The key to maintaining weight is not deprivation, it’s discipline. So instead of ignoring that after dinner sugar craving, indulge it with something nutritious and sweet, for the best of both worlds. There are plenty of fruit-based, low-sugar desserts out there, that can satisfy your sweet–tooth, without sacrificing most diet plans. An additional benefit to most of these desserts: they’re dead simple! Usually, a few steps is all it takes to creating a tasty, low-sugar dessert that you and your family can enjoy.
Sorbet is a staple for most sugar avoiders with a sweet tooth’s homes. Not only is it easy to make (puree, mix, freeze!) but it’s easy, and very common, to find sorbet recipes that call for no additional sugar. Just use a food processor or blender to mix juice and fruit. Some sorbet call recipes call for ice cream makers, but most will work without. Without an ice cream maker, it’s generally recommended you stir the sorbet every twenty minutes or so. With a vast array of recipes, you can create something to everyone’s liking with sorbet.
Creamy Frozen-Yogurt Ice Pops
Popsicles are another go-to treat for people who can’t have sugar, but have to have sweets. This recipe requires a food processor, and ice pop molds. Simply puree the fruit of your choice, the pulpier the better, mix it with the yogurt of your choice, put it in the ice pop tray, and let it freeze. The result is a creamy, delicious sweet treat, to satisfy you. The yogurt works to cut the sugar (depending on your selection,) add some protein, and give the treat a more tasty texture. I use raspberries and lightly honey-sweetened, low-fat, greek yogurt for maximum flavor, and nutrition, and minimal sugar.
Dark Chocolate Covered Fruit
The key to keeping sugar low in this delectable recipe, is choosing a very dark chocolate. The darker the chocolate, the lower the sugar content. All this recipe entails, is melting down the chocolate, and covering the fruit in it. Usually this can be done using skewers through the fruit, and a chocolate-filled bowl. Roll the fruit in nuts if you desire, and then place it in the fridge to cool and set. Bananas are better served frozen when dipped in chocolate (hence frozen bananas.) You can use a variety of fruits. Strawberries, grapes, orange slices, and bananas, are just a few of the delicious choices. Dried fruit, and even some nuts, can also be great to dip in dark chocolate, if you so desire.
Baked Apple Toast
What’s from this list of low-sugar desserts, is something warm. Nothing satisfies like a freshly baked pie or pastry. Alas, nothing else racks up the grams of sugar quite so fast either. For a warm and tasty, low-sugar substitute, try baked apple toast. It’s as easy to make as it is delicious. Simply smear a piece of whole-wheat toast with your choice of almond butter or peanut butter, place some thinly sliced apple on top of it, sprinkle on some cinnamon, and bake in the toaster oven until the apples are tender. This will satisfy your craving for something warm and sweet, without caving into a sweet-loaded pastry.
Satisfying Cravings Without Guilt
Everyone deserves a sweet treat every once in awhile without having to feel bad about it. If you’re on a diet that restricts your sugar intake, it’s not always easy to satisfy a sweet craving without sacrificing your piece of mind. Luckily, there are some delicious recipes out there, to indulge your taste for sweets, without leaving you in a guilt-ridden panic. Sometimes creativity and work are needed, but no one should ever have to go without dessert entirely.
Emily Manke is a blogger out of Portland, Oregon. She contributes to a number of sites, including the blog for this dentist in Portland, OR.