Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cinnamon “Cream Cheese” Frosting (Gluten-free / Dairy-free)

Okay, I PROMISE I’ll let up on the pumpkin after this one. But I had to post this. Depriving you of this insanely delicious cake would be a serious crime, and I wouldn’t be able to live with myself. A year ago at this time, I wasn’t in school, so I spent most of my free time baking. I made so many recipes I thought my head was going to explode. And my roommates wanted to kill me because there was so much food in the apartment. I was determined to make the absolute best Thanksgiving dessert in the history of desserts. I…

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Fluffy Pumpkin Cookies with Spiced Maple Glaze (V, GF)

MORE PUMPKIN! Are you surprised? Usually at this time of year, I’m pumpin’ out chocolate recipes like no other. I don’t normally get really into pumpkin until after Halloween. I’m not sure why, but I’ve always associated Halloween with chocolate and Thanksgiving with pumpkin. Probably from all of those years gorging on chocolate candy bars after trick-or-treating. I definitely never got any pumpkin baked goods in my candy bag. This year, though, pumpkin has definitely been the theme of my October. And it will be the theme of my November, too. I’m not complaining, and my roommates definitely aren’t either. Perks of rooming…

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Paleo Chai Banana Pumpkin Bread

Is it even fall without a pumpkin recipe? NOOOOOPE. There’s been a can of pumpkin sitting on my baking shelf for a few months now, staring at me, taunting me. I have been SO excited to hop into ALL THINGS pumpkin – which started with my most recent fall candle haul, if you didn’t see that extravaganza. The funny thing is, I didn’t even like pumpkin until about 2 years ago. Yup, I went most of my life without ever even trying a pumpkin pie. It just did not sound good to young, inexperienced Christina. Was anyone else late to the pumpkin game? Thank…

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Thick & Creamy Superfood Chocolate Dessert Smoothie (V/GF)

There’s nothing I love more than a thick, creamy, luscious dessert smoothie. Specifically, a chocolate one. Makes me weak at the knees. I’m sure you’re already well aware of this, but one of my favorite things to do is venture out into Los Angeles and eat dessert. For the past few months, I’ve been on a very specific dessert mission: I’ve been trying as many chocolate smoothies/shakes as possible at restaurants in L.A. in order to find the best one. Let’s talk criteria. First of all, the smoothie obviously has to be very delicious. I’m looking for a thick, rich, deep chocolate flavor. A real chocolate…

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Chunky Monkey Nice Cream Scone Sandwiches (GF / Vegan)

Almost exactly a year ago, I visited the magical land of New York City for the very first time. While there, I had dinner at the Butcher’s Daughter and scarfed down the BEST dessert I had ever tasted in my life – an ice cream scone sandwich. Creamy, dreamy banana ice cream mashed between two huge, gloriously delicious chocolate chip scones. Banana is my all-time favorite ice cream flavor, and I’m allllll about anything with chocolate chips. Actually, I think that was the first time I had ever tried a scone in my life. Scones don’t usually sound very exciting to me, but…

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