Desserts Served Without the Guilt

A father and daughter enjoy a variety of frozen bananas at Bananarchy. The food truck offers numerous ways to enjoy the frozen, healthy treat.

Photo Credit: Joe Capraro

All Austinites know that our city holds a fair amount of top notch, sweet-tooth-satisfying dessert spots (Gourdough’s anyone?). Sometimes though, you might find yourself conflicted, craving something sweet but not wanting to consume an entire day’s worth of calories in one sitting. Lucky for you, there are delicious, healthy alternatives! Here are a few to get you started.

 

Health Box

Location: 608 South Lamar Blvd.
Hours: Mon. through Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This gem of a food truck has created the ultimate guilt-free treat, and it’s called fruit poop. Although the name might be off-putting, the treat is refreshing, delicious and perfectly sweet. Fruit poop is a frozen delicacy made with literally only fruit or vegetables, sweetly simple. Choose any combination of white or red grapes, banana, mango, blueberries, strawberries, peaches or kale, and top with other fresh fruit if desired. 

“I love it because it’s delicious and reminds me a lot of ice cream, but I don’t have to feel guilty about it,” said Lauren Mynderse, a junior public relations major. Next time you’re craving some cold, fruity goodness, get some friends together and go pooping! 

 

Bananarchy

Location: 603 W. Live Oak St.
Hours: Mon. through Thurs. 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri. through Sat. 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Closed on Sundays and when the weather isn’t “banana friendly.” 

Bananarchy has revolutionized the banana into a tasty frozen delight. Located on South First Street, this food truck serves up frozen bananas on a stick covered in chocolate, peanut butter or vanilla and then coated with any combination of cookies or candy. During the warmer months, Austinites flock here to enjoy the atmosphere and stuff their faces. 

“I love Bananarchy because of how absolutely delicious it is,” said Katie North, a junior psychology major. “There are tons of options for whatever you want, whether it’s chocolate, peanut butter, candy, cookie or nut. I love the variety and it tastes amazing. It’s my favorite dessert in Austin for sure.” Bananarchists unite!

 

Blenders and Bowls

Location: 206 E. 4th St.
Hours: Mon. through Fri. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Blenders and Bowls is a healthy food truck and café specializing in tasty fruit smoothies and organic acai bowls. Never heard of acai? It’s the new berry on the block that everyone is talking about. Acai is the superhero of berries, holding 16 different antioxidant compounds in its skin that increase energy, void off free radicals, protect against aging and promote weight loss. Blenders and Bowls serves an acai bowl, which is a thick and creamy blend of the berry topped with granola, local honey and a variety of fresh fruit. 

“Blenders and Bowls uses all-local ingredients, which I really like. Round Rock honey is so sweet!” said Maddie Goldfarb, a junior psychology major. Locate the truck by visiting their website or downloading the Austin Food Truck finding app.