Gluten-Free & Vegan Twix Bars

Through this pandemic I have been baking up a storm (per usual!) and like everyone else finding new ways to include pantry ingredients into recipes! A few years back I made milky way bars and boy are they so good – but they are some major work. Making coconut caramel at home is so fun but also a lot of work if you can’t get the proportions right and to be honest, every can of coconut can be different!
I recently received this vegan coconut caramel that is UNREAL. Skip making homemade caramel and just use this! I am all for pantry recipes and this twix bar recipe takes pantry cooking to the next level!

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I have been obsessed for the last two years with Bon Appetite’s youtube channel, especially Claire when she makes gourmet versions of food. These twix bars are my gluten-free and vegan gourmet version of a twix bar – pantry edition! Unlike the Bon Appetite recipes, this gourmet twix bar is SO easy to make! No boiling sugar and cream for the caramel or even tempering chocolate, the only thing you have to bake is the sugary sweet shortbread base!

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Why Gourmet Twix Bars?

During summers as a kid our family would head to Idaho for a week every summer to spend time by the lake with our best friends. We would jump off the docks, swim to the sandbar and eat rolo’s and twix bars until our stomach hurt. As a kid we were lucky enough to have a very balanced healthy diet. When we went to the lake our nutrition revolved around 3 major food groups, caramel, chocolate and cookies.

Now that it is starting to get warm, I was craving a twix bar. Having celiac and a dairy allergy means I simply cannot have a twix bar – so I had to make them! I had so much fun making the shortbread, melting the Bloom vegan caramel and drizzling dark chocolate over the top!

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Let’s make gourmet twix bars!

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Gourmet Twix Bars

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes, 60 Minutes to chill
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 bars 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking

Description

A pantry version of your favorite candy bar! But also, vegan and gluten-free for all you guys and gals like me!


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Ingredients

Shortbread

  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of vegan butter
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup of gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Caramel:

Chocolate

  • 1/3 cup of vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp of coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350°F and lightly butter your loaf pan (you can use a square 8×8 as well – the cookie won’t be as thick)
  2. In your bowl with a hand mixer or a stander mixer, cream your butter and sugar until fluffy
  3. Next add your baking powder, salt and vanilla extract
  4. Finally, add in your gluten-free flour, until a dough forms
  5. Put the dough into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 30 minutes until golden on the edges
  6. Let your cookie cool completely and warm up your caramel either in the microwave for 15 seconds or using a double boiler so your caramel is easily spreadable
  7. Once your cookie is cool, pour your melty caramel overtop and place into the fridge for 40 minutes to chill
  8. Once your caramel has set, melt your chocolate chips with your coconut oil and still until combined
  9. Using a fork, drizzle over the caramel topping and let chill another 30 minutes
  10. Keep in the fridge until you are ready to eat
  11. Enjoy!

Keywords: gluten free recipes, gluten free twix bars, gluten free dessert

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let gourmet twix bars be the recipe of summer!

I know this summer (once we are over social distancing) these are going to be my go-to recipe for summer parties. I can’t stress how easy these are to make and they taste like they take a million years to make!

Add your own flair with other types of caramel, even adding flakey salt on top would be a dream! I know the Bon Appetite test kitchen would approve of the salt usage on top!

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Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free Cinnamon Almond No Bake Superfood Bites

I am all for a quick healthy treat! I love to make protein bites, super food bites and all things that can be grabbed and taken out the door!

These little no bake bites are full of natural flavor, healthy fats, omega 3 fatty acids and allergen fighting properties (ie honey!). I love the crunch, the sweet and the chewy texture that these bites provide.

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Cinnamon Almond Bites

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bites 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking

Description

  • 1/2 cup of almond butter
  • 1 tbsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 2 tbsp of chia seeds
  •  2 tbsp of chopped raw pecans
  • 1/4 cup of gluten-free flour

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Ingredients

  1. In a mixing bowl mix together your almond butter, cinnamon and honey
  2. Next add in your chia seeds, raw pecans and gluten-free flour
  3. Scoop out about 2 tbsp bites and place on a piece of parchment paper
  4. Top with 1 whole pecan and place in the freezer to set for 30 minutes
  5. Keep in the fridge and enjoy!

Keywords: gluten-free vegan superfood bites

Why add sugar and junk to your little protein bites? When was the last time you read the ingredients on a power bar wrapper? Yea, yuck! Those bars claim to be full of protein, low carb blah blah blah, and the reality is some are really great and most are full of crap. Make these, skip the non-recyclable wrappers and enjoy the flavor!

The thing that I love about these tasty treats is that they are no bake! Sometimes the texture of no bake cookies are something you just need in your life! These are sweet, chewy, crunchy and really satisfy that craving!

You can change the nuts you use, add flax and even use peanut butter! The almond butter adds such a nice chewy texture that aids in the no-bake appeal! But peanut butter would work too!

Make sure you tag me if you make them and enjoy these little superfood bites!

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Sweet Honey Buns

One of my all time favorite foods are loukoumathes, a greek honey cinnamon yeasted dough that is fried and then while still pipping hot, rolled in cinnamon and honey. These little pillows of heaven call my name all the time! Since I don’t have a giant pot to fill with bubbling oil to boil my own, I decided do my take on the easy baked version.

Boy oh boy these little buns are unreal! They are soft, doughy, sweet and bright like honey can be!

Did I also mention they are easy to make? These little buns are one of the easiest yeasted bread recipes that I have created to date. Just a few quick stirs, an hour to rise and a quick bake these little buns are to be eaten warm!

Can you tell that I have been on a major kick for making yeasted gluten-free bread lately? It is so so so fun for me to get into the science of the yeast with gluten-free bread!

Let’s get to baking!

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Sweet Honey Buns

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 buns 1x
  • Category: bread
  • Method: baking

Description

sweet, doughy and arguably the best little sweet bun! 


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Ingredients

  • 1 packet of yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 2 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour
  • 1/4 cup of honey (for glaze)

Instructions

  1. pre-heat your oven to 425°f and run your tap so it become warm to the touch
  2. in a bowl add your 1 tsp of honey, 1 packet of yeast and 1 1/2 cups of warm water (no warmer than 110°f), whisk gently to activate your yeast
  3. After about 5 minutes your yeast starts to bubble
  4. Add in your 2 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour and using a rubber spatula until all the flour is combined
  5. Using vegan butter, coat 8 of the muffin tin sections going all the way to the top
  6. Scoop 3 tbsp of dough into each muffin tin with each spoonful creating differentiation in their placement almost like a pull apart bread
  7. Using the remainder of the dough follow those instructions until the dough is gone
  8. Place near a warm oven to rise for 1 hour
  9. After 1 hour the dough will be light and fluffy, drizzle, 1 tsp of honey over each bun and place in the oven for 20 minutes to bake
  10. Once they are golden brown, remove from the oven and drizzle 1 tsp more of  honey over the warm buns
  11. Serve warm and enjoy!

Keywords: gluten-free bread, gluten-free honey buns

Now that you have your buns ready are you going to eat them for breakfast? A snack? An after dinner snack? There is no right time to eat them you just have to make them so you can eat them!

The best part of these buns for me is the sweet honey glaze that drips down the sides during baking and coats the whole bun in sweet goodness!

Tag me if you make them so we can bake together!

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Cherry Berry Bliss Bites

These little superfood bites are a go-to for a quick snack or a late-night treat! Dates, cherries, chia seeds, coconut, oats flax, and kombucha oh my! When I think about creating a treat that really packs in nutrients the last thing that I want it to be is bland, dry and underwhelming but these are quite the opposite! Each bite is sweet, crunchy and packed with superfood ingredients.

My go-to little snacks are those that I can just pop in my mouth and know they are packed with nutritious ingredients. These bliss bites keep me full, satisfied and the ingredients are packed with nutrition that continues to work after consumption. 

Let’s break down those power ingredients! Each ingredient was chosen with a purpose for health benefits and flavor combinations. Dates are full of fiber that aids in digestion and healthy blood pressure levels. They are also a great source of quick energy. When you first take a peek at their nutrition facts, you might think, “wow, these are high in sugar and carbs,” but these are healthy sugars and carbs that help sustain blood sugar levels in working out or snacking. Cherries aren’t in season for a lot of states in the US right now, but dried tart cherries are a fantastic substitute in these little bites, trail mixes, and even salads. Cherries are incredible powerhouses with their high amounts of antioxidants, sleep aid ability and their delicious sweet flavor. Chia seeds are a go-to ingredient for almost all my baking needs. They are very high in fiber, high level of protein (for such a wee little seed), and high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are words that are thrown around in health journals a lot, but what really are they? Omega-3’s are crucial fats that are found in fish, seeds, and nuts. They help fight depression, body aches and overall help with regulating body function. Flake coconut and oatmeal are great sources of rich carbohydrates that provide the body with energy. 

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Cherry Berry Bliss Bites

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minute chill time
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bites
  • Category: healthy recipes

Description

superfood packed treats that will satisfy your cravings!


Ingredients

  • 6 pitted dates

  • 1 tbsp of tart dried cherries (preferably unsweetened)

  • ⅛ tsp of ground cinnamon

  • ¼ tsp of vanilla extract

  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds

  • 2 tbsp of gluten-free oats

  • 1 tbsp of flaked coconut

  • 1 tbsp of Cherry Berry Health-Ade Kombucha

  • 1 tsp of maple syrup

  • 2.5 tbsp of ground flax seeds

  • ¼ cup of unsweetened shredded coconut for topping


Instructions

  1. If your dates aren’t pitted, pit your dates and add to your food processor or high powered blender

  2. In a food processor or a high powered blender combine all your ingredients into a chunky dough

  3. Scoop out 1 tsp bites and roll in the unsweetened shredded coconut

  4. Place your bites on a place or a tray and keep in the fridge until ready to eat

  5. Enjoy!



Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bite
  • Calories: 46
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Protein: 3g

Keywords: healthy cherry berry bliss bites

Overall, these bliss bites are packed with key ingredients to satisfy that sweet tooth, fill your tum and health your body from the inside out! If you really are what you eat, I would love to be one of these bliss bites!

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Bubbly Rosè Sugar Lip + Body Scrub

Self-care is a big thing that can be put on the back burner during a busy time. One thing that I do religiously at least once a month is to create a home sugar scrub. My all-time scrubs include fragrant essential oils, coconut oil, and kombucha. I love the healing properties that kombucha offers and the light effervescence add a skin tingly sensation in the shower.

When it comes to essential oils, you can add anything you really feel, but I love to add rose essential oil and lavender together. Rose essential oil helps with hydration while eliminating eczema and helps with psoriasis patches. I typically do my scrubs at night and that is why I add in lavender essential oil. Lavender scent helps with has anti-inflammatory properties as well as antiseptic properties to soothe the skin. Lavender is also a calming scent that helps with anxiety and relaxing the body. 

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Bubbly Rosè Sugar Lip + Body Scrub

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4 cup of scrub 1x

Description

a perfect scrub to hydrate your skin and leave you feeling fresh and soft!


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Ingredients

    • ½ cup of granulated sugar

    • 2 drops of rose essential oil

    • 1 drop of lavender essential oil

    • 1 tsp of melted coconut oil

¼ cup of Bubbly Rosè Health-Ade Kombucha


Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine your ingredients and stir until combined

  2. Use about 1 small scoop for each arm, leg and tummy area in the shower

  3. Rinse off and enjoy soft, hydrated skin that smells oh-so-fresh!

  4. Can use as a lip scrub also, just be mindful to not ingest a bunch of the scrub

  5. Rinse with water and enjoy soft kissable lips!


Keywords: lifestyle, sugar scrub

The addition of Bubbly Rosè kombucha uses the scents and flavors to help this scrub leave your body soft, hydrated and smelling amazing! Keep yourself hydrated and soft with this scrub!

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Grape Raspberry Refresher

Grape Vibes Kombucha is one of the most refreshing flavors offered! It tastes like you personally picked a sun ripe grape off the vine, chilled it and ate it at peak perfection! Crisp, bright and fresh! Raspberries and grapes are two of the freshest flavors when combined, but they don’t only taste great, the health benefits from these jolly fruits are amazing!

Kombucha alone is a great source of probiotics. Probiotics are live microorganisms that help improve digestion with your gut flora. They are safe to consume and when fermented with tea and fruit flavors they form kombucha. Health-Ade pairs their incredibly high-quality small-batch kombucha with fruit juices that are just as beneficial. Grapes are incredibly high in vitamin C and vitamin K which are great for your skin and immunity. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that has skin healing properties like helping with hyperpigmentation, enhance radiance and inhabits melanin. Raspberries are a powerhouse little berry! They are full of fiber which helps regulates your digestive system, lowers your blood pressure and overall helps your body function. Raspberries are also incredibly high in antioxidants that fight free radicals in your body and help you fight aging in your skin by evening complexion. 

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Grape Raspberry Refresher

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cocktails

Description

a super refreshing cocktail for spring + summer!


Ingredients

  • 3/4 bottle of Grape Vibes Health-Ade Kombucha

  • A handful of fresh raspberries (frozen works too if you thaw, the drink will be redder)

  • Handful of ice

  • 3oz of blanco tequila


Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker add your raspberries, ice, and vodka

  2. Give those ingredients a very strong shake for about 45 seconds to break up the raspberries and let the juice out

  3. Next, add your ¾ bottle of Grape Vibes Kombucha, using a cocktail stirrer, mix the Kombucha with the raspberries, ice, and vodka

  4. Be careful not to shake with the Kombucha, it will bubble out due to the bubbles

  5. Pour into a chilled coupe glass, garnish with a grape or a raspberry!


Keywords: healthy spring cocktail, healthy cocktail

Did you ever think drinking a cocktail would give you health, wellness and beauty benefits? This Health-Ade kombucha cocktail will aid your health, your digestion and your overall inner radiance will shine through!

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Gluten-free & Vegan Blueberry Jam Coffee Cake Muffins

Well dang that is a mouthful! But, seriously, you will want a mouthful of these soft, sweet and subtly lemony coffee cake muffins.

A few weeks ago I got my order from Foodlyn in the mail and they had sent me the most beautiful looking blueberry lavender jam from Roots Kitchen. Since it is not quite fresh berry season here in Montana (we still have some snow on the ground), this jam was a great substitute for fresh berries in my blueberry coffee cake!

Among all this chaos that is in the world right now, I feel like my work life is busier than ever and I am really blessed to be working right now. I was feeling kinda weird with all that is happening in the world and really needed to just have a moment to myself to work through it. I was drinking my coffee and just taking a moment and felt like I was missing a little treat.

The next day, I grabbed this jam, my ride or die gluten-free flour (yes, I talk about it all the time! gotta love Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 – no sponsored – wish it was!) and set out to make these muffins…at 10pm.

Let’s get to baking!

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Gluten-free & Vegan Blueberry Jam Coffee Cake Muffins

  • Author: Paige

Description

the best gluten-free and vegan blueberry crumble muffins of the season! full of fresh blueberry flavor but you can make these year round even when blueberries aren’t in season! 


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Ingredients

Muffin:

  • 1 1/2 sticks of vegan butter (3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 3/4 cups of almond milk
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 3/4 cups of gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cup of blueberry jam

Topping:

  • 4 tbsp of melted butter
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 68 tbsp of gluten free flour
  • 2 tsp of sugar

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350°F and line your cupcake tin with paper liners ( I like the natural parchment ones)
  2. In your bowl of your stand mixer or with a hand mixer, cream your vegan butter and your sugar
  3. Add in your vanilla extract and baking powder after the sugar and butter are combined
  4. Next, add in your lemon zest and juice of a lemon
  5. Alternate 1/2 cup of gluten-free flour to 1/4 cup of almond milk until the batter is combined and smooth
  6. Scoop 2 tbsp of batter into your liners, top that with 1 tsp of blueberry jam and then 2 more tbsp on top of the jam to form a batter jam sandwich
  7. Complete the rest of the muffin liners with that sandwich technique
  8. In a separate bowl mix together your melted butter, gluten-free flour, sugar and ground cinnamon to form a crumb topping
  9. Top each muffin with about 2 tsp of crumb and place in the oven
  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes until cooked through
  11. Let cool and enjoy!

These little muffins are so dang delish I think they will start to be a staple in my weekly baking. If you don’t have any blueberry jam, you could use strawberry or raspberry! Really anything! I haven’t tested this recipe with preserves so I am not sure how that would work! But hey, give it a whirl!

They are sweet, tangy, bright and so balanced you will be so happy you made them! As always, tag me if you make them and we can bake together!

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Y’all! Ages ago I dove into the rabbit hole that is gluten-free bread. And when I say rabbit hole, I raelly mean it. If you have ever made bread with gluten flour you know how the bread is easy to knead and with each knead comes more elasticity and more sweet crannies of goodness. Well! Big sigh, that is not the case with gluten-free bread. The less you handle the dough, the better the bread will be.

In all my recipes for yeasted gluten-free bread you barely touch the bread after you add in your flour. My recipes include letting the dough rise in the pan so you are truly not man handling the loaves.

The french bread that I tested a few years ago, includes egg whites, if you aren’t vegan it’s delish, but I had TONS of you awesome people DM me asking for a vegan no fail version.

This. Is. The. Bread. Of. Your. Dreams!

It’s sweet, but tangy, has a fluffy center, and a crust on the top! I mean drool!

Let’s start baking!

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Gluten-Free & Vegan French Bread

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: bread
  • Method: baking

Description

soft, fluffy and full of gluten-free  & vegan goodness!


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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup of warm water 110°f
  • 1 packet of yeast
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour
  • 1 tbsp of melted butter (topping)
  • 1 tsp of salt (topping)

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix your yeast and sugar
  2. Add in your water to the sugar and yeast and whisk 2 times to initiate the activation
  3. Let your mixture activate for 5 minutes, bubbles should form
  4. Once the bubbles form add your apple cider vinegar into the mix and stir gently
  5. Add 2 1/2 cups of flour to your water mixture using a rubber spatula and fold in gentle motions until there are no more bumps and your dough comes together
  6. Grease a loaf pan and pre-heat your oven to 425°f
  7. Using your same rubber spatula, place your dough into the pan, even the top with your spatula 
  8. Cover with a dishtowel and let rise for 1 hour near your warming oven
  9. After 1 hour, your dough should have doubled in size to fill the pan
  10. Before you place in the oven pour your melted butter over the top and salt generously with flake salt
  11. Bake for 45 minutes until the top is golden brown
  12. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes, after 5 minutes pop the loaf out of the pan and let cool outside the pan
  13. Eat and enjoy!

Notes

  • if your yeast doesn’t form a froth after 5 minutes, your yeast may be dead, try another packet
  • keep your water at 110°f at the highest temp so you don’t kill the yeast
  • Removing the bread from the loaf pan ensures the bottom won’t be soggy

Keywords: gluten free vegan french bread

This is one recipe that I cannot stop making! I have made it 2 times a weekend for the past 4 weeks and it’s just that good! I love it with soup, as breakfast and even with some melted vegan cheese!

Now it’s your turn! Go get at it!

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Monkey Bread

Let me just start by saying, monkey bread is the best snack, dessert, breakfast and food.

Monkey bread is a yeasted bread, where each little bite is rolled in cinnamon sugar and placed into a pan to form multiple little balls. You bake these bites together, and the cinnamon sugar all melts together and make it a fun and easy dessert. Rather than cutting bread, you get to pull off your bites making the experience oh-so fun!

It’s no surprise if you have been following my instagram that I am on a yeasted bread kick! I make a fun yeasted bread at least once a week whether it is my gluten-free french bread, or my cinnamon swirl bread, I am baking something with yeast!

This weekend, amongst the craziness of the corona quarantine, I decided to do my favorite hobby, activity and passion…baking!

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Monkey Bread

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf of monkey bread 1x
  • Category: bread
  • Method: baking

Description

gluten-free and vegan monkey bread that is so easy to make, sweet, delicious and the perfect fun treat!


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Ingredients

Bread

  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water (110°f)
  • 1 packet of yeast
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 2.5 cups of gluten-free flour blend
  • 1 tsp of salt

Topping:

  • 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 2 tbsp of ground cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp of melted vegan butter

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 425°F and grease a loaf pan with vegan butter
  2. In a bowl mix your packet of yeast, sugar, and 1 1/2 cups of warm water and let that sit for 10 minutes to activate the yeast
  3. The yeast should start to become fragrant and bubble, almost forming a top layer on the water with yeast
  4. While the yeast activates, mix your 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 tbsp of cinnamon and set aside
  5. When that happens, add in your salt and 2.5 cups of gluten free flour
  6. Be careful not to over mix, but using a rubber spatula fold in the flour
  7. Once the flour is combined into the yeast mixture, using two fingers, pinch about 1″ of dough and roll into a ball, the toss into the sugar cinnamon mix until it is fully coated
  8. Place each ball into your greased loaf, repeat with the remainder of the dough
  9. Put your loaf pan near your oven to rise in a warm location with a towel over the top
  10. Let your dough rise and expand for 1 hour
  11. Right before your hour of rising is up, melt your butter and mix with your remaining sugar/cinnamon mixture
  12. Pour that mix over the dough and place in the oven for 25 minutes
  13. Remove and let cool, pop out of the pan and enjoy!

Keywords: gluten free vegan monkey bread, gluten free monkey bread, gluten free bread, gluten free vegan bread

The best quarantine snack you can make and take little bites all day! I have been on a kick lately with cinnamon sugar bread and can’t stop making it! Now it’s your turn!

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Gluten-Free Healthy Chocolate Pancakes

I LOVE my 3-ingredient pancakes. They are so fluffy, light and so stinkin’ easy to make! Sometimes, I want pancakes, but I also want them to be chocolatey. Ya feel me?

This recipe is the same base of the 3-ingredient pancakes, but with just a few more ingredients to make them oh-so tasty! I love to have these pancakes in the afternoon or for a sweet but so healthy dessert! These pancakes do include 1 egg, but you could easily make them vegan with a flax egg, some aquafaba or just some almond milk.

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Gluten-Free Healthy Chocolate Pancakes

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 4 pancakes 1x

Description

fluffy, sweet and oh-so healthy!


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a ripe banana
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp of cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp of maple syrup
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tsp oatmeal

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan melt 1 tsp of vegan butter on medium low heat
  2. Place your other ingredients in a small blender and blend until smooth, about 1 minute
  3. Pour your batter into your small sauce pan and create either 1 large pancake or 4 cake plate size pancakes
  4. When bubbles start to form, flip and cook through, about 35 seconds on the second side
  5. Repeat with the rest of your batter
  6. Eat with vegan butter and maple syrup

Keywords: gluten free healthy pancakes

I love these pancakes because they take about 3 minutes to make and produce a huge breakfast! Sometimes, I make one large pancake and sometimes I make a big stack of 4! The good thing is, there is no perfect way to eat these pancakes!

Try this recipe out and enjoy these healthy pancakes for yourself!

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Crunchy, sweet, and full of oatmeal flavor, these cookies are a true staple!

I LOVE an oatmeal cookie. But I am picky, my oatmeal cookies need to have a touch of cinnamon and need to be crispy. If they are squishy, it drives me nuts. I have no idea why, because, chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies and snickerdoodles MUST be soft.

Eating a oatmeal cookie is a something of pure joy. The earthy oats mixed with the sugar and the light hint of cinnamon, I mean perfection!

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 25 min
  • Yield: 30 cookies 1x
  • Category: cookies
  • Method: baking

Description

sweet, crispy and full of rich oatmeal cinnamon flavor! the perfect cookie for an afternoon snack or a morning treat with coffee!


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of gluten-free oats
  • 1/2 cup of vegan butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 tbsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of almond milk

Instructions

  1. preheat your oven to 350°f and line your baking sheet with parchment or a silicon mat
  2. In a bowl with a hand mixer or a stand mixer cream your sugar and vegan butter together
  3. next add in your vanilla, baking powder, salt and cinnamon
  4. add in your flour next and combine until smooth
  5. next add in your gluten-free oats, mix gently until just combined
  6. remove the mixer attachment and fold in your chocolate chips
  7. scoop onto a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes for crispy, 10 for soft

Keywords: glulten-free, vegan oatmeal cookies

These cookies are easy to make, super crispy (yay for eating them for breakfast with some coffee), and full of flavor. If you wish to remove the chocolate chips, please do! Personalize as you wish!

Enjoy these easy to make but delicious gluten-free and vegan cookies! Tag me if you make them @frontpaigebakes !

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Ginger Lemon-Mint Julep Mocktail

Ginger lemon Health-Ade is one of my go-to flavors. Despite the weather, the benefits from this flavor invigorate my body year-round. When it is particularly cold outside, I love how the ginger warms me, but when it is warm out, I love that the lemon adds depth and brightness!

Ginger root is an ingredient that I try to cook, bake and enjoy not only for the flavor but the skin and inner radiance benefits. Ginger has many benefits for healing the body and was originally used for medicine with naturopathic doctors. Ginger aids in easing the stomach and digestion and when paired with lemon the pair is unstoppable. Lemon is very high in vitamin c which is incredible for your digestion as well as your skin. The high level of vitamin c in lemons helps reduce your risk for kidney stones, heart disease and regulate your vitamin levels. Ginger is also an anti-inflammatory, which helps with inflammation during digestion.

The benefits from these ingredients on their own are outstanding, but when paired together in this delicious ginger lemon-mint julep mocktail, they not only taste amazingly refreshing, I know they are working to aid my body from the inside out.

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Ginger Lemon-Mint Julep Mocktail

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 3 mocktails
  • Category: mocktail
  • Method: drinks

Description

healthy, non-alcoholic, and full of beauty rich benefits!


Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of Ginger Lemon Health-Ade Kombucha

  • 4 sprigs of mint (3 more for garnish)

  • ¼ cup of lemon juice

  • Handful of ice


Instructions

  1. Juice 2-3 lemons and add to your cocktail shaker

  2. Add into the shaker 4 sprigs of mint, your handful of ice and your kombucha

  3. Gently add the lid (but not too tight, the bubbles will make it explode)

  4. Shake firmly but with a purpose for about 30 seconds

  5. Strain into 3 glasses and garnish with mint

  6. Drink and enjoy your skin and digestion benefits


Keywords: ginger lemon-mint julep mocktail, ginger lemon mocktail, mocktail

Adding mint to your drinks both warm and cold, not only adds the most fragrant touch but mint is a powerful herb that also aids in stomach digestion, reduces headaches and is high in antioxidants which helps clear your skin. Fueling your body with vitamin-rich superfoods helps your body function which radiates through your complexion. 

Bright, bold and full of flavor, this mocktail not only packs a punch for your inner beauty, but it also helps you feel your best! 

paid in partnership with Health-Ade Kombucha, all opinions, research and recipe created by Paige Bakes

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A few months ago (wow!) I did sugar-free January! This personal challenge really helped me reset my taste buds and enjoy food again! The challenge for me was not to loose weight, or to lean out, it was truly to wean myself off of the dependency of sugar. During the holidays, sugar is freakin’ everywhere. It is so easy to grab a cookie at 4pm hunger rather than an apple.

I felt that this reset was the best thing for my mental health and my physical relationship with food! I created this recipe in January for Sugar-Free Chocolate chip cookies that were also gluten-free & vegan! They were a HUGE hit!

I am a huge double chocolate lover. Those double chocolate costco muffins use to be my all time fave, but alas…they ain’t vegan or gluten-free and would most likely kill me from a dairy attack and definitely from the enriched wheat flour.

Let’s Start Baking!

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Sugar-Free (gluten-free & vegan) Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 24 min
  • Yield: 30 cookies 1x
  • Category: healthy recipes, cookies
  • Method: baking

Description

no sugar, no gluten, no dairy+ animal products, ALL the flavor and ALL the sweetness of a double chocolate chip cookie!


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup or sugar free maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of flax meal
  • 2 tbsp of peanut butter ( I like creamy)
  • 1/2 cup of cashew milk (or nut milk)
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 cup of almond flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar-free chocolate chips (I love Lilly’s brand!)

Instructions

  1. pre-heat your oven to 350°F and line your baking sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper
  2. in a bowl break down your banana until very small chunks are left
  3. add in your maple syrup, peanut butter, salt, and baking powder
  4. next add in your vanilla and maple syrup
  5. using a fork, mix in your almond flour and your flax meal
  6. lastly, fold in your cocoa powder and chocolate chips
  7. using two teaspoons, scoop your cookies on to a sheet pan and bake for 15 minutes until formed
  8. let cool and enjoy!


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 70
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 0
  • Fat: .5g
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: .5g

Keywords: sugar free, gluten free and vegan double chocolate chip cookies

These little cookies have all the chocolate flavor, hidden pockets of chocolate chips. A light and fluffy texture but 0 sugar, 0 gluten, 0 dairy + animal product and LOW CARB! When you eliminate sugar you eliminate tons of unnecessary carbs!

I love to have two of these little cookies for breakfast with my coffee, the sweetness is a fun balance with the rich coffee flavor!

Enjoy these healthy cookies and live free of sugar and gross additives! Tag me if you make them! Hugs!

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During sugar-free January, I couldn’t kick the craving for cinnamon. All I wanted to eat was cinnamon swirl bread and more specifically, this bread from Semifreddi’s back in California.

As a kid, my parents single-handily (not really) kept this bakery a float by our love of this cinnamon bread! My mom would break off the bread in big chunks and toss it in the microwave for a second to heat it up. It was delicately sweet, full of cinnamon and just so tasty that it would put a smile on my face!

On my instagram I reached out to the community and asked why we crave cinnamon. My friend Ali is a nutrition coach and wellness expert, she reponsed and said that cinnamon detoxes the body so it makes sense to why I was craving cinnamon on my sugar detox.

Does this mean that if you eat a cinnamon roll it eliminates the sugar? Nope, but it was a great learning for me because the reason that I set out on sugar-free January was to reset my hunger cues and become more in tune with my body. I truly felt like that month of 0 sugar really helped get my body in a groove again.

I set out on this recipe just to test it and see if it would work and guys…it did! The cinnamon bread of my gluten-free dreams is here for you! It is sweet, cinnamony and full of wonder! Let’s bake!

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Gluten-Free & Dairy Free Cinnamon Swirl Bread

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 90 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 Minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf of bread 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: baking

Description

gluten-free, dairy free, sweet, cinnamony and full of flavor! with the perfect pull apart texture!


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Ingredients

  • 5 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour
  • 1 1/2 cup of warm water (110°F)
  • 1 packet of active dry yeast 
  • 3 tbsp of sugar (more for the cinnamon mix see below)
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 egg whites

cinnamon mixute

  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 tbsp of ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a bowl add your 1 tbsp of sugar and your packet of yeast
  2. Next pour into the same bowl your 1 1/2 cups of warm water 
  3. Whisk together and set aside for the yeast to activate for 5 minutes
  4. In a bowl with a hand mixer or a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip your egg whites into medium stiff peaks about 6 minutes
  5. Once your egg whites are medium stiff peaks, add the remaining 2 tbsp of sugar to the egg whites while your continue to whisk
  6. Next add in your 1 tbsp of baking powder while you continue to whisk
  7. Keeping your mixer on, pour your activated yeast water into the egg whites and sugar
  8. Stop your mixer and add in your 5 1/2 cups of flour about 1 cup at a time with the mixer on low speed
  9. Once combined your dough will still be tacky, since this is gluten-free flour it doesn’t look like traditional dough, toss about 1/4 cup of flour on top of the dough and using a spatula pull the dough away from the bowl with the flour you tossed on the top of the dough
  10. Using that surface flour form the dough into a ball and set in a bowl to rise for 1 hour covered near a heat source *this is when I pre-heat my oven and toss the bread right next to the oven*
  11. After the hour is up, your dough should have doubled in size, section the dough in quarters, flour your counter and gently press the dough in to about a loaf pan length rectangle that is about 1/2″ to 1″ thick, do that with the second half of dough
  12. Gently sprinkle about 2-3 tbsp of cinnamon sugar mixture over each half that you just pressed out
  13. Rolling each piece into a log, folding the cinnamon into the dough, you will end up with two cinnamon stuffed bread rolls
  14. Gently, not to deflate the rise, fold the two pieces over eachother twice to form a twist
  15. Place the twist into a greased and floured loaf pan
  16. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp of the cinnamon sugar mixture and let the bread rise for 20 minutes
  17. Once it has puffed a second time, place in your 350°F oven to bake
  18. Bake for 1 hour, rotating half way through the baking 
  19. Remove and let rest for 1 hour before eating!

Keywords: baking, gluten-free cinnamon bread, gluten-free bread, bread,

After tests and tests this recipe is ready! I can’t get over that gooey cinnamon swirl that just gets better the more you eat it! If you guys are more comfortable making it monkey bread style feel free to ball the dough and coat with cinnamon sugar, fill your pan and cook!

The big key to this recipe is allow it to rest after baking, this really sets the bread and let’s it finish baking in the pan.

I have been eating this bread non stop. Slicing it, placing it in the toaster and adding a little vegan butter. I MEAN DROOL! DELISH, OMG, GUYS!

That is all, please go make this bread and live out my childhood and gluten-free dreams!


The End of Sugar-Free January 2020

I don’t know about you guys, but January was both the LONGEST month ever but also the shortest last few weeks. Does that even make sense?

I found this sugar free January to be 15x easier than 2019’s challenge. There are a few factors that I think played a role in the ease of 2020.

  1. I was SO freaking busy
  2. I got rid of ALL the sweets in our house, gave them to family or put them in the freezer (my true go to)
  3. The honey that I baked with was really satisfying
  4. My Sugar-Free Chocolate chip cookies
  5. I am really happy this year!

A few weeks ago, I announced on my instagram that I started graduate school. I wish I could say I have the luxury of going back to school full time, but alas Drew and I have jobs, and I run a business so we are going to school full time online. Between taking care of our amazing puppy (she will forever be my puppy although she is 4.5 years old), my full time job, my pretty much full time business that I run and school, we don’t have time to mindlessly snack during the day or night. Which has helped a lot.

When I say I got rid of all our sweets, I really did. All Christmas cookies and treats that were gifted to us or I made either made a cozy life in the freezer or my parents got them (yay for them living close)! This is my go to trick an honestly a question I get asked a ton on Instagram. I really love an active lifestyle. I love to walk my dog, workout and keep myself moving. I blame this on 18 years of ballet and 12 of those dancing 6-7 days a week. I literally can’t sit still. I am also a recipe developer for my job so I eat a lot of sweets. But I don’t eat slices on slices, I truly believe in balance and not over doing the sugar. When I am working on a recipe for my company or a client, I have to taste it. It is truly the job. BUT, I don’t need the whole cake. If the recipe turns out, I test and test and test. Those tasty tests either go to friends or right into my freezer for a later date to thaw. I have a process I shared over on this recipe on how I prep my cakes ahead of time and also keep them fresh.

The honey! Guys! This honey is unreal. It is sweet, but fresh and so light on the tongue that I really find it satisfying drizzled over frozen berries or on some biscuits! GO buy it and go try it!

My sugar-free chocolate chip cookies that are gluten-free and vegan. Go try them now. That is all I am saying. They are low carb, high fiber (so low net carbs) and just so freaking satisfying!

And lastly, I am really freaking happy. A lot happened in 2019, go read about it here, and I am just happy to be near family. Happy in the way my life has turned out, and happy in how I have been able to achieve my goals. I am really proud of my life and how I have moved the needle for work and my life. Those are the little things that really make the whole picture of happiness glow!

The big step for me is how do I move forward keeping all these amazing learnings from January? Well, balance. That is how I like to do it. The challenge, like I mentioned in this post, isn’t about a diet or restrictive eating, it is about getting down the core on what makes me feel better about my eating and allowing myself to truly savor the meals, the food and the sweets that I make. Changing your mind and your tastebuds after the gluttony that falls in the holidays.

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