Autumn has arrived, and with it comes perpetually damp rain jackets, gutters filled with fallen leaves, and that ubiquitous cloud cover. But don’t despair! Fall also marks the return of fantastic flavors, from pecan bars to gingerbread muffins.
Avoid the rainy season slump by warming your belly with these seasonally inspired treats from Portland’s top bakeries. By the time you finish sampling all the pumpkin bread in the city—washed down with fresh apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes, of course—you’ll wish it could be fall all year round.
Back To Eden Bakery: This special diet oasis has released a staggering list of scrumptious treats, all free of gluten and animal products. Good luck choosing between pumpkin doughnuts, maple walnut scones, marionberry molasses bread, and butternut squash, apple and hazelnut muffins. 2217 NE Alberta St
Baker & Spice: Ever tried a pumpkin caramel ricotta tart? The uncommon treat strikes the perfect balance between creamy, crispy, sweet and salty. Or stick to plum and almond cream danishes, ginger chewie cookies, applesauce bundt cake, and a pure grade B Vermont maple latte. 6330 SW Capitol Hwy
Black Sheep Bakery: This vegan bakery may have closed its café, but you can still find its pumpkin pie cobbler bars, mulled apple cider coffee cake, and peach gingerbread muffins at the PSU farmers market and dozens of retail locations throughout Portland.
Bluebird Bakers: Starting in October, the gourmet cookie shop will bake batch after batch of their tried and true pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, as well as a wheat-free pumpkin swirl cheesecake bar. 2390 NW Thurman St
Gluten Free Gem Bakery: The folks at Gem have something for everyone this autumn. The bakery is offering chocolate pecan pie bars, maple raisin coffeecake, vegan chai spice cupcakes, caramel apple bars, turtle brownies, and over a dozen other gluten-less treats bursting with fall flavors. 265 N Hancock St
Nuvrei: Experience fall in France with hazelnut praline croissants, pumpkin streusel muffins, ginger molasses cookies, and cherry almond brioche at this European-inspired patisserie. 404 NW 10th Ave
Pearl Bakery: Pearl’s pumpkin-powered treats include hand-iced pumpkin shaped sugar cookies, pumpkin cupcakes with molasses butter cream, pumpkin-pecan cheese bressane, and vegan pumpkin chocolate-chip muffins. The bakery also offers Parisian macarons in hazelnut and salted caramel. 102 NW 9th Ave
Petunia’s Pies & Pastries: Vegan? Gluten-free? That won’t stop you from enjoying Petunia’s salted caramel cookie bars, pumpkin ginger cheesecake, pumpkin chocolate chip whoopie pie, or hummingbird and yum-oa babycakes. 610 SW 12th Ave
Sweetpea Baking Company: Sweetpea’s embracing pumpkin in a big way: the vegan bakery currently has a rotating selection of pumpkin spice cake, pumpkin chai bars, pumpkin cream cheese danishes, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and personal-sized pumpkin pies. 1205 SE Stark St
Tula Gluten Free Bakery: Start with the pumpkin curry soup, and finish with pear tart, a ginger scone, and a pumpkin walnut muffin with cinnamon cream cheese filling—all gluten-free, of course. 4943 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Suite 101
Which fall treats are your favorites? Which bakeries do you frequent? Are you already sick of pumpkin things? Let us know in the comments!