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Conchas: Mexican Sweet Bread [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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These traditional, Mexican sweet breads are a fun, colorful treat that goes great with coffee. Conchas are made from two different layers of bread. The main roll has a texture and weight similar to that of brioche but it is slightly sweeter and the top layer is sugary, crumbly, and delicious.

Conchas: Mexican Sweet Bread [Vegan, Gluten-Free]


  • 3 1/2 cups gluten-free flour, divided, lightly sifted
  • 15 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2/3 cup aquafaba (water from a can of chickpeas), divided
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 envelopes of yeast
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup softened coconut oil, divided
  • Assorted natural colorings such as: beet juice, turmeric, matcha, blueberry juice
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Additional flour for dusting


  1. Mix 3/4 cup of flour, 5 tablespoons sugar, 1/4 cup of aquafaba, 1/4 cup of warm water, and the yeast.
  2. Let this sit for 1/2 an hour.
  3. Combine 2 cups of flour, 10 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoons vanilla, 1/4 cup aquafaba, and 1/2 cup softened coconut oil.
  4. Stir in yeast mix.
  5. Allow this to sit for another 1/2 hour.
  6. With floured hands, divide the dough into 12 equal balls.
  7. Slightly flatten the balls on a cookie sheet.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  9. Combine your remaining flour, powdered sugar, aquafaba, vanilla, and coconut oil. This will be the soft, sweet, sugar shell.
  10. If desired, divide the shell dough up and tint with food colorings.
  11. Divide the shell dough up into 12 equal pieces.
  12. Flatten pieces into discs and the lay discs over the dough balls.
  13. Use a cookie cutter or knife to gently press designs into the sugar cap.
  14. Bake for 20 minutes.

Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 4726 | Total Carbs: 669 g | Total Fat: 208 g | Total Protein: 37 g | Total Sodium: 1157 g | Total Sugar: 275 g





Gluten-free vegan food, served with lots of love. Annie blogs at Kitchen Window Clovers. When she's not cooking, Annie spends her time cuddling her cat, reading her kindle, and running. She and her husband live in central Ohio but plan to one day move to the mountains. Annie loves banjo music and other folksy beats.



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