Does your holiday dessert consumption put you on your personal trainer’s naughty list? Don’t banish those visions of sugar plums—just make a smart choice about where you satiate the craving. Several local bakeries and restaurants offer sumptuous dessert selections that adhere to dietary restrictions. Here are three of our favorites.
1. Joey’s Home Bakery, Boynton Beach
Joey Weiss’ gluten-free journey began when her husband was diagnosed with celiac disease 18 years ago. In that time, she’s perfected her gluten-free baking techniques, resulting in delicious favorites like pumpkin pie ($39), which is also free of dairy and low in carbs, and her vegan pecan pie ($64). “Normally pecan pie has a gooey filling, but our version is filled with ground pecan mix with organic golden flaxseed meal,” says Weiss.
2. Christopher’s Kitchen, Palm Beach Gardens
This eatery is known for its high-quality, certified-organic, plant-based food—and the desserts are no exception. The lemon-vanilla cheesecake ($100) is made from almonds, cashews, coconut, cinnamon, maple syrup, lime, lemon, and vanilla, and comes topped with fruit upon request. The pumpkin pie ($100) is a delectable mix of walnuts, dates, pumpkin pie spice, cashews, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.
3. Darbster, West Palm Beach
As a revered vegetarian go-to, Darbster has gained a reputation for reinterpreting classic dishes with a plant-based mindset. The restaurant’s desserts are legendary, and its gluten-free key lime pie ($95) is one of the best in the county. It’s packed with protein and made using ingredients such as tofu cream cheese, unprocessed cane sugar, fresh key limes, oats, and organic walnuts.