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Blogger Secret Santa

Megan Faletra3 Comments

It is no secret to most people who know me know that I love giving gifts. I love the process of thinking of something that will make someone smile and either going out and buying it, or sitting at home and creating a little special something for someone special.

This year I got to participate in a fun blogger secret santa from the incredible bgbcommunity that I belong to, and I have to admit that it was a ton of fun to go out and plan a little christmas gift for a girl out there in the world that I had never met before.

I ended up getting the lovely Dani from Dani California Cooks and had an absolute blast pulling together some blogger essentials for this talented girl on the west coast. Definitely make sure to check out her blog since it is loaded with tons of delicious recipes and healthy inspiration.

Dani's delicious ultimate breakfast bars

Dani's delicious ultimate breakfast bars

I also was SUPER excited when I saw that I received my secret santa package from Emilie from Emilie Eats who has become a new blogging friend via instagram! Her instagram photos always make me hungry and I have no doubt in my mind that this girl is going to do big things in the healthy living blogging world over the coming years. We also share a love for living authentically and following a healthy plant based way of living, so it was really special to receive this gift from someone I already have really come to respect. Emilie blogs about delicious healthy, plant based foods and makes one killer granola!

Emilie's amazing banana granola!!!!!

Emilie's amazing banana granola!!!!!

Emilie is also a college girl from Louisiana, which automatically makes me even more impressed by her ability to create incredible food photos and recipes all while in college. To all the college bloggers out there I don't know how you do it! 


Inside my box Emilie sent my some adorable DIY gifts, which I really appreciated because they are my absolute favorite gifts to receive. Emilie really went to town and made me homemade gluten free banana granola (I may have eaten the entire tin in 3 days...), homemade peppermint scrub, and a travel inspired painting. She also included some of my favorite toasted coconut chips (how did she know!), a delicious smelling candle, larabars, and an adorable mug to further feed my new found obsession with almond milk cappuccinos. 

Basically my go to snacks all week long thanks to Emilie!!

Basically my go to snacks all week long thanks to Emilie!!

I really want to thank Emilie for all of my lovely gifts, which I have been thoroughly enjoying and to the incredible Georgie and Christina who run the BBG Community for organizing this fun gift exchange.

If you are interested in finding more incredible food bloggers out there, definitely check out our communities Instagram or hashtag #BGBcommunity for some delicious inspiration  

Gluten Free & Vegan Apple Crisp

FoodMegan Faletra3 Comments

Let's be real honest for a second...the topping on any sort of crisp is entirely where it's at. Don't even start to try and convince me that the filling is what keeps you coming back for more, it's not, it's those damn adorable clusters that are addictive in the way that granola is.

Basically clusters are like tiny pieces of broken apart oatmeal cookie, transformed to make us think they are something entirely different, but they aren't...they are pretty much just crumbled cookies pretending to wear a different hat and make us feel slightly less guilty when we purposefully load our crisp filling with an abundance of crunchy, but still slightly chewy clusters. I'm honestly getting hungry just thinking about it. 

Anyway, now that we are all on the same page that clusters are the game changer in a good apple crisp, let me introduce you to this beauty below. 

Here's the thing, gluten-free baked goods in general have a bad reputation, and honestly for pretty good reason too. Baking gluten-free is not easy, but I have found that working with certified gluten-free oats, oat flour, and almond flour can most of the time lead me to a recipe that is actually worthy of sharing with the non-gluten free population...this recipe is one that I will absolutely be sharing. 

What I love most about this apple crisp recipe in-particular is that it is super easy to make. This is the type of recipe that can be made in one bowl, and can be whipped up and placed in the oven in under 5 minutes. It is also refined sugar free, dairy free, and gluten-free...so it's basically like eating a big pan of kale right? It's at least somewhere in the same ball park :)

Thanksgiving Worthy Gluten Free & Vegan Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp Filling Ingredients

  1. 4 (medium to large size) apples 
  2. 1 Tb Corn Starch
  3. 1 Tsp Honey
  4. 1 Tsp Cinnamon

Topping Ingredients

  1. 2 Cups Gluten Free Oatmeal
  2. 1 Cup Gluten Free Oat Flour
  3. 1/3 Cup Almond Meal
  4. 2 TB Coconut Oil
  5. 2 TB Vegan Butter (I used Earth Balance)
  6. 1 Tb Cinnamon
  7. 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9x9 inch baking pan with nonstick spray (I love trader joes coconut oil cooking spray)
  2. Core apples and chop into slices, then chop slices in half.
  3. Combine chopped apples with honey, cornstarch, and cinnamon and add to greased pan.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine all topping ingredients and mix with a fork or spoon until clusters begin to form. 
  5. Spread topping mixture on top of apples, being sure to cover apples entirely.
  6. Place in oven for roughly 45-50 minutes, or until the apples are beginning to bubble and the topping is a nice golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  8. Serve with vegan coconut vanilla ice cream and enjoy!