Pure Love: Pure Sweets treats beat eats with wheat

Vegan, gluten-free bakeries often claim that the average sweet-tooth won’t be able to tell the difference between their products and conventional ones. Unfortunately, they often disappoint.

Andrea Kyan, owner of East Falls-based Pure Sweets, doesn’t try to compete.“[If] it won’t be as good as an original, I just won’t do it.” Instead of relying on substitutes for eggs, dairy and wheat — and compromising on flavor and texture as a result — she focuses on the richest, most delicious ingredients she can use.

Pure Sweets’ macaroons, gluten-free cookies and crisp bars, which Kyan calls a cross between “a Rice [Krispies] treat and a Nestlé Crunch,” get richness from coconut, nut butters, fruit preserves and dark chocolate. Are they “as good as?” They just might be better.

Pure Sweets are organic, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, flourless and made without refined sugars. They’re available at Grindcore House, Ultimo Coffee and online at puresweets.com.

An alumna of Fair Food, Philabundance and Greener Partners, Emily Teel is a food freelancer dedicated to sustainable, delicious food in Philadelphia. See more of her work at emilyteel.com.