Nut-free/Grain-free Banana Bread Muffins

I have always loved banana bread, but not everyone can enjoy it because of nut allergies or gluten-free/wheat-free diets.  The good news is that the already fruity flavors of banana bread are easily made more healthy with other natural ingredients. These little treats are extra special because I think they are the first baked good I have ever successfully made that are completely wholesome.  I didn’t need to use any processed sugars or flours,... Read More

Christmas Cinnamon Buns

I was away for the holidays, celebrating in the Boston area with my boyfriend and his family.  I worked up quite a few recipes that are currently on deck to be posted, but since it’s been a busy week back at work and school I’ll appease you for now with these drool-worthy cinnamon buns I made on Christmas morning. I based them on this Cinnamon Swirl Bread I made in the past.  Just cut into pieces after rolling up (I used dental floss... Read More

Vegan White Pizza with Roasted Garlic Coconut Cream and Sun Dried Tomatoes

I love pizza in all its forms.  Sure it’s traditionally topped with red sauce and gooey strands of cheezy goodness, but it may get layered with pesto instead, or no sauce at all.  With this recipe I had the idea that rather than worrying about not only making a sauce but also a figuring out a cheese substitute, I decided to make a combination of the two. The sauce is made creamy by a little coconut milk, while all the flavor explodes from... Read More

Maple Glazed Shallot Rolls

I’ve been getting really into baking my own bread lately. Why buy loaves for sandwiches or buns for burgers at the grocery store when I can just bake them fresh myself!?  In the past few weeks this recipe has become a fast favorite of mine, it is a completely whole wheat roll that is soft, has a nice toasty crust and is filled with sweet caramelized shallots, accented with hints of pepper, cinnamon, and cumin. The secret is slow rising the... Read More

cinnamon swirl bread

i first learned how to make my own bread when i worked in an italian restaurant in portland.  i would make pizza dough fresh every morning so it had plenty of time to rise before we topped it with sauce, cheese, and toppings and popped it in the oven for lunch time. sure it takes hours to let the yeast do its thing, but i was surprised by the simplicity of the recipe.  it’s really just a little warm water, sugar, salt, yeast, oil and flour. ... Read More

gooey pumpkin cranberry bread

when i think of pumpkin cranberry bread i think of a christmas party i threw 3 years ago – it involved a chirstmas tree, christmas music and a full spread of seasonal treats.  probably one of the most popular items on the menu was pumpkin cranberry bread. 3 years on, i’m going back to that successful recipe and making it vegan friendly – the result is a gooey, delicious loaf that goes well with all types of holiday treats. gooey... Read More

whole roasted garlic clove focaccia bread

i love making my own bread.  there really isn’t any comparison between a fresh, out of the oven, loaf and store bought varieties.  but bread can be tricky to get right –  either it is too dense, the crust isn’t thick enough, or it comes out lopsided.  focaccia is a simple bread to make that’s always soft on the inside with a crunchy crust. adding italian herbs to focaccia is fairly normal, but i stepped it up a notch by... Read More

Vegan Garlic Knots

Ever since my bout with a chest cold earlier this week I have been majorly craving garlic, and there’s a good reason why. Garlic is a natural antibiotic.  After a few days of having whatever bug I caught floating around in my system, my body told my brain that I needed something to kill it off.  I quickly responded by eating lots and lots of garlic, sometimes 2-3 heads per day.  I’m feeling much better, and these garlic knots are... Read More

maple coriander rolls

i love making things from scratch, especially you have to put as much physical energy into someone as kneading bread dough, you can really let your energy become part of the food. for just that reasons i have been making my own bread lately. it’s relaxing, fun and really makes the taste difference. i would highly suggest playing around with your own recipes to see what you can cook up. Read More  Read More