also Allergy Awareness Month, and what better way to celebrate that than with some a delicious allergy free sundae?! So for this post I've teamed up with Mambo Sprouts this month to share the word about their May Free From Month for us peeps who suffer from food allergies (and for those looking for some new, delicious products that just happen to be allergy free!). As

Savory Sweet Potato Waffles with Sage Butter Gravy + Spinach

Savory Sweet Potato Waffles with Sage Butter Gravy

I've been wanting to make savory waffles for a while now, I finally did it and now kicking myself for not doing it sooner. I'm not entirely sure where this idea came from, but I sure am glad I gave it a go. It probably stemmed from the fact that I had to use up these sweet potatoes and it was a toss up between waffles or gnocchi (which that is still burning in my brain- so maybe that will be on here soon too!). Waffles won obvi, so here we are. Now I have to admit, sage isn't a spice I use a whole lot. It has a very distinct flavor, and for me, a little goes a long way. So I was a bit leary to create this sage butter gravy- but guys, don't skip this part because it actually might be my favorite part of this recipe! It's SO tasty. I will warn you, it's a bit

7 Ingredient Asparagus Pesto Pasta

I am so excited to share the first guest post on Healthy Little Vittles Blog by Roberta from Healthy Little Cravings! Spring is here, what’s better than a super tasty vegan asparagus pesto pasta to make your palate party? Team asparagus! Let me start by saying that I am fully convinced there are two teams out there: team 1 LOVES asparagus, team 2 can't stand it. Well, I definitely am #teamasparagus. When asparagus season comes, I start doing ‘everything-asparagus’: risotto, salads, raw salads (did you know you can eat them raw and marinated with lemon?), in pasta, simply roasted or steamed asparagus. You can also make amazingly tasty and easy vegan quiches with them or put them on pizzas. Asparagus is extremely versatile! Not to mention all the benefits

Baby Bok Choy + Shiitake Red Curry Soup

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Funfetti Birthday Cake with “Buttercream” Frosting

Funfetti Birthday Cake

  Happy Birthday Healthy Little Vittles! Today it's officially May, and other than everyone sharing a laugh about the Justin Timberlake song (you know... the joke everyone says around the end of April "It's gonna be May"- look it up, it's funny) it's my blog anniversary month! 1 year ago I decided to reinvent my blog Happily Ever After Gluten and turn it into more of a vegan, plant-based, gluten-free blog. I really wanted to come at this full throttle and give it my all. I am SO passionate about what we put into our bodies, because at the end of the day, if we don't have our health- what do we have?! I've been on a wild journey with my health, especially over the last 5 years, and I wanted my health ailments to fuel me to better myself instead of shut me

Mini Chia Pudding + Blueberry Nice Cream Parfaits

mini chia pudding and blueberry nice cream parfait

Breakfast is a struggle. I know I have mentioned it before, but I seriously dread it. I never know what to make, and to be quite honest, I'm not overly hungry in the morning. I'm pretty much a morning turtle- wake up slow, take it easy and get around to breakfast when I get around to it. My hubby on the other hand, he jumps out of bed and is making breakfast before my brain even kicks into gear. I think my son is taking after me a little more, he isn't super cranky and screaming for food in the mornings, but he does love breakfast. So I have been trying to be better about being creative and having some ready-made go-to's or quick + easy breakkies. Don't get me wrong, I love oatmeal, but sometimes I just want to mix it up a bit. So this morning, I decided to

Baked Potato Rounds with Edamame Hummus + Microgreens

baked potato rounds with edamame hummus

So now that the weather is finally getting nicer (grandma alert! I feel like I talk about the weather a lot...) I am sure you'll be planning a lot more get-togethers for cookouts and picnics and pool parties! Ah, pool parties! And if you're anything like me, you want to spend as much time outside doing the things you love and less time cooking. So I decided to come up with a quick and easy appetizer idea that would be a real crowd pleaser fo all your summatime partays and also get you in and out of the kitchen in a flash. These Baked Potato Rounds with Edamame Hummus and Microgreens are so tasty, they are kind of a new spin on potato skins (which I would dare to say they would be great as such!), but what I like about these is they cook so quickly because

Orange Chocolate Silver Dollar Pancakes

orange chocolate silver dollar pancakes

This Orange Chocolate Silver Dollar Pancake Recipe shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine. #SimplyMothersDay #CollectiveBias When I think of Mother's Day, I think of two things. Pancakes and flowers, ok well and of course my mom- but that's a given. When I was growing up, making my mom pancakes on Mother's Day was just my way of showing my mom that I loved her. Maybe to give her a break in the kitchen, or maybe my love language is pancakes lol. So naturally now, it makes so much sense for me to want to make pancakes on Mother's Day with my son (and share them with all of you so that you can go and make your mamma some!). Simple and delicious for this #SimplyMothersDay.

Ginger Spice Cake with Blood Orange “Buttercream” Frosting

ginger spice cake with blood orange buttercream frosting

In my house I'm not really considered a great baker. My dad is a fantastic baker, he's a great cook too, and I think I got the cooking gene and maybe not so much the baking gene. But to my defense, gluten-free + vegan baking is challenging! So now you're thinking, well why should I keep reading if she stinks at baking?! Let me go on... this cake is quite the exception to my baking fails, and quite frankly- I killed it! I'm pretty proud of this Ginger Spice Cake with Blood Orange "Buttercream" Frosting! Ok, so you caught me. I didn't do all the work gasp! I'll admit I owe most of the credit to... these beautiful blood oranges!! Any recipe with blood oranges seems great- I mean, do you see how gorgeous they are? Perhaps one of nature's finest, so you can

Kale + Brussels Miso Mustard Noodle Bowls

kale and brussels miso mustard noodle bowls

When I'm not in the mood to cook, pasta is always my go-to, but sometimes I want to branch out from the traditional tomato sauce pasta (even though I probably could eat it every day, I mean- I am Italian!). Often times I open my fridge, see what produce I impulsively bought at the grocery store because let's face it, I can't help myself when I see fresh produce, and dream up a recipe that feeds my need to have a quick + healthy meal while also using up that produce before it goes bad. So last night I had some brussels sprouts and kale in my fridge on the brink of spoilage and I decided to throw this meal together. I'll admit that sometimes my little concoctions don't pan out the way I envisioned them, but this Kale + Brussels Miso Mustard Noodle Bowls

3-Leaf Curried Kale Salad

curried kale salad

  I'm not sure if my craving for kale salads are because it's "spring" (with a chance of snow apparently... ugh insert eyeroll emoji) or because I just need a little post-Easter detox. Either way, I am totally indulging. Guys, it's literally snowing right now as I am typing this. WHHHYYY?!! Anyway, so this weekend I made this delicious 3-Leaf Curried Kale Salad with three different kinds of kale! I also added in some purple cabbage, carrots, candy cane beets, curried edamame (yum!) and cucumber rolls! I've never made cucumber rolls before, but have always thought they were so pretty and fun :) And how gorgeous are those candy cane beets?! Truth: I actually don't like beets, but I know they are so good for you, so I decided to add them to this 3-Leaf

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl

sweet potato breakfast bowl

Breakfast. Ugh. When I was eating eggs and bacon and hash browns... you know, the breakfast staples, breakfast was my most favorite meal of the day! I would even make breakfast for dinner, that's how much I loved it. But since going gluten-free and vegan, breakfast is something that I struggle with the most. I always wake up thinking, 'ugh, what am I going to eat this morning?'. Now that being said, I have discovered a whole new way to breakfast, and I have discovered some of the most appetizing dishes to bring my breakkie game back up, including this sweet potato breakfast bowl! At first, I was like, sweet potatoes for breakfast?! But duh, we eat white potatoes for breakfast, why can't we sub the sweets (not to mention they are sweet! Uh, hello?!) Lucky

Chocolate Chip Cookies | Gluten-Free + Vegan

chocolate chip cookies

  Cookies + (almond)Milk could possibly be the greatest culinary creation of all time... or maybe it's just the mood I've been in lately. I mean, sometimes a girl just needs a stack of chocolate chip cookies, do you feel me?!   So I decided to make these delicious cookies to celebrate reaching 5k on Instagram! I threw a #5kcookieparty and it was fabulous! I wish we could share cookies through our screens because I sure would have liked to share these with you (although the cookie monster part of me wouldn't want to share). These cookies are crunchy on the outside and around the edges, and gooey on the inside. Sounds like perfection to me! I was always a soft cookie kinda gal, but I have to admit I really like the crisp edges. I even had a

Pink Pitaya Moon Milk

Well I don't know about you, but this cold, nasty weather is really starting to make me go crazy. I'm longing to sit outside, go for walks, do summery things and it seems she is nowhere to be found! I don't know why this winter has seemed to drag on more than others. So... I'm trying to make the best of it, and this moon milk certainly helps! What the heck is moon milk? That's what I asked myself when I started seeing it everywhere! It seems like I'm never up on the current trend, and almost always missing out! Besides being absolutely gorgeous, moon milk is an ancient tradition in Ayurveda, natural healing practices, to help with sleeplessness. Ever hear of drinking warm milk before bed to help you sleep? It stems from this ancient remedy, but people are

Miso Eggplant Sushi Bowls with Mango Chutney + Edamame Hummus

miso eggplant sushi bowls

When I created these bowls, I have to admit... this wasn't my intention for this recipe. BUT it ended up being better this way! I was seeking out to make Onigirazu, otherwise known as a sushi sandwich. Otherwise known as one heck of a culinary challenge way above my skill level at this point. Now, of course, that means that this will burn in the back of my mind until I can create the perfect sushi sandwich, but for now, I am super content and excited to share the recipe for these sushi bowls with you! Sushi bowls are totally underrated. When you don't feel like (or know how) to roll your own sushi at home, but are still having that sushi craving... head for those bowls and load up your bowl in just 30 minutes! So let's take a closer peek. We have ⤐ Rice

Cranberry Falafel Burgers with Garlic Tahini “Yogurt” Sauce

cranberry falafel burger

Enter into burger heaven... I've had these four times in one week LOL!!! I know I say that everything is so good, so either I am the world's UN-pickiest eaters or you should just take my word for it... but these are SO GOOD! Falafel is something I just recently got into. It's no secret of mine that I love chickpeas, so when I get to include them in a recipe I get super stoked. The other thing that I get really excited about is trying new foods! Maybe it's weird, but I like get really excited. For this recipe I added opo squash. Huh?! What the heck is that?! That's actually what I said when I saw it at the store. Now before I lose you, you don't have to go on an opo squash hunt to make these delicious burgers, BUT I will say if you can find them, it's worth trying!