Edmonton spots with killer gluten-free desserts

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It used to be that flour was a key ingredient in any dessert. Now, bakers have come up with myriad ways to make flour all but obsolete. Gluten-free desserts can be just as, if not tastier than their “regular” dessert counterparts. These restaurants have the most mouth-watering gluten-free desserts in Edmonton.

Kinnikinnick Foods Inc

10940 120 Street NW, Edmonton AB T5H 3P7

Every delicious dessert here is made in a dedicated gluten, wheat, dairy and nut-free facility. There is a range of packaged and fresh-baked goodies here, including cinnamon buns, muffins, cupcakes, tarts and doughnuts — it’s basically a celiac’s dream come true. Customers can order personalized cakes, and there is also a ton of extra seasonal goodies available during holidays. They even sell their own version of Oreos, along with other packaged gluten-free cookies.

Duchess Bake Shop

10720 124 St NW, Edmonton AB T5M 0H1

The macarons here are maybe the best thing on the planet. The salted caramel flavour is so good it will make you believe in love, because that’s how strongly you will feel about them. This French bakery, named the best patisserie in Canada by the National Post, also serves gluten-free whipped meringues. You can buy the big ones or bags of the minis. The dark chocolate ones are so delightful that you won’t mind that you’re getting crumbs absolutely everywhere.

Cookie Love

10235 101 Street NW, Edmonton AB T5J 3G1

This cute little bakery serves up loads of – what else? – cookies! And many gluten-free ones at that, like the Cooper P-B-S’more! Cookie, which tastes just like an ooey-gooey, fresh-off-the-campfire s’more. For a gluten-free take on a classic, try the Chocolate Chipper, which is your basic chocolate chip cookie – but so good you can’t even tell it’s missing the gluten. And, if you’re sucker for miniature anything, they do have mini versions of a lot of their cookies, including the Cooper’s Peanut Butter Button.

Remedy Cafe

10310 124 St NW, Edmonton AB T5N 1R2

Remedy kills it when it comes to gluten-free desserts. They once had a chocolate brownie that I fell in love with. I had it every day for a week, then it disappeared from the baking shelf (probably because I had just eaten all of their stock). It has yet to reappear but I know one day it will. In the meantime, there are gluten-free cupcakes and muffins, and gluten-free, raw cheesecakes to tease my taste buds, until I’m reunited with that brownie.

Crave Cookies & Cupcakes

1107 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary AB T2N 3P2

Currently, Crave’s only gluten-free offerings are cupcakes, but a staff member told me that they’re working on perfecting a gluten-free cookie recipe before adding it to the menu. They offer red velvet and chocolate gluten-free cupcakes, as well as some seasonal varieties like pumpkin and gingerbread. The red velvet is fluffy, light and moist – three things that are difficult to achieve with gluten-free baking. The cream cheese icing is killer, and definitely elevates the cupcake from good to GET IN MY BELLY NOW!

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