An Vo presents her Organic Designer Desserts in NYC. With a lifetime of indulging in her sweet tooth and 5 years of baking, the founder of the Organic Designer Desserts, invited me and Tia Rudd, the Gluten-Free Princess, into her world in one of the sweetest ’50’s styled kitchens I’ve seen!
Organic Designer Desserts is a vegan and gluten free dessert catering company servicing the NYC area. They design dessert tables and wedding cakes and also offer cupcake decorating parties and baking classes! An taught us how to replace some of our sweetest cravings with more healthy (and delicious) options, she was our ‘substitute’ teacher for the day.
I was addicted to sugar but also diagnosed lactose intolerant and started switching ingredients to better suit my health.
One of my favorite substitutions was her use of coconut sugar, which I tried for the first time — and now use it for my morning coffee!
Lesson 1: How to substitute fat in a recipe (oil or butter) with homemade applesauce.
Leave out the unnecessary fats in oil and butter and turn to mother nature for a better option. The apple really gives the product a softer and more flavorful texture. Slice up your apples and use a blender to liquefy it before adding it to your mix.
Apples can go a long way in taste and nutrients!
Lesson 2: Turn your flour mix into a grain one — How to make homemade gluten free flour from grains commonly found in your kitchen using oats, quinoa, and brown rice.
That’s right — ditch the flour and move straight to something that fuels your body better! Blend this mixture in a Vitamix or Ninja – An recommends the need for a high powered blender and says these two are the only ones on the market that can turn grains into flour.
Also, can we just take a moment to love her kitchen tool set — hearts, hearts, and more hearts! Like they say, baked with LOVE ♡
Lesson 3: How to substitute eggs using chia egg and flax egg.
An breaks it down for us and helps me understand how chia egg is a great substitute. Here’s how it works: One tablespoons of chia seeds grinded + 3 tbls of water = one chia egg. Also, flax seeds have great omega! It replaces the same thing 1 for 1 in any baking recipe.
Tip: Baking brings the heat so while the banana bread is in the oven — cool off!
Banana bread fresh out the oven made with all the substitutions so it’s vegan, gluten free, and fat free!
Gina has been in the entertainment industry since she was 14 years old when she was the host of an international music show where she interviewed celebrities, musicians, and actors. She loved the field so much that she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism from California State University of Northridge. After graduating, she moved to New York City and worked in the CBS news division. In 2013, she founded WhatTheDoost.com, an inspirational blog covering topics within fashion, travel, and technology industries. She currently works as an e-Book editor at Penguin Random House. You can contact her directly at gina@WhatTheDoost.com