Too much refined sugar in your diet is big news these days. From toffy clean-eaters telling you to lose weight for the beach bod to those nasty tabloids pushing the next z-list celebrity smoothie diet, it feels like everyone wants to come between you and your beloved sugary friend. But there's light at the end of the piping funnel. A string of independent, gluten and vegan-friendly street cake stalls have set-up all over London to make you feel less guilty about that next slice of cheesecake, with their NATURALLY sweetened treats. Here's where to find them:
Mr Prempy’s, Alexandra Palace Farmer's Market
Mr. Prempy’s is all about that unbaked raw food lifestyle and is the only little business we know of in London where every single ingredient used is certified organic by the Soil Association. Started by Nottingham uni besties Shadi and Suminder, Mr Prempy’s rustle up insane raw cakes and chocolates that are free from all the nasty stuff. They use natural sweeteners like dates, raw acacia honey and organic maple syrup to replace the bad sugars. You'll find seven different whole cake flavours, plus quirky little versions of their take on popular chocolate bars like Ma’s Bars, Snackers and Bouncy. However, their lime and ginger cheesecake (they’ve lovingly called him Gerald) is an amazeballs standout. Hornsey Gate off Muswell Hill, N10 3TG. Sundays 10am–3pm.
Cupcakes and Shhht, Camden Lock Market
Glamour and vintage chic reign supreme at this bling cake-vana in Camden Market, founded by all-natural obsessed foodies Caitlyn and Sophie. Once you duel your way through the market crowds (it's hell on a Sunday but so worth it), an endless variety of raw, vegan, sugar- and gluten-free 'shhht' are up for scoffing. Everything is homemade: from their exceptional range of vegan cakes to their to-die-for 'Tablets' – a posh slab of smooth, silky, fudgey goodness. Guilt-free snacks come in the form of an orgasmic peanut butter and caramel slice, sweetened with agave syrup, dates, cacao and coconut oil – all the good stuff – along with some killer brownie balls too. Camden Lock Place (off Chalk Farm Rd), NW1 8AF. Open everyday 10am–6pm.
Rubys of London, Greenwich Market
You’ll find a range of vegan, gluten- and sugar-free and dairy-friendly posh flavours to work your way through at this fab stall: there's lavender and rose petal chocolate brownie blocks, decadent Banana Butterfinger cupcakes as well as her immensely popular red velvet, raspberry pistachio and pomegranate blossom cakes, to name a few. All of the sugar-free cakes are naturally sweetened with organic agave and ground almonds so there is absolutely nothing to feel guilty about when you're munching on them. Mega nom. College Approach, Greenwich, SE10 9HZ. Saturdays and Sundays 10am–5.30pm.
G.O.D (Gluten Out Done) Bakery, Stoke Newington Farmers’ Market
Owner and free-from loving baker Eva doesn’t like gluten. In fact, she hates it. So one day she woke up and decided to out-do it with her superfood and gluten-free sweetmeat. This fantabulous stand whips up loads of free-from refined sugar cakes like the crazy tasty salted caramel parsnip cake, cute little sticky cinnamon date bites, chocolate beetroot cake and some unbaked cheesecakes that are just divine. Sugar is replaced with natural alternatives from maple syrup to cacao and interestingly, sweet potatoes. So long, nasty sweet white crap and hello nourishing 'five-a-day' cakes (yes, it's a thing). St Pauls Church, Stoke Newington High Street, N16 7UY. Saturdays 10am–2.30pm.
The Free From Bakehouse, Borough Market
Free From Bakehouse
These gourmet, vegan, free-from treats may look a little naughty but don’t be fooled; they are actually really good for you and only contain natural sweeteners from fruit and veg or sugar substitutes like xylitol. People flock from all over the city to feast on Caroline Aherne’s goodies, which include some of mother nature’s finest offerings: banana and date flapjacks, rosemary and raisin cookies and some next level wheat-, gluten- and sugar-free muffins. Oh, and did we mention her insanely tasty banana bread? Two words: go now. 8 Southwark Street, SE1 1TL. Wednesday and Thursday 10am–5pm, Friday 10am–6pm, Saturday 8am–5pm.