Sweet Treats: Vegan & Gluten-Free Desserts

By: Michael Fossbakk | October 7, 2020

It might be impossible to find someone in the world that doesn’t love a good dessert. We all know desserts tend to be loaded with calories, sugar and other non-nutritional stuff, but they TASTE. SO. GOOD. For those that get regular sweet tooth cravings and are adhering to a vegan or gluten-free diet, it can sometimes be a struggle to satisfy those cravings. The good news is that you don’t have to look far in Metro Detroit for your next vegan or gluten-free dessert.

Blck Cocoa Bakes

Making small-batch vegan desserts, Blck Cocoa Bakes is run by Detroit-native Bre’Anna Johnston, who creates desserts from a “plant-based perspective.” That means the desserts found at Blck Cocoa Bakes are free of animal by-products. Due to the small-batch nature, the menu is always changing, but as of this writing, there is a hazelnut cake with a dark chocolate glaze and chai spice that has this writer’s eye. Follow Blck Cocoa Bakes on Instagram for the latest.

Donut Bar + Coffee

Using fresh ingredients, Donut Bar in Troy is always trying to best themselves when it comes to creating decadent donuts, shakes and more. Vegan dieters will be happy to know Donut Bar always features at least two vegan options every day that rotate depending on the ingredients that are available to them that day. Those options include a peanut butter chocolate Oreo donut that looks way too good to be true.

For the Love of Sugar

Started in 2010 by a woman with a passion for baking, For the Love of Sugar features signature cake flavors and fresh macarons. You can purchase cakes by the slice, whole or order a custom cake. As for vegan and gluten-free options, For the Love of the Sugar is constantly rotating what is available, so call ahead and ask what has been freshly baked today.

D’Vine Cookies & Dough

Specializing in using organic, free-trade chocolate and non-GMO cornstarch, D’Vine Cookies & Dough can be found in several Detroit-area grocery stores and bakeries, such as Treat Dreams, Detroit Bubble Tea and Westborn Market. Many of their cookie flavors are gluten-free and vegan, such as peanut butter chocolate chip, oatmeal chocolate chip, double chocolate and oatmeal cranberry pecan. You can even order a “sampler” box of gluten-free and vegan cookies to try a few flavors. They also make an excellent gift for your gluten-free/vegan friends!

Ale Mary’s Beer Hall

Originally used as the banquet hall for neighboring Tom’s Oyster Bar, Ale Mary’s Beer Hall recently added an entire vegan menu to exist alongside their regular menu. The best part about this vegan menu is that, yes, it does include desserts. They have five flavors of vegan shakes (berry pleasure, s’mores, chocolate strawberry, cookie monster, cotton candy) and you can even add a shot of Razberi Stoli or Meyers Rum for $5. They also serve vegan carrot cake and chocolate cake.

Planthrophie

Located in Birmingham, Planthrophie was started in 2017 after the owner’s son was diagnosed with a dairy allergy. As the name suggests, Planthropie specializes in plant-based, organic, sugar-free, gluten-free desserts and cheese. Mini cakes are $10 each and include flavors, like Pistachio Delight, Lemon Heaven and Matcha Love. They also sell a different “Cake of the Week” every week as well as raspberry and cacao truffles.

Sugar Kisses Bakery

Located in Berkley, Sugar Kisses Bakery is a pastry shop that specializes in gluten-free baked goods. Here, you can find gluten-free cupcakes, muffins, scones, cookies, brownies, lemon bars and more. They also make a slew of dairy-free desserts, too!

Avalon International

Avalon International uses 100% organic flour and makes delicious vegan cookies, bars and cakes. Stop in and try the vegan oatmeal raisin cookie or the vegan vegan peanut butter chocolate chunk. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, order the vegan chocolate cake, the vegan carrot cake or both! Avalon says that their vegan treats are the “fastest-growing part of our sweets line.” After one bite, you’ll taste why.