I don't have a lot of "food memories" from my childhood.   I didn't have a grandmother who taught me her famous pie crust, or a mother who made fresh pasta every week.  There wasn't that kind of connection to food, or as far as I can remember.  We were average, like most - just trying to feed ourselves well enough.  

I do remember Summers though.   As I kid, the warmer months could be memorialized by my constant stomach aches from too many plums (we had a tree - ugh, California..) or too many strawberries.  My mom would buy huge crates of fruit from some farmstand & I would eat most of it before my sisters even saw it.  I'm not sure I ate much else between the months of May-August.

Fruit desserts are my actual favorite to this day.  There's something so refreshing & lovely about them in the warmer months, especially when you can't (physically) eat any more fresh fruit.  I can still put down almost half a moderately-sized watermelon if I wanted, but for the most part - I bake.  Curbs the Summer aches & is much better for sharing with others.

Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Cake  - Adapted from Cannelle et Vanille (gluten-free)

| This cake can be made with any seasonal fruit - It would be great with Sour Cherries or red currants! |

  • 1 cup almond meal or flour
  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 3/4 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot or tapioca flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 large eggs + 1 egg yolk
  • 4oz. rhubarb stalks, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 oz. strawberries, chopped
  • 2 oz. raspberries
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
  • 1/4 cup ghee or butter, melted and cooled

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all flours, baking powder, and salt until well combined.  In another mixing bowl, mix together lemon zest & 1/2 cup sugar with your fingers until mixed well & fragrant.  Add rhubarb stalks & berries to stir & gently macerate.  In a small bowl, stir together lemon juice & yogurt and set aside.

Add eggs, butter and yogurt to whisked flour mixture.  Stir until mixed well.  At the last minute, mix in berries & rhubarb until well combined.

Grease an 8-inch springform cake pan well.  Pour cake batter and spread top evenly with a spatula.  Sprinkle remaining sugar over top.  Bake for 40-50 minutes until a toothpick poked into the center comes out clean & the edges are golden brown.  Let cool for 25 minutes before removing from pan.  

This post was originally shot for H&M!


I really can't believe it's the last week of August.  Even with my excessive farmer's market trips and making/baking everything I can, I still feel it's gone by too fast.  I surely have not complained about the humidity or received enough mosquito bites for it to be almost September.

Luckily, since the temperature has not quite dropped yet, we still have time for some frozen treats.  I've been obsessed with coconut milk popsicles (1 can coconut milk, 2 tablespoons maple syrup and some shredded coconut for texture. That's it.) that remind me of my favorite fruit-a-freeze pops as a kid.  They are dairy-free and almost sugar-free, too.

These plum pops were my absolute favorite though & used some of my beloved new lemon verbena plant.  Not only is the color awesome, but they are tart and sweet, like every Summer popsicle should be.  And obviously the second I see a concord grape, I'm making these again.  


  • 3 pints mirabelle plums, halved and seeded
  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar, divided
  • Half pint red currants
  • Handful of lemon verbena leaves

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Add plums to a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Brush with coconut oil and top with sprinkled maple sugar (about 1-2 tablespoons).  Roast for 10-12 minutes or until juicy and tender.  Set aside to cool.

In a small saucepan, add 3/4 cup water with a good handful of lemon verbena leaves and 2 tablespoon maple sugar.  Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5-10 minutes or until mixture is very fragrant and begins to reduce.

 Add plums to blender with strained lemon verbena "syrup" with 1/4 cup water.  Blend until smooth.  Strain through a sieve (or leave with little bits) and pour into chilled popsicle molds.  Leave about 1 inch of room for each, then drop 3-4 currants into each popsicle mold.  Add lid + popsicle sticks, then chill! 


I love a cut-out cookie, especially when it's as festive and Christmas-y as these ones.  Besides being adorable - they are chewy, nutty and topped with a simple maple icing.  Check out the post on Clementine Daily! 


ALMOND GINGERBREAD COOKIES WITH MAPLE ICING (gluten-free, dairy-free0 Makes 3 dozen cookies

  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour or oat flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon xanthum gum
  • 3/4 cup brown or coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (or butter)
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 egg

For Icing:

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoon coconut milk

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.  IN a large mixing bowl, whisk together flours, starch, baking powder, xanthum gum, sugar and spices (all dry ingredients). 

In another mixing bowl, combine melted coconut oil (or butter, with molasses, vanilla, maple syrup and egg.  Mix until well combined.

Combine wet ingredients into dry, mixing well until cookie dough forms.  Chill dough (in the bowl) for 25 minutes.  

Once chilled, roll out dough between two pieces of parchment, using a bit of tapioca to flour the surface and between parchments.  Roll out until around 1/4in. thick or so, then use cookie cutters to make shapes.  Add cut out cookies to a parchment lined baking sheet.  Repeat until all dough is gone.

Bake cookies in batches, 12-15 minutes or until browned and dry to the touch.  Set on a bakers rack to cool completely before icing. 

To make icing:  Add powdered sugar to a medium mixing bowl.  Whisk powder well until “sifted” and smooth, breaking up any   Whisk in maple syrup, coconut milk and stir well until icing forms.  If it’s too dry, add a little bit of water, if too watery, add a little more sugar.  Then, drizzle cooled cookies with icing or just dunk them straight in ;) Happy holidays!


See more images and recipe HERE!