‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.