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Baked Goods

Kensington Natural Bakery and Cafe

Posted by Tim / Posted on April 14, 2006

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One of my favourite spots in the city to pick up wheat and gluten-free goods is the Kensington Natural Bakery and Cafe. Found on Bloor St. West across the street from the original Fresh, the friendly bakery obviously isn't situated in the market, but what it lacks in a Kensingtion address, it certainly makes up for in spirit.

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On my most recent visit I picked up a vegan pumkin pie (no dairy, eggs, sausage etc.) made with spelt. For $7.75, it's as good a deal as you'll find in the city, especially considering it's such a specialty (read: hard to find) item.

There's plenty of more goodness in store at the Kensington Natural Bakery and Cafe. Many of the items are available as a walk-in (made fresh that day) but they also take custom orders that you can phone in the day before.
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15 Comments

Helen / May 24, 2008 at 01:00 am
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Thanks for the heads up on alternate grain product source.
I've just discovered that Alli's Organic Baked Goods usually at St.Lawrence and Dufferin Grove markets has a NEW storefront 1738 St.Clair West by the Silverthon Library.
great article all around Luv Queen of Tarts and Baldwin bakery ! !
Heather / January 28, 2009 at 11:01 am
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Have lived in the neighbourhood for years, and have tried this bakery many times. Each time have been attracted back because of the gluten-free alternatives. Unfortunately, each time I've tried, I've been turned off because whatever I've bought has been stale. Not sure of the turnover at this place.
Sherri / February 8, 2009 at 04:54 pm
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I used to buy their baked goods at other places around the city, but I have recently gone right to them and had lunch on three occasions. Every time I've done so, the food has been given to me lukewarm and it tasted old. You know, the noodles were a little dehydrated and stiff, the veg quite soggy. Unappealing. I shan't spend my money there again.
disappointed / March 1, 2009 at 01:40 pm
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We went to this Kensington Natural Bakery based on the recommendation of this site. bland and flavourless are the two words that stuck out based on the multiple items we purchased. awful baked goods; a true waste of money and subway token. and this was not due to vegan or gluten-free ingredients. for real wheat/gluten free cookies that aren't poisonous to the taste bud, try the Big Carrot at Chester station on the Danforth. Delicious.
Sillie / April 27, 2010 at 05:13 pm
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I eat here all the time. The food is actually really amazing.
Danielle / December 3, 2010 at 07:33 am
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I had the gluten-free rice flour carrot poppyseed muffin and it was old, dry and actually gross... and I LOVE baked goods, so to not want to finish it, means it was pretty bad.
ingrid viple / March 16, 2011 at 09:46 pm
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One of my customer recommanded to me cause I'm vegan and she say they have quite some option so i went to.
I had a mud... pie (sorry impossible for me to remember this name)
well it was ok but not my favourite.
I also took a cupcake coco banana, the topping was delicious but then the cake wasn't tasty it was powdery and birk awful.
Moreover the cashier was just not friendly at all so i doubt i will go back.
Joel / October 4, 2011 at 02:39 pm
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Seems like a nice place but they are not nut free. So people with nut allergies be careful.
Ayesha / November 3, 2011 at 03:46 pm
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This place isn't across from Fresh at all. Fresh is east of Spadina on Bloor, and this is west of Walmer.
The more you know.
Cat / October 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm
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When this review was written many moons ago (2006), Fresh was across the street, and I'm sure the baked goods were better then, too.
sam / January 11, 2013 at 04:00 pm
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See the pic - they mark prices with taxes, because morons in Toronto can not figure out the total cost...wow!!!!!!!!!!
Tina / March 29, 2013 at 01:40 pm
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I LOVE this place! I've been coming here for years and I've never been disappointed. I've ordered many cakes and baked goods for events and they were always fresh and delicious. This is my go to bakery whenever I host any events or pick up baked goods for attending a dinner party. My guest never guess that what they are eating are dairy gluten free and sugar free cakes & pastries. I've recommended this bakery to many people who to have been amazed at his cakes and pastries.
noreen / April 12, 2014 at 12:24 am
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Huge disappointment. I searched out this place on a hot summer day and the muffin I bought was so dry it fell apart right in my hands. This has never ever happened to me at other gluten free places or at home. I will never go back. Waste of my money.
sandy / May 22, 2014 at 06:12 pm
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I enjoy both their baked goods and their savory dishes that can be purchased by weight (mainly vegan casseroles). Its not a fancy place, but it is good tasting and healthy wholefood vegan food. Natural foods wull go bad quickly, so maybe they need to changw their practice re: the stale muffins kthers have talked about. I haven't had that problem. My favourites are the carrot poppyseed cake and the rice coco banana cake. The cookies are good too. Someone mentoned the Big Carrot as an ternative and their food is tasty, but I think by lookkng at their ingredient liat that their muffons and cookies are less healthy than Kensington's. I wish these stores put nutritional info labels on their products.
Vegan Goddess / August 26, 2014 at 12:20 pm
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My friends and I were all very excited to try this place out and we bought several different muffins, cookies, and a few pies. Excitedly, we hurried to our favorite hang to listen to music, chat, and devour our delicious treats. Unfortunately, we were incredibly let down. Most of everything was stale and even if it wasn't, so much of it lacked flavor. We were incredibly disappointed and ended up unable to eat any of it. Won't be returning.

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