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All the Taste, None of the Gluten: Boulder's G-Free Bakeries



To some, Gluten-free may seem like a foreign concept, particularly when associated with baked goods. Others may feel that this dietary preference or restriction is merely a fad that will go out of style just as quickly as it came in. But Boulder begs to differ. This town of athletes, hippies, and foodies is hooked on Gluten-free items for a variety of reasons: overall health, fitness, and the fact that they just taste so darn good, believe it or not.

On our list you'll find the perfect spots to grab G-free cookies, cakes, pastries, and much more.

Topping out our list, Heavenly Flours is a local favorite known for turning our gluten-free treats without sacrificing any of the flavor. Here you'll find sweet delights like cupcakes, cakes, snicker doodles, and their delectable "Life By Chocolate" cookies and fudge. They also serve nutritious crackers and scones.

In the mood for the best pie of your life, try The Huckleberry. This quaint little local spot dishes out make-to-order gluten-free pies that will have you mouth watering. Need to order something unique for a birthday, anniversary, or reunion? Kim and Jake's Cakes is a family owned operation that makes exquisitely decorated gluten-free cakes for any occasion.

Follow our list and you'll need to up your workouts on your visit to Boulder, because these bakeries will gladly help you pack on the gluten-free pounds.


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Just wait until you here the descriptions of some of It's All Good's cakes: Heavenly Carrot Cake Carrot cake with pineapple and pistachios. Vanilla spice buttercream filling, finished off with cream cheese buttercream. Frangelico Infusion Toasted hazelnut cake sprinkled with Frangelico liqueur, filled with mocha buttercream and frosted with Frangelico buttercream. Chocolate Covered Strawberries Dark chocolate cake filled with white chocolate mousse, layered with sliced strawberries, frosted with white chocolate buttercream. With these options alone, your mouth will water for the gluten-free goodness. Not a cake fan? Gluten-free pies in a variety of flavors are also a favorite. Not to mention, gluten free cookies galore!

Recommended for Gluten-Free Baked Goods because: Known for their unique and decadent gluten-free cakes, It's All Good, works hard to meet your dietary preferences and restrictions.

Hope's expert tip: Try one of their decadent cakes, including the Frangelico Infusion

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This North Boulder bakery is a favorite amongst locals for its healthy food, brick-oven pizzas, and scrumptious pastries. Here you will find Scones in a variety of flavors, including English Currant, Blueberry, Peach, Cranberry Orange, Raspberry Almond, and Chocolate Cherry. Breadworks Pies are also a favorite and can be goggled down in these many appetizing flavors: Chocolate Mousse, Dutch Apple, Cherry, Blueberry, Peach, Pecan, and Pumpkin. They also have tarts, brownies, and quick breads. Though most of their yummies aren't made gluten-free daily, Breadworks is known for accepting special orders and making accommodations. They also have gluten-free cookies on hand.

Recommended for Gluten-Free Baked Goods because: Breadworks is known for offering gluten-free items and specializing orders.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to try their gluten-free cookies.

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Indulge lives up to its name by serving up delicious gluten-free treats for any occasion, including birthdays, anniversaries, and wedding. Their tasty cookies include chocolate chip, brown sugar, and snickerdoodle flavors. Prefer muffins? Indulge in their blueberry muffins for an early morning breakfast treat. Having a birthday party or need a treat to bring for a potluck? Indulge's cupcakes will do the trick and come in chocolate, white, marble, and red velvet flavors. Have a hankering for cheesecake? Indulge can satisfy with their classic or fruit swirl. Be sure to ask for other gluten-free options and to specialize orders as they're very accomodating.

Recommended for Gluten-Free Baked Goods because: Indulge's just plain good cheesecakes, cookies, and muffins win this quaint bakery a place on our list.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to order a flourless cheesecake for any occasion.

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Southside Walnut Cafe


This adorable diner is located on the outskirts of town and offers gluten-free waffles and pancakes. Southside Walnut Cafe also serves up delicious fruit dishes, piping hot oatmeal, traditional eggs and pancakes for breakfast, and much more. If you have a hankering for brunch, try Southside's Quiche of the Day or their Sunrise Sandwich, complete with 2 eggs how you like them, your choice of meat and cheese, served on toasted Rosemary Olive Oil Bread. Need to keep your bread gluten-free as well? Walnut cafe offers a GF bread option for all of its sandwiches. Be sure to ask for their GF menu when you're in for a full listing of options.

Recommended for Gluten-Free Baked Goods because: Pancakes, biscuits, and gluten-free cookies can be devoured and The Walnut Cafe.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to ask your server if your breakfast item can be made gluten-free along with your sweet treats.

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In a town known for being a mile high, this bakery's Play on Words name is popular with college students and locals alike. Many of their cookies can be made gluten-free and they are particularly well-known for their yummy gluten-free cupcakes. Some of their cookie flavors include, Chocolate Chip (with or without nuts), Chocolate Espresso, Double Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter, Snickerdoodle, Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin, Oatmeal Cinnamon Chocolate Chip, and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip! Their cupcakes can be purchased in vanilla varieties, strawberry shortcake, and carrot cake. What's even better? Boulder Baked delivers! So you can get your gluten-free fix without ever leaving your house or hotel room.

Recommended for Gluten-Free Baked Goods because: Gluten-free cupcakes and freshly baked cookies earns Boulder Baked and spot on our list.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to chow-down on their gluten-free cupcakes.

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A bakery with sweet treats and an adorable name, the Lovin' Oven offers cookies in the following flavors: Chocolate Chip Walnut with Sea Salt, Oatmeal Raisin with Toasted Coconut, Peanut Butter with Chocolate Drizzle. Yummy cupcakes are also available for your g-free folks. Prefer cakes? Never fear, Lovin' Oven serves up an amazing Chocolate Loves Chocolate-chocolate cake topped with chocolate buttercream and a Chocolate Loves Vanilla- chocolate cake topped with vanilla buttercream. Not into chocolate? That's ok. Try their Vanilla Loves Vanilla-vanilla cake topped with vanilla buttercream or the Almond Loves Coconut-almond cake topped with coconut buttercream + chocolate drizzle + toasted coconut chips. And, finally, the Brown Sugar Loves Spice-sweet potato and spice cake topped with maple buttercream + candied pecans (Seasonal Product Only) Lovin' Oven is sure to please.

Recommended for Gluten-Free Baked Goods because: Lovin' Oven serves up sweet treats for the g-free at an affordable price. There's something for everyone.

Hope's expert tip: Try their to-die-for-delicious Chocolate Loves Chocolate cake.

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Known for its delicious pies, cookies, and Ding-Dongs, many of the Huckleberry's items can be made gluten free including their famous Huckleberry pies. If you're stopping in for brunch or dinner, you can also count on several gluten-free options and the kitchen is always happy to modify. Located just outside Boulder in quaint Louisville, Colorado The Huckleberry is known for its fresh, delicious, and all-American food. Breakfast and brunch are the time of day when this place really shines, with a variety of eggs benedicts, biscuits and gravy, milkshakes, and homemade pies. Many items can be made vegetarian or vegan to suit your dietary preferences or needs. Tea and pastries can be purchased to take home, as well as a variety of local and handmade gifts such as jewelry, Christmas ornaments, and art work that can be found in The Huckleberry lobby. Also, be sure to have a house chai.

Recommended for Gluten-Free Baked Goods because: Made-to-Order gluten-free pies are The Huckleberry's specialty, placing it high atop our list.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to ask for seasonal dishes that use local ingredients and don't miss out on their Huckleberry Ding-Dongs!

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Flourless chocolate torte, macaroos, tea bread, pumpkin bread, cupcakes and cakes-Oh my! Spruce Confections is one of Boulder's very favorite bakeries and is known for serving up delicious, gluten-free options. Try some of these scrumptious concoctions: The Max Bar Almond Butter, Oats, Dates, Coconut (no refined sugar, no added oil...for you healthy folks), The Z Bar Peanut Butter, Oats, Chocolate Chips, Raisins (no refined sugar, no added oil), Macaroons: Plain or Chocolate (always gluten-free), Sweet Filled Croissants, Savory Filled Croissants, Ugly Muffins Croissant dough, raspberry jam & nut streusel, Danish Cheese, along with Cherry Cheese & Blueberry Cheese. Though some items are not typically prepared gluten-free, many can be modified to meet your needs. Not to mention, Spruce also takes advantage of local, farm-fresh, eggs from various Boulder farms.

Recommended for Gluten-Free Baked Goods because: Spruce Confections makes one of the meanest mochas in town and delivers some fantastic gluten-free baked goods sure to please.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to try their flourless macaroons.

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Walking into Piece, Love, Chocolate you'll feel like Hazel and Gretel would have just stumbled upon the fabled candy house. Only, in this house, chocolate reigns supreme. Think you can't have delicious chocolatey treats without the gluten? Think again. Some gluten-free favorite from PLC include all of their tasty truffles (except those made with beer), pastries such as the Chocolate Raspberry Square made with short bread and raspberry jam, as well as a variety of dense and delectable flourless cake. There are also a wide variety of chocolates, fudges, and other non-baked gluten free items for purchase. Furthermore, those who need a warm boost, hot chocolate, mochas, and espresso are also available.

Recommended for Gluten-Free Baked Goods because: With a bountiful gluten-free truffle list and a variety of GF cakes, Piece, Love, Chocolate is the place to get your sweet fix.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to sample a slice of the Gluten-Free cakes always kept on the top wrack of the spinning case when you stop in for a visit.

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Known for their exquisite cakes, Heavenly Flour turns out chocolate, carrot, hazelnut, maple, lemon, German Chocolate, Coconut Sugar, honey or agave creations in a fabulously gluten-free fashion. A yellow cake base made with almond flour serves as the staple for their cake-creations. They also have a decadent and more dense Pound Cake made with almond flour, cream cheese, and butter. Buttercream frostings, brightly adorned and food-colored cakes, make this bakery a unique stop for anyone in the mood for a sweet treat. Be sure to ask for other gluten-free goodies, such as cookies and cupcakes. They also have a convenient location in Denver.

Recommended for Gluten-Free Baked Goods because: Known for creating scrumptious gluten-free items, Heavenly Flours earns the top spot on our list.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to try their Almond Butter Fudge Bars.

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