Nutella Haystacks (Vegan + Grain-free)

nutella haystacks (vegan + gluten-free) Hi friends! Wow—it’s been a while. I spent the month of August in Copenhagen, Denmark and had the TIME OF MY LIFE. More on that later. For now, I’m sharing the most decadent recipe I think I’ve ever posted to the blog before I do a major sugar detox and diet reset starting September 1st. More on that later too. But about these Nutella, or should I say “Not-ella”, Haystacks. Damn they are delicious. They don’t actually include any nutella but replicate the creamy spread in morsel form thanks to hazelnut butter and high-quality dark chocolate. They came about because, well, my roomate had some raw chocolate macaroons in the refridgerator and my uber jet-lagged self ate them for breakfast the day after my flight. Oops. Hehe. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any to replace them at the grocery store, so I decided to make her even better ones. You really can’t go wrong with hazelnut butter, high-quality chocolate and coconut, right!? She loved them. I loved them. And we were both happy and decided they had to go on the blog so you could all be happy too. Now someone come over to my house immediately and take these away because I have no self-control when it comes to these delicious morsels!!!

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SOUL TRIP + Why I am in Copenhagen, Denmark

CLD-12If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably seen me posting ‘grams and snaps (snapchat :: lifeofchar) of myself prancing around a European city, biking everywhere, eating amazing food and relishing in the freedom of travel. Last week I arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark, where I will be staying for the month (maybe a little longer!) While this trip feels like it was a long time coming, in reality, I only booked it roughly 2 weeks before actually flying out. However, I’ve been thinking about a trip for months. Finally my intuition kicked in and I felt a strong urge that I had to go to Copenhagen in August. I’M ON A SOUL TRIP, you guys. A soul trip is an adventure you take that serves your soul and allows you to connect with yourself on a deep level—allowing you to get in touch with your intuition and authentic self.

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Leaves & Flowers Tea with Anna // Inspired By Series

leaves & flowers tea co // inspired by series Friends—Today I am absolutely thrilled to share a special interview with a total vibrant goddess and herbal medicine woman, Anna Morton of LEAVES & FLOWERS tea company! I’ve known Anna and her family, well, since I was born—her momma is my godmother. As long as I’ve known Anna, she has been an embodiment of the female goddess archetype—she has a vibrant mountain woman spirit, is a natural beauty, lives from her true authentic self, is an inspiring female entrepreneur and a conscious business owner. Anna co-founded and runs a tea company based out of California that specializes in artisan herbal blends. Read on for a special interview with Anna about LEAVES & FLOWERS, her health philosophy and some quick tips from someone who is “doing it” as a female business owner.

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Raw Matcha Macaroons (Paleo/AIP/Vegan Option)

raw matcha macaroons (paleo / aip / vegan) Raw Matcha Macaroons for you, you, you and you. I wish I could have you all over for a tea party and feed you these delicious raw matcha macaroons. Ever since collaborating with the lovely Lauren of Mizuba Tea Co., I’ve gone through a little obsession with the power packed superfood. You can read about some of the health benefits of Matcha here and while you’re at it you can whip yourself up an iced honey matcha—literally the perfect summer drink!! This recipe has only a bit of Matcha in it, used to simply flavor the macaroons with a hint of that earthy green tea flavor that is hard to resist. I shared the recipe for these over on one of my favorite blogs Design Love Fest  as part of their Healthy Recipe Series. Wahoo. Head on over there to check it out and click-through here for more pretty pictures!

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Grain-Free Morning Breakfast Porridge

grain-free apple porridge Want something deliciously satisfying and cozy for breakfast? Or maybe you are tired of eggs? Well grain-free porridge made out of spaghetti squash is going to be your favorite new reason to get out of bed in the mornings. I’ve been waking up with a heavy heart lately as I navigate a painful heartbreak; one thing that has helped immensly is making breakfast a whole experience. It helps me to pull me out of bed, use my creativity first thing in the morning and nourishes my body properly for a day of working through some pretty intense emotions. With the warm weather in Portland, I’ve been opting for cooler no cook breakfasts like chicken liver pâté with raw veggies or smoked salmon salad. This grain-free porridge has also been an easy and comforting breakfast that you can made ahead of time and reheat. It’s also very customizable and you should totally feel free to make it your own. Just a note that I intentionally made this recipe very low-sugar as I am essentially sugar-free at the moment (for the most part, fruit included except for berries + green apples) but you can totally sweeten this up with maple syrup or raw honey—I think the green apple does just the trick though!

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