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"Alternative" Baking Recipes - Vegan & Gluten-Free

Feb 26, 2019

Welcome back from the Reading Break everyone!

Since becoming a vegetarian, I’ve been met with a lot of disappointment from exciting recipes that don’t fit my diet; I can only imagine how frustrating it must be for those of you who are vegan, or lactose or gluten intolerant, or have other allergies or restrictions! So, for today’s blog, I’ve wrestled up some delicious-looking “alternative” recipes! Whether you have dietary restrictions that make it difficult to try the recipes you see around online, you’re just interested in trying something new, or you want to make a treat for a friend with dietary restrictions, I hope these baked goods are fun and delicious!

  • Flourless Thumbprint Breakfast Cookies
    Cookies for breakfast? Yes please! These cookies are mostly oats, banana, seeds, cinnamon, and jam; they look delicious and they’re vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and soy-free! You can swap the rolled oats for certified gluten-free oats if you need to, and if a nut allergy is a problem for you, you can omit the peanut butter topping or swap it for almond or sunflower seed butter.
  • Raw/Vegan Raspberry Cheesecakes
    These little cheesecakes are portioned like cupcakes and they’re raw, vegan, gluten-free, refined-sugar free, full of healthy fats, and made with fresh fruit! Yum! The base is made of almonds and medjool dates, and the “cheesecake” portion is a great mix of cashews, coconut milk, maple syrup or honey, vanilla, and raspberries. There’s even a section of the recipe for an optional icing you can include (and I mean really, why would you say no to icing?)!
  • Gluten-Free Vegan Vanilla Cake with Berries
    Even if you aren’t following a vegan diet yourself, remember that anything that’s vegan is also dairy-free! This cake looks amazing; I can’t believe it’s dairy- and gluten-free. The coconut cream frosting and fresh berries are the perfect touch!
  • Gluten-Free Vegan Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
    If vanilla and berries aren’t your thing, how about carrot cake? This is another recipe that looks phenomenal—I can’t tell by looking at it that it isn’t the same homemade carrot cake my mom and grandma make! This recipe uses apple sauce instead of eggs, and is also nut-free! The cream cheese frosting is made with vegan cream cheese and looks just like the real deal—without hurting cows or our lactose-intolerant friends.

Now I want to go home and try making all of these! I’ve got major heart-eyes for these treats. If you give any of these recipes a go, I’d love to hear how they turned out and what you thought about them!

Happy baking!

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