We stopped at Blooming Lotus on the way up to visit my bfs family. They are a completely gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, and sugar free bakery. I was a little skeptical at first since typically when I think of grain free desserts they don’t tend to be very good. They tend to be very dense and not fluffy. I arrived in the later afternoon and they didn’t have a whole lot of selection. Still the man behind the counter was very helpful in explaining what they do there. I was fascinated with the story of how they started and proceeded to pick out some goodies. They helped me find some goodies for my bf that weren’t laced with chunks of nuts which were the cashew butter cookie, chocolate chip cookie, and a chocolate bar type treat. I picked out a carrot cake cupcake with toffee frosting, a cranberry bar, and another smaller cookie. Overall even though it was so restricted on the ingredients we really enjoyed everything we got! We felt like we were eating healthy regardless if we really were. They were able to naturally sweeten everything and still make the treats enjoyable. Definitely a place to stop if you’re close by and looking for a healthy sweet treat. Very celiac friendly and good for those with food allergies.
Sensitive Sweets is a unique bakery in it of itself that it is gluten free, but on top of that it is also a bakery FREE of dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame. The only baked good that they had with eggs was the lemon bar. Fantastic a bakery that specializes in gluten free, nut free, and vegan! Not only are they free of all these allergens, but they are also extremely good. We tried so many products it is going to be hard to remember them all, but here is what we tried below.
Tuxedo cake (You can thank the boyfriend for this one, he pre-ordered this for my birthday!)
Cinnamon sugar pretzel
Rice krispie treat
Chocolate covered apple
Pumpkin doughnut holes
Frosted sprinkle donut
Apple bread pudding
As you can see we got to try a lovely selection of treats and we were fans of everything! My personal favorite was probably the tuxedo cake, but only because it was my Frozen birthday cake. My boyfriend on the other hand loved the lemon bars and the lemon cupcakes. Hmmmm seems like someone has a bias for the lemon. Haha we enjoyed everything and can’t wait to be back again in So Cal to pick up some more treats! It will definitely to order there gluten free gingerbread house kit for the holidays!
Over the Thanksgiving holiday I decided to order some of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pie Crust Mix to use in making some pies for Thanksgiving dinner. The pie crust mix is gluten free and dairy free, but made in a shared facility with tree nuts and soy. The mix gives clear directions on the package for using it. I made the crust dairy free due to my dairy allergy by using soy free Earth Balance. I used a pastry blender to cut the buttery spread and realized after I was almost done making the first crust dough that this crust is indeed vegan as well. I was kind of surprised but I realized the mix did not call for any eggs so it was indeed vegan. After the dough ball is formed you have to refrigerate it before you can start rolling it out.
I finally pulled the dough out after letting it sit in the fridge for about an hour. I then pressed it between two pieces of cling wrap and started rolling it out. Of course, being that it is gluten free crust it is it is very hard to work with. It started crumbling rather easily and I had a hard time keeping it together. I was able to get the bottom crust in mostly one piece but the top was impossible. I decided to cut out shapes to put on top since it would not stay together no matter what I did. Finally I baked the pie and perfecto, it turned out quite nicely. The crust was not too soggy on the bottom which I was definitely worried about happening. Also the outer crust edge was nice and crunchy.
I ended up with two blueberry pies and one blueberry/raspberry pie. I then took the extra pie crust and made strawberry jam filled pockets topped with frosting! They reminded by of Pop-Tarts, but so much better because I could have them. I’ll definitely be buying more of this pie crust mix in the future.
When food allergies are affecting more than 12 million Americans it's nice when you can find a safe bakery to eat at and that is exactly what Imagine it is. Run by some very lovely ladies who love to see everyone be able to enjoy a cookie. They focus on making those with allergies feel confident about what they area eating just look at what their website says about their facility;
Imagine it Bakery is a dedicated gluten free, dairy free, egg free, peanut free, tree nut* free, soy free and sesame seed free commercial kitchen facility located in Santa Clara CA. Many of our products are also corn free with the exception of baking powder in some products.
Anyone with allergies knows how important it is to have a dedicated kitchen and Imagine it does just that. They are right now a bakery run out of a commercial kitchen in Santa Clara, CA. They currently don’t have a store front, but sell at the farmers markets on the weekends. I have been traveling over 30 minutes almost every weekend to come to one of their farmers markets and have loved everything I have ever tried. Of course I have my favorites, but even being so allergen friendly they made a wide array of products. They make a variety of different breads, including pizza crust. I actually ordered 16 rolls of theirs for our Thanksgiving dinner. They also make cookies, muffins, scones, granola, and cakes as well. Even pies around the holidays, we ordered a pumpkin pie and apple crumble pie from them for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. We order from this bakery, because my family members who have no allergies absolutely love these treats. We are basically using them for all birthdays so I can always participate. :)
My personal favorite is the carrot raisin muffin it has sunflower seeds in it! My family has created a special place in their heart for their chocolate chip cookies. They were a win for my grandparents even and that is tough to do! If you can’t make it to one of their farmers markets you can always order online from them and do a pick up at their commercial kitchen. Definitely a place to check out if you’re in the area whether you have allergies or not. Just look how happy their chocolate chip cookies make me.
Oh what would I do without Pushkin's! They are according to there website "your Sacramento area exclusive wheat/gluten and dairy-free dedicated bakery." They are open five days a week, closed Sunday and Monday. Everyday they post their daily menu. Their menu is always quite extensive, they have vegan offerings and sandwiches you can get for on the go. They even make their own chips! Now I've had so many things from here it's hard to remember them all, but below I'll review everything I can remember having.
“Awesomes” (Lemon Poppyseed Pound Cakes): These are small little poppers that are just so yummy! They have a little bit of glaze on top and are about the size of a doughnut hole. They really speak for themselves they are "awesome!"
"Dudes” (Mini Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Chocolate Ganache): This cookie is another one of the mini things they do. It has a drizzling of chocolate ganache that really makes this cookie shine. They took a basic peanut butter cookie and made it way better.
Bread Bun: So this is one of the very few things on the menu I don't think I would get again. I got these on a Saturday and saved them in the fridge for a few days so I could make dinner for my family with them. They unfortunately were a let down, but they may have been due to how I was storing them.
No Names: You know how when you get a cinnamon roll the only part you really want is the middle? Well that's what this is! A no name is just the middle of the cinnamon roll! It's amazing and one of my favorites!
Banana Bread (Vegan): This is a little loaf of banana bread and is quite tasty. While I don't get it every time that is purely, because I enjoy their chocolate items so much!
Chocolate Crinkle Cookie: This cookie was voted as the best cookie in the Sacramento Area and it truly is one of the best cookies I've had if not the best! It's like you're eating a brownie, but then it's not like that all at the same time! The powdered sugar on top goes with it perfectly! If you ever get a chance to go to Pushkin's make sure to get this cookie!
Mud Pie Cookie: This cookie I saw for the first time on my most recent visit. It was a huge cookie and according to one of the owners that was helping me out it has no flour and is basically mainly egg. It was really good and I would definitely get this again. I just have to hope they'll have it on the menu when I come in.
Double Chocolate Walnut Cookie (Vegan): As you can tell I love their chocolate items so of course I love this cookie as well! The name really speaks for itself and I like that it has nuts in it.
Cranberry Oatmeal Pecan Cookie: Now I love oatmeal cookies and this one is just perfect. They sometimes have different variations I've had one with raisins to I'm sure, but they always are great. Usually they are smaller looking than the other cookies, but they are thicker!
Marble Pound Cake: One of the other cakes I probably won't get again. While I really like coffee I felt the chocolate part of this cake tasted like coffee and I actually didn't prefer it. I would of preferred a chocolate flavor.
Meyer Lemon Pound Cake: Similar to the "awesomes" in my opinion, but according to the owner it actually is a different recipe. I guess I would have to put them side by side to be able to tell the difference.
Strawberry Lemon Cupcake (Pictured Above): This was a really good cupcake. I really enjoyed the frosting on this, but I really like their frosting in general. They always have some fruity lemon cupcake and I almost always get one. :)
Barracuda Cupcake (Vegan): This is basically an all chocolate cupcake. Chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, and chocolate ganache, but boy it is good! If you like chocolate this is a must get!
Russian Tea Cake: These are small little cookies with powdered sugar on the outside. I've only gotten them once since it isn't a type of cookie I would usually get.
Lemon Bars: My dad convinced me to get this the first time we ever came here. I think it was because he loves lemon so much. While this bar was delicious and I loved the crust on it, it was nice and buttery. I haven't gotten it since, simple because I'm not a huge lemon person.
Mixed Berry Ganache Slice (Vegan) (Pictured Below): This cake is amazing and will one day be my wedding cake! (thinking way to far ahead) It was really just that good. I love the berries and it's really chocolaty. I make sure and get this if they are cutting off slices every time!
Keep in mind while they are a dedicated gluten and dairy free bakery. They do use peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, and I'm not sure about soy, but make sure to talk to them about ingredients when you come in. :)
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