Where to Get Your Holiday Sweets, Gluten-Free Style

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It seems like an epidemic. Everywhere you look, Portland is going gluten-free. It’s a veritable gluten-apocalypse. The good news is, when it comes to food, Portland knows how to bake, no matter what the limitations. The city abounds with delectable gluten-free goodies and this season promises to deliver plenty of sugar and spice for us all, wheat or no wheat. So if you’ve been fretting over what desserts to bring to the holiday party, worry no more. Here’s your in-depth holiday gluten-free goodie guide.

The plethora of gooey goodness at Crave is well worth the short drive to Lake Oswego. If you’re looking for Christmas morning treats, look no further. Soft, delectable donuts, cinnamon rolls, sticky buns and orange rolls await you. Hosting a holiday party? Crave’s famed holiday themed cupcakes like Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Cranberry Apple Cider, and Candy Cane will knock the socks off your party guests.

On NE Alberta the all vegan, all gluten-free bakery Back to Eden is serving up mini cheesecakes in delectable flavors like eggnog and mint chocolate. The mini pumpkin cream and apple crumb pies (perfect for two and a half people) will bring tears of joy to your eyes. But the real winners are the whoopie pies. Pick up a dozen of those babies to bring to your holiday party and you’re sure to make some new friends.

Hosting the holidays at your house this year? Deck out your brunch table with croissants, danishes and quiche from New Cascadia Traditional at SE 6th and Market. They’ve also got yummy thumbprint cookies, shortbread, and oatmeal cookies plus an array of holiday themed pies and cakes. While you’re there, pick up a bag of stuffing mix and some dinner rolls for Christmas dinner.

Let Cravin’ Raven cater your work holiday party. They’ll whip up crowd pleasing batches of gluten-free cookies, muffins, and cupcakes for your event. They even have Twinkies!  Looking for some sweet treats to give out to friends? Their cookie menu includes old favorites like snickerdoodles, lemon poppyseed, and brownie whoopie pies just to name a few.

New Seasons Market has a superstar line-up of all your favorite Portland Gluten-Free bakeries including eggnog cheesecake from Gluten Free Gem and rugelach from Bridge City Bakery. They’ve got a smattering of your favorite cookies, cupcakes, pies, bark, and brownies. Each New Seasons will have slightly different offerings so check with your local store for more info. If DIY pie is what you’re after, the Bavarian Mills brand gluten-free pie crust in the freezer section is to die for.

For savory party treats, stop by Tula on NE MLK for some focaccia or olive bread to pair with your favorite cheese or salami. They’ve also got kick-ass quick breads and muffins like banana flax, lemon loaf, or pumpkin walnut with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

Mail order your munchies. The Baker and The Book Confections has out-of-this-world gluten-free brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and brittles. There’s no shipping fee, so it’s a hassle-free way to send Portland baked goodie boxes to your friends and family. Just be sure to get your orders in by December 18th. On your way to a party? check their website for stores in SE and SW Portland that carry their goodies.

Heading home for the holidays? Bridge City Bakery will package up a little taste of Oregon in some dry ice and ship it to anywhere in the US. Send home a couple of Marionberry pies to share at the family homestead. Be warning, shipping costs a pretty penny so might as well add a coffee cake or a dozen bake-at-home biscuits the the bill! Orders take up to 6 days to arrive so plan ahead.

This town is overflowing with so much gluten-free love we could go on for days. Did we forget to mention one of your favorite Portland bakeries?

— Alanna Risse

Photo Credit: Peppermint cupcakes from Crave, olive bread from Tula.