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is handcrafted with love

We pride ourselves on making quality goods from scratch that are free from gluten and animal products.



my name is diane mejia

I was diagnosed with severe gluten intolerance over 5 years ago.  I happened to be finishing up my pastry degree and culinary degree at the time.  Rather than throw in the towel, I decided to make pastries and baked goods that I could enjoy (without getting sick). I also experimented with flavors for close friends, one of them being Amy, who now has a cupcake flavor named after her in her memory, “Hey Amy.”

Setting out on my own quest to make gluten-free baked goods, I also discovered the vibrant and amazing gluten-free and vegan communities here in Chi-town.  I connected with all kinds of folks, vegan, gluten-free and indifferent, who all loved my baked goods. 

So, I decided to go on this journey and am constantly evolving to keep Mindful Baking up to date with new and tasty pastries as well as savory food. The rest is history!

Image by Mike Kenneally


What is gluten?

Gluten is the protein in wheat and other grains.


Why no gluten?

Because it makes a lot of folks sick.  A lot of people also feel better not eating gluten.


What is celiac disease?

A disease in which the small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten, leading to difficulty in digesting food.


What’s a vegan?

Vegan means no animal products whatsoever.  No eggs, dairy, butter, or honey.

Why vegan?

Like we said on the homepage, we don’t have to be vegan, but we feel that among the health benefits of a plant based diet, being vegan helps lower the carbon footprint that factory farms and the meat industry create.  Also, lactose is becoming one of the most common allergies. And of course, we love vegetarians and vegans!

Are your products soy-free?

The majority of our products are soy-free. However, we do use a tofu “cream cheese” in some our our frosting and fillings, and our vegan marshmallows contain soy.

Is your kitchen certified gluten free?

No.  Certification is a complex process, however, we currently work in a dedicated gluten-free kitchen, which means no gluten has entered the kitchen since it was built.


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Mindful Baking Cafe:

1942 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
Office phone: (773) 654-3071


Monday- 10 AM to 5 PM
Tuesday- 10 AM to 5 PM

Wednesday - CLOSED

Thursday - 10 AM to 5 PM

Friday - 10 AM to 5 PM

Saturday - 10 AM to 5 PM

Sunday - 10 AM to 5 PM

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