June 27, 2017

Time for a Vegan 🌿 Gluten-Free Afternoon Tea 🌷 Earl Grey Shortcake Recipe by Abby Phon

We’re back today with a healthy and elegant afternoon tea-time treat by Abby Phon, a health & wellness life coach and vegan recipe guru who has been partnering with Hynt Beauty to provide us with original Hynt recipes that feature one or a few of the ingredients that we formulate into our clean, makeup and skincare products.

Introducing her all new vegan & gluten-free Earl Grey Shortbread recipe which features Bergamot Oil from real Earl Grey Tea Leaves, and a dash of Vanilla, too.

“Personally, I LOVE Earl Grey Tea,” says Abby, who found it challenging to avoid the caffeinated drink while she was breastfeeding. She eventually went for the decaf version but it got her thinking about how she can infuse that flavor into a baked goodie to go with the tea “…or just as well with the red raspberry leaf tea I was drinking to support and tone my uterus,” she jokes.

“Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia) is actually a cross between a lemon and an orange, and has a very citrus-y scent. It’s best known for being the main flavor in Earl Grey tea, but besides its distinctive aroma, bergamot oil is amazing for your skin and body!”

Bergamot is full of polyphenols, a natural antiseptic and cicatrisant, which is helpful for minimizing acne scars and other skin marks.

Vanilla is sweet, universally loved, especially in sweets and fragrances but it also has great beauty & health benefits, too! Real vanilla is full of antioxidants and has powerful anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Earl Grey Shortbread

(Vegan & Gluten Free)


½ cup Earth Balance Buttery Spread, softened

½ cup maple syrup or coconut nectar

2¼ cups gluten-free flour blend (I used Pamela’s Artisan Flour Blend)

2 tbsp organic earl grey loose leaf tea or the insides of 4-6 tea bags

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

¼ tsp pink Himalayan salt


Preheat oven to 350F

Blitz earl grey tea in a spice/coffee grinder, blender, food processor (or mini-prep) until powdery

Add Earth Balance, maple syrup, tea, vanilla and salt to a food processor and pulse until well combined

Add flour and pulse until a dough forms
Form into a patty and refrigerate for ~20 minutes to firm up

On a floured surface, flatten to a ½ thick rectangle and cut into squares

Transfer to a baking pan or cookie sheet and bake for 14-15 minutes, until just browned on the edges

Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Don’t worry if they are a little soft – they will harden as they cool!

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