Being able to enjoy treats from a bakery can be very difficult, if not impossible, when you have food allergies. For those with food allergies, you can’t simply walk into a bakery and pick out anything we want. During Food Allergy Awareness Week, Enjoy Life Foods is celebrating some of the fantastic bakeries that dedicate their business to creating allergy-friendly products making it easier for our community to indulge in some delicious fresh-baked sweets.
Any guesses on which chocolate chips these bakeries use in their recipes? If you guessed Enjoy Life’s chocolate chips, you are correct!
Here are some truly amazing bakeries from all over the United States that take food allergy concerns seriously and allow those with food allergies to enjoy bakery treats.
As always, it is important to double check with the bakeries and owners to ensure that their products are safe for you and your dietary needs.
HaleLife Bakery – Tampa, FL
HaleLife Bakery is a gluten-free and vegan dedicated bakery. It was created by mother-son duo, Laura and Taylor, whose health journey transformed and inspired their business over the years. They offer cupcakes, brownies, donuts, cakes and more that are all free-from gluten, dairy, soy, peanut, tree nuts (except coconut) and egg. They offer nationwide shipping.
“Our entire team lives with a food allergy, chronic illness, or diet restrictive disease. We know how hard it is to feel healthy and live a healthy lifestyle. At HaleLife, we are here to help you on this journey.” – Taylor
Prioritized Pastries – St. Louis, MO
Prioritized Pastries is a vegan, gluten-free and peanut-free bakery specializing in “Pastries For All”. Prioritized Pastries is currently offering online ordering and curbside pickup every Friday and Saturday (and looking forward to when they can welcome guests back into the bakery!).
“For me, pastries, cakes, desserts and treats should be something everyone can enjoy, all the time, no matter what! So “Pastries for All” became our motto and in October 2019 we finally opened our own bakery, dedicated to serving those with allergies and intolerances.” – Owner Alex Feick
Sweet E’s Cookies – Columbus, OH
Sweet E’s Cookies is a state licensed kitchen that creates baked goods free-from tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, gluten, dairy, egg and soy, and can ship anywhere in the United States. Emerson, who just turned 11, started Sweet E’s Cookies four years ago. Emerson has a tree nut allergy and she wants other kids and adults to be able to eat her cookies without worry.
Currently, Emerson has been donating cookies to food pantries and is not baking cookies for retail.
“We like Enjoy Life chocolate chips because we know they are safe, are delicious and they make our cookies and products 10x better than they already are! We use the mini chocolate chips in our chocolate chip cookies, monster cookies and buckeyes!” – Emerson
Check out Emerson’s recipe for Edible SunButter Cookie Dough on Instagram: @sweetescookie.
Izzi B’s Bakery – Norwalk, CT
Izzi B’s Bakery is free from the Top 8 food allergens, gluten-free, free-from synthetic ingredients, plant-based/vegan and Kosher. They offer cupcakes, cookies, pies, churros, donuts, muffins, breads, bagels, pizza dough and seasonal items.
“As a mother and seasoned chef, having a daughter with an egg allergy was a new and scary circumstance as I am sure most reading this can understand...the fear, exclusion, label reading, lack of ingredients and free-from quality products. After trying to make Izzi B a birthday cake, I realized my mission, ‘Everyone deserves a treat!’
“We are super grateful that Enjoy Life Foods has always made our work a bit easier by providing the best (can’t believe it’s free-from) chocolate chips around.” – Pam, Izzi B & bakery crew
Cake Girl – Los Angeles, CA
Amy and Andres created Cake Girl to provide allergy-friendly baked goods to those with allergies to egg, dairy, gluten, wheat, soy, and nuts. Their products are also vegan. They are currently offering local delivery through Postmates.
“Andy and I both grew up near the Eastside of Los Angeles. Andy, being lactose intolerant, found it difficult to find dairy-free baked goods as a child. I also grew up lactose intolerant, later transitioning to vegan. For me, finding alternative options without dairy, egg or animal byproducts meant traveling to the Westside of Los Angeles where many of the vegan options were at the time. We began Cake Girl with the idea that you do not have to travel to the Westside of Los Angeles to find allergy friendly baked goods.” – Amy Tam
Jennifer Lee’s Gourmet Bakery – Boston, MA
Jennifer Lee’s Bakery is an allergy-friendly bakery with a kitchen free-from gluten, eggs, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame. In August 2018, Jennifer changed Jennifer Lee’s from a Bakery to a Shoppe, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, baked goods and pantry items.
“At least once a day we get a family with a child with food allergies that comes in who has never been able to step into a bakery due to allergies. They get to try their very first cupcake , donut, etc. Their joy when they realize they can have anything is just so rewarding. I love what I do.
“I use Enjoy Life chocolate chips because they completely take allergies seriously and are free-from 14 food allergens, AND their chocolate chips have an amazing texture and flavor that everyone loves.” – Jennifer LaSala
Little GF Chefs – Online
Little GF Chefs, created by a mom raising children with celiac disease and food allergies, offer monthly baking kits for kids. The baking kits are free-from gluten, the top 8 allergens, sesame and artificial dyes. All of the ingredients in the kits are sourced from gluten-free and top 8 (and sesame) free facilities (no shared lines) and their facility is also completely free of those allergens.
“We are passionate about serving the celiac and food allergy community, our community. Living with food allergies or celiac disease is tough on kids and if we can shine a light to show them that they don’t have to live without and raise their self confidence then that means everything to us.” – Jereann Zann