By Kathy Mak
These days, consumers wanting or needing gluten-free and vegan options do not have to miss out on delicious baked products, thanks to a growing number of specialty bakeries in Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. But, the only decidedly all gluten-free and vegan bakery in the Vancouver area yet, is Two Daughters Bakeshop. They provide a large selection of oven-fresh, healthy products that are both gluten-free and vegan-friendly, without compromising on irresistible flavours.
Tucked away in Lolo Lane, between 1st Street East and Esplanade Avenue, the cozy artisan bakery is located steps away from Lonsdale Quay on Vancouver`s North Shore.
In 2012, Lisa Reichelt opened the bakery, dedicated to making gluten-free-vegan pastries, snacks, breads and desserts. It was inspired by her passion for baking and by her youngest daughter’s need for a celiac diet without eggs, dairy and gluten.
Two Daughters Bakershop’s mission is to use the finest gluten-free-vegan ingredients that are healthy, all natural, and soy free to make the most scrumptious sweet and savoury fare. All their products are handcrafted and baked at their 650 ft2 North Vancouver shop.
To achieve the right balance of taste and texture, Lisa has experimented and perfected their signature gluten-free flour blend (rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch) that serves as the foundation for all their baking.
Made fresh daily, or by special order, the bakery offers a wide scope of elegant baked goods that have big home-made appeal and are both 100% gluten-free and vegan. Most of the ingredients are sourced locally, and where possible are organic.
Sandwich cookies with velvety icing – chocolate peppermint, ginger lemon, peanut butter or chai jam – are some of the many unique edible delights at the bakery. There are plenty of other sweet choices to satisfy any craving, including: gourmet cookies, pies, tarts, cakes, galettes, cupcakes, loaves, muffins, scones, energy bars, Nanaimo bars, and brownies. The sweeteners used are all organic and low on the glycemic index.
Savoury fans are treated to choices of pizza tarts, sandwich pockets and bagels in various flavour combinations. For a personal touch, bread (pumpkin flax, chia flax, plain and cinnamon raisin) can be personally hand-sliced by staff for home use.
Enjoy the goodness and comforting taste of gluten-free-vegan baking at Two Daughters Bakeshop. They are open daily, weekdays 10 am – 6 pm and weekends 10 am – 4 pm. Saturday is the only day that their mouth-watering gluten-free-vegan donuts are available. Tempting toppings include: chocolate, chocolate coconut, lemon, lemon coconut, and cinnamon sugar.