Gluten-Free Bakeries in Hampton Roads
My Vegan Sweet Tooth, Virginia Beach
The first time I ever had a bona fide vegan treat was at Roast Rider in Virginia Beach. (Read more about them here). It was a melt-in-your-mouth delicious carrot muffin made by a bakery called My Vegan Sweet Tooth. Who knew a muffin made entirely without dairy, eggs and flour could be so amazing?
Since then I’ve been getting My Vegan Sweet Tooth muffins whenever I can. Fortunately, if I’m not heading to Roast Rider, they’re also available at the Organic Food Depot in Virginia Beach, which is marginally closer to me. But imagine my ecstasy when I discovered My Vegan Sweet Tooth was actually opening a storefront on Virginia Beach Boulevard, even closer to my house!
Aside from how scrumptious they are, the muffins and other treats made by My Vegan Sweet Tooth are about as healthy as you can get as far as desserts go. They use fair trade cane juice and organic agave as sweeteners, and the fruits and vegetables they use are organic and purchased from local farmers.
My Vegan Sweet Tooth’s success is just one of many health-conscious bakeries that have taken off in Coastal Virginia, a trend that has many of us health-minded foodies jumping for joy.
Another popular and delectable option for gluten-free baked goods is Carolina Cupcakery. The bakery has gained local acclaim for being featured on the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” and it’s easy to see why. The goodies are baked fresh each morning at 6 a.m., and they’re not only delicious but also beautiful to display. Carolina Cupcakery has a dedicated wheat and nut free bakery at their Chesapeake location and also a kosher bakery at their Norfolk location. They bake all their treats from scratch, never cook with GMOs or chemical preservatives, and use local produce and fair trade chocolate.
Being health-conscious doesn’t have to mean giving up sweets altogether. In fact, trying to go cold turkey if you’ve got a sweet tooth might actually lead to getting off track and falling into harmful binge-eating down the road. Finding healthy options for your treats is a much better alternative (and don’t forget, you can always treat yourself to a “real” dessert as a cheat every once in a while too!). For some do-it-yourself advice on making healthy sweets, check out this post.
Do you have an allergy or adhere to a diet that keeps you from eating regular baked goods? Let us know what your favorite specialty bakeries are in the comments!