A year ago, self-taught baker Sina Klug and her business partner Jacques Dumont bought a second-hand oven and started selling gluten-free and vegan baked goods at Bondi Farmers Market. Next week their stall, Nutie Donuts, will become a shop in Balmain. To celebrate, they are giving a free doughnut to their first 100 customers.
Klug says she was inspired to start baking when she realised how few options there were for vegans and those with Coeliac disease. “Gluten-free products always need more attention, and you can taste that they are gluten-free. We wanted to make something that just tasted good and happened to be gluten-free.”
Nutie’s doughnuts are made with almond meal and almond milk. The menu varieties include rosewater, pistachio with Belgian white chocolate; double chocolate and raspberry; salted-caramel topped with a gluten-free pretzel; and beetroot and chocolate. The latter is a flavour the pair developed for wholefoods purveyor About Life. There is also a rotation of vegan flavours, including Cherry Ripe and choc fudge.
The bakery will also sell vegan brownies and a selection of muffins.
Also on the menu will be nut milk made from almonds, brazil nuts and fresh acai. Dumont will be on the coffee machine brewing Nutie Donuts’ exclusive house roast, Dirty Blonde.
The aesthetics for the space are still coming together, but it will be a small shop with a takeaway counter and a big window to see into the kitchen.
Nutie Donuts will open on 13 Beattie Street, Balmain. The free doughnuts will be available from 10am, Saturday March 4. After the 100 have been claimed, $1 from every doughnut sold will be donated to the Balmain PCYC.