Have a hankering for something sweet but can’t stomach the sugar? Never fear! There are still tons of tasty treats in Northern California that will hit the spot. San Francisco is no stranger to unique culinary offerings, and dishing up sugar-free desserts is just another kitchen exploit at which the city excels. The next time your sweet tooth needs satisfying, visit one of these sugar-free spots—your dentist will thank you.
Mother McDowell’s Sugar Free Bakery
Offering everything from peanut butter cookies to pumpkin cheesecake and lemon meringue pie, Mother McDowell’s is your one-stop shop for sugar-free finds. The bakery, located in Oakland, makes custom cakes for celebrations, making it a perfect spot for the sugar-free snacker in your life’s special day.
Mother McDowell’s Sugar Free Bakery, 1747 6th Ave, Oakland, CA, USA, +1 415 571 1597
There are two types of people in the world: those who groan at the idea of a dairy-, gluten-, and sugar-free restaurant, and those who will do a happy dance after hearing about Little Gem. The restaurant offers everything from Korean-inspired grilled beef bowls to butter lettuce salads. Although their traditional dessert menu is short, its sugar-free offerings will have you coming back again and again.
Little Gem, 400 Grove St, Suite C1, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 914 0501
Craving banana pudding? Bio Cafe has you covered. The organic French café dishes up an impressive dessert menu with candied citrus to house-made chocolate. Currently, their menu lists their banana pudding as being sweetened with agave nectar instead of sugar, which sounds sweet in our books.
Bio Cafe, 75 O’Farrell St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 362 0255
Fraiche serves “artisanal organic yogurts.” Yes, that is a fancy way of saying homemade frozen yogurt, and yes, the food lives up to the crafty wording. Although you’ll have to ask a staff member as to which yogurts are sugar-free—as they rotate on a regular basis—you’ll have your pick of the pack. The shop also offers sugar-free smoothies if you’re looking to get a healthy fruit fix.
Fraiche, 1910 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 674 6876
Sweet Bar Bakery
With sumptuous vegan and gluten-free offerings, Sweet Bar Bakery is worth a visit. While some of the café’s desserts feature organic sugar, many use agave as a natural sweetening substitute. If agave fits into your nutrition plan, simply ask someone on staff which pastries, cakes, or cupcakes are right for you.
Sweet Bar Bakery, 2355 Broadway, Oakland, CA, USA, +1 510 788 4997
Is there anything better than a heaping spoonful of creamy gelato after a long day? How about a heaping spoonful of gelato that doesn’t contain dairy, eggs, or sugar? Jöne’s Gelato is a coconut milk-based treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth without giving you a sugar rush. The paleo-friendly snack can be found in many health food stores around the Bay Area and includes flavors like strawberry, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, roasted banana, and masala chai.