The latest update for this article is written by Lindsay Podolak.
Let’s face it: New Jersey knows how to do desserts right. The state’s bakeries have a remarkable flair for crafting oh-so-yummy, craveworthy goodies. But if you’re gluten-free, it can be tough to find sweet treats that don’t include traditional flour as an ingredient. Fortunately, the Garden State’s bakeries are there to satisfy every sweet tooth.
Those with a gluten-free diet can enjoy apple pie pizza, pumpkin pecan cinnamon rolls, carrot cake cupcakes, cake pops and more, thanks to the bakeries around the state that offer delicious gluten-free options.
Check out the must-visit bakeries below — and don’t miss their signature items that are worth a try, whether you’re gluten-free or not!
Om Sweet Home
Location: 708 Anderson Avenue, Cliffside Park
Details: Owner Dawn Pascale saw a need in the community for treats that tasted delicious, while also being made from ingredients that were healthy and environmentally-friendly. Menu items change daily, but past specialties include apple hand pies, lemon-blueberry scones, cinnamon rolls, whoopie pies and more. Bonus – Om Sweet Home hosts one-on-one and group classes where aspiring bakers can craft their own masterpieces.
Why I like it: In addition to being gluten-free, all the treats here are vegan so you can rest easy knowing that no animal products were used.
More info: Visit www.om-sweethome.com or call 201-943-2253.
Milk Sugar Love Creamery & Bakeshop
Location: 19 McWilliams Place, Jersey City
Details: Emma Taylor started her business in 2013 with a pushcart. Within one short year, she earned enough money to purchase a store. The following year, the vibrant entrepreneur added a truck to her business. If you can’t tell from the rapid growth, there’s magic in Taylor’s treats — particularly in her chocolate coconut ice cream, which is exactly what it sounds like, or her dazzling rainbow of goodness, the epic Mac Daddy (two French macarons filled with ice cream, and rolled in Fruity Pebbles.) The reason Emma’s business is thriving is obvious: She keeps her ingredient list simple and everything is handmade with a whole lot of love. Taste the difference!
Why I like it: All ice-creams are made using only grass-fed, organic milk and cream, as well as the best local produce.
More info: Visit www.milksugarlove.com or call 201-984-0530.
WHOS Gluten Free
Location: 80 Mallory Avenue, Jersey City
Details: WHOS Gluten Free? These guys are! They also use organic, non-gmo, locally sourced ingredients and create scrumptious snack options for anyone with food allergies or dietary restrictions. The bakery brags that their mini vanilla cupcakes are “bite size pieces of bliss.” And, their website proudly proclaims “Our mission is to create nutritious and wholesome gluten-free products, to educate, and to share our passion and dedication to living healthier lives.” As amazing as the food is, these inspiring Jersey City nosh mavens go beyond the eats to offer life-changing events and celebrations at their establishment as well. Check out their calendar to be sure you’re not missing out on the feast-ivities!
Why I like it: WHOS Gluten Free also serves breakfast and lunch, so you can enjoy yummy plantain waffles or a pesto grilled cheese before dessert.
More info: Visit www.whosglutenfree.com or call 201-654-1266.
Gluten Free Gloriously
Location: 267 Main Avenue, Stirling
Details: At Gluten Free Gloriously, gluten and artificial sweeteners are eschewed in favor of delicious, fresh ingredients. The go-to item is the sea salt caramel cupcake, but the bakery can accommodate special requests — and special events, such as birthdays and weddings.
Why I like it: This bakery is a certified gluten-free establishment, meaning there is 0% chance of cross-contamination.
More info: Visit www.glutenfreegloriously.com or call 908-647-7337.
Location: 106 Main Street, Matawan
Details: Apple Pie Pizza?! Say no more. The must-try treat is a creation of Papa Ganache, a winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, and a vegan bakery that offers a dazzlingly diverse and delicious array of vegan and wheat-free treats baked in small batches. Boasting no trans fat, no hydrogenated oil, no high fructose corn syrup, and no dairy or eggs, the mostly organic menu most certainly has something for everyone. Papa Ganache is growing at a remarkable rate, so head over now to sample some of their choice gluten-free, special order offerings!
Why I like it: Individual “baby cakes” are the perfect surprise for someone’s birthday, plus they can be customized with flavors, toppings and fillings.
More info: Visit www.papaganache.com or call 732-217-1750.
Location: 2691 Main Street, Lawrenceville
Details: Marilyn Besner opened WildFlour Bakery/Cafe just five years ago. This inviting eatery in Lawrenceville is open for breakfast and lunch every day. WildFlour also pays special attention to avoiding cross-contamination (so for those with allergies, it’s a safe bet). Although the Belgian waffles are the must-have item, WildFlour Bakery/Cafe is also known for their wedding cakes. And if it’s pizza you want… Nomad Pizza wants their gluten-free pies to taste the absolute best, so all four locations order their flatbread directly from Marilyn.
Why I like it: Not local? Want to send a friend some gluten-free treats? WildFlour has two mail-order options – the Afterschool Snack Package or the Lazy Sunday Brunch.
More Info: Visit www.wildflourbakery-cafe.com or call 609-620-1100.
Posh Pop Bakeshop
Location: 109 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield
Details: “Our cinnamon rolls are the most popular treat we have by far,” Matt, the manager of Posh Pop Bakeshop said. Also recommended? “The pumpkin pecan cinnamon roll is just phenomenal!” The 100% gluten-free bakery started as a cake pop shop, and now offers an incredibly expansive menu, from award-winning French macaroons to dairy-free to vegan options. Reportedly, the crêpes are highly addictive and will make a loyal and frequent customer out of anyone who takes so much as a nibble!
Why I like it: In case you’re feeling lazy, Posh Pop offers delivery for local customers.t customer out of anyone who takes so much as a nibble!
More info: Visit www.poshpopbakeshop.com or call 856-428-7674.
Christine’s Italian Pastry Shoppe
Location: 316 Tilton Road, #316, Northfield
Details: Christine’s Italian Pastry Shoppe was established more than 15 years ago as a traditional bakery. The shop began offering a gluten-free line about eight years ago when the owner was diagnosed with Celiac disease. The shop features a bountiful variety of scrumptious treats, but the carrot cake cupcakes and the pumpkin muffins are the gluten-free pride of the establishment. However, just about anything can be special ordered, even their beautiful cakes!
Why I like it: Christine’s offers savory gluten-free foods as well as the sweet ones. Try their stuffed breads!
More info: Visit www.christinesbakeshop.net/ or call 609-646-5666.
Location: 179 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair
Details: No more fantasizing about having a donut or fresh bagel if you’re gluten-intolerant. Get the (almost) real deal at Plum Bakery, an offshoot of popular Montclair restaurant Plum on Park. The menu includes baguettes, challah, pizza bread, cornbread, biscuits, garlic knots, cookies, cupcakes, donuts, scones, muffins, cakes and more. Also, check out the best-selling Chocolate Eclair, available everyday for your tastebuds’ enjoyment.
Why I like it: All baked goods are baked fresh daily on premises with no chemicals or preservatives.
More info: Visit www.plumonpark.com/ or call 973-509-7586