Adopting a healthier diet often means cutting out sweets and desserts, which tend to be laden with sugar and calories. But as plant-based eating and raw food diets become more mainstream, living gluten-free or vegan isn’t nearly as lonely or difficult as it once was. Fortunately in Dubai, there is a growing list of healthy options popping up around the city so you can indulge in sweet treats without compromising your waistline or sugar-free lifestyle. We did the homework for you and rounded up seven of the best guilt-free desserts in Dubai, so you can have your cake and eat it, too.
Gossip Cafe & Desserts
The gourmet cafe, launched by Shayma N Fawwaz, specializes in sweet and savory American cuisine with an Emirati twist. Those looking for healthier options can expect organic and gluten-free food bites.
04 343 0181
Sarabeth’s Restaurant & Bakery
Hailing from New York, the recently opened restaurant and bakery features a contemporary-American menu using the finest ingredients. Founded by Sarabeth Levine, the restaurant also includes a bakery, which sells her legendary jams as well as signature desserts all handmade to perfection every day.
52 397 6750
The Lime Tree Cafe and Kitchen
Gluten-free treats such as cakes, scones, tarts, shortbreads, and brownies are freshly baked in small batches in the cafe’s certified gluten-free kitchen. Eggs are organic and free-range, and ingredients are almost always traceable to source.
04 325 6325
Founded by Dalia Dogmoch and Racil Chalhoub, the Kitsch Counter offers more than 14 mouthwatering cupcake options. Baked daily on the premises, must-try cupcakes include The Skinny, which is low fat and low sugar; The Chick Friendly, which doesn’t include egg; and The Cow Friendly, which is dairy-free.
Located in Marble Walk, Building 3, DIFC
04 325 2438
This bakery offers a guilt-free selection of delectable treats. Its HealthyMoo line includes sugar-free chia seed pudding, chocolate cake made with natural sweetener, egg, dairy and butter-free chocolate cakes, and oatmeal cookies created with a blend of dry cherries, honey, and cinnamon.
04 399 7371
Wild & the Moon
Wild & the Moon in Alserkal Avenue stands by the philosophy that food should be good for you, good for the planet and, above all, delicious. All bites and juices on the menu are organic, cold-pressed, plant-based, gluten-free, and unpasteurized.
Those seeking a healthy hangout should visit the award-winning Comptoir 102. The cult favorite cafe has a sugar and dairy-free menu with raw, gluten-free and vegan treats to choose from.
04 385 4555