Cupcakes and Juice and Vegans, oh my!
|January 19, 2011||Posted by Lauren under Desserts, HOTR Eats, LifeontheRun|
If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that my love for desserts has been well documented. I like to think those treats give me the extra boost I need to get through long training runs. So when I first learned that a vegan bakery and juice bar was opening down the street from my house, you can bet I was beyond excited. A bakery that I could easily walk to?? This could be dangerous…
The Wildflour Vegan Bakery is technically in Pawtucket, right at the point where Hope St becomes East St. But that’s close enough for me. And it’s conveniently located right by Garden Grille, the area’s well-known (and absolutely amazing) vegetarian restaurant.
According to their website:
The purpose of Wildflour is to serve the most delicious, healthful baked goods, fresh juices and living foods in order to have a profound positive impact on the health of our community. We strive to be a resource of information and to expand the experience of healthy living through healthy eating.
Now that’s a mission I can easily get behind! So I did what any smart dessert-lover in my position would do — I called up my co-ontherun-taste-testing expert, to have an official sample.
I’ll admit I had high expectations. I am no amateur dessert eater, after all. And when it comes to cupcakes, I’d like to think of myself as a bit of an expert. So would vegan cupcakes and other baked goods hold up to the best that NYC has to offer?
Becky and I decided to sample two items that came highly recommended: a candy bar cupcake and a pecan roll.
They both looked and smelled delicious. I also got a freshly pressed Big C juice (which contained pineapple, orange, ginger, and camu camu berry). It seemed like the perfect recovery drink after my cold, wet, 18 miles on Sunday.
First, I’ll say that I loved the juice. It was refreshing and not overly sweet. The ginger was actually a bit more pungent than I expected, but it was a great compliment to the other flavors. And it gave me the feeling that I was drinking a “health elixir” that would magically heal any ailment I may have had. I’m not typically a big juice person, but I found myself excited to go back and try their other flavors.
As good as the juice was, it was the desserts we were most excited to dig into.
The pecan roll was delicious. Cinnamony, nutty, and sweet.
The candy bar cupcake was also good. A brown sugar cupcake with peanut butter frosting and peanuts on top — what more could you ask for?
While neither item disappointed, I will say that both were a little dry. Sadly, butter and eggs appear to make a difference when it comes to cupcakes…at least in this case, anyway. That being said, however, the peanut butter frosting was pretty amazing. Light, fluffy, and not overly sweet. It was the cake part that didn’t quite live up to expectations.
The only other negative was that everything was a little pricey. The juices were around $7 each. Which isn’t outrageously expensive and it’s comparable to other things in the area, but I wouldn’t say it’s the place to go for a quick, low-cost treat. However, everything was freshly made and so I do believe it was worth the money.
All in all, I am excited about going back to try one of the many other selections on the menu. Even if these things weren’t my favorite, Wildflour offers a huge variety of juices, teas, savory dishes, and baked goods. All are vegan, and many are also gluten-free. The atmosphere was clean, crisp, and friendly (we may or may not have closed the place down).
Good thing this place is within walking distance. Something tells me they’re going to be seeing a lot of me.