Sugar Free Desserts Without Artificial Sweeteners
July 15, 2020
Banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

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.


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.


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 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. Avocado Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate avocado mousse with berries

This avocado chocolate pudding is smooth, creamy, and delicious! This easy healthy pudding recipe is the perfect substitute to traditional mousse. As an added bonus, it is incredibly easy to whip up too!

2. Healthy Snickers Bars

Homemade snickers bar pieces on flower shaped plate with small wooden fork

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

3. Sugar Free Cupcakes

Banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

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


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
  • 4 ounces of unsweetened white chocolate

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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avocado chocolate pudding by Salt Lake Party Stylist

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  1. John Walker

    Unless a product comes from a mammary gland you shouldn’t refer to it as MILK !!

    • Brianna Adams

      Ha ha! I guess you can take that one up with the people doing the marketing of milk alternatives.😉

  2. Lucky

    Great desserts.we will enjoy

    • Brianna Adams

      Thank you so much! I sure hope you do.

  3. Jenny van Heerden

    Thanks for the recipe. Can I substitute the coconut flour by doubling the almond flour?

    • Brianna Adams

      Substituting almond for coconut will definitely change the recipe. You’ll need a little less liquid and it’s recommended to add 4x the amount of almond flour. But with these tweaks you should be able to come out with a nice product. Please let me know how it goes if you try it.

      • Inge-Marie Pretorius

        Thank you so much for all your recipes with out sugar and the horrible tasting artificial sweeteners.

        • Brianna Adams

          I am not a fan of the artificial sweeteners but have grown to not like Stevia very much. My go to now is Monk Fruit sweetener. I HIGHLY recommend switching recipes over to it. It’ll work for lots of things but desserts with a high granulated sugar content are better to be replaced with date paste, honey, or pure maple syrup. Best of luck!! Your Healthy Hostess 😉

  4. Christa

    Thank you for this recipe! When you say “unsweetened white chocolate”, is that cocoa butter? Or is there an actual white chocolate without sugar? Thanks!

    • Brianna Adams

      There are brands of white chocolate that use stevia instead of sugar. I use Lily’s. You could use the cocoa butter but it won’t taste like frosting. Good luck!

      • Christine Westbrook

        Stevia is an artificial sweetener and doesnt taste good.

        • Brianna Adams

          I agree that it’s doesn’t taste super great – although it’s not a chemical based sweetener like saccharine. It does come from the Stevia leaf. I’ve started switching everything over to Monk Fruit sweetener in all my most recent recipes and I really like it. I’ll have to go back and edit this one to show that. Thank you.

  5. Shalini

    Is there something else I can use as a substitute for the almond meal? (Nut allergies)

    • Brianna Adams

      Hi! The liquid amounts for the recipe will need to be adjusted slightly. If you can do coconut flour you add a little more liquid. If you can do oat flour you might need a little less. I’m sorry – I haven’t tried this recipe with other flours but that’s a great thing for me to experiment with. Best of luck! I hope you enjoy them.

  6. Marthajean Drago

    Good morning:

    Could you please give the equivalent of the 2.5 large mashed bananas in cups.

    Look forward to making these this morning. Thank you.

    • Brianna Adams

      Sorry I didn’t get back to you til much later. I was out of the office all day. It’s approximately 1 cup of mashed banana. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do. If you have any feedback, updates, improvements – please let me know.

  7. Natalie Mayhew

    These desserts look amazing! And sugar free?! Wow.!

    • Brianna Adams

      I know that might not sound appealing but they really are yummy. Not as sweet as the traditional versions but still really good and way better for us.

      • Terese Walsh

        The Avocado chocolate pudding sounds amazing and I would LOVE to make it, but I don’t see the actual recipe on here. How might I get it please?

        Thank you,
        “T” Walsh

        • Brianna Adams

          Oh thank you so much. I’m not sure what happened to it. I’ll go see if I can get it back up ASAP.


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