Zena’s Gluten Free Bakery – Pulse Spotlight – 11.07.11

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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You will also find Zena’s breads being used for gluten free sandwiches at Big Feast Bistro.

Zena’s Gluten Free Bakery
www.zenasglutenfree.com
22346 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge
Ring: 604.477.0774 



Contributor: Kristi Ferguson

Kristi Ferguson is the Founder & Editor of The Pulse. Her company, Double You, offers online communications consulting, project management and event planning. Kristi is a proud mama who loves to explore, shop, laugh & create. She is passionate about promoting all things local. Twitter: @pulseblogonline @MrsKFergie



5 Responses to “Zena’s Gluten Free Bakery – Pulse Spotlight – 11.07.11”

  1. Tina says:

    One of my customers was just telling me about Zena’s. She is thrilled with their baked goods and says you need to get there early to make sure they aren’t sold out of the items you had your heart set on.

  2. Kate says:

    Sounds so yummy and much tastier than the old rice breads! Anxious to try some.

  3. terrah says:

    AWESOME!!!!! Going to check it out tomorrow!

  4. Carrie says:

    one word… YUM. :) ..oh.. and YAY for those who are Ceiliac :) dive in people.

  5. Hello Zena’s ladies. I am the Guest Services Travel Concierge at the Best Western Plus Regency Inn/Conference Centre in Abbotsford. Would you be interested in a vendor table at our upcoming Holiday Gift Market on Sat. Nov 19th? You will be doing our community a big favour by showcasing your business since we don’t have a bakery or shop in Abbotsford or Mission that serves the gluten free needs of many local residents. Please call 604-853-3111 ext 122 and speak to Jocelyn if you are interested in participating, we’d love to have you part of the event.

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