Back to Eden Blog

New Year Updates!

Posted on Jan 13, 2016
Hello and happy 2016! We've been busy here at Back to Eden Bakery and have so much to update you all on. While most people look forward to things settling down after the holidays, we’ve kicked into high gear to provide you all with fresh, new products and compelling, engaging content. If you haven’t checked in with us recently, here’s what’s new with your favorite vegan bakery:
In case you were following our December Donation Drive, you’d be pleased to know that we’ve managed to raise over $300 in funds for three local, non-profit organizations with all of your help. If you don’t recall, those organizations are Outside In, Out to Pasture, and Solve!. All three organizations are wonderful, compassionate groups that truly embody everything that Back to Eden stands for, and we’re so grateful to you all for your contributions in an effort to cultivate support within our community. If you participated in this donation drive, then you’re probably curious as to which donation receipt was chosen as our $50 Back to Eden gift certificate winner - we’d like to congratulate Ann H. on being chosen as our gift certificate recipient! We hope Ann enjoys a lot of delicious baked goods with that money and hope to offer more events like this in the future so that everyone has a chance to be involved in Back to Eden’s message of compassion and sustainability.
Did you know that we now carry coffee at our SE Division location? That’s right - you can now enjoy a delicious cup of Trailhead Coffee along with any of our pastries at both locations! If you have been down to visit our SE Division location lately, you may have noticed our hours have changed. Currently, our cart is operating Sunday through Wednesday 10am-6pm, and Thursday through Saturday 9am-9pm. We plan to switch back to 9am-9pm 7 days a week once the weather shifts towards brighter, warmer days. You can expect that change to come in early March but until then, please don’t hesitate to visit us during our current operating hours. We also would like to extend a warm welcome to a new cart coming to Tidbit Food Pod next month - Tortoise & Hare. Tortoise & Hare is a farm-to-fork cart looking to bridge the gap between slow food and quick service. Food lovers from omnivores to vegans can expect to find a curated selection of hearty soups, rustic stews and tender braises being served up at the new Tortoise & Hare cart. We’re looking forward to sharing our space with another local, hard working company and encourage all of you to come visit us at Tidbit Food Pod to check out the wonderful space these carts have created.
Lastly, we’re very excited to announce that you’ll be seeing some new flavors and products popping up on our shelves over the next few weeks. One new product that we’re really looking forward to is our new and updated cheesecakes! It’s been awhile since you’ve seen cheesecakes on our shelves but we can assure you this will be an entirely new item and flavor profile. Be sure to keep an eye out for new items and if there’s anything we currently make that you haven’t indulged in yet - now is the time!
While there’s so much more we could indulge in right now, we’ll sign off here and encourage you to stay up to date on all of the exciting, new things happening around the bakery through our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! We’re always rolling out new and fresh information through those sources so be sure to stay linked in. We thank all of you for your continued support and hope that 2016 is the best year for all of us!


With love and warmth,
Back to Eden Bakery

Introducing Our New Pastry Cases With A Lot Of New Product!

Posted on Jul 18, 2013

There are so many exciting things blooming this summer for Back to Eden Bakery and one of them just happens to be blooming today.  We are introducing a new and expanded line of fresh baked goods and pastries that are of course 100% plant based, vegan and gluten-free.

I have been working on some of these recipes for months now, one for over a year and I could not be more excited to share them with all of you.  I believe that whether you’ve been a customer for years or are about to stumble into our shop for your first visit later this week, you will truly fall in love with our new offerings.

To start we have finally achieved what we believe to be a fantastic cinnamon roll.  It is so good that many of us like it even better on day two!  It has an incredibly nostalgic full cinnamon flavor and is topped with a thin glaze that cracks when you start to unravel it


We also have two new doughnuts that are very different than the Toasted Coconut and Lemon but still have that deep baked doughnut flavor.  The Maple Cruller is a hybrid of two classics, a cruller and a maple bar.  The twisted doughnut is full of light vanilla flavors with a memorable maple glaze.  The Chocolate Marionberry is an adventure into chocolate doughnuts for us and we are glad we took the trip.  The rich cake doughnut is hand dipped in a glaze made with whole oregon marionberries.
We are also have adding a bit of variety to a couple of our already popular items.  A Lavender Peach Vanilla Bean Scone will bring balance to the current and beloved Smoked Tempeh, Mozzarella Fig Savory Scone and the Oregon Raspberry Crumble Muffins will provide a tart berry zing and crunch to round out our current Ginger Coconut Cardamom Muffin.


We will also be selling big delicious Brownies filled with chopped dark chocolate and adding a Banana Bread with Toasted Walnuts to our mini bread offerings.  And finally two new cookies.  We will now always have a total of four cookies starting with our current Lavender Snickerdoodle and Classic Chocolate Chip and adding a Peanut Butter and Molasses and a Pineapple, White Chocolate and Oat.  These new cookies are perhaps my two most favorite cookies that I have ever baked, ever.

We have been working for the past few months with a team of two local woodworkers and visionaries, both named Ben who are unbelievably talented, to create to brand new pastry cases that were food safe and would display our baked goods and pastries beautifully.  One will sit on top of our refrigerated pastry case which currently hold two cupcakes and two types of cookies.  Talking about variety, this new case will house 8 different cupcakes, 4 different cookies, brownies and whoopie pies.  The other case will replace our current AM pastry case and will hold 11 pastry items replacing our current case which holds 5 items.  And for those of you regulars who might be wondering... the whoopie pie spot in the refrigerated case will be replaced by a second cream pie!

We can’t wait to see you all in the coming weeks and celebrate all these new, inspiring and most importantly delicious pastries and desserts!  As always we thank you for your support of Back to Eden Bakery, we could not do this without you and we wouldn’t want to!  You all inspire me to continue to love what I do and strive to always do it better.  I hope you enjoy these new items as much as I enjoyed creating them.

With Love and appreciation,

Garrett Jones
Executive Chef of Back to Eden Bakery


Let's Race for the Animals on June 30th!

Posted on Jun 10, 2013


Are you a walker, jogger, or a runner? Do you enjoy participating in community events that help the animals? Come join Northwest Veg and some of the Back to Eden staff for a 5k/10k fun trail run/walk on June 30th at Mt. Tabor! Race for the Animals is an annual event that works to generate awareness of a plant-based lifestyle and raise money for education and outreach campaigns by Northwest Veg. 

By participating in the 4th annual Race for the Animals, you will be making a difference for the animals, the planet, and your health. You will also be supporting Out to Pasture Sanctuary. Out to Pasture is a no-kill sanctuary in Estacada, Oregon. It is a place where all animals are treated with kindness and compassion. Back to Eden is loyal in supporting animal causes and we would love to see our community of amazing customers run or walk with us as we promote a cause about which we are so passionate!

So lace up those shoes and let’s move to advocate for the animals!


Sign up for the run HERE

Check out Out to Pasture HERE

Mark your calendars for a Back to Eden Wedding Cake Tasting!

Posted on Jun 4, 2013


Back to Eden Bakery would like you to join us for an evening of wedding desserts and sparkling wine as we showcase our 100% gluten-free vegan treats. Spend an evening in our kitchen mingling with our Executive Chef and creative team, while you sample our decadent, seasonal flavors. The kitchen will be open from 6-8pm on June 19, 2013. We had originally planned this tasting event for May, but due to a few unforeseen circumstances we decided to move it to June! Come and take advantage of the warmer evening as we celebrate love and tasty treats! We will be showcasing a variety of desserts including our signature three-tiered wedding cake, cupcakes, mini pies, and sparkling wine. Stop in with your sweetie or a friend and let us show you just how special your day can be with the help of our heavenly treats! Please RSVP with an email to! We look forward to seeing you there! 

Dine out on June 20th and 25% of Back to Eden Sales will go to Basic Rights Oregon

Posted on Jun 2, 2013



For the second year in a row Back to Eden is proud to partner with Basic Rights Oregon for their 14th annual Bites for Rights fundraising campaign on June 20th. If you aren’t familiar with Basic Rights Oregon, we would like to introduce this influential organization that works to promote equality throughout Oregon. BRO is an organization that was formed in 1996 to sustain and strengthen Oregon’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights movement. Since it’s inception, BRO has passed two landmark laws to establish Domestic Partnerships and ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. BRO’s mission is to ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Oregonian’s experience equality by building a broad and inclusive politically powerful movement, shifting public opinion, and achieving policy victories. Because of the work of Basic Rights Oregon, Oregonians are more educated on the movement for equality of all Oregonians. Back to Eden could not be more proud to support an organization that does so much to promote an ideology of tolerance, love, equality and respect.

To help fund the important work of Basic Rights Oregon, Back to Eden is participating in their 14th annual Bites for Rights campaign. We could not think of a better (or tastier!) way to involve our business, our community, and our customers in helping raise awareness for equality for all Oregonians. On June 20th, 25% of all our sales will go to help fund BRO’s campaigns for transgender and racial justice and marriage equality. We hope that you will stop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and/or a treat and feel good that a quarter of your purchase going to a worthy cause. We will be participating with over 100 other businesses across Oregon that are standing together to raise awareness and support for the LGBT community.

We hope that you mark your calendars, and dine out all day on June 20th! For every meal, drink, dessert, or product you purchase, you will be standing with us. Not only will you be dining on scrumptious food, but you will be sure that every bite is going to support the equal rights of all Oregonians.

Welcome Summer with one of our Waffle Cones!

Posted on May 25, 2013

Nothing reminds us more of summer than a delectable, crispy, golden waffle cone filled with smooth, creamy ice cream. The smell of freshly baked waffle cones wafting down the street invites you to indulge in this summertime tradition. If you’ve lost hope that you’d ever have another one of these treats again, you are in luck! Whether you are gluten-free, vegan, or are just looking for an amazing waffle cone, this treat is sure to please and bring back fond memories.

Our inspired creative team has developed a nostalgic cone that will have you reminiscing over sun-soaked, lazy afternoons and the pure bliss of indulging in summer. We are offering our waffle cones for an additional $2. Fill it with creamy, dreamy coconut bliss or out-of-this-world soft serve!

Come in and try one today!



Help Support Our Small Business that is Growing Strong!

Posted on May 7, 2013

Have you heard? Back to Eden has a wish.. A wish to expand our soft serve offerings and provide you, our wonderful patrons, with the tastiest, most allergen friendly, and satisfying options in town! Small Business, Growing Strong is a contest supported by Intuit that is granting wishes to small businesses all across the United States and Canada. Intuit believes that small businesses are the heart of the economy and the team here at Back to Eden couldn’t agree more!

Now, if you’ve been following our Facebook page, you may have seen our humble requests for votes. You might be wondering,  “what is this contest is all about?” Well, we are vying for a chance at up to $5000 to purchase a second soft serve machine and a few other items to bring you more options this summer!

As the days heat up, just imagine yourself enjoying our non-dairy soft serve or a scoop of Coconut Bliss in a house-made, vegan, and gluten-free waffle cone! I, personally, cannot wait! Has your Alberta Park Sundae been missing hot fudge? I know mine has! We’ve heard your requests and want to grant YOUR wish for waffle cones, hot fudge, whipped cream, and so much more. Before that all can happen we need your help. Here’s what you do:

Follow the link HERE, and click “Vote for Us”.

It’s just that simple. No personal information to enter, no form to fill out, no hoops to jump through. The best part? You can vote every day until the contest ends on May 12!

The creative team has been hard at work in the kitchen coming up with new soft serve flavors, including soy-free and nut-free options, waffle cones, exciting topping, and so much more. We want to offer the best experience for you and your family. If you've been missing a satisfying soy-free option or wish we offered pints of our soft serve to go, help us make those a reality.

At Back to Eden, we are dedicated to offering our customers the best products in town. You are what makes Back to Eden so great and as a Thank You for voting, we are offering 10% off all our ice cream products if you come in between now and the 12th. Just mention that you voted for us in the Small Business, Growing Strong contest! With the temperature floating in the 80’s, what could be cooler?

Oh, and when you stop in, don't forget your punch card! Buy 10  ice cream treats and get a cone on us!

Celebrate March's Arrival With The Taste Of Lemon!

Posted on Mar 2, 2013
Have you noticed that spring is starting to sneak up on us again? Walking through the neighborhood this last week one can't help but see the signs everywhere: budding trees, the fresh green growth of perennials pushing through soil, a cacophony of songbirds emanating from the trees. Of course we love all the seasons for the unique set of blessings they bring but it's hard to deny that there is just something special about the return of the spring.

With it comes longer days and hopefully a little more sunshine. Our gardens are beginning to be reworked, we're staying out later with friends and celebrating the return of some of our favorite fruits and vegetables. Instead of all the comforting foods that nourished us all winter we now begin to seek out the cleansing foods and refreshing flavors of spring. With February now behind us and the equinox around the corner we're still in that in-between stage and the one ingredient that seems perfect to cleanse our palates and get us ready for the cornucopia that is on its way is lemon. Good for detoxing and strengthening the immune system, lemon is a wonderful fruit that when used in baking and sweets can't help but scream springtime and sunshine.

This week we debuted our Lemon Coconut Doughnut. Our 100% plant-based, vegan gluten-free doughnuts are baked not fried so if wondering how this fits into your spring cleanse you can consider it your reward at the end of it all and not feel as indulgent. Made with fresh organic lemons and pure organic coconut milk, this soy-free beauty has a lemon coconut cake with a zesty lemon glaze and toasted coconut flakes sprinkled on top. It might just be our favorite doughnut yet.

Lemon Cream is our special soft serve flavor this week. The light and fluffy texture of our dairy-free vegan soft serve combined with the refreshing organic lemon juice makes this one of our all-time favorite special flavors. It will be with us until next Wednesday at least but you can definitely expect to see it appear in the rotation from now on. Swirled with vanilla on a cone or all by itself this would make for great shakes, sundaes or bananas splits and we'd be curious to see what ends up being everyone's favorite topping add-ons.
We also brought the Lemon Coconut Cream Pie back from hibernation and not a moment too soon! The lemon custard filling with the silky white coconut cream top will remind you of a Lemon Meringue but without all the usual trans-fats and cholesterol inherent in its traditional version. Our buttery and flaky vegan gluten-free crust is the perfect shell for this tart and creamy goodness. While you might be tempted (and well within your right) to devour this all by yourself, don't let the 5" personal pie size fool you as it is certainly substantial enough to share with that special someone who brings you sunshine.

So there's a little glimpse at what we have blooming over here on Alberta Street. Before we leave you to salivate and plan your next visit to the bakery, we should let you know that beginning March 21st until the fall equinox come September we will be extending our open hours to be from 9am -10pm. That's one more hour that you now have to enjoy our tasty treats! We look forward to seeing you out and about more in the coming seasons. Happy March!

Happy Belated New Year From Your Favorite Vegan Bakery!!

Posted on Jan 17, 2013


2013 started off with quite a bang for us personally which is why it has taken us two-plus weeks to officially wish you all a happy new year! First of all, we want to thank you all for allowing us to take some much needed time off and allowing our wonderful, hardworking staff to have the same!  The R&R was exactly what we all needed to take on this new year full of possibilities but in the end we genuinely missed serving you and seeing your smiling faces!  We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are feeling great about the year ahead!

Over the break we developed some great new items and flavor combinations for you all to try!  If you’ll permit we are going to do our best to tempt you away from those restrictive new year’s resolutions with the following:

Our newest morning item is a Quinoa Currant Muffin, protein packed with organic quinoa, filled with organic currants and finished with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. It makes for a delightful start to the day especially when paired with a hot cup of Townshend Tea or coffee from Cellar Door Coffee Roasters!
How about a Coconut Cupcake with a Maple Buttercream? Or a Toasted Almond Cupcake with a Salted Chocolate Buttercream? These flavors really pop and are certain to satisfy even the most dedicated cupcake connoisseur!
For a rich and creamy raw dessert we have two new cheesecake flavors to choose from. Try this decadent Mexican Chocolate Cheesecake spiced with cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne for a subtle yet spicy kick!
Our beautiful Blood Orange Cheesecake is made with fresh blood oranges and seems refreshingly light for something so delicious. This flavor won’t stick around that long as the blood orange season is very short so make sure you come try it before it disappears!
We also have a few new seasonal cookies for you to try out.  One is a Navel Orange Chocolate Chip which uses the fresh zest and juice from organic navel oranges. The other is a Pineapple Oat White Chocolate Chip made with organic oats, vegan white chocolate and dried pineapple! Good luck choosing between them!

Needless to say, we are already feeling very inspired by the prospects for 2013 and these are just a few of the new items/flavors we have in the works for the coming months. You can keep up with all of our latest offerings and developments by subscribing to our newsletter or by following us via Facebook and Twitter!  It brings us great joy to serve you these delicious vegan gluten-free treats and the community we have created with you is largely what inspires us. Thank you all for the support and love you continue to shower us with!  We are humbled and grateful!


With warm regards,
Garrett, John and the entire Back to Eden Staff

(Note from the baker:  We have decided to stop using coconut sugar for our mini-loaves as they were the only item that called for this incredibly expensive and unreliable ingredient. We are now using Fair-Trade Organic Brown Sugar as we feel more comfortable with its source and the bread tastes almost exactly the same, if not a bit better with the subtle hints of the molasses.)