Where to find healthy, guilt-free desserts in Singapore

Got a sweet tooth but don’t want to mess up your diet? Here’s where you can have your cake and eat it.

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Because they are loaded with sugar and calories, desserts often get a bad rep for derailing a healthy diet. 

But the term “healthy desserts” does not have to be an oxymoron. More and more cafe owners are catering to health-conscious Singaporeans by providing healthier treats that taste just as good as the sinful ones. 

Using vegan/raw alternatives, organic ingredients, and minimal processed sugar, the desserts will satisfy your sweet tooth without adding to your waistline (if you eat in moderation, of course).

From acai bowls to cakes to ice-cream, here are 10 places around the island where you can indulge your cravings, guilt-free. 



1. Beriwell



As the first and only shop in Singapore that offers acai soft-serve, Beriwell focuses on perfecting its exclusive menu of soft-serves and smoothies.

Acai comes with a host of health benefits, including antioxidants, fibre, essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, so you get the best of both worlds at Beriwell, where you can have an acai soft-serve that is as bright and cheery as the shop interior. 

With its tropical tiki-bar themed decor, you can imagine yourself on the beaches of Hawaii while enjoying crowd favourites such as Coco Majik, which is made of blended Thai coconut, coconut water and spirulina (a healthy bacteria that increases antioxidant enzymes in the blood). 

For smoothies, try the refreshing Lycopink, which contains goji berries, mint, watermelon and strawberries, or the savoury-sweet Peanut Butter and Joy, which contains peanut butter, bananas, almond milk and Maca root (which can help to reduce blood pressure).

Additional toppings include granola, crushed cookies and cut fruits.

At #01-01 19 East Coast Road, Singapore 428746, tel: 9182 0747. Visit www.facebook.com/beriwell



2. Afterglow by Anglow




This eatery at the Keong Saik Road food enclave advocates a modern vegan lifestyle with plant-based dishes such as raw pizzas made of dehydrated almond crust, raw lasagne made of zucchini, as well as burgers with black bean and flaxseed patties. 

Its dessert menu is a continuation of the raw foods theme, with creamy offerings such as the raw cheesecake, made of cashew cream fudge on a cashew crust with dates and drizzled with cold-pressed organic coconut oil and maple syrup, and lighter options such as the acai bowl of raw muesli, bananas, coconut cracker, raw berry compote, and salted tahini ‘caramel’ made of raw gluten, dairy- and sugar-free chocolates.

At 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131, tel: 6224 8921. Visit https://afterglow.sg/



3. Kind Kones




The new kid on the block, Kind Kones, presents a variety of gluten-free, plant-based vegan ice-cream and desserts made from scratch with natural, chemical-free ingredients. Instead of eggs and dairy products, the ice-cream flavours are made of coconut and nuts such as cashews and almonds. They also do not contain refined sugar, preservatives or emulsifiers. 

Go for the signature flavour, Blue Planet, a planet Earth-lookalike (thanks to the natural blue pea flower dye) with a base made of coconut, cashew and almond milk, and consists of chunks of matcha cake. You can choose to pair your ice-cream with a cone (which come in wholemeal and flourless gluten-free options), cookies or brownies, or make it a banana split.

At B1-27, Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884, tel: 9010 8557. Visit www.facebook.com/kindkonesSG



4. Haakon Superfoods and Juice



This Scandinavian superfoods shop promotes the warm, fuzzy hygge lifestyle with a superfood diet full of Scandinavian flavours. Its dishes — mostly low-carb, high-protein salads and lean bowls — are focused on freshness, mindfulness and balance.

Where desserts are concerned, the Classic Acai Bowls at Haakon are a must-try. They contain a delightful medley of coconut flakes, blueberries and diced seasonal fruits such as mango, kiwi and dragon fruit, which add a natural sweetness without the need for artificial additives. Chocolate fans will love the Cacao Bliss, made of cacao and almond butter and consists of granola, chia seed parfait, almond flakes, cacao nibs and fruits. Super-healthy eaters can try the Green & Lean Bowl, which uses a spirulina and spinach base and is topped with goji berries, spinach, almond butter and more. 

Best of all, there are four stores around Singapore where you can easily grab a post-meal treat.

Check out their website for store information.



5. All The Batter



If you’re a fan of avocados, you would probably have heard of All the Batter, because this avocado-themed cafe involves the fruit in almost every dish on the menu. 

Aside from the savoury millennial favourite, avocado on toast, the dessert menu revolves entirely around the superfood as well. Think avocado cakes with alternating layers of avocado buttercream and chocolate (Avocado Rhapsody Slice), or sweetened with strawberry, matcha, gula melaka and lemon. For something nutty, the Avocado Nutty Galore is an avo-milkshake that will satiate with its richness. Pair it with a light snack such as the Fresh Avocado Milk Ball, a cream puff with a generous filling of milky avocado cream.

Vegan folks, not to worry. The store also offers egg-, gluten- and dairy-free vegan options, as well as low-GI versions of its popular dishes that are diabetic-friendly.

Ay 17 Jasmine Road, Singapore 576585, tel: 8510 6313. Visit www.facebook.com/AllTheBatter