Healthy AND tasty: eight guilt-free desserts to try in Abu Dhabi

We have good news for you – you can indulge in a treat at the end of a meal and not pile on the calories. These puds are all packed with healthy ingredients such as chia seeds, acai berries and there’s gluten-free and vegan options as well. Spoons at the ready

01. Chia-matcha passion fruit pot


You’ll find a menu full of healthy salads at Al Muroor café Soulfull, and their desserts can also be consumed guilt free. Their chia-matcha passion fruit pot is made of chia seeds, honey, caramel, matcha, blueberries, passion fruit, red berries and blackberries. Chia seeds are a good source of Omega-3 and are full of antioxidants, while matcha is thought to detoxify and improve the immune system and speed up your metabolism.
Green Emirates Building, Al Muroor, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur 8am to midnight, Fri and Sat 10am to midnight, Dhs18. Tel: (02) 6433669. Taxi: by LuLu supermarket, off Muroor Road. soulfull.ae

02. Strawberry chocolate crépe


The rough and ready recycled décor of Shabby Chic is one reason to visit, but so is the calorie count on its menu, which reveals that its strawberry chocolate crépe will only cost you 220 calories from your daily allowance.
Golden Tower, Muroor Road, Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur 8am to 10pm, Fri and Sat 10am to 10pm, Dhs24. Tel: (02) 6437497. Taxi: next to Al Mamoura Building. shabbychic-uae.com

03. Acai bowl


The acai berry is a real hipster superfood right now, thanks in part because it’s packed with antioxidants and fibre, and it’s claimed it can aid weight loss and even improve circulation. The Raw Place’s acai bowl is made of acai powder, strawberries, blueberries, goji berries, banana, chia seeds, almond butter and almond ‘mylk’ (consisting of almonds, dates and pink Himalayan salt).
World Trade Center Souk, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Thur 7am to 10.30pm, Fri 10am to 10pm, Dhs44. Tel: (02) 6334677. Taxi: World Trade Center Mall. therawplace.com

04. Coco Yogo ice cream


Natural Kitchen on Reem Island sells ice cream (and cheesecakes) made by Coco Yogo, the UAE’s first raw, vegan and gluten-free dessert online shop that was set up back in 2012. The puds are free of dairy, soy, corn, gluten, eggs and refined sugar, and are vegan.
Marina Square, Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur 7am to 11pm, Fri and Sat 9am to 11pm, Dhs22. Tel: (02) 6665995. Taxi: Marina Square, Building 7. naturalkitchen.ae

05. Chocolate banana square


You know what’s in your food at Kcal, because that’s the whole point of this healthy food outlet. Everything on the menu comes with a calorie count. A chocolate banana square here only has 154 calories and is gluten free – they’re also ideal if you’re on the paleo caveman diet.
Al Mamoura Building B, Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Thur 8am to 10.30pm, Fri 10am to 10.30pm, Dhs12. Tel: (02) 8849476. Taxi: Al Mamoura Building, Muroor Road. kcalhealthyfastfood.com

06. Sweet potato double chocolate brownies


Head to Bodytree Studio and not only will you see yogis practising their downward dog, you can head to Nectar, its in-house juice bar, which also sells these brownies that are vegan, suitable for the paleo diet, and are nut-, gluten- and refined sugar-free.
Bodytree Studio, Al Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur 8am to 9pm, Sat 9am to 8pm, Dhs12. Tel: (02) 4434448. Taxi: turn right onto Street 11. bodytreestudio.com, lifeisnectar.com

07. Cashew cream almond squares


We’ve talked about Basiligo before – the delivery service specialises in healthy dishes and on the menu you’ll find one dessert that is gluten free, suitable for paleo diet followers and made from almond flour, honey and cashews. They cost Dhs35 and you can try them at their new Reem Island café concept as well, which is tipped to open this month.
basiligo.ae

08. The detox option


It’s always ice cream weather in Abu Dhabi, but those harmless looking scoops are often high in sugar and fat. For a guilt-free way to cool down, try the Detox Delight ice pops. Handmade and containing only organic ingredients, these vegan desserts are packed with fruit and veg, and free of gluten, dairy and refined sugar – plus, they contain just 30 calories each and only cost Dhs15. Order online.
detox-delight.ae

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