Back to Eden Blog

A Very Personal Plea To Help Rebuild Nepali Homes Devastated By Earthquake

Posted on May 11, 2015

Greetings Friends and Supporters of Back to Eden,

Normally when we reach out to you as a business we aim to keep it non-personal and from the collective voice of Back to Eden Bakery. Well, today I am breaking protocol a bit and addressing you from my own perspective, as one of the co-owners of this outfit with a personal request to share. If you only come to this page or joined our newsletter to hear about our latest tantalizing treat I apologize in advance for any presumption on my part that you want to hear from me personally. I do know that one thing that draws all of you together onto the same “friends” list is your compassionate spirit and that is what I hope to appeal to in writing this post.

With that preface now out of the way I am going to do my best to keep this brief so you can really focus your attention to the matter at hand. One year ago today I lost my younger brother rather unexpectedly and needless to say it has been quite a journey learning to fully live again while holding onto that much grief. If I can say anything about healing from that kind of loss is that there is no better medicine than doing something to alleviate the suffering of others. So on the 1 year anniversary of the hardest moment my own family has ever suffered I would like to bring your attention to an opportunity to help out another family in desperate need of our support.

On April 25, 2015 Nepal was rattled by a devastating earthquake that has left many people homeless and without aid or relief. One of the families whose home was was destroyed happens to be very dear to our own family whom our stepmother first developed a profound connection with many years ago. She has organized a GoFundMe campaign to help rebuild homes in rural Nepal and this Mother’s Day she dedicated the campaign in my brother Joey’s honor. Would you please be so kind to read her story and consider making any kind of donation to help her reach her goal? I can assure you that every bit will go to this Nepali family directly. And if you prefer to show your support in another way Tuesday, May 12th we will be donating 25% of our total sales from our Alberta St. storefront and our Division St. food cart to help this GoFundMe campaign really succeed. From our family to yours we thank you for your generous spirit and continued support!

With warmest regards and an open heart,

John Blomgren
Co-Owner and General Manager
Back to Eden Bakery


Announcing Our New SE Division Street Food Cart Location!!

Posted on Apr 20, 2015

Until now fans of Back to Eden Bakery have had to be willing to travel to our NE Alberta storefront to get our 100% plant-based vegan gluten-free products. But now anyone living or working on the south side of Portland can find our entire baked goods and ice cream menu at our new bakery cart located at 28th Pl. & SE Division St!

Holding down the corner stall at the Tidbit Food, Farm & Garden cart pod you can’t miss our marquee “bakery” sign inviting you into a quintessentially Portland dining experience. Grab a meal from any of the 20 or so food carts offering anything from traditional Scandinavian food, hearty Hawaiian bowls, Earth Burgers and fries, wood fired pizza, waffle sandwiches or ramen noodles, (there’s even one featuring local microbrews and ciders) and then follow it all up with cupcakes, whoopie pies, milkshakes, sundaes or coconut cream pies. Are you drooling yet?

Back to Eden Bakery Division (open daily 9am-9pm) located at 2880 SE Division St. quietly opened April 15th and serves as a unique outdoor alternative to our adorably petite flagship cafe firmly rooted on Alberta Street. Offering a delectable array of cakes, pies, confections, morning pastries, non-dairy soft serve and so much more you’ll want to check out either one of our two eastside locations soon! Before the lines starting forming!

And stay tuned as we will be sharing more details about our Grand Opening event slated for Friday, May 1st.

Thank you for all your support,

Back to Eden Bakery


Spring is here and we're growing!

Posted on Mar 18, 2015

Happy Spring! You made it through another Portland winter...well, almost! The Vernal Equinox is this Friday, March 20th at 3:45pm to be exact and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome in another growing season with you all. Many seeds were planted over the past winter and if you feel like you haven’t heard from us in a while its because we’ve been busy...germinating. You might have seen on Facebook or heard the chatter but we want you to know the rumors are true, Back to Eden Bakery is finally coming to SE Portland this spring!

Since we first opened up our storefront in 2009 we have thoroughly enjoyed serving the Alberta Street community and can’t imagine that relationship ever changing. That being said we know there is a lot more to Portland than just our little neck of the woods and we feel that it is time to grow another branch of the Back to Eden tree and extend our reach. When the good folks over at Tidbit Food Farm and Garden reached out to us with the invitation to join their thriving food cart pod at 28th and Division we knew that the time was finally right to expand.

So in January we began working on building our own food cart from the wheels on up Back to Eden Bakery style! All the pieces are still coming together but if you are trying to picture it think woodland cottage with vegan gluten-free pastries and ice cream! From the moment we started talking food carts we said that if we were going to do it it had to be the cutest food cart Portland has seen. Fortunately we were able to pull together the talents of many helping hands and we can say with confidence that our SE Division location will certainly have all the charm you’ve come to associate with our little shop on NE Alberta!

At this point it is still too soon to predict the exact date we will be opening as the next two weeks are most critical when all those pieces we mentioned will be coming together. As soon as we can tell you when we will but for now we just wanted to check in and give you something to look forward to! Over the weekend the cart was blessed to have our incredibly talented artist friend Flora Bowley paint a mural backdrop in her signature style. You might have noticed one of her works hanging in our shop since the day we opened and it only seemed fitting to have her help us establish Back to Eden’s food cart aesthetic. Needless to say it turned out beautifully and here are a couple of other shots that will serve as a preview of what’s to come!

Thank you for all your years of support and visiting us on NE Alberta Street where we hope to continue welcoming you for years to come. When we open up on SE Division Street next month we hope to make you feel as at home and as satiated as ever before. With these two bookend East side locations we intend for Spring 2015 to be huge leap forward for our company and it’s mission of bringing you the highest quality 100% plant-based vegan gluten-free baked goods Portland has to offer.

With your help we make it so!

More to follow! Thanks for reading! Be well!

John and Garrett
Back to Eden Bakery


The Holidays Are Just Around The Corner...

Posted on Oct 27, 2014

...which means it is time to start placing your special orders! With our 100% plant-based vegan gluten-free desserts and pastries in the house your Thanksgiving and winter holidays are sure to be deliciously memorable. With all the running around that comes with this festive season you might want a little help lightening the load of your prep list. Whether you are looking for pies, cakes, cupcakes, whoopie pies or cookies, Back to Eden Bakery is more than happy to help impress those out-of-town guests. And keep in mind that we don't simply specialize in desserts! We also have a great line of morning pastries and savory bites that will keep you and your guests fueled as your dinner preparation gets underway! 

Check out our 2014 Holiday Special Order Pricing Guide linked below for more details! And remember, while we require 48 hours for all special orders the calendar can and will fill up fast so make sure to get those orders in as soon as you can! Simply give the shop a call at 503-477-5022 or email to place an order.


Celebrating 5 years on Alberta Street!

Posted on Sep 15, 2014

Hello Dear Friends!!

We hope this message finds you well and that you have thoroughly enjoyed your summer. It’s hard to believe that the Fall is finally upon us but it is true! Not only does the Autumn Equinox herald many new menu items and a change to our open hours but it also serves as our 5 Year Anniversary doing business on Alberta Street!! Only 50% of small businesses actually reach such a momentous milestone and we are humbly proud to be here! Of course we could not have achieved such a feat without the steadfast support of you, our loyal customers!!

So, we have many delicious things planned to celebrate and appreciate you for your patronage over the years!



Every Fall we change our hours back to closing at 9pm but this year we are going to be doing something a little different. Now that we have espresso going and school is back in session we recognize the need to begin opening an hour earlier. Beginning Monday, September 22nd our new open hours will be 8am-9pm to better accommodate our customers who might like to make a stop on the way to work or school. We look forward to starting our day even earlier with your smiling faces!


We say this every year and every year we mean it but around here the Fall is our favorite season.  Maybe it’s the subtle chill in the air, maybe it’s the romance of falling leaves or just the sheer excitement for the return of soup weather!  For us we relish the opportunity to bring you a new and dynamic menu full of flavor and innovation.  Every day of our anniversary week we will be introducing new menu items so you’d be advised to stay attuned. Here’s a little preview, however, of what’s to come:

Raw Lemon Bars

Buffalo Chicken Ranch Salad

Apple Fritter Scones

Chai Sugar Cookies

Sweet Potato Cream Pies

Raspberry Banana Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Boston Cream Pies

Maple Bourbon Ginger Cupcakes

Salted Caramel Apple Pies

Chard Bacon Leek Quiche

New Cascadia Bagels and so much more!!


Because it is our anniversary week and no small business succeeds without a loyal customer base we will be running a number of specials to show you our appreciation.

Monday-Friday- Anyone making a purchase of $25 or more will receive a free t-shirt! We have limited supplies however so make sure you get in before we run out!

ALSO...Monday-Sunday- Anyone making a food and/or drink purchase of any amount can enter to win a $50 Gift Card to spend at your leisure.  All you need to do is write your name and email address on the back of your sales receipt to enter. The winner will be contacted via email on Monday, September 22nd.


We are very excited to introduce our new Gift Cards that will replace our large, bulky paper gift certificates. Anyone who puts more than $5.00 on a gift card during our anniversary week will receive a coupon for a free single soft-serve! These cards can be loaded up with any dollar amount, reloaded indefinitely and used just like a credit card. Not only are these much cuter and easier to use but there is no fee per swipe. This means that with your help we can save on those pesky credit card processing fees! You can also register it online to check your balance! It’s super easy, eco-friendly and beats using credit cards!


Last but not least, we will be closing at 3pm on Monday, September 22nd to host an Appreciation Party for our beloved staff members. It’s a rare occasion to get everyone together and in order to make it possible we need to close early that day. Hopefully we can take care of all your needs during the hours of 8am to 3pm. Thanks for the understanding!!

So that’s where things stand this September here at Back to Eden Bakery! We are so delighted to be in a position to serve our beloved Portland community and hope to continue doing so for many years to come!! We look forward to celebrating with you this week and, if given the opportunity, personally thanking you ourselves!

Wishing you all the best,

In gratitude,

Back to Eden Bakery

Here's What's Sprouting This Spring!

Posted on Mar 4, 2014

Greetings friends!! 

We’ve only a few more weeks to go before we can officially say “welcome spring” and the budding trees are eager to congratulate you on making it through! It’s been a while since we’ve used this medium to reach out to you but that’s not to say its been all hibernation this winter. In fact, we have been busy crafting plans to make 2014 the most dynamic year Back to Eden Bakery has seen yet! Some ideas are still germinating but here’s a preview of some of the seeds we are planting this year.

As many of you know last year we partnered up with Trailhead Coffee Roasters to provide you with some of the best beans Portland has to offer. In the fall we finally added espresso to our menu with four non-dairy milk options to choose from. Well, this year we are incredibly proud to introduce our very own “Back to Eden Blend” co-created with the folks at Trailhead. Ethically sourced and sustainably grown, the beans in our custom blend come from Peru and Colombia through the Cafe Femenino Coffee Project. A social program focused on empowerment, network building and income generation,  every cup of coffee or retail bag you purchase helps to enhance the lives of women and their families in coffee growing communities around the world. Follow the links to learn more about Cafe Femenino, Trailhead Coffee Roasters and our coffee offerings.
In the baking department we have added many new exciting flavors that are sure to delight you this season:
Since we’ve been talking coffee, nothing pairs better than one of our morning pastries. Our Citrus Ginger Scone has been winning fans over since we introduced it last month. The perfect alchemy of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, lemon zest and crystallized ginger this scone is not only perfection in flavor but its texture simply can’t be beat.
Inspired by your favorite childhood snack we’d like to introduce to you our latest dessert item (drumroll please...) our brand new PB&J Whoopie Pie! Just imagine two perfectly moist yet chewy peanut butter cookie cakes sandwiched together with a concord grape buttercream filling! To sum it up, heartwarmingly nostalgic and oh so delicious!!
If a light breakfast or brunch is what you are after you might want to consider our Biscuits with Mushroom Gravy. Just this week we stepped it up a notch by giving you the option of adding a housemade gluten-free walnut oat sausage patty. Hearty, savory and seriously satisfying, this new menu item is sure to be a hit. Word to the wise, the early bird gets the worm if you know what we mean!
Last but not least, we’d like to show you all a little customer appreciation for sticking with us this winter and braving the elements to show us your support. Last year we collaborated with our friends over at Seed Garden Designs to create the perfect image for our new t-shirts. Inspired by our company’s mission to plant something in return, the image not only bears a message of hope and renewal but are locally printed using American Apparel’s sustainable tee made of 100% organic cotton. For the rest of the month you can save 50% on our t-shirts when you make a $25 purchase or more in store. And to really show you our appreciation we will be raffling away five t-shirts on April 1st. No purchase necessary! No fooling! To enter all you have to do to is use the Contact form on our website.
As you can see 2014 is off to a great start around here and we will be making more of an effort to keep you dialed in and inspired. Checking in with our blog is one way to stay informed and don’t forget to visit our Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter for more up to the moment information.

We are so grateful to be of service to you and wish you all the best as always!

Back to Eden Bakery



Posted on Nov 15, 2013
Anyone who has visited our shop before knows what a petite space it is and yet we somehow manage to make magic happen in there in spite of that fact. With over thirty handcrafted baked goods in rotation daily, an impressive ice cream shake/sundae menu and a nice assortment of savory lunch options we’d like to think that we are working it out. Well, we are quite proud to say that this week things just got a lot better around here.

For the four plus years we have been doing business in our humble little shop at 2217 NE Alberta Street the number one request we have gotten from our customers is espresso. Given the limited counter space and close quarters we have always assumed that it was more than our shop could bare but alas we have made it happen! Espresso is finally here!

Now you can get your caffeination on when you stop by for your morning pastry, getting your lunch to go or are picking up your special order cake. We are delighted for the partnership we have with Trailhead Coffee Roasters who produce some of the highest quality beans here in Portland. Our milk choices include soy, rice, hazelnut and hemp so you definitely have options. And if mochas or flavored lattes are your fancy we source fair-trade organic chocolate and flavor syrups from Holy Kakow.

We’d like you consider Back to Eden Bakery your go-to source for a quality cup of coffee as well as your favorite 100% plant-based vegan gluten-free bakery! Thank you for all your patience and support over the years. We heard the demand and are so happy we were able to respond!

P.S. While we have your attention we want to remind you that we are now actively taking special orders for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Please refer to the ordering guide below and keep in mind that all orders need to be placed by either Monday, November 25th or Sunday, December 22nd respectively. The calendar will fill up, however, so do yourself a favor and give us a call soon!

Wishing you all the best and a happy holidays!

Back to Eden Bakery


The Holidays Are Just Around The Corner...

Posted on Nov 5, 2013
There are so many things to love about this time of year, especially that special day in late November when we all gather to give thanks!  Friends, family and the most comforting food ever, what more could you ask for?!  Every house looks different and we all have our traditions, both old and new ones but one thing is for sure, we’ll all be cooking!
The cornerstone of every good celebration, no holiday spread is going to be complete without an array of seasonal desserts.   Nothing says Thanksgiving like a fresh baked pie but with all that shopping and cooking (and eating) you might be asking yourself who’s got the time?
Maybe your gluten-free relatives are in town this year and the idea of making a gluten-free crust on top of the million other things on your list sounds beyond daunting. Whatever your reason, there is nothing wrong in asking for a little help this holiday season!
If you find yourself needing a “helping hand” to lighten your load in the kitchen this year than look no further than our vegan gluten-free pies and desserts!  Just as buttery and flaky as its counterpart our gluten-free pie crust is truly one of a kind. We’ll be filling them up with the  freshest seasonal ingredients and aromatic spices with an emphasis on fair-trade, organic and local whenever possible. On the menu: Caramel Apple Crumble, Cranberry Apple, Marionberry Pear and Pumpkin topped with whipped coconut cream.
No doubt you’ll be running around for days getting it all ready so if you need some other treats to satiate your your guests we’ve got just what you need. Want to start the day off on a sweet note? Choose from our list of scrumptious morning pastries like glazed cinnamon rolls, muffins, scones, coffee cake or soy-free baked doughnuts. On the savory side of things choose from our  our wildly popular eggless quiches, tomato kale cashew tarts or savory scones. Knowing that you may just want a variety of it all we will be selling whole pies and quiches in an 8” size as well as our smaller personal size so you can mix and match.
Just refer to the pricing guide below and fill free to email us at if you have any questions. The calendar will begin to fill up fast so do yourself a favor and place your orders as early as possible. The last day to place an order for Thanksgiving is Monday, November 25th and for Christmas it will be Sunday, December 22nd. Please note that there are no guarantees we will be able to accommodate your request so do think ahead.
Whatever you need we are here for you and would take delight in helping to make your holidays as stress-free as possible. Nothing brings us more joy than knowing that our allergy sensitive treats are in your home and your stomachs!

Let us be the first to wish you a Happy Holidays!!

With love and warmth,
Back to Eden Bakery

P.S. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!! The bakery will be closed on Wednesday, November 13th all day for some much needed storefront maintenance. After 4 plus years of fielding your requests we have finally figured out a way to add an espresso machine to our operation! Soon you will be able to meet all your caffeination needs when you stop by for your baked goods! Thanks for your patience and support over the years, espresso is coming soon!!


Betty Crocker Comes Out In Support Of Gay Families!

Posted on Oct 13, 2013


Last Friday was National Coming Out Day and it has been incredibly heartwarming to read so many different people’s very personal coming out stories. While sifting through the news headlines on any given day it would be easy to lament all the ways in which we still seem to be “missing the mark” as a species. It is clear we still struggle with granting members of our own human communities the grace and respect they intrinsically deserve. Only now are we beginning to wake up to the fundamental notion that all beings, human and non-human, desire and deserve love, kindness and good will. Yet, as painfully slow this progress may feel the culture is changing and ultimately for the better. If we step back for a minute and look at how far we have come in only 50 short years the rate at which our understanding and acceptance of each others differences is quite astounding.

So when we came across this video from Betty Crocker we couldn’t help but feel our hearts swell with hope and joy for where the culture might be headed. Of course as baking companies go our food philosophies couldn’t be more different but it appears we have more in common than first impressions might presume. As wholesome as apple pie, we all grew up with Betty in our home kitchens and probably can’t even count the number of birthday cakes she provided us as kids. This video truly goes to show that you can’t always judge a cake by the box it comes in  and even the most ubiquitous of cultural institutions are susceptible to the heart-opening powers of love, justice and equality for all.

Thank you Betty Crocker for “coming out” in support of the LGBT community and our families!

New Fall Flavors Are Here!!

Posted on Oct 4, 2013
Fall is my absolute favorite time of year.  Everyone who knows me knows this and while they all think my love for Fall is due to my October birthday, it’s really so much more than that.  It’s that slight chill in the air, the smell of fireplaces burning at dusk, the colors the foliage takes on in slow motion, but my absolute favorite thing about Fall is it’s flavor.  There is nothing like the flavors of Fall.  Winter squashes spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves, the tart and sweet complexities of cranberries, the abundance of Oregon grown apples and pears ranging in flavor from super sour to super sweet.  The spicy and warming flavors of chai and mexican spiced chocolate, the buttery profiles of walnuts and pecans and the autumnal flavor of toasted oregon hazelnuts.

All of these flavors inspire me every year to create a new line-up of delicious Gluten-Free Vegan baked goods that warm up both your stomach and your heart.  Here is a taste of the new flavors we are kicking off this special season with.

The Maple Walnut Scone is back and better than ever.  This was a Back to Eden staple for the first few years and went into temporary retirement until a Gluten-Free version could be created that was just as good.  I’m happy to say that day has arrived!
We have two new breads for you to choose from bursting with flavor and sweetened only with Pure Organic Maple Syrup.  The Marionberry Molasses bread has a deep gingerbread flavor and is complemented by a sweet and tart marionberry burst and the Ginger Pumpkin Pear bread is a great way to get your daily dose of pumpkin with the spice of ginger and the sweetness of local Oregon pears.
Our new Butternut Squash Apple Hazelnut Muffin is an instant favorite with our staff!  This delicious muffin is made with organic butternut squash puree and studded with apples and hazelnuts both grown in Oregon!
Pies are also seeing a seasonal shift from the bright vibrant flavors of summer to the more subtle and soothing flavors of Fall.  We still have our Chocolate Cream Pies and along side them is our Pumpkin Cream Pie, a classic pumpkin pie filling topped with our whipped cream topping and dusted with nutmeg!  For fruit pies it’s time for Caramel Apple Crumble Pies!  Made with organic tart Oregon apples, tossed with brown sugar and spices and topped with a crunchy crumb top it doesn’t get much more fall than this pie!
The Pumpkin Whoopie is also back!  That’s about all I need to say about that right?!
Two new doughnut flavors are also gracing the cases this Fall!  The first is a Chocolate Root Beer Doughnut made with the same chocolate base you love but topped with a glaze made with pure natural root beer and dusted with organic, fair-trade cocoa.  The Pumpkin Doughnut is back and topped with a everyone’s favorite Maple glaze!!
We are also adding a new fall Mini Cake to the rotation and it’s really delicious!  It is made from moist pumpkin cakes, filled with vanilla buttercream, covered in ganache and topped with candied pepitas (pumpkin seeds!) it’s rich, delicious and seasonal!
These are just some of the new products that we are rolling out this season so be sure to keep checking in to see what new things we come up with!  Thank you all for your support, we get so much joy out of feeding you, our community.  I hope you all enjoy and embrace this fall as much as I do! 

With Warmest Regards,

Garrett Jones
Executive Chef of Back to Eden Bakery