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Thankfully, vegan baked goods are no longer a rarity in the ‘Burgh.
There are a handful of vegan bakeries and even more coffee shops, restaurants, and stores that carry baked goods from local vegan bakeries.
You can find donuts, cookies, brownies, cakes, and so much more. You can even grab a veganized version of Pittsburgh’s famous almond torte from one of these local vegan bakeries!
Read on to learn where to get the best vegan baked goods around Pittsburgh, and probably where to spend a little bit of your next paycheck!
This bakery carries baked goods that are vegan as well as gluten-free.
1923 Murray Ave | Squirrel Hill | gluuteny.com
You may have heard of this entirely gluten and dairy-free and mostly vegan bakery before, but we promise it’s not overhyped.
What makes this place so special is that the options are seemingly endless. Eating with special dietary restrictions has never felt less restrictive.
You can get your favorite vegan baked goods like chocolate chip cookies, brownies, cupcakes, muffins, and donuts, and less popular treats such as macaroons, cheesecakes, lemon bars, and even twinkies.
You can even have specialty cakes made for special occasions, such as graduations, weddings, birthdays, etc. They have cakes ranging from carrot cake and cookie cake to your classic chocolate or vanilla sheet cake.
More of a savory person? Don’t worry, there’s something for you too! Gluuteny also sells breads and savories such as pizza pockets, bagels, and bbq chicken pockets.
You can even grab mixes to make your own vegan baked goods at home! They carry cookie mix, cake mix, pancake and waffle mix, pumpkin loaf mix, muffin mix, pie mix, pizza crust mix, and more!
And we can’t forget to mention that they have their own totally delicious veganzied version of the much beloved in Pittsburgh almond torte cake. If you order in advance, you can pick up either the Square Toasted Almond Cake, a square almond flavored cake with vanilla frosting covered in toasted almonds, or the Toasted Almond Cake, a two layer torte toasted almond cake with raspberry filling. Both are great substitutes for the original, and we promise, you won’t feel like you’re missing anything.
“Had a brownie from here it was amazing. I couldn't believe it was gluten, dairy, and soy free. Compared to even a regular brownie it really good. Would recommend if you're tired of stomach issues whenever you want a baked dessert.” - Yelp Review
Kaibur Coffee & Café
Stop by this café on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays for vegan donuts made in-house.
3138 Dobson St. | Polish Hill | kaiburcoffee.com
Run, don’t walk, to Kaibur Coffee & Café on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays for vegan donuts made in-house. You can check their Instagram or website for their donuts of the day, but some they’ve made in the past include S’mores, Raspberry Sprinkle, Chai, Chocolate Sprinky, Key Lime, Cookies N’ Cream, Chocolate Pistachio, and Chai Chocolate.
You might as well run on all of the other days of the week too for the assortment of other vegan baked goods they carry. Again, you should check Kaibur’s Instagram to see what they are selling on a given day, but double chocolate muffins, chocolate peanut butter squares, cherry cheesecake, and rice krispy treats are some fun vegan treats they’ve had in the past.
Kaibur is also so much more than a vegan bakery. They make a mean latte (with dairy free milk, of course) and some flavorful vegan and vegetarian dishes. Stop in on your way to work for a breakfast sandwich with tofu scramble, vegan cheese, and vegan breakfast sausage, or make this your favorite lunch spot with friends for a Chickpea Melt or vegan Reuben.
“Equally ADORABLE room and employees! Everyone is friendly and kind! I had a delicious almond milk latte and vegan sausage breakfast sandwich! 10/10!” - Yelp Review
Check out this punk-rock themed restaurant for some seriously unique vegan sweets.
639 East Warrington Ave | Mount Washington | onionmaiden.com
Located in Mount Washington, this punk-rock themed restaurant serves vegan Asian and American comfort food and some seriously unique vegan sweets.
Currently on their menu is the Cookie Monster cookie, which, according to their website, is “a classic chocolate chip cookie, only BIGGER!,” the Peanut Butter Wolf Tart, a peanut butter chocolate ganache tart, the Rainbow in the Dark Brownie, a classic chocolate brownie with rainbow sprinkles, the Metalachi Cookie, a Mexican or Russian wedding cookie, the You’re Killin’ Me Smalls Brownie, a chocolate marshmallow graham cracker brownie, and the Pomegranate Turmeric Orange Cashew Cheesecake, a raw pomegranate turmeric orange cashew cheesecake topped with blueberry compote.
You may want to check their social media or website to see if they have your favorite vegan sweet in-store before you make the trip, but no matter what they have in stock, you’re in for a treat.
If you want to pair your vegan treat with a plant-based meal, check out their aptly named The Woods, a tofu stir fry with kale, lily flower, and wood ear served on top of black forbidden rice and topped with ginger pesto, or their Asian infused tots, General Ngo’s, tater tots topped with red cabbage, chili oil, soy caramel, beansprouts, and cilantro.
Onion Maiden is partnered with Worm Return, a composting service based in Pittsburgh that composts any of the restaurant’s food waste. On top of that, Onion Maiden also makes it a priority to use eco-friendly products. So, if you needed another reason to go here, this is it!
“Onion Maiden is amazing! The food is all vegan, but you will probably forget that most of the time. I'm not even sure how they make all this food, but without any animal products. I've had their donuts, waffles, sushi, tots, kale salad, and lox bagel and it's all delicious.” - Yelp Review
They had us at vegan cinnamon buns.
5202 Butler St. | Lawrenceville | b52pgh.com
Be honest, when was the last time you were able to enjoy a dessert breakfast since becoming a vegan? Too long? We’ve got you covered. Check out this 100% plant-based café and these to-die-for cinnamon buns.
But buns aren’t all they’ve got. They also carry Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Walnut Brownie Cookies, Danishes, Carrot Cake, and Chocolate Cake.
They even have vegan pancakes! So the next time you and your friends make brunch plans, you don’t have to miss out on those probably much needed pancakes.
And if you need some savory to pair with all this sweet, check out the rest of their menu. They have smaller plates like Cauliflower Wings and Cheese Fries, as well as sandwiches, wraps, and salads such as the Kofta Cheese Melt and Seitan Salad.
“This place is a vegan go to! Who said vegans can't have eggs? The tofu scramble was delish & I would go back just for the avocado toast. Such a cute location & restaurant.” - Yelp Review
Gluten Free Goat Bakery
Look out for their pop-ups around the city!
4905 Penn Avenue | Garfield | glutenfreegoat.com
Although they’ve closed their storefront, you can still find these delicious vegan and gluten-free goods in cafés around Pittsburgh or at pop-ups around the city! And trust us, they’re worth seeking out!
They have delicious vegan and gluten-free donuts in flavors such as Double Chocolate, Blueberry Cobbler, Cinnamon Sugar, and Caramel Coconut. They also have a vegan and gluten-free corn loaf.
The best part - there are new goodies in the works! Fingers crossed their famous gluten-free poptarts will be veganized in the near future!
“We saw Gluten Free Goat at the Vegan Expo. We got the Apple cider donut and immediately turned around to get the maple pecan. They were moist, flavorful and so so delicious. We devoured them too fast to even get a picture. Everything that they had looked awesome!” - Yelp Review
With these vegan bakeries in the ‘Burgh, it’s hard to feel as though you’re missing out on the sweet things in life by becoming vegan. And even if you’re not fully plant-based, you can still enjoy a vegan baked good every once in a while and support a local business while you’re at it. Our only advice to you: try not to spend too much of your next paycheck on vegan donuts!