No one wants to say “no” to desserts, do they? But that’s precisely what most of us say when offered a slice of delicious cake or even some pudding: “No, thank you. I am full.”
Well, despair no more, because we’ve come up with a list of 15 amazing desserts that doesn’t require any sugar. Truly! Guilt-free desserts that you won’t have to decline anymore, these are recipes naturally sweetened without using sugar or even artificial sweeteners. These aren’t just enchanting desserts, but healthy too, and beloved by the whole family.
Here we go.
1. 5-ingredient Chewy Coconut Macaroons
Macaroons are one of the hardest desserts to make, and only a few people can make them successfully. This macaroon recipe from Celebrating The Season is easier to make, and sweetened by natural honey. It takes less than half an hour to make a full dozen from start to finish, using only a total of 5 ingredients.
2. Chewy Double Dark Chocolate Brownies
Brownies are ordinarily considered to be extremely unhealthy because most recipes ask for a lot of sugar. This one, however, doesn’t need refined or white sugar, or even brown sugar; made from dark chocolate chips, a little coconut sugar and some maple syrup, and a little almond flour – that’s all you need to make a batch of these brownies from Naughty Nutrition.
3. Banana-Mango-Greek-Yogurt Popsicle
Ice creams and popsicles are a big “no, no” because they are usually loaded with sugar or syrup; they aren’t even good for kids, who can usually handle sugar. This recipe from Wanna Bite, however, uses ripe banana and mango chunks for flavor and sweetness, and Vanilla Greek Yogurt as base.
4. Paleo Banana Custard
You won’t need more than 5 ingredients to make this naturally sweetened dessert that is both delicious and healthy. Eggs, banana, coconut milk, cinnamon powder and vanilla extract – that’s all you need to make this custard recipe from The Baking Fairy.
5. Chewy, Grainy and Sugar-Free Energy Balls
This is another recipe from Naughty Nutrition that’s absolutely perfect for the random sugar cravings during the day. A recipe for chewy and grainy energy balls made from shredded coconut, cranberries, almonds, sunflower seeds, Mejdool dates and raw cacao nibs. They can actually be great snacks to keep at your workstation as snacks.
6. Sugar Free Pumpkin Muffins
From Muscle and Manna, this is a healthy recipe not just for desserts, but also perfect for breakfast and random snacking. This muffin recipe needs pumpkin puree, oats, eggs and Mejdool dates to make, with pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips for extra flavor. If you exclude the chocolate chips, these muffins can actually be an excellent food for toddlers to start weaning on.
7. Coconut Date Balls
Another naturally sweetened energy ball recipe for both children and adults alike, made from pitted dates, shredded coconuts and grated almond. There’s nothing artificial or unnecessary in this recipe from Flavours Treat that uses dates and coconuts as natural sweeteners. Just like most other energy snacks, they can be easily stored in a sealed jar on your workstation.
8. Chocolate and Avocado Pudding
Now, this is a sugar-free recipe not just for the whole family, but something you can even serve when company comes over. This dessert recipe from To Simply Inspire only requires the unlikeliest of ingredients: avocados, bananas, cocoa powder and coconut milk. The preparation is simple, as well: just blend everything together until you get the desired creamy consistency.
9. Sugar-free Apple Muffins
Muffin recipes never get old! This is another recipe from Brooklyn Farm Girl that only contains 48 calories in each piece – perfectly healthy and filing. All you need are some apples, eggs, whole wheat flour, blueberries and some milk – common ingredients anyone would find in their kitchen throughout the year.
10. Banana Bread
Banana breads are usually served for breakfast, but who says you can’t serve them as dessert? They’re sweat, they’re filling, they’re healthy – banana bread recipes are easy and a favorite of every family. To follow this recipe from A Baking Journey, you can make a fresh batch of banana bread in less than an hour, the perfect dessert after a leisurely Sunday brunch.
11. Grilled Pineapple
Not many people like to eat fruit, but you can simply take your favorite fruits and make them even more delicious – a dessert fit to serve before a king. This is one such recipe from Beyond the Chicken Coop that requires no other ingredient except a juicy pineapple and a grill pan. The natural juice from the pineapple will act as sweetener and flavor for the dish, and you won’t need to do anything but wait for the fruit to arrive at its best grilled position.
12. Sweet Potato Brownies
Brownies doesn’t just have to be made from flour and chocolate, because they can be substituted with cooked sweet potatoes and unsweetened cocoa powder. This brownie recipe from Rhian’s Recipes uses soaked dates as natural sweetener, with almond butter and almond flour for added flavor.
13. Lemon Mug Cake
This is a recipe that you can make in a single mug, in less than 1 minute. That’s right! Whenever you get that irrepressible craving for something sweet comes up, you can take a minute to make this lemon-flavored cake in a mug from this recipe by The Helpful GF. It uses almond flour – a gluten-free substitute of refined flour, and Lakanto Monk Fruit as natural sweetener.
14. Chocolate Filled Strawberries
This one is an absolute classic. Whether you cover strawberries with chocolate or fill them up – everyone loves the combination of sweet chocolates and tangy, juicy strawberries. In this recipe by A Sweet Alternative, you need strawberries, of course, as well as dates, unsweetened cocoa powder and a little vanilla extract for the preparation.
15. Vegan Banana Pudding
A delicious sugar-free, gluten-free, Allergy-free and Vegan-friendly recipe from Strength and Sunshine that requires nothing but ripe bananas, homemade vanilla pudding without sugar, and some toppings of your choice.
There you have it – 15 dessert recipes that doesn’t require refined sugar. All these desserts are naturally sweetened and healthy for the whole family, easy to prepare and easier to love! You don’t have to completely devoid your life of everything sweet and delicious when you have such amazing recipes to try at home.