Dessert in Colorado Springs

I looked at my camera this morning and realized I had several unused pictures of desserts I’ve eaten in Colorado Springs.  How thoughtless of me to keep them to myself!  I will put them here, as a public service, of course.

I’ll sort them by their gluten content.

Gluten Free

Let’s start with the Tabor Mountain Bakehouse.  I attended a DivaDOM event last month at Kristi Hayes’ gluten free bakery.  DivaDOM, a Dessert of the Month club for women who are serious about dessert, meets once a month in various places around town.  Kristi outdid herself for our little group!

This vegan blueberry cake was made with soaked cashews and a nut crust.

This vegan blueberry cake was made with soaked cashews and a nut crust.

Tabor Mountain offers a variety of gluten-free, grain-free and vegan foods, both meals and desserts.

These chocolatey truffles are made of dates.  I think they are better than regular truffles.

These chocolatey truffles are made of dates. I think they are better than regular truffles.

Need a cake?  This one is made with almond flour and no grain at all.

Need a cake? This one is made with almond flour and no grain at all.

Other gluten-free options are showing up around town too.  Ingrid Henderson’s new business, Love Muffins, makes grain free muffins, almost entirely out of coconut.  If you have a moment, click on the link and ‘like’ her Facebook page.  Love Muffins is a brand new business and we can help her be successful.

Ingrid brought samples to Pikes Peak Crossfit the other day and got good feedback.

You'll be able to buy these at Mountain Mama Natural Foods soon.

You’ll be able to buy these cranberry orange and chocolate chip muffins at Mountain Mama Natural Foods soon.

Not Gluten Free, but not made of flour either

It’s the dead of winter, but we still have ice cream in sunny Colorado.  I found some (and some custard too!) at Adam’s Mountain Cafe the other day.

I can't remember exactly what this is, but I think it's spumoni.  I remember that it was chocolatey and perfect for a warm day.

I can’t remember exactly what this is, but I think it’s spumoni. I do remember that it was chocolatey and perfect for a warm day.

I know what this is!  It's creme brulee with homemade whipped cream.

I know what this is! It’s creme brulee with homemade whipped cream.

And finally …

Desserts Made from Gluten

Despite the gluten-free craze, you can still get traditional desserts.

Where can you get these traditional desserts?  The Sahara Cafe, in Manitou Springs, comes to mind.  Every time I go in there, the skillful waiter offers me baklava or ma’amoul at just the right moment.

This cookie, made with rosewater, is not sweet and it's filled with pistachio.

This cookie, made with rosewater, is not sweet and it’s filled with pistachio.

Not traditional enough?  How about a homemade chocolate chip cookie from Cowboy Espresso?

The owners of Cowboy Espresso make just about everything in the shop.

The owners of Cowboy Espresso make just about everything in the shop.

And don’t forget the coffee!

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