Tasty Treats and Decadent Desserts for Vegans in the Valley

By Ashley Betz / Photography By Heather Gill | Last Updated October 08, 2014
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Vegan baked goods @ 24 Carrots
Vegan baked goods @ 24 Carrots

Luckily for us, these Valley bakers have risen to the vegan baking challenge and have devised vivid, flavor-packed treats that vegans and omnivores alike will savor and enjoy.

The stereotype of vegans as crunchy, hemp-wearing hippies lurking in the dark, marginal corners of health stores is disappearing as veganism moves into mainstream America. According to Gallup research, 2% of the U.S. population is vegan.

Living a vegan lifestyle has become much easier: Nowadays you can’t turn a corner in a grocery store without smacking into once-unknown ingredients that feature prominently in the vegan diet, such as quinoa, tempeh or chia seeds.

The health benefits of a vegan lifestyle are increasingly appreciated by consumers of all persuasions and environmentalists appreciate vegans’ promotion of transparency about how food is produced, handled and prepared.

So what exactly is veganism?

Vegans consume an entirely plant-based diet with no animal by-products. While that rules out smearing cream cheese on a bagel or adding a healthy dose of cream to your morning coffee, it isn’t that difficult to come up with savory dishes that fit the criteria. But if you’re vegan, you also have to cross eggs, butter, milk and honey off your grocery list. And that makes it a real challenge to create delicious baked goods (always as much a science as an art).

Luckily for us, these Valley bakers have risen to the vegan baking challenge and have devised vivid, flavor-packed treats that vegans and omnivores alike will savor and enjoy.

24 Carrots

Why We Love It: Talk about “organic.” It all started as a bar with a few adorably-named juices (“Berry Me Alive,” “Field of Greens”). Customers started spotting the fresh produce behind the counter and...
|1701 E Guadalpe Rd, Tempe, AZ, us
|480.753.4411

Treehouse Bakery

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|1348 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ, us
|480.560.5233

Nami

“‘Nami’ means ‘wave’ in Japanese and I view plant-based cuisine riding this wave. It’s big,” says Owner and Chef Damon Brasch. “...
|2014 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.258.6264

Kick Ass Kakes

When asked how he created his name, Owner and Chef Jay Murphy laughs: “A friend said, ‘You don’t make normal cakes, you make kick...
|4700 N. Central Ave., Ste. 105, Phoenix, AZ, us
|602.266.0533
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