It wouldn’t truly be the holidays without
peppermint hot chocolates, candy canes and gingerbread houses, would it? Those
sweet treats filled with festive flavours really help the Christmas spirit
surround you. So, you can imagine how heartbroken I was to think that I wouldn’t
be able to enjoy those treats this year.
I’ve been completely committed to my
gluten-free, vegan lifestyle for a few months now and I’ve discovered an entire
new world along the way. My understanding of food, how it’s made, what it
contains and how it effects my body has vastly expanded so missing out on
certain foods has been a welcome loss.
Sadly, my sweet tooth has taken the biggest hit
because I haven’t been able to find suitable replacements that not only taste
good and conquer my cravings but that are easy to make and are not packed full
of preservatives and additives.
Well my tooth is quickly on its way to recovery
ever since the discovery of Dolled Up Desserts.
Dolled Up Desserts has suddenly become the new love of
my life with their all-inclusive GF, vegan desserts. The local Hamilton based
company was created by the beautiful Katarina Poletto who took her dietary
sensitivities and turned them into a creative outlet where she could recreate
her favourite desserts without all of the ingredients that didn’t agree with
her body. She set out to reimagine the classic desserts and baked goods that
she grew up with, but made with all-inclusive ingredients and recipes that are
easy to follow.
She now sells her delicious desserts all over
the GTA in countless coffee shops (Relay, Durand etc) as well as offering her
premium baking mixes in speciality stores (Goodness Me, James North General
Store, The Mustard Seed etc).
Premium Baking Mixes
Dolled Up Desserts offers 6 different Premium Baking Mixes including ($12.50 ea) –
Cloud Nine Vanilla Cake
Cocolicious Chocolate Cake
The Monroe Blondies
“12 Karat” Carrot Cake
Lady Banane Banana Muffins
Each mix comes with all of the basic dry
ingredients that you need to create these yummy treats. They come in adorable (completely biodegradable) packaging with simple, easy to follow recipes on the back. They point out
exactly how to achieve the perfect product and offer different options to
complete the recipe and customize it to your cravings. The instructions are
very well detailed but not at all over complicated, making them SO easy to
understand and follow – even for the non-baker. The best bit of course is that every
mix is made from locally sourced, organic ingredients and is free from gluten,
dairy, soy, egg, and artificial colours or flavours.
For the holidays, Katarina has come out with a
Holiday Baking Guide filled with an incredible array of recipes that touch on
all of your holiday favourites like peppermint brownies! It’s the perfect guide
to show how truly customizable the mixes are and how easy it is to use your
imagination and create a masterpiece from a simple base.
I was lucky enough to be able to try out the
Bettie’s Brownies mix and I incorporated my own ingredients and preferences to
create my very own Chocolate Peppermint Bark Brownies. The baking process was a
breeze! It was so easy to follow along and I felt like I really knew what I was
doing. They baked quickly and evenly and the result was ooey, gooey, delicious,
chocolately brownies that melted in my mouth and satisfied that sweet tooth.
I honestly don’t think my taste buds and my
stomach have ever been happier all at once! It’s rare to find something that is
good for your body but also tastes like heaven and Dolled Up Desserts has
managed just that.
If you are Canadian and you would like to give
Dolled Up Desserts a try, head on over to my Instagram (@labellesirene_) to
enter to win your very own Holiday Baking Kit complete with mix, guide and all
of the fun ingredients to add in.