September 2, 2021
For Tennessee’s vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free guests, bakeries across the state are baking up sweet treats fresh every day. Your mouth will water reading about the donuts, muffins and cakes at these bakeries in Tennessee.
Middle Tennessee Bakeries
For vegan and gluten-free sweet treats, go to Sunflower Bakehouse while in Nashville. The flavors rotate on a regular basis, so every visit can be full of different flavors. Try a vegan and gluten-free Chocolate Dream cupcake; or, a seasonal pumpkin spice cupcake. Maple pecan scones and pumpkin chocolate muffins make each morning great. Sunflower Bakehouse also has salads, burgers, sandwiches and breakfast items, as well as tea and coffee available throughout the day.
In Goodlettsville, Healthy Body Bakery helps you indulge with ease, offering dairy-free, gluten-free, low carb, and vegan sweets. Everything is baked fresh and flavors are rotated daily. Order a vegan Raisin War slice of cake with cinnamon frosting, dairy-free carrot muffin, low carb black cocoa peanut butter cookie or gluten free creamsicle cheesecake slice.
Healthy donuts actually exist. You just have to visit Five Daughters Bakery in Franklin (other locations are in East Nashville, at the L & L Market and 12South neighborhood in Nashville). The paleo donuts are free of gluten, dairy, sugars and grains. Try the paleo salted caramel apple donut, vegan Purist donut dipped in a vanilla bean glaze, or the gluten-free chocolate chip sea salt paleo flavors. Flavors change monthly, so be sure to check out the menu before visiting.
East Tennessee Bakeries
What started as a beloved vegan food truck is now a brick-and-mortar in Johnson City. Desserts like cookie cakes, delicious cupcakes and cookies are available daily. If you want a sweet smoothie with no added sugars, choose a banana peanut butter, strawberry banana or mango and pineapple concoction. You can even add sea moss gel to your smoothie. The pretzel bites are a fan favorite and entrees like southern barbecue, black bean and pecan tacos, veggie nuggets and heart of palm ‘lobster’ rolls have guests coming back for more.
The plant-based, vegan café, Cashew Vegan Cafe in Chattanooga offers made from scratch and in-house desserts that are full of flavor. Try the gluten-free donuts with flavors like lemon, maple coconut, French toast, s’mores, Matcha and filled with raspberry. Brownies, blondies, cupcakes, cookies and specialty cakes are also available. Settle in for an entrée like the Jackfruit Nachos, beet burger, Southwest loaded sweet potato, buffalo bowl with brown rice, pinto beans, buffalo tofu and garlicky kale or the “meatball” sub featuring meatballs made with mushrooms, walnuts and quinoa, marinara and cashew cheese.
First seen on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Cinnaholic serves award-winning, gourmet cinnamon rolls with more than 30 different frosting flavors and toppings. Located in the Lakeside Village of Knoxville, Cinnaholic is 100% vegan and is made with high-quality ingredients. All cinnamon rolls are dairy and lactose-free, egg-free and cholesterol free. Choose from signature flavors like Cookie Monster – cream cheese frosting, cookie dough, chocolate chips and chocolate sauce or the Campfire S’mores – marshmallow frosting, graham cookies, marshmallows and chocolate sauce.
West Tennessee Bakeries
Imagine Vegan Café is a laid-back café in Memphis that serves comfort food with a side of compassion. It's been lauded in publications such as Veg News, Forbes, PETA and more. Cake and cupcake flavors vary daily, so pop in for the day's fresh selection. After enjoying entrees such as raviolis, veggie plate, or The Southern Staple - greens with brown rice and black beans drizzled with a house garlic sauce, save room for The Bianca dessert - a warm peanut butter brownie stuffed with Oreos and topped with ice cream, chocolate sauce and chopped nuts. Ice cream by the scoop or three with toppings is also on the menu.
Jaybear Bake Shop in Bartlett offers specialty sweets that are vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free and low carb. Vegan offerings include cookies, cake pops and cupcakes like vanilla, coconut, blueberry and pineapple upside down. Gluten free options include cupcake flavors like chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. Additional options are being added to include cookies and bars. Low carb peanut butter cookies and coconut cookies as w ell as keto pound cake and cheesecake are available.
Follow your nose to find even more warm and inviting bakeries in Tennessee.