My New Fave Homemade Gluten Free & Dairy Free Bakeshop, Almond Butterfly Cafe

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to my sweet blog and hellooo to finally feeling like real Spring weather in Toronto!! I know, It’s been a longggg winter with snow and cold winter weather in April, crazy right?? 😉 I’m just so happy it’s warm again with higher temperatures and the beautiful sunny days are finally here!! I can’t believe it is May already too!! Seems like we are going from winter to summer quickly instead.  Hope everyone been surviving a colder Spring weather and ready for sunny & hot days ahead!

I’m excited to share with you a new gluten free and vegan dairy free bakeshop that I discovered a few weeks ago when the weather was a bit warmer out great for exploring downtown Toronto and found, Almond Butterfly Bakeshop & Café. It is located downtown Toronto’s vibrant Harbord Street Village near Spadina and Harbord close to University of Toronto St. George campus.

Almond Butterfly is a 100% gluten free bakeshop café that offers vegan, dairy free and paleo options. It is homemade and freshly baked goods everyday at the shop from fresh-baked muffins, brownies, bagels, cupcakes, cookies, scones and more!! They also offer toasted breakfast sandwiches and grilled lunch melts until 3pm, which is great to me that they can offer gluten free and vegan lunches for more options. Even though I still have wheat in my diet, it’s good to know and have my options open to try gluten free food as after trying at this bakeshop, I enjoy gluten free food. From their website, they use nut flours and nut oils in their baked goods to give their signature Almond Butterfly taste that their customers have come to know and love now.  They also serve espresso, coffee and tea, which their coffee is roasted locally by Social Coffee & Tea Co. Overall, a great range of selection for a gluten free bakeshop café that offers vegan and paleo options, which is rare to find in certain parts of Toronto and it’s great to see more cafes like these for people like me who is allergic to dairy.

That is why I like to share my discovery of dairy free or vegan bakeshops with you guys, my readers so you can know where to find these allergy friendly bakeshops to eat at and that they are bakeshops that are also good and delicious tasting ones to go to. 

When I arrived at Almond Butterfly for the 1st time there, it was on a busy Saturday late afternoon. The café was quite full already and there was a lineup, which in my opinion a busy bakeshop means the food here is good. The atmosphere was buzzing in a great friendly way with people enjoying their baked goods. Almond Butterfly is a cozy, quaint and down to earth feel type of bakery with their beautiful and simple interior design of the wooden walls, the lighting and splash of colour throughout the bakeshop. It was a smaller size bakeshop, but there was enough space for a few tables for people to sit and eat along with a small patio in the front. I love their variety of baked goods offered as mentioned before so it was a bit of hard decision to pick which desserts I wanted.

I ended up having a late lunch at Almond Butterfly Café and Bakeshop as they offer lunch sandwiches such as grilled melt sandwiches and decided to try one of them. I had the Harbord Melt, which is a deli-style turkey with apple and cheddar melt on a gluten free bagel. I requested the dairy free cheddar for my sandwich. I was so excited to try the grilled melt turkey sandwich and unfortunately it was a bit disappointing mainly I think it was a bit too salty for me, the fresh grilled apples was great addition though to it but I believe the turkey that was too salty. Not what I expected. But maybe next time I will be trying their pizza bagels to see if that one is better. I hope that they improve on their sandwiches!

But I really enjoyed and loved their baked goods more than their savory items. I ended up with 2 different types of cookies – Ginger Snap and Sugar cookies, which I didn’t take any photos as I was so excited to try them. My fave is definitely the Ginger Snap cookies, soft and chewy I loved it!! I had 2 cupcakes – Almond Jam Vanilla and Dairy-free Lemon Vanilla cupcakes (both were Dairy-free cupcakes as they just named one with DF lol). I enjoyed both of the cupcakes as they were moist and the frosting wasn’t too sweet either it was just the right amount of sweetness. I love the sour candies on top of the Dairy-free Lemon cupcake, yum as I love sour candies…😊 I really enjoyed the Almond with Jam cupcake though I was hoping there was jam inside the cupcake not just the top as it would have had more pop of a flavour to it. Overall, amazing vegan and dairy-free cupcakes from Almond Butterfly definitely would recommend them to everyone!!

Almond Butterfly Cafe & Bakeshop Exterior with a patio area too

Quick Update

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I was working for a temporary Administrative work, but that is done now. Still looking for the right balance along side with my blog, but I’m happy to be refocusing on my blog again and looking for new opportunities. Update on my Facebook page, as of right now, it is temporary put on hold until things are less busier. It’s getting closer to summer season and usually I’m busy with day trips and food festivals so Facebook page on hold for now.

I’m really excited for my tropical and beach vacation to Jamaica in less than one week (leaving next week)!!! Ahhhhh!! I can’t believe it’s approaching so soon!! Looking forward to relaxing, refreshing my mind and body and just enjoying the sun, sand and pool days in Jamaica. Yes I will be posting a few vacation photos on my Instagram so don’t forget to follow along there for my photos & stories!

Don’t forget to stay connected with ME,

For the latest updates on my blog through Twitter @SweetBFoodie24 and my foodie adventures and vacation photos on Instagram @SweetBFoodie24.

Why not stop by Almond Butterfly Café & Gluten Free Bakeshop and see for yourself why I love this vegan, dairy free and gluten free delicious and tasty bakeshop offering a variety of baked goods! I highly recommend Almond Butterfly Café and Bakeshop and hope you love it as much as I do because their slogan says it all,

“No gluten. No wheat. No soy. Vegan and Paleo options.
Breakfast. Lunch. Espresso.
Amazing taste. Extra love.
… this is Almond Butterfly in a nutshell! :)”

Until next time, I’m off on my tropical vacation to Jamaica, but I’m always on the search for my next new sweet desserts craving…😊

-Sweet B.

For more information on Almond Butterfly Cafe & Bakeshop, please see below:

Check out their website – Almond Butterfly Cafe & Bakeshop -> click here

You can follow them on social media networks on Facebook @AlmondButterfly and Instagram @AlmondButterflyBakeshop.

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Happy 4 Year Blog Anniversary!!!

Hi everyone,

On this day, February 23 back in 2014, is when I first started my sweet dessert blog! Wow I can’t believe it’s been 4 years now since I started this blog and it has grown so much from where I have started!! With each year that passes, my blog continues to grow and expand sharing my love for dairy free desserts, food events and travel.

I started this blog to share with everyone my love for food and more particularly my love for desserts and sweets. I couldn’t imagine where it would have taken me as I started out blogging while I was working as an Admin to just last year leaving my full time Admin work to pursue and focus on my blog. I believe on pursuing my happiness and what I love doing more is with my blog rather that my full time work that was unfulfilling for my career goals. I’m in a much happier place now and staying focused & motivated through my love for desserts, food events and travel.

For those who don’t know, I am on a dairy free food diet due to my food sensitivities, which I only recently discovered early last year. I have incorporated my dairy free diet along with my blog as I found out that you can still enjoy desserts that are dairy free. I am still learning and discovering new dairy free foods and I love sharing them on my blog with you guys.

Me at last year’s Vegan Food & Drink Festival 2017

I like to thank Food Bloggers of Canada (official website) for assisting me with the blogging community. I joined Food Bloggers of Canada community late in 2014 to share and network with other Canadian bloggers as well as providing food blogging resources to assist me in the world of blogging as I was new to it and it’s a great group to be part of. I continue to learn, network and grow within this friendly and amazing food community.

Of course, I wouldn’t be here without my readers, so I would like to take this time to THANK YOU my sweet and amazing readers for letting me share my love for desserts, sweets, food events, and travel with you!! I look forward to bringing you more sweetness and foodie adventures for many years to come!!!

To celebrate my 4 Years Blog Anniversary, I stopped by a new bakery of course not a surprise right? 😉 I checked out Whisked Gluten-free Bakery located in Scarborough part of Toronto. Whisked Gluten-free Bakery offers a variety of baked goods that are gluten-free, dairy free, egg-free, soy-free options from cupcakes, macarons, bread, cookies, scones, muffins, pies, cakes and more. I love the variety that they offer!! Because I enjoy dairy free bake goods & desserts and they offer dairy free desserts, I was happy to discover this new cozy and friendly bakery in Scarborough, which is closer to home for me. There were so many different options for me to choose and it was like heaven for me to be there as I love sweets!! Great and friendly customer service by the staff there to be patient with me while I decided what yummy desserts and baked goods to choose.

From Whisked Gluten-free Bakery website more details about their products – “To make products that are allergy-friendly focusing specifically on Gluten Allergies and Intolerances. It is our goal to provide high quality Gluten-Free products made from the best ingredients that are great tasting, have a high nutritional content and are priced at a fair market value.”

What desserts did I ended up getting? I finally decided on delicious dairy free cupcakes – Strawberry and Vanilla cupcakes, 3 macarons – Strawberry, Passion Fruit & Cappuccino flavours, and my fave type of cookie – Oatmeal Raisin. My fave is definitely the dairy free Strawberry cupcake as the cake itself was moist and perfect amount of sweetness and surprise there was a fresh Strawberry filling inside the cupcake!! I loved it!! I love their beautiful frosting technique so pretty!! Check out the desserts below.

A closer look at the delicious dairy free macarons & Strawberry cupcake

If you haven’t heard or stopped by Whisked Gluten-free Bakery yet, I highly recommend you do as they offer some of the most delicious and made natural ingredients that are gluten-free, dairy free options desserts and baked goods in Scarborough. For full details more about Whisked Gluten-free Bakery, there will be a full blog post coming soon about this great bakery.

I’m looking forward to continuing to share my love for sweet dairy free desserts, food events, and foodie travel adventures with you all!! I hope that you will continue to join me in this foodie adventure discovering new bakeries, food events and food travelling so why not come along with me on my sweet journey!

Cheers to many more sweet adventures & years to come!! 🎉💕🍰🍩🍦🍜🌱✈

-Sweet B.

For more information about Whisked Gluten-free bakery, please see below:

Whisked Gluten-free bakery – website -> click here

You can follow them on their social media networks through Facebook @Whiskedglutenfree, Twitter @whiskedGF and Instagram @whiskedgf.

 

My Dairy Free Berrylicious Mango Smoothie Recipe

Hi everyone,

I’m excited to share with you my 1st official blog post recipe – a simple, healthy, but delicious, sweet & tropical recipe with you to start off the New Year in 2018!! As the start of a New Year, most of us like to eat and be healthy again after the Holidays. I love discovering new or fresh ways to add to my diet and stay healthy with foods or drinks!

As some of you know, I enjoy dairy free products because of my food sensitivities as I continue to learn and discover new foods & drinks that are dairy free, I’m always happy and love sharing them with my readers. Last year after Christmas, I finally decided to buy a Nutribullet and perfect timing as it was on sale. If you don’t know what a Nutribullet is, it is a powerful blender that easily blends and juices fruits and vegetables into smoothies. The Nutribullet is easy to use and makes smoothies very quickly for single serve or more!

If you can’t guess it yet, I will be sharing with you a smoothie recipe and it’s dairy free. I thought this would be a great way to stay healthy with fruits & vegetables especially with the cold winter days here in Toronto, it’s a great source for natural energy as well as being rich in vitamins (Vitamin C, E, A), anti-oxidants, and fiber.

Smoothies are nutritious and fun to make and easy to digest. They are great for all year-round drinks and you can adapt the fruits to the season as well. Particularly for winter, I’m usually craving for the tropical flavours, which makes smoothies a bright, fresh and great energy drink that helps brighten a winter day.

My new & simple recipe is called: Dairy Free Berrylicious Mango Smoothie. The ingredients for this recipe includes: frozen strawberries, mangos, and raspberries along with my fave dairy free organic soy beverage/milk, Natur-a, which I tried using both their Unsweetened Almond Beverage and Original Organic Soy Beverage. If you don’t prefer the almond taste, then I suggest you use the Original Organic Soy Beverage (Milk) and Natur-a also has the unsweetened version as well for the Original if you prefer that one. I personally loved the Original Organic Soy Beverage one!!

Why Natur-a Soy Beverage?

  • I have tried several different soy milk products and have really enjoyed the natural, organic and taste to Natur-a products.
  • It’s a Canadian brand, which is great to enjoy our own brands here in Canada.
  • Natur-a products are made entirely of natural ingredients, vitamins, and essential minerals. It has the perfect balance between good nutrition and good taste.
  • For soy milk products, I definitely recommend Natur-a as they also have different types of soy beverages that ranges from soy, almonds and rice.

The frozen fruits I chose for my smoothie: strawberries, raspberries and mangos because I love the tropical flavours as it reminds me of the warmer weather and being on the beach. If you didn’t know, I love anything that has mango in it from desserts to drinks! It is no surprise that I’m using mangos with my smoothies as well. To balance out the sweetness I decided to add a bit of raspberries for tartness.

The last ingredient to my smoothie is adding Honey Almonds Granola from Nature’s Path as a topping. I wanted to add texture to the smoothie and Honey Almonds Granola is the perfect topping to complete this tropical and healthy smoothie. You would think the Honey Almonds would make it sweeter, but it doesn’t. It’s the perfect extra crunchy taste to complete this smoothie. Nature Path’s Honey Almonds Granola is a great additional to the smoothie as it provides a good source for fiber, Vitamin E, magnesium, B vitamins and zinc. Nature’s Path makes their products organic, non-GMO and gluten free. The Honey Almonds Granola also is mixed with chia seeds, which have tons of omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, making this granola topping healthy to add to this smoothie.

Now that you know my ingredients for this smoothie, it’s time to make this dairy free sweet & healthy smoothie! It’s easy to make in 5 minutes or til it’s blended smooth. Gather your ingredients minus the Honey Almonds Granola and put them in the blender (Nutribullet cup) and blend. Once it’s blended to a smooth texture, then pour in your desired cup or glass and sprinkle the Honey Almonds Granola on top. Then sit back and enjoy this fresh tropical healthy smoothie! ~Does it feel like you’re sitting at the beach yet??~ 😊

I hope that you enjoy my Dairy Free Berrylicious Mango Smoothie recipe and just maybe those winter blues are gone while you enjoy this freshly made tropical & sweet healthy smoothie in your very own home. I would love to hear what you guys think of this yummy and healthy smoothie recipe so please leave your comments below, I always love to hear feedback from you all!!

Don’t forget to stay connected with me for the latest updates on my next blog post on Twitter @SweetBFoodie24 or my foodie adventures on Instagram @SweetBFoodie24.

As winter is halfway done, I’m excited for Spring already with the next few months will be busy. I’m already counting down to my big vacation in May to Jamaica lol…😉 This tropical smoothie is already reminding me of my tropical vacation coming up!!

For now, I leave you with the sunny tropics feels along with some sweetness tasty drink while I continue my search for my next sweet dairy free dessert adventures!

-Sweet B.

For more information on Natur-a and Nature’s Path, please see below:

Natur-a – website -> click here

You can follow Natur-a on Facebook @Aliments.Natura.Foods and Twitter @Natura_Foods.

Nature’s Path – website -> click here

You can follow Nature’s Path on Facebook @Naturespath, Twitter @NaturesPath and Instagram @Naturespathorganic.

My Printable Recipe

Dairy Free Berrylicious Mango Smoothie

  • Servings: 1 person
  • Difficulty: easy
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A dairy free & healthy smoothie with tropical fruits of strawberries, mangos, and raspberries topped with Honey Almond Granola. A fresh and bright tropical tasty smoothie!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup soy milk or almond milk (your preference)
  • 1 cup frozen mango chucks
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ¼ cup frozen raspberries
  • 1-2 tbsp Honey Almonds Granola

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender
  2. Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy
  3. Pour into a glass
  4. Top the smoothie with a sprinkle of Honey Almonds Granola

My Honey Sweet Summer Dairy Free SkinnyPop Popcorn Recipe

Hi everyone,

It is officially summer now and I’m ready for beach days, more food festivals, summer day trips and of course summer foods or for me, summer desserts or snacks. What are you looking forward to this summer?? Is there a summer food you enjoy most at this time of year? Love to hear what you guys enjoy for the summer so please feel free to leave a comment below.

As some of you know, I enjoy dairy free products because of my food sensitivities as I still learn and discover new foods that are dairy free as I always love to share them with my readers. I thought that I always share new vegan bakeries or restaurants that I also share with you new food products.

Now that summer is finally here, I thought what better light fluffy summer food to enjoy than popcorn, right? I recently discovered a dairy free popcorn that is perfect for me that I didn’t know before until now called: SkinnyPop Popcorn. SkinnyPop Popcorn is a premium popcorn kernel that has no GMOs (genetically modified organism), no artificial ingredients, gluten free, dairy free, peanut free, no artificial flavours, zero trans fat, and preservative free. Their motto is using simple ingredients such as whole grain popcorn, natural sunflower oil and perfect amount of salt combine together to give you a “delicious snack that you can feel great about eating everyday” – SkinnyPop Popcorn website.

SkinnyPop Popcorn comes in Popped Popcorn (already popped), Popcorn cakes and mini cakes and their new product is their microwave popcorn. SkinnyPop Popcorn also comes in different flavours from Sea Salt & Pepper to Naturally Sweet to Jalapeño to White Cheddar (Dairy Free).

I recently picked up their Popped Popcorn in the original flavour and I thought it be great to add a healthy and summer twist to it the popcorn. After searching for ideas as I’m not much of a cook or baker, I thought of a simple and easy recipe that I would love to share with you. It’s an easy recipe for the summer and perfect for the upcoming Canada’s Day celebration to share with your family and friends.

My new simple & easy recipe is called: Dairy Free Sweet Honey Popcorn with Dried Fruits. When you think of summer, you think of light and sweet so I thought with a healthy twist to put in dry fruits and with this recipe using dried strawberries and apples as strawberries are known for summer fruits. A great combination with strawberries are apples, but you can also substitute it with other dried fruits that you prefer or have just the dried strawberries on it’s own, which still works out perfectly.

The ingredients for this recipe includes: SkinnyPop Popcorn, dried strawberries & apples, brown sugar, honey, and coconut oil. I’m using coconut oil in this recipe instead of butter as it’s the dairy free alternative to butter. An interesting tip is that I found out that coconut oil is tasteless so if you were worried about making the popcorn tasting like coconut, don’t be as it doesn’t from making this recipe myself.

Instructions:

Once you have all your ingredients, have a large mixing bowl to put the popcorn, dried strawberries and apples ready to mix it with the honey sauce (mixture). To make the honey sauce (mixture), in a medium pot or saucepan – add the brown sugar, coconut oil and honey. Cook it on medium high heat until the mixture is bubbling and well combined. Once it is done, pour the honey mixture over the popcorn & dried fruits in the large mixing bowl that you had prepared. You can pour as little or as much as you want in the bowl. Then mix until the popcorn and dried fruits are covered with the honey sauce (mixture).  You can see below the photos of each step.

So now you are ready to taste and enjoy this sweet and healthy vegan dairy free popcorn treat with a summer twist to it. Yum!! It’s the perfect sweet summer treat to share with your family and friends or a sweet bowl for yourself.

Hope you give my new sweet, summer and healthy SkinnyPop Popcorn recipe a try and let me know what you think of it. Feel free to leave me your comments below as I would love to hear what you think of my recipe.

Don’t forget to stay connected with me on the latest updates on my next blog post or my foodie adventures, please follow me on Twitter @SweetBFoodie24 and Instagram @SweetBFoodie24.

As summer has just started, I’m excited for what the rest of the summer will bring for me including going to more food festivals and my mini summer getaway later in late July!! So I leave you for now with this sweet yet healthy dairy free popcorn treat and continue my search on my next sweet vegan bakery or restaurant hunt. Cheers to a yummy and sweet summer! 🍦 🍧 🍓 🍹 🌞

-Sweet B.

For more information on SkinnyPop Popcorn, please see below:

SkinnyPop Popcorn – website -> click here

You can follow SkinnyPop Popcorn on Facebook @SkinnyPopPopcorn, Twitter @theskinnypop and Instagram @theskinnypop.

My Printable Recipe

Dairy Free Sweet Honey Popcorn with Dried Fruits

  • Servings: 3-4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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A sweet honey popcorn with summer dried fruits perfect for the summer.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 cups SkinnyPop Popcorn
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Coconut Oil (you may put less if preferred)
  • ¼ Honey
  • ½ cup Dried Strawberries
  • ½ cup Dried Apples

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, pour in the SkinnyPop popcorn, put in the dried strawberries and apples. In my case, I sliced the dried apples in smaller pieces as they were in rings to make it easier to eat. If you have other dried fruits, you can prepare them now.
  2. For the honey mixture – in a medium pot or saucepan, add the brown sugar, coconut oil and honey. Cook over medium high heat until mixture is bubbling and well combined by mixing it.
  3. Then pour honey mixture over the popcorn mixing bowl that you prepared before, you can pour in the amount desired or until all popcorn and dried fruits have been covered. In between pouring the honey mixture, use a wooden spoon or spoon to mix in between as it will get sticky to get an even coat of honey mixture with the popcorn.
  4. You can wait 5 – 10 mins before enjoying as letting the honey mixture soak in the popcorn before enjoy the sweetness.