This holiday season, Sweet Sanity Desserts will let you have your cake and eat it, too, without all the sugary, floury guilt.
Twenty-year-old Devin Duvall, who owns the business, discovered she was allergic to wheat, dairy and gluten about a year and a half ago. She was not about to let her allergies interfere with her life-long passion for baking, however.
“I tell people that I learned to walk and talk, and then I learned how to bake,” she said.
She soon began tweaking her favorite recipes to meet her own needs—substituting regular flour for almond or coconut flour, for example, and using coconut oil in place of butter—and found the results to be delicious.
“People with allergies can have these desserts,” Devin said, “but they’re also great for people who just want to be healthy.”
She also does not used refined sugar, preferring raw honey or maple syrup as a natural alternative. Although she was not trying specifically to create Paleo desserts, four of her desserts also happen to fit the Paleo diet guidelines.
However, as the holiday season is a time for indulgence, if you are after the old-fashioned, full-flour and full-sugar versions of these desserts, Sweet Sanity Desserts will be baking those, too.
If you are skeptical about the healthy holiday dessert options, Sweet Sanity Desserts will have a free tasting of Maple Bacon Bars, Cinnamon Buns, Cranberry Bliss Bars and more this Saturday, Dec. 7 at Revelations Yogurt and Dessert Bar on Main Street at 3:30 p.m.
Devin was inspired to turn her baking hobby into a holiday business after her treats received positive reviews for a Seattle Union Gospel Mission fundraiser last year. Some of last year’s clients have already placed orders this year.
Debbie Duvall, Devin’s mother and owner of Revelations Yogurt, serves as Devin’s encourager, supporter, counselor and taste tester. She says that it is fun to watch Devin go through the nervous excitement of starting a new business because she went through the same thing with Revelations.
“It sounds cheesy, but we make all of our food with love, and we just want everyone to like it,” Debbie said. “I’m excited for this mother/daughter venture. As a mother, that’s all you can ever hope for.”
At the moment, Devin is planning on only having Sweet Sanity Desserts open during the holiday season, but admits that she might expand it depending on the reception she receives.
Orders can be placed and more specific information can be requested by emailing [email protected]
— Story and photo by Natalie Covate