Throughout 2020 home baking saw a surge in popularity with many people choosing to pick up a new skill, avoid the overcrowded supermarkets, and even keep the kids entertained!

7 Must Try Gluten Free Vegan Baking Recipes

But just because life may be gradually returning to normal around us, it doesn’t mean that we have to drop the activity we so enjoyed throughout the past year. Home bakes are always appreciated, whether for a special event or even just as a sweet surprise and vegan baking is no different.

In these must try gluten free vegan baking recipes we show you how vegan and gluten free alternatives like vegan butter and egg alternatives help to give new life into popular bakes like cakes, cookies and even cheesecakes!

So dust off those aprons, and whip up some free from baking classics that everyone can enjoy. Some of these recipes may use grams, if you wish you can use this gram to ounces calculator to get the weight measurements you're used to.

  1. 1-Bowl Vanilla Layer Cake

All you need for this delicious two layer, vegan and gluten free cake is 1 bowl and 10 ingredients. Yes, really!

If that wasn’t enough, the cake is light, fluffy, sweet, vanilla infused, easy to make and completely delicious making it perfect for a celebratory event or just for afternoon tea!

The base of the cake is made with vegan “buttermilk”, created by mixing dairy-free milk and vinegar. Then applesauce is added for moisture and sweetness, whilst vanilla extract intertwines throughout to give off a quintessential vanilla flavour.

There are even two options to choose from when it comes to adding the buttercream: You can choose from standard vegan buttercream, made with vegan butter, vanilla extract and powdered sugar, or opt for coconut whipped cream! 

The 10 ingredients you need are: 

  • Vegan dairy-free milk (such as coconut, almond or rice milk)
  • Apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Almond flour 
  • Potato starch
  • Cornstarch 
  • Organic cane sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt (this is optional)

Find the recipe here thanks to the Minimalist Baker!

  1. Vegan Gluten-Free Donuts

Donuts are delicious, but when you’re following a vegan or a gluten-free diet, It’s not easy to find ones that are gluten, dairy and egg free.

ut that’s where some incredible baking comes in! Complete with vegan chocolate icing, these low in fat, vegan and gluten-free donuts mean vegans and those who are gluten intolerant no longer have to miss out on an indulgent delicacy. 

ll you’ll need for these are:

  • Oat flour 
  • Buckwheat flour
  • Cane, coconut or brown sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Bananas
  • Coconut or other vegan friendly milk
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Agave syrup
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder

if you’re ready to get baking, follow the recipe from Losune’s Simple Vegan Blog.

If you’re looking to add a dash of chocolate to your bakes, find out which ones are suitable in our guide to vegan chocolate.


  1. Blueberry Scones

Scones are synonymous with British life, and though their pronunciation may be hotly debated, the fact that they taste good surely isn’t!

n this vegan and gluten-free version, these tasty scones are made free from refined sugar and dairy. They raise great, they’re fluffy on the inside with a slightly crisp outer shell and most importantly they’ve got that traditional golden colour.

hilst their flavour may be plain initially due to the lack of sweetener, the accompanying coconut cream and choice of your favourite vegan jam or compote will soon remedy that once you take a bite into them! 

For scones you’ll need:

  • Gluten free all purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Himalayan pink salt
  • Coconut cream
  • Almond milk (or any other non-dairy vegan milk alternative)
  • Vanilla bean extract
  • Fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Toppings
  • Fresh jam or compote of choice

his wonderful recipe comes straight from the Wholesome Patisserie.

  1. Vegan and Gluten Free Salted Caramel Cheesecake

Salted caramel is a flavour that exploded in popularity and has now remained a firm favourite for sweet-tooth lovers everywhere. From chocolate truffles, to cakes, and now to a vegan and gluten free cheesecake, salted caramel is quickly proving its worth as a versatile flavour.

he crust is made from raw pecans and medjool dates, whilst a food processor brings together the key ingredients: Namely cashew nuts, salted caramel sauce, lemons and Irish Moss paste that form that decadent cheese layer. This three layer cheesecake may sound complex, but its steps are so simple and it’s bound to be a crowd pleaser.

For this you’ll need:

  • Pecans
  • Medjool dates
  • Cashew nuts
  • Raw sea salt
  • Lemons
  • Irish moss paste

ollow Spabettie’s incredible recipe here, and find out all about Irish Moss Paste.

  1. Vegan Banana Bread

Soft and hearty slices maintain the classic banana bread texture in this incredible recipe where the lack of dairy and gluten are barely noticeable!

egan eggs and vegan yogurt in this banana bread help to retain the moisture, capture that sweet hearty taste, and of course, the crumbling, melt in your mouth banana bread texture.

Pecans and gluten free certified oats on top are also recommended to give the topping a different type of texture and toasting them will really complement the softness and sweetness of the bread.

or this vegan and gluten free banana bread you’ll need:

  • Gluten Free Baking Flour Mix 
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Sea salt
  • 2 flax eggs or other vegan egg alternative 
  • Coconut sugar 
  • Coconut oil
  • Vanilla bean or vanilla extract
  • Vegan coconut or plain yogurt
  • Mashed bananas (very ripe if possible)
  • GF certified oats 
  • Chopped pecans

Follow the recipe here with Jessica in the Kitchen.

  1. 1-Bowl Sugar Cookies

We’re finishing off our must try vegan and gluten free baking recipes with one treat bound to bring a smile: Cookies.

The recipe we’re including here only needs 1 bowl, and better still: Only takes 45 minutes to recreate from start to finish! Perfect if you need a quick pick me up, or you’re adding a last minute sweet treat to a birthday or celebratory menu.

The cookies are fluffy, soft and sweet with a base made entirely from vegan butter, organic cane sugar and vanilla extract. Meanwhile almond flour gives them that perfect crumbly cookie texture and cornstarch provides shape and structure.

For these vegan and gluten free cookies you’ll need:

  • Vegan butter
  • Cane sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Vegan egg alternative
  • Baking powder
  • Sea salt
  • Gluten-free flour 
  • Almond flour
  • Cornstarch or arrowroot
  • Unsweetened almond milk (or other vegan milk alternative)
  • Organic powdered sugar
  • Natural food dye

ive these light delights a go with the minimalist baker.

Looking to get creative with some more ingredients? Browse our free from marketplace to find what you might need, including chocolate spreads, cocoa powders and coconut jam.

Or if you're looking for a quick and easy free gift idea, check out our range gluten free hampers and gift boxes.


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