Baked goods and bakeries happen to be two of my weaknesses. Take a look around my website and my love for baked things will become apparent quickly. And then there’s the bakeries….the smell of a bakery…*swoon*. There are few things better. So any time I come across something that successfully combines some of my favourite things, it’s likely to be a hit with me.
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The authors also happen to own Kelly’s Bake Shoppe in Burlington, Ontario. At their shoppe, they only bake and sell gluten free and vegan treats. A wonderland for those on a special diet or those with allergies. I’ve never been to their bakery (or Burlington!) but if the opportunity ever comes up, visiting Kelly’s Bake Shoppe is going to be at the top of the list. Look at how cute the shoppe is!
I learned about this book in a roundabout way. Someone followed me on Instagram so I was scrolling through their feed to see the types of things they posted and came across a picture of a gorgeous cupcake. Of course, I clicked on it and it led back to the Kelly’s Bake Shoppe Instagram account. Through their account, I learned they were releasing a book soon. And here we are.
The book is gorgeous, the images are beautifully shot, and the recipes! Oh, the recipes.
There are over 100 of them in this book and it’s not just about the sweets. Yes, you will find recipes for cookies, cupcakes, cakes, doughnuts, and more. But you will also get savoury recipes for things like chili, lasagna, soups, salads, smoothies and lots more! So far, I’ve tried the recipe for the bite-size brownies (which I am sharing here with you), and the Sweet Potato & Quinoa Burgers. Those burgers? So good. Thumbs up all around my table, even from the kids. I’m actually making them again this weekend, they were that good.
But let’s finally talk about these vegan gluten free bite-size brownies now, shall we?
I love brownies. So naturally, I gravitated towards trying this recipe first. The picture of the brownie in the book looks more dense than how mine turned out but that could be for a variety of reasons.The recipe said to bake for 10 minutes and to not overbake. I took them out of the oven after 10 minutes but they ended up more cakey than fudgy. It was totally fine though, because they still turned out DELICIOUS and everyone loved them. Cakey brownies are just as yummy! Chocolaty and soft with little bursts of chocolate chips. Yum.
The next time I make them, I’ll take them out a little sooner to see if I can achieve that fudgy texture I love so much. One other possible reason they could have turned out more cake-like could be because of the gluten free flour brand I used (see the note at the bottom of the recipe about that).
So would I recommend this book? Absolutely. If you are vegan or gluten-free or vegan AND gluten free, if you have food allergies, or if you are trying to eat healthier, then get it. There are so many ideas for everything from breakfast to dessert and everything in between. Something for everyone!
If you buy it, or check it out online, come back and tell me which recipe you want to try first!
How to Make Vegan Gluten Free Bite-Size Brownies
Penguin Random House Canada sent me a copy of Made with Love at no charge with the option to share a recipe from the book on my site if I wanted to. Of course I did because the book and recipes are excellent! All opinions about the book and recipes are my own. All images in this post are also my own. Recipe reprinted with permission from Penguin Random House.