These Gluten-Free Vegan Madeleines are moist and fluffy, and just as delicious as the traditional version! They’re crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, refined sugar free and come together in one bowl. They’re simple and elegant and great for dessert, a snack, parties, Christmas or afternoon tea!
Madeleines aren’t something I used to eat often, but whenever I did, I’d end up eating about five at once.
Taste aside, there’s also something so attractive about how dainty and elegant they are, thanks to their pleasantly 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. Eating five of these at once won’t make you feel as queasy, though I can’t say I’d recommend it!
Do you need to use a madeleine tin to make madeleines?
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.
It turns out, the shape of the tin makes the outside of the madeleines crispy and “buttery”, whilst the inside stays beautifully moist and fluffy. So do use a madeleine tin to make these if you can!
How to make this recipe:
Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full recipe.
- Mix together all the ingredients in a glass mixing bowl.
Tip: Use a measuring jug to measure out the plant-based milk.
- Transfer the batter into a madeleine tin.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Transfer to a cooling rack to leave them to cool.
Substitutions you can make to this recipe:
- You can use any type of oil: coconut oil, olive oil or vegetable oil.
- You can use any type of plant-based milk: almond milk, rice milk, soy milk, cashew milk, oat milk etc.
- You can use any type of liquid sweetener: maple syrup, agave syrup, brown rice syrup etc.
- You can replace the ground almonds (almond meal/almond flour) with ground walnuts.
- For a nut-free version: replace the ground almonds (almond meal/almond flour) with ground sunflower seeds.
- You can use plain flour instead of the gluten-free flour if you’re not gluten-free.
Flavour substitutions you can make to this recipe:
- You can replace the lemon zest/juice with orange zest/juice.
- You can add chocolate chips.
- You can add dried cranberries.
- You can add fresh or frozen fruit, such as raspberries or blueberries.
- You can dip them in melted dark chocolate.
How long do these Madeleines keep for?
These Madeleines taste best when fresh, but keep for a couple of days.
More gluten-free vegan baking recipes:
- 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
- Chocolate Zucchini Bread
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Watch how to make this recipe:
Gluten-Free Vegan Madeleines
- 30 g (⅛ cup) coconut oil (or sub olive or vegetable oil)
- 120 ml (½ cup) unsweetened almond milk (or any other plant-based milk)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 5 tablespoons maple syrup (or sub any other sweetener)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 75 g (⅔ cup) ground almonds (almond meal) *
- 75 g (⅔ cup) gluten-free flour blend (or sub plain flour if not gluten-free)
- 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
- ¼ 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
- Tastes best when fresh, but keeps for a couple of days
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