***The below article is written by Jennifer Harris, a guest blogger for Atlanta Eats***
It all started in 2009 when Sally’s Gluten Free Bakery opened its doors in Sandy Springs. Finally, a bakery specializing in gluten-free sweet and savory treats prepared in a safe environment sans cross contact with wheat!
Since 2009, Atlanta has seen the rise of six additional dedicated gluten-free bakeries in and around metro Atlanta. Some even provide wholesale goods, mainly bread and hamburger buns, to Atlanta’s restaurants. And they make wedding cakes, too.
These bakeries have one thing in common – a personal story and drive to make gluten-free and allergen-friendly treats accessible to the community.
Gluten Free Cutie Bakery (Roswell)
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Free From: Gluten, dairy, eggs, peanuts, soy, tree nuts*, artificial dyes and colors (*coconut on premises)
The Deets: With a retail space and party room available for rental, this spot makes sweet and savory items daily, serves breakfast on the weekends and lunch daily. Choose from fried green tomato biscuit sandwiches, chicken pot pies and macaroni and cheese from the lunch menu. Brown rice flour, potato starch, tapioca and arrowroot combine to form the flour base for their breads (biscuits, bread sticks, dinner rolls, cornbread, garlic knots), as well as cookies, cakes, cookie cakes, cake pops, cookies cupcakes, donuts, petit fours, whoopie pies and specialty holiday offerings.
2B Whole European Gluten-Free Bakery (Alpharetta)
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Free From: Gluten, soy, peanuts, with paleo and dairy-free options (almonds on premises)
The Deets: This bakery, which got its start when the owner’s children were diagnosed with food allergies, offers sweet and savory goodies with European flavors. The ‘Whole’ in 2B Whole stands for “W” well, “H” happy, “O” off wheat, “L” laughter, “E” exquisite, which sums up the bakery’s mission. What started as a dessert business has expanded into serving lunch, breakfast, stocking a to-go refrigerator and baking a bevy of savory breads. You won’t find any artificial sweeteners, additives or preservatives in their offerings, which are unlike other bakeries. The lemon bars are truly a wonder because they are free of dairy and manage to have a flaky crust that tastes like it is made with full-fat butter.
Marilyn’s Gluten Free Gourmet (Roswell)
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Free From: Gluten with dairy-free options (nuts on premises)
The Deets: Known for its inventive creations, this bakery produces retail and wholesale pre-made products and mixes in a variety of categories: baking mixes, Bubble Bread mix, biscuits, breads, brownies, cookies, cakes, cupcakes, cheese straws, graham crackers, muffins, snack mixes and truffles. Their line of coffee cakes has also been featured on QVC! Its bubble bread mix requires only an egg and 12 ounces of carbonated beverage to produce a hearty loaf of bread, bread sticks or rolls. Their most popular creation by far is the fruit cake. Available in traditional, berry wonderful, citrus berry bliss, or aged with brandy and sherry, it will make a fruit cake lover out of all who try it.
Good Karma Coffee House (Avondale Estates)
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Free From: Gluten, soy and nuts* with dairy-free and vegan options (*coconut on premises)
The Deets: Good Karma is the only dedicated gluten-free coffeehouse in metro Atlanta with dairy-free and vegan options, too. They serve breakfast and lunch weekly and stock the bakery case with freshly baked sweet treats. Aside from cookies, muffins, sweet breads, cinnamon rolls and cupcakes, the bakery’s breakfast foods set them apart. Belgian waffles come in multiple sizes and flavors are topped with fresh fruit, cream and warm agave syrup. Flaky biscuits are stuffed with fried chicken, breakfast meats or topped with sausage gravy. French toast, pancakes and omelets are served with home fries, fruit and grits (only on the weekends), which round out their breakfast offerings.
Sally’s Gluten Free Bakery (Sandy Springs and Alpharetta)
Photo credit: Sally’s Gluten Free Bakery
Free From: Gluten and soy with paleo and dairy-free options (nuts on premises)
The Deets: Sally’s is the only gluten-free bakery in metro Atlanta with two locations – Sandy Springs and Alpharetta. Family owned and operated, they offer breads (sweet and savory), cookies, cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, cake, muffins, and take-and-bake pizzas topped with dairy-free pine nut pesto. One of their most popular items is the C.R.A.W bread – cinnamon, raisins, and walnuts are combined with a hearty flour blend to create a dense bread perfect for toasting.
No Gluten, Inc. (Stone Mountain)
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Free From: Gluten, soy, corn, and dairy with vegan options (nuts on premises)
The Deets: This bakery got its start from Mina’s Gluten Free line of three all-purpose mixes, which are used to create an array of freshly baked treats. Available in all-purpose bread and all-purpose baking, these mixes free the user from the daunting task of measuring and combining gluten-free flours. The bakery makes breads (sweet and savory), cookies and coffee cake, but it is the tiramisu and array of whole cakes that makes this it really special. The tiramisu is exceptional, not to mention gorgeous, and would easily fool any gluten eater.
The Bakery: Create Your Cupcake (Sandy Springs)
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Free From: Gluten with dairy-free options (nuts on premises)
The Deets: Applying a creative spin to cupcakes with its patent pending hexagon shaped cupcakes, Create Your Cupcake has really made its mark. Cupcakes bake up hollow allowing the user to choose the filling (called cremache), frosting and toppings. There are five standard flavors of gluten-free cake (banana chocolate chip, carrot, chocolate, red velvet and vanilla) and seasonal flavors, too. The fun part is eating them with a spoon to get a perfect bite of everything each time. They also make custom two-layer cakes with advanced order. The bakery has created its dedicated gluten-free environment by keeping the wheat-based baking and ingredients in a separate room with its own heating and air supply.
Which gluten-free bakery are you going to try? Let us know below in the comments!