Hey, I'm not complaining - the faster the year goes by, the faster it's Christmas time again!
Frankly, I start feeling the Christmas cheer by November 1, but I try to hold off until after Thanksgiving. And by December 1? I'm a goner.
Anyway, this WIAW I can't be home with my family. After all, I have school! But funnily enough, I get to have a little piece of home!
I'm from Greensboro, NC and it's not exactly a bustling metropolis, nor is it a hippie town. So imagine my surprise when I learned of Zen Cat Bakery, an all-vegan, all-gluten-free bakery based in Greensboro, NC.
Zen Cat Bakery is dairy-free, egg-free, casein-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, and soy-free.
While it's mostly a wholesale bakery, the baker (Angie) ships nationwide via the Zen Cat Bakery Etsy store and you can order baked-to-order treats from her anytime and get them shipped out to you in just a day or two.
Zen Cat Bakery products are based off of organic, healthful ingredients with the tagline Gluten-free + Vegan = All Love. And they mean it! You don't have to be vegan or gluten-free to delight in their scrumptious treats!
While everything at Zen Cat Bakery is vegan, they're currently expanding their line of raw desserts to include raw truffles, cakes, granola, etc. I got to try SuperNatural RAW Bites!
I don't even know what I can say to that. I mean, look at it. Words can't even begin to cover what a bite of delight that is - YUM YUM YUM.
And what about their gluten-free vegan brownie, which will blow your socks off?
I may be strange, but I really liked it paired with some peanut dip and homemade beans for a filling afternoon snack (I knew I wouldn't be home to eat dinner until around 9pm, so I needed something to hold me over).
Their big, flat oatmeal raisin cookies are chewy, soft, brown sugar-y yumminess that somehow tastes like elementary school (if that makes any sense?) but in a good way. And the Oh Snap! Triple Ginger Cookie?
Soft and flavorful, just the way I like it!
Here's a common theme for all of the baked goods: you'll never believe they're gluten-free or vegan or, in any way, not just indulgent bakery treats. And they all taste fresh-baked. Probably because Angie makes them when you order them and she ships fast!
The Lemon creme Spice Sandwich cookies taste like a yummier version of Girl Scout Lemonades, with soft buttery cookies and sweet-tart filling.
Buttery cookie excellence, amazing eaten plain, spread with jam and/or nut butter, and crumbled over granola-yogurt-trailmix bowls.
Oh my goodness, I want this bowl all over again right now.
What's your favorite vegan dessert?
Have you tried Zen Cat Bakery? Their prices are actually all really reasonable for the high-quality feel-good (and TASTE GOOD!) treats that you get! I definitely recommend ordering something (or several somethings) if you haven't yet!
What are you most looking forward to this October?