Healthy Dairy Free Protein Hot Chocolate

Healthy Dairy Free Protein Hot Chocolate

This delicious Healthy Protein Packed Hot Chocolate (or Hot Pro-Coa as I would call it) is made with minimal ingredients and is the perfect go-to drink in the morning, afternoon, or night!

Healthy Dairy Free Protein Hot Chocolate

What You Need To Make Hot Pro-Coa

  • Cocoa powder (or Cacao powder for vegan)
  • Vegan protein of choice (vanilla or chocolate) (I used Orgain Chocolate peanut butter)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Non-dairy milk of choice
  • Cane sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Sea salt
Healthy Dairy Free Protein Hot Chocolate

The Key To Making The Perfect Healthy Dairy Free Protein Hot Chocolate

In order to create the perfect texture that results in no clumps in your hot chocolate I recommend adding all the ingredients in a blender bottle and giving it a good shake before pouring it into your favorite festive mug and heating it up in the microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute.

By doing this you will break apart most of the clumps that could occur.

Another option for those who have rather clumpy protein powders or cocoa is to sift the cocoa and the protein powder.

Healthy Dairy Free Protein Hot Chocolate

The Perfect Topping

After you’ve heated up your hot chocolate in the microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute I recommend pairing it with your favorite dairy free whipped cream and adding a dash of cinnamon on the top (for taste and esthetic of course)!

Healthy Dairy Free Protein Hot Chocolate

Now that your Healthy Protein Hot Cocoa is ready you can turn on your favorite holiday movie, slip into your comfiest jammies and enjoy!

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Healthy Dairy Free Protein Hot Chocolate

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Hot Cocoa 1x
  • Category: Drink
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

The simplest and healthiest protein hot cocoa you’ll ever make! Guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit! 


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 Tbsp Cocoa or Cacao powder ( I recommend increasing this to 1 TBSP if you use vanilla protein powder)
  • 2 TBSP Vanilla or chocolate vegan protein powder (I used Orgain chocolate peanut butter)
  • 2 tsp. cane sugar
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk of choice
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of sea salt (very small amount)
  • dash of cinnamon 

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender bottle and give it a good shake until there are no clumps and all ingredients are combined. If you have clumpy cocoa/cacao powder or protein powder I recommend sifting it prior to adding it to the blender bottle. If you are not a fan of hies of cinnamon in your hot chocolate omit the dash of cinnamon. If you use a vanilla protein powder I recommend using 1 Tbsp of cocoa/cacao powder.
  2. Pour the ingredients into your favorite festive mug and microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute. This time may vary depending on your microwave and the size of your mug.
  3. Top with your favorite dairy free whipped cream and an additional decorative dash of cinnamon.

Notes

The protein powder you use may yield an alternate texture as all protein powders are not created equally. 


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Hot Cocoa W/o whipped cream
  • Sugar: 8
  • Fat: 4
  • Carbohydrates: 13
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 9

Keywords: hot cocoa, dairy free hot cocoa, hot chocolate, protein hot cocoa, protein hot chocolate, vegan hot cocoa, healthy holiday drink

Simple Gluten Free & Dairy Free Pumpkin Pancakes

Simple Gluten Free & Dairy Free Pumpkin Pancakes

Is it even Fall without Pumpkin Pancakes? These yummy gluten free and dairy free pancakes are spiked with the perfect amount of cinnamon and pumpkin spice to create a beautiful flavor combination you’re taste buds will be thanking you for!

Simple Gluten Free & Dairy Free Pumpkin Pancakes

Here’s What You’ll Need For Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes:

  • All purpose gluten free flour ( I used King Arthur, if you use a different brand the texture may be affected as all brands are created differently).
  • Oat flour
  • Cane sugar
  • Sea salt
  • Baking Powder
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Cinnamon
  • Vegan butter
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Cane sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Non-dairy milk (or normal milk)

How To Make The Perfect Pumpkin Pancake:

The key to the perfect gluten free pumpkin pancake is using the best gluten free all purpose flour. I used King Arthur’s all purpose gluten free flour and had great success. Each gluten free flour is made differently so if you use an alternate flour you may yield a different result.

To make the perfect round pancake you will want to set your stovetop burner to 2 or low/medium heat. Before adding the batter though you will want to rub the pan with butter or spray. I recommend melting the butter called for in this recipe and leaving the remainder of the butter (that doesn’t easily pour into the bowl with the other wet ingredients) on the pan.

From there, using a 1/4 cup, scoop the batter from the bowl onto the pan and let the pancake batter spread over the pan. The pancakes will spread to a circular shape by doing this, but you can also use the 1/4 cup and move it in a circular motion on top of the batter to shape it into more of a circle.

Simple Gluten Free & Dairy Free Pumpkin Pancakes

It’s important to let the pancakes cook fully for 3-4 minutes on each side. You should see the tops puff up a bit and the edges get a bit darker.

These do not bubble as much as your typical buttermilk pancake but if you flip it every 3-4 minutes the pancakes should be fully cooked.

Simple Gluten Free & Dairy Free Pumpkin Pancakes

How Long can I Keep These?

These pancakes can be kept for a max of 2 days in the fridge when stored in an airtight container. I do not advise leaving them out at room temperature for a long period of time as these are best served warm when paired with maple syrup or honey.

Simple Gluten Free & Dairy Free Pumpkin Pancakes

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Simple Gluten Free & Dairy Free Pumpkin Pancakes

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 78 pancakes 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

The simple Fall inspired gluten free fluffy pancakes you’ve been searching for!


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Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 4 TBSPs oat flour
  • 3/4 cup King Arthur’s gluten free all purpose flour (leveled with a knife)
  • 1 TBSP baking powder
  • 2 TBSP cane sugar
  • 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large room temperature brown egg
  • 2 TBSPs vegan butter
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 1/8 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Add all dry ingredients into a large bowl and combine thoroughly. Feel free to add more pumpkin spice if you would like a stronger pumpkin flavor. 
  2. Combine all wet ingredients except for the butter in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Heat a skillet (of any size) over low to medium heat.
  4. Melt the 2 TBSPs of butter in the pan watching it closely to make sure it doesn’t burn. it shouldn’t take very long. When done, add the butter with the other wet ingredients. Leave a little butter left on the skillet to act as the oil/spray for cooking the pancakes.
  5. Add the wet to the dry and mix until there are no clumps in the batter and using a 1/4 cup scoop the batter onto the skillet and flip every 3-4 minutes. These will not bubble like buttermilk pancakes so watch them closely. They should puff up a bit and the edges should appear more stiff. 
  6. Continue this process until you get about 7-8 pancakes. Serve warm with honey or maple syrup and store in an airtight container in the fridge for a max of 2 days. 

Notes

*All nutrition that has been calculated is an estimate. 


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 pancake
  • Calories: 116
  • Sugar: 4
  • Fat: 4
  • Carbohydrates: 17
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 3

Keywords: pumpkin, pancakes, pumpkin pancakes, gluten free pancakes, gluten free, dairy free pancakes, dairy free, breakfast

Dairy Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Tofu Shake

Dairy Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Tofu Shake

No protein powder needed to make this delicious vegan and gluten free shake!

Dairy Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Tofu Shake

Whip This Tofu Shake Up In A Snap

For this recipe all you’ll do is throw the ingredients into a blender and let it blend for 30-45 seconds and BAM your Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Tofu Shake is ready!

Dairy Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Tofu Shake

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • Silken tofu
  • Honey
  • Peanut Butter
  • Vanilla
  • Cacoa powder
  • Sea salt
  • Dairy free chocolate chips
  • Frozen banana
  • Non-dairy milk
  • Optional: vegan whipped cream
Dairy Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Tofu Shake

The Key To The Perfect Thick Shake

When it comes to creating a thick shake you’ll want to reduce the liquid and increase the ice. So, feel free to reduce the liquid the recipe calls for by 2 TBSP and increase the ice by a few ice cubes (don’t get carried away here as you will have a very icy shake if you add too many ice cubes) if you would like a very thick shake. The recipe creates a shake of average thickness, so please tweak this to your liking.

If you prefer a thinner consistency, I recommend increasing the liquid but maintaining the ice that the recipe calls for as it will keep the shake cooler longer.

Dairy Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Tofu Shake
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Dairy Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Tofu Shake

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Shake 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Snack
  • Method: No-bake
  • Cuisine: Dessert, Snack
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup silken tofu
  • 2 TBSPs cacao powder
  • 1 TBSP honey (sub maple syrup to make vegan)
  • 5/8 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • Optional: 1/2 TBSP Dairy free chocolate chips
  • Optional: Coconut reddi whip (dairy free)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients except fo the dairy free chocolate chips and coconut Reddi Whip into the bender and blend for 30-45 seconds. If you would prefer a very thick shake you may reduce the liquid by 2 TBSPs and add 1-2 more ice cubes.
  2. Pour into one large cup (or 2) and top with dairy free whipped cream.
  3. Cut the dairy free chocolate to a fine powder and sprinkle it over the whipped cream.

Notes

*Nutritional information has been roughly estimated and calculated without the optional toppings.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 shake
  • Calories: 353
  • Sugar: 25
  • Fat: 13
  • Carbohydrates: 41
  • Fiber: 6
  • Protein: 18

Keywords: shake, chocolate shake, tofu shake, chocolate peanut butter shake, vegan shake, dairy free shake, protein shake

Gluten Free Bacon Cheddar Pull Apart Biscuits

Gluten Free Bacon Cheddar Pull Apart Biscuits

These Bacon Cheddar biscuits are also dairy free and are ready in less than 90 minutes (with rise time).

To Grandmother’s house we go…

To bring only the best biscuits! So, let’s get started!

Gluten Free Bacon Cheddar Pull Apart Biscuits

I came across this recipe when looking for biscuits and tried a few, with many flopping, but when I came across Life After Wheat’s Gluten Free CloverLeaf Rolls I felt compelled to give them a try and luckily they turned out great!

For the second batch, I put my own spin on it, and made the recipe the one I have provided. To add a bit more of personal flair to the recipe I used dairy free whipped butter, dairy free cheddar cheese, and breakfast’s favorite friend bacon!

Which is a great flavor combo, but also a great 100% dairy free combo as well.

Gluten Free Bacon Cheddar Pull Apart Biscuits

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • All purpose gluten free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free all purpose flour, I recommend this brand or King Arthur. If you use a different brand you may need to use more or less as every blend is different.)
  • Instant yeast
  • Sugar
  • Garlic powder
  • 1 large egg
  • Whipped Dairy free (or normal butter) + more for brushing 
  • 1/2 cup shredded dairy free cheese (I used Violife cheddar)
  • Bacon

Feel free to throw on a red jacket or dress to channel pure Red Riding Hood vibes…I can guarantee you the biscuits will taste 20% better if you do!

Gluten Free Bacon Cheddar Pull Apart Biscuits

Keep It SIMPLE

These biscuits are very easy to make, but can easily be made dry if you add too much flour. It’s important to add enough water to the dough to make the consistency a bit on the watery side. The image above shows what the dough should look like (consistency wise). As a reminder, if you use a different brand you may have to alter the amount of water you add.

If you’ve baked gluten free before, then you know the flour has a tendency to dry out very easily. That is why it’s important to add more water to anticipate the absorption of the moisture from both the water and the butter.

Gluten Free Bacon Cheddar Pull Apart Biscuits

The Key To The Perfect Gluten Free Pull Apart Roll

When adding the dough to your muffin tin, roll the dough into any size you would like, just make sure it fits the muffin tin snugly with 3 rolls of dough in it. Mine were about 1-1/2 inches big.

I would recommend making the dough balls on the smaller side as you don’t want the dough excessively overflowing the muffin.

If you find your dough is hard to roll because it is sticky (it should be) I would recommend spraying non-stick spray on your hands or rubbing an oil of some sort to help you mold the dough.

Gluten Free Bacon Cheddar Pull Apart Biscuits

Let These RISE

There isn’t much rise time needed for these, but it’s important to:

  1. Mix the yeast with a bit of water (about 2 TBSPs) before adding it. This will make the yeast more effective at doing its job.
  2. Cover them in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for at least 25 minutes.

After The Gluten Free Bacon Cheddar Pull Apart Biscuits have completed their 25 minutes in the fridge to rise you may uncover them and bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes. Allow the biscuits to cool for 15 minutes and then enjoy!

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Gluten Free Bacon Cheddar Pull Apart Biscuits

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 43 minutes (includes rise time)
  • Total Time: 53 minutes
  • Yield: 910 Biscuits 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Bake
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

The easiest and simplest dairy free and gluten free biscuits that you’re grandma (and everyone else) will love!


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Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp all purpose gluten free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free all purpose flour, I recommend this brand or King Arthur. If you use a different brand you may need to use more or less as every blend is different.)
  • 1 Tbsp instant yeast + 2 TBSPs warm water
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • Heaping 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 large egg at room temp. You can also take an egg from the fridge and submerge it in warm water for a few minutes and this should do the trick.
  • 1/2 cup
  • Heaping 1/2 cup of melted whipped Dairy free (or normal butter) + more for brushing 
  • 1/2 cup shredded dairy free cheese (I used Violife cheddar) but feel free to use normal dairy cheese if you prefer
  • 46 Slices of cooked bacon. This may vary as you and your guests may have a preference when it comes to bacon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray. When done, set aside.
  2. Mix the yeast with 2 TBSPs of warm water (key word here being warm) if you add hot water it will kill the yeast resulting in rise-less dough. Set aside for 5-8 minutes. 
  3. Add all dry ingredients (flour, garlic powder, sugar, bacon, baking powder, salt) into a large bowl. When measuring a flour use a straight edge to ensure you are not adding too much flour. 
  4. Melt the butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. When done, let it cool for a few minutes until it is warm.
  5. Add the rest of the water (1/2 cup) and mix it with the butter, yeast, and egg until it is combined.
  6. Add the wet to the dry and mix until no flour pockets are visible. Your dough should be very sticky. if it is on the thicker side add a little more water.
  7. Using your hands, roll the dough into a ball. Spray your hands with non-stick spray or cover them in oil to help the dough not stick to your hands. You should have three equal balls of dough fitting snug into each muffin tin. When done, you will have 9-10 muffin tins full depending on how big you made the dough balls. 
  8. With a small brush (pastry or rubber), spread the additional melted butter on the rolls. This will great flavor!
  9. Once the dough is used up, wrap the tin with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for 25-30 minutes. Be sure the plastic is tight enough to not let air out.
  10. Once the dough has risen, bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes. The biscuits should be ready once they brown a tad and have no dough residue visible when pricking them with a toothpick.
  11. Let the biscuits cool for at least 15 minutes and serve! 

Notes

*Adapted from Life After Wheat

*These are great frozen as well. I recommend storing them in an airtight bag for a maximum of 1 month.

*If you use an alternate branded flour your results may change as each flour is made differently. 

*Nutrition was calculated with 10 biscuits and is a rough estimate


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Gluten Free roll
  • Calories: 193
  • Sugar: 1
  • Fat: 9
  • Carbohydrates: 25
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 3

Keywords: gluten free bread, gluten free biscuits, bacon, bacon cheddar biscuits, dairy free biscuits

6 Ingredient Gluten Free Granola Bars

6 Ingredient Gluten Free Granola Bars

Move over chewy bars because these simple homemade granola bars are no-bake and taste divine!

6 Ingredient Gluten Free Granola Bars

It’s So Simple

It’s mind bottling to me how I haven’t made these gluten free granola bars sooner. The effort is minimal and best of all, it’s cheaper than your typical gluten free granola bars and is sweetened only with honey

Here’s What You Need To Make These Healthy Granola Bars

  • Gluten free oats
  • Honey
  • Peanut Butter
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Sea salt
  • Dairy free chocolate chips

You will be putting all the ingredients except for the peanut butter and honey into one large bowl and combining the ingredients.

6 Ingredient Gluten Free Granola Bars

Minimal Effort

The only effort involved in this recipe is mixing the honey and peanut butter together in a small pot over low-medium heat.

After that, you’ll let the pot of honey and peanut butter cool for 5-8 minutes. You don’t want to melt the chocolate in the chocolate chips so the cool time is essential.

6 Ingredient Gluten Free Granola Bars

Once everything is combined, simply press the mixture into an 8×8 pan spread evenly using your hands or the back of a glass.

I find using a glass makes evening the mixture much easier than a spatula or your hands.

6 Ingredient Gluten Free Granola Bars

After pressing the mixture into the pan sprinkle a little extra sea salt and chocolate chips over the top and put in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.

After that time, take it out of the freezer and let it sit for 5 minutes before cutting evenly into 10 bars.

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6 Ingredient Gluten Free Granola Bars

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 10 bars 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No-bake
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Simple 6 ingredient dairy free and gluten free granola bars that can be whipped up in minutes!


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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups of oats
  • 3 TBSPs – 1/4 cup of chocolate chips (I used dairy free)
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 6 TBSP peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup + 1 TBSP honey

Instructions

  1. Start by putting all the ingredients except for the peanut butter and honey into one large bowl and combining the ingredients.
  2. Combine the honey and peanut butter into a small pot over low-medium heat for a few minutes and stir until combined. When combined set aside and let cool for 5-8 minutes. Remember we don’t want the chocolate chips to melt so this step is highly recommended. 
  3. Add the peanut butter honey mixture to the bowl with the other ingredients and combine. 
  4. Press the mixture into an 8×8 pan. Sprinkle additional chocolate chips and sea salt on the top.
  5. Store in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.
  6. Take out and let it sit for 5 minutes then cut into 10 equal bars.
  7. store in the fridge for 5-7 days.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 221
  • Sugar: 15
  • Fat: 9
  • Carbohydrates: 30
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 5

Keywords: granola, granola bars, gluten free bars, gluten free, dairy free, no bake, honey, chewy bars

Gluten Free Iced Pumpkin Scones

Gluten Free Iced Pumpkin Scones

With the Fall season in full swing it’s the perfect time to celebrate the season with these moist gluten free and vegan pumpkin scones!

Gluten Free Iced Pumpkin Scones

Here’s What You’ll Need To Make These Pumpkin Scones:

  • All purpose gluten free flour ( I used King Arthur, if you use a different brand the texture may be affected as all brands are created differently).
  • Brown sugar
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Vegan butter
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Non-dairy milk (or normal milk)
  • Powdered sugar (for the glaze)
Gluten Free Iced Pumpkin Scones

How To Make The Scones:

The scones are S I M P L E to make so lets get started!

1. You’ll start by mixing all of the dry ingredients together in one large bowl.

2. Then, with a pastry cutter or a fork (that’s what I used), you will add in the cold cubed butter and cut it. As you cut the butter the dough very crumbly and should resemble the image below. I find cutting the butter is the quickest when you mix the fork or pastry cutter with the ingredients in a forward and backward motion. Occasionally, coming to the center and continuing the mixing pattern.When done cutting the butter set aside.

3. Add all the wet ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl.

4. Then, add the wet to the dry.

5. Sprinkle flour on a solid surface and form a ball with the dough. Kneed the dough about 2-3 times and then form it into a large circle that is about 1 inch thick.

6. Cut the scones in 8 equal pieces and place on parchment paper and store them in the freezer for 15 minutes. Storing the scones in the freezer will help them keep their shape. When I was making batch after batch trying to get the recipe the way I wanted it I kept finding my scones would spread more than I wanted. Luckily, I picked up this trick from Sally’s Baking Addiction and it did the trick! No more scone spread!

7. Bake the scones for 18-20 minutes.

Gluten Free Iced Pumpkin Scones

How To Make The Icing

While the scones are in the oven it’s a perfect time to make the drizzleiscious icing!

For those of you who have been around the blog a few times this icing recipe will be nothing new to you as it is my go-to for all icing.

All you have to do is combine powdered sugar, non-dairy milk, and vanilla extract (optional but I recommend it) together and give it a mix! If you prefer a thicker icing I would recommend adding minimal non-dairy milk.

Gluten Free Iced Pumpkin Scones

What The Dough Should Look Like

The dough should appear thick, like the two images above and below. When cutting the scones I recommend wetting your knife after each cut. By doing this you will prevent the scone dough from overlapping as you drag the knife across the scones.

Gluten Free Iced Pumpkin Scones

I also recommend only sprinkling a bit of flour on the surface and not going crazy. The extra flour may result in a drier scone.

For The Icing

This is the easy part! All you will do is take 1/2 cup of powdered sugar (if it is very clumpy I would recommend sifting it first), 1/8-1/4 tsp of vanilla (depending on how much vanilla flavor you would like), and 1-2 Tablespoons of milk.

The less milk you add the thicker the icing will be.

Gluten Free Iced Pumpkin Scones

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Gluten Free Iced Pumpkin Scones

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 scones with icing 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Snack
  • Method: Bake

Description

Yummy Fall-flavored Gluten Free and Vegan Pumpkin Scones that are bursting with flavor! 


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Ingredients

For The Scones

  • 2 cups + 1 TBSP all purpose gluten free flour ( I used King Arthur brand)
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar (or light, I wanted a stronger flavor so I used dark)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk

Icing:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 TBSP non-dairy milk
  • Optional: 1/8-1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in one bowl. Add in the cubed butter to the dry ingredients and cut the butter with a pastry cutter or fork.  As you cut the butter the dough very crumbly and should resemble the image below. I find cutting the butter is the quickest when you mix the fork or pastry cutter with the ingredients in a forward and backward motion. Occasionally, coming to the center and continuing the mixing pattern.When done cutting the butter set aside.
  3. Add all the wet ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl.
  4. Add the wet to the dry.
  5. Sprinkle a little flour (1-2 TBSP, I would go on the lighter side as adding to much flour will result in a dry scone) on a solid surface and form a ball with the dough. Kneed the dough ball about 2-3 times and then form it into a large circle that is about 1 inch thick.
  6. Cut the scones in 8 equal pieces and place on parchment paper and store them in the freezer for 15 minutes. Storing the scones in the freezer will help them keep their shape. When I was making batch after batch trying to get the recipe the way I wanted it I kept finding my scones would spread more than I wanted. Luckily, I picked up this trick from Sally’s Baking Addiction and it did the trick! No more scone spread!
  7. Bake the scones for 18-20 minutes. While the scones are in the oven, let’s prepare the icing!
  8. Combine all of the icing ingredients in a small bowl and give it a good mix. I recommend adding the milk slowly as you may want a thinner or thicker texture. For a thicker icing add less milk and for a thinner texture simply add more milk. 
  9. Once the scones appear golden on they will be ready to take out. Let the scones cool for 10-12 minutes and then drizzle the icing over them with a spoon.

Notes

I used King Arthur branded all purpose gluten free flour. if you use another brand the results may not be the same as all gluten free all purpose flours are prepared differently.

You can add more pumpkin pie spice if you would like a stronger pumpkin flavor as these are on the mild side. These sones are not very sweet so I recommend always adding the icing in the recipe to them.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 scone with icing
  • Calories: 279
  • Sugar: 8
  • Fat: 11
  • Carbohydrates: 44
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 1

Keywords: Scones, pumpkin, gluten free scones, dairy free scones, vegan scones, eggless, breakfast, healthy scones, pumpkin spice

Healthy Gluten Free Banana Coffee Crumb Cake

Healthy Gluten Free Banana Coffee Crumb Cake

Grab your ripe bananas and get ready to seriously up your breakfast game with my Healthy Gluten Free Banana Coffee Crumb Cake!

Healthy Gluten Free Banana Coffee Crumb Cake

Thy I Love This Gluten Free Banana Coffee Crumb Cake

Hello Flavor Infusion

The hues of the banana flavor are complemented perfectly by the coconut sugar- cinnamon infusion making for a delicate combination!

So, in other words..prepare to have more than one slice.

Mixed Flours Makes An AHH-Mazing Texture

In this recipe there is a mixture of all-purpose gluten free flour (King Arthur brand), almond flour, coconut flour, and oat flour (to pair with the crumble). This flour mixture results in a fluffy, yet moist texture that gives the Crumb Cake its lift when paired with the wet ingredients.

Let’s Go Back To Childhood

Is it just me, or did everyone have someone in their life who made a breakfast coffee cake every Sunday or on special occasions when your family would come over for a large Brunch? I can almost smell the crumb cake my Mom use to make on Sundays when we would visit my Grandma and my oh my was it divine!

My hope is that this recipe either takes yo back to a similar time, or helps you create this special moment for your loved ones.

Healthy Gluten Free Banana Coffee Crumb Cake

Ingredients for Gluten Free Banana Coffee Crumb Cake:

  • All purpose gluten free flour ( I used King Arthur, if you use a different brand the texture may be affected as all brands are created differently).
  • Almond flour
  • Coconut flour
  • Coconut sugar
  • Honey
  • Oat flour
  • Plant based butter (normal butter should work as well)
  • Large egg
  • 0% greek yogurt
  • 2 medium sized spotty bananas
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Non-dairy milk (or normal milk)
  • Powdered sugar (for the glaze)

I would also suggest using a pie tin as well since that is what I used.

Get The Perfect Texture

When making the base of this you will notice the dough is quite thick and firm, which may seem odd but this is perfect! The texture should resemble the image below.

If you use a different flour you may find yourself adding more or less liquid to even it out. I recommend starting to add only 2-3 Tablespoons of milk and then see what that does to the consistency. If it is too watery, then sprinkle in a little more flour and if it is too thick, then I would add another 1-2 Tablespoons of milk.

For The Crumble

To get that delicious cinnamon-sugar crumb texture I would recommend mixing all the dry ingredients for the crumb cake (),and add in the butter 1 Tablespoon at a time. As you add the butter the flour will clump up more and more, which is what you want. small clumps are what we are going for here so watch the amount of butter you add.

If you add too much butter then your mixture will hold too much moisture and just be one large clump. If you accidentally add too much butter just add in more flour and coconut sugar until the texture is evened out and in smaller clumps.

When adding the crumble, you’ll be adding it in 2 separate areas; the middle and the top. You will sprinkle 1/2 the mixture in the middle and the remaining on the top before it goes into the oven.

The crumble should crisp up on the top to create a slightly hard shell outside of the banana cake base.

Healthy Gluten Free Banana Coffee Crumb Cake

For The Icing

This is the easy part! All you will do is take 1/2 cup of powdered sugar (if it is very clumpy I would recommend sifting it first), 1/8-1/4 tsp of vanilla (depending on how much vanilla flavor you would like), and 1-2 Tablespoons of milk.

The less milk you add the thicker the icing will be.

Healthy Gluten Free Banana Coffee Crumb Cake

Alrighty, now who is ready to give this a try and dig in?

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Healthy Gluten Free Banana Coffee Crumb Cake

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour + 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Slices 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

A Healthy twist on a breakfast/brunch classic! This Gluten Free Banana Coffee Crumb Cake will make you the talk of the party at your next family brunch!


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Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour (I used King Arthur)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 3 TBSP coconut flour
  • 1 Tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Wet Ingredients

  • 5 TBSP plant based butter (I used this to cut down on the dairy but normal butter should do)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 2 TBSP coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup 0% greek yogurt
  • 2 medium bananas (just under 3/4 cups)
  • 45 TBSP milk of choice
  • dash of salt

The Crumble

  • 5 TBSP coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 TBSP all purpose gluten free flour
  • 3 TBSP oat flour 
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 2.53 TBSP butter of choice

The Icing

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/81/4 tsp vanilla (depending how strong of a flavor you want
  • 12 TBSP milk (more milk= a thinner texture)

Instructions

The Banana Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line either a cake pan or pie tin with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add all of the dry ingredients. Then set aside.
  3. Melt the butter and place it in a medium-sized bowl with the other wet ingredients, except for the bananas.
  4. Mash the bananas to a pulp and add them into the medium-sized bowl. Give it a good mix until all of the wet ingredients are combined. 
  5. Add the wet to the dry and make sure there are no bits of flour not incorporated. The batter will be very thick, but that is what we are going for. If you find your batter is not very thick, simply add more all purpose flour. Alternatively, if you find your batter is too thick, add 1-2 TBSP of milk. The texture should resemble the picture above this recipe. 
  6. Once the batter is thoroughly mixed set aside as we prepare the crumble.

The Crumble

  1. Add all of the ingredients except for the butter in a small bowl.
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. The amount of butter you use will vary on how clumpy you like your crumble. Butter is what clumps the ingredients, but if you add too much your crumble will not be easily dispersed as it will be very large clumps so I recommend no more than 3 TBSP of butter. If you add too much butter just add a little more coconut sugar or oat flour.
  3. Stir in the butter by the Tablespoon. It will clump up the more you stir it. When stirring it feel free to go back and forth as well as a circular motion to distribute the butter evenly. I used 2.5 TBSP of butter which gave me the perfect amount of clumps (I prefer tiny ones). The texture should match closely to the image I have above in the blog post.

Put It Together

  1. Spread half the batter evenly into a baking dish. Be sure all corners are covered. 
  2. Sprinkle half the crumble over the batter evenly.
  3. Pour the other half of the batter over the crumble (that’s on the top of the lower base layer). Do this carefully as the batter should be spread out on top of the crumble without mixing the crumble. I recommend lightly spreading the batter to minimize the possibility of this.
  4. Sprinkle the other half of the crumble over the batter and bake for 40-45 minutes. Potentially longer depending on your oven. The cake should have no batter come out when you stick a toothpick in it.
  5. While the cake is baking let’s prepare the icing! Simply add the vanilla and powdered sugar together followed by slowly adding 1 -2 TBSPs of milk. I recommend doing this slowly as it is very easy to add too much liquid and have a watery icing. Better to add less and add more as you go until you reach the consistency you want. If you prefer a thicker icing, then I would go with 1 TBSP of milk.
  6. Take the cake out and let it cool for 10-12 minutes. You will know it’s done when you stick a toothpick into the batter and no dough sticks to it. 
  7. With a spoon, in a criss-cross motion drizzle the icing over the cake until all of the icing is used. Then dig in! I recommend storing these in the fridge to last longer in an airtight container for a max of 3 days. 

Notes

I used King Arthur Gluten Free All Purpose flour, if you use another gluten free flour blend your texture may be different as all brands are made differently.

Nutrition is a rough estimate using 2.5 TBSPs of butter and is a rough estimate.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Slice with Icing
  • Calories: 319
  • Sugar: 20
  • Fat: 15
  • Carbohydrates: 39
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 7

Keywords: Coffee cake, banana cake, banana coffee cake, gluten free coffee cake, banana recipes, coconut sugar, breakfast, Coffee

Healthy Gluten Free Apple Crisp For Two

Healthy Gluten Free Apple Crisp For Two

Ode to Fall and the Apple Orchards that are waiting for a pickin’! Put those local apples to good use and treat yo-self (and a special someone) to this Healthy Gluten Free and Dairy Free Apple Crisp!

PS. I hope you’re a fan of Snow White as this photoshoot is inspired by the famous tale. From the apple that was offered to snow white to the nature-setting of the movie this recipe and shoot are an ode to this famous tale.

Healthy Gluten Free Apple Crisp For Two

Why For Two?

Have you ever had a craving for apple pie, but lack the desire to make the whole thing? Or want a taste of something, but not the whole thing?

That’s where the Healthy Gluten Free Apple Crisp For Two comes in! This recipe is assembled in a snap and crisps up in the oven, bringing the flavors of the apple out and adding a nice crunch!

Healthy Gluten Free Apple Crisp For Two

What Do I Need To Make The Apple Crisp

In addition to a large ramekin or a small pot similar to the one I have, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Your favorite apples
  • Oats
  • All purpose flour
  • Nuts
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon Juice
  • Vegan Butter
  • Sea salt

I went with Red Delicious apples, but you can honestly pick your favorite. if you are going for more of a fall vibe, then I would recommend Honeycrisp.

Healthy Gluten Free Apple Crisp For Two

For The Apples

For this all you will need is a small bowl of diced apples.

To bring out the sweetness of the apples, coat them in lemon juice, brown sugar, and a pinch of salt.

Healthy Gluten Free Apple Crisp For Two

For the Crumble

What would a Gluten Free Apple Crisp be without a crispy crumble?

It’s simple! In a small bowl, mix the coconut sugar, cinnamon, oats, all purpose flour, and chopped nuts. Then, melt the vegan butter in the microwave and add it to the small bowl. Be sure to break up the large clumps.

The gluten free flour you use may affect the amount of butter the crumble soaks up, which is why I recommend using Bobs red Mill 1:1.If you find the crumble is too wet, add more oats or flour (potentially both depending on how wet it is) until the mixture becomes drier.

Healthy Gluten Free Apple Crisp For Two

After that, bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes, until the crumble is golden brown and serve with your favorite vanilla dairy free ice cream for the ultimate treat.

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Healthy Gluten Free Apple Crisp For Two

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 50-60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour + 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Snack
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Dessert, Snack
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

A Simple and Healthy Gluten Free and Dairy Free Crunchy Apple Crisp that is the perfect shareable size. It may be so good, you may not even want to! 


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Ingredients

  • 2 Medium-sized apples (or 34 small ones)
  • 6 Tbsp quick oats
  • 1/4 cup all purpose gluten free flour (I used Bobs 1:1 All purpose gluten free flour)
  • 3 Tbsp chopped nuts ( I chose Pistachios, but any nut will do)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp water
  • 34 Tbsp melted vegan butter (I used whipped butter)
  • 34 Tbsp coconut sugar (depending how sweet you like it)
  • Dash of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Chop the apples into small pieces and place them in a small bowl.
  2. Add the lemon juice, 1 Tbsp coconut sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, water and sea salt together in the small bowl and mix until the apples are coated.
  3. Place your coated, diced apples into a large ramekin or similar container.
  4. Combine the remaining ingredients (except for the melted butter) together in a small bowl and mix the ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl.
  5. Add the melted butter to the small bowl and break up any clumps. You may need to add a little more flour or oats depending on the flour you used. 
  6. Pour the crumble over the apples in the baking dish and bake in an oven at 350 for 50-60 minutes. If you prefer a crispy crumble I would bake it at the higher end of that range.
  7. Serve hot with your favorite dairy free ice cream and drizzle honey for added flavor.

Notes

*You can add more apple if you would like, just be sure to have a larger dish on hand. I am more a crumble fan than an apple fan so feel free to adjust as you see fit.
*You can attempt to reduce the butter and coconut sugar by 1 Tbsp, but your crumble may not as strong of a butter  or sweet taste.
*As with all my recipes, this is a rough estimate of the nutrition label. I used whipped butter, and 3 Tbsp of coconut sugar to calculate this.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: Half a crisp
  • Calories: 478
  • Sugar: 37
  • Fat: 22
  • Carbohydrates: 64
  • Fiber: 5
  • Protein: 6

Keywords: Apple crisp, gluten free apple crisp, dairy free apple crisp, vegan apple crisp, gluten free, fruit crisp, fall recipe

Gluten Free Salted Caramel Crunch Pretzel Bars

Gluten Free Salted Caramel Crunch Pretzel Bars

These Dairy Free and Gluten Free Salted Caramel Pretzel Bars are everything you want…and more!

Gluten Free Salted Caramel Crunch Pretzel Bars

Ingredients for Gluten Free Salted Caramel Crunch Pretzel Bars

These decadent, layered bars consist of three layers of heavenly goodness. To make all the layers you will need these ingredients.

  • Your favorite natural peanut butte
  • Oat flour (or oats)
  • Powdered peanut butter
  • Non-dairy milk
  • Local honey
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sea salt
  • Vegan/Dairy free butter
  • Unflavored collagen
  • Gluten free pretzels
  • Your favorite Dairy free chocolate

You could also omit the collagen and swap the honey for maple syrup to make these vegan. If you omit the collagen, reduce the honey needed in the caramel layer by 1-2 Tbsp.

Gluten Free Salted Caramel Crunch Pretzel Bars

How Do I Create The Layers?

The freezer is your best friend in this no-bake recipe. To create the layers you will combine all of the bottom layer ingredients and then freeze it for at least 45 minutes. After the bottom layer is frozen and will not easily stick to your hands, you add the caramel layer on top of the bottom (base layer) evenly spreading it across the entire layer.

Once the caramel layer is added you will then add the crushed pretzels and return to the freezer for one hour. Once the caramel layer is frozen its time for the decadent top chocolate layer which consists of melting vegan butter and chocolate in a microwave in increments of 30 seconds at a time.

Once the chocolate mixture is smooth and there are no bumps it is time to pour it on the caramel layer. As with the previous layer, you will evenly spread it and then spread the crushed pretzel on top of it.

Gluten Free Salted Caramel Crunch Pretzel Bars

The repeated motion of storing this in the freezer and waiting for them to set may seem daunting, but it is a rather simple recipe that involves most of the same ingredients, just different quantities in the layers.

Also, while these are setting you can feel free to catch up on your latest Netflix or Hulu TV show and sit back and relax. I can assure you that the time spent storing these in the freezer is well spent. If the layers are not stored in the freezer long enough the layers will start to mix and the bars will look as if they slightly melted.

So, I advise you to store these in the freezer for at least 45 minutes to 1 hour per layer.

Gluten Free Salted Caramel Crunch Pretzel Bars

These are Rich Bars!

These are decadent bars, with a capital D, which means they are rich and can be a bit much for some people to have (pallet wise).

To make these bars less rich, I recommend reducing the chocolate you use, making them thinner, or cutting the bars into 16 pieces, as apposed to 12.

For example, you can make the top chocolate layer a drizzle instead of a thick layer, cutting the chocolate in half. This way you can still get the chocolate flavor, but just not as much of it.

Before someone comments, these are not low-calorie bars. However, they are made with wholesome ingredients, no artificial sweeteners, and are packed with over 10 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, making them very filling! I have provided a rough estimate of the nutrition, but it is just that, an estimate. As with anything, moderation is key my friends :).

Gluten Free Salted Caramel Crunch Pretzel Bars

Cheers to you if you’ve read this far! Please comment below and let me know if you have any questions or how these turned out for you.

I invite you to view some of my favorite gluten free recipes that you don’t want to miss!

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Gluten Free Salted Caramel Crunch Pretzel Bars

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 1 hour + 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No-bake
  • Cuisine: Dessert, Snack
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

These no-bake layered bars are rich and nestled in a thick layer of dairy free salted caramel. 


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Ingredients

Bottom layer

  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp oat flour (you can make this by blending oats to a pulp)
  • 1/2 cup powdered peanut butter
  • 23 Tbsp non-dairy milk
  • 5 Tbsp honey
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Caramel Layer

  • 1/4 cup whipped vegan butter (or normal butter)
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 5 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 scoops collagen (you can omit, but if you do reduce your honey by 1 Tbsp)
  • 1 cup gluten free pretzels crushed (I used Glutino)

Top Layer

  • 1 cup gluten free pretzels
  • 2 Tbsp vegan whipped butter
  • 5 oz milk chocolate melted
  • Optional: sea salt

Instructions

Bottom layer

  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
  2. Warm the honey and peanut butter together in a small bowl by microwaving it for 20-30 seconds.
  3. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and give it a good stir. The dough will be very thick. if you find it is sticky, add more flour.
  4. Move the thick mixture to an 8×8 pan by evenly distributing the layer and store in the freezer for 45 minutes-1 hour.

Caramel layer

  1. Melt all ingredients together, except for the vanilla, collagen, and pretzels, in a small bowl for 20-30 seconds in the microwave.
  2. Add the vanilla and collagen into the mixture. The caramel should be sticky and will be thick. 
  3. Add the caramel sauce on top of the bottom layer. 
  4. Sprinkle crushed pretzels over the caramel and store in the freezer for a minimum of 45 minutes.

Top Layer

  1. Melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave in increments of 30 seconds. Take it out of the microwave every 30 seconds giving it a good stir. Watch it carefully as you don’t want the chocolate to burn. The chocolate will be done when it is smooth and there is no bits that appear.
  2. Pour the chocolate over the pretzel/caramel layer. Be sure to spread it to the corners.
  3. Add the crushed pretzels to the top and sprinkle a dash of sea salt.
  4. Store in the freezer, one last time for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. After the bars have froze, cut them into 12 pieces and enjoy! These are good for about 4-5 days in the freezer. you can enjoy them later but the pretzels may get a bit soggy.

Notes

*If you omit collagen in this recipe reduce the honey by at least 1 Tbsp in the caramel layer.
*These can be made vegan if you omit the collagen and swap the honey for maple syrup. 
*The nutrition has been roughly calculated, so it is an estimate.

You can also try this recipe with peanut butter filled pretzels on the top as other people have had successful results with this. The pretzel brand and thickness of the pretzels you get may yield a slightly different texture so I highly recommend Gutino as they are very crunchy. 


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 372
  • Sugar: 23
  • Fat: 20
  • Carbohydrates: 37
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 11

Keywords: No-bake, honey, dessert bars, salted caramel, salted caramel bars, dairy free bars, collagen, gluten free bars, gluten free

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Glazed Donuts

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Glazed Donuts

Oh baby, these gluten free donuts are moist and perfectly sweet, making them a great mid day snack or post-workout treat to pair with a protein shake since they contain only 6 grams of fat.

Before getting to the ingredients I need to stress the importance of using a donut pan for this. I recommend using a silicon one as I feel the batter doesn’t stick as much compared to tins. You could try to make this recipe using muffin tins but I can’t guarantee they will turn out as the batter may not rise enough to yield a full 6 muffins.

Vegan Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Glazed Donuts

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • All purpose gluten free flour
  • Cacao powder
  • Sweetener of choice (I chose Truvia baking blend but feel to choose whichever you like)
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Dairy-free milk
  • Vegan butter
  • Peanut butter
  • Powdered peanut butter (I used The Lion’s Choice Kit Kat kind as it had the crunchy topping on it)
  • Powdered sugar

For the most part, these can be whipped up at almost any time as these are ingredients you are likely to have on hand. My inspiration to make these actually came from me staring into my fridge and cupboards and sitting with an intense grin on my face contemplating what I could make…Eventually it came to me.

Vegan Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Glazed Donuts

This recipe will also be rather simple and straight forward to make as well since you will mainly be adding the wet to the dry ingredients. There is no fancy food processor or beaters involved, just.a good ol’ bowl, whisk, and some elbow grease.

Once the wet to the dry is added you will then load the batter into a ziplock bag and cut a small whole in it. After you will pipe the batter into the donuts and fill them all the way full. These will not rise very much so you want to get it as close to that top fill line as possible.

Vegan Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Glazed Donuts

While the donuts are baking away lets get to making that shiny bakery-style glaze!

Let’s Make the Glaze

Could a donut be complete without a signature glaze to complement its dense texture?

For this, all you’ll need is to mix the powdered sugar, powdered peanut butter, and milk together in a small bowl that will be big enough for dipping the donuts.

You may tweak the amount of powdered sugar the recipe calls for if you prefer a thicker icing so I would recommend increasing the powdered sugar by 2 Tablespoons. If you happen to add more milk you can also do this as well to make it less runny. I can confirm I have tested it and it has worked!

Vegan Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Glazed Donuts

Once the donuts have cooled off for about 10 minutes, it’s time to lather them in the glaze.

Grab the donuts and dip them halfway in the icing and slightly turn them in a circle. Hold the donut above the bowl and let the excess icing drip for a bit and then place it on the cooling rack.

You will notice the icing will start to set on the donuts rather fast.

Vegan Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Glazed Donuts

I also recommend topping these with sprinkles because well, what’s a donut without sprinkles?

Vegan Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Glazed Donuts

When they have all been glazed I recommend storing them in an air tight container for two days max. I admit I did not store these in the fridge, so they could last longer but I was also realistic with my self control when making these..

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Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Glazed Donuts

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 28
  • Total Time: 43
  • Yield: 8 Glazed Donuts 1x
  • Category: Snack, dessert
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Perfectly sweet peanut butter chocolate gluten free donuts made with only a few ingredients and topped with a yummy peanut butter glaze!


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Ingredients

For the Donuts:

  • 1 cup off all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp sweetener of choice (I used truvia)
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup non-dairy milk (I used cashew)
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 3 Tbsp vegan butter
  • (optional) sprinkles to top

For the Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp powdered peanut butter  (I used The Lion’s Choice Kit Kat kind since it had the crunchy pieces on it)
  • 1 1/4 tsp non-dairy milk

Instructions

For the Donuts:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a donut pan with non-stick spray. I recommend using a silicon pan as the batter is less likely to stick.
  2. Add all dry ingredients into a medium-sized bowl and combine.
  3. Melt the peanut butter and vegan butter in a small bowl in the microwave for 20 seconds.
  4. Add the peanut butter and vegan butter mixture into another bowl with the rest of the wet ingredients and mix until the ingredients are combined.
  5. Add the wet to the dry and combine.
  6. Add the batter into a medium-sized ziplock bag and cut a hole in the corner of it. Then, pipe the batter into the donut tray until they are full. You will have enough batter to make 8 donuts.
  7. Bake for 22-28 minutes. Make sure you check the middle of the donut as this is likely the last place they will bake. So, when you are putting a toothpick in it I would recommend putting it in the center first.
  8. Let them cool for 10 minutes and then dip them in the glaze mixture.
  9. Top with sprinkles and store in an airtight container for 2 days.

For the Glaze:

  1. Add all the ingredients into a small bowl that is large enough to dip the donuts in. 
  2. If you prefer a thinner icing, I would a dash more of milk. Alternatively, if you would like a thicker icing, I would add less milk.
  3. Once the donuts have cooled lightly dip them halfway and twist them at the end.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Glazed Donut
  • Sugar: 11
  • Fat: 6
  • Carbohydrates: 30
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 3

Keywords: Vegan, gluten free, dairy free, donut, vegan donut, gluten free donut, healthy donut, simple recipe, icing, glaze, peanut butter, chocolate, peanut butter chocolate donut

Low Carb Buffalo Dip

Low Carb Buffalo Dip

My low carb Buffalo Dip is packed with protein and flavor! It’s the perfect appetizer to enjoy at a game day potluck or a yummy lunch to pair with crackers or carrots and celery.

Low Carb Buffalo Dip

Here’s the Deets on this Healthy Recipe

To make this yummy dip you’ll need greek yogurt and cream cheese for the bulk of this recipe. The greek yogurt will be where we will get the added protein in addition to the chicken.

I swapped out the sour cream in this recipe with greek yogurt to boost the protein content and reduce the fat content as well.

I kept the classic parts of this dip the same though by using the buffalo sauce as the key for doctoring this up along with the cheese. You can certainly choose a lower fat cheese such as mozzarella, but for this recipe I used my favorite cheese, which is a 4 cheese blend.

Low Carb Buffalo Dip

Here’s The Key Ingredients:

  • Buffalo sauce
  • Greek yogurt
  • Cream cheese (softened)
  • Garlic powder
  • Shredded chicken
  • Cheese of choice
  • Green onions

You are going to need a pretty large bowl for this recipe as the yield is a generous 8×8 dip that is Thick.

I would also recommend getting some carrots, celery, and crackers to pair with this as it makes for a great crunchy combo!

Low Carb Buffalo Dip

It’s Super Simple

This dip is by far one of the quickest recipes you can make for a potluck or even as a part of your meal prep for the week.

It’s as simple as

  1. Let the cream cheese soften and combine everything in a bowl
  2. Spread the contents from the bowl in an 8×8 pan and add half the shredded cheese on the first layer
  3. Pour the remaining batter into the 8×8 pan and top with the rest of the cheese and bake for 30 minutes
  4. Let cool and garnish with green onions
Low Carb Buffalo Dip

Bam, just like that a Low Carb Buffalo Dip is done!

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Low Carb Buffalo Dip

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Dip, Appetizer, Snack
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This Low Carb Dip will appease the masses and is packed with flavor and protein!


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Ingredients

  • 5 oz softened 1/3 less fat cream cheese
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 lb shredded chicken ( mine was about 3 cups)
  • 3/4 cup Franks Red Hot Buffalo sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheese of choice
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp green onions

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and spray an 8×8 pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Let the cream cheese soften by leaving it out for an hour.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl except for the green onions and cheese and mix until it is combined.
  4. Chop the green onions up and add in 1/4 cup to the mixture and give it a good mix.
  5. Pour 1/2 the dip into the 8×8 pan and add 1/2 cup of cheese.
  6. Pout the other half of the dip in the dish and top with the remaining cheese.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Take out and top with the remaining chopped green onions.

Notes

*You can lower the calories and fat in this by choosing a lower fat cheese if you wish.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/12 the recipe (about 2-2.5 oz, but this will range)
  • Calories: 126
  • Fat: 6
  • Carbohydrates: 2
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 16

Keywords: Buffalo dip, healthy buffalo dip, greek yogurt, gluten free dip, gluten free, healthy appetizer, meal prep, healthy snack

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I’m not playing when it comes to these chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie bars! These are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and easily Vegan by swapping out just one ingredient!

Gluten Free Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

The Main Reasons I Love These Bars

Now, as a Gluten Free Gal I can say that making any type of cookies makes me nervous and I am sure you all know what I am talking about…

That’s right! The crumby, dry, and borderline un-bakeable texture that usually are accompanied by gluten free cookies.

But you can have peace of mind when baking these because they are 100% chewy, moist, and most of all a bit melty in the middle, which pairs greatly with ice cream!

You may be wondering, what makes these not crumble like a nature valley bar as soon as you touch it? That would be starch my friends! This includes all starches, like corn starch, potato starch, and arrowroot starch. When adding a starch it acts as the main binder and basically makes that crumble situation disappear.

Gluten Free Healthy Chocolate chip cookie bars

This is what you’ll need to make these Magical Bars:

  • Almond butter and peanut butter (the drippier the better)
  • Plant based butter
  • Non-dairy milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Honey (or maple syrup for vegan)
  • Ground flaxseeds
  • Potato Starch
  • Almond flour
  • Coconut flour
  • Oat flour
  • Sea salt
  • Non-dairy mini chocolate chips
Gluten Free Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

It may seem long, but every ingredient has a place and contributes to a chewy chocolate chip cookie bar. As mentioned before, the potato starch will act as the main binder.

You can also feel free to substitute the potato starch with arrowroot starch or cornstarch, you will just have to adjust the amount you add. For every Tablespoon of potato starch you should substitute with 2 tsp of arrowroot starch and cornstarch can be substituted in a 1:1 ratio. I admit I didn’t try substituting these in the recipe, but from my research and general knowledge of baking with starches these substitutions should be very similar since they are all starches.

Gluten Free Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These are a Triple Threat! They are:

Gluten Free

Dairy Free

Vegan (with one swap)

So, that means when you bring these to a party or a potluck, everyone can enjoy the Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar deliciousness!

Gluten Free Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Also, when looking at the nutritional information remember the key here is Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie bars as these are a healthier alternative to the leading cookie usually has more than 20 grams of sugar and less than 2 grams of fiber.

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Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 24 minutes
  • Total Time: 34 minutes
  • Yield: 9 bars 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

These chewy, moist, and flavorful chocolate chip cookie bars are gluten free, dairy free, easily made vegan, and are lower in sugar than your average bars! Make this the ultimate dessert to top off your day!


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Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

  • 6 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 6 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp plant-based butter
  • 6 Tbsp non-dairy milk
  • 2 Tbsp Honey (maple-syrup if vegan)
  • 1 Tbsp Flaxseed
  • 1 3/4 tsp vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients

  • 8 tsp potato starch
  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 sifted oat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a microwave-safe medium-sized bowl add in the nut butters, butter, and milk and microwave for 20-30 seconds. 
  2. Add in the remaining wet ingredients, stir, and set aside.
  3. Add all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix until combined.
  4. Add the wet to the dry. You should have a thick and moldable dough at this point.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Spray an 8×8 pan (also feel free to use parchment paper here) and bake for 23-25 minutes. If you would prefer a doughier texture than I would recommend baking more around 20 minutes.
  7. Take out and let cool for 10 minutes. 
  8. This goes great with ice cream so feel free to serve these yummy bars with it and enjoy!


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Bar
  • Calories: 297
  • Sugar: 17
  • Fat: 17
  • Carbohydrates: 30
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 6
Collagen Perfect Bars

Collagen Perfect Bars

Dense, Peanut-buttery, and absolutely Gluten Free and Dairy Free! These Collagen Perfect Bars resemble the texture of your typical Perfect Bar, but without the dry milk and egg powder all while packing a protein punch with 14 grams of protein per bar!

I admit, I love Perfect Bars! But something is so satisfying about making your own makes them taste that much better.

The Customization

The best thing about making these bars is that you get to add in your favorite add-ins (and I am talking about more than just chocolate chips!

For example, you could add cranberries and walnuts and use almond butter as the base to create a completely different flavor with these bars.

Why Collagen?

Collagen is one of my favorite ways to add protein in a dairy free way without messing with the texture. It’s tasteless properties and superfine granuals make it ideal for baking and in no-bake desserts.

If you were to use vegan protein, it will likely create a different texture and not so subtle aftertaste of pea protein (as that is the base of most vegan proteins). I am not saying that you shouldn’t use vegan protein as I incorporate it in other recipes, but in certain ones the flavors and textures don’t mix together as well as collagen.

Another great thing about these Collagen Perfect Bars is that they are simple to make as you won’t need much and odds are you have all of it in your kitchen!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Peanut butter
  • Collagen
  • Honey
  • Vanilla extract
  • Coconut flour
  • Oat flour
  • Non-dairy chocolate chips

You can feel free to sub out the chocolate chips for other add-ins that you prefer.

When adding these ingredients together you will get a very thick and dense dough that is moldable and shouldn’t stick to your hands.

Overall, it should be an easy transfer from the bowl to an 8×8 pan.

When it comes to the size of these bars it’s honestly up to you and your preference. I prefer bars on the thinner side, but that’s just me.

I you prefer thicker bars I recommend using a smaller baking dish to achieve this. You won’t get as many bars out of this but they will be very thick…With a capital T on the Thick!

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Collagen Perfect Bars

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 70 Minutes
  • Yield: 9 bars 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No-bake
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

These yummy dairy free and gluten free collagen protein bars are packed with 14 grams of protein and made with minimal ingredients. Did I mention they are customizable and taste like your favorite Perfect Bar?!


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 4 scoops collagen (or more if you prefer, but this may affect the taste slightly)
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 3 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 Tbsp oat flour
  • 2 Tbsp + 1/2 Tbsp (or more for sprinkling chocolate chips on the top)

Instructions

  1. Combine the peanut butter, water, vanilla extract, and honey together in a small to medium-sized bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.
  2. In a separate medium-sized bowl, add in the collagen, coconut flour, oat flour, salt, and give it a good mix until all of the ingredients are combines.
  3. Add the peanut butter and honey mixture in the small to medium-sized bowl to the medium-sized bowl with the dry ingredients and combine until the batter is thick and moldable. You may need to add an additional 1-2 Tbsps of water if you didn’t use natural peanut butter or added more collagen. If your batter is too thick, slowly add in 1 Tbsp of water and mix until the dough is moldable and resembles that of the photo.
  4. Fold in 2 Tbsp of chocolate chips and add the dough to an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper. Then, sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top and store in the freezer for a minimum of 1 hour. Once they have froze, cut into 9 bars and store in the fridge in an airtight container.

Notes

*I recommend using a drippy nut butter


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Bar
  • Calories: 262
  • Sugar: 14
  • Fat: 14
  • Carbohydrates: 20
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 14

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