I cannot believe that we’re already a week into December, so to kick start our Christmas baking inspiration I thought I’d share a vegan & gluten-free chocolate orange recipes for a free-from Xmas fest!
One of our young neighbours (Jasper, now aged 9) LOVES the classic Christmas chocolate orange combo, so I started making ‘safe’ vegan & gluten-free chocolate orange treats for our annual neighbourly gathering. There are certain flavours I associate with Christmas and chocolate orange is up there.
Over the years I have created quite a few different recipes to cater for Jasper – generally I make at least one tray of chocolate orange treats for the afternoon/evening we gather a long with a load of other scrummy treats to cater for everyone else. You can pop over to CHRISTMAS in our recipe index, under occasions to check them out. I will be adding more recipes over the coming couple of weeks.
A Christmas tradition for me is having Chrish, my fellow baker and foodie (and my geology field partner from uni days), come over for a day of vegan & gluten-free baking. She dropped by today for coffee and cake, so we could discuss what we’re gonna bake together next week (sneak peek – we also prepped our pepparkalor mix today as it’s best if it has sat in the fridge for at least a week.) So today my Christmas baking has finally started to get into gear! And I am so excited!!
I love feeding people and surprising them with tasty food that they cannot believe is free-from allergens. Christmas is a great excuse to ply loved ones, family, neighbours, guests and visitors with scrummy treats and lovely seasonally spiced drinks.
We love spices in our home! These Christmassy ones top our : cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cardamon – any time of the year but Christmas is a great excuse to add it to everything ;P I’m looking forward to sharing some of our favourite spicy Xmas treats with you over the coming days.
But back to the classic chocolate orange combo. The vegan & gluten-free chocolate orange kisses below are a fantastic Xmas treat. We bake the chocolate biscuits and freeze them in labeled ziplock bags. The orange frosting we make and store in a sealed container in the fridge. The biscuits take between 5-15 minutes to defrost – depending on how big you make them and how warm your kitchen is. So if folks drop by, we can whip them out of the freezer, kiss them together with the ready made orange icing and they are ready to eat by the time the coffee has been made!
The vegan & gluten-free chocolate orange cookies are also really easy and pretty speedy to make. I tend to make these if I know our friends are coming over for a walk in the cold, crisp Surrey Hills. I time it so that these simple cookies are coming out of the oven and their aroma fills our home as our friends arrive. They are a great incentive for little legs towards the end of the ramble!
I’ve added the vegan & gluten-free chocolate orange meringues as vegan meringues should be shared at every opportunity! Vegan baking knows no bounds which I find very exciting.
I have also added a classical and simple vegan & gluten-free chocolate orange cake, and vegan frostings in both chocolate and orange flavours just so you have everything in one place.
I hope that something below inspires you to give vegan & gluten-free chocolate orange baking a go. And if you have any cool relevant recipes you’d like to share please do. We’d love to hear from you and try out your allergen-free baking recommendations.
smiles and namaste,