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Our Story

Our Story

Nearly seven years ago, Nava, my three and a half year-old daughter, was disappointed.  She’d thoughtfully tapped the waitress on the shoulder while I was otherwise engrossed in conversation and requested a special birthday cake for me at the end of my meal.  Despite my appreciation for Nava’s good intentions, I didn’t eat the cake.

I couldn’t eat the cake; I’d eliminated gluten from my diet upon the discovery that I felt dramatically better without it.

After the birthday incident and Nava’s understanding of my gluten-intolerance, she grew determined that I should be able to eat yummy things; she knows that eating and sharing yummy things are some of life’s greatest pleasures. We tried numerous gluten-free baked goods and recipes, but none satisfied my needs.

So, at Nava’s urging, we began to experiment with our own recipes.   I would name the ingredient, and Nava would tell me the measurement to use.  We made a good team.  Soon after our experiments began, we had some quick success with a coffee cake that was wonderfully reminiscent of my childhood.

I was hooked, and I’ve been in the kitchen ever since!

It’s been a six-year adventure – researching, experimenting, and learning all about baking.  My family, my friends, and my three daughters’ friends have been along for the ride — during which they were repeatedly asked, “How do you like the (fill-in-the-blank with the recipe of the day)?   How’s the taste?  How’s the texture?  How does it compare to the best (whatever it was I had made) you’ve ever had?”

Nava & Janice Breakaway Bakery Owner
First, I set out to create baked goods that were delicious – delicious the way I remembered delicious.  Considering that I am sensitive to gluten, dairy, gums, and many gluten free grains, delicious was going to be a challenge.  As a close second, I strived for my recipes to be nutritious as well.

It’s been a long, glorious labor of love.  The idea that I might be able to pull together a product that could bring people joy (and not make them sick!) kept me going through the seemingly endless tweaking of recipes.  At the end of 2008, my family and I finally decided to go for it.  We leased a location on a funky, up-and-coming stretch of Pico Blvd. and set to work turning it into a bakery.  I filed our certifications, sourced our very difficult-to-find gluten and allergy-free ingredients, and after taking care of the myriad of other details… we were finally ready to go!

The result: Breakaway Bakery.   Breakaway from things that are bad for you.  Breakaway to a great taste adventure where the things you love to eat are also “honestly delicious and healthy.”

I hope that you’ll join me and my family on our great taste adventure, and that you’ll also find what Nava and I can finally share every day . . . something yummy to eat!


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  • Mon 8am - 5pm
  • Tues 10am - 5pm
  • Wed 10am - 5pm
  • Thur 8am - 5pm
  • Fri 8am - 3pm
  • Sun 8am - 3pm


5264 W. Pico Blvd. LA, CA 90019
Phone: (310) 968-9380

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*Flour is processed in facililty that processes almonds, hazelnuts, soy and corn. Equipment is cleaned and first 15 lbs of next run is donated before packaging. Some products contain coconut oil