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Chantal from Fresh is Real takes everyday favourites and recreates them from scratch with mostly plant-based ingredients. If you love to bake, you’ll find a variety of gluten-free, vegan and nut-free recipes—including gluten-free vegan sourdough bread!

Best known as the recipe developer that can veganize her creations without junkie processed ingredients while making everything gluten-free and allergen-friendly!

Chantal Secours from Fresh is Real

Hi! I’m Chantal, creator of Fresh is Real! 

The recipe developer, photographer, writer, videographer (in training) and health motivator behind Fresh is Real. Welcome to my creative place!

Fresh is Real was designed to motivate people to eat more vegetables, fruits and plant-based ingredients with each meal and snack. It’s a creative outlet to inspire kids, teens, and adults to have fun experimenting in the kitchen with fresh, simple, nutrient-dense ingredients.

No label reading experience required here! Just a little patience, creativity and a lot of love for the fantastic recipes you’re about to make!

Fresh is Real Focus

The focus will not be on what you can’t eat; it will be to make you feel great, with what you can eat!

This food blog is a safe place for sharing recipes and tips to lead a healthy plant-based and allergen-friendly lifestyle, especially for people dealing with multiple food allergies or sensitivities

All recipes are free of gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts, nuts, eggs, shellfish, sulphites, sesame and mustard. The ultimate goal is to crowd out the not-so-nutritious foods with fresh wholesome ingredients!

Most Viewed Recipes on Fresh is Real

Don’t be surprised if you stumble upon Fresh is Real’s tasty gluten-free vegan bread recipes at some point.

This Buckwheat Sourdough Loaf remains in the Top 3 recipes. 

The Simple Sorghum Sourdough recipe is one of my favourites! Developed to be free of rice, the dough creates such beautiful sourdough loaves.

A sourdough loaf prepared with a sorghum sourdough starter (wild yeast). This gluten-free, egg-free and dairy-free bread recipe is also rice-free, vegan and completely allergen-friendly.

If you haven’t tried gluten-free or grain-free sourdough bread baking yet, you’re in the right place to learn! Just below is an example of a gluten-free sourdough starter also known as wild yeast.

Bubbly wild yeast in a glass jar ready to be used in a gluten-free sourdough loaf. freshisreal.com

As of January 2021, it’s still one of the most popular posts on Fresh is Real, thanks to the growing interested in gut-friendly bread baking. The video for the original recipe recently reached 92K views! Thank you so much to everyone that’s watched it! 

The most recent post to help you with the process of making a GF starter is this one: Easiest GF Sourdough Starter. You can also watch the helpful step-by-step video tutorial!

If you’re more into bread recipes without yeast, the yeast-free bread is also GF, vegan and allergen-friendly. It’s also very popular as it can be baked into loaves, rolls or pizza crust(s).

Sliced mini loaves of yeast-free, gluten-free and vegan bread.

Fresh is Real’s main goal is to make you and your family feel their optimal best while consuming meals and treats prepared with nutritious ingredients created by nature.

Nothing makes me feel happier than receiving messages like this one from Rachel Simmons:

“Thank you so much for your recipes and the detail put in. I looked for a lot of different GF and vegan options and yours has the most down to earth easy ingredients. I am so glad I found your site. Thank you.”

Along with the tasty bread recipes you can definitely expect to find fresh ones too! This Garden Fresh Tabbouleh Salad is a great example! It’s all about balancing our meals! The wrap in the photo is this cassava bread/pizza crust recipe.

Combine fresh garden vegetables and herbs like parsley, mint, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, and greens with a simple lemon and olive oil dressing to create the most delicious salad! Find the recipe at freshisreal.com

Always consult a medical professional if you’re not sure about eating certain ingredients.


More about me (Chantal), my story, my journey, and where I strive to be in the future.

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Thanks for visiting my blog! I sure hope you hang out for a bit!

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