Vivienne Bassa of Wonderfully Made
Photo | Amanda Gibson
BY AMANDA GIBSON
A little over two years ago, former elementary school teacher Vivienne Bassa encountered a project while homeschooling her four children. This particular endeavor involved creating a viable business plan for a small-scale baking venture. The result was Chewy Gooey Chocolate Chip cookies, and thus Wonderfully Made was born.
Wonderfully Made Organic Gourmet Treats are Bassa’s successful attempt at creating something delicious and healthy she can feel good about her children (and others) eating. On a family outing at the fair, she surveyed the various deep-fried and unhealthy options, and lamented the fact they didn’t have something organic and non-GMO that tastes as good as the treats Grandma used to make.
The classics are her specialty. Those Chewy Gooey Chocolate Chip cookies are a top seller, as are her German chocolate cupcakes. She also has a few vegan standouts.
According to Bassa, “The vegan market is growing; they’re the ones reaching out to say, ‘can you do a vegan version?’ So I’ll experiment, and before you know it, I’ve got a vegan King Cake.” Dense and rich and filled with nuts and cinnamon, you’d never know it omits butter, eggs and milk.
“Mission accomplished,” Bassa says, with a laugh. What replaces those traditional ingredients is cashew butter, which Bassa says is, “so rich and good, almost like cream cheese, but lighter.”
Husband Reginald and children Jordan, Gabby, Joshua and Bella are her taste-testers. “They’re honest, and I love it,” Vivienne says. Her family favors Wonderfully Made’s matcha (green tea) white chocolate and the original chocolate chip cookies, and cookies and cream and German chocolate cupcakes.
Vivienne uses her storefront in Mobile at 600 Bel Air Blvd., Suite 137, as a pickup location for custom orders, but she also sells her sweets at various area markets, including Market in the Park in Cathedral Square, Market at the Pillars and others. One of her best sellers, her organic and vegan peanut butter protein balls (recipe below), was invented after a personal trainer reached out to Vivienne with a request for a healthy treat for clients.
Bassa is planning a Wonderfully Made relaunch for April. “I want to be more intentional about the business,” she says. She intends to expand her offerings to small, 7-inch “drip” cakes and other goodies she hasn’t tackled yet. Expansion or not, Vivienne has no intention of sacrificing any of her treats’ healthfulness. For Wonderfully Made, the future looks mighty sweet.
Vegan Peanut Butter Protein Balls
1 cup organic old-fashioned oatmeal
1/2 cup ground organic flaxseed
3/4 cup organic unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup organic peanut butter
1/3 cup organic agave syrup
1/2 cup vegan, organic mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried organic cranberries
Mix oats, flaxseed and coconut flakes.
Add peanut butter and agave syrup.
After above ingredients are combined, add chips and cranberries.
Chill in refrigerator about 30 minutes.
Form into balls with a medium cookie scoop.
Protein balls remain fresh in the fridge for up to a week.
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