The Gluten-Free Sweet Life: 10 Best L.A. Bakeries with Gluten-Free Treats

If you’ve given up gluten, one of the first things you probably mourned (with intense weeping and gnashing of teeth) are fresh-out-of-the-oven baked goods. Cookies and scones and donuts, oh my! How is one to survive without these occasional indulgences? Well, you don’t have to. And you also don’t have to settle for the subpar, dense imitations you may be expecting. A solid crop of Los Angeles-area bakers are stepping up their game and finding ways to make gluten free baked goods that even wheat lovers will gobble up.

Buttercelli Bakery (Sherman Oaks) and Breakaway Bakery (mid city) have snagged our top spots not only because their gluten free treats are lip-smacking good, as are the others on this list, but they offer such a wide selection of options–both sweet and savory–that it's highly, highly likely you'll find something you like. Not only that, but they’re both Clean Plates approved.

Many of these bakeries also cater special events and create lovely and delicious cakes for birthdays and special occasions. While not all are 100% gluten free (there may be a chance of cross contamination at some), there are options for nearly everyone.

So, why are you still sitting there? Go get yourself some sugar, Sugar. 

Mid City
Photo courtesy of Wendy O'Dea

What happens when a gluten-intolerant donut lover and her pastry chef pal start brainstorming? Fonuts happens. A riff on "faux-nuts" given that they're baked and not fried, this mid-city shop bakes more flavors on any given day than most...  Read More

Rising Hearts Bakery
Photo courtesy of Rising Hearts Bakery

Known for its bread products, Rising Hearts Bakery (formerly known as The Sensitive Baker) has a retail shop in Culver City--just around the corner from Sony Studios--and a growing wholesale business providing pizza crusts and bread products to...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Sprinkles Cupcakes

Sprinkles is more proof that gluten free requests are not falling on deaf ears. After years of success with their iconic cupcakes, owner and founder Candace Nelson heeded customer requests and hit the kitchen to experiment with gluten free...  Read More

Cafe Gratitude Venice
Photo courtesy of Jiro Schneider

If you're not grateful to be gluten free, one visit to Café Gratitude and you'll have an unexpected attitude adjustment. This vegan restaurant, with locations in Venice and on Larchmont (and one soon to open downtown), bakes a massive amount of...  Read More

Larchmont Village
Erin McKenna's Bakery
Photo courtesy of Wendy O'Dea

One of the first gluten free bakeries to enter the L.A. scene, all of their products are vegan and kosher and free of refined sugar and GMOs. They recently announced a name change (from BabycakesNYC to Erin McKenna's Bakery) to reflect the...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Wendy O'Dea

Despite what you may have heard, the cupcake craze is not over and I'm OK with that as long as I can get them from Whisk. This bakery was started by two sisters--one gluten free and the other vegan--who have children with egg, nut and dairy...  Read More

Marina Del Rey
Sinners & Saints
Photo courtesy of Erik Fisher Photography

If you feel saintly for having shunned gluten, you'll feel justified at this little Venice shop where every item is flagged for the "sinner" (gluten-containing treats) or the "saint" (gluten-free treats). According to Owner Elisa Testone,...  Read More

The Good Cookies
Photo courtesy of The Good Cookies

Like many other bakeries on this list, The Good Cookies was born out of a venture at a local farmers' market where one of the co-owners set out to sell her gluten free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. The brick and mortar store they...  Read More

Breakaway Bakery
Photo courtesy of Breakaway Bakery

The Girl Scouts are now offering gluten free cookies but I doubt they're going to measure up to Breakaway Bakery's Lil Mint Scoutie, a gluten free thin mint-like disc of deliciousness. And that's not the only yummy treat at this tiny little...  Read More

Buttercelli Bakeshop
Photo courtesy of Wendy O'Dea

This Sherman Oaks bakery (soon relocating to Studio City) is the only in the valley offering fresh baked goods for everyone on your guest list. Gluten free? Obviously. Vegan? Yep. Paleo? Check. Sugar Free? You bet. Oh, and their products are...  Read More


Meet Wendy O'Dea

Born and raised in western New York, Wendy O’Dea moved to Los Angeles to attend the USC School of Journalism and stayed for the innovative and creative lifestyle the city offers. Other than...  More About Wendy

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