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The DIY Dessert Bar That’s Vegan-Friendly Too

By Clare Acheson - 26 Mar 2015

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There’s nothing quite like a perfectly crafted sweet treat—your favourite blend of flavours, the right amount of toppings, all rounded off with that perfect swirl of honey or fruit coulis. Even better when it’s guilt-free—we’re talking low-fat healthy dessert and smoothie options that are all-natural, vegan, gluten-free and even dairy-free. At The Urban List, we’ve come to the conclusion that there’s only one name worth talking about when it comes to DIY vegan desserts in Melbourne, and that’s Yo-Chi!

Yo-Chi’s four awesome Melbourne venues—Balaclava, Carlton, Yarraville and the most recent addition, Hawthorn—all offer an amazing DIY dessert experience that leads to delicious results. The concept is simple: Grab a bowl, serve yourself any mix of frozen yogurt flavours, toppings and sauces that you desire—yes, you can go for a 16 flavour mega-mix—weigh, pay and enjoy.

We know that healthy desserts that actually deliver on taste can be few and far between, which is why we are so blown away by Yo-Chi’s vegan frozen yogurt. Their all-natural ingredients and inspired recipes make Yo-Chi our pick of the best vegan desserts in Melbourne if you’re on the lookout for a tasty chilled treat. Add to that some fresh, juicy fruit (we’d recommend nectarines—in season and so sweet!) and a handful of nuts, seeds and granola, and you’ve got a mouth-watering bowl of healthy goodness.

But Yo-Chi is not just peddling Melbourne’s best vegan desserts, oh no siree. You can also pick up some of the most delicious vegan smoothies in town, or Smoochis as they’re known in Yo-Chi-land. Their vegan frozen yogurt is perfect for smoothies that are light, refreshing and packed full of fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables.

With a variety of flavours and recipes that are fresh from Yo-Chi’s chefs’ imaginations, there’s always something new coming out of their kitchen. Not even us industry insiders get to know what’s coming next from these healthy dessert wizards, so make sure you’re following Yo-Chi on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all the latest info.

It’s going to be a bonus year for fro-yo addicts, as Yo-Chi has just introduced its loyalty card scheme, the Chi Club. Grab a Chi Club card when you’re next in one of Yo-Chi’s stores and begin clocking up points for free fro-yo. What’s that? An excuse to treat ourselves more often?! Don’t mind if we do…

To get you started, we’re running an Instagram Snap & Share competition where you could win $300 of Yo-Chi! Simply...

1. Go to any Yo-Chi store and snap your very own DIY vegan dessert creation.

2. Tag it with #tullovesyochi

3. ...and follow @iloveyochi.

Entries close at 11:59pm AEDT on Sunday 12th April 2015. Make sure you are following The Urban List on Instagram too!

To be the first to hear about Yo-Chi’s latest vegan frozen yogurt flavours and smoothies, follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

TUL Note: This article is proudly sponsored by Yo-Chi and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy. 

Image credit: Jacqui Wilkins for The Urban List

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