I know. The title sounds so overwhelming and too “healthy” for a dessert. Or the title could be totally deceiving and this is just another bland, dry, weird tasting gluten/dairy free and vegan dessert… but it’s not, I promise. I definitely wouldn’t be sharing it if it wasn’t up to OH LA FEMME standards. Common, you guys should know me by now, riiiiight? I always post bad-for-you desserts with no regrets (like my Baklava and Chocolate Salted Pecan Cake, for example). But it’s the new year, new goals, and I really wanted to limit my sugar intake, while satisfying my baking (at least once a week) obsession. Also, I have a few friends that are on strict diets or have intolerances and I love to be a good host and cater to them too…cause I’m the do-it-all-wifey. 😉
Anyways, I was on the lookout for a free-of-everything recipe for months. I tried several cookie recipes (flop), a couple cakes that tasted really weird, and got sooo frustrated with the endless ingredient list that I needed to buy in order to make one recipe (it was so annoying and not to mention, expensive too). So I gave up on buying gluten-free flours, xanthan gum, and agave — they just weren’t making me happy. I simply wanted a recipe that suited what I had in my pantry, and of course, one that tasted normal. Is that too much to ask for? Well, if you’ve tried g/f, d/f vegan recipes, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
And then I came across a recipe. I made it, changed it up to my preference (cause that’s just my style), and bam. This gluten/dairy free, vegan, paleo- whatever you wanna call it, was incredible! And the best part? It tastes just as good as a bad-for-you dessert. I was so happy! My husband didn’t even know and was impressed too. And let me tell you, he isn’t usually a fan of “healthy” desserts. And I don’t blame him, but the fact that he said he couldn’t even notice, was kind of a big deal.
So now I have this awesome go-to dessert for those days when I need a sugar fix (without the regrets) and catering to a variety of my crowds. Everybody wins, and tummies are happy. 🙂
If you don’t believe me, try it for yourself. 😉
- Oat flour: you can buy oat flour, or you can prepare it yourself simply using a food processor to ground your oats. Just make sure it’s as ground as possible for the best outcome.
- Flax egg: this is a substitute for eggs. By combining water to ground flax and letting it sit, allows it to create a “gel” texture which resembles an egg yolk. This really helps in adding moisture and texture to the batter. It’s a genius substitute!
Have a wonderful Monday!