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8 Places to Find Vegan and Gluten-Free Pastries

From a twist on classic glazed donuts to fruit-sweetened treats, there’s a vegan option for every sweet tooth.

By Geneva Diaz

From Pondicheri Bake Lab, a moist plant-based chocolate cake made using Valrhona cocoa powder, finished with a layering of chocolate ganache and seasonal fruit. Baker and decorations by Taylor Brashier.

A good vegan dessert used to be hard to come by, but with veganism on the rise, Houston bakers have stepped up their game. Bakeries like Awesome Bites Bake Co. and Pondicheri Bake lab are replacing dairy and eggs with vegan and gluten-friendly options. The growing trend of  “cleaner” and animal-free food, means a batch of new bakeries for vegans, too.

Here’s a list of vegan and gluten-free bakeries in and around Houston you’ll love.

Sinfull Bakery, Vegan

If you’re new to town or just haven’t heard about this 12-year-old vegan establishment, you’re in for a treat. Head over to Sinfull Bakery in Midtown before work for a breakfast sandwich or their Muffin of the Week. From kolaches and cookies to mini loaves and granola bags, order ahead of time for pick-up and give the office a special treat. You can also find their Jumbo Cinnamon Rolls and Everything Bars at an H-E-B or Whole Foods near you. Find the complete list of locations here.

1714 Webster Street

Crumbville, Vegan & Gluten-Free

A must visit for anyone with a sweet tooth, Crumbville located in Third Ward, will have all of your cookie cravings met. Try their vegan and gluten-free chocolate chip cookies made with a buttery dough filled with mini morsels of chocolate chips & chopped English Walnuts. Or go for a vegan "Netflix & Chill" Oatmeal Kale cookie made with tangy cranberries, crystallized ginger, English walnuts & organic kale. The storefront is temporarily closed for renovation, but they are still taking orders online at edubalilicious.com or follow on IG for updates on the storefront reopening @edubalicioustreats.

3409 Emancipation Ave. 

Hugs and Donuts, Vegan & Gluten-Free 

If you’re vegan, but your partner wants a more traditional non-vegan donut, Hugs & Donuts has both! Choose from a variety of 7 vegan flavors: classic glazed, cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, chocolate with sprinkles, lemon-blueberry, Biscoff cookie butter, and Oreo. The flavors vary by day, but if you make an advanced order, they will curate your donut dozen (or half dozen) to your liking. In addition to vegan donuts, they have gluten-friendly mochi that is made in a facility with non vegan and gluten-free products. Order online at hugsanddonuts.com.

1901 N Shepherd Dr.

Cascabel, Vegan

Located in Spring Branch, Cascabel is a full-service vegan restaurant. Not only will you get house-made tortillas, but their pan dulce is something to rave about. Try their Capirotada with agave syrup & fresh strawberries served only on Sundays. They have everything from street tacos and specialty pupusas to a full bar and karaoke nights. Check out their Instagram, @Cascabelvegan, to see their weekly Chef’s Specials.

1415 Murray Bay St.

Awesome Bites Bake Co., Vegan & Gluten-Free

Coined a “reinventive treat,” Awesome Bites Bake Co. sweetens everything naturally with fruits and veggies. Every sweet and treat is made free of dairy, eggs, soy and nuts– EVERYTHING. If you have a sweet tooth, but are looking to watch your sugar intake, this bake shop might be the solution. Be sure to check out their weekly specials like Thursday Gluten Free Awesome AF* Cookies (allergy-free pun intended) or Friday’s decadent organic cupcakes. View their treats menu online at awesomebites.com.

2313 Edwards St. #185

Pondicheri Bake Lab, Vegan & Gluten-Free

Pondicheri is an Indian restaurant with an in-house bakery called Bake Lab & Shop, that’s located directly above the restaurant. Known for it’s experimentation, choose from a variety of sweet pastries filled with Indian flavors like the gulab jamun doughnuts or a chai-spiced pie. Gluten-free and refined sugar-free options are also available upon request. There is always something new cooking up so this place is worth an in-person visit.

2800 Kirby Drive. Suite B240

Voodoo Doughnut, Vegan

Beyond their famous Bacon Maple Bar and Portland Cream donut, is a selection of 12 vegan doughnuts to choose in any variety to make up your donut dozen. From traditional to creative, the Vegan Voodoo Dozen includes: Chocolate Ring (2x), Dirt (2), Raised Glazed (2x), Portland Cream, Maple Bar, School Daze, ODB, Voodoo Doll, and Maple Cream. Order online or one of their two locations.

Washington & Waugh, 3715 Washington Ave Suite A

Montrose, 1214 Westheimer Rd.

River Oaks Donuts, Gluten-Free

Gluten-free donuts is one of River Oaks Donuts’ specialties. From the icing to the Sprinkles, there’s plenty of donuts to choose from that’ll stir your sweet craving. Select anything from a classic glazed and powdered sugar donut to a blueberry or toasted-coconut cinnamon roll. You can also make a custom order online.

3601 Westheimer Rd.

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