Perfect pastries for the puritanical

An artisan baker’s wholewheat and sugar-free New Year delicacies

Cocomaya’s baked goods
Cocomaya’s baked goods

Pity those with a sweet tooth. They need to make far greater sacrifices thanmost during “restrained” January. All those trying to cut back on their sugarintake, however, will delight in the discovery of a range of tasty but (relatively) guilt-free indulgences at Cocomaya, the London-based finechocolatier and artisan baker.

Outside Cocomaya’s Brompton Road branch
Outside Cocomaya’s Brompton Road branch
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Now, it may sound a bit odd to suggest visiting a chocolateshop and bakery during a detox session, but Cocomaya has come up withsome timely temptations that seem to deliver a happy compromise. Its teamof chocolatiers has created a New Year’s range of sugar-free chocolate bars(£4) and rose fondants (£1.50 per 10g), while its baking experts areoffering wholemeal croissants (£2.20) for the first time, as well as a seeded speltloaf (£7.50). There’s also a refreshing and purifying choice of herbal teas,such as jasmine, rosebud and chamomile.

Inside Cocomaya’s Brompton Road branch
Inside Cocomaya’s Brompton Road branch
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Cocomaya’s three London branches (Brompton Road in second and third pictures) provide perfect pit stops for light snacking during the January sales. Many of its products are allergen-free, including items without dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, nuts and sugar. Afternoon tea (£25) is a particular highlight, with a wide selection of diet-friendly cakes and teas available. And if January detoxers can leave the premises without succumbing to Cocomaya’s Wild Cocoa Bean chocolates decorated with gold leaf (£1.50 each), then they could, perhaps, reward themselves with a more indulgent return trip in February.

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