With an increasing awareness of gluten-free diets in the country, it is now easier to enjoy delicious baked goods and snacks without any wheat. Over spring break, I spent a lot of time with a friend who has a gluten allergy. She explained to me that with a bit of creativity and searching she can still enjoy almost all of the foods she used to eat before she developed her allergy. When I returned to BU, I was inspired to explore the gluten-free treats available here in Boston.
Here is a list of places that offer gluten-free snacks:
Harvard Sweet Boutique
Cambridge, MA; www.harvardsweetboutique.com
After months of testing different recipes and preparations, Harvard Sweet Boutique finally offers gluten-free cookie and brownie gift baskets. Harvard Sweet Boutique is an entirely online bakery that ships fresh treats to anywhere in the United States. The creative recipes and colorful boxes offered make their baked goods an exciting gift. They offer gluten-free items such as vanilla sea salt caramel brownies or double chocolate cookies. Gluten-free gift baskets range from $21-$41 and can be ordered online.
257 Hanover Street, Boston, MA; (617) 523-3783
With Modern Pastry’s range of offerings, those on a gluten-free diet can still enjoy a trip to the North End’s famous Italian bakeries. The rich whoopee pies and gluten-free muffins somehow maintain a moist cake-like texture even though they do not contain any wheat products. They also offer gluten-free custard-based desserts such as crème brulee.
697 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA; (617) 484-3550
If you’re willing to make the effort to trek to Belmont, Glutenus Minimus is basically a gluten-free heaven. It’s a gourmet gluten-free bakery with an incredibly extensive selection. Glutenus offers many different products including bread, cookies, cakes, cupcakes, muffins, and even different mixes you can prepare for yourself at home. If you can’t find your way out to Belmont, Sweet Cupcakes features a sampling of Glutenus’ gluten-free cupcakes at its locations on Newbury Street, Mass Ave, and in Harvard Square.
889 Boylston Street, Boston, MA; (617) 262-6505
While nearly all grocery stores offer some gluten-free choices, I found that Trader Joe’s has the best overall selection and quality. A few of my favorites are the Gluten-Free Crispy Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies, the Flourless Chocolate Cake, and the Gluten-Free Cranberry Nut Granola. Everyone I met who worked at Trader Joes was incredibly knowledgeable about gluten-free foods and had many great suggestions. As far as gluten-free breads, I tried several different brands before I finally decided on Udi’s as my favorite, particularly their Cinnamon Raisin and the Whole Grain Bread Loaf.