We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Healthful food doesn't have to be boring, tasteless, or raw. A good chef can make anything delicious -- including baked goods made with prune juice, brown rice flour, and coconut palm nectar. We promise.
Miami-based bakery Peace A' Cake makes sweet treats that are almost too delectable to be believed once you take a gander at the ingredients. Run by health-conscious Miamians Veronica Menin and Vanessa Hentz, this muffin-making endeavor is slowly but surely making its way into stores such as Whole Foods, Milam's Market, and beyond.
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The duo's minimuffin treats, pegged with the tag line "guiltless yum," are just that. Gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, with no refined sugar and no preservatives or unrecognizable ingredients, they'd impress even the most finicky label-reader. In flavors including chocolate almond cranberry (my fave), chocolate walnut, double chocolate (with a hint of orange,) and oatmeal raisin, the crumbly, naturally sweet desserts are a far cry from the usual stuff you find in the baked-goods aisle.
The brand came to be when Menin became a vegan and began experimenting with healthful baking that fit her new lifestyle.
"When I started selling at Whole Foods three years ago, everybody was asking for gluten-free, and the market was growing," Menin said. "So I started experimenting with other flours, and I came up with a brown rice and quinoa flour mix which worked really well."
They're also developing a grain-free variety, Menin says, which was the brainchild of partner Hertz, a CrossFit enthusiast.
The ladies are also eager to get their products into schools to help educate children about real food, Menin says.
"Sometimes we do work with kids. We go and talk to them about food and nutrition. We do recipes and active games with them. We explore labels, read them, and guess if it's real food or not," Menin says.
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And it ain't all about the muffins. They're also teaming up with renowned local cake baker Edda's Cake Designs to create vegan, gluten-free wedding cake creations. Vegan brides ought to be stoked about that.
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