Back in March, I wrote an article about Al Hubbard, who tucks healthy ingredients such as zucchini, butternut squash, berries, nuts, flax seed and pureed navy beans into his delicious baked goods and sells them on the Roanoke Farmers Market. Well, Healthy Stuff Cakery has been so successful that Hubbard decided to open a permanent business in the spot that formerly housed Local Roots Cafe at 1731 Grandin Road in Roanoke.
Healthy Stuff Cakery and Cafe, which had a soft opening Sunday, takes up the entire first floor of the house and seats up to 42 people. You’re probably wondering how Hubbard’s small line of baked goods could support such a large space, and Al has been doing a lot of thinking about that, too. He’s come up with a full breakfast and lunch menu while sticking to his mission to provide tasty treats that are good for you, too.
The cafe will offer breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday, along with those popular cakes and fruit juices, coffee concoctions and herbal teas. Lunch will include soups, salads and sandwiches, while breakfast will offer some unique twists on Hubbard’s cake recipes.
For example, he has created a waffle made with butternut squash and pecans, as well as pancakes made with apples, pineapple and blueberries. He’s also been working on his wheat bread recipe and says he has a recipe for light wheat biscuits. Breakfast paninis and omelets will be made with turkey bacon or sausage to cut down on fat, and Hubbard also has created what sounds like a fascinating dish: The oil-free omelet.
To make the omelet, Hubbard and his son, Justin, place all of the ingredients inside a heat-safe bag and simmer it until cooked through. In other words, they are making a boil-in-bag omelet that does not require any oil or butter for frying. True to his mission, Hubbard still does not use any refined sugar, either, opting instead for raw cane sugar or agave nectar.
“Diabetics are very welcome at our place without having to be so selective about what they can eat,” Hubbard said.
Healthy Stuff Cakery and Cafe will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., with breakfast being served between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Lunch is available anytime. On Sundays, the cafe will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hubbard said he is having a grand opening with live music this Sunday, so stop on by and see what kind of healthy ingredients he can sneak into your tummy.