Food Review: Healthy Treats
We’ve always been quite skeptical about the rather paradoxical idea of healthy desserts. This was until we tasted a selection of Bandra-based home chef Divya Ranglani’s nutritious yet flavourful desserts that she sells under the brand Healthy Treats. Ranglani, who is a self-confessed health freak, set up Healthy Treats in February 2011, to address a personal dilemma. “I couldn’t live without dessert nor could I suffer the resulting weight gain,” said Ranglani. “And so for the sake of my own addiction, I started baking at home.”
Ranglani, who caters her low-calorie goodies to clients such as actress Sonam Kapoor, industrialist Harsh Goenka and celebrity fitness trainer Zarine Watson, is resolutely averse to the use of refined flour. Bran flour, whole wheat flour and oatmeal serve as the base ingredients for her sponge cakes and muffins, which are available in flavours such as apple and cinnamon; date and carrot; banana and choco chip; orange and figs; cinnamon and cappuccino; blueberry and peach; and dark chocolate and pear. To further absolve her homemade desserts of sin, Ranglani uses canola oil in place of butter, and natural sweeteners such as fruit pulp, fruit pieces, and fresh fruit juice instead of sugar. Remarkably, the desserts taste just as good, if not as rich as those made with cream, sugar and butter.
Take, for instance, the whole-wheat date and carrot cake (a Sonam Kapoor favourite). Flecked with muesli and roasted almonds, the cake was denser and less moist than regular carrot cake, but it was pleasantly sweet with a nice crunch provided by the nuts. The fragrant apple, cinnamon and walnut cake too was adequately sweet, with just the right amount of cinnamon-spiced grated apple. One of the few desserts that didn’t err on the side of health as much was the bestselling dark chocolate and orange cake. The whole wheat flour cake combines fresh orange juice with a number of chunks of dark chocolate (which Ranglani prefers over regular chocolate owing to its high percentage of cocoa). Coffee addicts will love Healthy Treats’s intensely aromatic cinnamon and cappuccino muffin that comes studded with dark chocolate chips; while those with a fruit-favouring palate will be pleased by the moist fig and orange muffin. The only thing that wasn’t up to scratch: Ranglani’s mild whole wheat flour chocolate muffin, which was too much of a departure from the rich chocolate ones we’re accustomed to eating.
The price of a half-kilo whole wheat cake is Rs350, a box of a dozen muffins is priced at Rs450. Ranglani also offers a few savoury dishes such as brown rice sushi rolls; cheese, herbs and onion muffins; and dips. To place an order, call 98201 54550. See the menu here.Tags: Caterers, Divya Ranglani, Healthy Treats