Sweet Hart Kitchen
Sweet Hart Kitchen is a healthy, allergen-free, vegan, gluten-free certified bakery. The kicker: treats actually feel comforting and indulgent, and have the potential to change the minds of skeptics who believe true baking only happens with butter.
Headed up by two powerhouse businesswomen and just a short walk from Toronto Western Hospital, this cute and cozy cafe is also a reliable stop for your morning coffee, free of dairy.
Up a couple steps, the little white shop feels like a boho version of a mom and pop convenience store or cafe, but the vibe is sis and sis, with comfy pillows, a patterned wall and a cute pink neon sign reading “aren’t you sweet?” Cafe The Strong One stood here previously.
PB & J muffins ($3.75) bring me straight back to childhood peanut butter sandwiches. The batter is oat-based with sweet rice flour and almond flour, and it’s swirled with natural peanut butter and jam. They’re hoping to use their own preserves in place of the jam.
Almond butter dream smoothies are $6 and ripe for yanking right out of the fridge for a quick pick-me-up.
Their iced chai latte ($3.25) is made with Califia almond milk.
This gives it a super creamy texture that belies the absence of any dairy. Pilot coffee is available here.
Pizza pockets ($4) add to the savoury side of cravings gluten-sensitive folks may not be able to indulge in. I’m not sure I love it as much as sweets like the muffin, but no doubt the pastry’s way better for you than a microwave version, sweet rice flour and tapioca held together ingeniously with ground chia seeds that provide gluten-like glue.
Other than that, it’s just coconut-cashew-based vegan butter, house made cashew mozzarella, their own roasted red pepper sauce and a little acidic balsamic reduction.
No-bake donuts ($4.50) are somehow sinful tasting even though they’re not: the combo of dense “cake,” velvety chocolate dip and sweet drizzle, topped off with delicious raw hazelnuts sells it.
Dehydrating the raw cacao powder, shredded coconut and date donuts overnight is the secret to their baked texture, and the dip is their own raw chocolate with with raw cacao powder and coconut oil. Hazelnut butter, cacao butter and maple syrup makes the drizzle.
Wholesale orders can be placed for items like peanut butter snickers bars or raw carrot cake squares ($3).
They also do special order cakes, including a full size snickers cake. Slices like lemon raspberry or cookie dough are $5 in store.
There’s not too much room in here to sit, chat and munch, but small treats feel suited to being taken out on a stroll around the neighbourhood, iced chai in hand, or home, where they can be chowed down on at midnight sans guilt.