the good neighbor
specialty vegan treats
We specialize in vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free desserts. Dietary restrictions can be brought on by choice or by necessity, but respecting these food barriers does not mean abandoning much-loved sweets. The Good Neighbor brings you the treats you fondly remember, without the guilt or stomach ache. Have your cake, and eat it too!
The vegan diet abstains from all animal by-products, including dairy, eggs, and meats.
Many people avoid these by-products out of respect for animals and in opposition of their treatment due to mass production. However, dairy and eggs are also avoided because they are among the world’s top ten most common allergens, as well as the source of unhealthy fat and cholesterol. The benefits of a plant based diet are numerous, among them the reduced risk of heart-disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Sugar can be harmful for those with diabetes, or those hoping to maintain a low-glycemic index. Agave Nectar, a syrup derived from the Agave plant, has an unusually low-glycemic index, and can be used in diabetic-safe desserts. Treats made with agave also tend to be much lower in carbohydrates.
Wheat and gluten are also among the most common allergens. Gluten is a protein derived from wheat products, and in baking, helps make cookies chewy and keeps cakes from falling apart. But with the right combination of brown rice flour and tapioca flour, gluten can be avoided without giving up cakes and cookies. Replacing processed, enriched all-purpose flour with complex carbohydrates, like brown rice, can be beneficial even to the gluten-tolerant, by adding fiber and protein to treats generally devoid of nutrition.
A lot of vegan treats tend to be filled with processed dairy and egg replacements. Although “egg replacers” and margarines can be helpful in baking, we try to use natural ingredients like coconut oil and flax seeds to add helpful nutrients without compromising flavor or texture.
Order your holiday treats now! All orders are dairy/egg-free and can be made gluten-free upon request. Local East Bay delivery available.