A new no-sugar-added, low-carb, gluten-free, keto-friendly and diabetic-friendly dessert is hitting the market. Based in New York City, RAIZE is an online bakery that ships fresh-baked, better-for-you desserts nationwide.
In 2019, 25-year-old founder Zach Ranen took a particular interest in the health and nutrition world, which led him to overhaul his diet. He began searching for a sugar-free, low-carb and keto-friendly dessert. When none of the health-focused options on the market satisfied him, Ranen partnered with Jeff Yoskowitz, a pastry chef and educator with more than 30 years of culinary experience, to create the concept of RAIZE – a no-sugar-added, low-carb, gluten-free, keto-friendly bakery that doesn’t compromise on flavor or texture.
“I wanted to enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle without compromising my appreciation for great food,” says Ranen. “After months of searching and tasting, I failed to find fresh baked goods that actually tasted great or made me want to order again. I was lucky enough to join forces with Jeff to create the healthiest, tastiest, and freshest cookie on the market.”
Together, the RAIZE team created a menu with three cookies and three cookie sandwiches, all free from added sugars, refined carbs and gluten. RAIZE cookies, which are only 130-140 calories and 1g net carbs, come in three flavors: Two Chip with milk and white chocolate, Chocolate Chip Pecan with milk chocolate and crunchy roasted pecans and Maple Walnut with sweet maple flavor and chunks of walnuts. Each cookie is also paired with a complementary frosting in RAIZE’s cookie sandwiches. Cookie sandwiches, all 270-280 calories and 3g net carbs, come in three flavors: Two Chip & Chocolate Peanut Butter made with a rich chocolate peanut butter frosting sandwiched between two crave-worthy Two Chip cookies, Chocolate Chip Pecan & Coffee made with a creamy coffee filling between two flavorful Chocolate Chip Pecan cookies, and the Maple Walnut & Cinnamon featuring a sweet cinnamon frosting between two delectable Maple Walnut cookies. More flavors are in the works for future releases.
“After many months of testing recipes and working with different flavors, I am incredibly proud of our cookies at RAIZE,” says Yoskowitz. “My chef friends can’t believe that we don’t use any sugar and only low-carb, gluten-free ingredients with no artificial sweeteners!”
RAIZE desserts can be ordered by the half-dozen cookie sandwiches or full dozen cookies. Customers can also opt for variety packs to try out all of the flavors.