Whether you have a gluten allergy, celiac disease, or just want to stick to a gluten-free diet, it can be very difficult to find stores and restaurants that will cater specifically to your needs. You may come across the odd gluten-free brownie or celiac-friendly dessert here and there but the selection usually isn’t wide enough to allow you much choice. If you really love your baked goods and need to find some decent gluten-free products, check out these gluten-free bakeries in Vancouver and the surrounding areas.
Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery
Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery set out with a goal to be able to replace any recipe that uses regular flour with a gluten-free flour. The use their Cloud 9 All-Purpose Baking Mix to make all the delicious baked treats that gluten sensitive people usually can’t have, without sacrificing any of the taste or texture you’d expect in your favorite muffins, cakes, and breads. Their bakery, blending, and packaging facilities use only gluten-free ingredients so you never have to worry that there will be gluten contamination from other recipes. You can check out their website for some yummy gluten free recipes to try at home or you can visit them in either of their Burnaby or New Westminster locations.
The Gluten Free Epicurean
The Gluten Free Epicurean is a 100% gluten-free environment. Located in Vancouver at Fraser & Kingsway, they offer cakes, cookies, cupcakes, smoothies, pizza, and sandwiches to their celiac, gluten sensitive, and health conscious customers. Their items are made by hand and made fresh every day with dairy free, nut free, refined sugar free, grain free, paleo, and vegan options available to suit any diet. They are a small, boutique bakery so if you are looking for something in particular, give them a call and you can order in advance to ensure you’ll get exactly what you’re looking for. They offer baking classes as well as take and bake items that you can pick up frozen and take home to bake at your convenience.
Lemonade Gluten Free Bakery
The Lemonade Gluten Free Bakery, another 100% gluten free bakery, uses all natural baking ingredients without any preservatives or additives. They use organic quinoa, millet flour, sorghum flour, and organic corn flour as some of the elements in their own unique flour blends. Almost all of their bread is dairy free and they offer plenty of other baked goods that are dairy free and/or egg free. Head over to their Cambie Street location for some freshly baked breads, cakes, tarts, and other sweet treats.
Panne Rizo Gluten Free Bakery
Panne Rizo Gluten Free Bakery, located in Vancouver’s Kitsilano area, perfectly blends traditional baking methods with modern recipes to suit the tastes of today. Rather than using mass production methods, they whip their own eggs and cream their butter and sugar with great care. They value the importance of tradition but appreciate what their customers need and want, which is why the offer gluten-free, sugar-free, and low sugar options in their gourmet cakes, cookies, and other baked goods.
Edible Flours, located on West Broadway in Vancouver, is a vegan bakery that offers gluten-free, refined sugar free, and nut free options. They concoct their delicious goods in a small, cozy, open-concept kitchen where you can enjoy your sweet treats and see the bakers and pastry chefs at work. Not every item on the menu is available on a daily basis so give them a call if you’re looking for something in particular or want them to hold something for you.
Delish was born through a young woman’s love of baking and her desire to help her grandmother enjoy delicious baked goods despite her allergy to gluten. Through many experiments and trials she was able to create an arsenal of gluten free and wheat free recipes that even those without a gluten allergy would love. All of their breads are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy free, egg free, and vegan. You can find their delectable treats in either of their Vancouver or Port Coquitlam locations.
Fairy Cakes is a vegan, nut free specialty bakery in Vancouver that uses high quality, organic, fair-trade ingredients. The do not allow eggs, dairy, peanuts, or tree nuts in their kitchen and while they do use gluten in some products, they use separate mixers and containers for their gluten-free products to avoid any cross contamination. If you have an allergy that is not listed, let them know and they will try their best to cater to your specific dietary needs.
Two Daughters Bakeshop
Two Daughters Bakeshop is a gluten-free vegan bakery located in North Vancouver. The creation of this bakery, and its name, was inspired by the discovery that one of the baker’s two daughters was a celiac with a severe intolerance to dairy products and eggs. They reworked all of their recipes into gluten-free vegan creations and realized other families must have this same requirement for themselves and their children. Their retail store is now closed but all of their high quality goodies are still available on their website and can be found in plenty of shops and cafés all over Vancouver. They also offer baking classes where you can learn all the tips and tricks of gluten-free and vegan baking.
Marie's Guilt Free Bakery
Marie’s Guilt Free Bakery is a 100% gluten-free and vegetarian facility. Their products are also egg free and wheat free, with sugar free and vegan options available as well. They will bake and personalize gluten-free cakes, cookies, pies, muffins, and other delicious baked goods to suit any dietary restrictions. Their shop is currently limited to online orders and delivery, and they also supply local retailers with their products. Check out their website to order gluten-free baked goods, gluten-free flour mix, and gluten-free jams and jellies.
Michael's Artisan Bakery & Cafe
Michael’s Artisan Bakery & Cafe, located in the South Surrey/White Rock area, offers organic breads, soups, sandwiches, cakes, and pastries. While not a 100% dedicated gluten-free facility, fresh organic breads are their speciality and they offer plenty of gluten-free options.
Sticking to a celiac-friendly diet and eating gluten-free doesn’t have to be difficult, as long as you know where to go. With a little bit of research you can find plenty of gluten-free bakeries, restaurants, and grocery stores all over the Metro Vancouver area. Don’t deprive yourself of all your favourite desserts and baked goods just because of a gluten intolerance. Check out these awesome bakeries and treat yourself.