Myth: You’re out of luck if you have a sweet tooth and celiac sensitivity in Phoenix. There are actually a slew of bakeries and cafés around the Valley that offer gluten-free goodies. Here are a handful of our fave sweet treats sans what proteins.
This cozy café is a haven for those with dietary restrictions. Everything on the menu is 100 percent plant-based and most items are also gluten-free, including addicting, cake donuts in a variety of fun flavors such as coconut latte. Nami’s calling card is the tSoynami, a sweet frozen treat made from unrefined cane sugar, organic soy and coconut milk.
2014 N. Seventh Street, Phoenix, 602-258-6264, tsoynami.com
Everything at this allergy-friendly market and café is “made with intention,” meaning no nuts, dairy, eggs, wheat, gluten, seafood, soy or sesame can be found anywhere near the kitchen. That’s right, gluten-sensitive diners can order anything on the menu, including freshly baked lemon cookies, churro donuts and waffle bites.
1837 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa, 480-264-7002, intentionalfoods.org
Jewel’s mantra is to make everything gluten-free without sacrificing flavor, so you’ll find indulgent favorites (chicken and waffles and cheese curds? Yes, please!) plus fun vegan twists on comfort food classics. For dessert, try the cinnamon sugar donut holes or pecan coffee cinnamon rolls.
4041 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, 602-714-5243, jewelsgfcafemenu.com
The sugary offerings at Funshine may not be guilt-free (good luck describing the Rice Krispie Treat topped with marshmallow fluff and Fruity Pebbles to your dietician), but they are gluten-free! This is the go-to spot for decadent delicacies like homemade pop tarts, cookies, cupcakes, brownies and donuts. Find them at local farmers markets or order online.
Karma Apple Juicery
Organic, gluten-free and vegan is the name of the game at Karma Apple, where you can grab a cold-pressed juice, superfood smoothie or Buddha Bowl. Call for details on the daily assortment of pastries, which could include fresh fruit tarts, cheesecake, donuts, cinnamon rolls, turtle bars and more.
7 E. Palo Verde St., Gilbert, 480-465-6978, karmaappleaz.com
Gluten Free Creations Bakery
Bagels, bread, breakfast – all without gluten. Stop by for a snickerdoodle, marshmallow bar or brownie. This bakery and café also offers seasonal cakes and cupcakes, paleo-friendly pastries and dessert decorating kits so you can make your own gluten-free creations.
Two Valley locations, glutenfreecreations.com
Lemme Eat Gluten Free
This celiac-safe, home-based bakery offers made-to-order treats delivered right to your door. Choose from delicious angel food cake, danishes, cupcakes, cream puffs, scones and even special gluten-free “pupcakes” for your four-legged friend.
No Glutes About It
Dedicated to products sans GMOs, gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, yeast or grains, No Glutes About It is a one stop shop for unique sweet and savory clean eating options. On the savory side, patrons can choose from jackfruit tacos, biscuits and gravy and assorted flatbreads. For dessert, try the black bean brownies or almond chocolate chip cookies.
5415 E. High St., Phoenix, 928-301-3493, noglutesaboutit.com
Allergy-friendly custom cakes, seasonal cookies, brownies, cakecicles and cocoa bombs are baker Heather Botluk’s specialties. Botluk wants to make sure that everyone can enjoy delicious treats, regardless of their dietary restrictions. Her bakery, Sugared Edge, is known for its cookie dough cupcakes, which can be made dairy- and gluten-free. Message Botluk on Facebook or Instagram for a custom order.
Catering to the keto lifestyle, this West Valley women-owned bakery offers an evolving array of artisan breads, healthy snacks and sweet treats that support low carb, gluten-free and sugarless diets. Try the crave-worthy coffee cake muffins, raspberry shortbread cookies or chocolate donuts made with coconut flour and stevia.
15170 W. Bell Rd., Surprise, 623-229-5386, valleyketo.com
Urban Cookies Bakeshop
Look forward to local, gourmet ingredients in Urban Cookies’ delectable desserts, which include a gluten-free guava coconut cupcake, dark chocolate walnut cookie and double chocolate brownie. Creative coffee drinks and teas are also available.
2325 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, 602-451-4335, urbancookies.com
Spooky’s owners Lola Forbes and Chris Szydlowski do gluten-free so good it’s scary! Check out wheat-free cupcakes, cookies and other treats that might feature blood, fangs, coffins, bats or aliens. The East Valley bakeshop also has a hidden bonus – a mini horror museum.
3029 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler, 707-776-6597, spookysswirls.com
Find vegan, gluten-free pastries such as chocolate croissants, cherry hand pies, cinnamon rolls and coffee cake on the menu at Sunny Batters, a production bakery in Scottsdale. Order online and pick up fresh baked goods straight from the source! Sunny Batters can also be found at Uptown Farmers Market.
7601 E. Gray Rd., Scottsdale, 480-868-3741, sunnybatters.com
This funky, space-themed shop serves up coffee, milkshakes, ice cream and Insta-worthy donuts in Old Town Scottsdale. Pick up a dozen of gluten-free fried cakes, which could include an apple fritter, classic raised donut with frosting or something a little more “out of this world.”
7111 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, 480-588-4668, aliendonuts.com
My Gal Sal Bakery & Café
If you’re gluten-free, plant-based, sugar-free, paleo, keto or have another allergy or dietary restriction, call your gal Sal. Stop by the bakery and café for cake pops, French macarons, fruit tarts, cannoli, cream puffs, custom cakes and more.
15820 N. 35th Ave., Phoenix, 602-978-2479, mygalsal.com
Reimagine dessert without gluten! All the made-to-order cupcakes from Reimagined contain a flour mix made from rice flour, tapioca and potato starch. Stick with the classics. (red velvet, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry) or try a Reimagined specialty like pina colada or crème brûlée.
Giving Tree Café
Expect yummy organic, vegan and gluten-free grub at Giving Tree. Nutritious and delicious desserts include a lemon cream pie, chocolate ganache and the classic fave – a craveable chocolate chip cookie.
2024 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, 480-630-0200, givingtreecafe.com
Sapiens Paleo Kitchen
The paleo diet doesn’t mean you’re exclusively feasting on nuts and seeds. In fact, you can enjoy decadent desserts without grains and dairy. To wit, the crème brûlée, chocolate cake and apple crumble at Sapiens, which also caters to keto, vegan and AIP diets.
10411 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, 480-771-5123, sapienskitchen.com
Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen
All of the desserts at this health-centric haven are made without gluten. Choose from tiramisu, hot apple crisp with gluten-free gelato, chocolate chip cookie drizzled with organic raspberry, chocolate or caramel sauce and New York-style cheesecake, which is also vegan.
Four Valley locations, picazzos.com
Mama Jim’s Gluten Free Kitchen
Arizona’s only dedicated gluten-free mobile eatery caters to celiac sensitive foodies with nachos, corn dogs and grilled cheese. For something sweet, try the banana bread, cupcakes and churro balls. Check the food truck’s website to see where it will park next.
All natural, locally made gelato and a non-GMO brownie are on the gluten-free menu at this organic eatery. Why choose and get both? Add a scoop to your brownie, throw in a CBD nitro coffee or pick from eight flavors of tea.
Two Valley locations, trystcafe.com
Aunt Abby’s Confections
Aunt Abby is a Scottsdale-based bakery selling gluten-free, vegan and regular cookies, French macarons, brownies and bars. The gluten-free options are baked with care and almond flour and can be purchased individually or by the dozen.
7116 E. Mercer Ln., Scottsdale, 480-607-6827, auntabbys.com
Dubbed A Naked Cake, the gluten-free offerings at the Uptown bakery are picture perfect and drool-worthy. Signature flavors include funfetti topped with sprinkles, carrot cake crowned with coconut and pecans and strawberry with fresh strawberries on top. Each Naked Cake can also be made vegan.
6007 N. 16th St., Phoenix, 602-274-2253, abakeshop.com