Charleston Moms EATS: Annie O Love’s Cafe of Sweet Abundance

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Welcome to our very first installment of Charleston Moms EATS!

Each month, we’ll be highlighting the goodness that is local food in the Lowcountry. It might be a particular dish, a unique drink, or a new restaurant that needs to be on your must-try list.

First up…

Annie O Love’s Cafe of Sweet Abundance

Sometime in February, I heard through the Facebook grapevine that there was a really cool vegan and gluten-free dessert shop that had just opened in West Ashley. Immediately, I searched Facebook and Instagram to see what I could find out about this bakery! I am an omnivore but I love trying new and different foods especially if it is healthy and delicious…and I soon discovered Annie O Love’s exceeded my expectations!

Photo courtesy of Annie O Loves Sweet Abundance Instagram page.

Annie Oswald is the mastermind, owner, and chef behind the café. She is a Charleston native who has worked in the restaurant industry for 20 years and, throughout her experience and personal struggles with addiction, became vegan around six years ago. Annie is also very conscious of how the restaurant industry negatively affects the environment in regards to waste and does her part as best as she can to reduce her carbon footprint.

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Peanut Butter Apocalypse Cheesecake

When you go, the current fresh made cookie list is on the wall written in chalk. The cookie names are amazing…Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love Child, High Vibin’ Key Lime’n, and Gangsta O’ Love are just a few! If you love chocolate and sea salt, you have to get Apocalypse Cacao which is officially my new favorite cookie. She does not skimp on the sea salt, making the perfect combination salty and sweet!

I also had the privilege of trying the Peanut Butter Apocalypse Cheesecake, which is the cheesecake mural painted on the entire side of the building, so I knew I had to try it. This cheesecake has a crust of brownie batter, chocolate chip cookie dough IN the cheesecake, and covered in chocolate sprinkled with sea salt! Annie also let me taste one of her newest creations, Back Dat Peach Up! It tasted like the best southern peach cobbler with a perfect, crunchy topping made into a cookie.

annie o'sJust look at Annie O Love’s Instagram page and drool over her stories! You can see her add all the fresh, delectable ingredients into her huge mixing bowl…you will soon be running to get a taste and I’ll see you in there!

Annie O Love’s is located at 1901 Ashley River Road, Charleston, 29407.

Enjoying the cheesecake!

Have you been to Annie O’s? What’s your favorite thing on the menu?

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Elizabeth Wagner
Elizabeth Wagner is a 5th generation Charlestonian and a 3rd generation James Islander.  She and her husband maintained a long distance relationship throughout her nursing school and his Marine Corps deployments. They married in 2010. After working as a neurosurgical nurse for ten years, she became a stay-at-home mom of their now four kids. From her natural passion to help others and through caring for her own children, Elizabeth became interested in herbal remedies, the benefits of plant medicine, and natural ways to treat her kids illnesses. In 2016, after the birth of her third child, she started Island Bloom Herbals. She makes homemade elderberry syrup, cough syrup, and herbal teas. She and her husband are beekeepers and have three hives in their backyard.  Elizabeth and her husband also love to dive. Her husband proposed to her underwater off the coast of Charleston and they have dove in the Georgia Aquarium with whale sharks!

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