A Vancouver restaurant has started to offer vegan options after its owner made the switch to a plant-based diet.

The Bleu Door Bakery, on 2413 Main Street in Vancouver, sells French-inspired baked goods from croissants to cookies and breads. The bakery also has a café next door that offers a variety of lunch and brunch dishes, including vegan options like the Vegan Benedict ($12.25) with a roasted portobello mushroom, grilled tomatoes, and smashed avocado topped with vegan hollandaise sauce.

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Owner Bonnie Brasure said that she started a vegan diet around a year and a half ago. “Best decision of my life,” said Brasure.

“I was handed a copy of Forks over Knives… changed everything for me,” explained Brasure. “I also love animals, so it just was not that hard of a decision.”

She credits her plant-based diet to improved health, saying that after she started eating vegan, she had more energy and lost weight.

Brasure told the Columbian that her pastry chef, Laurie Donaldson, who is vegan, had helped set her on the path toward plant-based eating and gave her the copy of Forks Over Knives that helped her make the jump.

Bleu Door Bakery / Instagram

Now that she follows a vegan diet, Brasure has ensured that Bleu Door offers a number of plant-based options for those who want to enjoy a vegan meal or treat.

“We have some morning treats like coffee cake and sweet breads, a few bread options, salads, garden hash, and baked oatmeal,” said Brasure.

She also mentioned that Bleu Door offers more vegan options on Thursdays, including “a roasted veggie flatbread, hot entrée, additional desserts and the yummiest mac & cheeze with stewed tomatoes.” On a recent vegan Thursday, they offered cauliflower steaks with a tomato-mushroom sauce.

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More of Brasure’s customers have been asking for plant-based foods.

“This community is growing and more people are making a decision to eat better for themselves and the planet,” she said.”

Brasure also offered some vegan baking advice. Instead of substituting vegan ingredients in traditional recipes, Brasure said she’s tended to find she uses an entirely different recipe.

“It is relatively easy once you know what does what,” said Brasure. “There are so many resources today, I am thankful to the ones that have done all the experimenting, It has made the switch for me and so many others less intimidating.”

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If you’re looking for some vegan baking tips to get started on your own plant-based treats, here’s a beginner’s guide to vegan baking. And here are some tips for making fluffy vegan cakes and muffins. You could even try making some gluten-free treats as well!

Brasure’s last tip for baking vegan goodies?

“Flax seeds and cashews… best friends ever!”

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Lead Image Source: Bleu Door Bakery / Instagram