Wheatless And Wonderful: Ten Top Spots To Indulge Your Gluten-Free Sweet Tooth



Who says you have to forgo flavor when you're following a gluten-free diet? Especially when it comes to sweet treats. Luckily, for those with a celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, more places are offering interesting and diverse gluten-free options to their repertoire.

First up is Unrefined, one of the first dedicated gluten-free bakeries to open up in the metroplex. Aside from excellent breads and colorful cakes, expect to find cookies, pies and even freshly made sandwiches.  

When it comes to gluten-free cinnamon rolls, no one is doing it better than Hannah’s Gluten Free Bakery, located in the Dallas Farmers Market. But the shop's offerings don't stop there, you'll also find doughnuts, cookies and an amazing selection of cakes. Then there's Reverie Bakeshop, Dallas' only vegan bakery. This place boasts a wide range of delicious gluten-free options that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the stomach. The raw pina colada cake here is definitely what gluten-free dreams are made of.
 
Don’t bother scanning the menu for gluten free items at Company Cafe, because everything here is made without gluten, including pancakes, sandwiches, cocktails and desserts. The cafe also operates an online bakery that delivers GF breads and sweet treats to your location.

And if you want to buy straight from the source, then hit up Local Oven, one of Dallas' largest dedicated gluten-free bakeries that supplies crusty baguettes, artisan breads, pastas and sweet treats to grocery stores, restaurants and hotels nationwide.

With bakeries scattered all across Dallas' surrounds, we’re sure you’ll find plenty of ways to get an indulgent gluten-free fix on. Just make sure to put these ten best spots at the top of your must-try list.



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My Fit Foods
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For those on the go, clean eating just got a whole lot easier and tastier with this Houston-based healthy food take-out chain. Boasting nine locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area (90 locations nationwide), My Fit Foods offers a smorgasbord of healthy, balanced, pre-portioned meals to suit all diets– for breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as snacks. Everything is made fresh daily and ninety percent of the menu is gluten-free. There's just about something for everyone, with options running the gamut from breakfast tacos, yogurt-granola parfaits and quinoa salads to chili mac-n-cheese and roasted spicy garlic shrimp. Aside from savories, the shop also stocks gluten-free cookies, energy bars, chips, popcorn, Kombucha sodas and protein shakes. Need help deciding what to choose? No problem, every location has a trained nutrition coach on hand to help with any dietary questions you may have.


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Kozy Kitchen
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This charming Uptown cafe is so dedicated to producing sumptuous, from-scratch dishes, that you'd never know that almost everything on the menu is completely gluten-free. And we're not talking salads, though there certainly are plenty of those. They also whip up everything from Cajun pasta with venison sausage and pan-seared wild salmon on risotto– to buffalo tacos, sandwiches, omelets, pancakes and even stuffed French toast. And then there's the gluten-free desserts, one of which includes a Nutella cake (soaked with espresso and filled with a Nutella cream cheese frosting) that's out of this world. Another bonus: the restaurant serves most of its breakfast items all day, offers everything to-go and is also BYOB.


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Dude, Sweet Chocolate-Lowest Greenville
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Craving a gluttonous chocolate binge, but can't face the guilt you might feel after? Then Dude, Sweet Chocolate has you covered. Founded by pastry chef and chocolatier, Katherine Clapner, the shop is best known for its quirky one-of-a-kind creations, many of which usually include fusing sweet and savory ingredients together. Think toffee with porcini mushroom powder; chocolate fudge with dehydrated blue cheese; and dark chocolate bark with sesame sticks and candied garbanzo beans. They also do truffles, marshmallows, chocolate covered candied nuts, drinking chocolate and even boozy chocolate potions. But what many people may not realize, most everything on offer here happens to be gluten-free. Not sure what you want? No worries, the staff will let you taste pretty much anything in shop, all you have to do is ask.


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Lowest Greenville Avenue
Company Cafe
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Bananas foster pancakes, sour cream coffee cake, French dip sandwiches and chicken fried steak with garlic mash and honey jalapeno gravy– all gluten-free? You betcha. This casual Greenville Avenue eatery has made its mark on Dallas' healthy-eating food map thanks to a menu of organic, gluten-free dishes that don't compromise on taste. In fact, it was one of the first restaurants to embrace the concept when it opened in 2011, and even with all the competition, the place is just as popular as ever. And there's a reason for that: Not only does Company Cafe actively cater to gluten-adverse folks, it also caters to all, meaning anything on the menu can be made with gluten as well as without. Ditto for cocktails and desserts. Plus you can eat-in or have them pack everything up to-go. Speaking of to-go, the owners also run Liteful Foods, an online bakery that cranks out fresh gluten-free goodies (biscuits, bread, coconut macaroons and cakes) to be delivered straight to your door. By the way, we hear the CinnFul Cake Bites here are truly sinful.


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Bisous Bisous Patisserie
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It's difficult to find– and virtually impossible to park up close– but that hasn't stopped folks from pouring into Andrea Meyer's bijou sweets boutique. And it's easy to see why: the place is a Gallic gold mine of tasty treasures that include everything from tarts and tea cakes (think citrus madeleines and chocolate almond financiers) to French-style pastries, cookies and scones. You really can't go wrong with anything in the pastry case, but if you're following a gluten-free lifestyle then you'll want to check out the macarons, which by all accounts are the best in town. Choose from the likes of pistachio, hazelnut, coffee, salted caramel and tiramisu. Or better yet, order up a box of twelve– that way you can taste them all. And don't skip the chocolate mousse (made with Valrhona dark chocolate and topped with whipped cream and crispy chocolate pearls), it's gluten-free too.


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Haute Sweets Patisserie
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Though it has only been opened less than a year, Haute Sweets is already shaping up to be one of the city's hottest bakeries. Which is especially surprising since the place is located in an off-the-beaten-track shopping strip near White Rock Lake in East Dallas. But while the shop may be new, its owners, Gianni Santin and Tida Pichakron– are not. The pair had previously built up a following for their macarons and other show-stopping confections through a catering business that they operated out of a storefront in Trinity Groves. In addition to macarons, in flavors ranging from passion fruit caramel to Earl Grey and banana hazelnut, gluten-free foodies can dig into miniature sponge cakes in flavors like lemon raspberry or Bailey's almond cream; almond frangipane tarts, molten cakes and chocolate pot de crémes. While you're there, check out the gluten-and-dairy-free paleo almond butter brownies, they're out of this world.


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Local Oven
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If you've had any gluten-free products in Dallas restaurants, most likely they all came from Local Oven, a dedicated gluten-free and kosher certified baking facility located in the suburb of Carrollton. It offers one of the largest selections of gluten-free baked goods in the city and sells to restaurants, hospitals, schools and supermarkets nationwide. The good part is that Local Oven also happens to peddle its goods to the public. Here, you'll find everything from signature breads (including pitas, tortillas and NY style bagels) to pastas and an array of tempting sweets, all of which could more than stand up to its wheat-filled counterpart in a taste test. And don't get us started on the crusty French-style baguettes. The onion rolls are a must-try too. Also don't miss the sugary offering– expect to tuck into cinnamon bread, muffins, brownies, biscotti, and cookies galore.


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Reverie Bakeshop
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From the looks of the pastry case, jammed full with a bounty of taste-tempting treats, you'd never guess that everything here has been made with nary an egg or dairy product in sight. Behold Reverie Bakeshop, an entirely vegan bakery that offers goodies that are free from eggs, dairy and refined sugar. Not only that, the bakery also whips up a terrific selection of gluten-free bread, pies, muffins, cookies, cakes and scones. And we haven't even gotten to the mouthwatering array of raw desserts. Expect to find options ranging from chocolate caramel bars to banana cream pies and pina colada cakes. Keep an eye out for specialty items that pop up on the menu around holiday time. If they have it, be sure to order the raw pumpkin cheesecake, it's phenomenal.


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Hannah's Gluten Free Bakery
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From tempting cinnamon rolls and doughnuts to beautifully decorated custom cakes and cookies, Larissa Wilson is so dedicated to producing delicious baked goods that you'd be hard-pressed to detect that everything at her bakery is gluten-free. Wilson has been baking since she was a kid, but it was only after discovering her own severe gluten intolerance that her foray into creating gluten-free goodies started. So she set out to prove that dietary restrictions don't have to mean anything less than delicious, and by the looks of the rave reviews, she's become a resounding success. Not only does Wilson operate a pop-up stall at The Shed in the Dallas Farmers Market every weekend, but you can also find her peddling her tantalizing treats out of a new Mesquite location–Tuesdays through Saturdays. And those cinnamon rolls? Delightfully light, buttery and aromatic. You'll probably want to get there early to snag a few of those, they sell out fast.


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Unrefined Bakery
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A whole bakery dedicated to serving up scrumptious gluten free goodies? Yes please. In fact, mother-and-daughter duo, Anne Hoyt and Taylor Nicholson, take the healthy eating concept one step further by cranking out alternative breads and other tasty treats (think: ginger molasses cookies, vegan chocolate silk pie and monster snack mix) that are also free of nuts, yeast, soy, dairy and even sugar. It's anyone's guess what they put into their gluten-soy- and dairy-free cupcakes, but they've gained a deservedly cult following with Dallas locals. And if that isn't enough to tempt you, Unrefined turns out stunning special occasion cakes as well savory seasonal offerings during the holidays. They also serve up killer sandwiches. Oh, and did we mention they have paleo options too?


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