Coastal Kitchen

Separated by circumstance but still sharing a love for a healthy lifestyle …

Favorite Sugar Cookie

This is our favorite recipe when it comes to making sugar cookies. These delicious, buttery and shortbread-like cookies are reminiscent of the ones you might find in a European bakery. During the holidays one of Scott/dad’s favorite things to do is make these holiday cookies. Print/View Recipe

Pecan Tart

We do try to keep most of our recipe posts on the “healthy” side but every now and then there comes a holiday where a sweet binge is expected. This past Thanksgiving we were craving a pecan pie and decided that we could make it a little healthier by eliminating the traditional Karo syrup (high […]

Slim Cinnamon Roll Scones

There is something about scones that complement a chilly fall morning and these skinny (literally) versions are perfect for dipping into your ritual coffee or tea. Our only advice is to not leave them in the oven too long or you will miss out on their flakey croissant texture. View/Print Recipe (we skipped the glaze […]

Molasses Cookies

These are the best holiday cookies to make as a hostess gift, but I need to warn you now…it is easy to eat one batch in a sitting! I am talking from experience. On Friday, I was having the biggest craving for something sweet, molasses cookies in particular, but had no intention of getting out […]

Banana Ice Cream

We found this banana ice cream recipe online a few weeks ago and were overjoyed with the results. Satiate your sweet tooth with three simple ingredients (banana, peanut butter, chocolate chips). For one perfect portion of banana ice cream 1. Peel and chop up one whole banana and place it in the freeze for two […]

Pumpkin Glazed Donuts

What better way to get into the fall spirit than by filling the kitchen with the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin? This is our second installment of donuts, but this time they are dairy and wheat free with the main ingredients being almond flour (high protein) and canned pumpkin (extremely high in fiber). I […]

Lemon Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

Delicious, no-bake and easy to make from FoodDoodles. Since we ladies knew we would have a hard time not eating the entire dish in one sitting, we chose to prepare this one into individual servings… even though we still ate too many! Print/View Recipe

Baked Oatmeal

Recently we’ve been looking to make a breakfast dish that acts as a good side to eggs and bacon at a weekend brunch. With its cake-like texture and maple blueberry taste, Baked Oatmeal fit the bill not only for the morning hours, but also as a great dessert dish (accompanied by a little bit of […]

Avocado Lime Ice Cream

We are all big fans of ice cream, but making it homemade can be tricky. This recipe however, is not only simple and delicious but also loaded with all the good fats that your body needs. By combining four simple ingredients (avocado, lime, full fat coconut milk, and sweetened condensed milk) you can whip up […]

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

I know, it doesn’t sound quite right, mixing avocados with chocolate but really, it’s a delicious combo and certainly a healthier option to the store bought pudding mixes. This recipe has 5 natural ingredients (Avocado, Cocoa, Coconut Milk, Honey & Vanilla) compared to the list of ingredients in the Jell-O brands found here. Serve it […]

Blueberry Peach Pie

This recipe was inspired by the blueberry peach crostata that we have made during the last few summers. With peaches and blueberries in-season, this is a quick and festive treat that will win over anyone at a summer cookout! Print/View Recipe

Greek Yogurt and Coconut Milk Popsicles

Popsicles are the ultimate summer treat, but if you peruse the frozen aisle in the grocery store and check out some of the labels, the findings often include a plethora of food dyes, dozens of unpronounceable ingredients, high fructose corn syrup and enough sugar to give a baby whale the jitters. We made two versions […]

Almond Joy Bars

We came across this recipe while skimming through one of our favorite blogs, Elana’s Pantry. Just looking at photos of these decadent treats made our mouths water. These bars are not only gluten free, but also high in protein and fiber because of the use of almond and coconut flour. View recipe at  

Chocolate Cake for Two

Birthdays have always been a big deal in this house and fondly referred to as “birthday weeks” but now that the girls are grown and out of the house I decided to pare down the celebration (not the ingredients) with a cake for two to celebrate Scott’s birthday. I took the “Classic White Cake” recipe […]

Baked Doughnuts with Lemon Glaze

Cute mini cupcakes may be all the rage these days, but my sweet of choice will forever be the doughnut. It wasn’t until recently that I truly began appreciating everything these little pillows of joy have to offer – this is Chris’, the “anti-sweet tooth’s”, only sugar downfall and he’s got me hooked now too. […]

Grain Free Strawberry Rhubarb Tart

This strawberry rhubarb tart was inspired by the many wonderful memories of our seaside home in Rhode Island and one of our favorite places, Schartner’s Farm where it is a family tradition to buy a strawberry rhubarb pie when the holidays roll around. This particular recipe is “grain-free” and uses less sugar than most pies and […]

NuttZo Butter Cups

Sweet and salty bringing back memories of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup but with only the good stuff! While we love sweets, we do care about the ingredients so when we stumbled upon this recipe from Savory Lotus we just had to try it. The only thing we changed was we replaced the almond butter […]

Grain-Free (Gluten Free) Berry Tart

With summer just around the corner and me preparing to head back up to Rhode Island for six weeks, I’ve been on the hunt for some seasonal treats that make me think of bonfires on rocky beaches, sea salt coated hands and watching Fourth of July Fireworks from the end of the floating dock at […]

Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

These babies are Paleo approved and gluten free, but don’t let that fool you into thinking they are actually good for you! After three weeks detoxing from sugar I thought I would treat myself to some homemade chocolate chip cookies to see how I felt after eating them. They were delicious and I couldn’t stop […]

Quick Pumpkin Muffins

I first tried these a few weeks ago when my friend Maggie brought them over during one of our Sunday TV nights. Both Chris and I inhaled them and were surprised to find out that they were a healthier version of the decadent ones. By using Spice Cake Mix and replacing the eggs and oil […]

Persimmon Blueberry Crisp

  One thing that I love about living in California is the constant stream of local produce year round! Last week I found five beautiful persimmons in a little brown paper bag on our front doorstep delivered from our sweet neighbors fresh off their tree. I had never eaten a persimmon and wasn’t sure what […]

Vanilla Almond Milk Sponge Cake

Happy 23rd Birthday to my wonderful sister Sydney!  I made a cake for myself and blew out the candle in your honor, but I can’t tell you what my wish was. I hope I got it right. If only you were a few states closer, I may have been able to give you a taste. […]