Gluten-free bakeries are popping up all over the country. Here’s a look at gluten-free baked good options in four areas across the U.S.
Portland is a foodie’s paradise, and fresh, locally-made options abound for gluten-free visitors. Although many local regular bakeries offer gluten-free products, the city is home to a number of dedicated gluten-free bakeries. Many have full breakfast, lunch and/or dinner menus, and most offer products that accommodate additional food allergies or dietary restrictions.
- Tula Gluten-Free Bakery Café serves a variety of both sweet and savory products, including artisan and quick breads, Panini sandwiches, mini-tarts and hand pies. Sit and enjoy a breakfast sandwich along with a cup of locally roasted Lone Pine coffee or take home a loaf of par-baked focaccia to use as gourmet sandwich bread. tulabaking.com
- New Cascadia Traditional describes themselves as “the gluten-free artisans,” baking a variety of pizzas, specialty breads, pastries and cakes. Before opening New Cascadia in 2006, owners Chris Gumke and Teresa Atkins embarked on a 10,000-mile journey across the country, searching for the country’s best gluten-free baked goods. Disappointed with what they found, they decided to open up their own bakery. Sample their wares at their retail store on 6th Avenue, at the Portland Farmers Market or at a number of local businesses and grocery stores. newcascadiatraditional.com
- Back to Eden Bakery is 100% plant-based and vegan in addition to being gluten free. The Alberta St. bakery offers a wide selection of both sweet and savory treats. Indulge in rosewater pistachio cake or opt for a vegan soft serve ice cream cone. The bakery also serves a number of raw food items as well as soy free or nut free products. backtoedenbakery.com
- Petunia’s Pies and Pastries is a gluten-free and vegan small-batch bakery that has grown from owner Lisa Clark’s home kitchen to a retail location on 12th Try the popular Millionaire Bars or splurge on a Bruleed Banana Split. In addition to Petunia’s namesake pies and pastries, the bakery also serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. www.petuniaspiesandpastries.com
- Kyra’s Bake Shop is perhaps best known for being a three-time winner of the Food Network Show “Cupcake Wars.” The bakery is the only gluten-free winner the show has had. In addition to the bakery’s signature cupcakes, Kyra’s also offers cinnamon rolls, baked doughnuts and breakfast and lunch fare. kyrasbakeshop.com
Minneapolis & St. Paul
It can be difficult to find gluten-free options in the Midwest, but the Twin Cities offer visitors and residents plenty of options. In addition to the options listed below, many restaurants and bakeries offer gluten-free options for diners.
- BitterSweet Gluten-Free Bakery, located on the outskirts of Minneapolis in Eagan, offers a wide variety of both fully baked and “Take & Bake” goods. Stop by for a savory “Southern Breakfast” scone or bring home a coconut cream pie or a Hawaiian pizza. bittersweetgf.com
- Sift Gluten-Free is a newer gluten-free bakery that sells at the Kingfield and Fulton farmers’ markets. Owned by Molly Miller, who became gluten free to help control her Crohn’s disease, the small bakery sells muffins, donuts, brownies, scones and cookies. Sift’s flavor offerings are often highlight seasonal produce, including rhubarb scones, roasted strawberry bars and pumpkin muffins. siftglutenfree.com
- French Meadow Bakery has the distinction of being the first certified organic bakery in the country. Opened in the early ‘90s, the bakery now has a location in both Minneapolis and St. Paul along with 5 airport locations. Although not everything on the menu is gluten-free, the vast majority is. frenchmeadowcafe.com
- Cooqi sells a plethora of gluten-free bakery mixes for home baking. Choose from Pancake Mix, Pizza + Pita Mix, Multi-Purpose Flour or Cake + Pastry Flour for your own gluten-free baking experiments. Although their retail location is now closed, Twin City bakers can find their mixes at local stores and coops. cooqiglutenfree.com
For such a small state, Maine has a surprisingly large number of gluten-free bakeries. From whoopie pies to anadama bread, gluten-free baked goods abound in the Pine Tree State.
- The Maine Pie Co is committed to making the “best gluten-free pie ever,” according to the company’s website. The pies are baked in a dedicated facility in Biddeford. The company provides frozen, unbaked pies so customers can serve hot-from-the-oven gluten-free pies whenever the mood strikes. http://www.themainepieco.com/
- Bam Bam Bakery serves up gluten-free whoopie pies, coconut macaroons, cheesecakes and more at their Portland shop. Owner Bevin McNulty graduated from The Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and many of her products sold at Bam Bam are also dairy free. bambambakery.com/
- Allergeena uses its own unique flour blend to produce a wide selection of artisanal bread. Customers at the South Portland bakery can choose from varieties such as Honey Buttermilk, Cinnamon Raisin Bran or Anadama. allergeena.com
- Raegamuffin’s Gluten Free Bakery is a relative newcomer to the gluten-free Maine scene, having just opened its doors in 2014. Veazie residents can opt for a healthy avocado muffin or indulge with Raegamuffin’s eclairs, tarts and macarons. Though the baked goods are certainly the star of the show, the bakery also serves lunch. facebook.com/raegamuffinsbakery
- Wildflours Gluten-Free Bakery’s retail location may have burnt down in 2011, but this resilient local bakery still sells their “outlandishly delicious” gluten-free cupcakes, whoopee pie cakes and other baked goods at a variety of Maine businesses and markets. facebook.com/pages/Wildflours-Gluten-Free-Bakery/42788924612
- Galley Goodies is a home bakery owned by Cara Cribb, a professional baker who discovered she had a gluten allergy. She sells her gluten-free potato rolls, croissants, mini pies and other goodies at several local farmers’ markets. galleygoodies.com
Atlanta is known for its Southern charm, desserts (red velvet cake, peach cobbler, etc.), biscuits, and cornbread, which are usually laden with gluten. Georgia has a thriving gluten-free bakery scene churning out sweet and savory treats that pay special homage to traditional Southern sweet and savory favorites and then some.
- 2B Whole Gluten-Free European Bakery’s offerings are unlike others because they include pita bread, baguettes, focaccia, flatbreads, and calzones. Try their lemon bars and candy bar blondies for an extra special treat.
- American Gra-Frutti is known for its inventive products, such as cheese straws, graham crackers, snack mixes, red velvet cupcakes, and fruit cake that can be found on shelves at Whole Foods Market. Its new line of Bubble Bread mixes is a first-to-market product requiring only an egg and 12 ounces of carbonated beverage to produce a hearty loaf of bread, bread sticks, or rolls.
- Gluten Free Cutie serves lunch daily and breakfast Saturday mornings. Special order one of their custom cakes, munch on their beautifully decorated sugar cookies, purchase savory breads like sweet loaves, bread sticks, garlic knots, dinner rolls, cornbread, and biscuits.
- Good Karma Coffee House is the only dedicated gluten-free coffeehouse in metro Atlanta serving breakfast and lunch weekly with special offerings on the weekends. The waffles and biscuit sandwiches are outstanding.
- Mama Bakes Safe Cakes, LLC serves up custom cakes, candy, candy bars, pizza, and cupcakes.
- Sally’s Gluten Free Bakery has two locations (Sandy Springs and Alpharetta) to better serve demand, where they offer breads (sweet and savory), cookies, cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, cake, muffins, and take-and-bake pizzas.
- The Dunwoody Bakeryhas a line of mixes that can be found exclusively at Sprouts Farmers Market and it offers a selection of baked goods in its retail store such as custom cakes, cupcakes, muffins, cookies, bars, sweet breads, and more.
These wholesale bakeries don’t have store fronts, but their product lines can be found on restaurant menus, in retail stores, and can be special ordered.
- Magnolia Manor Sweets specializes in offering the unexpected, like king cake, Tiramisu, cream puffs, bialy bread, and more. Its hamburger and hot dog buns can be found at area restaurants and retail locations in Peachtree City.
- Pure Knead’s bread products (buns and sandwich bread) can be found on the menu at a number of restaurants, including The Four Seasons, and at retails stores, like H&F Bread Co., Kroger, and The Mercantile. Its line of cakes and cupcakes can be found at Piece of Cake and The Cupcake People of Atlanta.
Atlanta bakery reporting contributed by Jennifer Harris.