People in Mumbai take their desserts seriously. But when I want to indulge in something sweet but do not want to pile on the calories, I have a few options for something sweet but light. Here are my picks of some of the healthiest desserts around the city.

Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Tea Cake


Photo source: Ellipsis Bakery

This delicious gluten-free tea cake uses tapioca flour, almond powder, jowar flour, rice flour, brown sugar and apple juice. It also has a healthy amount of cinnamon and apple chunks. Definitely my go-to tea time snack packed with nutrients and completely natural.

You can pick it up from Ellipses Bakery at Worli and Bandra {and soon in Andheri as well}, or just order it on Scootsy for home delivery.

The Classic Fruit Platter


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Bachelors at Chowpatty has been serving up some delicious fruit-based desserts ever since I can remember! When looking to cut down on the calories, I simply pass on their famous fruit and fresh cream for their classic fruit platter. On the menu this dish is marked ‘Since 1930s’ and comes with a healthy serving of chopped seasonal fruit including apples, kiwi, pineapple, watermelon, papaya, melon and strawberries and mangoes when they’re in season. The simplicity is everything.

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream


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Vegan Bites has a lot to offer when it comes to gluten-free, vegan and all natural food. Their cookies and cream ice cream is made with gluten-free cookies, organic raw sugar and coconut milk. It a scrumptious dessert and extremely light and fresh. They also have a saffron and pistachio ice cream which is made with soy milk along with a couple of sugar-free options as well. Call them on +917666586430 for orders and inquiries.

Maple Crunch Rocks


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These are great for a snack on the go, or just for that energy boost at 5pm when I crave something sweet. They also contain only 15% organic raw sugar which is way less than any other energy bar out there. So do ditch your tea and pastry evening fix and opt for these instead. Not necessarily a dessert but it does the job. These are available at Natures Basket stores across the city.

Royce Nama Chocolate Bitter


Photo source: Royce

Chocolate may be fifth on the list but by no means is this list in any order of preference. If you, like me, have a bit of a chocolate obsession then you may have realised that the darker the chocolate, the more impactful the flavour and also, the lesser the calories {Another reason why chocolate is so beautiful}.

The Royce Nama Bitter chocolate is literally a dream the minute it’s placed in your mouth. The first time I tried them, I was elated and mystified at the same time. Was it chocolate or ganache or a truffle? The more I eat it, the less I try to understand it. It is that divine. Royce is available at Palladium lower Parel and also on Scootsy for home delivery.

Featured photo source: Royce