Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread Scones

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When I was studying in London, Josh came to visit and hopped on an Easy Jet to Ireland. It was everything I expected: green scenery, great Guinness, quaint villages, friendly people. Ireland, from a tourist’s perspective, is perfect.

I wasn’t, however, expecting to love the food. It just happened, one meal at a time. It started in Dublin when we splurged to eat at the Winding Stair, continued in the small west coast village of Doolin where we had the best fish and chips of our lives and ended back in Dublin where we stumbled upon Cornucopia, a vegetarian restaurant and cafe in the city center.

Once we got back to the US, I ordered the Cornucopia At Home cookbook and it’s become a staple in my house. The book full of hearty delicious vegetarian Irish inspired food (like these collard wraps with mushrooms and wild rice). There is a whole chapter on breads and scones and, looking for inspiration for St. Patrick’s Day recipes, it occurred to me to combine the two.

These vegan and gluten free Irish soda bread scones are simple and delicious. Josh and I ate them for lunch and dinner the day I made them (it was Sunday and anything is allowed on Sundays). Ever since the butternut squash pot pie success, I’ve been addicted to this vegan butter over on Vegan Baking (if you’re dairy free, go make this butter!) and it works just as well in this scone recipe. These scones are so light, fluffy and buttery – you can’t tell they’re vegan and gluten free.

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Carrot Cake Bars

Vegan Carrot Cake Bars | ourfourforks.com

There is a table in my office that is a dessert depository;  leftover birthday cake, unfinished batches of cookies, candy someone bought and decided not to finish. Usually, I’m pretty good about ignoring this spot until recently someone left carrot cake and I couldn’t keep myself from trying a piece. My obsession with carrot cake was born in my hometown of Southampton, New York. I grew up on Tate’s Bakeshop carrot cake, which I’ve requested for every birthday since I grew out of my Carvel ice cream cake phase many years ago. After all this time, I’m still convinced there is no better carrot cake in existence.

 

There is, however, healthier versions of carrot cake. And in celebration of Easter, I decided to pay homage to the carrot cake by making these carrot cake bars, topped with a vegan cashew cream cheese frosting. Gluten-free, vegan, and paleo, they are a decadent and filling dessert, snack or quick breakfast on the go.

 

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