We all know too much sugar is a bad thing. From tooth decay to weight issues to diabetes, we do our bodies a favor when we avoid high sugar foods. But, hey — don’t fret, because less sugar does not have to mean less flavor! Here are 10 fab low-sugar desserts guaranteed to hit that sweet spot.
We think that dessert doesn’t have to mean the same-old bowl of ice cream. Take this Japanese cheesecake from Rasa Malaysia. Each slice of cheesecake has about 200 calories, significantly less than traditional cheesecake. This recipe uses meringue to create a light and airy texture. Japanese cheesecake is cottony, pillowy and slightly sweet. This is a delicious and low-sugar alternative to traditional cheesecake.
Healthy lemon cake
If avoiding the sugar coma of traditional sweets is your aim, then shoot for this healthy lemon cake from Chocolate Covered Katie. Katie has taken a Starbucks favorite, their lemon cake, and remade it into a delicious, low-calorie, low-sugar, oil-free dessert. Instead of around 500 calories per slice as the Starbucks option is, these slices are around 100 calories each. Talk about a healthy option!
Katie’s recipe uses yogurt for the oil, and a sugar substitute for the sugar. These simple substitutions keep the calorie count low, yet keep all the flavor. If you don’t want it fully sugar-free, then add half the substitute and half the sugar. The flavor will be unchanged. Give it a try!
Oatmeal Raisinet cookies
Oatmeal raisin cookies are a childhood favorite of ours. We especially loved it when those healthy raisins were swapped for the indulgent chocolate chips. But, oatmeal raisin or chocolate chips cookies are not exactly the healthy makeover we’re aiming for with low-sugar desserts.
It’s with extra special delight that we present Sally’s Baking Addiction’s oatmeal Raisinet cookies. This low-sugar dough is made with whole wheat flour, applesauce, and yogurt, along with molasses and just a smidge of brown sugar. Apparently leaving out the brown sugar is a big mistake. However, the recipe calls for just a half or a cup. Molasses (also what makes brown sugar brown) has the added nutritional benefit of being low on the the glycemic scale. And if you opt for blackstrap molasses, you get the nutritional punch of vitamins and minerals. Molasses gives these soft, chewy cookies a pungent flavor, making these low-sugar cookies hard to resist.
Skinny blueberry muffins
Muffins are a tasty treat for mornings or snacks. Typically, however, blueberry muffins are laden with butter, eggs and oil. Add on those crumb toppings and you’ve just blown your sugar allowance for the entire day.
Instead, reach for this recipe for skinny blueberry muffins from Averie Cooks! These blueberry muffins call for real blueberries, Greek yogurt, a little bit of vegetable oil, and cashew milk. The cashew milk is the hero in this recipe, lending a creaminess to the muffin that would be missing if regular milk was used. Also, cashew milk is full of vitamins and plant-based protein. We all need a little bit more protein in our diets and using cashew milk is a great option. These muffins are low-sugar and delicious. Your family will hardly realize these are healthy.
Ginger turmeric vanilla cashew cookies
If you’re looking for a dessert with a nutritional kick, then look at these ginger turmeric vanilla cashew cookies. They are low-sugar, vegan, plant-based, refined sugar free, healthy, and delicious. Nest and Glow has combined turmeric, ginger, oats and bananas. Somehow it works together.
If you don’t love the taste of turmeric, then simply halve the amount in the recipe. Turmeric is good for you, though. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory and increases the amount of antioxidants in the body. Of course, ginger is good for you too. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory as well, and helps with muscle pain and soreness. The frosting looks good, but the cookies are delicious without it.
Healthy Reese’s-style eggs
Chocolate and peanut butter, how do I love thee? Nothing, we mean, NOTHING, beats the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Like Ambitious Kitchen, we grew up adoring those wonderful little bite-sized cups of peanut butter covered with milk-chocolate. But now that we are looking for low-sugar desserts, our Reese’s addiction has to be tabled. Ah, adulting. Or does it? Not with these healthy Reese’s eggs.
But thank you Ambitious Kitchen! Now we can have our chocolate covered peanut butter cups without the guilt! She created these, refined-sugar free, gluten-free, low-carb, dark chocolate coated peanut butter eggs modeled from the Reese’s peanut butter eggs found at Easter. The recipe calls for natural peanut butter to keep the sugar count low. Any dessert that can be covered in chocolate and still low-sugar is the sweet treat for us.
No-bake carrot cake bars
Carrot cake is a love it/hate it dessert. The combination of cake with carrots, raisins, walnuts with a cream cheese frosting can inspire devotion in some, and repulsion in others.
If you’re a carrot cake lover like we are, then you’ll love this healthy makeover of a bakery classic. No-bake carrot cake bars from Happy Healthy Mama are made with a food processor and do not require baking. This is perfect for those hot summer days when you don’t want to turn on the oven.
The recipe uses oats, almonds, dates, walnuts, raisins, pineapple, maple syrup, and of course carrots. The frosting is made with real cream cheese and sweetened with liquid stevia. This is an easy, addicting and low-sugar dessert that carrot cake lovers will love.
Low-carb chocolate peanut butter brownies
We all need a good brownie recipe to keep around. Brownies are a quick dessert, using just a few ingredients and come together in about 35 minutes. However, the second ingredient in brownies is typically granulated sugar. Definitely can’t consider brownies a low-sugar dessert, then.
The exception, however, is this recipe for low-carb chocolate peanut butter brownies from Seasonly Creations. This recipe is gluten-free and keto-friendly, perfect for our low-sugar goals. To make these butter is combined with cocoa, almond flour, eggs and a sugar substitute. Then baked for 20 minutes. The brownies are then iced with a delicious, creamy, irresistible melted peanut butter. Cool the brownies completely to allow the peanut butter topping to harden and set. This easy low-sugar dessert will be your new brownie go-to.
Summer time is the best time for fruit. The patience of spring is rewarded with juicy, flavorful bits of delicious fruit. Berries are one of the best fruits of the summer. Certainly, we love the stone fruits, but berries have our hearts. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are nature’s candy and we can’t get enough.
So when we’re looking for low-sugar dessert options, it’s no surprise that berry treats should come up, like these lemon raspberry muffins from Pop Sugar. These light and flavorful muffins use Greek yogurt rather than oil in the recipe for a protein punch. With only ½ cup of sugar per recipe, these muffins are sweet enough without being over-sweet. And if 1/2 cup is still too much sugar, you can substitute in half applesauce for half of the sugar. Then the muffins become even lower in sugar. If you’re looking for a breakfast treat that won’t leave you in a sugar coma, this is the muffin for you.
Healthy chocolate chip cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are a kid’s favorite dessert. It’s hard to resist those sweet, slightly salty, chocolaty bits of heaven. The beautiful combination of butter, brown sugar and chocolate is the perfect flavor ratio of sweet, salt and fat. It’s no wonder chocolate chip cookies are a classic dessert.
But if you’re watching your sugar intake then chocolate chip cookies are a no-no. Fortunately, we have an option for healthy chocolate chip cookies!
From Veggie Balance we have a no-oil, no-butter, gluten-free, and low-sugar cookie. The recipe calls for gluten-free flour, honey or agave nectar, creamy peanut butter, applesauce, along with other baking ingredients and mini chocolate chips. This dessert is destined to be a family favorite.
The USDA estimates that Americans consume between 150-170 POUNDS of sugar a year. It may be hard to believe, but when you consider how often you grab something sweet in a day and do a little math, it may actually not surprise you.
So low-sugar? No problem — when you have recipes like these!