WESTFIELD, NJ — Purple sweet potato bars made from granola and blended with pure organic maple syrup, vanilla bean and cinnamon are among the items on offer at Lexi’s Bakery on Westfield’s south side.
The bakery, which has been open for about a month, offers an array of gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan treats including granola, gourmet bars and cakes, Lexi Borr, the bakery’s owner, said.
“These are very labor-intensive desserts,” Borr said. “These are very special and one of a kind. It’s different from a traditional bakery in that way.”
Borr, 25, whose baking includes making goods for wholesale clients into in addition to those for walk-in customers, said she started baking for her friends at Boston College and hasn’t stopped since.
“I started doing it when I was in college for my tennis team and other athletes in my dorm room,” she said. “I had a little food processor, and I never stopped.”
Borr has a certificate in nutritional therapy, something that reflects in the offerings at her bakery. Those offerings range from gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan granola to custom-made artisan cakes.
The new bakery on West Broad Street is in good company opening next to Fettle + Fare, which specializes in gluten- and dairy-free foods, and near to the recently opened King’s Bowl Café, which offers smoothies, shakes and fruit bowls.
Amanda Vargas, the owner of Fettle + Fare, who carries some Borr’s desserts in her shop next door, said it is a natural pairing.
“It happened really organically. I’m excited for them,” Vargas said. “They’re young and hustling, so I’m happy to be a part of them figuring it out.”