Dammit sugar cravings! Why won’t you just leave me alone? But sugar cravings are merciless. They don’t care that you’re trying to eat healthy. They could give a crap about your big event next month. Good intentions? What? They don’t want to hear about that! They just want to sabotage everything. This is why I love No Sugar desserts!
The case for No Sugar desserts!
Ok, I’m not talking about a dessert that is devoid of sweetness. I’m talking about a dessert that doesn’t have any added sugar or artificial sweeteners. These desserts are made from nothing but nutritious whole foods.
And look…there’s nothing wrong with having a bite of chocolate here and there. But it is important to also find healthier ways satisfy your sweet tooth. The more you can release your reliance on added sugar, the better you’ll feel. You’ll be less moody, Your skin will look clearer. You’ll sleep better and be more rested. And this is just the beginning of why you should try these no sugar desserts!
So here are 5 options for no sugar desserts.These are super simple recipes. I’m not re-inventing the wheel here. Seriously, you can’t get any easier than this. So you have no excuse. Add some of these to your diet starting today!
Banana Ice Cream
- 3 ripe bananas
Take ripe bananas and add them to a food processor. Blend for about 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides and blend again. Add banana mixture to a freezer safe bowl and freeze for at least an hour.
Greek Yogurt Dipped Strawberries
- 20 strawberries
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
Take strawberries and dip them into plain Greek Yogurt. Place on tinfoil and freeze. Dip a second time in yogurt and then sprinkle with coconut. Freeze again and enjoy!
Frozen Grape Skewers
- About 30 grapes, any variety
- 5 skewers
Rinse grapes. Take a skewer stick. One by one pierce grapes through center with skewer stick. Skewer sticks will hold about 6 grapes. Wraps grape sticks in foil and freeze for at least an hour. Take out and enjoy. Too easy, right?
Chia Seed Pudding
- 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 3 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Take unsweetened non-dairy milk, chia seeds and vanilla extract. Add all the ingredients to a bowl or jar and mix all ingredients well so that there are no chia seed clumps. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve with fresh or frozen fruit.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
- 1/2 cup pitted dates
- 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp unsweetened peanut butter
- 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp unsweetened carob powder
- 1/2 cup unsweetened oats
- 1/2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/ Tbsp raw cacao nibs
- 1 1/2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
If dates are hard, soak for about 15 minutes first. Combine pitted dates, peanut butter, carob powder, oats, chia seeds, raw cacao nibs and coconut oil into a blender. Blend for about 60 seconds. Scrape down sides and blend again. Form into balls and place onto a plate. Refrigerate for a half hour and enjoy!
Love no sugar desserts!
Dessert can be a great thing. But you have to do it in a way that feels good both body and mind. And that’s what I love about these desserts. They’re simple to make. They’re made from natural ingredients. And they just feel good.
Learning to eat healthy isn’t about removing pleasure from food. It’s about finding better ways to satisfy cravings. And dessert is one of the best places to experiment with more natural options.
It’s fine to enjoy that rich dessert on that special occasion. But if sugar cravings are a normal part of your life, these options are great ways to eat sweet without undoing your healthy eating.
As you know, I avoid sugar of all forms because of my thyroid problem. So the recipes in this post would, unfortunately, be as bad for me as sugar. Lamentable because they sound both delicious and like healthy alternatives to sugarbased desserts. Even dates give me problems, sigh..
There are definitely more challenges when you’re adapting your diet for a health condition. But at least you are taking your health seriously which is a good thing.
Doreen Pendgracs says
Thank you for these delicious options, Erica, and for differentiating between bad sugar-filled chocolate candy, and healthy dark chocolate that has little or no added sugar. It’s actually good for your skin, hair, teeth, and your whole body– as well as your moods.
Always in moderation…but these are better substitutes.
Great dessert recipes Erica!
I have a sweet tooth- plain and simple! I rarely eat sweets these days and instead opt for rich chocolate.
I have eaten frozen bananas before but never thought of making bananas into ice-cream. This looks pretty straightforward- I can even involve my young children.
That’s a great idea to involve young children in healthy food preparation. It teaches them healthy lessons for life.
Always looking for ways to cut sugar. It can be so hard to do! I like the idea of doing the peanut butter balls … I could carry them in my purse for a treat instead of grabbing some sugary treat!
Yes! The peanut butter balls are super portable. And they’re really filling.
I love the Greek Yogurt dipped strawberry option. I could easily pack these in my lunch for a tasty weekday treat!
I hope you give them a try!
Elise Cohen Ho says
There are many yummy treats here. Some I have tried and some I have not but I will.
It’s always fun to try new things!
Marquita Herald says
I’m not normally a fan of sweets, but the Greek Yogurt Dipped Strawberries looks awesome and I am definitely going to give it a try!
The Greek yogurt strawberries are probably the healthiest of all the options, so definitely worth a try if they seem appealing.
William Rusho says
Being on a diet like I am, these suggestions are great.
I will start using them right away. Sometime you have to spoil yourself with a dessert, why not make it a healthy one.
This is so important when on a diet. You don’t want your cravings to get so out of control that you binge on something bad for you.
Yum, these look like amazing options. I am OK without sweet stuff if its not in the house, but the family bought all sorts of naughties for mother’s day over the weekend and I’m now grazing through it… eek!
It’s definitely harder to keep temptation out of site when you’re a parent and your family has it.
These all sound delicious. I’ve not tried banana ice cream, but I’m going to give it a go. I’ve been doing frozen grapes lately. I wish it would warm up more though in order for frozen treats to be more craveable. It’s been a cold spring.
Jeri, you should come where I am. It was 87 degrees yesterday. My air conditioning isn’t that great and we were all melting!
I have the biggest sweet tooth and always get sugar cravings. I love the simple no sugar dessert recipes, they sound so easy to prepare and look delicious, I’ll have to try a few of them! Thank you for sharing =)
I used to have such a sweet tooth too. Stuff like this helped me keep it under control.
These sound tasty to me. I’ve never tried chia seeds but would give them a whirl mixed like this. Love frozen bananas–usually popping them into a protein shake.
You can add chia seeds to a smoothie too! They’re really good for you.
Razena | Tantalisemytastebuds.com says
Processed sugars do give me an inflammatory response so I’m always on the look out for recipes using only whole and natural ingredients. Thanks for sharing.
Good for you for knowing that. They’re pretty much inflammatory for everyone, but most people ignore the symptoms.
I am not really a sweet-tooth person though I do sometimes get cravings so I love finding healthier alternatives. I do love chia puddings and as a massive fan of peanut butter, the chocolate peanut butter balls look great!
I LOVE peanut butter too! I can eat it by the spoonful.
Meredith @ The Palette Muse says
Those strawberries look amazing! Definitely adding those to my to-do list. No-sugar might not be so bad after all… 😉
Eating treats like this really helped me move past my sugar addiction. Hope you give them a try!
Erica, I am looking forward to loosing some weight, and these recipes you have shared in time for me, such a savior 😀
Thanks, dear 🙂
Sushmita, hope you enjoy them!
Meanwhile, the selection of sugar-free dessert offerings in grocery stores is definitely getting better these days; for example, my local Walmart sells sugar-free lemon creme cake. On the minus side, those sugar-free offerings are more expensive than their sugar-containing counterparts, but you can’t have everything, I suppose.
There is always an extra “tax” on anything specialty. Manufacturers have realized people will pay more. It was definitely kinder on my wallet back in the day when I ate anything and everything.
Love these recipes! How do you organize all your recipies? Pinterest? Or another app? I don’t want to forget these great ideas. Thanks! Julie
Honestly, I just bookmark my pages. But of course, Pinterest is great for that!
Jeannette Paladino says
I am not a fan of Desserts, but banana ice cream looks delicious. I will surely try it out this Sunday.