Healthy desserts in Singapore
No meal is truly complete without dessert, but as much as that's true, desserts have an unfortunate reputation for being the enemy of healthy living, often being packed with sugar and calories.
Luckily, cafe owners recognise that Singaporeans are getting health-conscious, and have adapted by offering healthier options. From cafes that specialise in acai bowls to surprisingly healthy soft serves, here're 10 cafes to bring your #fitspo friends to.
1. All The Batter (near Upper Thomson)
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Millennials rejoice because All The Batter is an all-avocado cafe! Discreetly tucked away behind Thomson Plaza, this quaint little spot offers a whole range of avocado desserts.
Left: Avocado Nutty Galore milkshake ($8.90), Middle: Avocado Rhapsody Cake ($6.50). Image credit: @thechoyalicious
The star of the show here is clearly the moist Avocado Rhapsody Cake ($6.50). Made from ripened avocados, cream cheese, unrefined sugar and a fluffy cocoa cake layer, it’s hard to believe that this cake is low in sugar and is surprisingly diabetic-friendly.
All The Batter
Address: 17 Jasmine Road, Adelphi Park Singapore 576585
Opening hours: Weekends: 11AM-9.30PM, closed on weekdays
Telephone: 8510 6313
2. Beriwell (near Katong Shopping Centre)
The first and only acai soft serve shop in Singapore! Image credit: @berriwell
Unlike the minimalist white-based aesthetics favoured by new cafes, Beriwell’s space is a splash of colour with its bright neon-esque palette and tropical tiki-bar themed decor. The atmosphere is matched by their desserts, colourful soft-serves and smoothie selections - a true gift for the ‘gram.
Their soft serves easily match the bright and cheery interiors. Image credits: @beriwell
We highly recommend getting The Twist ($9.90, large), a delightfully-balanced combination of acai soft serve and the pastel blue Coco Majik, made from spirulina and coconut water. Add some crunch with the granola and cookie toppings or go the healthy route with healthy cut fruit options.
Address: #01-01 19 East Coast Road, Singapore 428746
Opening hours: 9AM - 11PM
Telephone: 9182 0747
3. Haakon Superfoods and Juice ([email protected])
Classic Acai Bowl (small $7.90, large $12.90) Image credit: @haakon.sg
With 3 stores in town, Haakon Superfoods & Juice provides the perfect post lunch/dinner treat. The acai bowls come with a medley of diced seasonal fruits which include dragon fruit, mango & kiwis. Their use of fruits also means natural sugars are used instead of artificial additives - score!
313 Somerset Outlet - It also doesn't hurt that all their four outlets look really pretty to boot. Image credit: Ali Chua
Chocolate lovers have the option of Cacao Bliss Acai Bowls, made with almond butter and cacao. And for the siao on ones, opt for the Green & Lean Bowl. Their spirulina and spinach base means even less calories!
4. Brownice Italian Vegan Ice Cream Cafe (Upper Thomson)
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With ice-cream made from brown rice milk, the ice-cream at Brownice have 30% less sugar than normal ice-cream and is 100% dairy-free.
The selection here is as diverse as any other ice cream parlour, with scoops costing from $3.50. A must-try is their hazelnut ice-cream, which tastes like Ferrero Rocher, but lighter. It pairs wonderfully with their Crispy Waffles ($8), made from unbleached flour and coconut milk.
Don't miss the Mudpie Ice-cream Cake ($9) too, with its decadent combination of French Chocolate and Hazelnut Chocolate ice-cream over a crisp brown rice base. This is then topped with crunchy walnuts and dark chocolate drizzle.
Brownice Italian Vegan Ice Cream Cafe
Address: #01-03, 8 Sin Ming Road, Sin Ming Drive Centre, Singapore 575628
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 12PM - 10PM, Fri, Sat: 12PM - 10.30PM
Telephone: 6456 6431
Image credit: Smoocht
The same owners also have another outlet located under an HDB block in Jurong East, under the name Smoocht. They scoop similar flavours here, with an added bonus of having the decadent option of sandwiching each scoop of ice-cream between two ooey-gooey layers of cookies (from $5).
Berry Bliss, Green Goddess & PB and Choc smoothie jars. Image credit: Smoocht
Being 100% vegan, Smoocht also serves brightly-coloured smoothie jars ($8 each) with generous servings of chia seeds at the bottom.
Address: #01-58, 319 Jurong East Street 31, Singapore 600319
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 12PM - 9PM, Fri & Sat: 12PM - 9.30PM
Telephone: 6266 5691
5. Real Food (Orchard Central)
The atmosphere is calming and inviting, reminiscent of a minimalistic Scandinavian living space. Image credit: Real Food
Apart from their mains, vegetarian restaurant Real Food serves wonderfully healthy and light desserts - with the sugar levels kept to a minimum.
Matcha Tiramisu ($8.50). Image credit: Real Food
A customer's favourite is their Matcha Tiramisu. This wonderfully creamy dessert is layered with a soft spongy cake and is not too sweet. It’s lightly sweetened with cane and agave sugar. Agave sugar has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar which means it has a lower tendency to raise blood sugar levels. In simple terms, it’s healthier, so keep calm and carry on ;)
Other healthy dessert options include the Mango Cheesecake ($8.50) and the moist Vegan Gateau Chocolate cake ($8.50). The dessert selection here changes fairly frequently, so we recommend calling to check before making a trip down.
6. Delcie’s Cake (Whampoa)
Mud Fudge ($8.80) - made with a 73% dark chocolate ganache and dairy-free cream. Image credits: Delcie’s Cake
Cakes here don't use any animal byproducts and come with diabetic-friendly options. Image credits: Delcie’s Cakes
With names such as Mud Fudge and Chocolate Cheesecake, Delcie’s selection will have you astonished at the fact that such drool-worthy cakes can be so low in sugar yet taste so good. The trick behind this is a clever combination of 3 cane sugar alternatives: organic stevia, coconut sugar and agave, all of which have low glycemic indexes.
Cakes by the slice here start from $7.80, while prices for a 5-inch round cake start from $60.
Delcie’s Cake @ Whampoa
Address: #01-83, 34 Whampoa W, Singapore 330034
Opening hours: 11AM - 8PM daily, Public holidays: 11AM - 8PM
Telephone: 6282 2951
7. Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique (Katong)
A single scoop in a cone costs $6.80. Image credit: @fnichh
Located along the shophouses of East Coast Road, this botanically-inspired gelato boutique makes use of a wide variety of herbs and spices in their creamy concoctions.
Fan-favourite gelato flavours include the refreshingly light White Chrysanthemum and fragrant Pandan, while other unique flavours like the earthy Strawberry Basil and aromatic Masala scoops are also available.
Bonus: you can order your gelato in thyme-infused cones which add a wonderful woody scent to your dessert.
Birds of Paradise
Address: #01-05, 63 East Coast Rd, Singapore 428776
Opening hours: Tue - Thu & Sun: 12PM - 10PM, Fri & Sat: 12PM - 10.30PM, closed on Mondays
Telephone: 9678 6092
8. The Living Cafe (Bukit Timah)
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The Living Cafe breathes new life into the term "raw foods", creating dishes that don’t utilize conventional cooking methods. Examples of these methods include ensuring that all ingredients are neither heated above 47°C nor chemically processed, allowing them to retain their full nutritional qualities.
They also pride themselves on not using refined sugar, an added bonus for the weight-conscious.
The guilt-free RAW Blueberry “Cheesecake” - made with no dairy products
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Their signature RAW Blueberry “Cheesecake” ($9.50) is rich and creamy, and accompanied by a buttery base and the tart blueberry top, will leave you wanting more. Other healthy offerings include Avocado Chocolate Mousse ($10) and Fresh Berry Waffles ($17.50), both of which are desserts made for sharing.
The Living Cafe
Address: 779 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 269758
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11AM - 7PM, Fri: 11AM - 10PM, Sat: 9AM - 10PM, Sun: 9AM - 8PM
Telephone: 6762 8029
Stick to a healthy diet with F&N Fruit Tree Fresh 50% Less Sugar & Calories Range
As the above list proves, you can enjoy desserts that taste just as good - even with lower sugar content. And likewise, Fruit Tree Fresh’s recent launch of their 50% Less Sugar & Calories Range proves that you don’t have to compromise in the drinks department, either.
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