Go Gluten-Free, Deliciously

Gluten-free goodies at the Flying Apron Bakery

If you live in a household where wheat, rye, or barley allergies abound, you’re familiar with Mr. Gluten, the ill-mannered dinner guest whose presence is the reason there’s often no bread to butter or dessert to devour. But thanks to a handful of gluten-free bakeries and baking companies based in the greater Seattle area, these treats are no longer a forbidden fruit. The unifying factor of all these spots is that they make gluten-free baked goods that taste, well, like any other yummy baked good. So everyone gets their cake—and gets to eat it, too. Planning for your next gluten-free kid’s birthday party just got a little easier…

Wheatless in Seattle, Greenwood Housed in a charming little cottage, this dedicated gluten-free bakery  (formerly Da Vinci’s Café & Bakery) has everything from savory items like quiche and paninis, to stunning desserts that include exquisite cakes, perfect for any gluten-free birthday party. Read more.

Flying Apron Baking Co., Fremont The offerings at this bake shop are gluten-free, wheat-free and vegan, and range from cinnamon rolls to cookies to luscious cupcakes in flavors like Coconut Heaven and Chocolate Vanilla Decadence. Read more.

SweetCakes Bakery, Kirkland Tucked among the shops on quaint Park Lane, SweetCakes sells a significant selection of gluten-free items, including cakes, dessert bars, cheesecakes and tarts, all of which are beautifully decorated. Read more.

WOW Baking Co., Bellevue While there’s no stand-alone WOW bakery, you can find these gourmet wheat- and gluten-free cookie and brownie treats in local retailers like Metropolitan Market, Whole Foods, PCC and Tully’s. And if you want fresh-baked GF cookies at home, try the WOW cookie dough in four mouthwatering flavors: chocolate, peanut butter, ginger molasses and snickerdoodle. Read more.

Savory Moment, Redmond While they specialize in chef-prepared meals for home delivery, Savory Moment also has an online grocery of gluten-free baked goods like bread, muffins, dinner rolls and donuts. Read more.

Caroline’s Desserts, (based in Redmond but sold online  only) Everyone from Seattle magazine to AOL has raved about Caroline’s Krispette’s (think extremely yummy Rice Krispy treats) and with good cause. These gooey, marshmallow gems come in 19 flavors from Happy Camper Crunch to Caramel Apple. Read more

—Kavita Varma-White