Sugar-Free Desserts That Are Incredibly Easy to Make
Everyone knows that excess sugar is bad for you, but after you finish a nice meal there is nothing like something sweet to top it off. You may have always opted for ice cream, cookies, or a slice of cake, but when you’re trying to slim down, maintain your current weight, or even live a cleaner lifestyle, those empty calories have got to go. The average American gets 10% of their daily calories from sugar, while one in 10 people get 25% or more of their calories from added sugar. Sugar provides empty, nutrition-less calories and leads to weight gain, cavities, and even heart disease.
There are other ways to get your sweet fix that don’t involve a sugar-laden dessert. Fresh fruit is the best way to go, but if you’ve gone sugar-free before, you know there is nothing great about munching on a sliced apple while everyone else digs into a decadent chocolate mousse. The following desserts are free of excess sugar or sugar supplements but still provide a sweet, creamy taste that even the biggest sugar fiends will enjoy.
1. Cherries with Ricotta and Toasted Almonds
This easy dessert from EatingWell takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and hits at a measly 150 calories. The cherries give your sweet tooth some love, while the ricotta provides that creamy goodness that ice cream lovers crave. Trying to go low fat? Replace the reduced-fat ricotta with non-fat ricotta. Want a little extra spice? Sprinkle cinnamon on top.
- ¾ cup frozen, pitted cherries
- 2 tablespoons part-skim ricotta
- 1 tablespoon toasted silvered almonds
Directions: Heat the cherries in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes or until warm. Top the cherries with ricotta and almonds, and serve.
2. Cocoa and Coconut Bananas
This dessert is perfect for anyone who loves coconut or chocolate dipped bananas. This recipe from EatingWell takes 10 minutes and is only 80 calories a serving. Please note, this recipe makes 4 servings, so divide appropriately.
- 4 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 4 teaspoons toasted unsweetened coconut
- 2 small bananas, sliced thick
Directions: Place the cocoa and coconut on separate plates. Roll each banana slice in the cocoa, shake off the excess, and then dip in the coconut. Remaining coconut flakes can be put on top of your creation.
3. Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Cream Icing
This recipe from Spoonful of Sugar Free is one to prepare in advance as it takes 20 minute to prepare and 20 minutes to cook. Your effort and time will be well worth it as soon as you take your first bite. In addition to being sugar-free, this recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and grain-free. It’s the perfect end to an evening meal.
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 5 whole dates
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1¼ milk-substitute (coconut milk, almond milk) whisked with 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to create vegan buttermilk
- ½ cup smooth peanut butter
- ⅓ cup milk-substitute
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Blend the dates into a paste. Add wet ingredients, and stir until well combined. In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients, and stir until lumps are gone. Combine wet and dry until well combined. Mix very thoroughly to ensure there aren’t any date chunks. The dates are the natural sweetness in the recipe. Feel free to add more dates if needed to suit your sweet tooth. Lightly grease a round, 9-inch cake pan (coconut oil can be used), and pour batter into dish. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
For the frosting, blend peanut butter and milk-substitute until creamy and fluffy. You may add dates to the frosting as well, if desired. Adjust liquid to suit your frosting thickness preference. Once cake is cooled, spread the frosting.
4. Banana Ice Cream
Banana lovers will rejoice upon trying this recipe from Spoonful of Sugar Free. It takes less than 5 minutes, requires 1 to 3 ingredients (up to you), and is super low in calories. To start, take those browned bananas that are too ripe to eat, and throw them in your freezer.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tablespoon of peanut butter (optional)
- 1 tablespoon of cacao nibs (optional)
Directions: Place the frozen bananas in a blender or food processor, and blend until smooth. Blend in the peanut butter (optional), and sprinkle with cacao nibs (optional).
5. Apple Bundt Cake
This fruit-filled cake is sweetened by natural sugars from fruit, so it gives you your sugar fill without any refined sugar or artificial sweeteners. This recipe from My Sister’s Kitchen should be made a day in advance as it requires several ingredients, 4 to 6 hours soaking in the fridge, and up to 1½ hours to bake. Plus, the cake is best when served the next day, so give yourself some extra time to make this worth-the-effort dessert.
- 4 cups finely chopped apples (approximately 6 apples)
- ½ cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed and undiluted
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup raisins
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- 1½ cups white flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon ground allspice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 egg whites
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup Grape-Nuts cereal
Directions: Combine apples, apple juice concentrate, water, raisins, and cranberries in a bowl, and let it sit in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours. In a separate bowl, mix flours, baking soda, baking powder, and spices. In a third bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold into the flour mixture. Add the fruit mixture from the fridge. Stir in vanilla and grape nuts until completely mixed. Pour the mixture into a greased, non-stick Bundt pan. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 1½ hours or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Turn out of Bundt pan while the cake is still hot.