best ways to enjoy homemade cold brew

The weather is starting to get warm and to me that calls for cold brew coffee. But ladies & gents, skip the line at Starbucks, save the cash and the added sugar and let’s brew some at home!

What is cold brew coffee?

Cold brew coffee, is what is sounds like, coffee that is brewed cold. You are taking your coffee grounds, steeping them in room temp water, or water that is in the fridge for 12-24 hours until you create a coffee concentrate. This coffee concentrate is incredibly strong. When you drink cold brew at your local shop, the cold brew concentrate is cut 1:1 with either coffee or milk of your choice. There are a few ways to enjoy homemade cold brew and the 1:1 cut with milk or water isn’t the only way to enjoy a fresh cold cup in the afternoon!

How To Make it?

It’s crazy to say, but cold brew is easier than brewing a pot of coffee, you just need to be more patient! I love to make a big batch ahead of time, so I can sustain my cold brew needs through the week. When you make your cold brew, start with incredibly roasted coffee that you like. The key is coffee that you love. Since cold brew is a concentrate, you are really tasting more of the flavor rather than covering it up with milk or cream.

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best ways to enjoy homemade cold brew

  • Author: Paige

Description

save the money and make delicious cold brew at home!


Ingredients

– 8 cups of water (1.8 liters)

– 8 ounces of coffee beans (pre ground)

optional:

– milk of your choice

– sugar


Instructions

1. grind your 8 ounces of coffee beans in a grinder, on a course setting and add to your container

2. to your container, add your 8 cups (1.8 liters) of water

3. stir with a wooden spoon until the grounds are fully wet

4. cover the top of your container, and set in the fridge for 12-24 hours to steep

5. line a strainer with a cheese cloth or a coffee filter with a big bowl or jar underneath the filter

6. pour your water & coffee grounds through the filter/cheese cloth into the strainer to strain out the coffee grounds

7. collect your concentrate and add back into an air tight container

8. drink when you want to and cut the concentrate 1:1 with either water or milk

9. optional: create coffee ice cubes in an ice tray for your cold brew

10. drink and enjoy!


3 Ways to Drink It!

There are many ways to drink coffee, and the beauty of this is, there is no right or wrong way to enjoy it! How you like coffee is the best way for you to enjoy your drink. I have found that the hot summer months cause my ice to melt and I prefer coffee ice cubes to keep the coffee flavor strong and the water content low. Fill your ice cube tray with cold brew concentrate, freeze them up, and add a handful to your glass. Add in 1:1 cold brew and water or milk of choice. My second favorite way to drink cold brew is to think of it as an espresso shot. Fill your glass up with ice cubes, milk and add in 4 oz of cold brew, for a creamy iced latte like drink! My third favorite way to drink cold brew is semi-traditional. I love a big class of cold concentrate, cut 1:1 with cold water with a splash of coconut milk! Tasty, refreshing and tastes like the beach!

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vegan pink lady apple chia pudding with oil free & gluten free apple granola

WOW! Guys this recipe name is a mouthful, but let’s be honest…after one bite of this recipe you will be keeping your mouthful with this delicious treat! That was an easy dad joke I just had to use!

I am a huge fan of granola – I mean I love granola! I use to eat it by the bowl full with almond milk, coconut yogurt really anything, and then the day came where I found out that granola is deep fried. YUCK. Don’t get me wrong here, I am all about a 80% healthy 20% indulgent diet, but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why you had to deep fry granola when baking it tastes better anyway!

I had a friend in college that use to make her own granola and I started helping her because it was a win win. I spent time with my friend and got to pick through delicious granola bite by bite every weekend. I found the perfect ratio granola a few years ago that I make at least once every two weeks and ALWAYS keep it on hand! This granola lead me down the path to chia pudding…see guys my story circles back! Chia pudding. If you haven’t heard of it before, you might be thinking to yourself “what in the heck is this weird thing? And wait you eat it for breakfast but it’s a pudding?”

YES to all of the above!

Essentially, when you take chia seeds and soak them, they create almost a gelatin outer orb around the seed itself. If you soak enough chia seeds in a delicious combination of coconut milk and kombucha, you get the best dang breakfast that keeps you full of healthy fat from the coconut, fiber from the chia seeds and probiotics from the kombucha. When I was working in an office, I would premake a batch for the week, set them into tupperware and viola perfect easy healthy breakfast!

As we embrace August we embrace the start of school and the crazy holiday season (on the horizon if you’re an adult!) and with that comes the need for easy meals, make ahead snacks and mindlessly healthy options! Although oatmeal is a delicious option, it’s still toasty in August and this chia pudding is a perfect cool alternative for those hot mornings heading out the door for school or work!

Not only will you stay full until lunch but you will also be 100% satisfied. My chia pudding is just the perfect balance of sweet and soft that compliments the crunchy granola topper! Add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup for extra sweetness if you so desire and enjoy your morning meal – it’s seriously the most important meal and this one is full of delicious goodies!

Whether you are a graduate, mom, dad, nanny or have no affiliation with school, the school year is upon us and we all have to start out the fall on a great food! Try making this today and tag me in your pictures so I can share a bite from afar with you!


Gluten-Free & Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

I have been slacking on creating recipes this month, and to be honest, my brain is flat out mush from the early mornings, full time job and freelance work! I am in a slump and was finding myself staring blankly at the gluten-free section of the grocery store today and suddenly I started to crave cinnamon rolls.

THAT about sums up my inspiration lately. It’s been really bad! I grabbed the supplies I needed, checked out and immediately whipped up a batch when I came home! I haven’t published this recipe yet just because I hadn’t perfected it yet for the public, but y’all it’s here. THEY ARE HERE! 

They are so delicious, flakey, sweet but also spicy! The coconut oil adds a richness that butter doesn’t give many desserts. I gotta say, it’s hard to not eat all the cinnamon rolls!

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cinnamon rolls 1x

Description

the easiest, homemade gluten-free cinnamon roll you will ever make & eat! It also happens to be vegan!


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Ingredients

Dough:

– 1 packet of active dry east

– 1 cup of cashew milk (or dairy alternative)

– 1 tsp of coconut oil

– 1 tbsp of sugar

– 1 tsp of baking soda

– 1 tsp of baking powder

– 2 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour

– 2 tbsp of sugar (additional)

Filling:

– 1 cup of sugar

– 2 tbsp of coconut oil

– 2 tbsp of ground cinnamon

Frosting:

– 1/2 cup of cashew milk or dairy alternative

– 2 cups of powdered sugar

– 1 splash of vanilla

– pinch of salt


Instructions

  1. in a small saucepan heat your milk to 110°F (any hotter will kill your yeast and your rise!)
  2. once your milk hits the correct temperature, add your milk to a bowl with your 1 tbsp of sugar and packet of yeast
  3. set aside your yeast, milk and sugar for 10 minutes, bubbles start to form
  4. in a bowl, whisk together your gluten-free flour, baking soda, baking powder, and additional 2 tbsp of sugar
  5. using a fork, or a pastry knife, cut the coconut oil into your gluten-free flour mixture
  6. pour your proofed yeast, milk and sugar mixture into your gluten-free flour mixture and combine with a fork until smooth * be careful not to over mix
  7. preheat your oven to 350° F and grease a circular dish with vegan butter or line with parchment paper
  8. place two large pieces of parchment paper on your counter, your dough will go between them
  9. place your dough, between the parchment and roll your dough out over the parchment paper *this will prevent sticking
  10. roll your dough to be 1/2″ thick in a semi-square shape
  11. melt your coconut oil and mix your sugar and cinnamon into the melted oil
  12. remove the top layer of parchment paper and spread the sugar mixture over the dough
  13. grabbing the end of the parchment start to fold it on itself so the dough starts to roll into a long tube
  14. finish rolling until the entire cinnamon roll dough is rolled upon itself
  15. using a string or a knife cut your cinnamon rolls 2-3″ thick and place swirl side up in your baking dish
  16. bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and the dough is fully cooked
  17. while your cinnamon rolls are cooking, mix your milk with your powdered sugar, salt and vanilla extract to form your icing
  18. coat your cinnamon rolls in icing while semi warm from cooking
  19. eat and enjoy!

Notes

* keep your milk temperature until 110°F in step 1

* try to keep mixing of the dough to a minimum while mixing your wet into your dry ingredients

A perfect weekend breakfast and even an afternoon snack!

Packed with the goods not the gluten!


Blood Orange Ricotta Pancakes

I love a good pancake! I have a recipe for my 3-ingredient pancakes here, and think that pancakes in any form are fantastic! When blood orange season hits I just have to make something delicious with them, and when I think of breakfast I immediately think of pancakes and orange juice. I combined these two in the most flavorful and fluffy blood orange ricotta pancakes!

tangy, fluffy & low carb!

I love using KNOW foods products because they are gluten free, healthy, and also low carb! I don’t track calories, or carbs or anything, I would call myself a healthy but very intuitive eater. I know these days it’s all about intermittent fasting, and low carb this and keto this, but that shizzz ain’t for me! 

eating out as a celiac is HARD!

One thing I quickly came to realize is that eating out with celiac disease is like near impossible! SRS impossible! There are a lot more options now then there were a few years ago, but sometimes I don’t think the risk is worth the reward. This is typically how our weekends go!

8am wake up – usually by Moose sitting on my chest licking my face! talk about the best alarm

Make a big pot of coffee, and sip our first cup of coffee, still in pjs sitting on the couch with a good book or sitting outside listenting to some music.

Once our first cup is finished, we head inside for a second cup and start the pancakes! Flip a nice stack of pancakes slice some oranges, warm up the syrup & head to the kitchen table for a stack of pancakes and a second cup of coffee!

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Blood Orange Ricotta Pancakes

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 pancakes

Description

fluffy, gluten-free and full of flavor!


Ingredients

– 1 bag of KNOW foods pancake mix

– juice from 2 blood oranges

– 1 cup of ricotta cheese

– 1 cup of almond milk


Instructions

1. in a bowl combine your pancake mix, ricotta cheese, almond milk and blood orange juice

2. mix together until the batter is smooth

3. heat up a small skillet with vegan butter

4. place 1/2 cup of batter into the pan, flip once bubbles start to form

5. repeat until all of your batter is finished

6. enjoy with syrup!


Notes

best served warm!

What is your morning routine like?!

I highly suggest adding in these ricotta pancakes to your week! And heck they won’t squash your diet it you are following one! Tag me if you make them! @frontpaigebakes!


Low Sugar Gluten-Free Crepe Cake

One of my favorite things in this world is a stack of pancakes. Warm and fluffy with a crisp edge. There really isn’t a better breakfast, snack or dinner! As a kid we would have “lefty” pancakes. My mom, is a lefty, and would make the best pancakes, they always had this crisp edge but were SO soft on the center! I don’t know how she does it but I have spent years trying to recreate this style of pancakes!

So I turned them into a cake with the help from KNOW foods!

This cake combines the best pancake mix from KNOW foods (only having a few net carbs, with their delicious sugar free chocolate chips! The ganache is sweet, rich and tastes like a deep frosting!

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Low Sugar Gluten Free Crepe Cake

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1, 5 layer cake

Description

perfect for any occasion!


Ingredients

Pancakes/Crepes:

– 1 bag of KNOW foods pancake mix

– 2 1/2 cups of water

Ganache:

– 1 cup of KNOW foods chocolate chips

– 1 tbsp of coconut oil


Instructions

  1. in a bowl combine your bag of pancake mix and water until smooth
  2. in a small frying pan, melt 1 tbsp of butter and add in 1/2 cup of pancake mix
  3. once bubbles start to form on the pancake, flip and cook fully on the other side
  4. finish these steps until the pancake batter is finished
  5. in a small saucepan melt your coconut oil and chocolate chips together until smooth
  6. layer your cake, pancake, ganache, pancake, ganache until you have used all your pancakes and your frosting
  7. eat with fresh fruit and enjoy!

Try this cake our today for your next brunch, bridal shower, or baby shower!


3 Ingredient Gluten-Free Pancakes

For the last few months I’ve been killing the pancake game! The more pancakes you eat the more you want to eat right? One of my all time breakfast & post workout foods are pancakes! Although, pancakes aren’t the healthiest thing to eat, these pancakes are just amazing and healthy as well! 

  • they are low carb
  • simple ingredients
  • healthy
  • no BS!

My favorite thing about my healthy pancakes is that they are really guilt free but also taste amazing! If my husband who is an Eggo enthusist love these they can fool any picky eater! When I’m feeling extra fancy because heck why not, I love to add in Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips! 

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3 Ingredient Gluten-Free Pancakes

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 3
  • Cook Time: 7
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large pancake 1x

Description

fluffy, light and only 3 ingredients!


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Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg or flax egg
  • 2 tbsp of gluten-free oats

Instructions

  1. in a blender combine your 3 ingredients
  2. heat up a small skillet with some vegan butter
  3. pour batter into your skillet and cook until bubbles start to form on one side
  4. flip and finish cooking
  5. remove from heat and top with fruit of choice and a drizzle of syrup!

Start your new year off with a bang! These healthy pancakes will keep you on your new years goals and keep your tummy happy! If you try them out give me a tag on instagram! (frontpaigebakes)!