For $5, today's side deal gets you $10 worth of delectably wholesome cookies, cupcakes, muffins, lovely loaves, and more from Cravin' Raven Bakery in southeast Portland. This deal cannot be used to purchase granola.
The bakery features a savory menu of decadent, deliciously health-conscious eats. A gathering of muffins ($2.25 each) portends deliciousness, especially so when they arrive in varieties such as cherry dark chocolate, peanut-butter bran, almond apricot, and citrus carrot. Cupcakes ($1–$2) keep it sweet, stuffed with peanut butter or jam in chocolate or vanilla cake bodies capped with a variety of creamy frostings and seasonal toppings. Pick up a few cookies like an almond-butter quinoa disc, or feast upon a dense, nut-crusted, gluten-free brownie ($1–$2 each).
Every item at Cravin' Raven is free of the pale poisons—white flour, white sugar, and butter—without sacrificing luxurious flavor. Whole-wheat flours bestow earthy textures, and agave nectar keeps it sweet without wrecking havoc on blood sugar levels or waistlines. Nearly all the premium ingredients are organic, and many are gluten-free or vegan (though some gluten-free flours are not organic). Call ahead to request a specific item or a gluten-free substitution—they'll be happy to blend a batch. Like the 17 seasons, selections rotate daily.
Four Yelpers give their love to Cravin' Raven bakery, with a 4.5-star rating:
- Love Love Love their gluten free brownies! They taste better to me than regular brownies either at bakeries or ones I make at home. – Allison F.
- Very friendly owner, Cindy, makes organic noms with selections that are gluten free, alternatively sweetened, and deliciously different. – Melissa P.
- You can't walk away with just one treat and I don't recommend you try! – Lila O.