Top spots for sweet treats on the Coast
WE may be famous on the coast for our swells, but for food-conscious fanatics, the Coast is also swimming with sweet options to keep your bikini body in shape.
Cafes are popping up in the plenty from Palmwoods to Birtinya offering raw desserts, sugar-free cakes and bowls of the famous Acai berry.
Made from produce sourced from local farms, kilograms of cashews and litres of coconut oil, the desserts are not only easy on the eye but also the diet.
Here are some local finds:
1. Decisions, Birtinya
Tucked away off Kawana Way, owner Greg McLean says he likes to open businesses off the beaten track. With snappers holding their phones up as soon as their meals are served, it's the latest hot spot for food-savvy residents who are making the drive out to Birtinya at the weekends. They serve superfood and superjunk, and have just revamped their space to include more seating, a bigger menu and have plans for another coffee station.
2. Coco Loco Club, Moffat Beach
Moffat Beach's latest treat serves up the perfect sized Acai bowl. They also sell smoothes, Rawr desserts and muffins. In their cafe full of surfboards and pineapples they have also rack of t-shirts with donations going towards not-for-profit organisation R U OK?
3. Greenhouse Cafe, Caloundra
This vegan delight on Lamkin Lane is overflowing with farm produce, serving fresh food from the pastures to the plate. Owner Georgia Pearson said they aim to support local, with their milk from Maleny Dairies, bread from Buderim and a seasonal menu that serves up tofu burgers, shakshouka eggs and the sought-after kombucha tea with hints of turmeric and hibiscus.
4. CK Coffee Bar and Wholefoods, Mooloolaba
If you want to try the latest food fad, then head to CK Coffee Bar and Wholefoods. The cafe in Mooloolaba serves up turmeric lattes - the latest "coffee" craze. They also stock raw sweets, smoothes, salads, Acai bowls and books with fresh recipes.
5. AK-tiv Bar, Mooloolaba
It might have bar in the name but you won't find beer on tap here. What you will find is smoothies, juice, coffee, breakfasts, Acai bowls and cocowhips stacked with raw treats.
6. Melonhead Juicebar, Caloundra
With their own Acai bowl bar behind the counter, owners and mother-daughter duo Mel and Celeste Elliot promise to serve up the super food to suit your taste. The produce is sourced from the Caloundra Street Fair and local markets and the juice bar is buzzing with residents who want to eat clean.
7. Kunara Organic Marketplace, Forest Glen
Kunara is known for its aisles of appetising health foods but they also have a cafe and garden with gluten-free, vegetarian and dairy-free finds. It's the largest organic store on the Coast, and the cafe serves raw cakes, healthy smoothies and generously sized salads you won't feel guilty about.
8. Get Fresh, Cotton Tree
With the Maroochy River just a stone's throw away, Get Fresh at Cotton Tree is full of swimmers on a Sunday morning eating their healthy breakfasts. At the counter you will find raw desserts, chocolates and a menu overflowing with Acai bowls.
9. Homegrown, Palmwoods
Making the drive out to Palmwoods will be worth your while once you stop into Homegrown. The cafe not only serves up raw treats, but fresh flowers on a Friday and access to Renee's Pantry that sells local produce.
10. Kimnat Cafe, Woombye
Kimnat is a feast for the eyes, and a hidden gem in the Sunshine Coast's crown. The raw raspberry bounty bars, passion fruit cheesecake and caramel superfood cakes look more like art than food, but with every bite it won't last long enough to gaze at. They serve up jars of coconut yoghurt with chia puddings and healthy desserts.