Sate Those Sweet Cravings With Gluten-Free Baked Goods

"Gluten-free" appears to be the hottest new buzz word to dominate the culinary scene. While many suffer from celiac disease, many others have health concerns that seem to improve with the elimination of gluten from their diet. (The word is out that gluten-free, or GF, is often a wise way to go!) A gluten-free diet excludes the protein gluten, found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). 

When following a gluten-free diet, diners must use patience and creativity when it comes to finding substitutes for foods they once enjoyed. Eating out can become more of a headache, but, thankfully, the Seattle restaurant scene is doing what it can to ease the pain–even when it comes time for dessert. The city is not only home to several venues that serve strictly gluten-free goods (think Flying Apron Bakery in Fremont), but many restaurants and cafes are conscious to include GF options (or substitutions) on their standard menu.

A casual tearoom located in Seattle's historic Ballard district, Miro Tea provides an excellent foray into the world of authentic eastern tea for anyone who's looking for a nice hot brew. In addition to their tea, Miro also offers several savory...  Read More

Perk up your afternoon with a piping hot cup of organic coffee at Macrina. Happily, a wide variety of cakes, artisanal breads and pastries is available to accompany your java. You'll have trouble deciding between chocolate cranberry coffeecake...  Read More

First opened in December of 2008, Thrive set out on a rather defiant mission to tear down the myth that healthy vegetarian cuisine is lacking in flavor. Thrive accomplishes this goal by creating fantastic entrees with a little bit of a southwest...  Read More

Opened in 2007, this "boutique bakery" caught the attention of aficionados, and the "cupcake craze" was seemingly everywhere. This Wallingford vintage schoolhouse was the first location, but three more followed in short order. Whether you prefer...  Read More

Flying Apron
Photo courtesy of Flying Apron Bakery

Flying Apron bakery celebrates good health by using gluten-free, vegan ingredients; whole grain wheat-free flours and non-hydrogenated oils. Diners can use alternative methods to sweeten items with such ingredients as agave, maple syrup and...  Read More

Cupcake Royale
Photo courtesy of Cupcake Royale

This popular cupcake bakery and cafe first opened in 2003 and has since spread to numerous locations including those in Capitol Hill, Ballard and Madrona. Loyal fans return for the delicious, made-from-scratch-daily cupcakes and perks like a...  Read More

Café Flora

Known as Seattle's top vegetarian spot, this restaurant's menu is innovative and flavorful enough to win over even the most ardent carnivores. Have brunch in the sunny atrium and enjoy the soothing sounds of the indoor waterfall. Dishes such as...  Read More

These vibrant cafes in the U District and also West Seattle are set in a warm Southwestern décor; their mission is "to provide delicious organic sustenance for a wide variety of needs and individual tastes." The venue is proudly certified...  Read More

With nine locations in the Puget Sound region, the Puget Consumer Co-op is our own local version of Whole Earth Foods. Community-owned and operated, carrying organic, locally produced goods from fruits & nuts to baked goods to cheeses to...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne