Brisbane’s best raw and paleo desserts | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Brisbane’s best raw and paleo desserts

[adrotate banner=”67″] You know it, we know it and your jeans know it: that chocolate cake you had for dessert last night didn’t do you any favours.  We don’t want to shock you, but neither will the skinny tub of ice cream (code for: chock full of artificial nasties) you just pulled out of the freezer.  What you need when your sugar cravings strike is a sweet treat laden with good stuff – think good fats, raw nutrients and natural sugars that will leave you zinging instead of lying on the couch in a bloated sugar coma (although there’s a time and place for that too). Raw and paleo desserts fit this bill to a tee. The fact they’re dairy and gluten free as well? It’s enough to make a girl want to shout from the rooftops. So when you need to treat yourself, head out for one of our top raw or paleo dessert picks in Brisbane. Primal Pantry | New Farm Primal Pantry’s dessert cabinet evokes the same cinnamon scented memories as bakeries of yesteryear, sans gluten, dairy and regret. Their paleo chocolate brownie is an office fave, stuffed with goodies like coconut cream, maple syrup and strangely enough, mashed pumpkin. Veggies have never, EVER tasted this good. Press’d | Newstead Teaming up with Zane Applebee from Realistic Raw You, as well as sharing their own masterpieces, the team at Press’d boast cabinets full of plant-based ingredients that will fend off post-gym starvation, with gluten-free, dairy free and vegan options available. Check out their daily specials with ever changing weird and whacky raw creations from dehydrated mango cannoli to raw chocolate crepes to the #fitspo favourite, Snickers slice. And if you are into learning the tricks of the trade when it comes to the raw food-sphere, Press’d run frequent raw food workshops where you can get really get your hands dirty. paleofoodbrisbane Paleo Café | Paddington The Paleo Café’s dessert line-up changes weekly, but they’ve been known to do a mean paelo chocolate cake with cocoluscious ice cream. Or just check out their cabinet for the daily round-up of treats like raw caramel slice or blissfully healthy bliss balls. Coco Bliss | Various locations If you happen to pop into Coco Bliss on a day when there’s raw Nutella cheesecake in the cabinet – get on it.  It’s even more blissful (not to mention better for you) than eating Nutella straight out of the jar. And yes, it’s perfectly acceptable to eat it for breakfast. Raw ‘n’ Juicy | Adelaide St If dessert for breakfast is totally your style, Raw ‘n’ Juicy’s raw pancakes will ensure your day is a fruitful one.  Their raw caramel pancakes are loaded with cashew caramel sauce and fruit, then drizzled with maple syrup and a sprinkle of coconut.  Who would choose gluten-free cereal with soy milk (bleughh) over that? There it is, a whole list of indulgence you can feel good about and partake in without the threat of digestive distress. But be warned, we take no responsibility if your jeans don’t feel looser after making your way through the list. Words by Ranyhyn Akui