Whether you’re watching your weight or you simply want to cut back on your sugar intake, saying no to your favorite sweet treat isn’t always easy! Luckily, there are plenty of easy and delicious desserts out there that will satisfy your sweet-tooth without the guilt! From honey to maple syrup to dates, these are just some of the naturally sweet ingredients you can incorporate into your diet to satisfy that sugar craving without the refined-sugar. Check out this list of 10 healthy treats that will satisfy your sweet-tooth with no refined sugar!
1. Greek Yogurt And Honey
Yogurt and honey are simply a match made in heaven! While this sweet treat is a perfect replacement for sugary desserts like ice-cream or pudding, the pair are also make for a high-protein snack with a low-calorie count. When picking out a yogurt, choose one with no added sugar like plain Greek yogurt. Drizzle your favorite honey over the top and mix it in for a perfect treat that will satisfy your sweet-tooth without refined sugar!
2. Peaches And Cream
Peaches are rich in vitamins as well as minerals and antioxidants. Pairing this healthy fruit with some heavy cream makes for a decadent yet healthy option when it comes to eating something sweet. Not only are peaches great for your skin, heart, and overall health, a whole peach is one serving! So feel free to eat the whole thing to yourself. If you are dairy-free or prefer a different topping, opt for almond milk or your favorite sugar free dairy or non-dairy substitute. No matter how you eat your peaches, this is a sweet snack that will surely leave you feeling content!
3. Chocolate Banana Oat Cookies
These three ingredient cookies are just what you chocolate-lovers need! Made with only bananas, cocoa, and oats, they contain zero refined sugar and a whole lot of flavor! The bananas give these cookies a natural sweetness while the oats give them texture. Not only are they healthy and tasty, they are super easy to make! Mash two ripe bananas in a bowl, then mix in 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder and one cup of oats. Once combined, place 15 cookies onto a prepared baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. Enjoy! If you want a little more crunch to your cookies, feel free to add nuts, granola, or any other mix-ins you love!
4. Cottage Cheese And Berries
Both cottage cheese and berries contain zero refined sugar, so why not put them together for a nutritional and yummy sweet treat? Cottage cheese is rich in vitamins like Calcium and is also a high-protein food. It has a mild flavor meaning it pairs nicely with a variety of fruits such as raspberries, blueberries, or pineapple! One cup of cottage cheese is only 160 calories, so you can serve yourself a generous portion without the guilt. Drop your favorite berries or other fruit on top and enjoy this sugar-free treat for breakfast, lunch, or dessert!
5. Stuffed Baked Apples
Stuffed baked apples are the perfect option when you want to put a little effort into dessert but still want to refrain from using refined sugar. Apples are naturally sweet so they don’t need much help when it comes to stuffing them with your favorite spices and nuts! To make, wash and core 4 apples. Place them in a baking dish, cored-side up. In a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup raisins, 1/2 cups oats, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Scoop mixture into each apple until it is heaping with the filling. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes and enjoy!
6. Yogurt-Dipped Cranberries
Craving something sweet that’s easy to make and a good quick go-to sweet treat when you’re feeling lazy? Look no further. These yogurt-dipped cranberries are the perfect snack that you can make at home to satisfy those late-night sugar cravings. Cranberries are high in antioxidants while yogurt is a great source of protein, so these two together are a great combination. Simply mix 1/4 cup of unsweetened Greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon of honey. Stir in about 3 cups of dried cranberries, spread on baking sheet lined with parchment paper in one layer, and freeze. Transfer to a container once frozen and enjoy yogurt-dipped cranberries whenever you want!
7. Mango Fro-Yo
This creamy and decadent mango frozen yogurt only calls for three ingredients and no refined sugar. Mangoes are a great source of vitamins A and C. They are also high in fiber and low in calories. To make this sugar-free sweet treat, blend 2 cups frozen mangoes, 3/4 cups plain Greek yogurt, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of either honey or maple syrup, whichever you prefer! Enjoy it immediately for soft serve or freeze for traditional frozen yogurt! Yum!
8. Hot Spiced Tea
This sugar-free option is one of the easiest to make and one of the most versatile. It’s also a perfect way to combat a cold or warm up on a chilly day. Start by bring a kettle of water to a boil. Prepare a mug with a bag of your favorite tea. Orange spice is great as it pairs nicely with several spices. Slowly pour the hot water over the tea bag, into the mug. Once the tea has steeped, add your favorite spices. Some options include cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and cardamom. Place a cinnamon stick in the mug for an extra kick of spice and enjoy!
9. Peanut Butter Date Cookies
These sugar-free, four-ingredient cookies are just what the doctor ordered! Getting their sweetness from medjool dates and vanilla, these PB treats will leaving you feeling satisfied and guilt-free! To make, process one cup of pitted dates in a food processor. Once they’re crumbly, add one cup of natural creamy or crunchy peanut butter, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and one egg. Continue processing until roughly the consistency of cookie dough. Roll the dough into 12 even-sized cookies and place on a prepared baking sheet. Bakes for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Enjoy warm or let cool for a crispier texture!
10. Peanut-Butter Honey Banana Ice-Cream
Peanut-butter, honey, and banana combined into one? Yes, please! This sugar-free, high-protein, and absolutely divine dessert is super simple to make and won’t make you feel bad for indulging. To make, blend 1 1/12 peeled and frozen bananas until they are the consistency of ice-cream. Blend in 3 tablespoons peanut-butter and 2 teaspoons honey. Transfer the ice-cream to a container and freeze. Enjoy it as is or add your favorite chopped-nuts or banana slices to it!