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Good news, Austinites and Austonians! Gluten-free, vegan, and punk rock-inspired bakery, Zucchini Kill, is set to open its very first brick-and-mortar this weekend! Founded by three women, Zucchini Kill (a play on riot grrl band Bikini Kill) has been taking custom orders as well as providing local spots in Austin, such as Counter Culture and Buzz Mill, with their baked goods. Everything they make is vegan and free from both gluten and soy.

Over the years, many of us have likely held the belief that gluten-free, vegan baked goods have the texture of cardboard and are bereft of the flavors that make us love cupcake and cookies so much. But Zucchini Kill’s growth from a pop-up bakery to a brick-and-mortar shows us just how much the times have changed!

Zucchini Kill was founded by Cece Loessin, MT Gibbs, and Jess Freda. After years of selling their baked goods wholesale to local spots, the trio is opening up their own brick-and-mortar location.

Zucchini 1Zucchini Kill Bakery/Facebook

Zucchini Kill’s gluten-free and vegan Twinkies are one of their most popular items. 

TwinkieZucchini Kill Bakery/Facebook


The bakery’s brick-and-mortar location is set to open on Saturday, September 16th, at 701 East 53rd Street in Austin, Texas. There will be a grand opening party, starting at 6 pm CDT with free beer, a cupcake eating contest, cooking tastings, and more. Proceeds from the event will benefit Austin Pets Alive!, a shelter that aids the pets that are the most at-risk for euthanasia, such as seniors and special needs animals.

Can’t Make it to Austin? We’ve Got You Covered With These Rad Recipes

As much as we wish we could be there for the grand opening of Zucchini Kill’s brick-and-mortar, we also know that it’s not a reality for everyone. So that’s why we scrolled through the Food Monster App to bring you these awesome vegan treats:

These Homemade Twinkies by Abby Thompson are just like the iconic Hostess snack cake, but it’s made without eggs or dairy.Homemade Twinkies With Coconut Whipped Cream Filling

These “Twinkies” may not be gluten-free, but they are awesome. Here, the vanilla sponge cake is filled with a dairy-free whipped coconut cream.

Zucchini Kill makes a mean gluten-free and vegan Swiss roll. So, this Chocolate Swiss Roll by Kirsten Kaminski is pretty much perf.Roll

This vegan chocolate Swiss roll is not only much healthier than the original you might recall from your childhood, but also extremely tasty! It is refined sugar-free and naturally sweetened thanks to the use of dates and maple syrup. With a crunchy chocolate shell on the outside, a soft chocolate dough made from almond meal and oat flour beneath, and a creamy coconut filling, it is the perfect combination for a heavenly treat!

And of course, they sell all other kinds of gluten-free and vegan baked goodies, like whoopie pies! We love these gluten-free Orange Ginger Whoopie Pies by Jessica Bose.Coconut Flour Ginger Whoopie Pies With Orange Buttercream Filling

Yippee for whoopie pies! This dessert just got a lot more interesting. The cakey cookies are infused with ginger and cinnamon. Spread generously between them is a creamsicle-inspired buttercream icing that has plenty of zesty orange flavor.

To learn more about gluten-free vegan baking, read 7 Tips for Gluten-Free Baking and The Ultimate Gluten-Free Vegan Baking Substitution Guide.

If you’re looking for more delicious and seasonal plant-based recipes, then we highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!

Lead image source: Zucchini Kill Bakery/Facebook

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