7 Low-Sugar Baked Goods to Make Right Now

Sugar-free turtle brownies
Photo Credit: Minimalist Baker

December 8, 2020

By Sheela Prakash

‘Tis the season for baking. And, with the spike in coronavirus cases, many of us are back to staying home, quarantining in place, and plotting our next baking project. I know tucking into the kitchen to bake cookies and muffins and cakes has been helping me get through. The only thing is, though, I find I have been going through a lot of sugar. While low-sugar baked goods might seem like a contradiction, I assure you it’s not. You’ll find they’re just as sweet and comforting and your sugar stash will last a lot longer. So get the oven pre-heating and get baking.

Here are 7 low-sugar baked goods to make right now.

1. Refined-Sugar-Free Turtle Brownies from Minimalist Baker

These brownies are sweetened with coconut sugar and maple syrup and drizzled with homemade date caramel on top. If you’d rather not make the caramel, you can swap in chopped dates instead.

low-sugar banana bread
Photo Credit: Your Cup of Cake

2. Skinny Banana Bread from Your Cup of Cake

Since bananas are naturally sweet, you really don’t need to add as much sugar as you think make banana bread delicious. This recipe proves this point by including just a few tablespoons of added sugar. That’s pretty substantial compared to the cup of sugar you need for other banana breads.

Pistachio crumble
Photo Credit: Well + Good

3. Summer Pistachio and Cardamom Crumble from Well + Good

This colorful, low-sugar crumble isn’t just for the summer months. It can be mixed and matched all year long depending on what fruit you have on hand. Try it with berries, chopped stone fruit, sliced apples, and even frozen fruit. Use whatever’s in your kitchen.

low-sugar baked goods
Photo Credit: Our Salty Kitchen

4. Healthy(ish) Pumpkin Bars from Our Salty Kitchen

Pumpkin puree is another ingredient with so much natural sweetness that it doesn’t need a whole lot more added to it. These whole wheat bars are moist, nutty, and lightly sweet. Feel free to skip the vanilla glaze on top to make them even more of a healthy choice.

Chocolate chip cookies
Photo Credit: Better Homes & Gardens

5. Reduced Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies from Better Homes & Gardens

These cookies contain 6 grams less sugar than the average chocolate chip cookie, but you’ll hardly miss it. They’re still as chewy and chocolate-packed as any full-sugar version.

lemon bars
Photo Credit: A Sweet Pea Chef

6. Healthy Lemon Bars from A Sweet Pea Chef

Honey helps balance the tartness of lemons in these bars, while still keeping them naturally low in sugar. You can also try baking them with maple syrup instead — it would be equally as tasty.

healthy strawberry shortcake
Photo Credit: Cookie + Kate

7. Healthier Strawberry Shortcake from Cookie + Kate

This low-sugar twist on classic strawberry shortcake is no less of a treat. While the recipe calls for whipped cream made with coconut milk, you can swap in traditional whipped cream if you prefer.