The Best Ever Gluten Free Vegan Shortbread

20161215193608_img_0697Slightly crispy, buttery (with no butter!), and nicely sweet, this shortbread is the best GF Vegan shortbread I have ever had! After imploding because every shortbread recipe I tried tasted like Earth Balance (disgusting)! So instead I made up my very own recipe! First, I created the best butter substitute ever (1:2 ratio of Earth Balance to Coconut oil) Next, I added some almond milk, because the dairy free butter substitutes are simply too greasy to be all the liquids. Then I added vanilla extract for flavor and some sugar for sweetness. I used a mix of coconut flour and AP GF flour. The coconut flour gives the shortbread the iconic firmness of shortbread, and aids in it not being crumbly. The result? Perfection!

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Serves: One 9 by 4 inch pan
Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons Earth Balance or other vegan margarine
¼ cup Coconut oil
2 tablespoons Almond milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/3 cup Sugar
¼ cup Coconut flour
½ cup + 3 tablespoons Gluten Free flour blend (I used Namaste)
½ cup Melted chocolate, for dipping (optional)

Directions:

Step 1:    Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 by 4 inch loaf pan (for thinner shortbread, use a 9 by 5).
Step 2:    In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the coconut oil and Earth Balance. Beat well for about a minute, or until fluffy.
Step 3:    Beat in the almond milk, vanilla extract, and sugar. (The mixture may look a bit curdly because of the oil and water in the almond milk)
Step 4:    Slowly incorporate the coconut flour. Mix very well.
Step 5:    Add the GF flour and mix until a soft, smooth dough forms.
Step 6:    Pat the dough into the pan and place in the preheated oven.
Step 7:    Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
Step 8:    After cooling, dip it in the chocolate.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. elizabeth says:

    These look amazing! I’m going to have to try making them!

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    1. Zoe says:

      I hope you love them!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Grandma Ballard says:

    I love the way you write…”Iconic firmness of shortbread!” The idea about adding almond milk in place of some of the Earth Balance butter makes sense. Glad you are making such good food to enjoy!

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  3. Verena Poole says:

    Once again Zoe, you make this look and sound so delicious I simply must try it.

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