32 No Sugar Added Desserts

Move over fat, there’s a new culprit in town. Sugar is now the ingredient to avoid.

Do you know how much added sugar you consume in one day?

I didn’t.

My “healthy” dessert habit got out of control. I was obsessed with the one minute mug cakes, homemade magic shell, and single servings of chocolate chip cookies. After almost every meal I’d make myself a little treat. I used maple syrup or honey as the sweetener and I tricked my brain into thinking they were “nutritious” sugar.

Well ALL sweeteners, even the “pure” ones are sugar. And sugar impairs the immune system by suppressing white blood cells. Just one teaspoon impairs the immune system for up to four hours. Then there’s the blood sugar spikes and extra calories negatively impacting your body too.

What are the options?

Option A: Shun dessert and never eat ice cream again.

Option B: Make healthier desserts with absolutely no added sugars. 

Option B!!! A dessert-less life is not for me and I think we all need options.

I’ve gathered up the BEST no sugar added treats from super talented recipe creators. Cookies, cakes, bars, puddings, ice cream and popsicles can all be made with whole food ingredients. Most are sweetened with whole fruit or dried fruit. You’ll see many bananas and dates used for their naturally occurring sugar. 

Enjoy!

 

1. PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES by Pure Ella Peanut-Butter-Cookies-from-Cut-the-Sugar-on-Pure-Ella-by-Ella-Leche-1

2. HARVEST BREAKFAST COOKIES by Detoxinista

 

3. FLOURLESS THUMBPRINT BREAKFAST COOKIES by Oh She Glows

 

4. TWO INGREDIENT COOKIES by Pure Ella

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5. (NO SUGAR!) COOKIE DOUGH DIP by Chocolate Covered Katie

 

6. BLONDIE FIG FUDGE SQUARES by Nutrition Stripped
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7. BANANA OAT BARS by Happy Healthy Mama

 

8. 3 INGREDIENT PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA BARS by Minimalist Baker

 

9. MINI BANANA BUNDT CAKES by The Picky Eater Blog
Easy, Healthy, Mini Banana Bundt Cakes

10. CRAZY FRUITY CAROB PUDDING CAKE by Unconventional Baker

 

11. PUMPKIN CAKE IN A MUG WITH CHOCOLATE WHIP by PaleOMG  Pumpkin Cake in a Mug from Paleomg.com

12. BANANA SNACK CAKE by Detoxinista

 

13. 2 INGREDIENT HEALTHY PANCAKES by Top with Cinnamon

 

14. BANANA ICE CREAM by Skinny Taste

 

15. SUGAR-FREE COCONUT VANILLA ICE CREAM by In Sonnet’s Kitchen

 

16. NO CHURN DAIRY-FREE CREAMY ALMOND BUTTER ICE CREAM by Unconventional Baker

 

17. 7 POPSICLE RECIPES WITH NO ADDED SUGAR by Ditch the Wheat

 

18. MANGO CHIA PUDDING by Sparkle Kitchen
Mango Chia Pudding (No Sugar Added Dessert

19. HEALTHY CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY PUDDING by Texanerin Baking healthy-chocolate-raspberry-pudding-2

20. SLOW COOKER APPLE BUTTER by Foraged Dish

 

21. HEALTHY PINA COLADA CHIA PARFAIT by Pure Ella

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22. CHERRY MOCHA SMOOTHIE by Hummusapien CHERRY MOCHA SMOOTHIE

23. CHOCOLATE COVERED BERRIES BOWL by Coconuts and Kettlebells

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24. DAIRY FREE WHIPPED CREAM by Sparkle Kitchen

 

25. BAKED APPLES STUFFED WITH CINNAMON DATE PECAN OATMEAL by Oh She Glows

 

26. BANANA BREAD BAKED OATMEAL by Southern in Law

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal Recipe 

27. ORANGE PECAN TRUFFLES by Vanilla Verte

 

28. NOT “JELL-O” GELATIN SNACK by The Curious Coconut

 

29. TROPICAL FRUIT BITES by Every Last Bite

 

30. CINNAMON SWEET POTATO TRUFFLES by Nutrition Stripped
CINNAMON SWEET POTATO TRUFFLES

31. CHOCOLATE CHIA PEANUT BUTTER BITES by Hummusapien

CHOCOLATE CHIA PEANUT BUTTER BITES 

32. SIMPLE BAKED APPLES by Happy Healthy Mama

 

 

7 Fruit-Free Smoothies

I dream of smoothies in yoga class.

The room is 105F degrees with 60% humidity and pools of sweats are making an island out of my yoga mat. I love every minute of the intensity. And after working that hard I want a reward.

On the really tough days, visualizing myself sipping down a cool, refreshing smoothie is the only thing that gets me through class. I also wouldn’t hate one poured right over my head.

There is an issue with smoothies though. Loads of sugar from the fruit. It is naturally occurring sugar but I still have to watch it. I can down 24 ounces in under five minutes. In real food that can equal one whole banana, ten strawberries, half a mango and a cup of coconut milk. That’s almost 400 calories and 37 grams of sugar. I wrote an article on the pros and cons of smoothies here.

So how about fruit-free smoothies! Less natural sugar, a focus on vegetables and more micronutrients. The first two recipes are ones I created and then I rounded up another five from incredibly talented recipe creators I admire.

Enjoy!

 

 SWEET POTATO GINGER SMOOTHIE by Sparkle Kitchen

Sweet Potato Ginger Smoothie

Sweet Potato Ginger Smoothie
Serves 1
No sugar, sweet potato pie smoothie with a kick of fresh ginger.
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Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
2 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. ½ cup cooked sweet potato, cold
  2. ¼ cup full-fat canned coconut milk
  3. 2 tbsp water
  4. 3 tsp fresh ginger - grated
  5. ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  6. ¼ tsp vanilla
  7. ¼ tsp lemon
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend on high for 2 minutes until well incorporated.
  2. Serve immediately or store in the fridge up to 3 days.
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 GREEN SUPER SMOOTHIE by Sparkle Kitchen

Fruit-Free Smoothies

CHOCOLATE AVOCADO “GREEN” SMOOTHIE by The Artisan Life

Fruit-Free Smoothies

FRUIT-FREE GREEN SMOOTHIE by In Sonnet’s Kitchen

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH SMOOTHIE by Whole Heartedly Healthy

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PUMPKIN SPICE SMOOTHIE by Elana’s Pantry

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HOLIDAY SPICE VEGGIE SMOOTHIE by Dig Primal

Fruit-Free Smoothies

 

Cranberry Applesauce with Fresh Ginger

Grocery shopping is a communal experience at my local food coop. The place is notorious for lines that wrap around the store, mad rushes to get the last heirloom tomato and also new friendships.

Recently as I’m perusing the apple selection, an elderly women asks for my assistance. “Would you help this old shorty and reach that bag for me?” Of course.

I grab what she needs and then she says, “Enjoy your youth. I used to look like Vivian Lee but now I’m just gone with the wind.”

Ha! What a character. I have to befriend this women. We chat for a few moments and I admire her storytelling skills, colorful word choice and newly permed hair. She imparts wisdom on me right there in the grocery store.

And then she’s off towards the cheese section and I’m back to apples. 

This applesauce is blended with fresh cranberries and ginger for a nutritional boost. I like combining apples with other fruits and vegetables to lower the sugar content. One Pink Lady apple has about 14 grams compared to just two grams in a half cup of cranberries.

I’m doing my best to break-up with sugar and this recipe is a good alternative to any added sugar dessert I would otherwise eat.  To reduce the sugar affects even more, add some fat to it like coconut whipped cream. The fat slows the sugar’s metabolism.

Enjoy! 

Cranberry Applesauce with Fresh Ginger 

Cranberry Applesauce with Fresh Ginger
Serves 4
Homemade applesauce blended with fresh cranberries and ginger for a nutritional boost.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 oz fresh cranberries
  2. 2 ½ cups pink lady apples - chopped
  3. ¾ cup water
  4. 1 cinnamon stick
  5. ½ tbsp fresh ginger - grated
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a medium-sized pot. Heat over medium-high heat uncovered for 10 minutes.
  2. The cranberries will pop as it cooks. Once all have popped, turn off the heat and remove the cinnamon stick.
  3. Use a potato masher to mash the apples and cranberries together.
  4. Store refrigerated in a glass jar for up to 1 week.
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Cranberry Applesauce with Fresh Ginger