Sugar Free Desserts Without Artificial Sweeteners
July 15, 2020
Avocado chocolate pudding with berries

Sugar Free Desserts Without Artificial Sweeteners

Sugar-free desserts without artificial sweeteners are just as tasty but healthier for your family. You don’t need to be told that too much sugar isn’t good for kids {or adults, for that matter!}. In fact, experts recommend that children between the ages of 2 and 18 should be consuming less than 6 teaspoons of added sugar.

Sure, this may not sound like such a difficult task, but added sugar includes:

  • Brown sugar
  • Raw sugar
  • Honey dextrose
  • Molasses
  • Malt sugar
  • Fruit juice concentrates
  • High fructose corny syrup
  • Any foods ending with “ose”

So, essentially, any treats or desserts you make will have too much sugar. Fortunately, there is a way to completely cut processed sugar or synthetic sweeteners from these foods. To prove it, here are some delicious, sugar-free desserts without artificial sweeteners you can whip up for any occasion:

A Guide to Sugar-Free Ingredients

Before getting started, here is a low-down on some of the ingredients that you will be using in these sugar-free recipes.

Bananas

Ripe bananas are an excellent sugar free sweetener. However, to add sweetness to your recipes, your bananas should be really ripe. So, wait until you begin to see spots on the peel before you use these fruits in your recipes.

Dates

Medjool dates are quickly becoming an alternative for sugars. This is because in addition to being an all-natural sweetener, they are quite nutritious as well. They contain fiber, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, and iron.

The natural sugars in dates have a low glycemic index, preventing a sugar rush. However, dates are high in calories so be careful in just how much you indulge.

Applesauce

Applesauce is naturally sweet as well. However, you need to buy a brand that specifically doesn’t contain any added sugars. Some brands will add high fructose corn syrup or other sweeteners – read the labels to steer clear of these.

Unsweetened Chocolate

To make a dessert truly sugar free, keep an eye on the kind of chocolate you are adding. For a healthier treat, make sure to use unsweetened cocoa powder, dark chocolate, or unsweetened chocolate. If you like, use cocoa nibs instead of chocolate chips as it is naturally low in sugar.

Coconut Flour

If you want to cut down on any kind of sugar, opt for a coconut flour based recipe. This flour has a lower glycemic index than white flour and is also gluten-free. Of course, there are a few things you need to know about baking with coconut flour.

For one thing, use more liquid as coconut flour has a high fiber content. At the same time, you will need to use less flour than you are typically used to. To learn more about how to use coconut flour, check out all the great tips at For the Love of Coconut.

The Best Sugar Free Desserts

Here are some tasty treats to whip up for family and guests:

1. Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Chocolate avocado mousse with berries

Smooth, creamy, and delicious, this recipe is the perfect substitute to traditional mousse. As an added bonus, it is incredibly easy to whip up too!

Ingredients

4 Servings

  • 2 very ripe bananas, peeled and chopped
  • 2 ripe avocados, pitted and scooped
  • 2 tbs. almond butter
  • ½ cup cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 2 tbs. coconut milk
  • ¼ cup cacao nibs or unsweetened chocolate chips (optional)
Directions

Step 1: Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend until the ingredients have been completely mixed and form a smooth texture.

Step 2: Pour the mix into a shallow dish and cover. Place the mousse in the fridge for around 30 minutes or until it has set.

Step 3: Serve in cups with berries if desired. Sprinkle the cacao nibs or chocolate chips before serving. Garnish with additional berries.

2. Healthy Snickers Bars

Do you love Snickers bars but don’t love the sugar and additives? If so, this recipe allows you to enjoy your favorite treat without the guilt.

Ingredients

16 Bars

For the Base

  • 2 cups of pitted Medjool dates 
  • 1 cup of salted peanuts or nuts of choice

For the Caramel Layer

  • 16 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup of coconut or almond milk

For the Chocolate Layer

  • 1 to 2 cups unsweetened chocolate chips
Directions

Step 1: Place two cups of dates and peanuts into a food processor. Process the ingredients until they form a thick batter.

Step 2: Place the batter into a lined loaf pan. Press it down firmly into the bottom. Refrigerate the base until set.

Step 3: Place ¾ cup of almond milk into the food processor and add 16 dates, vanilla, and salt. Blend until smooth – there should be no large pieces of dates left.

Step 4: Pour the sauce on top of the base and refrigerate until it has firmed up.

Step 5: Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. Pour it over the caramel sauce and refrigerate until set.

3. Sugar Free Cupcakes

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What could be better than cupcakes? With this version, you don’t have to worry about the sugar rush or sugar crash afterwards.

Ingredients

12 Cupcakes

For the Cupcakes

  • 2½ large, very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
  • ¼ cup of dairy or non-dairy yogurt
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of coconut flour
  • 1 cup of almond meal
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1 tsp. of ground cinnamon

For the Frosting

  • 9 ounces of cream cheese
  • 9 ounces of unsweetened white chocolate
Directions

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350F.

Step 2: Mix the bananas, yogurt, coconut milk, eggs, and vanilla until smooth.

Step 3: Add the dry ingredients to another bowl and mix until properly combined.

Step 4: Add the dry ingredients to the wet mix and combine until it forms a smooth batter.

Step 5: Line the cupcake pan with wrappers.

Step 6: Fill each compartment with batter until the halfway point.

Step 7: Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cupcakes comes out clean.

Step 8: Allow the cupcakes to cool before frosting.

Step 9: Melt the white chocolate in the microwave.

Step 10: Beat the cream cheese with a whisk. Add the melted chocolate and whisk until combined.

Step 11: Pour the mix into a nozzle and pipe onto the cupcakes.

Sugar-Free Desserts Without Artificial Sweeteners

Did you think sugar free desserts could taste so good!? Ditch the artificial sweeteners and opt for a few of these naturally sweet alternatives. With these treat on hand, you won’t even miss the added sugar!

I’d love it if you tried one of these sugar-free dessert recipes and if you do, please share and tag us @partieswithacause on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest. We love seeing all your hard work! 

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