So, let’s talk dessert. I have a huge sweet tooth. I’m an avid baker and love looking for recipes that I can tweak to make gluten-free and dairy-free (see my “Healthy Treats” Pinterest Board). My freezer is usually overflowing with individually-wrapped brownies, cookies, or other treats that I’ve made so I can have them anytime a craving strikes (which may or may not be most nights 😉 ). Almond and coconut flours and milks are my go-to gluten-free, dairy-free baking staples to make tasty treats that fit in with my dietary restrictions.
However, I was recently shocked to find out I have to cut out all sugar (except for fruit sugar – ie coconut sugar, dates, and other fruits) as well as forgo almonds. Ugh. Talk about a baking buzz kill!
Going sugar-free (and almond-free and also eliminating some other quite random foods like canola oil, salmon, and bok choy, boo hoo) has made life much more complicated… I do fine at home as I just load up on foods that are naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free (greens, vegetables, fruits, legumes, meat, nuts, seeds, fish, gluten-free grains). However, sugar is snuck into so many gluten-free, dairy-free products so it gets complicated when I travel or eat out. If you’re sugar-free too, please leave me a comment to know if you have any tips! I’m slowly making the transition and learning new things all the time. I let myself pout for a few minutes, but then I realized how lucky I am to be able to eat my other favorite foods! All part of a lesson in flexibility. I’ll be writing more in the future about dealing with medical news, adjusting your life, and so forth.
Cue the baking experiments with coconut nectar, date sugar, stevia, coconut flour, sunflower seed flour, flax seed, unsweetened coconut milk, sweet potato, pumpkin, apple sauce, and unsweetened cacao/cocoa powder, and bananas. Oh, and research to find or make sugar-free chocolate chips! So, because I’m new to baking sugar-free and almond-free, I’ve decided to experiment to create some new recipes to share with you… which may take a little while.
In the meantime, I wanted to share a few of my favorite sugar-free treats that I make at night using the ingredients I have on hand. These desserts are made of healthy ingredients so you don’t have to feel guilty for indulging. Balance, right?
I like to get creative and just throw together what I have in my kitchen. No baking required, you won’t use four different mixing bowls, and they’ll take less than 5 minutes to put together – no muss, no fuss. They may not be beautiful baked goods, but they’re easy and are the perfect healthy trick to nipping your cravings in the bud. Customize these with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
3 Simple Sugar-free Desserts that are Healthy and Homemade
Note: Use your favorite sweetener here. I use coconut nectar and stevia, but feel free to use maple syrup, honey, or whatever you like.
1. Coconut Raspberry Delight
Stir 2 TB of coconut butter with a handful frozen or fresh raspberries in a small bowl or mug. Sprinkle with cinnamon, chopped nuts, and/or cacao nibs (or chocolate chips if you’re able to have sugar). The coconut butter is super creamy and combines so well with the sweet, tart raspberries. If you use frozen berries, the coconut butter will harden onto them which makes it sort of like a coconut raspberry popsicle! I get organic frozen raspberries at Trader Joe’s – perfect for this treat or in smoothies, put on pancakes, tossed in salads, etc.
2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl (Use a different nut butter if you’re not a peanut butter fan)
Put 1-2 TB of peanut butter (I recommend peanut butter with no added ingredients) or peanut flour plus 1-2 TB unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao powder in a small bowl or mug. Add a large dollop of unsweetened non-dairy milk or yogurt (goat yogurt is unsweetened or there are some unsweetened coconut yogurts) and slowly combine so it forms a frosting consistency. If its too much of a liquid, add more cocoa powder and stir until it has a mousse-like consistency.
Add your sweetener of choice – I usually use stevia or coconut nectar here, but maple syrup, honey, or other sugar would work well. Stir, taste and adjust as needed then add a little sprinkle of cinnamon and salt to bring out the chocolate-y flavor. Make sure all is combined well. You can use this as a base for a mousse-type treat – just add berries, nuts, or whatever else you like OR you can use this as a topping on your favorite fruit salad, baked good, or pancake. I love to top this concoction with frozen berries, a drizzle of peanut butter, and hemp seeds.
3. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Mousse
This is a quick fudge/mouse that is incredible and very rich. Stir together: 1 TB of coconut butter (should be very soft – put in the microwave for a few seconds if you need to soften yours), 1-2 tsp coconut oil, and 1-2 TB cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder. If the mixture is too hard, add a few drops of coconut oil or hot water to make it a little easier to stir. Add your sweetener of choice – I usually use stevia or coconut nectar here, but maple syrup, honey, or other sugar would work well. Stir, taste and adjust as needed then add a little sprinkle of cinnamon and salt to bring out the chocolate-y flavor. Make sure all is combined well. Stir in chopped strawberries and enjoy!
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– Look for a fall edition of these desserts using pumpkin and other fall produce coming soon!! In the meantime, don’t forget about this Chocolate Pumpkin Parfait that is perfect for a healthy dessert 😉
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