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Capital City Bakery's vegan cupcakes
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12 Great Gluten- and Dairy-Free Dessert Places in Austin

No to wheat and milk, yes to delicious

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Capital City Bakery's vegan cupcakes
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Going gluten-free? Saying no to dairy? Thankfully, eating with restrictions in Austin doesn’t mean you have to suffer. These days, lots of restaurants offer gluten-free alternatives and dairy-free options for everyday favorites. Thanks to the raising number of special diet-sensitive restaurants, bakeries, shops, and trailers in town, there’s no reason to skip dessert either.

This Eater guide can help you navigate the city’s sweet spots if you’re looking for options for your gluten- or dairy-free diet. Or perhaps you’re looking to please friends and family who are. Either way, fret not. You don’t have to settle for something that’s less than delicious. From fanciful vegan cupcakes at Sugar Mama’s and picture perfect gluten-free goods at Wild Wood Bake House to the decadent raw truffles at Curcuma and endless options at Thai Fresh, this guide means palate-pleasing desserts for everyone.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Capital City Bakery

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This home business turned food trailer turned storefront on East Cesar Chavez has a 100% vegan kitchen that churns out cakes, cupcakes, cookies, whoopie pies, brownies, pop tarts, and more. Bonus points for its whimsical seasonally inspired cupcakes and cookies.

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The Beer Plant

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Though the craft beer, botanically inspired cocktails and plant-forward snacks and entrées may be the draw at this Terrytown vegan gastropub, save room for dessert. The current menu includes a daily cheesecake special, carrot cake, cookies, and a brownie sundae made with Sweet Ritual ice cream.

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Thai Fresh

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From raw mocha bars and salted caramel brownies to raw carrot pistachio cake, this Bouldin Creek restaurant and coffee bar boasted a wide welcoming range of gluten-free and vegan baked goods. The homemade vegan ice cream is well worth trying too.

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Counter Culture

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Vegan comfort food—this East Side restaurant and South Austin trailer have made a name for themselves by proving it can be done deliciously. Come for the jackfruit barbecue sandwich but stay for the raw gluten-free donut holes, cobbler, cheesecake, pies, bars or whichever seasonal treat it has whipped up.

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With an “always gluten-free, corn-free, peanut-free, and soy-free” manta, the paleo-focused South Austin trailer recently expanded north with a brick-and-mortar Brentwood cafe. Our sweet pick? The gluten-free blondie made with grass-fed butter, coconut sugar, eggs, almond meal, and rich chocolate chunks. Find it at either location.

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Wild Wood Bakehouse

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Cinnamon rolls. Tiramisu. Red velvet cake. This north campus restaurant bakes up all the typical hits—from a 100% gluten-free kitchen. Craving something specific? Since not all items are available at all times, the restaurant takes custom orders.

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Curcuma

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This teal trailer parked on West Live Oak Street is adding an on-trend twist to the special diets sweets scene with its 100% plant-based approach. Try the black lemon sorbet, golden mylk ice cream, and rose tahini cacao truffles made with organic raw cacao, rose water, housemade tahini, cashews, dates, and rolled in coconut flakes.

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Mother's Cafe & Garden

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This enduring Hyde Park spot has long been a safe haven for vegetarians and vegans. All housemade desserts are eggless and sweetened with either organic Sucanat, organic maple syrup, or organic raw sugar. There are a handful of satisfying vegan desserts, and the Almond Mocha Torte is gluten free too.

Skull and Cakebones

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After successfully peddling its cakes and cupcakes at farmers’ markets and wholesale to Whole Foods Market, Wheatsville, Royal Blue Grocery, and more, the vegan craft bakery is opening its first brick and mortar in Dripping Springs any day now. Don’t wait until then to try one of its glass mason jar-filled trifles though.

Sugar Mama's Bakeshop

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Still riding the cupcake train? The moist, light, and colorful cupcakes with amusing names have earned these two Austin shops accolades. Though the sugary spot also deserves kudos for its wide selection of vegan cupcakes including the rich chocolatey Black Forest and the sweet and spicy Frida.

The Steeping Room

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With two area locations, these sipping-centric cafes also cater to vegans and guests with gluten sensitivities. A handful of desserts can be made vegan or gluten free including the cupcakes and cookies. The must-try seasonal mousse can be gluten-free friendly. Just ask.

Bananarchy

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This Arrested Development-inspired frozen banana stand serves as both a reminder to Austinites that watching TV can in fact pay off, as well as a less-conventional dessert destination for vegans. Opt to build your own creation and choose the vegan chocolate dip. Note: The stand closes for the winter months. Get it while you can!

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Capital City Bakery

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This home business turned food trailer turned storefront on East Cesar Chavez has a 100% vegan kitchen that churns out cakes, cupcakes, cookies, whoopie pies, brownies, pop tarts, and more. Bonus points for its whimsical seasonally inspired cupcakes and cookies.

Capital City Bakery/Official

The Beer Plant

The Beer Plant/Official

Though the craft beer, botanically inspired cocktails and plant-forward snacks and entrées may be the draw at this Terrytown vegan gastropub, save room for dessert. The current menu includes a daily cheesecake special, carrot cake, cookies, and a brownie sundae made with Sweet Ritual ice cream.

The Beer Plant/Official

Thai Fresh

Thai Fresh/Official

From raw mocha bars and salted caramel brownies to raw carrot pistachio cake, this Bouldin Creek restaurant and coffee bar boasted a wide welcoming range of gluten-free and vegan baked goods. The homemade vegan ice cream is well worth trying too.

Thai Fresh/Official

Counter Culture

Counter Culture/Official

Vegan comfort food—this East Side restaurant and South Austin trailer have made a name for themselves by proving it can be done deliciously. Come for the jackfruit barbecue sandwich but stay for the raw gluten-free donut holes, cobbler, cheesecake, pies, bars or whichever seasonal treat it has whipped up.

Counter Culture/Official

Picnik

Picnik/Official

With an “always gluten-free, corn-free, peanut-free, and soy-free” manta, the paleo-focused South Austin trailer recently expanded north with a brick-and-mortar Brentwood cafe. Our sweet pick? The gluten-free blondie made with grass-fed butter, coconut sugar, eggs, almond meal, and rich chocolate chunks. Find it at either location.

Picnik/Official

Wild Wood Bakehouse

Wild Wood Bakehouse/Official

Cinnamon rolls. Tiramisu. Red velvet cake. This north campus restaurant bakes up all the typical hits—from a 100% gluten-free kitchen. Craving something specific? Since not all items are available at all times, the restaurant takes custom orders.

Wild Wood Bakehouse/Official

Curcuma

Curcuma/Official

This teal trailer parked on West Live Oak Street is adding an on-trend twist to the special diets sweets scene with its 100% plant-based approach. Try the black lemon sorbet, golden mylk ice cream, and rose tahini cacao truffles made with organic raw cacao, rose water, housemade tahini, cashews, dates, and rolled in coconut flakes.

Curcuma/Official

Mother's Cafe & Garden

This enduring Hyde Park spot has long been a safe haven for vegetarians and vegans. All housemade desserts are eggless and sweetened with either organic Sucanat, organic maple syrup, or organic raw sugar. There are a handful of satisfying vegan desserts, and the Almond Mocha Torte is gluten free too.

Skull and Cakebones

After successfully peddling its cakes and cupcakes at farmers’ markets and wholesale to Whole Foods Market, Wheatsville, Royal Blue Grocery, and more, the vegan craft bakery is opening its first brick and mortar in Dripping Springs any day now. Don’t wait until then to try one of its glass mason jar-filled trifles though.

Sugar Mama's Bakeshop

Still riding the cupcake train? The moist, light, and colorful cupcakes with amusing names have earned these two Austin shops accolades. Though the sugary spot also deserves kudos for its wide selection of vegan cupcakes including the rich chocolatey Black Forest and the sweet and spicy Frida.

The Steeping Room

With two area locations, these sipping-centric cafes also cater to vegans and guests with gluten sensitivities. A handful of desserts can be made vegan or gluten free including the cupcakes and cookies. The must-try seasonal mousse can be gluten-free friendly. Just ask.

Bananarchy

Bananarchy/Facebook

This Arrested Development-inspired frozen banana stand serves as both a reminder to Austinites that watching TV can in fact pay off, as well as a less-conventional dessert destination for vegans. Opt to build your own creation and choose the vegan chocolate dip. Note: The stand closes for the winter months. Get it while you can!

Bananarchy/Facebook

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