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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Hazelnut Brownie Sandwiches

Do you guys remember when whoopie pies were all the craze? Well, some weird food trends take me years to get to, and these to me never hit me. BUT, I do love a dang good cream filled sandwich cookie when I can get my hands on them. I thought to myself, okay, so I love cookies, and I love cookie sandwiches, so why not do a brownie sandwich!

I love Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter and I love it even more paired with brownies! This isn’t sponsored at all, I could literally just eat this by the spoonful! I mean seriously this is amazing! I hate that we have to preface that stuff isn’t or is sponsored now adays, like come on I just freaking love chocolate and hazelnuts and Justin’s makes a delish product!

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hazelnut brownie sandwiches

  • Author: Paige

Description

melt in your mouth cookies meet hazelnut filling! all gluten-free & delicious!


Ingredients

Brownies:

– 1 cup of hazelnut butter

– 1/2 cup of cashew milk

– 1 tbsp cocoa powder

– 1/4 cup of honey

– 1 tbsp of melted coconut oil

– 1/2 cup of gluten-free flour

Frosting:

– 1 tbsp of hazelnut butter

– 1 tbsp of powdered sugar

– 1 tsp of cashew milk


Instructions

1. pre-heat your oven to 350°F and grease your cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper

2. in a bowl mix together all your brownie ingredients until smooth

3. form cookie dough balls with your fingers and press down slightly until semi-flat

4. bake cookies for 12 minutes until cracked

5. remove and let cool while you create your frosting

6. in a bowl melt your hazelnut butter and mix in your cashew milk and powdered sugar

7. assemble your cookie sandwiches with hazelnut frosting in the middle of the cookies and enjoy!


Melt in your mouth gluten-free deliciousness!

Let’s start the baking and start the eating!


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!


Reishi Chocolate Brownies – Gluten-Free & Vegan!

One of my favorite things about food photography is the process of creating the recipes that I get to photograph. Being creative behind the camera and in the kitchen allows me to be my truest self!

Since, I discovered Health-Ade kombucha, I have been using their delicious flavors in my recipes for baking as well as frostings, and healthy cocktails! The intense color from the Beet kombucha makes the most brilliant colored spring frosting and the Reishi Chocolate Kombucha adds the a depth of flavor to my gluten-free & vegan brownies!

When I thought about what spring & summer meant to me, all I could think of were hot afternoons and early evenings, sitting outside with my doggy, husband and listening to the grass blow in the wind, with a plate of fresh baked brownies sitting on a plate between us. Brownies are the quintessential summer treat. Fudgy warm brownies, paired with coconut vanilla ice cream or cooked a tad longer and sliced square for ice cream sandwiches, they make the perfect end of week treat!

Let’s start baking! Here is what you’ll need!

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Reishi Chocolate Brownies – Gluten-Free & Vegan!

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 16 2″ thick brownies

Description

so rich, chocolatey and delish!


Ingredients

– 1/2 cups of vegan butter

– 1/2 cup of sugar

– 1/2 cup of maple syrup

– pinch of salt

– 3/4 cup of cocoa powder

– 3/4 cups of gluten-free flour

– 1/4 cups of almond flour

– 1/2 cups of Reishi Chocolate Health-Ade Kombucha *optional

– 1/4 cup chopped pecans

– 1/3 cup of vegan chocolate chips


Instructions

  1. preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a square baking sheet with vegan butter or line with parchment
  2. in a bowl using an electric mixer combine together your vegan butter, maples syrup, sugar and salt
  3. add in your cocoa powder, flour, almond flour and reishi kombucha until smooth
  4. using a rubber spatula, fold in your pecans and chocolate chips
  5. pour your batter into your 9×9″ pan and bake for 20 minutes
  6. eat and enjoy!

Notes

*using kombucha and nuts are optional!

 

May is the official kick off of summer! The warmth is starting to kick in around the country and people have a lightness in them! The crickets are chirping and the birds are singing as the sunsets fill the sky. The hum of the world slows down in the summer months. Food tastes better and quality time fills your soul. Summer bbq’s start on the weekends, as do Friday nights around the fire. I love to pop open an iced cold Kombucha and enjoy my warm plate of infused brownies as the best night cap of them all!

When you think about summer…what fills your heart up? Let me know so we can daydream about what is yet to come these warm months and have a kombucha date to relish in the moment. Make memories and toast to a summer kick off!


Gluten-Free & Vegan Blondies

I first had a blondie when I was around 12 years old and realized that I needed more blondies in my life! They are sweet, soft & taste like a huge in a square! I was inspired to recreate these yummies because I had a hankering for blondies and they turned out exactly how I remembered them!

let’s bake!

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Blondies

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12, 2″ thick blondies

Description

sweet, soft and full of flavor!


Ingredients

– 1/3 cup of coconut oil

– 1 1/2 cup of sugar or coconut sugar

– 1 tsp of baking powder

– 1/4 cup of almond flour

– 1/2 cup of coconut flour

– 1 cup of coconut milk or cashew milk

– 1 tsp of vanilla extract

– 1 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour

– 1/3 cups of chopped pecans


Instructions

  1. preheat your oven to 350°F and grease your 9″x9″ pan
  2. in a bowl combine your melted coconut oil with your sugar until smooth
  3. add in your baking powder, almond flour, coconut flour, coconut milk and vanilla extract
  4. combine until smooth
  5. add in your gluten-free flour until the dough thickens, be careful not to over mix
  6. chop your pecans and fold in half of your yield to your batter
  7. pour batter into your prepped baking dish and top with remainder of pecans and a sprinkle of sugar
  8. bake for 45 minutes until fluffy and crunchy on the top
  9. eat and enjoy!

Notes

* can omit pecans and add in other nut or chocolate chips


Vegan No Bake Chocolate Cereal Treats

As a kid my mom would make delicious rice krispie treats! They were always so chewy and sweet! In college my husband and I went through a HUGE peanut butter marshmallow phase (recipe here!). But, there is no secret here that marshmallows and butter aren’t healthy for you! I used KNOW foods, healthy marshmallows with no refined sugar to make the best chocolate marshmallow treats!

This is hands down one of my favorite recipes now and here is why!

easy

fast

chocolate…just chocolate

crunchy

GUILT FREE!

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Vegan No Bake Chocolate Cereal Treats

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 15 squares

Description

healthy, chocolatey, and delish!


Ingredients

– 1 bag of KNOW foods chocolate marshmallows

– 1 tbsp of vegan butter

– 6 cups of gluten-free rice cereal


Instructions

  1. in a saucepan melt your butter
  2. once your butter is melted, add in your marshmallows stir until fully melted
  3. add in your rice cereal while the saucepan is still on low heat
  4. coat your cereal in marshmallows and spread evenly on a baking sheet to cool
  5. once your treats have set, eat and enjoy!

One thing to note! Keep your heat on low when you stir your cereal into your marshmallows, and always grease your pan! Try these and you won’t be disappointed! 

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Mint Chocolate Protein Brownie Bites

SO one of my favorite go to desserts when I want to be healthy is a warmed up protein bar covered in peanut butter. This week since I have continued my no-sugar January into a no-sugar February, I decided to try making something that tasted like a brownie but still had a healthy twist!

I grabbed my favorite No Cow Mint Cacao Chip Bar, some delicious peanut butter and went to baking! One thing I absolutely love about being a recipe developer is the amazing products I get to play with on a daily basis! From brands I love, like No Cow to delicious homemade peanut butters and extracts from local brands! Not to mention these experiments need to be tested also! (YUMMY!) 

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Mint Chocolate Protein Brownie Bites

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes

Description

full of mint brownie flavor, but not full of carbs!


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Ingredients

  • 1 No Cow Mint Cacao Chip Bar
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter or nut butter
  • 2 tbsp of cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp of stevia
  • 3 tbsp of water
  • 1 serving of chocolate vegan protein powder

Drizzle:

  • 1 tsp of cacao powder
  •  2 tbsp of peanut butter
  • 1 drop of liquid stevia

Instructions

  1. roughly chop 1 No Cow Mint Cacao Chip Bar and set aside
  2. in a bowl combine your protein powder, peanut butter, cacao powder, stevia and water until smooth
  3. next add in your chopped protein bar and roll into 1 tsp balls
  4. place your protein bites on a cookie sheet and set in the fridge for about an hour until set
  5. remove from the fridge and combine your cacao with peanut butter and stevia
  6. drizzle onto your bites and enjoy!

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