Gluten-Free + Vegan Apple Butter Muffins

It’s that time of year, pumpkins, apples, cinnamon, and more! I live for 60°F weather, warm cinnamon baking in breads, cookies and maybe even a dash in my coffee. This past summer was hard for me. I love to bake every day but with no AC in our house and the work piling up, I felt like my baking inspiration missed me.

I don’t talk about it much, but I briefly talked about it in this post here, my husband is in the military, and with his job comes months of training, deployments, and time apart – which is not fun. The weight of the world in our country has been a lot to handle alone and my outlet has always been cooking. Since the temperature has dropped I am starting to find my groove again in the kitchen. Filling my mornings with a cup of coffee, a phone call with my husband, and something delicious baking in the oven.

In Montana, we don’t really have fall. We go from 90°F to a week of freezing cold, back to 60° for a little bit then bring on the snow! I try to capitalize on the fall feeling as early and much as I can before suddenly I wake up to 5′ of snow on the ground and sub-zero temps! So, I am definitely having my moment while it lasts!

One of my favorite apples to bake with is quite contrary to the baking world! The most common apple is by far the tart granny smith, but when I make spicy loaves of bread with cinnamon, nutmeg and apples I love to cook with Honeycrisp apples. They are bright, fresh, and crisp tasting and they hold those notes when they are baked, adding a delicious flavor to the recipe. One thing I love about these little muffins is that you can have them for breakfast and afternoon snack or dessert! They are perfectly sweet, bright, and literally taste like fall in one bite!

Let’s start baking!

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Gluten-Free + Vegan Apple Butter Muffins

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 9 muffins 1x
  • Category: muffins, bread
  • Method: baking

Description

These gluten-free and vegan apple butter muffins are perfectly sweet, spicy and full of bright apple flavor. A perfect snack, or dessert to capture fall perfectly.


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 or 1 cup of cubbed honeycrisp apple (skin on)
  • 1/2 cup of vegan butter
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of dairy alternative milk
  • 2 cups of gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cup of apple butter
  • 2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 3 tsp of sugar for the top

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350°f and line your muffin tin with parchment muffin liners or grease each cup with vegan butter
  2. In your bowl with a mixer cream your sugar and your butter together until smooth
  3. Next add in your vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking powder
  4. When that is combined alternate adding in 1/2 cup at a time, the dairy alternative mik and the gluten free flour until a batter forms
  5. Next cube 1/2 of your apple and gently fold it into your batter with 3 tsp of your apple butter
  6. Using a tablespoon, add one tablespoon to the bottom of your muffin liner, then a teaspoon of apple butter and top with another 2 tablespoons of muffin batter
  7. Continue this layering technique until you have filled 9 spots in your pan or until the batter is gone, sprinkle each some sugar before baking
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean

Why Apple Butter?

When it comes to apple butter, I think people think it is actually butter. Like a Pecan whipped butter or cinnamon honey butter, but in fact, apple butter is just essentially fancy apple sauce…with way more sugar! I love to spread it on toast like a jam, bake with it, and even cover a fresh log of goat cheese with it for a holiday appetizer. The possibilities are endless!

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3-Person Gluten-Free Cherry Cobbler

The little things lately are what get me through this weird time we are in! I love summer for many reasons, but arguably I love it most for the fresh fruit, vegetables and copious amounts of vegan ice cream I can eat!

Up in Montana we have a short window of Flat Head Cherries…if you ever visit, buy yourself a bag because they are unlike anything in the world. They are tart on the skin, but deeply sweet inside. So dark in color they are almost black and the firmest little cherries you ever ate!

What is a cobbler?

Besides peach cobbler, cherry cobbler is my favorite way to enjoy the rest of summer cherries…and even better with a scoop of vegan ice cream! Cobblers are a really effortless dessert. The cobbler originated in England when they didn’t have enough food to make a traditional pie and would cover puddings, custards, and baked fruit with a layer of dumpling or biscuit. They slowly developed more into the various kinds of cobblers we see today. If you head to the south your traditional cobbler will have a big flakey biscuit on top, but I like more of a crumble style cobbler. Whatever your preference, just enjoy it!

This recipe is more of a crumble style cobbler, with a crust made from oats, gluten-free flour, vegan butter, sugar and a touch of cinnamon. I think the subtle spice in the cinnamon adds great depth to the sweetness of the cherries and the sugar on the topping.

Let’s bake a cherry cobbler!

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3-Person Cherry Cobbler

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3 ramekin cobblers
  • Category: baking
  • Method: baking

Description

The perfect summer dessert perfectly proportioned for you and 2 other people! This 3-person cherry cobbler is a must for using sweet summer fruit!


Ingredients

– 2 cups of pitted cherries

– 1/4 tsp of salt (only if the cherries are super sweet)

topping:

– 4 tbsp of butter

– 3 tbsp of gluten-free flour

– 2 tbsp of gluten-free oats

– 1 tbsp of sugar

– 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon


Instructions

1. pre-heat your oven to 350°F 

2. wash, pit and half your cherries

3. mix with your 1/4 tsp of salt (only if your cherries are very sweet) and place in your 3 ramekins

4. for the topping, using a fork or your fingers, create a crumb with your cinnamon, gluten-free flour, gluten-free oats and vegan butter

5. place the topping on your cherries and place in the oven for 25-35 minutes until the top is golden and the cherries are bubbling

* place a piece of parchment or baking sheet under the ramekins to control the bubble over


Notes

– scale to 3x for a 8×8 baking dish too feed 6

– use ripe cherries for a better taste

Keywords: cherry cobbler, gluten-free cherry cobbler, vegan cherry cobbler, 3 person cherry cobbler

What do you top your cobbler with?

Let’s talk cobbler toppings. I am a plain vanilla ice cream gal when it comes to a cobbler. One big scoop while the ramekin is still warm so the ice cream starts to soften into the fruit is my version of summer heaven. If you are not an ice cream lover, plain is a great way to eat this too, and arguably better for breakfast (wink wink!). One of my favorite ways to eat cobbler is for breakfast if you haven’t tried it, now is your chance! It’s like having apple pie for breakfast after Thanksgiving, it just works so well!

3-Person Recipes

If you have a family structure like mine, you don’t need a pan of a cobbler, as much as I could eat one myself (bring on the tummy ache!). When it is just Drew and I and we need a sweet treat, I like to half the recipe for pies, cobblers, and sometimes even cakes because it turns into food waste when we don’t finish it. When I was working at Williams Sonoma in San Francisco, I attended one of their sample sales (my favorite sale of the quarter), as I was walking down the warehouse aisles searching for all the little kitchen goodies through shelves of floor samples and more, I found 3 Apilco porcelain ramekins just waiting for me. They are hands down my favorite little bakers and make perfectly proportioned desserts from cobblers to personalized brownies. I highly recommend getting a set for yourself!

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Zucchini Bread

I love summer! The fresh fruits and vegetables, the warm sun on my skin and all the birds chirping! Arguably one of the happiest seasons!

This summer is a little different for our family. I don’t tend to share a ton of information about my family but my husband is in the military. His career allows us to move every year for the past 4 years, typically in June! It is surreal that this year we are still in Montana! At first we thought this summer was going to be full of adventures and more with us both being in Montana. But, he is on a training trip for the next three months which means all the loafs of bread, pies and cakes are filling my house with no one to eat them!

Being a military spouse is a sacrifice.

If any of you guys are military spouses you understand the intense sacrifice and hardships it is when your spouse leaves for a trip, deployment or you move from a place you loved. It never gets easier. In fact, I find it harder with every trip he takes. My heart aches, my days feel weirdly long and my concept of time is shot! I am an early riser by nature, thriving in the mornings, but when Drew is on a trip my concept of nighttime and the end of the workday is gone. I find myself puttering around in the kitchen until 12 am. Then waking up at 5am and filling my time to not be lonely.

A few weeks ago, while I was in my in-laws garden I had this intense desire to make zucchini bread! Last summer my diet consisted of zucchini bread, strawberries and lemonade. A very well rounded diet (ha!). This summer is no exception to the zucchini bread diet!

What is Zucchini bread?

Zucchini bread sounds really strange, and to be honest the first time that I tried it, I was a little skeptical. The flavor of the zucchini is earthy and the spices of the nutmeg, and cinnamon add richness to the bread. The chocolate chips balance the spice with the deep chocolate flavor and then the butter in the bread gives great moisture to the loaf.

I can honestly say, don’t know it till you’ve tried it!

Let’s make a quick bread!

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Zucchini Bread

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 90 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: bread
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: gluten-free

Description

The gluten-free and vegan zucchini bread of the summer! Use your fresh vegetables in a sweet, spicy and moist quick bread!


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Ingredients

  • 2 small zucchini or 1 cup of shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup of melted vegan butter ( I use earth balance)
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup of dairy free milk
  • 1/2 cup of almond flour
  • 1/2 cup of dairy free chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cup of gluten free flour ( I use Bobs Red Mill 1:1)

 


Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven too 350°F and grease your loaf pan with vegan butter
  2. Shred or make very small cubes with your zucchini and set on a towel with the 1/2 tsp of salt sprinkled over the cut zucchini (this causes it to sweat out the liquid)
  3. Gently melt your vegan butter and add to a stand mixing bowl or a bowl with a hand mixer
  4. Add your sugar, vanilla, baking powder and baking soda to your melted butter
  5. Combine well, and add in your almond flour, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg until well combined
  6. Next add in your almond milk and mix until the batter is loose
  7. Then add in your gluten free flour blend and mix until the batter thickens slightly
  8. Take your zucchini and with your towel, squeeze the liquid out of your zucchini and add in your zucchini to your batter
  9. Next fold, in your chocolate chips 
  10. Pour batter in to your loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
  11. Let cool and enjoy!

Why Zucchini Bread?

Let’s talk why we use zucchini in bread rather than a different squash. Zucchini is mild in flavor, but adds pairs incredibly well with sweet elements like cinnamon and chocolate. Zucchini is really high in vitamins and minerals that aid in nutrition for your baked goods. Not to mention their moisture. If you have ever cooked with zucchini you know they have to cook down for a while to get a good texture, this is because they are a high water content vegetable. When you grate them and sweat them out before you place them in your batter, they release about 1/2 of their water. This allows the extra water to add great moisture to the quick bread and bulk to the batter. So really, why not use zucchini!?

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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!

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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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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!

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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!


Scale

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!

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

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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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Gluten-Free & Vegan French Bread

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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Gluten-Free & Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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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