We know this week’s Pulse Spotlight may not instantly appeal to the masses, but to those who live with Celiac disease or have family members with gluten intolerance, we know you will be thrilled to learn of the brand new Zena’s Gluten Free Bakery in Maple Ridge! For those who just love delicious treats, read on. Zena’s baking is seriously delicious and we promise you will love their bakery treats even if you don’t require a gluten free diet.
Erin and Rebecca, the Zena’s, have daughters who are school friends. When the girls were entering Kindergarten, each were deciding what they were going to do career-wise moving forward. Rebecca’s family is gluten free and Erin loves to create healthful baked goods. Rebecca asked Erin to join forces with her and the business was up and running in less than a year! They opened their doors on October 15, 2011!
Zena’s Gluten Free Bakery is truly gluten free. No oats, barley, rye or wheat are used here. They are also a nut and sesame seed free bakery. As well, Erin and Rebecca are always looking for the healthiest way to create their treats, using natural sweeteners and colouring agents. Blueberries and other natural sources are used to create food colouring for specialty cake frostings.
If you’ve tried some of the more popular gluten free baked good brands, you will recall the common rice flour taste that overpowers the cookies, muffins or breads. Rice flour is a great alternative for those who can’t tolerate gluten, though it doesn’t always offer a smooth consistency to allow for nicely-textured baked goods. It put us off of trying gluten free products for years! Rice flour isn’t used at Zena’s. Instead, they use a delicious quinoa and sorghum mix that is smooth and delicious. You can purchase their specialty quinoa mix at the bakery, too, to use in your own baking.
Zena’s gluten free sandwich bread will impress, too. Available in regular sandwich bread, super psyllium bread or multigrain seeded bread, each homemade loaf is packed with healthy psyllium.
We indulged in some quinoa cranberry and quinoa chocolate chip cookies at Zena’s and they were absolutely yummy! Guaranteed you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between Zena’s cookies and a ‘regular’ cookie made with wheat flour. They are the perfect combination of crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside – moist, rich, flavourful, delicious. Some of their other specialties include double chocolate blondes, blueberry white chocolate scones and pumpkin chai muffins.
On Wednesdays, Zena’s Gluten Free bakery offers a great selection of vegan delights. Muffins, cookies, cupcakes, scones – all wheat, dairy, honey and egg free!
It seems gluten allergies and intolerances are on the rise and it’s nice to know of this local specialty bakery. No more frozen rice bread for gluten free folks! How lovely to be able to visit a bakery where fresh loaves of homemade bread await you. Check out the pretty features board to see what’s on the baking rack each day.
You will also find Zena’s breads being used for gluten free sandwiches at Big Feast Bistro.
Zena’s Gluten Free Bakery
22346 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge