The Top Spots for Sugar-Free Desserts in Toronto

Cupcakes at 2nd Nature
Cupcakes at 2nd Nature | Courtesy of 2nd Nature Bakery and Cafe
Photo of Emily Paskevics
4 May 2017

Many of us are nursing some form of a sweet tooth—whether it shows up when we’re stressed about work and grab a muffin instead of making breakfast, or we take an extra cookie to get us through the afternoon slump. If you’re looking to cut the amount of refined sugar in your life, here are some spots where you can find delicious sugar-free, low-in-sugar, or naturally sweetened dessert options around Toronto.

Dessert Lady

Bakery, Pastry Shop, Contemporary, $$$
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Based in Yorkville, the Dessert Lady has been a mainstay in the neighborhood and beyond since 2005. Boasting over 350 menu items, from gourmet cakes to handmade chocolate truffles, French macarons, cupcakes, and more, a trip to the Dessert Lady will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth—even their sugar-free and gluten-free cake options.

Carole’s Cheesecake Company

Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
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Carole’s Cheesecake Company is another must-visit Yorkville dessert spot, especially if cheesecake is your guilty pleasure. You can feel less guilty, however, by indulging in their sugar-free and low-in-sugar options instead. Carole’s also supplies cakes to various cafés and restaurants around the city, so even if you’re not in Yorkville, you can still get your cheesecake fix.

Kensington Natural Bakery

Bakery, Pastry Shop, Contemporary
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Situated in the Annex, Kensington Natural Bakery calls itself a “healthy heaven.” Focusing on providing healthy and all-natural goods to the community, Kensington uses no chemicals, additives, artificial colors, or preservatives in its baked goods or other food items. You can find a range of croissants, cookies, cakes, danishes, muffins, pies and tarts, all with sugar-free or non-dairy options. Kensington also offers a range of vegan products.

2nd Nature Bakery and Cafe

Bakery, Pastry Shop, Contemporary, 0
Cupcakes at 2nd Nature
Cupcakes at 2nd Nature | Courtesy of 2nd Nature Bakery and Cafe

A relative newcomer to Toronto’s dessert scene, the quaint 2nd Nature Bakery & Café opened in the Junction Triangle in mid-2016. The café offers gluten-free and vegan as well as traditional desserts, cookies, and cakes along with sugar-free options, so there are plenty of choices for any dietary restriction. Also, everything is organic and handmade.

Tori’s Bakeshop

Bakery, Pastry Shop, Contemporary, $$$
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Organic, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free berry lemon scone, sweetened with coconut sugar at Tori's bakeshop
Organic, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free berry lemon scone, sweetened with coconut sugar at Tori's bakeshop | © Patrick Murphy for Tori's Bakeshop
Tori’s Bakeshop is an eco-friendly, all-natural organic bakery that makes a variety of dairy-free, casein-free, egg-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free treats fresh every morning. Tori’s first location is in the Beaches, and their second location opened in the Canary District, just east of the Distillery District, last year.

Cock-a-Doodle-Doo

Bakery, Pastry Shop, Contemporary, $$$
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Located in the Bloorcourt neighborhood, Cock-a-Doodle-Doo is a gluten-free bakeshop that also avoids the use of refined sugars in its products. Here, you’ll find only natural sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, and coconut sugar. They also have delicious savory options. Moreover, they create everything in-house—so it’s fresh and ready to be taken to go.

Gerhard’s Café

Bakery, Pastry Shop, European, German, $$$
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Located in Scarborough, Gerhard’s Cafe has been in operation for 32 years. It has a quaint and old-world atmosphere and serves up a variety of baked goods along with savory items. They have a few sugar-free or lightly-sweetened options, and their sugar-free chocolate cake, in particular, is delicious and hard to resist.

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