When you get together to celebrate the holidays, it’s nice to have treats on hand that everyone can enjoy. Grabbing a few baked goods that fit various dietary preferences and restrictions is an easy way for a host to create a sense of comfort for all guests.
These places offer a good selection of vegan and gluten-free options along with conventional treats. While planning ahead and ordering ahead is ideal, many of these businesses also offer last-minute takeout options.
5206 NE 78th St., Vancouver; 360-718-2175; open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Chandelier offers colorful macarons, cheesecake bars, cupcakes and cookies, as well as a long list of baked goods for those with restricted diets. Vegan and gluten-free options include a variety of cupcakes ($4), chocolate or sugar chip cookies ($4), and cakes ($21-$97). Gluten-free scones ($4.50), monster cookies ($3.25), and macarons ($2.50) are available, as well as keto-friendly treats like cupcakes ($5), magic bars ($5.50), chocolate cheesecake brownies ($4.25), and truffles ($2 ) . Keto cakes range from $24 to $96 depending on the size. If you are looking for a specific item, it is best to call or email ahead of time. The sooner the better. The deadline for Christmas orders is December 17.
Blue Door Bakery
2411 Main Street, Vancouver; 360-693-2538; open from 8 am to 2 pm Wednesday through Sunday.
Bleu Door is well known for its vegan treats like lemon iced cookies, raspberry crumble coffee cakes, and seasonal scones ($3.50-$5). This Uptown Village favorite also offers gluten-free items like chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter blondies, pear and brown butter tarts, coconut macaroons and crustless quiches ($3.50-$5). Bleu Door’s Baked Oats are vegan and gluten free. Online orders can be placed through the Bleu Door website.
3100 Columbia St., Vancouver: 360-896-7321; open from 7 am to 3 pm Monday through Saturday.
Simply Sweets in Vancouver’s Carter Park neighborhood offers gluten-free bars ($3.50-$5), cookies ($1.50), and custom cakes, as well as vegan and gluten-free cupcakes. Cupcakes can be pre-ordered a few days in advance (six for $21.50 or 12 for $38). Boxes of gluten-free holiday treats must be ordered a week in advance, but the bakery will have a few available for last-minute shoppers.
1214 SW Scotton Way, Suite 105, Battlefield; 360-241-4784; Open from 8 am to 5 pm every day.
Sweetly’s gluten-free products are made by a baker with celiac disease. She makes everything offsite in a certified gluten-free facility, then brings the treats in sealed containers to the bakery, where they’re stored in a separate refrigerator.
Offers are seasonal and vary all the time. A recent list included gluten-free bars with flavors like white chocolate blueberry, caramel nougat, snickerdoodle, pumpkin cream cheese, tiramisu, and triple chocolate mousse ($5.75). Also available were individually packaged kids’ character macarons ($3.99 each) and jars of panna cotta with sea salt caramel ($5.99).
The cakes can be ordered through a link on the website ($55-$95). Customers should be sure to specify if they want a gluten-free cake. Bars can be pre-ordered by emailing [email protected] Special orders require seven to 10 days notice.
111 Grant St., Vancouver; 360-600-5545; Open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday from 12 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Local artisan products like soap, candles, bags and clothing fill the shelves at this boutique on the Vancouver waterfront. One side of the store showcases food and drink, including vegan and gluten-free Snickerdoodle Cream Pie, Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies ($7) from Sinful Confections Bakery; vegan chocolate assortment from Retreat Chocolates ($20); Gluten- and Dairy-Free Salted Caramels with Coconut Cream from Sweet Apricity ($11-$15); and plant-based cheeses like Smoky Good-Ah and Cashew with Basil and Chives from Cultured Kindness ($11).
8203 NE Vancouver Mall Drive; 360-583-3666; open 6 am to 11 pm Monday through Thursday, 6 am to midnight Friday through Sunday.
Vancouver Mall’s Voodoo Donut makes a variety of vegan versions of popular items like Voodoo Doll, Maple Bar and Dirt ($1.75-$4 each or $28 for a dozen). Donuts can be ordered for pickup or delivery via the website. This location doesn’t have long lines like the Voodoo Donut stores across the river.