We all know that processed sugar has a negative effect on our health, causing blood sugar spikes, weight gain, and a negative impact on brain function. However, knowledge of the dangers of sugar is only half the battle. The hard part comes when we try to reduce or eliminate sugar from our diets. A quick label scan will tell you that everything from salsa to breakfast cereals has added sugar, and while some sugar (or glucose) is essential for your health, the average American consumes way too much.
Thankfully you don’t have to give up dessert all together. Nature has provided us with several natural sweeteners which give a taste of sweet without the harmful side effects. Fruit, stevia, xylitol, erythritol, and honey can be used in place of processed sugar to help you feel better about your dessert. Keep reading for 6 guilt-free, sugar-free desserts you’ll be making all year long.
Try These Sugar-Free Desserts
No Bake Oreo Chocolate Cheesecake
When a chocolate craving strikes, it can’t be ignored forever. Thankfully with this keto-friendly, gluten-free cheesecake you can have get your cocoa fix without a side of guilt. This recipe uses natural cocoa powder, sour cream, cream cheese, and erythritol (we love erythritol from NOW Foods) for an end result you won’t want to share.
Healthy Extra Moist Chocolate Cake
This chocolate cake has everything you’re looking for in an indulgent dessert, without all the sweet stuff you’re trying to avoid. Naturally sweetened with dates and free from gluten and added sugar, this is a crowd-pleasing dessert your entire family will enjoy.
Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie
Just because you’re avoiding sugar doesn’t mean pumpkin pie has to be off the menu. If you’re craving this spiced, earthy dessert but want a more natural way to sweeten it, this recipe can be made with all-natural stevia (like this one from Stevita).
Sugar-Free Vanilla Bean Cupcakes
When it comes to baking cakes and sweet breads without grain or white sugar, it pays to be precise and use high quality ingredients. Every kitchen, even a sugar-free one, needs a go-to cupcake recipe when birthdays come around. Using natural stevia (like this one from Nutramedix), coconut flour, and cannellini beans, this recipe results in cupcakes that are light and fluffy, allowing you to celebrate any occasion with ease.
Baked Apple Cider Donuts
Sometimes only a donut will do. This Paleo-friendly recipe isn’t for the beginning baker but with the right ingredients, and a silicone donut pan, you can create some low-carb, sugar-free donuts that will satisfy your donut craving. This recipe calls for almond flour, apple pie spice, and erythritol resulting in a grain-free treat that your family will devour.
Simple Banana Ice Cream
One of nature’s most simple sweeteners can be found in your basic banana. Every kitchen has overripe bananas, but you should never toss them in the trash. Rather, peel them and stash them in the freezer for future use! This recipe calls for peanut butter, but you can skip it or add in cocoa powder instead. When your next ice cream craving hits, blend them up for a faux ice-cream that will save you a late night grocery run.
How do you satisfy your sweet tooth without added sugar? Share your trips, tricks and favorite recipes with us in the comments section below!
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