If you live in York Region, you will undoubtedly find yourself in Toronto one day, whether you like it or not. For the Celiac traveler, there’s no need to worry, just head to Almond Butterfly.
Almond Butterfly is a 100% gluten-free café and bakery where bagels are on the menu! The bakery also boasts a lovely selection of sandwiches, coffee beverages, cupcakes, brownies, muffins, cinnamon buns as well as other treats.
For a gluten-free café, the prices are fairly reasonable and their online menu has some lactose-free, dairy-free, soy-free and vegan options. My personal favourite has always been the dairy-free version of the grilled turkey cheddar pesto sandwich (also known as the GFT).
I also recommend you try the pumpkin spice latté with almond milk. However, whatever you do, avoid the salami and sun-dried tomato sandwich. I’ve eaten it twice and it made my stomach churn.
For dessert, grab a paleo lava cake that can be warmed upon request. Or, try a paleo pumpkin muffin, for a healthier breakfast option. The staff also have an ingredient list on hand to help customers avoid allergens and find healthier ingredients.
If there is one thing that I wish they had on the menu, it would be a dairy-free, gluten-free whipped cream. (And before you say ANYTHING, stop acting like YOU haven’t been dreaming of a dairy-free latté with whipped cream.)
In addition, Almond Butterfly has a pre-order menu on their website if you want to order baked goods in advance.
Allergen alert!: The bakery website notes that they use the following ingredients: dairy, eggs, nuts and peanuts. For all other allergen inquiries, please contact the bakery.
Dietary alert!: The bakery’s website lists several vegetarian, paleo and vegan options. According to their website, there are two types of bagel available -one vegan and one made with eggs- so please be careful when ordering.
Transit information: Information on getting to and from the bakery can be found on Almond Butterfly’s website [here].
(Please note that the images in this post were taken in September. Unfortunately, due to a very busy university term, I wasn’t able to publish this post until now.)