Lemon poppy seed bread is my all time favorite spring treat. Now that I’m gluten free, sugar free, and vegan, queue the sad face for not being able to enjoy it. Until I whipped up some magic so that I could… and you can too!
What does a sugar free, gluten free, and vegan lemon poppy seed bread taste like? I will be honest with you, it’s a different taste than the normal recipe you are probably used to. It’s still absolutely delicious and I don’t miss any of the sinful goodness that was left out. It’s a little thicker and grainier due to the gluten free flour, and it’s obviously not sweet at all. But still a winner and when you combine a great taste with a treat that isn’t bad for you – winning all around!
You really want the zest and juice from two lemons. Don’t settle for a substitute. The Lemon Essential Oil exemplifies the light flavor of the lemon so that you can really taste it and enjoy it without the sugar. If you NEED to add sugar, go ahead and add 1-2 TBSP or no more than 1/4 cup to the recipe (or a little Stevia). I’m not telling you that you can’t have sugar… I’m just sharing how I’ve been able to start enjoying food without it.
What and How to Substitute for Your Taste
If you want to substitute regular flour instead of the gluten free flour, you can do that easy enough. And if you prefer to add eggs instead of the ENERG-E Egg Replacer + water “vegan egg” you can add two eggs instead. The almond milk is a substitute for the traditional sour cream that most recipes have. This keeps it vegan, but if you don’t care about it being vegan, you could also substitute the same quantity of plain Greek yogurt, like Chobani if you prefer. Speaking of, I’m a “health” vegan rather than an “animal rights” vegan so I do still use honey. Feel free to substitute your own sweetener if you choose.
Hubby and I agreed that it is best served warm with a drizzle of honey or vegan (or regular) butter on it.
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