These Gluten-Free Vegan Madeleines are so easy to make and just as delicious as the traditional version!
Madeleines aren’t something I used to eat often, but whenever I did, I’d end up eating about 5 at once. Because, despite being incredibly rich thanks to all the butter, I’ve always found them strangely addictive. That is, before you start to feel queasy about 10 minutes later. 🙁
Taste aside, there’s also something so attractive about how dainty and elegant they are, thanks to their pleasingly curved shape and golden-brown seashell exterior.
I set off on a mission to make my own version of these wonderful little treats, which would be dietary requirement-friendly, without compromising on flavour.
The beautiful madeleines that I came up with are not only vegan and gluten-free, but also refined sugar free, which means they’re not too sweet either.
Read: eating 5 in a row won’t make you feel as queasy.
(Wouldn’t recommend it tho.)
I used my go-to vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar free sponge cake recipe for these, which works so well. The coconut oil keeps them moist and buttery, whilst the ground almonds add fluffiness, whilst ensuring the texture closely mimics that of a traditional madeleine.
And quite conveniently, ground almonds are often added to traditional madeleines anyway, so they’re definitely not out of place in this recipe!
To flavour, I added a little lemon juice and zest for a bright, citrus tang and vanilla, whose subtle but aromatic fragrance is almost essential in this recipe.
There’s something about using a madeleine tin that makes them turn out so delicious too. This was actually my first time ever making madeleines, and I did wonder how important the tin actually was…
“…turns out, very!” – to quote a regretful Joey from that episode of Friends where he realises after having not bothered to put the top on the blender when making a milkshake, that it was actually very important.
At first I was unsure whether the point of the tin was to merely create pretty shapes or whether it had some other culinary purpose, but I did discover that the madeleines tasted particularly special after being baked into these shapes as opposed to being baked into cupcakes.
You can eat these madeleines as they are, or make them extra special with a dusting of icing sugar or a dunk in melted dark chocolate.
I hope you’ll love these Gluten-Free Vegan Madeleines! For more gluten-free and vegan baking recipes, check out my:
- Red Velvet Cake
- Chocolate Truffle Cake
- Tropical Carrot Cake
- Lemon Blueberry Cake
- Cherry Bakewell Cake
- Black Forest Cake
- Coffee Walnut Cake
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake
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Helpful tools to make these Gluten-Free Vegan Madeleines:
Gluten-Free Vegan Madeleines
- 30 g (1/8 cup) coconut oil (or sub olive or vegetable oil)
- 120 ml (1/2 cup) unsweetened almond milk (or any other plant-based milk)
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 5 tablespoons maple syrup (or sub any other sweetener)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 75 g (2/3 cup) ground almonds* (almond meal)
- 75 g (2/3 cup) gluten-free flour blend (or sub plain flour if not gluten-free)
- 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
- 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Place the coconut oil in a large bowl and melt over a saucepan of boiling water or in the microwave (skip this step if not using any other oil)
- Once melted, add the milk to the same bowl along with the lemon juice, lemon zest, maple syrup, vanilla and ground almonds
- Sift in the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda
- Mix well, adding a tiny splash more milk if it's looking too dry
- Transfer mixture into a greased madeleine tin
- Bake in oven for around 15 minutes until golden brown and an inserted skewer comes out clean
- Once out the oven, remove from the tin and transfer onto a wire rack to cool
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