Maybe it is an age thing. Maybe it is the increased emphasis on better health. I am really going for less sweet food items, and siu siu dai (less less sugar) for my morning coffee.
Even recently, Singapore’s Health Minister Mr Gan Kim Yong ‘declared a war on diabetes’. 1 in 8 Singaporeans have diabetes and 80% of those have Type II diabetes (which is a result of lifestyle choices).
I think it can be managed through making the right lifestyle choices, and being exposed to healthier options of ‘sweet’ treats out there.
So here you go! 10 Less Sugar Desserts in Singapore. It IS possible to have your (lower sugar) cake, and eat it too!
Cream and Custard – Jalan Bt Ho Swee
Watermelon Strawberry Cake
The instagrammable Watermelon Strawberry Cake ($7.50 per slice) is very popular among the hipsters, plus it is gluten-free and contains low sugar! Wah.
Two layers of almond dacquoise, fresh cream infused with Rose and a center layer of fresh watermelon, topped with a generous amount of fresh cut strawberries, grapes and blueberries.
Better news: The sweetness of the cake comes solely from the fresh watermelon, which is au naturel! No sugar is added into the fresh cream either.
Soo Bing Bing – Westgate
Originated from Japan and known as Mizu Shinken Mochi, the raindrop cake is made from seaweed agar (a gelatin-like substance).
The texture of the Raindrop Cake is silky-smooth as it dissolves and melts on the tongue, just like swallowing a raindrop.
Low, low, low sugar. The Raindrop Cake itself is tasteless, to mimic the taste of rainwater, and is accompanied by a heap of Kinako (roasted soybean powder) and brown sugar syrup on the side for additional flavour, if you want that extra kick.
Project Acai – Holland Village (Lor Liput)
The sweetness comes from the superfood acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee), that is known to be packed with antioxidants.
The Acai Bowl has an acai-blended base topped with granola, blueberries, and other superfood such as chia seeds, goji berries, coconut shavings, raw cocoa nibs and bee pollen, making it a refreshingly tasty dessert.
Mad About Sucre – Teo Hong Road
Cirque de Gavarnie
The bakers behind Mad About Sucre are firm believers that using natural ingredients is the cornerstone of healthy desserts. Hence, their focus is all about the ingredients they put into their bakes.
They have reduced up to 70% of sugar in their cakes, using only raw and/or unprocessed sugar, thereby increasing the amount of wholesome and finely-curated ingredients.
You can try the Chocolat Noir – A blend of 100% dark French chocolate and 66% dark Mexican chocolate with no sugar added; or the Cirque de Gavarnie, which is a blend of cream of organic wild oats, lychee and red currants – ingredients of our childhood days.
Ugly Cake Shop – 535 Kallang Bahru, GB Point
Salted Egg Yolk Custard Cupcake
Ugly Cake Shop only wants to sell cakes that they would feed their family members. Therefore, they bake everything from scratch, using quality ingredients, and reducing the sugar content of all their cakes.
The cake shop also avoids,fondant, marzipan, stabilisers and artificial preservatives. Only natural flavourings and colourings are used! You won’t even find grainy frosting on their cupcakes.
Their healthiest cakes include vegan (dairy-free, egg-free) Zainasaurus cake, a dark chocolate ganache cake called Nicholas (which only uses a small amount of sugar), and the Jamie option which incorporates earl grey with orange blossom whipped cream.
For salted egg yolk lovers, there is the Vicki ($27 for 6), stuffed with handmade liu sha custard, and adorned with a buttercream rose on top.
Cake Spade – 83 Tanjong Pagar Road
Strawberry Tofu Cheesecake
Most of the cakes over at Cake Spade are reduced in sweetness to cater to the local palette.
Although the term “tofu” is used only to describe the texture of the Strawberry Tofu Cheesecake ($6.50), this has to be the lightest cheesecake the cafe serves in-store.
Owner Zenn revealed that she has reduced the sugar in their recipe, and uses a very light cream cheese resulting in a far less decadent rendition of a traditional cheesecake – making it more guilt free.
Delcie’s Desserts and Cakes – Blk 34 Whampoa West
Vegan, Diabetic Friendly Chocolate Cakes
Delcie’s is known for their healthier choice cakes, which they can customise for patrons who may have certain health conditions or health-related lifestyle choices.
They would often recommend their vegan and diabetic-friendly range of cakes, which use organic agave (a lower glycemic index natural sweetener) as a sugar replacement that is suitable even for those with diabetes.
Some of their top picks include the Mud Fudge which is a 74% dark chocolate cake, and the Blue Forest – a fresh blueberry-infused cake sandwiched with blueberry cream.
Seriously Ice Cream – Everton Park (Note: Café is moving soon, check with store for updates.)
Low Sugar Ice Cream
There are no preservatives, no gum, and no stabilizers – and the sugar used is also reduced in the creation of these ice creams. Seriously.
The owner used to be a chubby kid, until health became his number one priority. He was in the creative field, and thus the flavours turned out to be more wacky than usual too.
Interesting favours on display range from Miso Gula Melaka, Strawberry Basil, Orange Crush, Strawberry Cheese, and Yuzu Marmalade, to more localised options such as Onde Onde, Horlicks and Teh C.
Sprout – Duxton Road
Healthier Egg Waffles
Salad bar Sprout offers Acai Banana Egglet Waffle ($11.90) during its teatime from 2:30pm onwards till sold out (about 5pm or earlier).
A HEALTHY dessert? This contains acai sorbert, banana, chai seed and egglet waffle that tastes like traditional steamed egg muffin. Not too sweet.
SuFood – Raffles City
Roselle Jelly Yoghurt
Roselle is more commonly used in the brewing of tea and has health benefits like reducing hypertension and high blood pressure.
Taiwanese meat-free restaurant Sufood uses this ingredient in their dessert.
The Roselle Jelly Yoghurt ($5) is also topped with other healthy superfood like yoghurt and almonds, which are loaded with vitamins and magnesium respectively.
It is fair to say that I LOVE trying out new food, especially desserts.
Then again, I have to be mindful of with what I consume, despite being a foodie. Weight gain, diabetes, health risks – of course I am concerned about them.
While we cannot avoid all that eating entirely, we can be good to our gut by having an after-meal cultured milk boost. VITAGEN Less Sugar not only contains 50% less sugar than other regular cultured milks drinks, it is also the only cultured milk drink in Singapore that contains both prebiotics and probiotics to help support the growth of good bacteria in the intestinal tract and to aid in digestion
So why not sweeten that deal after dessert?
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