Caramel. Inside the cookie.

“I didn’t know there were so many vegans in Sac!” Christine Ross said. As the proprietor of Love+Flour online vegan bakery, that’s a good thing for her. And her baked goods are a sweet thing for everyone—even gluten-free folks. Ross, an Australian, married a Sacramentan and moved here four years ago. Not long after, they went vegan, and amateur baker Ross began adapting her recipes. “The first thing I adapted was the chocolate chip cookie,” she said. The former competitive bodybuilder and professional photographer started Love+Flour Bakery almost two years ago. Classic and inventive cookies—caramel-stuffed chocolate chip (yes, caramel. Inside the damn cookie!)—cakes, pies, cinnamon rolls, brownies, doughnuts and chocolate-filled croissants are made to order through and delivered directly to customers. Oblivion Comics & Coffee (1020 11th Street), Shift Coffee (1616 Del Paso Boulevard) and Folsom Grind (7610 Folsom-Auburn Road in Folsom) also sell Love+Flour goods. Ross hopes to open a storefront shop by the end of this year.—Shoka