'Healthy dessert'—what seems to be nothing but an oxymoron—is in fact the rationale behind Juhi Pahwa's artisanal bakery, The Better Binge (@thebetterbinge), situated in the bustling city of Mumbai.
As people from all walks of life grow increasingly conscious of their dietary habits, this Mumbai-based pastry chef caters to their indulgences by offering guilt-free, healthy alternatives that don't leave you in regret. Her delicious, droolworthy creations are often custom-made keeping the celebrities dietary restrictions in mind, whether it be a gluten-free baked goodie, a keto cookie, or a sugar-free tiered cake!
And, were you aware that B-town A-lister, Katrina Kaif—a fitness enthusiast whose washboard abs would put anyone to shame—has a penchant for sweet goodies? Yes! "Katrina absolutely loves her pancakes, more than any other dessert. She also happens to be extremely strict and specific about her cheat meals, so I make sure to make the pancakes healthy yet binge-worthy," says Juhi Pahwa.
Juhi's special pancake recipe primarily contains ingredients including buckwheat flour, keeping Kat's gluten sensitivity in mind, whey protein and eggs, to maintain her protein intake, a zero sugar sweetener, the best Belgian cocoa powder, and a dash of cinnamon. The delectable pancakes are topped with healthy vegan Nutella from the Better Binge and sugar-free marshmallows and peanut butter from Juhi's kitchen.
Here's the recipe to make Katrina's favourite Sunday cheat meal right at home—dig in!
1 cup Buckwheat Flour
1/3 cup Dark Cacao Powder
1 scoop Whey Protein Isolate
3 tbsp Monk Fruit Sweetener
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Cinnamon Powder
1 cup Milk
1 large Egg
A pinch of salt
1) Sieve all the dry ingredients through a wired mesh.
2) Whisk the egg and milk together with a generous helping of vanilla extract.
3) Mix the dry and wet ingredients to obtain a smooth pancake batter.
4) Use a 1/4th cup measurement to create 12 hot chocolate pancakes.
5) Serve with The Better Binge's healthy Nutella, peanut butter and marshmallows!
"I'm a *major* foodie myself, and the inspiration behind the brand was to be able to enjoy desserts guilt-free. I truly believe that you eat with your eyes first, followed by your taste buds. The Better Binge is all about establishing a great customer experience, with the motive to make this world a refined sugar and flour-free place, one cake at a time," adds Juhi Pahwa.