Austin's Capital City Bakery is all about vegan and allergy-free choices.
Fat Cats Austin proves that gluten, dairy, and eggs aren't necessary to make indulgent treats.
Quack's 43rd Street Bakery
Wild Wood Bakehouse is 100 percent gluten free.
Zucchini Kill proves that gluten-free donuts can be worthy treats.
Whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, or are just looking to avoid dairy, Austin has become a mecca of allergy-friendly baked goods. No longer do you have to turn down dessert due to dietary restrictions.
If any restaurant city in Texas understands the needs of those with food allergies, it’s Austin. Here are the best bakeries that are allergy friendly in Austin:
Fat Cats Austin
7020 Easy Wind Drive
Started by a self-described crazy cat lady, Fat Cats proves that gluten, dairy and eggs aren’t necessary to make indulgent treats. Fat Cats sources only organic and fair trade ingredients to make its selection of coffee, tea and desserts.
The dessert menu is always changing to keep things fresh, but includes treats like cookies, giant scones and donuts, all of which are vegan and most of which are gluten-free. To find out what they’re baking up today, check out Fat Cat’s Instagram.
Our pick: Fat Cats’ Gluten Free and Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie
Capital City Bakery
2211 E Cesar Chavez Street
Capital City started out as a vegan home baking business in 2010, and owner Kristen Davenport quickly grew a cult following, first turning Capital City into a food trailer, and then into a brick and mortar shop in East Austin.
All baked goods are made fresh daily, which includes cupcakes, cakes, heavenly cinnamon rolls and more.
Our pick: Capital City’s ooey gooey Cinnamon Roll
Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery
411 E 43rd Street
Quack’s is an Austin institution, originally opening more than 30 years ago on the Drag. Luckily, Quack’s has vegan options, like its Double Chocolate Muffin, Trail Mix Cookie and Raspberry Oat Square, which put those packaged oat bars to shame.
Even better, Quack’s keeps a spreadsheet of what allergens are present in all of its baked goods. They will gladly help you find a treat that fits your allergy restrictions and lifestyle.
Our pick: Quacks’ Vegan Double Chocolate Muffin
Wild Wood Bakehouse
3016 Guadalupe Street
Touted as Austin’s Gluten Free Restaurant, Wild Wood is 100 percent gluten free (fittingly), which makes it a great choice for Celiac sufferers who can’t risk cross-contamination. Serving up a full menu, Wild Wood’s shining star is its homemade focaccia, French and sourdough breads that will have you forgetting all about gluten.
Wild Wood’s sourdough and focaccia breads are vegan, while the French bread is made with milk. Stop in to see its rotating assortments of gluten-free sweets, such as cupcakes, cinnamon rolls and muffins.
Our pick: Wild Wood’s Banana Nut Muffin
701 E 53rd Street
Zucchini Kill serves up goodies using all-natural ingredients that are always free of gluten, soy and all animal-by-products, making them a go-to spot for gluten-free and vegans alike in Austin. The bakery’s most known for its cupcakes, but the real show stopper is its homemade Twinkies and cookie cakes.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a fan of zucchini. It’s only present in a few options.
Our pick: Zucchini Kills’ Classic Twinkies