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Gluten-Free & Vegan Sugar-Free Oatmeal Cookies

I mentioned in my last post how I have a huge list of recipes that I have been curating over my sugar-free January month! As February set in, I was still having a lot of fun with my sugar-fee recipes and felt like I needed to continue to develop these recipes more year round. Oatmeal cookies were a staple in my house growing up! I knew that this was the cookie my mom was baking when she wanted cookies. Not until I started to bake around age 8, did I really realize why these cookies were staples in our house. Not only are they truly delish, they are so easy to make! In just a few minutes the dough is ready and you have cookies at your fingertips!

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My mom loves her cookies crispy…but I love a crispy edge with a soft center. A big bonus if the cookies have deep pools of melted chocolate, literally drool worthy! I love how nutty the oatmeal is when it is cooked with the vegan butter. Thee flavor mixed with the rich dark chocolate is one of my favorites. But, hey, I also put chocolate chips in my breakfast oatmeal so like it is all good!

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When I was developing this recipe I wanted to create a cookie that was sweet, but not painfully sweet. I wanted to let the oat flavor shine through but also be paired well with the rich chocolate chips and mild nut butter flavor.

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Sugar-Free Oatmeal Cookies

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 28 cookies 1x
  • Category: cookies
  • Method: baking

Description

All of the flavor of your favorite oatmeal cookie with rich dark chocolate but sweetened with natural sugar. The nutty oats, sweet maple syrup and rich dark chocolate dance in unison when baked together in this healthy oatmeal cookie.


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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp of vegan butter
  • 4 tbsp of nut butter ( I like to use creamy peanut butter)
  • 6 tbsp of maple syrup
  • 2/3 cups of gluten-free flour 
  • 1/2 cups of old fashioned oats (not quick oats)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/3 cups of dairy free dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cups of dairy free milk ( I like to use cashew milk)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350°F and line your baking sheet with a silicon baking sheet or  parchment paper
  2. In a bowl whip your vegan butter, nut butter and the maple syrup together until well combined
  3. Next, add in your vanilla extract, salt and baking powder until combined
  4. Alternate your dairy free milk and gluten free flour until combined into a dough
  5. Remove your hand mixer or mixing attachment and using a rubber spatula, fold in your oats and your chocolate chips
  6. Using a small ice cream scoop or two spoons, scoop about 1.5″ balls of dough and using your palms, roll the dough into a ball
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes (10 if you want them softer), let them cool and repeat with the rest of your cookie dough 
  8. Enjoy!

Since these cookies are sugar free I love to eat them for breakfast! I have said a few times on my blog that I have the biggest sweet tooth when I wake up. The thought of savory breakfast makes me shudder! I think it is the combination of the spice and coffee that throws me off, but a stack of pancakes, a warm breakfast cookie or my favorite peanut butter toast is how I start my day. On more occasions than not, I find myself making extra batches of these cookies so I can munch on them for breakfast as I sip my morning coffee. Name a better way to start the day?!

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You should totally make these!

I know I might be bias because I developed this recipe, but truly, it is so delicious! Creamy, but nutty with a touch of sweetness. I think you should all give this one a try!

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Refined Sugar-Free Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Sugar-free January is off with a bang! I have been really excited so far with this challenge and how my body has reacted. Like I have said before, in my last sugar-free January post (here), I talked about the ‘why’ behind this challenge for me. I do this challenge every year to change my habits, clear my taste buds, and reconnect to whole foods after about 6-months of recipe testing for Christmas. As a recipe developer and food photographer, holiday baking starts in the summer and continues through December. I start working with brands on content in mid-July and typically wrap holiday content by October and then I start for myself! The months of sugar starts altering my tastebud’s sweet receptors. Come January, sweet things are not as sweet as they should be.

One thing that I have been enjoying this month so far has been bananas! I am not someone who gravitates towards bananas for fruit. To me, there are so many more enjoyable fruits. But lately, I have been really into bananas. Bananas and peanut butter on toast, frozen dark chocolate-dipped bananas, and my all-time favorite sugar-free banana bread. I had a realization the other day, my craving for sugar is more craving for snacking when we watch a show after dinner. My go-to after dinner snack is PopZero Cinnamon Toast popcorn. It is an unreal snack! I am a huge cinnamon lover and a huge popcorn fan. I also love to add little chocolate chips when I needed that cinnamon and chocolate fix after dinner. That is where the double chocolate chip banana bread was born.

Let’s Start Baking!

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Sugar-Free Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: sugar-free
  • Method: baking

Description

A deep chocolate take on the best banana bread, but sugar-free! This bread is sweet, rich and full of rich chocolate flavor without the sugar! Not only is this bread sugar-free but it is gluten-free and dairy as well!


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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cups of melted vegan butter
  • 3/4 cups of maple syrup
  • 3/4 cups of almond or cashew milk (I use cashew milk)
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 egg or flax egg
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 2 1/4 cups of gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cups of chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease your loaf pan with vegan butter
  2. Melt your vegan butter and add to your bowl
  3. Add your maple syrup and almond milk
  4. Mix your egg or flax egg  until well combined 
  5. Next, add in your vanilla extract, salt, baking powder, baking soda until combined
  6. Slowly add in your 1/2 cups of cocoa powder, scraping the sides of the bowls down to make sure nothing is dry
  7. Peel and add your ripe bananas to the batter and mix until the banana is broken into smaller pieces, but not fully broken down
  8. Add in your gluten-free flour one 1/2 cup at a time and scraping the sides down to ensure all the flour is mixed in
  9. Lastly, fold in  your sugar-free dark chocolate chips 
  10. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, level the top and spread to the corners
  11. Bake for 45-50 minutes until a toothpick that is inserted comes out clean
  12. Enjoy! 

Notes

*to make a flax egg mix 1 tbsp of ground flax meal and 2.5 tbsp of water, let it sit for 5 minutes to form a thick texture and add to your mix

Keywords: sugar-free double chocolate banana bread

One thing that I want to make clear is that sugar-free January is a personal challenge. I got the funniest call from my grandpa yesterday making sure that I am not giving health advice. He is in fact a doctor so I definitively appreciate his concern. As a food blogger, and recipe developer, I make it very clear that I am not going to give health or nutritional advice on my platform. My expertise is in the development of recipes for flavor, texture and allergies (ie celiac, and gluten-free). The reason that I do this challenge is purely personal. As a blogger, I find it fun, encouraging and more to share my daily adventures with my audience! So from my Grandpa Dr. Joe and I, enjoy this challenge as a personal challenge for yourself!

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Gluten-Free & Refined Sugar-Free Banana Bread

To kick off sugar-free January I am bringing you one of my FAVORITE recipes. I am a banana bread stan! I find it funny because I don’t necessarily love a plain banana, but there is something about banana bread that just makes me weak. The subtle cinnamon spice, the vanilla, bananas, and dark chocolate chunks just sing when they are paired together. I eat this recipe on the reg even when I am not participating in sugar-free January!

Sugar-free chocolate?

I love dark chocolate, but I haven’t always been a fan! I use to love a nice creamy piece of milk chocolate but then I became lactose intolerant with age and boy I can’t even think about eating milk chocolate now. There are so many incredible options for low sugar, dairy-free chocolate options that are delicious and so rich. Here is a list of my favorite sugar-free and dairy-free chocolates to eat and bake with, also a little discount for you as well! I get all of my specialty foods on Thrive Market and save those big bucks – truly – save so much money! Use this link for your discount and shop my list here.

Kick off of 2021

I don’t think I need to be the one to say this but…what a year 2020 was. There were extreme highs, and some crazy lows, add in a pandemic, and what a recipe for a year. One, thing that I focus on every day is the positive things that I love. A few of those things are being able to move my body (workout or take my doggie on a walk), how does my head feels (I have chronic cluster headaches – some days they are debilitating and other days I can push through), is my mood good? or what can I do to help my mood? These things may sound small but I really focus on the little victories every day that got me through each day. This year especially, I have had to focus on the little wins rather than the hardships that came with the year. This time last year, came with many challenges, sugar-free challenge aside.

I wrote a little bit about my career here, but 2020 was really a year of running and running and running! Between starting my graduate degree, working a full-time job, and maintain Front Paige Bakes along with my freelance clients – oh and starting a business, I needed a moment to breathe and reflect. I knew that I needed a moment to breathe when I moved down to Texas. And I have been doing just that. It has been glorious! I needed some time to adjust to my new schedule, house, and area down here as well as let some of the stress from the last year wash away. I am not good at allowing myself time off or less of a go-go-go routine, but this new season of life has given me clarity on the unsustainability of this lifestyle. A big goal of mine for 2021 is to allow me to have weekends off. This is HUGE for me…more on this later ;)!

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Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free Banana Bread

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: sugar-free
  • Method: baking

Description

Arguably the most baked recipe in my kitchen! Gluten-free and sugar-free but not short of sweet banana flavor or soft texture. Plus, this loaf is refined sugar free but full of rich sugar-free dark chocolate chunks. 


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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cups of melted vegan butter
  • 3/4 cups of maple syrup
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 egg or flax egg
  • 23 large ripe bananas (preferably with brown spots)
  • 1 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cups of sugar-free dark chocolate chunks or chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350°f and grease your loaf pan with vegan butter
  2. Melt your vegan butter and add to a bowl with your maple syrup
  3. Next add in your vanilla extract, baking soda, baking powder, salt and ground cinnamon
  4. Whisk your egg into the mixture until the egg or flax egg has been full incorporated
  5. Peel your bananas and add them to your bowl, gently break apart your bananas with your whisk but leave large chunks of the banana
  6. Add in your gluten-free flour using a folding motion to keep the banana chunky in the batter
  7. Chop your sugar-free dark chocolate into chunks or add your dark chocolate into the batter
  8. Pour your banana bread batter into your prepared loaf pan
  9. Bake your loaf for 45-55 minutes

Notes

* you can use honey rather than maple syrup – usee 1/2 cup of honey 1/4 cup of almond or dairy free milk

* you can use a flax egg rather than a chicken egg

*and you can always omit the chocolate – but it is delicious!

How’s it going?

How is sugar-free January going for you so far? I have had so much fun baking and creating delicious treats in the kitchen. I have made a huge batch of sugar-free banana bread and haven’t had many sugar cravings. I have found like I do every year, that when I am hungry and need a quick bite, I reach for a small handful of candy, a cookie or something sweet rather than something nutritious to fight my hunger. Those moments are the exact reason that I LOVE sugar-free January! I feel like I am reteaching my hunger queues and feeling my body rather than filling space while I make a meal.

Let’s continue on together and don’t forget to tag me in your yummy creations!

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

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

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

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

Let’s Start Baking!

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

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

Description

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


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Ingredients

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

Instructions

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


Nutrition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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)!