Zucchini Kill Bakery: Gluten-Free Vegan Treats in Austin, Texas!

We haven’t been talking too much about our travels… it’s about time we started doing that, right? Well, we’re near Austin, Texas until the end of April, and I think we’ve found our favorite bakery of all time: Zucchini Kill, a vegan womyn-owned bakery in Possum Park, a vegan paradise in Austin. There are several vegan food trucks in Possum Park, but only Zucchini Kill is a dedicated gluten-free business. They’re also soy-free, mostly corn-free (except occasional corn starch and xanthan gum, which is technically a corn product), and none of the most common allergens. They do use GF oats in a very small number of their treats, and the workers have all be fantastic about letting me read the ingredients before we buy anything. In addition to adorable and delicious donuts, cupcakes, Rebel Swrrrls, and Cream Coffins, they sell CBD-infused sodas and sweets, incense, Zucchini Kill swag (I’m totally …

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Gluten-Free Vegan Taco Meat: grain-free, soy-free, with nut-free option

This is one of those quickie recipes we’ve used for years but never think much about it. I thought I’d share it here to go with our new cassava tortillas. Ingredients 1 cup walnuts or sunflower seeds 1 8oz can mushrooms, drained 1 tbsp chili powder 1 tbsp nutritional yeast 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp hot sauce (optional) Instructions Chop walnuts into very coarse pieces (a mini food processor makes this easy). Add remaining ingredients, and chop until combined and the mushrooms are in small pieces. Let flavors meld for a few minutes before serving. Store unused meat in the fridge, for up to 3 days. Notes Siete Foods Habanero Hot Sauce is our favorite. A walnut-sunflower seed combo is also delicious. Fresh mushrooms can be used instead of canned. Mushrooms can be omitted entirely, but a little moisture (such as water or a little coconut oil) will help bind …

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Cassava Flour Tortillas: gluten-free, grain-free, vegan

Here is a little-known fact about us: we LOVE tacos. I mean, we really love tacos. On our whirlwind month-long trip from Arizona to Florida to get to David’s RV tech program (with a short detour through Georgia to avoid Hurricane Dorian), we had tacos almost every day. Unfortunately, tacos with celiac and food allergies can get a little complicated for such a simple yet perfect little food. I am a super-sensitive celiac, which means that it’s a little more difficult than simply looking for gluten-free labels on foods. I have been glutened several times by corn tortillas, because it’s nearly impossible to find certified gluten-free corn tortillas, or non-certified tortillas from companies that test their batches for the presence of gluten. Legally in the U.S., naturally gluten-free foods processed on equipment shared with wheat may be labeled “gluten-free,” even if the final products are not tested for the presence …

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Cherry Grunt: gluten-free, vegan, low-sugar dessert

I recently discovered fruit grunts: stove top cobblers that don’t require an oven, or much effort! I had a bag of cherries hanging out in my freezer, and decided to adapt this Farmer’s Almanac orchard fruit grunt recipe to make it vegan, gluten-free, and lower in sugar.

The view from above a saucepan of cherry dessert with 8 light yellow dumplings on top.
This worked well for a Saturday night dessert emergency!

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Vegan Chocolate Bark

A DIY Valentine’s Day treat. Ingredients 1 cup chocolate chips 1/4 cup any combination of nuts, seeds, dried fruit Instructions Line a baking sheet, plate, or cutting board with parchment paper. In a double boiler (or a makeshift double boiler), melt the chocolate. Mix in the nuts/seeds/fruit, and then pour onto the parchment, spreading the mixture out to a thickness of 1/2″ or less. Allow to cool somewhere undisturbed, and break into pieces. Store leftovers in a sealed container someplace cool.

Chocolate “Magic Shell” Ice Cream Topping

A super easy chocolate sauce that hardens on cold ice cream. Ingredients 1/2 cup chocolate chips 2 tbsp coconut oil Instructions In a microwave-safe dish (like a glass measuring cup, or a half-pint or pint-sized mason jar), microwave the chocolate and coconut oil in 20-second bursts, stirring very well in between, until sauce is smooth (about 2 minutes). Notes Works well with any kind of chocolate chip– white chocolate is awesome, and if you’re looking for vegan or dairy-free white chocolate, we love No Whey White Polar Dream Bars. Enjoy Life makes allergy-friendly chocolate chips, too. Try peanut butter or sun butter instead of or in addition to the chocolate chips. Leftover sauce can be stored in the fridge for a week or two. Microwave in 20-second bursts to reheat, stirring between each burst. Be patient! Chocolate will burn or seize up very quickly, especially in the microwave where hot …

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Hot Cooked Sorghum for Breakfast: gluten-free, vegan, oat-free

Sorghum is an awesome grain. It’s packed with nutrients like folate, vitamin B6, magnesium, and iron, as well as essential amino acids like tryptophan. It’s also delicious, with a nutty flavor and lots of versatility. When ground into a flour, it gives gluten-free baked goods a good texture and flavor, and when left whole, it can be popped like popcorn or cooked like oatmeal. On a cold day, hot sorghum is easy to make and will stick to your ribs. Ingredients 1 cup whole sorghum 3 cups water (unless your sorghum requires a different amount) pinch of salt toppings (optional, see notes) Instructions Cook the sorghum in a rice cooker or on the stove top according to package directions, with water and a pinch of salt. Serve with toppings of your choice, or leave plain. Notes Topping ideas: Chopped dates, any variety Chopped walnuts or pecans, with maple syrup A …

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Cold Sesame Peanut Noodle Salad

Loosely based on The Kitchn’s Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles with Chicken, this is one of our favorite warm weather meals. It keeps well in the fridge for a few days, and can easily be doubled or tripled for pot lucks. Ingredients For the noodles: 1/2 package rice noodles 2 cups shredded cabbage 1 cup shredded carrots 1 large cucumber, cut into match sticks 2 tbsp sesame seeds For the sauce: 1/4 cup sesame oil (or other light oil) 1/4 cup peanut butter 1/4 cup rice vinegar 1/4 cup tamari, gluten-free soy sauce, or Bragg’s liquid aminos 2 tbsp minced ginger 1 clove garlic, minced 1/8 tsp white pepper 1 tbsp sriracha, red chili paste, or red pepper flakes, to taste Instructions Cook the noodles according to the package directions (usually 5-10 minutes in boiling water), drain, and add cabbage and carrots. Use an immersion blender to mix the sauce ingredients …

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