I would like to introduce you to Brittany, she owns Brittany’s Homemade Heaven Vegan and Gluten Free baked goods. I love baked goods but want to be sure they are made with ethical ingredients, I have found this can be challenging, so I always like to encourage and support products that eliminate the use of animal products. I also have quite a few friends that are gluten or lactose intolerant so always looking for products to share for them. Brittany made me this fabulous bread with the incredible Vegan Nutella (Recipe below, I highly recommend). She also made me cake pops. I had no idea they would be that good! I try to limit my sweet intake but these were a great treat and are especially good for sweet snackers. Brittany can also make a variety of other baked goods, she shared the details in her interview below.
Where are you from? And can you tell us a little about you?
I am was born and partially raised in South Lake Tahoe, California. I moved up and down Cali, until my Sophomore year, where I stayed and graduated high school in Cool, California. I am a mother of one wonderful baby girl and wife to an infantryman in the US Army.
What got you interested in baking?
I have always, for as long as I can remember, loved cooking for people. I remember the first actual dinner I made was chicken schnitzel with garlic potatoes! Not very vegan, but that is changing. 🙂 Since that night, all I ever wanted to do was be a chef.
Can you tell us how you learned and when you started baking?
My love for cooking shifted from cooking whatever I could, to specifically baking when I was a senior in high school. I am a very artsy person and there’s something different about making beautiful sweets, versus making a delicious dinner. I made a PlayStation controller cake for a friend’s birthday, a school bus for my bus driver, and a soda can for a favorite teacher who loved Mountain Dew. Seeing everyone’s faces when I brought them their cake and hearing how delicious they were are two of the best feelings in my world.
I taught myself many different techniques, researched them and learned by a lot of trial and error. More so with my vegan and gluten-free recipes, because all my life I never thought to try something new. Cooking without eggs and butter is a huge challenge, but it has also lead me to much more creative recipes. I have even invented some of my own! I have taken a few classes regarding food as well: food science, nutritional studies, and I have my food handlers certification.
What is your favorite thing to make?
As of right now, my favorite things to make are walnut butter and lemon tarts. I am working on a vegan lemon tart recipe right now actually!
What is your favorite thing to eat?
My favorite thing to eat is homemade bread, with homemade butter and homemade blackberry jelly. Homemaking foods is one of my passions. I homemake many ingredients, including my own cheeses (vegan or dairy), rice flour, butters, and vanilla extract.
Tell us a little bit about your products, what you offer and if you have like a mission statement for your company?
I offer a very wide variety of vegan and/or gluten-free baked goodies, as well as traditional ones (made with wheat flour, butter, eggs, etc.). I mill my own gluten-free flour from organic brown rice and grind my nut butters in my kitchen! I want to share my baking with everyone I can so that they are able to enjoy delicious food while maintaining their lifestyle choices.
Anything else you would like to share?
I started my bakery partially for myself, but more my family. My husband will be out of the Army soon and I have been a stay at home mom since our baby girl was born. I have wanted to contribute to our family income for so long but it’s been difficult with a baby. Now, she’s a toddler and I am finding myself with a bit more free time to pursue my passions, like baking! All throughout my years, people have told me that I should find a career baking or cooking, so here I am!
2 1/2 cups halved walnuts***
4 tbsp liquid sweetener such as agave nectar (I used 2 tbsp each organic agave nectar and organic maple syrup)***
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup organic coconut oil (or favorite oil)***
Pinch of salt
Pulse all ingredients in a food processor and then scrape down the sides. Repeat twice and then blend at the highest speed for about a minute. Scrape down again. Repeat until you reach desired consistency.
*** These ingredients are suited to my personal tastes! If you want peanut butter, use peanuts instead! You can use all agave, all maple syrup or any combination. Add 1 tbsp more sweetener or oil for easier spreading. I would not recommend using olive oil, but you can use coconut, vegetable, canola or whatever you have!
You can contact Brittany here and I think you should 😉 :