Roundup: Gluten Free Bakeries In Boston
While there is still no defined medical reason to go gluten-free other than celiac disease or gluten sensitivities, business is booming for Boston’s gluten-free bakeries. There are many bakeries offer a gluten-free selection but unless they have a separate kitchen, cross-contamination can be a common problem. Here’s our roundup of where to find delectable goodies—100 percent sans gluten.
Violette Gluten Free Bakery
Previously offered only at select farmer’s markets around the city, Violette Gluten Free Bakery opened the doors to its very own storefront in August. Violette is committed not only to completely gluten-free facilities, but also to organic and locally sourced ingredients. The results are delicious and always fresh. A new menu is introduced every week and Violette continues to appear at local farmer’s markets, so make sure to check out all your options all year long.
Violette Gluten Free Bakery, 1001 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, 617-945-7660, violetgf.com
Something Sweet Without Wheat
This bakery, with quite an apt name, offers desserts devoid of gluten, nuts, dairy, and even eggs if you prefer. Founded by two Stoneham-based sisters with sweet tooths and food allergies, Something Sweet Without Wheat serves the Boston area with desserts that have just the right balance of sweet and no wheat. Their two locations make gluten-free indulging easy.
Something Sweet Without Wheat, 19 Sixth Road, Woburn 781-281-2003, and 169 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington 781-777-1451, somethingsweetaboutwheat.com
White Lion Baking Company
No nuts, no gluten, no grain, and no GMO additives, but White Lion still produces deliciously sweet goodies that can be sent right to your home. From their completely gluten-free factory in Mashpee, founder Elizabeth Miles and her team are committed to the healthiest kind of sweet tooth craving possible. They make specialty cakes and cupcakes, however you want, and most dietary and allergy restrictions can be accommodated in special orders. White Lion’s products can also be found in bakeries all over Massachusetts.
White Lion Baking Company, 438 Nathan Ellis Highway, Mashpee, 774-228-2946, whitelionbakingco.com
Founder Natalie McEachern opened this cleverly named bakery in 2008, following a 2002 diagnosis with Celiac Disease. Her gluten-free products are inspired by her mother’s recipes and most also avoid nut cross contamination and dairy products. Glutenus Minimus also takes special made-to-order cake and cupcake requests and offers mixes for at-home gluten-free baking. Vegan muffins are offered every Tuesday and Thursday to satisfy your cravings. If you can’t make it out to original Belmont storefront location, Natalie’s products are also sold in cafes around the city, including Sweet in Harvard Square.
Glutenus Minimus, 697 Belmont Street, Belmont, 617-484-3550, glutenusminimus.com
For something a little more formal—or if you’re looking for a dessert for a special occasion—Celia’s Cakes make beautiful gluten-free specialty baked goods. Motivated into business by her husband’s diagnosis with Celiac disease, Vita Cohen has been experimenting with gluten-free recipes for years and has perfected the craft. Her cakes are ornate and will be a delicious addition to your next family birthday. Contact Vita directly for ordering and pick-up options.
Celia’s Cakes, contact Vita Cohen at 781-777-4778 to order, celiacakes.com.
Flours & Hunny
Similar to Celia’s Cakes, Melissa Geoffrion started playing around with gluten-free dessert options for her kids in 2006. Although she has no storefront as of yet, Flours and Hunny’s locally sourced, organic desserts have the ability to come to you. Because she is a one-woman baking machine, Melissa can custom order your baked good to cut out gluten, soy, nuts, dairy, and even refined sugars if you like. Contact her directly for shipping options.
Flours & Hunny, contact Melissa Geoffrion at [email protected] to order.
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