Low sugar and sugar free dessert recipes | we’re sweet enough

Today is day 11 of my family’s post-holiday-sugar-detox. (Follow the link for ย tips on how to detox your family ๐Ÿ™‚ )

All in all, we’re doing fairly well. Dear daughter has almost completely given up Nutella (we’re now blending it with natural peanut butter…) on her morning pancakes. The boys are no longer asking whether it’s ‘dessert night’ before eating their vegetables. Hubby hasn’t had ice cream (at least not when I’ve been around) for a week. And I’ve only slipped up once or twice, caving in to the siren song of the last Christmas Toblerone bar…

We would all, however, occasionally like a little taste of something sweet after dinner or with afternoon tea. And I know at least 200 DietBetters that might also be interested in low sugar, low calorie ways to enjoy dessert while still losing weight!

sugar free dessert recipes

So I asked some of my fellow health and fitness bloggers for their favourite low sugar and sugar free dessert recipes. And just because I’m trying to retrain my family’s palates to accept ‘less sweet’ alternatives, I also stipulated no agave nectar, stevia or fake sugar alternatives.

Most use fruit to sweeten their baking; unsweetened applesauce, bananas and raisins. Some include a bit of chocolate (the darker the better and you can always choose to leave it out!). And those calling for sugar use very little in comparison with standard dessert recipes.

sugar free dessert recipes

Quinoa Breakfast Bars (I substituted almond flour for chickpea, honey for cane sugar and quinoa flakes plus 1/4 cup water for cooked quinoa)

I’ve only had time to try the first (Lindsay’s Quinoa Breakfast Bars; which I’ve been enjoying with my afternoon coffee), but they all sound delicious. Don’t you agree?

  • Quinoa Breakfast Barsย for Lindsay of theย Lean Green Bean Blog – A great blend of quinoa (protein), oats (carbs) and peanut butter (fat) for breakfast or with afternoon coffee. I made a single batch, cut it into twelve portions and froze them. They didn’t last the week!
  • Banana Chocolate Chip Blondies from Lori and Michelle of Purely Twins – These look very brownie-like, but incorporate a variety of healthy foods like chia and coconut oil. You can keep the sugar load down by using the darkest chocolate you can find! Yum!
  • Chocolate Dipped Fig Kisses – I’ve never before tried figs, but this recipe, from Monica, of Moni Meals has definitely piqued my interest. Adding chocolate to fruit is a great way to get me (and my kids) to try something new!
  • Poached Pears with Pomegranate Mascarpone Sauce courtesy of The Fit Fork – A decadent sounding dessert; fancy enough to share with my adult friends at our next dinner club evening! I won’t tell them it’s low sugar if you won’t! Thanks Jennifer!
  • Healthy Apple Crisp from Nicole at Apples and Arteries – My family loves fruit crisps! This recipe calls for a bit of molasses and applesauce to sweeten it up. I think you could also substitute berries without compromising the integrity of the dish (gotta use up those 60 pounds of frozen berries in my freezer before summer!).
  • Carrot and Oat Raising Cookies courtesy of Laura at Mommy Run Fast – This one has no added sugar at all! Sweetened with bananas and raisins and cleverly incorporating carrots (a great way to get another serving of veggies in). I’ll be making these to send in my children’s lunches soon.

Need a few more ideas? Check out the low sugar and sugar free dessert recipes that have passed my family’s taste test; cheesecake, bread pudding, scones and more!

Have any favourite low sugar or sugar free dessert recipes that you care to share?

Please do so in the comments box below!

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Comments

  1. I so agree.
    those recipes mightcould get even MY HUSBAND to join in?
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  2. I have to take time & look at each recipe but I love the substitutes you made in the recipe which suits my taste buds better! Even my protein bars & muffins I use banana and applesauce. Me, I still use stevia & Splenda – more stevia & I am fine with that – all the sacrifices I make already – loving my stevia! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thx for taking the time for all the recipe gathering!!!!
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  3. Best dessert ever, so help me:

    4 Tsp Fage non-fat Greek yogurt
    1 Scoop (Beverly Int’l) Cookies and Cream protein powder
    1/2 cup dry oats

    Whip it like a bed-wetting puppy, and chill it in the freezer for for 30 minutes (chill to long and it becomes too solid to eat)

    Remove and enjoy.

    Truly a treat in my otherwise bland eating day!

  4. GREAT round up!

  5. My mouth is watering! Great recipes, thanks for these, Tamara! My current go-to is 1/4 c. almond meal, 1/4 egg substitute, some liquid stevia, a little vanilla & some pumpkin pie spice. Add about 3 T. water and stir it all together in a mug that’s gotten a light spritz of cooking spray. Microwave for about a minute and check to see if it’s set – if no, a little longer . . . invert on to a plate – tasty, low-carb “cake”!
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    • That does sound good, Sarah. Although I’d have to omit or sub out the stevia. I just can’t stand the taste of it. Weird, ‘eh?

  6. Good idea, the sugar detox. I have been on Whole30 with no sugars that I can find, since January 1st and my husband has been eating less, but not given it up altogether.

    I looked at a recipe once for homemade Nutella and decided it was not worth all the fuss and it wasn’t lower in sugar anyway! I thought I would miss it but happily, I don’t.

    Sounds like your family is doing pretty well with it.
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    • Yes, I’ve been watching your Whole30 post. I’d really like to give it a try too, but am a little leery after my paleo adventure last fall. The complete absence of grains made me grumpy…

      I agree with you on the Nutella. Sugar is still sugar ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. I’ll have to go check out the apple crisp one. I love apple crisp. Of course, I love it with vanilla ice cream, so I guess that defeats my purpose, doesn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • How about frozen yogurt instead, Carrie? I saw a great, easy recipe for making your own at home. Combine greek yogurt (vanilla or plain) with 1 cup frozen berries. Stir and place in the fridge for 30 min. It’s supposed to solidify just enough to satisfy the urge for ice cream!

  8. So glad to hear your sugar detox is going well! I’ve fallen off the wagon ๐Ÿ™ Determined to pick myself back up and try again. Thanks for sharing the recipes because it’s true. Sometimes I just need a little bit of sweet ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • You can do it Christine. I’ve found that the first few days are the toughest. Probably because I got into quite a sugar habit over the holidays. I had to pay really close attention to what I was eating.
      It’s much easier this week ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Great post and glad all is going so great. Sugar is hard! I LOVE it myself. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Really Great round-up! YUM!!! Thanks for featuring my Moni Fig Kisses. You have to try them! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with me Moni. I will definitely be trying it. I think next dinner party I host!

  10. SUGAR FREE IS THE WAY TO BE!! My favorite “dessert” recipes include:

    Roasted Butternut Squash (just the squash, cinnamon, olive oil and stevia)…

    Roasted Pumpkin Bake (Pureed pumpkin, cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, egg whites, vanilla extract and stevia)

    SO YUM! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Funny, I don’t think of squash as dessert, but pumpkin, I’m all over it. And of course they’re related, so why no?

      Thanks for the suggestions, Gigi!

  11. so glad you liked them! good to know you can freeze them!
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  12. Thanks for the share, Tamara! Your family has made some impressive progress. I also came across these on Gina’s blog today and thought of you: http://www.runningtothekitchen.com/2013/01/coconut-almond-butter-dessert-bites/
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    • Oooh, those sound good too! (It’s getting close to dinner time, because every comment I read with a recipe in it is making my stomach growl…)

      Thanks for your recipe contribution Laura. I’m thinking that my kids might just be fooled into believing there’s no veggies in those cookies…

  13. Reading your blog reminded me that we have a few chocolates left in the freezer, yum, so I went looking for them. I am guessing that was not the purpose of your blog! Lucky for me they seem to be all gone.

    • Ha! So sorry Melody! Definitely not the point of the post! But did you at least clean out the freezer while you were searching?

  14. Way to go sticking to it! Sugar is a hard habit to break – it was harder than sodium for me.
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  15. These all sound fabulous! I love dessert but don’t like the sugar. Will be trying a couple of these out this weekend, thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Rachel! My kids still prefer the sweetest, stickiest desserts out there, but I’m happy with these healthier options…

  16. Nice to see a post dedicated to low sugar! I’ve been trying to be low on sugar and carbs also. I use coconut flour a lot in baking for that purpose, because it’s healthy and naturally sweet so you don’t have to use much sugar ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the ideas, will be checking them out!

  17. Nice to see a post dedicated to low sugar! Iโ€™ve been trying to be low on sugar and carbs also. I use coconut flour a lot in baking for that purpose, because itโ€™s healthy and naturally sweet so you donโ€™t have to use much sugar ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the ideas, will be checking them out!
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  18. Quinoa is so good for you. Breakfast bars sound amazing.

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