Friendly Gluten Free Foods

Adventures of a recipe tinkerer and food explorer


Pushkin Bakery (Gluten Free and Dairy Free Bakery)

Pushkin Bakery is located at 1820 29th St. in Sacramento, CA. It’s a little off the beaten path, but worth the trip to visit. Living 2 hours from this DEDICATED gluten free and dairy free bakery, I had to bring back a little of everything to try.

Pushkin bakery publishes their menu every day. From yesterday’s menu these were chosen to be frozen and reviewed later.

  • “Awesomes” (Lemon Poppyseed Pound Cakes) $1.75 – Good
  • “Dudes” (Mini Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Chocolate Ganache) $1.75 – Pretty darn good
  • Russian Tea Cake (Vegan) $1.50 – Good considering I’m not a huge fan of Russian Tea Cakes
  • Lemon Scone $1.95 – See review
  • Maple Walnut Scone $1.95 – See review
  • Zucchini Bread (Vegan) $3.75 – a little on the dry side and grainy
  • Blueberry Muffin (Vegan) $2.00 – See review
  • Pumpkin Oat Spice Muffin (Vegan) $2.00  – a little on the dry side and grainy but wholesome flavor
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie $2.75 – See review
  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookie $2.75 – See review
  • Snicker Doodle Cookie $2.75 NEW – See review
  • Marble Pound Cake $3.45 – Good, a little on the grainy side
  • Lemon Square (for free) – Delicious, tart, sweet, moist and made me realize how much I miss lemon meringue pies.

The items that were left out from the freezer and tasted today were:

  • Strawberry Vanilla Cupcake $3.25
  • Barracuda Cupcake (Chocolate Chocolate Cupcake with Chocolate Ganache) (Vegan) $3.25

Being able to dive right into these cupcakes without concern that neither the cake nor the icing would give me a bad reaction was heaven! So much so, that I didn’t take a picture beforehand! (Here is a picture of the Strawberry and Barracuda from the Pushkin website.)

Nevertheless, the Strawberry Vanilla Cupcake was good for a gluten free, dairy free version. The icing was on the sweet side – not sure what they use in place of cream to make it – and the cake was moist but unfortunately a little on the grainy side.

The Barracuda Cupcake, which I read online was great, did stand up to that review.  Like most gluten free chocolate cakes it was moist and not grainy. However, it did fall apart some and again the icing was on the sweeter side. Maybe a little too much icing in my opinion.

I would buy both of these again if I was craving a cupcake.  Also the prices are very affordable for gluten free bakery items. I was surprised to walk out of there with only a $37 bill for 15 gluten free items!

I hope that Pushkin Bakery is able to start up a store in San Francisco, CA – I would certainly be a frequent visitor.

Check back later to see if Pushkin’s chocolate crinkle can stand up to Red House Bakery’s chocolate crinkle (from Pacific Cookie Company).

What is the name of your favorite gluten free or dairy free bakery? I haven’t had a chance to fully review Pushkin’s offerings so right now, I’m still a huge fan of Flour Chylde’s (Novato, CA) treats and breads though they do make other non-gluten free items so cross contamination is possible. 


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CREAM – Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwich shop

Cream is a new type of ice cream shop popping up in the bay area (San Jose, San Mateo, Walnut Creek, Davis, Berkeley and Livermore just to name a few). They offer ice cream sandwiches with your choice of cookie and choice of ice cream center. No more entirely frozen plain jane chocolate chip with vanilla center (unless you really want it). All their cookies and ice cream are homemade.

I had a gluten free snicker doodle and gluten free walnut chocolate chip with soy mint ice cream sandwich. What a treat to have a gluten free and dairy free ice cream sandwich!! They also have vegan cookies to mix with your soy vanilla or soy mint ice cream.

The extra special part was that they warm the cookies before assembling the sandwich. Made for a gooey delicious mess. They have a Facebook page if you want to see some customer creations.



Aunti Gluten’s Bakery (Gluten Free Bakery)

Using the gluten free registry app/site, Aunti Gluten’s Bakery appeared in the area that I would be this past Saturday, so I swung by to check it out. I had a gluten free mint chocolate cupcake with butter cream icing, a snicker doodle cupcake with butter cream icing and a Nutter Butter cupcake. All were deliciously moist, a little crumbly but a stand up gluten free cupcake all around.

Aunti Gluten’s is a dedicated gluten free bakery located at 4290 Stanley Blvd, Pleasanton, CA. When you walk in, you can see right on the shelf all of the ingredients they use. They make gluten free cakes by order and will cater based on other dietary needs (like dairy free). They bake cupcakes fresh every day except for Saturdays so stop by if you are in the area.

Aunti Gluten’s

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Pamela’s Brownie Mix Gluten Free


Product: Gluten Free Pamela’s chocolate Brownies Mix
Buy again: Maybe, I’ve had better luck with Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Brownie Mix
Recommend to friends: Yes

  • Moist
  • Not grainy
  • When making this, I had some issues with done-ness. Be sure to cook it long enough and with the right pan and oven temperature.


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All But Gluten – Gluten Free Brownies

All But Gluten – A New Brand of Gluten Free Products

There is a new brand of gluten free products in the grocery stores. This Indiana brand has made it’s mark and it’s way all the way to the west coast.

20140129-080554.jpgProduct: Gluten Free Brownies by All But Gluten
What I paid: $5.79
Buy again: Yes and I’d like to try there other products
Recommend to friends: Yes

  • North American made
  • Chocolaty
  • Comparable to the brownie bites other brands make
  • They are on the dryer side of the brownie spectrum
  • They crumble easily (see photo below) – great as a chocolate crumble over fresh strawberries
  • The texture is has a slight grainy feel but can be chalked up to dryness and not the ingredients

Crumbles easily


Made in Indiana and Canada


The BEST Gluten Free Chocolate Crinkle (Red House Bakery)

By far the BEST gluten free chocolate crinkle is from Red House Bakery. These moist, thick, chewy and oh so chocolatey cookies are sold at Pacific Cookie Co in Santa Cruz. There is rarely a day old found for these cookies – maybe because I buy all of them every time I go! They freeze well and thaw quickly.

Red House Bakery makes a good gluten free chocolate chip cookie (again moist and chewy) and a decent snicker doodle with the cream of tartar bite, but when compared to the chocolate crinkle, there is no competition.

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Sunflourbaking Gluten Free Gingerbread Boy

Sunflourbaking Gluten Free Gingerbread BoyProduct: Sunflourbaking Gluten Free Gingerbread Boy
What I paid: $??
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes

This gingerbread cookie from sunflourbaking was a random purchase in a local shop in Carmel, CA along Ocean Ave.

  • Comes in a sealed package
  • Moist, even two days after purchase
  • Large portion!
  • A little crumbly but that’s to be expected from a GF cookie
  • Great flavors
  • Was not in the shape of a gingerbread man but just a large thick round cookie

I’m curious about which ingredients in the cookie makes it a complete protein.