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13 Gluten-Free and Vegan-Friendly Bakeries to Try in Los Angeles

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Thank goodness the early days of gluten-free and vegan bakery options are long gone. Celiac disease and gluten-sensitivity brought on a new market a few decades back, but in 2021, the baked goods no longer resemble a hockey puck consistency. The techniques improved so much, that eggs and milk are no longer requirements, and traditional restaurants might offer a gluten-free dessert.

With that, these 13 bakers are true innovators with pastries, pies, cakes, and muffins that could fool any non-believer into thinking traditional ingredients lay within.

Note: alert staff of any allergy or sensitivity before ordering, as some facilities might experience cross-contamination.

Added: Breadblok, Deluscious Cookies, Erin McKenna’s Bakery, Ring Donuts

Remove: Breakaway Bakery (closed), Fonuts, Katie’s Bakery (closed), The Good Cookies & Beyond (closed)

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1. Ring Baked Tofu Donuts

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6800 Owensmouth Ave #130
Canoga Park, CA 91303
(323) 963-3881
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Open since 2013, Ring’s baker creates Japanese-style baked tofu donuts with rice flour, non-GMO soy milk, and organic yogurts, milks, butter, and the occasional matcha. These donuts are easy to freeze and reheat in a microwave. Flavors vary from bacon maple to red velvet, honey or double chocolate.

2. Karma Baker

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1145 Lindero Canyon Rd
Westlake Village, CA 91362
(747) 222-7379
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Husband and wife Celine Ikeler and Aerk Reeder own Karma Baker, where every baked good is vegan and gluten-free. They’ll ship anywhere, or just hop over the Westlake Village to find some stunning baked items, including the fruit tart ring layered with gluten-free cookies, vegan lemon mascarpone, and topped with fresh fruit.

Karma Baker fruit tart ring from Westlake Village, California
Karma Baker fruit tart ring
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3. Delicias Bakery

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5567 N Figueroa St
Highland Park, CA 90042
(323) 259-9306
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Baking since 1990, the family-owned Delicias Bakery is one of the first panaderías in LA to add vegan flan and queso fresco to their traditional Mexican menu. And while everything doesn’t entirely ascribe to the plant-based variety, Delicia’s does it well with the vegan bolillo filled with smoky jackfruit, garlic, citrus, and onion.

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Delicias Bakery’s Vegan bolillo
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4. Just What I Kneaded

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2029 Blake Ave #104
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 522-3340
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Justine Hernandez’s Frogtown bakery has become a stalwart in the vegan space, a place for Eastside-ish locals to stop in for handpies, cakes, cookies, and much more.

5. Deluscious Cookies & Milk

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829 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 460-2370
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This shop is nestled in the middle of Hollywood’s post-production areas, where bakers prepare gluten-free cookies that sometimes land at after parties for the Oscars or Golden Globes. Order early, as the combination vegan/gluten-free cookie package usually sells out. It’s got chocolate chip, chocolate, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, and cinnamon brûlée.

6. Erin McKenna's Bakery LA

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236 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(855) 462-2292
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Erin Mckenna expanded her sugar-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free bakery into Santa Monica a few years back, which means there’s two locations to find cakes, cinnamon rolls, cookies, or donuts. The menu changes regularly.

7. Coco Bakes LA

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817 S Los Angeles St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(310) 261-2204
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It’s a good thing Coco Kislinger went to Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, because she figured out how to make delicious desserts while battling Crohn’s Disease. That diagnosis meant Kislinger had to navigate her way around gluten, dairy, and refined sugar. And while there are organic cakes, cookies, and granola, customers are quick to order bread that regularly sells out.

8. Breadblok

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1511 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 310-8576
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The Charlier family hails from France, but left the gluten behind along with stabilizers/gums, soy, or any refined sugar. Naturally, baguettes and scones are on the menu, and a pillowy brioche.

9. Rising Hearts Bakery

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10836 1/2, Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 815-1800
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While most of LA’s gluten-free bakeries stay on the sweet side, Rising Hearts Bakery produces gluten-free bagels, rolls, pizza crusts, burger and hotdog buns, breadsticks, and baguettes.

10. Sinners & Saints Desserts

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2547 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 970-2332
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With split personalities, Sinners & Saints Desserts appeals to everyone. The bakery’s “sinner” section is filled with traditional flour-based desserts, but the “saint” side experiments with a gluten-free marzipan cake topped with a hazelnut praline buttercream, tres leches, mini and standard sized cupcakes, and cheesecake.

11. Kirari West Bake Shop

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707 N Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 376-5313
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This family-owned bakery first opened in Japan in 2011, and Kirari West launched in 2014 when Hiroyasu Saito opened the second location in Redondo Beach. The family uses rice flour as a substitute to traditional flour for this Redondo bakery with desserts, loaves of bread, breakfast sandwiches, and paninis.

12. Way Beyond Cake Bakery

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6761 E Carson St
Lakewood, CA 90713
(310) 650-7622
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Baker Linda Ikeda worked in advertising for 15 years before opening LA’s newest gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan bakery in Torrance in 2018. Ikeda ditched refined sugar for fruit and vegetable juice sweetened pies, cakes, an organic dark chocolate cupcake with oat flour, and a gluten-free eclair.

13. Twice Baked Gluten Free Baking Company

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8185 E Wardlow Rd
Long Beach, CA 90808
(562) 343-5715
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Long Beach’s Twice Baked goes slightly beyond the expected, even for an entirely traditional bakery. It’s entirely gluten-free with brioche, apple turnovers, or a vegan citrus lavender cupcake. If feeling slightly nostalgic, opt for Twice Baked’s gluten-free spin on an old-school classic: a frosted animal cookie.

Frosted animal cookie from Twice Baked Gluten Free Baking Company in Long Beach
Frosted animal cookie from Twice Baked Gluten Free Baking Company
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1. Ring Baked Tofu Donuts

6800 Owensmouth Ave #130, Canoga Park, CA 91303

Open since 2013, Ring’s baker creates Japanese-style baked tofu donuts with rice flour, non-GMO soy milk, and organic yogurts, milks, butter, and the occasional matcha. These donuts are easy to freeze and reheat in a microwave. Flavors vary from bacon maple to red velvet, honey or double chocolate.

6800 Owensmouth Ave #130
Canoga Park, CA 91303

2. Karma Baker

1145 Lindero Canyon Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91362
Karma Baker fruit tart ring from Westlake Village, California
Karma Baker fruit tart ring
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Husband and wife Celine Ikeler and Aerk Reeder own Karma Baker, where every baked good is vegan and gluten-free. They’ll ship anywhere, or just hop over the Westlake Village to find some stunning baked items, including the fruit tart ring layered with gluten-free cookies, vegan lemon mascarpone, and topped with fresh fruit.

1145 Lindero Canyon Rd
Westlake Village, CA 91362

3. Delicias Bakery

5567 N Figueroa St, Highland Park, CA 90042
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Delicias Bakery’s Vegan bolillo
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Baking since 1990, the family-owned Delicias Bakery is one of the first panaderías in LA to add vegan flan and queso fresco to their traditional Mexican menu. And while everything doesn’t entirely ascribe to the plant-based variety, Delicia’s does it well with the vegan bolillo filled with smoky jackfruit, garlic, citrus, and onion.

5567 N Figueroa St
Highland Park, CA 90042

4. Just What I Kneaded

2029 Blake Ave #104, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Justine Hernandez’s Frogtown bakery has become a stalwart in the vegan space, a place for Eastside-ish locals to stop in for handpies, cakes, cookies, and much more.

2029 Blake Ave #104
Los Angeles, CA 90039

5. Deluscious Cookies & Milk

829 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

This shop is nestled in the middle of Hollywood’s post-production areas, where bakers prepare gluten-free cookies that sometimes land at after parties for the Oscars or Golden Globes. Order early, as the combination vegan/gluten-free cookie package usually sells out. It’s got chocolate chip, chocolate, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, and cinnamon brûlée.

829 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

6. Erin McKenna's Bakery LA

236 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Erin Mckenna expanded her sugar-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free bakery into Santa Monica a few years back, which means there’s two locations to find cakes, cinnamon rolls, cookies, or donuts. The menu changes regularly.

236 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

7. Coco Bakes LA

817 S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

It’s a good thing Coco Kislinger went to Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, because she figured out how to make delicious desserts while battling Crohn’s Disease. That diagnosis meant Kislinger had to navigate her way around gluten, dairy, and refined sugar. And while there are organic cakes, cookies, and granola, customers are quick to order bread that regularly sells out.

817 S Los Angeles St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

8. Breadblok

1511 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

The Charlier family hails from France, but left the gluten behind along with stabilizers/gums, soy, or any refined sugar. Naturally, baguettes and scones are on the menu, and a pillowy brioche.

1511 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403

9. Rising Hearts Bakery

10836 1/2, Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

While most of LA’s gluten-free bakeries stay on the sweet side, Rising Hearts Bakery produces gluten-free bagels, rolls, pizza crusts, burger and hotdog buns, breadsticks, and baguettes.

10836 1/2, Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

10. Sinners & Saints Desserts

2547 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

With split personalities, Sinners & Saints Desserts appeals to everyone. The bakery’s “sinner” section is filled with traditional flour-based desserts, but the “saint” side experiments with a gluten-free marzipan cake topped with a hazelnut praline buttercream, tres leches, mini and standard sized cupcakes, and cheesecake.

2547 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

11. Kirari West Bake Shop

707 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

This family-owned bakery first opened in Japan in 2011, and Kirari West launched in 2014 when Hiroyasu Saito opened the second location in Redondo Beach. The family uses rice flour as a substitute to traditional flour for this Redondo bakery with desserts, loaves of bread, breakfast sandwiches, and paninis.

707 N Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

12. Way Beyond Cake Bakery

6761 E Carson St, Lakewood, CA 90713

Baker Linda Ikeda worked in advertising for 15 years before opening LA’s newest gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan bakery in Torrance in 2018. Ikeda ditched refined sugar for fruit and vegetable juice sweetened pies, cakes, an organic dark chocolate cupcake with oat flour, and a gluten-free eclair.

6761 E Carson St
Lakewood, CA 90713

13. Twice Baked Gluten Free Baking Company

8185 E Wardlow Rd, Long Beach, CA 90808
Frosted animal cookie from Twice Baked Gluten Free Baking Company in Long Beach
Frosted animal cookie from Twice Baked Gluten Free Baking Company
Twice Baked website

Long Beach’s Twice Baked goes slightly beyond the expected, even for an entirely traditional bakery. It’s entirely gluten-free with brioche, apple turnovers, or a vegan citrus lavender cupcake. If feeling slightly nostalgic, opt for Twice Baked’s gluten-free spin on an old-school classic: a frosted animal cookie.

8185 E Wardlow Rd
Long Beach, CA 90808

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