If, for whatever reason, you’re trying to eat less sugar, dessert might feel like a no-go. Luckily, that’s not completely true. While many treats are off the table, you can still enjoy something sweet without ditching your new low sugar lifestyle. Opting for naturally sweet things like fruit and enjoying sweeteners like honey and maple syrup judiciously means you can have your cake and eat it too. Here are 5 low sugar desserts to prove it:
1. Sugar Free Apple Tart from Jennifer Tyler Lee
There’s so much natural sweetness in apples and cinnamon that there’s really no need for sugar at all in this cozy apple tart. Feel free to add additional warming spices like nutmeg, clove, and cardamom to give it even more perceived sweetness.
2. Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Less Sugar from Sally’s Baking Addiction
Chocolate chip cookies are probably the first thing you’d think you can’t enjoy on a low sugar diet. These, however, are made with sucanat instead of white or brown sugar. Sucanat is a natural sweetener made from dehydrated cane juice and is sweeter than regular sugar so you don’t need to use as much. These cookies contain 15 grams of sugar rather than the usual 25 grams.
3. Balsamic Berries with Honey Yogurt from Kitchn
Toss fresh berries with balsamic vinegar and the vinegar magically draws out the berries’ sweet juices, even if they aren’t perfectly in-season fruit. That means you barely need to sweeten the Greek yogurt that tops them so you can skip the honey if you so choose.
4. No Sugar Added Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream from Beaming Baker
This recipe probably seems too good to be true, but it is indeed chocolate peanut butter ice cream made without sugar. The secret is bananas, which when frozen, blend into a creamy frozen treat that’s also vegan.
5. Healthy Baked Pears with Cinnamon from Running on Real Food
When you bake pears, they become so incredibly sweet and special. These get drizzled with maple syrup before going into the oven but really, you don’t need it to satisfy your sweet tooth. For texture, try sprinkling them with some chopped, toasted nuts before serving.
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