The best recipes of 2016 as told by bloggers themselves! Save yourself hours of sifting through Pinterest and feast your eyes on 40+ of the most delicious recipes to grace the internet this year.


Happy 2017, friends!

It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and the happiest of New Years.

I’m not usually one to get all sentimental at the end of the year (after all, does anything reallllly change once the clock strikes midnight?), but I couldn’t help be feel a hint of nostalgia set in when I started to think about everything that has happened over the past 12 months. 2016 definitely had its fair share of ups and downs, but I’m happy to report that, overall, the ups far exceeded the downs. I graduated from my dietetic internship, passed the exam to (finally!) become a Registered Dietitian, moved into an apartment that I love, traveled out west (twice!), visited 2 national parks, hiked a glacier, completed survived my first semester of graduate school, and got engaged! It’s been a busy, stressful, exciting and eventful year for sure. Who knows what 2017 will bring, but right now I’m kind of hoping it’s a nap because I’m exhausted just thinking about everything that happened last year.

Looking ahead to 2017, one of my own personal goals is to (continue to) branch out in the kitchen. As much as I love to try out new recipes, I am admittedly a creature of habit. I tend to find a few recipes that I love and I stick to them like glue. In fact, that’s one of the more selfish reasons why I decided to start this blog – to force myself to step outside of my comfort zone and become more innovative in the kitchen. Because, let’s be honest… with billions of recipes available through the internet, I really have no business eating eggs and avocado toast for dinner 4 nights a week (no matter how delicious that combination is).

But rather than spend hours Pinterest trying to eenie-meenie-miney-moe my way through hundreds of recipes, I decided to go straight to the source. After all, who better to ask for recipe advice than the recipe creators themselves?!

So I reached out to some fellow bloggers and asked them…
What was your favorite recipe creation of 2016??


The list of recipes that I got back is nothing short of drool-worthy and completely lives up to the title of “best recipes of 2016”. From cozy bowls of oats to decadent bowls of ice cream, you’ll find something for any time of the day. And as always, I made sure to include both healthy eats and indulgent treats to keep you satisfied, while still staying true to your healthy resolutions!




Bloggers' Best Bytes: Best Recipes of 2016 | 40+ Food bloggers share their favorite recipe creations of 2016!



– Breakfast –

Coconut Flour Pancakes via Hungry Hobby

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Spiced Apple Breakfast Bowl via Danielle’s Kitchen

Baked Egg Sweet Potatoes via Emily Ruth Weir

I love this recipe because it takes just a few minutes to whip together, rests overnight and bakes in the morning for a simple breakfast, snack or even dessert. Plus it’s dairy free and gluten free so it’s the perfect go-to recipe when accommodating food allergies/preferences! – Shannon Garcia, RD, Kiss in the Kitchen

Wild Blueberry Overnight Waffle Bake via Kiss in the Kitchen

Sweet Potato Toast via Nutrition Starring YOU

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Gluten-Free S’mores Pancakes via Strength & Sunshine

Cinnamon Apple Noodle Breakfast Bowl with Candied Nuts via Athletic Avocado

I think this was one of my most creative and delicious recipes to date – super proud! It’s so easy and great for any time of year. – Sarah Schlichter, RD, Bucket List Tummy

Wild Blueberry Sweet Potato Wheat Bread via Bucket List Tummy

Dark Chocolate Chip Scones via Kerri’s Fit Kitchen


– Snacks/Appetizers –

Sweet Potato Pizza via Eat The Gains

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Roasted Red Pepper & Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus via To Live & Diet in LA

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip via Maria Makes

I’ve had my Sesame-Free White Bean Hummus on repeat since I first tasted this recipe my dad actually created! I’m so glad I finally got around to sharing it with my readers because it’s been a food prep staple in our home as its a great combination of plant based protein and fiber, and so versatile — great for breakfast, lunch or dinner! – Chelsey Amer, RD, C it Nutritionally

Sesame Free White Bean Hummus via C it Nutritionally

Onigiri via Fairyburger


– Entrees –

Veggie Cauliflower Fried Rice with Crispy Tofu via Nutritioulicious

Crockpot Marinated Chicken with Beets and Brussels Sprouts via Sarah Koszyk

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Copycat Panera Autumn Squash Soup (Lightened Up!) – My own personal favorite!

Turkey Meatballs with Italian Herbs via Suzlyfe

This was my favorite recipe creation of the year because it’s a wonderful mix of flavors and textures that is just so satisfying! It’s become a weeknight regular because it’s simple to prepare but filling and great as leftovers for the next day. – Cara Harbstreet, RD, Street Smart Nutrition

Stuffed Sweet Potato with Mustard Greens & Creamy Tahini Sauce via Street Smart Nutrition

Venison Shepherd’s Pie via Miss Allie’s Kitchen

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Cajun Salmon Tacos with Donut Peaches via Hungry by Nature

Grilled Goat Cheese & Pesto Sandwich via Run Eat Snap

This is my favorite recipe of the year because it is made almost entirely of produce that I grew myself in my garden. You can also grab most of these ingredients from your local farmers market for a fresh, farm to table meal the whole family will love. – Emily Kyle, RD

Spaghetti Squash Eggplant Parmesan via Emily Kyle Nutrition

Vegan Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry via Abby Langer Nutrition

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Seafood Chili via Skinny Fitalicious

Vegan Pumpkin Pasta via VNutrition

I love this recipe because it’s a delicious plant based recipe that serves so many purposes. You can serve it as a main dish, appetizer, with pasta, or a fun side. It follows the fun new trend of making faux meatballs from plants. – Sharon Palmer, RD

Greek Veggie Balls with Tahini Lemon Sauce via Sharon Palmer

Pumpkin-Bean Burger with Chili Avocado Mash via Desi-licious RD

– Sweet Treats –

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt via Caroline’s Kitchen

(No Bake) Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse via RDelicious Kitchen

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Pumpkin Spice Walnut Cake via Healthy Helper Blog

Chocolate Winter Bark via Nutrition by Nazima

This recipe is my favorite because it’s become my family and friends’ favorite too! I love nothing more than seeing the smile break across their faces or the excited texts I get back when I tell them I’m bringing it along to a get together! – Kristy, Southern In-Law

Healthy Caramel Banana Upside Down Cake via Southern In-Law

No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Fudge Brownies via Let’s Get Living

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Butterfinger to the Extreme Ice Cream via Faith, Hope, Love & Luck

Fudgy Coconut Oil Brownies via A Kitchen Fable

This is my favorite recipe because I made it last month for a yoga & dinner event that I hosted and it has quickly become a crowd favorite. My entire family requests them to be made, friends ask for the recipe, and it is going to be making an appearance at my next event. It is also only 6 ingredients so it fits my mission to make health and wellness accessible and easy to understand for everyone. – Leslie, Balanced Life Leslie

6 Ingredient Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies via Balanced Life Leslie

White Chocolate Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies via Beauty in Christ

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Healthy Chocolate Truffles via The Clean Eating Couple

Clean Almond Flour Brownies via Katie Cakes

These are my favourite because gluten-free, dairy-free baking is really tricky and I’m proud of how these turned out! They are really crunchy and satisfying without being super sweet. – Aya, A Healthy Story

Peanut Butter Raspberry Cookies via A Healthy Story

Unicorn Chex Mix via Fitful Focus




Now I want to hear from you…

What was the best thing you ate in 2016?

Feel free to share your favorite recipe in the comments below!


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65 Comments on Bloggers’ Best Bytes: Best Recipes of 2016

  1. Such an exciting and amazing year for you, congratulations! I hope 2017 is packed with just as much joy and happiness!
    So many good eats, drooling at so many as I scrolled through!

  2. This is such a great roundup!!!! I completed my dietetic internship in 2016 too and SUCH a relief so I’m right there with ya! I thoroughly enjoyed most of grad school, so be sure to soak it all in…2017 is my first year NOT a student in forever and I don’t quite know what to do with myself! LOL!
    Thanks for including my hummus — I’m OBSESSED with it!!! Happy New Year girl! XOXOXO

    • Ahh congrats on everything girl! I’m sure you’ll adjust to non-student life just fine.. can’t wait to see what the next year holds for you!

    • Thanks Elaine! I figured, who knows their own recipes better than the bloggers themselves? It was fun seeing everyones’ picks!

  3. So many amazing recipes here, I love seeing everyone’s favorite from the year! Congrats on all your accomplishments this year, can’t wait to see what 2017 holds!!

  4. I really like posts like this because you’re right. I don’t have time for the black hole of recipes on Pinterest. It’s nice to have so many good ones in one place.

    • I don’t even want to think about how many hours of my life I’ve wasted scrolling through Pinterest recipes! Hope a few of these recipes caught your eye.

  5. This is incredible Kara; that was so kind of you to round up all those recipes and share them with others! <3 I recognize so many of them, but not all.

  6. Hey Kara, Happy New Year and I have seen your recipe which is really delicious. Every recipes are really yummy yummy. To read your post, I am really impressed. So, Thanks!

  7. 2016 was such an awesome year for you! :D! Many many congrats! You have so much to be proud of! <3 Thanks for including my onigiri, and I can't wait to try out these recipes!

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