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Gluten Free & Vegan Sugar Cookie Bars

It has been a while since I thought of this recipe and truly it came to me in a dream! A few months ago, I was thinking of the best way to provide sugar cookies for my old office without wasting tons of time individually frosting 50 cookies. I absolutely LOVE sugar cookies and so does my husband, but there is no hiding they are time consuming to make!

Focusing on Flavor

I wanted this recipe to be so easy you could toss it together after a long day at work, or for your kids school activities without the hesitation of time. Traditional sugar cookies need to be chilled in the fridge for at least 4 hours before your shape the dough. This recipe has none of that! Goodbye chill time and hello eating time! Vanilla is key to delicious sugar cookies. I have been on an adventure with making my own vanilla extract. I was inspired by Claire Saffitz to make my own. I am surprising how easy it is to make, but it takes some patient waiting if you don’t use Claire’s recipe. I had some time on my hands and am letting the vanilla beans soak for 6 months.

I recently used my homemade vanilla in this recipe and I can honestly say that the flavor of vanilla is key for this recipe. The flavor shines not only in the cookie but in the frosting as well. To me, there is nothing better than thick, fluffy, vanilla vegan buttercream.

Sugar cookies are a weekly staple in our family. My husband can crush a plate of sugar cookies and they are so fun to make. When I was testing this recipe, we both were really happy with how easy they were to make, and honestly eat! You know when you make cookies with frosting and can’t stack them on a plate? There is no problem with that here. I make these in a 9×9″ square pan like a pan of brownies. My specific pan here makes this recipe that much easier because it comes with a lid that is great for transportation.

Let’s start baking

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Gluten Free & Vegan Sugar Cookie Bars

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cookie bars 1x
  • Category: cookies
  • Method: baking

Description

The best part of sweet sugar cookies made in bar form. These gluten-free and vegan sugar cookie bars are full of sweet vanilla flavor, soft crumb and rich fluffy vegan buttercream. An easy and delicious recipe for everyday or special occasions. 


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup of vegan butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp of water
  • 1 tbsp of flax meal
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 cups of dairy free milk
  • 3 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour

Frosting:

  • 5 tbsp of vegan butter
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 5 cups of powdered sugar
  • 34 tbsp of dairy free milk or water

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°f and lightly grease your 8×8″ baking pan
  2. In a bowl cream your vegan butter with your sugar until combined and fluffy
  3. While your sugar is creaming with your butter, in a small bowl whisk your 1 tbsp of flax meal with your 4 tbsp of water to form the flax egg – let this sit for at least 4 minutes 
  4. Next, add your vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda and salt to your sugar and butter mixture
  5. Once that is combined, add your flax egg to your dough along with your 1/4 cup of dairy free milk
  6. Finally, add in your gluten free flour until the dough forms, but don’t over mix your dough too much – the majority will stick together and some will look dry
  7. Pour your batter into your prepared pan, using your fingers or the back of a measuring cup, evenly distribute the dough evenly in the pan pressing down slightly to compress the dough slightly
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes until it looks puffed and cooked through
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before frosting
  10. In your mixing bowl using a whisk attachment, whisk your vegan butter, vanilla extract, dairy free milk until the butter is fluffy
  11. Next add in your 5 cups of powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time
  12. If the frosting looks dry add in dairy free milk 1 tsp at a time while mixing on medium 
  13. Once your cookie has fully cooled, layer a thick layer of frosting over the top of your cookie
  14. Top with your favorite sprinkles and enjoy!

I love to make this recipe for a little sweet treat for any BBQ or just because. I love how this recipe has all the most delicious flavors of sugar cookies without thee time spend chilling, rolling, cutting and frosting individual cookies!

Let’s talk sprinkles!

I never was a sprinkle person until recently. I think they just add such a fun brightness to any recipe! I really love to use rainbow nonpareils sprinkles because they add such a fun look to the white frosting, and a nice little texture. The thing is, you can use any sprinkles you want to, because that is what makes personalizing recipes fun! Sanding sugar works super well, and the fun pastel colors are perfect for summer.

If you try this recipe make sure to tag me! I would love to see your sugar cookie creations!

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Blueberry Crumble Muffins

Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits! These little bubbles are so delicious and versatile. Last, amidst the first shut down, I was inspired by pantry ingredients for everyday treats. I created this recipe for blueberry jam muffins because my husband and I were craving blueberry muffins one morning but it was snowy and cold in Montana which meant there were only $10 blueberries at the grocery store. I decided to turn to my favorite jam and turn them into muffins. Those muffins are truly one the easiest recipes to make for any occasion!

One thing that I love about blueberries is when they bake they become jammy and lightly explode. Back in college, my go to breakfast was oatmeal with blueberries, cinnamon honey and chia seeds. The way the blueberries explode when you bake them is one of my favorite things about these little fruits. Fast forward to today, I am still obsessed! During the Christmas season I started to develop this recipe for a standard blueberry crumble muffins. A pretty standard muffin you typically see at a coffee shop or bakery, but gluten-free and vegan.

Getting the texture of the cake crumb perfectly moist but also fluffy and lightweight can be a challenge for gluten free and vegan baking, but the added liquid from the blueberries gives this recipe a little more of a challenge. I tested and tested and tested (and ate!) tons of these muffins to ensure they were just perfect for you all! I love the sweet and sugary crumble on top for added texture and sweetness.

Let’s bake these muffins!

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Gluten Free & Vegan Blueberry Crumble Muffins

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 muffins
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: baking

Description

These blueberry crumble muffins are everything you love about your bakery muffin but vegan and gluten free. A perfect sweet treat for any occasion, brunch or party!


Ingredients

Muffins:

– 1/2 cup of vegan butter

– 1 1/4 cups of granulated sugar

– 2 tsp of vanilla extract

– 1/2 cups of almond milk

– 2 tsp of baking powder

– 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon 

– 2 1/4 cups of gluten-free flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill 1:1)

– 3 tbsp of almond flour

– 2 cups of fresh blueberries

Crumble:

– 2 tbsp of butter

 – 2 tbsp of sugar

– pinch ground cinnamon


Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°f and line your muffin pan with muffin liners
  2. In your bowl with a stand mixer or a hand mixer, cream your vegan butter and your sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Next add in your vanilla extract, baking powder, cinnamon and almond milk
  4. Add in your gluten-free flour and almond flour until a batter starts to form
  5. Remove from the stand mixer or the hand mixer and using a rubber spatula, fold in your fresh blueberries
  6. Using a scoop, scoop the batter into your muffin liners approximately 3/4 full
  7. In a separate bowl, combine your sugar, vegan butter and cinnamon to form sand like texture
  8. Sprinkle the sugar on top of each muffin 
  9. Bake your muffins for 37-45 minutes until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean
  10. Let your muffins cool for about 40 minutes before eating – blueberries will be very hot!
  11. Enjoy!

Notes

I use only Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free 1:1 flour in my recipe testing, it is the best on the market! 

Keywords: gluten free and vegan blueberry crumble muffins

Why fresh blueberries?

I developed this recipe using fresh blueberries rather than frozen because of the water content. As you know when you freeze blueberries they retain all their water and then start to melt and leak their juices out. This extra water content creates a gummy like texture within the cake crumb. I highly suggest using fresh blueberries for this recipe. If you don’t have access to fresh blueberries, try my jam recipe instead!

With Easter and Mother’s Day on the horizon, this the perfect recipe for a spring celebration! You can even make them ahead of time and store in a air tight container so your day of prep is just opening the container!

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Zucchini Bread

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

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

Being a military spouse is a sacrifice.

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

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

What is Zucchini bread?

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

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

Let’s make a quick bread!

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Zucchini Bread

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

Description

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


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Ingredients

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

 


Instructions

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

Why Zucchini Bread?

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

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Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free Cinnamon Almond No Bake Superfood Bites

I am all for a quick healthy treat! I love to make protein bites, super food bites and all things that can be grabbed and taken out the door!

These little no bake bites are full of natural flavor, healthy fats, omega 3 fatty acids and allergen fighting properties (ie honey!). I love the crunch, the sweet and the chewy texture that these bites provide.

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Cinnamon Almond Bites

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bites 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking

Description

  • 1/2 cup of almond butter
  • 1 tbsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 2 tbsp of chia seeds
  •  2 tbsp of chopped raw pecans
  • 1/4 cup of gluten-free flour

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Ingredients

  1. In a mixing bowl mix together your almond butter, cinnamon and honey
  2. Next add in your chia seeds, raw pecans and gluten-free flour
  3. Scoop out about 2 tbsp bites and place on a piece of parchment paper
  4. Top with 1 whole pecan and place in the freezer to set for 30 minutes
  5. Keep in the fridge and enjoy!

Keywords: gluten-free vegan superfood bites

Why add sugar and junk to your little protein bites? When was the last time you read the ingredients on a power bar wrapper? Yea, yuck! Those bars claim to be full of protein, low carb blah blah blah, and the reality is some are really great and most are full of crap. Make these, skip the non-recyclable wrappers and enjoy the flavor!

The thing that I love about these tasty treats is that they are no bake! Sometimes the texture of no bake cookies are something you just need in your life! These are sweet, chewy, crunchy and really satisfy that craving!

You can change the nuts you use, add flax and even use peanut butter! The almond butter adds such a nice chewy texture that aids in the no-bake appeal! But peanut butter would work too!

Make sure you tag me if you make them and enjoy these little superfood bites!

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Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Sweet Honey Buns

One of my all time favorite foods are loukoumathes, a greek honey cinnamon yeasted dough that is fried and then while still pipping hot, rolled in cinnamon and honey. These little pillows of heaven call my name all the time! Since I don’t have a giant pot to fill with bubbling oil to boil my own, I decided do my take on the easy baked version.

Boy oh boy these little buns are unreal! They are soft, doughy, sweet and bright like honey can be!

Did I also mention they are easy to make? These little buns are one of the easiest yeasted bread recipes that I have created to date. Just a few quick stirs, an hour to rise and a quick bake these little buns are to be eaten warm!

Can you tell that I have been on a major kick for making yeasted gluten-free bread lately? It is so so so fun for me to get into the science of the yeast with gluten-free bread!

Let’s get to baking!

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Sweet Honey Buns

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 buns 1x
  • Category: bread
  • Method: baking

Description

sweet, doughy and arguably the best little sweet bun! 


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Ingredients

  • 1 packet of yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 2 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour
  • 1/4 cup of honey (for glaze)

Instructions

  1. pre-heat your oven to 425°f and run your tap so it become warm to the touch
  2. in a bowl add your 1 tsp of honey, 1 packet of yeast and 1 1/2 cups of warm water (no warmer than 110°f), whisk gently to activate your yeast
  3. After about 5 minutes your yeast starts to bubble
  4. Add in your 2 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour and using a rubber spatula until all the flour is combined
  5. Using vegan butter, coat 8 of the muffin tin sections going all the way to the top
  6. Scoop 3 tbsp of dough into each muffin tin with each spoonful creating differentiation in their placement almost like a pull apart bread
  7. Using the remainder of the dough follow those instructions until the dough is gone
  8. Place near a warm oven to rise for 1 hour
  9. After 1 hour the dough will be light and fluffy, drizzle, 1 tsp of honey over each bun and place in the oven for 20 minutes to bake
  10. Once they are golden brown, remove from the oven and drizzle 1 tsp more of  honey over the warm buns
  11. Serve warm and enjoy!

Keywords: gluten-free bread, gluten-free honey buns

Now that you have your buns ready are you going to eat them for breakfast? A snack? An after dinner snack? There is no right time to eat them you just have to make them so you can eat them!

The best part of these buns for me is the sweet honey glaze that drips down the sides during baking and coats the whole bun in sweet goodness!

Tag me if you make them so we can bake together!

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Cherry Berry Bliss Bites

These little superfood bites are a go-to for a quick snack or a late-night treat! Dates, cherries, chia seeds, coconut, oats flax, and kombucha oh my! When I think about creating a treat that really packs in nutrients the last thing that I want it to be is bland, dry and underwhelming but these are quite the opposite! Each bite is sweet, crunchy and packed with superfood ingredients.

My go-to little snacks are those that I can just pop in my mouth and know they are packed with nutritious ingredients. These bliss bites keep me full, satisfied and the ingredients are packed with nutrition that continues to work after consumption. 

Let’s break down those power ingredients! Each ingredient was chosen with a purpose for health benefits and flavor combinations. Dates are full of fiber that aids in digestion and healthy blood pressure levels. They are also a great source of quick energy. When you first take a peek at their nutrition facts, you might think, “wow, these are high in sugar and carbs,” but these are healthy sugars and carbs that help sustain blood sugar levels in working out or snacking. Cherries aren’t in season for a lot of states in the US right now, but dried tart cherries are a fantastic substitute in these little bites, trail mixes, and even salads. Cherries are incredible powerhouses with their high amounts of antioxidants, sleep aid ability and their delicious sweet flavor. Chia seeds are a go-to ingredient for almost all my baking needs. They are very high in fiber, high level of protein (for such a wee little seed), and high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are words that are thrown around in health journals a lot, but what really are they? Omega-3’s are crucial fats that are found in fish, seeds, and nuts. They help fight depression, body aches and overall help with regulating body function. Flake coconut and oatmeal are great sources of rich carbohydrates that provide the body with energy. 

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Cherry Berry Bliss Bites

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minute chill time
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bites
  • Category: healthy recipes

Description

superfood packed treats that will satisfy your cravings!


Ingredients

  • 6 pitted dates

  • 1 tbsp of tart dried cherries (preferably unsweetened)

  • ⅛ tsp of ground cinnamon

  • ¼ tsp of vanilla extract

  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds

  • 2 tbsp of gluten-free oats

  • 1 tbsp of flaked coconut

  • 1 tbsp of Cherry Berry Health-Ade Kombucha

  • 1 tsp of maple syrup

  • 2.5 tbsp of ground flax seeds

  • ¼ cup of unsweetened shredded coconut for topping


Instructions

  1. If your dates aren’t pitted, pit your dates and add to your food processor or high powered blender

  2. In a food processor or a high powered blender combine all your ingredients into a chunky dough

  3. Scoop out 1 tsp bites and roll in the unsweetened shredded coconut

  4. Place your bites on a place or a tray and keep in the fridge until ready to eat

  5. Enjoy!



Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bite
  • Calories: 46
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Protein: 3g

Keywords: healthy cherry berry bliss bites

Overall, these bliss bites are packed with key ingredients to satisfy that sweet tooth, fill your tum and health your body from the inside out! If you really are what you eat, I would love to be one of these bliss bites!

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Gluten-free & Vegan Blueberry Jam Coffee Cake Muffins

Well dang that is a mouthful! But, seriously, you will want a mouthful of these soft, sweet and subtly lemony coffee cake muffins.

A few weeks ago I got my order from Foodlyn in the mail and they had sent me the most beautiful looking blueberry lavender jam from Roots Kitchen. Since it is not quite fresh berry season here in Montana (we still have some snow on the ground), this jam was a great substitute for fresh berries in my blueberry coffee cake!

Among all this chaos that is in the world right now, I feel like my work life is busier than ever and I am really blessed to be working right now. I was feeling kinda weird with all that is happening in the world and really needed to just have a moment to myself to work through it. I was drinking my coffee and just taking a moment and felt like I was missing a little treat.

The next day, I grabbed this jam, my ride or die gluten-free flour (yes, I talk about it all the time! gotta love Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 – no sponsored – wish it was!) and set out to make these muffins…at 10pm.

Let’s get to baking!

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Gluten-free & Vegan Blueberry Jam Coffee Cake Muffins

  • Author: Paige

Description

the best gluten-free and vegan blueberry crumble muffins of the season! full of fresh blueberry flavor but you can make these year round even when blueberries aren’t in season! 


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Ingredients

Muffin:

  • 1 1/2 sticks of vegan butter (3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 3/4 cups of almond milk
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 3/4 cups of gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cup of blueberry jam

Topping:

  • 4 tbsp of melted butter
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 68 tbsp of gluten free flour
  • 2 tsp of sugar

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350°F and line your cupcake tin with paper liners ( I like the natural parchment ones)
  2. In your bowl of your stand mixer or with a hand mixer, cream your vegan butter and your sugar
  3. Add in your vanilla extract and baking powder after the sugar and butter are combined
  4. Next, add in your lemon zest and juice of a lemon
  5. Alternate 1/2 cup of gluten-free flour to 1/4 cup of almond milk until the batter is combined and smooth
  6. Scoop 2 tbsp of batter into your liners, top that with 1 tsp of blueberry jam and then 2 more tbsp on top of the jam to form a batter jam sandwich
  7. Complete the rest of the muffin liners with that sandwich technique
  8. In a separate bowl mix together your melted butter, gluten-free flour, sugar and ground cinnamon to form a crumb topping
  9. Top each muffin with about 2 tsp of crumb and place in the oven
  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes until cooked through
  11. Let cool and enjoy!

These little muffins are so dang delish I think they will start to be a staple in my weekly baking. If you don’t have any blueberry jam, you could use strawberry or raspberry! Really anything! I haven’t tested this recipe with preserves so I am not sure how that would work! But hey, give it a whirl!

They are sweet, tangy, bright and so balanced you will be so happy you made them! As always, tag me if you make them and we can bake together!

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tropical punch sangria (mocktail)

Let’s take a trip down memory lane. Back to summer when you were a kid, when the days were long, filled with laughs, snacks and tropical punch free flowing!

When Health-Ade told me their new flavor of kombucha was tropical punch, with notes of pineapple and mango, I about fell to the floor with excitement! Not only is pineapple my favorite fruit, but tropical punch booch, GUYS, this is the best thing since sliced bread! The heat of summer has hit, and the days are long, meaning there are more hours in the day to plan for picnics, days by the river and hours spent sipping tropical punch Health-Ade.

Two years ago, my summer looked different, there was an ocean and a pool involved. This year, since we moved back to rural Montana, we have an abundance of creeks, ponds and rivers to enjoy a picnic by. Landscape stretching as far as the eye can see in this big sky state. Scenery changes, moments change but the one constant of summer that stays with me from June into Labor Day weekend is the desire to be outside, 99.99% of the day.

The inviting summer breeze bouncing from mountains beckons me to the creek for my evening walks with my dog. The water dances in the eddys and bubbles natures music. With the flick of a wrist, the snap of the Health-Ade bottle opens and magically the easiest Tropical Sangria punch is made. A perfect compliment to a summer picnic. 

When I think of Sangria, I think of sweet fruit, light tang and a whole lot of flavor. When the new flavor was released I knew that this flavor would pair perfectly with more fruit, a titch of tang and those delish notes of tea from the Health-Ade!

Slice some fruit and let’s assemble!

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tropical punch sangria (mocktail)

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15
  • Yield: 5 servings

Description

the best summer mocktail that makes you think you are on the beach!


Ingredients

– 1 bottle of tropical punch Health-Ade Kombucha

– 3 cups of pineapple chunks – 1 pineapple roughly

– 3 cups of slices mango chunks – roughly 2 mangos

– 4 sprigs of fresh mint for garnish

– 1/2 cup of pineapple juice

– 12 oz of sparkling water


Instructions

1. on a cutting board prep your pineapple by slicing off the outer layer and the top

2. slice your pineapple fruit into 2″ pieces and place into a pitcher

3. next, slice your mango, slice the edges off the pit and score into squares, push the skin towards where the pit would be and scoop out the chunks, place into your pitcher

4. in your pitcher add your sparkling water, pineapple juice and kombucha

5. let the mixture set for 5 hours in the fridge to marinate, or overnight for best flavor

6. drink and enjoy the summer moments!


One of my favorite things about sangria is how easy it is to make! You take your favorite flavors and marinate them together to form arguably the most delicious drink ever! Another reason that I find sangria to be the best summer drink is that you control your own destiny, whether you want to add wine, or not the possibility is up to you. In this particular case, I felt that alcohol would hinder those sweet and sour notes in the pineapple and mango fruit punch flavor in Health-Ade.

Tag me in your summer adventures, so I can see what you are doing this summer!

gluten-free & vegan skillet peach cobbler

Friends, Family and peach cobbler lovers. I gather you all here to shout from the rooftops about the most epic giveaway that I am bringing you all! 

Let’s start by stating the fact that I simply cannot bake a peach cobbler without a few essential products. Peaches is of course number one priority in this process but coming in next is my new MadeIn knife, my skillet and a cutting board all made in America with love from MadeIn. One thing that I have learned through my cross country moves these last 4 years is that I tend to get rid of products that break and truly move only the goods. Products that will last me a lifetime and that wear beautifully with time and millions of peach cobbler.

When it comes to summer, I feel that an appropriate way to measure time is in peach ripeness. From this peach is too firm to cook with to it is time to make a cobbler soft. You might be thinking to yourself, “oh lord, I have never made a cobbler”, or “I really don’t want a mess”. These are very valid things to think when you are a new cobbler maker, but let me assure you, this is hands down one of the easiest desserts of the summer. It’s a 1 pan dish that you mix your ingredients in, cook in and I mean heck you can eat it right out of the skillet too! Your cobbler, your rules

MadeIn came to me and asked me to create a delish recipe for summer that included my favorite products from their site, and my favorite kombucha flavor. To me this was a no brainer! With the ease of a 1 pan dessert, I wanted to share my cobbler recipe with the world. Come to think of it, I am not sure why I haven’t share this recipe sooner, since like I stated above, I count my summer in peach ripeness!

Now that I have peaked your interest, let’s start baking this cobbler!

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gluten-free & vegan skillet peach cobbler

  • Author: Paige

Description

elevate the flavor of a good summer peach in this easy to make 1 pot peach cobbler!


Ingredients

Filling

– 6 ripe peaches

– 1/4 cup of tropical punch Health-Ade Kombucha

– 2 tablespoons of corn starch

– 1/2 cup of granulated sugar

– 2 tablespoons of vegan butter

 

Topping:

– 1/2 cup of sugar

– 1 cup of gluten-free flour

– 1/2 cup of vegan butter

– 1 tsp baking soda

– 1/4 tsp salt


Instructions

  1. slice your peaches 1/4″ thick using your MadeIn knife and butcher block, when you finish cutting all your peaches and set aside in your MadeIn saucepan
  2. add your Health-Ade, sugar and corn starch to the peaches and place your saucepan on a low powered burner until your peaches are getting soft and your sauce is thickening up & bubbling
  3. a small bowl mix your vegan butter, sugar, flour, baking soda and salt and using your hands or a fork cut the butter into the flour to create a biscuit
  4. remove the bubbling peaches from the heat and place the biscuit on top of the peaches
  5. place in a 350° F oven for 45 minutes to cook the biscuits
  6.  serve warm with a scoop of vegan ice cream

Notes

best when served warm with a scoop of vegan ice cream or for breakfast! 🙂

Not only is it a perfect recipe for summer, if you can’t find peaches you can easily substitute any stone fruit. I love to add plums and peaches together if my local farmers market is low, or nectarines for an extra zing! One thing to note is that you can’t go wrong with this recipe! If you don’t have something, use your best baking self and or channel me and add in what you think! If you are stumped at the local selection of fruit, go ahead and DM me. I will point you in the right direction.

As always, all opinions, recipe creation and images are my own. I feel that in true transparency, like I always am with you, I want you all to have great success in the kitchen and as a baker, and chef, those initial confidence boosts come from your tools. Tools, great ingredients and a smile are the building blocks to any delicious meals, dessert or day in the kitchen!

Tag me in your posts, comment away and let’s get you guys the tools to make an incredible cobbler! Happy summer! And even happier baking!

gluten-free & vegan cherry berry cobbler

Let’s start by asking the crowd…raise your hand if you love fresh cherries?!

I am obsessed with fresh cherries. The smell, the color, and even more importantly the taste! Cherries embody summer, fresh, bright and full of possibilities!

With the new flavor of Cherry Berry from Health-Ade I knew immediately that I needed to pair this bright flavor with a cherry berry cobbler. Cobblers, like fresh fruit are what summer is all about. This dish is arguably the easiest dessert to make. Just add fresh fruit, some oats, coconut sugar and viola cobbler!

When I approach a recipe that includes a flavor like cherry berry, but in liquid form, I immediately think about reducing down the liquid to extract flavor from the real fruit that Health-Ade uses in their kombucha. These cold pressed juice flavors add so much depth in baked goods, especially flavors like sweet cherry, elderberry, and hibiscus. Alone these aid to the side of fresh and bright, and together they dance on your palate. Coating your mouth in a floral flavor with a tinge of tart from the cherries. A truly unique flavor of kombucha to hit the market right now!

This recipe has the basis of any good cobbler; fruit (fresh and frozen for flavor), reduced kombucha, coconut sugar, organic oats, a touch of vegan butter and a shake of freshly ground cinnamon. I am a true believer that cinnamon aids to the rescue of all flavor combinations from chocolate to fresh fruit, and even savory vegetables. Like salt, cinnamon adds a depth to your food.

Let’s start with step #1!

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gluten-free & vegan cherry berry cobbler

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 3

Description

easiest, go to dessert for your summer cherries & berries!


Ingredients

Filling:

– 1/4 cup of Health-Ade Cherry Berry Kombucha

– 1/4 cup of coconut sugar (granulated is fine too!)

– 2 tbsp of cornstarch

– juice of 1/2 lemon

– 1/4 tsp of lemon zest

– 1 cup of frozen or fresh cherries

– 1/2 cup of strawberries (fresh or frozen)

– 1/2 cup of blueberries

Topping:

– 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon

– 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

– 1 tbsp of coconut sugar (granulated is fine too!)

– 2 tbsp of oats

– 1 tbsp of gluten free flour blend

– 2 tsp of vegan butter


Instructions

1. Preheat your oven to 350° F and grease your 3 ramekins

2. in a small sauce pan on low heat, add your kombucha and let reduce, you will start to see bubbles and keep your heat on low

3. in about 5 minutes into the reduction add your sugar, corn starch and lemon juice, let this reduce for another 8 minutes stirring every 2 minutes when bubbles form

4. you will start to see this reduction get thick in texture

5. while your sauce is reducing, in a bowl add your pitted cherries, sliced strawberries and blueberries

6. stir fruit together and add equal amounts to each ramekin

7. when your reduction is done, you will notice it is dark in color and thick in texture like candy, remove from the heat and pour equal amounts over your fruit mixtures into the ramekins

8. in a bowl mix together the cinnamon, vanilla, coconut sugar, oats, gluten free flour and vegan butter

9. with your fingers create a loose crumb and top the ramekins with the topping

10. place the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes until the top is golden brown and there are bubbles in the fruit

11. let cobblers cool slightly, top with vegan vanilla ice cream and enjoy!


Notes

best served warm with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream

Tasting the kombucha. Here you gather the notes of the drink, the individual flavors your tongue picks up and is the basis of your recipe development. Upon tasting this flavor, I knew that the addition of fresh lemon to the cobbler was a must to brighten up the notes of hibiscus. It’s time to start baking, now that we are hungry!

The best part about cobbler, and especially this recipe is that it tastes great semi warm with ice cream, cooled down after baking and even better the next day!

I find recipes in small quantities hard to come by, so this recipe was created for you and 2 other friends to enjoy! Tag me in your summer creations so I can see how you are enjoying Health-Ade’s delish new flavor!