Glutenull bakes vegan, gluten-free products in Coquitlam

Glutenull products

Gluten-free bars, cookies, and muffins from Glutenull. (Stephen Hui)

If gluten-free products catch your eye, you may have noticed Glutenull baked goods in stores around Vancouver. Made in Coquitlam, Glutenull products are not only certified gluten-free; they’re vegan, non-GMO, and free of refined sugar.

Recently, Glutenull owner Otari Kobalia sent us samples of several of his bakery’s products. We tried the Agave Quartet muffins, amaranth zest bread, buckwheat granola bars, Choco Moko cookies, Coko Moko cookies, fruit and nut breakfast bars, muffin tops, quinoa bread, and quinoa granola. Continue reading

The saddest vegan cookie in Vancouver?

Vegan tofu chocolate chew

There’s nothing fine about Laurelle’s tofu chocolate chews. (Stephen Hui)

We tend to highlight the worthy vegan options around Vancouver, but some culinary disasters are too hard to ignore. This one is found at Laurelle’s Fine Foods (148-1689 Johnston Street) in Granville Island Public Market. While the touristy bakery/deli carries a few vegan items, such as brownies and soya sage tofu rolls, it’s these cookies that take the cake.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the vegan tofu chocolate chews with cranberry icing ($1.75) are just a one-time kitchen accident. Actually, Laurelle’s has sold them for years—on purpose—so people must be buying them. Continue reading

With Crave Conscious bake mix, vegan quinoa cookies are a cinch

Crave Conscious cookies

Crave Conscious cookies are yummy and easy to make. (Stephen Hui)

As far as taste and texture go, there are healthy cookies and there are fun cookies.

In January, we tried Wise Bites’ triple ginger quinoa cookies, which are vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free and manufactured in Richmond. Those are healthy cookies.

Crave Conscious chocolate chip quinoa flake cookies, however, are of the fun variety. But there’s nothing unhealthy about them. Made with organic ingredients, they’re vegan, gluten-free, peanut-free, and soy-free. Continue reading

Wise Bites turns quinoa into vegan, gluten-free cookies in Richmond

Wise Bites

Wise Bites cookies are vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free. (Stephen Hui)

If you have food allergies and abstain from animal products, you might want to check out Wise Bites.

Based in Richmond, the food company launched in October 2012 and showed off its products at Vancouver’s Gluten Free Expo on January 13. According to Wise Bites’ website, all of its baked and packaged goods are “safe for those with the eight most common allergies and sensitivities”. The products are vegan; free of gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, and soy; and made in a dedicated factory. Continue reading

Eat this, vegans: Lemon basil cookies from In the Oven bakery

Lemon basil cookies

Obviously, we couldn’t stop at the lemon basil cookies. (Stephen Hui)

There’s something awesome about green cookies made without gross food colouring—especially ones containing lemon and basil. While the pairing may seem odd, this blend of flavours is totally sweet.

Lemon basil cookies were one of six types of cookies offered this weekend by the vegan bakery In the Oven at the Baker’s Market in Vancouver. We also walked away with lime cookies, chocolate peanut butter cookies, and snickerdoodles. Continue reading