Lately, we’ve been rethinking how much sweet processed stuff we put into our precious bodies. After all, you only get one in this life—so you’d better pump it full of a little goodness every so often, to balance out the bad! If you’ve watched That Sugar Film, we can pretty much guarantee you’re having the same doughnut-addiction woes.
To help you out, we’ve compiled a hit list of Melbourne’s best processed sugar-free menus, including everything from ripened banana ice cream to raw chocolate that’s even better than the sugar-filled thing. Go forth and treat yo’self!
The good people of Serotonin Eatery are all about food that fuels your happiness, which means no sugar hits with crushing comedowns. Instead, this incredible café (yup, it’s the one with swings for seats) uses ripened bananas to make ice-cream, dehydrated bananas as a substitute for sugar and flower, and vanilla and coconut milk to sweeten puddings. Better yet, from 6 June, team Serotonin are set to open for dinner—so you can get your sugar-free goodies from dawn until dusk.
The healthy sister to Kew’s Hellenic Republic, Mastic’s menu contains no processed sugar, instead opting for coconut sugar substitutes and toppings such as fruit chia jam. If you’re going gluten-free too, the French toast with pear, cherry compote and crème fraiche is an absolute must, and the cocoa and peanut butter smoothie is a protein-rich masterpiece. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
I’m Sugar Free
Unsurprisingly, this one does exactly what it says on the tin. For all your at-home sugar-free needs, as well as a café stocked full of treats that make for delicious snacks, head to I’m Sugar Free in West Melbourne. As well as sugar-free doughnuts, ice-creams, juices and on-the-go bars, you’ll find all sorts of healthy alternatives to everyday items.
Everything you’ll chow down on at CBD gem Hunters' Roots is made in-house, so you can guarantee that they know exactly what goes into each and every dish. Nothing contains processed sugar, and everything is 100% drool-worthy. Pass me a Purple Rain berry smoothie… And throw Prince on the playlist, will you?
Fox In The Box
Catering for just about every dietary need on the planet, Fox In The Box in Brighton is the saviour of sugar-free foodies. Ditching processed ingredients across the board, this café and restaurant serves delicious alternatives flavoured with banana jams and berry coulis. One for the fodmap fans, for sure.
Did somebody say raw, sugar-free macaroons?! Northcote’s Shoku Iku is all about the finer things in life, such as matcha cheesecakes, raw carrot cakes, pomegranate and cacao slices and chocolate, vanilla and mulberry cake. You’ll also find healthy greens in their café, but it’s the cakes we’re after—perfect for a sugar-free birthday or celebration.
Windsor newcomer Uncommon is the trendiest sugar-free brunch spot we could find, replacing all of that processed junk with a coconut equivalent. We’re all about the French toast sandwich, stuffed full of quince, maple caramel and lemon curd, and the cacoa-laced bircher. Oh yes…
In need of sugar-free raw cacao bars, slices and desserts? There’s only one emporium we recommend for all three, and it’s Pana Chocolate in Richmond. If you can’t make it to their healthy treat HQ, we recommend the online store—great for gifts, as well as stocking up on your own personal supply!
Opting for dates, fruits and coconut sugar instead of the white stuff, Raw Trader shot to local fame for their bliss balls—but it’s the raw Jammie Dodgers and rainbow cake we’re holding out for. The ultimate in sugar-free indulgence, especially if you’re bored of cashew nut slices and oat-and-maple everything.
Monk Bodhi Dharma
St Kilda East
Whether you’ve already been to this classic healthy café, or their sister venue Admiral Cheng Ho in Abbotsford, you’ll know that they pretty much wrote the book on sugar-free, feel-good food in Melbourne.
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Image credit: Serotonin Eatery, Michelle Jarni for The Urban List.