It’s tough not to give into your sweet tooth or indulge with a cheat meal. Whether you crave chocolate or red velvet, those snacks don’t always align with clean eating. So, how can we have our cake (or cake pop) and eat it too…literally?
CraveClean. Oxymoron or delicious protein bakery with sweet indulgences that are good for you? It sounds too good to be true, but the Coral Gables’ shop is baking goodies like salted caramel cupcakes, donuts, double chocolate chip cookies, red velvet cake pops and brownies. The goods are low calorie, low carb, gluten free and have zero refined sugars. There are no preservatives and no additives. Kind of sounds no good, but quite the opposite.
We’d expect a treat with 75% fewer calories than a regular baked good to taste, well, a little like cardboard, however, CraveClean has nailed it with items that are baked fresh daily and packed with flavor.
But, what is really inside? A cupcake (that will rival the yumminess of a Baked By Melissa mini any day) averages 124 calories, 10g protein, 10g carbs, 5g fat, 2g sugar and 1.6g fiber. And, the cupcake menu has over 25 flavor choices.
CraveClean was started by local, Miami native, Francesca Morello, who ultimately started the bakery out of the struggle of finding a delicious, yet guilt-free snack. Instead of eating the protein bars she turned to that were packed with sugar, her go-to is her very own Choco-Oat cupcake which blends banana and chocolate chips, making it an any-time-of-day snack.
“The idea is that every ingredient I put in would be beneficial to your body in some way,” says Morello. “It’s for anyone who may be diabetic, gluten-free or just looking for a healthier alternative. No one should have to sacrifice flavor and options over a healthy lifestyle.”
CraveClean prides itself on freshness, quality and taste with everything baked on site at their Gables shop where the baker’s start at 5 a.m. for the morning rush. They also take orders for pick-up and delivery and, they aren’t just satisfying Miami’s sweet tooth – they ship nationwide. And, the treats last. You can freeze them in a zip lock or Tupperware for up to 6 months and simply defrost.
CraveClean is located at 3822 SW 8th Street. Check the website for hours, full menu, placing orders and more info.