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Gluten-Free & Vegan Chocolate Fudgy Brownies

I am a firm believer that there is nothing better than a slice of cake, a cookie, and a rich and fudge brownie. Sometimes I think there is no better medicine than a brownie. Growing up, brownies were always the thing that took forever to make and honestly was never fun! As an adult, I am realizing that the recipe I used just sucked. I had to melt the chocolate. Shave the chocolate and yada yada. After years of dreading the process of making brownies, I have created the most delicious gluten-free and vegan brownie. Say goodbye to dry and boring brownies.

It is no surprise that chocolate is amazing. But something about the holiday season makes chocolate taste that much better! Last year, I was on a chocolate kick with my chocolate snickerdoodles, chocolate crinkle cookies, peppermint chocolate chunk cookies (these are amazing!), and peppermint chocolate chunk quick-bread. This year, with our move I have been focusing on my favorite recipes from the past!

When I created this recipe, I wanted this to be the easiest go-to recipe for gluten-free brownies. Brownies to me need to have a gooey center, crispy edges, and that nice crinkly top! Chocolate chunks are a plus – and sometimes the occasional walnut! These brownies have all those components but are gluten-free and vegan. I mean…woah, am I right?

What makes a good gluten-free brownie?

Consistency with gluten-free baked goods is key! I always use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1:1 flour and Earth Balance vegan butter. Bob’s Red Mill flour (specifically the 1:1) is the BEST gluten-free flour. Not all gluten-free flour is created equally. Some contain different blends that have too much or too little of certain grains. If your baked goods are turning out wet they have too much almond flour in them, if they are dry there is too much rice flour or coconut flour in your mixture. I write all of my recipes with gluten-free 1:1 flour for consistency and texture that emulates all-purpose flour.

Let’s bake some brownies!

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Chocolate Fudgy Brownies

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16 brownies (2.5×2.5″) 1x
  • Category: Brownies
  • Method: Baking
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

The best gluten-free and vegan brownies you will ever taste. They have crispy edges, crinkly top and the soft and gooey center makes these a dream! These brownies are easy to make and a crowd favorite.


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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups of melted vegan butter ( I use earth balance)
  • 3/4 cups of sugar
  •  2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk or dairy free alternative
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 3/4 cups of unsweetend cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cups of chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
  • 2 cups of gluten-free flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill 1:1)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325°f and lightly grease a 9×9″ pan with vegan butter
  2. Melt your butter and chop your chocolate into chunks – set the chocolate aside
  3. In your bowl, combine your melted butter and sugar
  4. Add in your vanilla extract, salt and baking powder
  5. Next add your cocoa powder and almond milk
  6. Finally, mix in your gluten-free flour until a batter forms
  7. Fold in your chocolate chips or chunks with a rubber spatula and spread evenly into your pan
  8. Bake for 50-55 minutes until the top is crispy and the middle comes out with minimal crumbs when tested with a toothpick
  9. Let the brownies cool for at least 15 minutes before eating
  10. Enjoy!

Keywords: gluten-free brownies, gluten free vegan brownies, vegan brownies

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My mouth is watering is yours? One thing I have to remind myself with this recipe is that I shouldn’t eat a brownie without a big glass of water or cashew milk (my favorite milk), because dang they are fantastic! The rich chocolate flavor shines with the soft center and the crunchy edges are oh-so mouth watering with every bite!

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Gluten-free & Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin season – deep sign. Yes, it is that amazing. I love pumpkin bread because of the cinnamon and nutmeg combination with the pumpkin. These flavors together are so warm and cozy that it makes so much sense to be associated with fall! I have a few pumpkin bread recipes on my sites like this classic gluten-free and vegan pumpkin bread with chocolate chips, and then this delicious pumpkin bread with a streusel topping. Both are so fun but something about pumpkin cookies that have the same properties of a muffin top gives me fall goosebumps.

I grew up in the hills of the Bay Area, and falls in this region are absolutely perfect. They are fresh and crisp in the morning, warming up for beautiful midday and cooling off in the evening while the bay fog rolls over the hills. As a kid, my sister and I would rush home from school, bake pumpkin bread from the trusty Trader Joe’s box mix (not gluten-free haha!), and watch the fog settle in over the hills while it baked. Filling the house with warm spices and sweet sugary scents. We would slice off a thick piece of bread and rush downstairs to snuggle on the couch after dinner while we settled into our favorite show, Psych (y’all need to watch it!).

Why Pumpkin Cookies?

Why not pumpkin cookies is the real question! I love that pumpkin cookies are soft, fluffy, and the best parts of the top of pumpkin bread but in an easy to eat cookie form. These cookies are not too sweet, but have a really nice balance of spice, sweet, and chocolate! I brought them to my team at work and they were gone instantly! Each bite is melt in your mouth deliciousness for fall!

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Pumpkin Bread Cookies

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 10 cookies 1x
  • Category: cookies
  • Method: baking

Description

All the flavor of pumpkin bread but in cookie form! These cookies are sweet, spicy and fluffy speckled with rich chocolate chips for extra flavor.


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of vegan butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp of ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp of ground all spice
  • 1/4 tsp of ground clove
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 cup of canned pumpkin
  • 1 3/4 cup of gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and line your baking sheet with parchment
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream your vegan butter with your sugar until the butter and sugar become fluffy in texture
  3. Next add your spices and baking powder, stir until combined
  4. Next add in your vanilla extract and your cup of canned pumpkin
  5. Stir until the batter is incorporated
  6. Next add in your flour 1/2 cup at a time until the batter starts to form
  7. Remove the paddle from your stand mixer and fold in your chocolate chips
  8. Using a big spoon or an ice cream scoop, scoop your cookie dough onto a lined cookie sheet
  9. Bake your cookies for about 18-20 minutes for 2.5″ cookie
  10. Let them cool for 5-10 minutes before eating
  11. Enjoy! 

Notes

* can use pumpkin pie spice – omit the other spices and use 2.5 tsp of pumpkin pie spice

Keywords: gluten free pumpkin cookies, gluten free and vegan pumpkin cookies

Pumpkin is a great egg substitute!

I love using pumpkin for not only pumpkin forward desserts but for an egg replacement as well! The natural moisture in the squash and volume mimics an egg when you bake! In this recipe, the 1 cup of pumpkin not only adds flavor but it gives these cookies tons of moisture. The canned pumpkin also gives these cookies a fluffy texture. Talk about moist, fluffy, and heavenly cookies!

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You should 500% make these and get into the fall spirit! Not only have I made these 4 times since I created the final recipe, but I will be making them ALL year long! I am that person that stockpiles canned pumpkin so when I test recipes in July for November, I have pumpkin on deck! Maybe that is just a funny thing food bloggers do? You tell me! I would love to see if you test them out, tag me in your posts @frontpaigebakes! Happy Fall baking!

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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 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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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 & 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 & 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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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.

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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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This past week was the worst week of my life. Without starting this post of really negative, we had a really scary thing happen with our sweet baby dog. She’s been with us for 4.5 years and truly my best friend. She’s all I have and has been my rock. We have moved to California together, Utah, Florida, back to Utah and now Montana with each other.

Wednesday, 1/8

Last week she started feeling really sick and so we took her to the emergency vet, she spent 3 nights in the doggie hospital and pulled through. All I felt like doing last week was crumbling into a million pieces. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep and Drew and I were just a puddle of fear. Our baby is home with us now. She is resting and recovery and we are just holding her so close to our hearts now that she is back in our arms.

I was restless and started baking. Since I personally gave up refined sugars, I baked these and had some friends try them and let me know how they tasted! For sugar free January this year, I gave up stevia and 0 calorie sweeteners as well, but if you are looking for a refined sugar free cookie, these are your cookie!

These chocolate chip cookies, are ideally sweet, soft and bendy but full of chocolate chips. Let’s get to baking!

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Sugar-Free & (GF, Vegan) Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 40 cookies 1x
  • Category: cookies
  • Method: baking

Description

sugar free, gluten-free and vegan chocolate chip cookies! did I mention these are also low carb?! they are!


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup of sugar free maple syrup or maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of flax meal
  • 2 tbsp of creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of cashew milk (almond milk works too!)
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 cup of almond flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar free chocolate chips ( I like Lily’s brand)

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 fork, mash your banana into delicate chunks
  3. add in your maple syrup, salt, baking powder, vanilla and peanut butter until well combined
  4. next add in your 1/2 cup of cashew milk and stir until the dough has loosened
  5. add in your flax meal and almond flour until the dough combines and becomes thicker, this batter will be looser than most cookie dough
  6. add in your chocolate chips and combine until evenly distributed
  7. place cookie dough into the fridge to chill for about 30 minutes
  8. after you have chilled your dough, with a cookie scoop, scoop out your cookies
  9. bake for 15-20 minutes until cracked on the surface
  10. enjoy!

Notes

*you can use any dairy alternative

*honey is a great option if you aren’t vegan


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie

Keywords: vegan cookies, gluten free cookies, sugar free cookies, sugar free january

These are so delish (from what I have heard from my taste testers!). Super soft and easy to munch on, but not bad for you in the slightest!

Try them and see how you like them! Sugar free January or not! For the next foreseeable future, I will be snuggling my best friend and cherishing all the moments of my little warrior! <3

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Gluten-free & Vegan Ginger Lemon Quick Bread

Every Christmas we make our favorite family recipe, the lemon bread. This year I teamed up with Health-Ade to create a take on my families favorite recipe with their ginger-lemon flavor. This flavor is bright, spicy and the perfect drink for the winter months.

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Gluten-free & Vegan Ginger Lemon Quick-Bread

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 70 minutes
  • Total Time: 85 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf of bread 1x
  • Category: Quick Bread
  • Method: Baking

Description

the easiest, yummiest cake for every occasion!


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Ingredients

Bread:

  • 1 cup of vegetable shortening (rainforest certified)
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 3 cups of gluten-free flour
  • 2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1/3 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 zested lemon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 flax eggs or 4oz of whipped aquafaba

Topping:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice

Instructions

  1. pre-heat your oven to 350°F, grease your loaf pan with vegan butter and dust with gluten-free flour
  2. in your bowl with a electric hand mixer or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, whip your vegetable shortening with your sugar
  3. next add in your baking powder, salt, vanilla extract and lemon zest
  4. add in your flax eggs, lemon juice and your almond milk until combined *batter might separate here but it will come together 🙂
  5. lastly mix in your gluten-free flour until a soft batter forms
  6. when your batter is smooth with no lumps, scrape down the bowl and do one more pass through with the mixer to get the last of the mix combined
  7. in your prepared loaf pan, scrape all your batter into the pan
  8. place in the oven and bake for 65-70 minutes
  9. once cooked through, remove the cake and drizzle on your combined sugar and lemon juice mixture
  10. bake for a remaining 5 minutes to set the topping
  11. remove from the oven and let it cool for 30 minutes before slicing
  12. serve with ice cream or plain (my favorite way!)

Notes

* the batter might break after you add in the liquid but it will come together with the flour * make sure you don’t toss out the ends when you bake the bread, this is the best slice so save that slice for yourself

Keywords: gluten-free lemon bread, lemon bread, quick-bread

The flavors of ginger and lemon combined is hands down my favorite combination year round. Every night before bed I make my own tea that is grated ginger and freshly squeezed lemon. When Health-Ade asked me to create a recipe with their ginger-lemon flavor I knew I needed to make a lemon bread. Combining my two favorite flavors was a must!

This gluten-free and vegan bread defies the stereotypes of gluten-free & vegan baking. It’s so soft, tender and full of flavor. This quick bread has a soft but tangy top that allows you to get the tang of the lemon with the sweet sugary crunch!

Add this delish bread to your holiday table this season! A great breakfast for the day after Christmas or New Years Day!

Gluten-Free Peppermint Chocolate Quick-bread

The holiday season isn’t the only time of the year when it’s important to show people you care. Extend the human interaction of love and giving; the holidays bring out these traits in people. I started to bake when I was around 8 years old, and I realized that my favorite part of the baking process was giving my goodies to my friends and family. The thought of making someone happy through your time and hard work is something that brings me so much joy.

At the start of December, I like to plan out my baking for the holidays for the end of the month. My family and I celebrate Christmas, and with our festivities come years of traditions that started when I was a kid and full-on took over the holiday treats. A few years back, I read The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. While reading this book, I realized that I thrive on acts of service and gift-giving. That’s what fulfills me most and how I show I care about my friends is giving them something I spent my time on. 

This holiday season, since we’re back in Montana with our family, I’m excited to host, cook, and create for my friends and family. A few years back, I dabbled into peppermint baked goods. The combination of peppermint and chocolate is such a rich and classic holiday flavor profile. Whether you enjoy this flavor in a cup of warm cocoa or chocolate covered pretzels, I know you’ll love this cake. 

Chocolate cake is a family staple for our Christmas dinner. Holiday food traditions differ for every family, and I think that is what makes each dinner special. We always have a warm chocolate quickbread, chocolate crinkle cookies, lemon bread, and classic sugar cookies. A few years ago, I switched our classic chocolate quickbread to a peppermint chocolate quickbread, and the excitement over this cake was overwhelming. Not only was the chocolate flavor rich, but the brightness of the peppermint helped develop the flavor profile with the sweet and bright elements in the cake. 

With all the cooking, family time, and work hours during December, I made sure to create this recipe in a way that is a set and forget style recipe. Take 15 minutes to make the batter, pop it into the oven for 55 minutes, and walk away. Easy, fluffy, sweet, and warm, this cake is a holiday must! If your family is sensitive to peppermint, you can always bake the cake with half the amount of candy, or omit it altogether. 

Let’s bake and turn on music that speaks to your holiday!

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Gluten-Free Peppermint Chocolate Quick-bread

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 55
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf quick bread

Description

like Christmas in a bread! Gluten-free, and full of yummy holiday flavor!


Ingredients

Cake:

  • 1 cup of freshly brewed warm coffee

  • 1 cup of hot water

  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract

  • 1 tsp of salt

  • 2 large eggs

  • ½ cup of vegetable or coconut oil (melted)

  • 2 tsp of baking soda

  • 2 tsp of baking powder

  • ¾ cup of cocoa powder

  • 2 cups of gluten-free flour (bobs red mill 1:1 is a great one!)

  • 2 cups of granulated sugar

  • 1 cup of peppermint candy crumbles ½ in the cake the other for topping

Icing:

  • ⅓ cup of cashew, almond milk or regular milk or milk alternative

  • 2 ½ cups of powdered sugar

  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract

  • ½ tsp of salt

  • ¼ cup of peppermint crumbles for topping


Instructions

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F and grease your loaf pan with butter, gently tap in 1 tsp of cocoa powder to coat your loaf pan (this allows a quick release after baking)

  2. Brew your 1 cup of coffee and start heating your 1 cup of hot water

  3. In your bowl using a stand mixer or hand mixer, combine your oil, warm coffee, and hot water; mix until the bowl is cool to the touch (this is important, you don’t want to scramble your eggs in step 5)

  4. When your bowl is cool to the touch, add in your sugar, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, and cocoa powder

  5. Once those items are combined and your bowl is even cooler to the touch, add in your two large eggs

  6. Combine the eggs into your mixture and then add in your 2 cups of flour ½ cup at a time until the batter is smooth

  7. In a blender or food processor, pulse 2 cups of peppermint candies (you can also buy store-bought pieces), until they are the size of peas to sea salt

  8. Using a rubber spatula, fold in your ½ cup of peppermint candy until equally distributed in your batter

  9. Pour your batter into a loaf pan until you have a ¾” from the top edge of the pan

  10. Top with another spoonful of peppermint candy and bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean

  11. Let the loaf cool for about 1 hour 

  12. While your quick-bread is cooling, mix together your icing ingredients. This icing will be thick in texture, so it won’t run over the cake too much

  13. Once your loaf is fully cool, pour your icing over the cake and top with peppermint crumbles

  14. Slice and enjoy!


Keywords: gluten-free peppermint chocolate cake

The best part about this cake is how easily it comes together— it’s a true set-and-forget style cake that makes your holiday baking easy but fun! I love to triple the recipe and give a loaf to my neighbors a few days before Christmas, so if they need to, they can share the recipe with their friends, family, or work potluck!

Holidays are so unique to each family, each tradition— that’s what makes it all worthwhile. Starting your own family traditions can be the best part of each year. I love sharing my favorite food with my friends and family! Happy holidays and a prosperous 2020 to you and your family!

Gluten-Free & Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Fall came, lasted for a day. It snowed and then fall came back! Yesterday, the temperatures were rising from mid 20s to low 40s and all the leaves were fragrant and yellow! Pumpkin bread was calling my name!

I have a great recipe for maple pumpkin baked doughnuts here, and felt that there needed to be a friend of that recipe to go along with the fall theme. This pumpkin bread is full of delicious organic pumpkin flavor, spice and melty vegan chocolate chips.

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gluten-free & vegan pumpkin bread

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 55
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Description

easy to make and full of gluten-free flavor!


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of melted vegan butter
  • 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 2.5 cups of gluten-free flour 
  • 2 cups of vegan chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. pre-heat your oven to 350°F and line your loaf pan with parchment paper and grease the ends with vegan butter
  2. in the bowl of a stand mixer or in a bowl with a hand mixer combine your melted vegan butter, pumpkin puree and maple syrup
  3. next add in your baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar and pumpkin pie spice
  4. add in your almond milk and combine well
  5. lastly add in your 2 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour 1/2 cup at a time
  6. remove the paddle attachment from your stand mixer and hand fold in your chocolate chips with a rubber spatula
  7. pour your batter into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes
  8. test with a tooth pick and ensure it comes out clean with a few tight dry crumbs 
  9. let sit for 30 minutes before slicing

Notes

*can sub almond milk for any dairy alternative milk

*can also omit chocolate chips

This recipe is a perfect afternoon treat to go with a cup of tea. My favorite way to enjoy a slice of pumpkin bread is on the porch in a jacket enjoying the crisp fall air! Follow my instagram for more details!