Allergen-free bakery relocates to Monon Square Shopping Center in Carmel

A batch of lemon blueberry muffins at Simple Taste. (Submitted photo)
A batch of lemon blueberry muffins at Simple Taste. (Submitted photo)

Simple Taste, a bakery specializing in gluten-free and allergen-free items, is relocating to a space in the Monon Square Shopping Center.

Jenny Cleave operated the bakery at 979 Keystone Way, behind the McDonald’s near Carmel Drive, for approximately three years before closing the doors in January. She said she had a visibility problem at that location. She plans on opening up her new location sometime around Memorial Day.

The new location will also have a cafe area so customers can enjoy dining inside for breakfast or lunch.

Everything at Simple Taste is automatically gluten, dairy, yeast and corn free. Many items are also free of soy nuts or eggs. Cleave said many items are also low in sugar because she uses organic stevia. She said she got into baking without these ingredients because she herself has celiac disease and allergies to wheat, dairy and corn. She isn’t only sensitive to these items, she said she’s anaphylactic.

“I got into it because I couldn’t find anything to eat,” she said. “Twelve years ago, there was nothing to eat. It’s gotten a little better, but it’s still tough.”

Some of her signature items are muffins and paleo bread.

“I have a lot of people that are surprised that it’s so good,” she said.

Simple Taste will open at 622 E. S. Range Line Rd. For more, email Cleave at [email protected].