GF + Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

GF + Vegan Cinnamon Rolls - offbeat + inspired

I love making friends that share my gluten/dairy intolerances. I hate that they have intolerances because of how fun intolerances aren’t (wouldn’t wish them on anybody), but it’s just awesome to be able to feed my crazy ingredient-ly (??) acrobatic recipes to people who will appreciate them for their health benefits as well as their flavors, and say things like, “WHAT?! I don’t have to stop eating ACTUAL cinnamon rolls?!” No, dear friend. No…you don’t!

GF + Vegan Cinnamon Rolls - offbeat + inspired

GF + Vegan Cinnamon Rolls - offbeat + inspired

I had been on the hunt for a good gluten-free cinnamon roll recipe ever since my sweet friend Beth Kirby posted this magic on her blog a few weeks ago. I had the pleasure and honor of shooting that little baking sesh, and let me tell you…I could not for the life of me get cinnamon rolls off my brain afterwards.

GF + Vegan Cinnamon Rolls - offbeat + inspired

GF + Vegan Cinnamon Rolls - offbeat + inspired

I found a bunch of recipes that looked great, but I was skeptical. I’m always skeptical about gluten-free versions of things that are originally sooooo about the gluten. But I combined a few of the formulas to create the one you’ll find below, and oh my word. OH. MY. WORD. They are really good.

GF + Vegan Cinnamon Rolls - offbeat + inspired

GF + Vegan Cinnamon Rolls - offbeat + inspired

I’m so picky when it comes to my sweets. Texture and flavor are paramount. Although the texture of these rolls isn’t quite as fluffy and elastic as a classic cinnamon roll, I would venture to say it’s equally (if not more) satisfying. You know those wonderful, toasty, caramelized edges you get just on the bottom of a really good cinnamon roll? These are like that, all over. It’s heaven.

So please give these a try and let me know what you think — whether you’re gluten/dairy intolerant, vegan, or neither!!

GF + Vegan Cinnamon Rolls - offbeat + inspired

GF + Vegan Cinnamon Rolls - offbeat + inspired

Have you been blown away by a really good GF/Vegan recipe? I would love to hear about it! I’m especially motivated after the way these rolls turned out to try more challenging bakes!

Actual Cinnamon Rolls (GF + Vegan)
Yields 8 rolls

Wet Ingredients
3/4 cup hemp milk
1/2 cup water
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
1/4 cup psyllium husk
4 tbsp. vegan butter (or regular butter)
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

Dry Ingredients
3 cups all purpose gluten-free flour (*see below)
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Filling
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of fine sea salt
2 tbsp. vegan butter (or regular butter), melted

Icing
3 cups powdered sugar
1 oz. good bourbon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tbsp. hot water
1 tsp. vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)

*All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour

3 cups brown rice flour
3 cups sorghum flour
1 1/2 cup tapioca starch
1 1/2 cup cornstarch

Stir your hemp milk and water together in a medium bowl and microwave for 15-20 seconds until lukewarm. Test with your finger or use a thermometer. The temp should be between 105 and 110 degrees F. Add yeast, give it a quick stir and let it proof for about 10 minutes. The mixture should froth up a bit, which tells you the yeast is good and it’s time to get bakin’!

Whisk in the psyllium husk, butter and vinegar. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and stir with a spoon until it makes sense to switch over to kneading with your hands. You’ll know when. Knead the dough until it’s smooth and fully combined, about 5 minutes.

On a piece of parchment paper, roll out the dough into a large rectangle. Don’t roll it thinner than about 1/4-1/2 inch.

Make the sugar filling. Once it’s done, brush the dough with a little hemp milk and dump the sugar mixture on top. Spread it evenly with your fingers, leaving about a 1/2 inch border around the edges.

Tightly roll the dough (from one of the long edges) to form a log. Place the seam side down, and cut the log in half, then halve the halves, until you have 8 equally sized cinnamon rolls.

Place them on a greased baking sheet, nudged right up against each other so they don’t un-roll themselves, cover with plastic wrap and let them rise in a warm place for about an hour. They won’t double in size like gluten-y cinnamon rolls would, but they will puff up a bit!

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

Bake the rolls for 18 minutes, then let cool before serving.

Make the icing! Whisk all the ingredients together. You want the consistency of the icing to be thick and drizzle-able (new word?!). If you need to adjust the consistency, add more sugar to thicken, add more water to thin.

Drizzle the icing over the rolls and serve while warm! These reheat REALLY well. Just store them in the fridge, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, pop the rolls back in the oven and heat for about 5 minutes before serving.

Pomegranate, Lime + Ginger Mocktail

Pomegranate + Ginger Mocktail - offbeat + inspired-2

A few weeks ago, I co-hosted a baby shower for a friend. Pre-pregnancy, the guest of honor and I often enjoyed hanging out and talking over a bottle of wine, but considering it was her baby shower (and I’m also pregnant), wine had to take a backseat.

Celebrations like baby showers deserve a festive drink, so I came up with a simple mocktail recipe that can be scaled down for 1 person or made for a crowd. And with Christmas and New Year’s Eve around the corner, I don’t have to settle for sipping a boring beverage when everyone else is toasting with a glass of champagne or a cocktail. I will be celebrating with a tasty mocktail in hand!

Keep reading!

A Jackson Hole Journey + Adventure-Style Cocoa

A Jackson Hole Journey + Adventure-Style Cocoa - offbeat + inspired

One of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring adventures I’ve ever been on happened about 2 months ago in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Before I get into all the details, watch this highlight video! (I am SO excited to share this with you guys…)

How it all came together is kind of surreal, so I’ll try to keep that part brief without leaving anything out. The Jeep brand had been on the hunt for a few social media influencers to bring out to Jackson Hole to experience the mountains and the community, all from behind the wheel of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel. Of course they wanted us to get to know the vehicle itself, but the whole thing was supposed to be more about an adventure. One that created memories and stories — the kind we would take with us and share over and over again. So when they initially reached out to me and asked what things I would anticipate doing in a setting like the Grand Tetons, this was me.

In that moment, I dreamed up my ideal visit to Jackson Hole.

Keep reading!

Homemade Butterbeer + A Trip to the Wizarding World

Homemade Butterbeer + A Trip to the Wizarding World - offbeat + inspired

Confession! I was SUPER late to the Harry Potter party. When the movies first came out, I was actually kind of annoyed by all the hype. I refused to see them in theaters and avoided family movie nights once they were out on DVD. I couldn’t even put my finger on why I was so against HP because I had no idea what the story was even about. But after all the buzz died down, I watched the first one…and was hooked.

All of my siblings love Harry Potter, so watching with them was a lot of fun. There’s so much to love about the story, the characters, the entire world they created. Before I digress into all the spiritual and philosophical parallels that really get me going, I’ll skip to the part where I got to visit Universal Orlando’s “Wizarding World of Harry Potter“, and experienced the BUTTERBEER. Cue heavens opening, angels singing…

Keep reading!

Autumn Squash Strata With Elizabeth Cauvel

Autumn Squash Strata With Elizabeth Cauvel - offbeat + inspired

As promised, the delectable Autumn Squash Strata recipe as seen at the orchard brunch with Poppy Barley! This one was created by my lovely friend, Elizabeth Cauvel, at my apartment the day before the event. It was kind of funny, two tall girls, tons of food and a honkin’ DSLR crammed into my tiny kitchen — but she cooked, I photographed, and we loved it. Here’s a photo journal of the process. Recipe at the end!

Keep reading!

Clean Apple Cinnamon “Pop Tarts” (Grain/Gluten/Dairy/Sugar-Free)

Clean Apple Cinnamon "Pop Tarts" (Grain/Gluten/Dairy/Sugar-Free) - offbeat + inspired

Phew! These have been such a long time coming. When the pop tart train rolled into blog land, I couldn’t help hopping aboard. Who didn’t, at some point in life, LOVE pop tarts? I was a huge fan of the funky flavors like s’mores, chocolate frosted (with those majestic white sprinkle crumbles), apple cinnamon, brown sugar and so on. Toasted or not, with milk or on their own — there was just something about that crumbly crust and thin layer of filling that I couldn’t get over.

Keep reading!

Crust-Lover’s Layered Apple Pie

Crust-Lover's Layered Apple Pie - offbeat + inspired

Apple pie. It’s in a league of its own. And for such a highly revered dessert, it’s very forgiving. There are thousands of recipes and renditions of “traditional” apple pie being celebrated all over the country. From the type of crust, to the variety and cut of the apples, to the spices and toppings — apple pie lends itself generously to adaptation.

Keep reading!

The Coffee Ice Cube Latte + My Steller Obsession

The Coffee Ice Cube Latte + My Steller Obsession - offbeat + inspired

First, Steller. It’s an app I started using recently, and I’m completely hooked. It’s the most visually stunning, sleek and intuitive storytelling app I’ve ever seen. The idea is to create stories with photos, video, sound and text. There are different fonts and layout options that have the look and feel of an uber-stylish coffee table magazine, flipping pages and all.

Keep reading!

Alpine Mud | A White Sage, Wild Mint, Milk, Chocolate + Bourbon Cocktail

Alpine Mud Cocktail | White Sage, Wild Mint, Milk, Chocolate + Bourbon - offbeat + inspired

The second (and final) recipe of my Juniper Ridge Wildcrafted Tea collaboration with Kristan Raines of The Broken Bread is a bourbon cocktail that I’m absolutely head over heels for — and just in time for National Bourbon Heritage Month!

Keep reading!

Douglas Fir Spring Tip Whipped Sweet Butter

Douglas Fir Spring Tip Whipped Sweet Butter - offbeat + inspired

Kristan Raines (of The Broken Bread) and I recently teamed up to create a few recipes infused with wildcrafted tea from Juniper Ridge. I’m so excited to be collaborating with this girl. She is incredibly talented, sweet as can be, and her recipes and food photography are hypnotizing. If you haven’t already checked out her work or followed her on Instagram, you must!

Keep reading!