Here in the Midwest getting your hands on a gluten-free treat when you are feeling a craving is virtually impossible, unless you plan ahead or make it yourself. While I love to bake, sometimes I just want a chocolate chip cookie or piece of cake NOW not after its baked and cooled. California is home to many delicious desserts that I got to try during my time there. Here are my favorites:
Pressed Juice Freeze Chocolate Almond – topped with mini chocolate chips and strawberries
101 S. The Grove Drive K4 Los Angeles, CA 90036
This is number one on my list because it was the most amazing thing I have ever tasted. Yes, I can easily get froyo in the Midwest, but this is a whole different world. While this tastes like ice cream it is actually super healthy (minus the mini chocolate chips).
Made from dates, cocoa, and then topped with strawberries and mini chocolate chips I could’ve eaten this every day. I got this one at The Grove, but I know there are other locations and in other states as well.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse –Gluten-free Skillet Cookie
3525 W Carson St #168, Torrance, CA 90503
This mini gluten-free chocolate chip skillet cookie was perfectly sized for one person and served with vanilla ice cream on top.
There is just something about a gooey warm cookie with ice cream on top that is just so amazing. Took me back to my childhood to birthday parties. Not to mention that it is gluten-free so you can enjoy it without a worry in your mind.
8104 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
This was on my list of places to go long before the airplane ever touched down in Los Angeles. While they look like donuts, Fonuts is more of a–cakey-gooey donut shaped halo from heaven.
With both regular and gluten-free options I can say for the gluten-free folks my vanilla gluten-free donut did not have a hint of any stereotypical “gluten-free taste”. But if you aren’t look for the shop you’ll walk right past it (I did three times opps) just plug it into maps and you’ll find it no problem.
Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcake
735 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
This cupcake was long awaited for the last three months. Sprinkles has locations all over the United States and when I was in Chicago for my birthday in July, I desperately wanted to go but ran out of time. I happened to stumble across this Sprinkles merely by accident as I was actually looking for Mendocino Farms and Sprinkles was located just upstairs.
Ecstatic I bought it and literally ran to a table to first Instagram and then devour. I absolutely love red velvet cupcakes and this exceeded my expectations, which had been building for over three months. Seriously, if you are gluten-free or even if you are not, Sprinkles is a must for anyone. I was and am picky about my cupcakes, even before I was gluten-free. No one likes a dry cupcake, but these were so moist with the perfect amount of frosting.
The Good Cookies
2081 Torrance Blvd, Torrance CA 90501
If you can’t tell I love red velvet cupcakes, and it is so convenient that red velvet are the flavor most often made gluten-free. On my last full day in California, I wanted one last gluten-free treat so I did a little Googling and found The Good Cookies.
I got a red velvet cupcake to eat and then some gluten-free cookies to go. I highly recommend the red velvet cupcake; however, the cookies were good but not amazing. What I did love was that the whole bakery was gluten-free so a lot more choices than normal. While I did not love the cookies, I loved the cupcake so be sure to give them a try.