Grain Free Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies

There’s been a lot of chocolate around this blog lately – dark chocolate to be specific. I’ve shared my Double Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cake for breakfast, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Bars and Decadent Dark Chocolate Cupcakes for dessert, and Cocoa Chocolate Chip Muffins and Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies for snacks anytime. Today’s recipe takes all that chocolate to a new level of intensity. These grain free Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies are so dense and delicious, you’ll feel like you’re taking a bite of a solid dark chocolate bar, if that bar had the texture of fudge.

 

A delicious, dense dark chocolate fudge brownie recipe, gluten free and perfect for the chocolate lover in your life.

 

 

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One Year of Blogging

This week marks my one year blog-iversary. On December 5, 2014, I decided to start a blog, and on December 7, 2014, I published my very first post. I can’t believe it’s been a year, but lots of time, effort, creative thought, photography, and discussion has led to more than 200 posts, dozens of delicious gluten free recipes, and many memories shared in this space. This post is all about the highlights of the past year and my thoughts on what blogging means to me, as well as my hopes for the future of Renaissance Runner Girl.

 

Walt Disney World Half Marathon 2015

 

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Turkey Kale Frittata

What’s eggy and veggie and delicious all over? This Turkey Kale Frittata! Simple and easy to whip up and bake, this dish will serve you well as a make ahead breakfast or the centerpiece of a brunch party. It’s also a perfect way to use up the leftovers of your Thanksgiving turkey…

 

An eggy, veggie-packed Turkey Kale Frittata, the perfect centerpiece for a brunch party.

 

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Pumpkin Poufflé

When the leaves start to change and Halloween approaches, pumpkin season arrives in full force and with it brings an onslaught of pumpkin recipes. I didn’t really enjoy eating pumpkin until a few years ago, but once I became a convert the love was real. Which you may have guessed, between the Pumpkin Muffins, Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pumpkin Apple Spice Bread, and Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cake that have all been shared on this blog in the past month. Well, now it’s time for the dessert that’s fit to serve at your Thanksgiving table. This Pumpkin Poufflé was actually my second post ever, and it’s been updated and remastered (in 3D, or 4D, or whatever they call it these days) for anyone in need of a grain free pumpkin pie for the holiday season.

 

A grain free gluten free pumpkin pie perfect for the Thanksgiving table.

 

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Gluten Free Golden Corn Bread

It’s autumn, and that means it’s apple and pumpkin season. From reading this blog and others, you’d never guess that other flavors might be able to take center stage. But squash, sweet potatoes, and corn are also stars of the show, and when Thanksgiving rolls around the latter always plays a crucial role – in the corn bread. In this case, gluten free golden corn bread, fluffy and delicious and perfect for sopping up the gravy or toasting with a bit of butter for the morning after breakfast.

 

Gluten Free Golden Corn Bread

 

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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cake

Autumn is in full swing, and the apple and pumpkin recipes are going to keep coming around here! From Pumpkin Apple Spice Loaf to Pumpkin Muffins, and Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies to Apple Cinnamon Flax Muffin Bites, I love the flavors of this season and all the concoctions I’ve been cooking up. Today I’m sharing a recipe pulled from the archives, one of my earliest creations back when I first started cooking in college. This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal cake is perfect for a warming autumn breakfast that you can make and bake ahead while you get ready for your day, and it’s easy to whip up with ingredients you have on hand.

 

A gluten free apple cinnamon baked oatmeal cake, perfect to make and put in the oven to be ready when you are to start your day.

 

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Veggie Feta Frittata

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the incredible egg. Eaten unadorned or atop other delicious and nutritious foods, eggs are tasty, packed with protein and healthy fats, and pretty much make a complete meal in their neat little shell packages. Keep eggs simple with a scramble or sunny side up preparation, or poach them right up. Those all work when you’re cooking for just one or a few. But if you’re entertaining for brunch, need to feed a family, or just want to feel a little fancier, a frittata is the way to go. You get 4-8 slices that present beautifully on a plate, with colorful veggies, a little cheese, some breakfast sausage or tofu, and a crust that holds it all together (or not – just eggs will do that as well!) One of my favorite preparations is this Veggie Feta Frittata.

 

 

A gluten free, protein packed Veggie Feta Frittata, perfect to make ahead and slice up for breakfast and lunch during the week.

 

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Run. Eat. Listen. Watch. Read. 10/25/15

Happy Sunday, lovelies! I’m off to run the Poland Springs 5M Marathon Kickoff in Central Park this morning on my way to crossing off #7 of the 9 races I need to qualify for the New York City Marathon next year. As most of you know, I like to use my running time as my thinking time, and these are just a few of the things I’ve been pondering as I run…or read, or bake, or walk to work. Enjoy the links in this round of Run. Eat. Listen. Watch. Read. (Look at August, early and late September to see what caught my eye then…)

 

 

Obviously loving all things autumnal!

Obviously loving all things autumnal, as seen on Instagram

 

 

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Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cake

Few will dare to tread the path of roasting and carving their own pumpkin to reap the delicious rewards when Libby will do it for us. Whoever Libby is, millions of pie-makers around the country must thank her every November. I certainly do every time I whip up a batch of pumpkin muffins or a pumpkin pie. But just opening a whole can of pure pumpkin feels like a commitment. You’re going to have leftovers unless you’re making a pie or a Pumpkin Pouffle.

 

A gluten free pumpkin spice oatmeal cake for one, perfect to make and make while you get ready for an autumn day.

 

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Gluten Free Broccoli Cheddar Quiche

I hosted my first dinner party back in February, and for the main course I served two gluten free quiches. One was a Savory Goat Cheese & Vegetable suitable for vegetarian guests, and the other was a Smoked Salmon & Quinoa Quiche suitable for the dairy free among them. All of my friends loved them, and I whipped up lots of different frittata and quiche recipes as make-ahead meals for the week throughout the spring, but I put all that on hold throughout the summer while studying for the bar five feet away from the kitchen and not cooking so much as constantly snacking 🙂 Now that it’s autumn and I’m getting ready to start my new job, I’m back to experimenting with recipes for meals I can make ahead and eat during the workweek. This gluten free Broccoli Cheddar Quiche definitely fits the bill. It’s perfect to bring to the office for breakfast or lunch, or to re-heat at home for dinner and enjoy along with a side salad. 

 

A gluten free Broccoli Cheddar Quiche, packed with protein and veggies and a perfect make ahead meal for the week.

 

 

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