If you follow my Facebook page, you know that I’ve found some gluten free, vegan donuts here in my hometown that I’m obsessed with. They’re not dry, they’re soy free, and they’re everything dreams are made of. Well, my dreams anyway.
Whether you follow my Facebook page or not, you probably aren’t aware that I’ve been trying to adopt a more plant-based diet. So far this means eating vegan baked goods and making peanut noodles for dinner, but I’m planning to add more fruits and vegetables…eventually.
Point is, there’s a lot of overlap in the gluten free and vegan communities. Which is why when I saw Vegan Vee bakery advertised on Facebook, a mere ten miles from where I would be staying in Nashville, I knew I had to go.
My best friend, who I was staying with, is joining me in my efforts to eat a plant-based diet. Obviously, she was on board with checking out this bakery. They’re open from 7 am to 2 pm on Saturdays. We arrived around 9 am, and several things were already sold out. Next time we’ll be arriving earlier. Should we have to wake up at 6 am to find a decent gluten free baked good? Probably not. Will we? Definitely.
Anyway. The bakery doesn’t have any inside seating. It’s very much a grab and go location. There’s a single tiny table and two chairs outside, but they appear to have been added as an afterthought. They serve no useful purpose because they’re about three feet from a busy road. Luckily, there’s a park less than a mile from the bakery. We went there and sat in the shade to enjoy our bounty.
There’s a cold case full of drinks and miscellany, but the real star here is the bakery case. There are cupcakes, mini cakes, donut, muffins, cinnamon rolls, and everything you can imagine. Signs denote which items are soy free as well as gluten free and vegan.
Between the five of us (including FPIES baby), we ordered a soy free cupcake, four donuts, and two muffins.
The cupcake was lemon blueberry flavored. Although the cupcake was good, the icing was the star here. The donuts—vanilla sprinkle and chocolate— were decent. They paled in comparison to Cashew’s donuts here in Chattanooga. It was possibly an unfair comparison, because Cashew’s donuts are little round pastry revelations. (Vegan Vee’s donuts were more expensive than Cashew’s donuts, too.)
Vegan Vee really shone in one aspect, though. Let’s talk about their muffins. Nick and Justin both chose blueberry muffins with lemon glaze. It was a good choice. These muffins were huge, impossibly moist, and arguably the best muffins any of us had ever tried. I didn’t get a picture of the muffins because they were eaten so fast. Am I being dramatic about how good they taste? Not really. Even the gluten and meat eaters were raving about them.
Will I be going back to Vegan Vee? Definitely! But I won’t be wasting money on their donuts when I can have a muffin instead.