To serve Toronto with traditional baked goods that are baked fresh daily, vegan and 100% gluten-free.
Toronto is a city rich with possibility.. so how come both vegans and those with the most common food sensitivities have had to wait so long for a retail bakery that caters just to them? Well, we’re here now, and if you haven’t heard about us yet, prepare yourself for a treat.
Bunner’s is Toronto’s first walk in retail bakery to offer a robust selection of 100% gluten-free and vegan baked goods. Sure, we’ve heard all the doubts and common complaints with regard to GF-V products, but try telling that to anyone who has sunk their teeth into a delicious, moist, creamy Bunner’s cupcake, brownie or pie.
Bunner’s is a vegan and gluten-free bakeshop dedicated to everyone! We are proud to offer a wide variety of premium quality treats that are free from common allergens such as wheat, dairy, soy, gluten, eggs, and refined sugars (not to mention, cruelty). Our ingredients are of the highest integrity, fair-trade, organic and local whenever possible.. Most of our goods are even sweetened with agave nectar which is low on the glycemic index (and therefore more appropriate for those with diabetes).
Our philosophy is that when you take out all the over processed, alergy triggering, immune depleating, low quality ingredients, you’re left with only the best options to choose from. Organic, unrefined, and alergen-free ingredients that are packed with so much flavour you can literally taste the difference.
We’ve worked our ‘bunns’ off to develop a custom range of delicious sweet and savoury baked goods so that you can show up at your next get-together with a box of traditional treats and hold your head high. And when your friends or family ask “What’s it made of?”, you’ll reply: ‘Only the best that money can buy - Natural, unprocessed ingredients that have been around for thousands of years - just the way Mother Nature (and Mom for that matter) like it.
A Word from Bun
A born baker, I’ve always had an affinity for sweet and delicious baked goods, knowing that the way to most people’s heart is through their tummy. When I became vegan I panicked a bit, semi-mourning the loss of amazing cupcakes! Pastries! Cookies! I soon realized how foolish this was. I wasn’t going to let a little butter and egg stand between me and my precious baked goods! So I armed myself with a few choice recipes and started training myself on how to bake without eggs, butter, milk, and while I was at it, wheat, soy, and refined sugars!
Shortly after meeting my wonderful business partner Kevin in 2008, we were inspired to follow through on our shared dream of owning and operating a positive and ethical business. After plenty of taste testing, late night planning sessions, and figuring out what our vision was, Bunner’s was born!
Now we have the pleasure of sharing our treats with you and we are confident you’ll love them just as much as we do.
Ashley Wittig & Kevin MacAllister
This can be a loaded question for many, but for us the question makes perfect sense. Most people have been raised in a culture that never gave a second thought to animal products in their diet. They said ‘It’s been like that for generations now, so why all the fuss? Isn’t it hard to go vegan? I hear it’s nutritionally depriving?’
In reality, these notions couldn’t be further from the truth. Veganism is an expression of harmony with your body and with the world around you. A plant-based diet delivers to your body high quality nutrients that keep you fit, light and performing at your best. Not only is a plant-based diet easier on digestion (and therefore less energy consuming), but it also eliminates the intake of toxins (antibiotics, hormones, dangerous bacteria) associated with today’s modern animal farming practices.
There’s also the environmental impact to consider. Animal production is well known to be one of the world’s leading environmental culprits. By comparison, plant based food production is but a drop in the bucket with regard to environmental impact and resource consumption.
Lastly, we love animals so much that we couldn’t imagine harming them, especially when there is such an abundance of beautiful food that is available otherwise. Mass production of animals for food has been chasing ever-increasing profit margins for so long that they have abandoned any semblance of care or welfare for the animals they produce. The days of the classic farmer, red barn and green pasture have long since been replaced by crushing corporate interests.
When you make the decision to buy and eat vegan, it is not a stand against anybody in particular, but rather a stand FOR so many positive things. If you have any questions feel free to write us and we’ll do our best to answer. firstname.lastname@example.org
When we first started our business it was pretty small scale - and by that we mean really small scale. Baking was done with a regular kitchen oven and we reached our first customers under a small tent at local farmer’s markets around Toronto. We would show up at the crack of dawn after baking through the wee hours and set up our little table.
People loved the products from the first day we went public, however we always noticed that the few gluten-free products we sold were of particular interest to a certain crowd. Celiacs and those with gluten sensitivities would spot our humble sign and rush over excitedly to ask what products were gluten-free. They were truly delighted and often times grateful to stumble across our little stand and develop a relationship with our growing business.
The phone started ringing more frequently with requests and advance orders and we realized how underserviced this demographic had been in Toronto. Many of our new customers had been forced to compromise with below par gluten-free alternatives and would gush over our moist, scrumptious cupcakes, our decadent cookies and our light fluffy muffins.
It was at this point that the path forward became all too clear. With a little tenacity and persistence, we felt it was possible to make most if not any product gluten-free AND delicious - so delicious in fact that those who had never tasted a gluten-free treat would have no idea what they were missing.
Our bakery is for everyone and our goal is to satisfy our amazing customers with treats they can be proud to share with family and friends.