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The Best Gluten Free Bakeries in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / November 3, 2011

Gluten Free Bakeries TorontoThe best gluten free bakeries in Toronto excel in the realm of texture. While the switch to rice, buckwheat, bean or other flours can sometimes result in a gritty final product (boo), these bakeries somehow manage to keep the consistency just right. As gluten intolerance awareness grows in prevalence across the city, many bakeries choose to adopt a gluten-free option, such as Prairie Girl Bakery's daily gluten-free cupcake.

Others, still, manage to survive without a retail location, including Sweets from the Earth, Wild Earth Bakery, and Queen B Pastry, which all supply various Toronto stores and cafes. The best gluten-free bakeries in Toronto are also generally allergen-aware, meaning you're likely to find freshly baked treats that are egg-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and/or soy-free. Leaving..uh.. rice flour, agave, and...love?

Here is the list of the best gluten free bakeries in Toronto.

See also:

The best wheat and gluten free restaurants in Toronto
The best nut-free bakeries in Toronto

Bunner's Bake Shop

Bunner's Bake Shop

Bunner's Bake Shop is not just gluten-free, but also vegan, soy-free, and blushing will all around deliciousness. While the Gypsy Cookie is certainly the most popular item in the shop, my favourite is its double-chocolate and vanilla frosting whoopie pie. Yes, you can still make whoopie without gluten. Also, gluten free bread and cupcakes. More »

Kensington Natural Bakery

Kensington Natural Bakery

Kensington Natural Bakery is a mecca for specialty baked goods. Along with gluten free, many of its treats come vegan, dairy-free, sugar-free and organic. Baker and owner Quang Dieu is always coming up with new little creations, such as his gluten free organic quinoa goji berry cookie and ever-changing selection of gluten and sugar-free muffins. More »

Goodbye Gluten

Goodbye Gluten

Not only can you get gluten free biscotti, cupcakes, cookies and more at Goodbye Gluten, this Lawrence and Avenue shop is the Toronto source for gluten free Fruity Pebbles and Rice Krispies! The tickets to bliss, indeed. Goodbye Gluten also sells small packs of the gluten free flour and other ingredients it uses for its own baked goods. More »

Haymishe Bagel Shop

Haymishe Bagel Shop

Though Haymishe is still void of a gluten free bagel (wait for it) it has just about everything else available gluten free. Small loaves, mini pizzas, cookies, and pies are all available on a daily basis, as well as soups, salads, and prepared dishes that are ready to heat and eat (without later discomfort). More »

Urban Herbivore

Urban Herbivore

Always vegan, of course, Urban Herbivore has an ever-expanding roster of baked goods, especially after the arrival of its new Eaton Centre shop. Slices of pie, cake, cookies, and more accompany the ever-popular gluten-free bowls. More »

L'Espresso Bar Mercurio

L'Espresso Bar Mercurio

Yes, Italian too comes gluten free. L'Espresso Bar Mercurio has plenty of gluten free Italian pastries including amaretti, almond torrone, and ricotta cheesecake, as well as chocolate cake, creme caramel and more. And if you plan to stick around for a panino or sandwich, you can also order it on gluten free bread. More »

Discussion

23 Comments

JN / November 3, 2011 at 04:35 pm
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Great list! This place has some awesome snack/lunch options that keep me sane during the work week
http://www.naturallyyours.ca/
Simone / November 3, 2011 at 04:44 pm
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I've been gluten-free for over a year now and Bunners has been a life saver. Some gluten-free bakeries in Toronto forget that people who have intolenrences to wheat also have intolenrences to other allergens including nuts, soy & lactose. Bunners is free from all of those. The gypsy cookies are probably the best cookies I've ever tasted, gluten-free or not. Their bread is also amazing. Highly recommended!
Angela / November 3, 2011 at 08:30 pm
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Overall a great list, and a few new places for me to try. I do feel the need to comment on the inclusion of Kensington Bakery though. I have gone on numerous occasions as this place is near my office. I have never had a gluten free product from this place that didn't taste like sawdust. Everything has been dry, stale and crumbly. Bunners, on the other hand, is a place that realizes that giving up gluten doesn't mean giving up wonderfully tasty and properly textured baking.
Ben Rowenski / November 4, 2011 at 01:39 pm
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I have to say I disagree with this decision. I've been to Bunner's many times (I keep trying) and I have never had a baked good that was impressive. Dry with no flavour cupcakes, the muffins are dry too. I cannot believe this was a neutral 1st place pick. This was rigged. Even LPK's has culinary talent over Bunner's. Sorry to disagree but this is obvious.
SF / November 5, 2011 at 09:35 am
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@Angela: I was going to say the same thing. Kensington Bakery produced the muffins that me and my former roommates still refer to as "dirt muffins." I still used to go there for the deli student special, but got really sick one day and have never chanced it again. The people are nice there, but the food, not so much.
Michele / November 5, 2011 at 09:59 am
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Someone seems to have removed my Bunner's is ridiculouly expensive post. So here it is again. They are ridiculously expensive for mediocre baked goods.
Kelly / November 7, 2011 at 09:28 am
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DOUGH Bakeshop on the danforth has THE BEST gluten free bread FRESH every tuesday! They also make some amazing (and affordable) gluten free treats like cookies, muffins and sometimes banana bread. They are amazing!
Ben Rowenski / November 8, 2011 at 12:36 pm
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@Michele: The same thing happened to me. Case in point. This is a rigged Blog. I do not believe it at all. I have never had a good baked good from Bunner's. Very mediocre. LPK's on the other hand is quality, crafted goods.
Jay / December 12, 2011 at 06:08 pm
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Ben & Michele, I have to disagree with your opinion of Bunners. Like Simone, I adore their GF bread and gypsy cookies. I look forward to checking out LPK next time I have a craving for cake.
Jen / January 11, 2012 at 10:25 am
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Bunner's is the best! I am gluten-free and vegan, and most gluten-free stuff contains eggs or other animal ingredients. Bunner's is vegan! Their cinnamon buns are great! LPK is also awesome. Their nanaimo bars are the best thing on earth.
mike rennie / February 18, 2012 at 07:48 am
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Kindfood's GFV Baking Co. won all the awards at the Toronto Bake-off, hands down they blow everyone out of the water as was the case at the Harbourfront Food festival. If you don't agree, that is because you have never tried their stuff. LPK's nanaimo bars rock too.
Julie / February 23, 2012 at 11:36 pm
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I love Rice Krispies square treats - does anyone in the city make them GF? I saw they have gluten-free rice krispies in the stores now...
Cupcake Expert / May 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm
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Good list, thank you! For cupcakes, the very best cupcakes in toronto are Cupcakes in Toronto, their website is http://www.cupcakesintoronto.com. They are only $30 per dozen, super fat, moist and delicious. They're home made in a cute little kitchen, she makes vegan, dairy free, gluten free and you can choose other stuff like soy, almond or rice milk etc etc. Their phone number is (647) 985 7547, honestly, for cupcakes, they are easily the best cupcakes in toronto, you just can't beat them.. especially at that price. They are well recommended!
Jas / July 31, 2012 at 11:34 pm
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The absolute best place I have discovered for gluten free sweets is Elisa's Gluten Free Goodness. It is a home-based business in Milton, but she delivers! She makes crispy rice squares, lemon square (which are to die for), a fabulous double chocolate cheescake, and even wedding and special occasion cakes. She has pictures posted on facebook.
Mike / August 1, 2012 at 12:01 am
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I am looking forward to sampling all these at the Monarch Tavern which serves excellent gluten free grilled cheese and burgers. We use Aidans bread but are looking for another local baker with consistent and cost friendly bread, buns and baked goods for the espresso bar. Thanks blogto
Diane McKenzie / August 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm
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The world's best gluten-free bread is made by schroetder's in Prince Edward County. The owner/baker taste-tests the products on people without a gluten-sensitivity - if "normal" people love the product, it becomes part of her regular offering. They have amazing garlic-cheese buns, and donuts with a texture so much like normal yeast donuts. I use their wonderful frozen pastry as the basis of my deserts and no one can tell it is gluten...imagine making a GF apple-rum-custard flan and no one knows.
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 10:44 pm
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I love Rice Krispies square treats - does anyone in the city make them GF? I saw they have gluten-free rice krispies in the stores now...
Thomas Jackson / October 21, 2012 at 09:57 pm
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How to put me in there to pitch all them in Bakery
Cat Feb / November 7, 2012 at 04:50 pm
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You need to add Tori's Bakeshop to this list!!! Located on Queen E in the Beaches, it is simply delightful!!
www.torisbakeshop.ca
Alex / November 10, 2012 at 02:26 pm
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Kensington Natural Bakery should not be on this list for best gluten-free bakery, especially not at #2. Their gluten-free offerings are dry and grainy. Crumbly, sad, sandy cupcakes and scones that are like eating clay. Not recommended!

I'd definitely bump up LPK in rankings. Their banana cupcake with maple icing especially is moist and delicious, and I love their organic emphasis and soy-free offerings. At farmer's markets they offer hot sweet potato doughnuts, and those are fantastic. Their tart crusts are a little dry and hard, but otherwise they're gold!

Mercurio is just-okay. I found that the cakes are just too sweet, and I wanted to try some gluten-free cheesecake, but it seems that their offerings are also usually vegan, so they were all made with soy when I dropped by, so I had to pass.

Soma now has a gluten-free flourless chocolate walnut cake, which is moist and delicious.
Carly / July 27, 2013 at 02:26 pm
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I need to go gluten free because it does make me sick and something to beware of are foods labelled as "gluten free" when they are not truly gluten free. Even sauces and such can contain wheat. So checking ingredients is necessary. People who have Celiac disease have to go to extremes and can't even so much as eat food that sat on a surface where wheat products were placed.
Mozzarellis / August 7, 2013 at 12:56 am
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I LOVE TIIS POST
jenny o, / February 22, 2014 at 11:51 am
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can you update the review of urban herbivore? The quality has dropped drastically and the service is abysmal.

what else is GF in Toronto as of 2014???

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