Steering clear of sugar this holiday season? With so many things to celebrate, it’s generally difficult to stay away from the sweet stuff. However, if indulging your sweet tooth is a priority, there are plenty of ways to do so without actually consuming added sugar. Go ahead and get that sweet fix on with these six tasty sugar-free desserts. They’re guaranteed to trick that sweet tooth!
Sugar-Free, Spiced-Pumpkin Mini Cheesecakes
Is it possible to have pumpkin cheesecake without added sugar? This recipe, from Kalynskitchen.com, uses monk fruit sweetener in place of traditional sugar and other sweeteners, like agave nectar or honey. Monk fruit sweetener, also called monk fruit extract, is a zero-calorie sweetener that is high in antioxidants and is 100 times sweeter than sucrose. Top these pumpkin mini cheesecakes with whipped cream and enjoy all the flavors of the holidays without the sugar rush.
Sugar-Free Snickerdoodle Cookies
Snickerdoodles are popular around the fall and holiday season and are traditionally covered in cinnamon and sugar. How can these cookies possibly be made sugar-free? This snickerdoodle recipe, from thesugarfreediva.com, uses a granular sugar alternative, like monk fruit sweetener or erythritol. Erythritol is compound called a sugar alcohol and has all of the sweetness of sucrose, without the negative impact.
Sugar-Free Apple Pie
It is difficult to imagine Thanksgiving or any other holiday dinner that doesn’t end with homemade apple pie. A traditional apple pie is made with both brown and white sugars. But this sugar-free, apple-pie recipe from tasteofhome.com calls for the use of a sugar alternative equal to 8 teaspoons of sugar. The recipe allows the chef to choose the sugar alternative of choice!
Sugar-Free Pecan Pie
Pecans are healthy source of minerals, like magnesium, and are harvested in the fall just in time for the holiday season. A favorite in the South, pecan pie is a holiday must for many homes. Traditionally, it is sweetened with brown sugar. But this recipe from Alldayidreamaboutfood.com uses a combination of erythritol and kabocha extract. Kabocha extract comes from the kabocha squash and has zero calories.
Sugar-Free Gingerbread Cookies
Gingerbread houses originated in Germany and made their way west when the colonists travelled to the New World. Today, gingerbread is still used to create houses covered in icing and candy, but it’s also made into cookies in the shape of gingerbread men. When it’s baking, gingerbread suffuses your house with a yummy, holiday scent. This sugar-free recipe comes from wholesomeyum.com.
Peppermint-Mocha Poke Cake
Ok, so chocolate cannot be forgotten during the holidays. Add a bit of peppermint, and you’ve got the flavor of a candy cane too! But can it also be sugar free? Why yes it can. Alldayidreamaboutfood.com created a sugar-free, peppermint-mocha poke cake that is moist, sweet, and delicious. And if you don’t want the mocha part of it, leave out the coffee. Either way, this cake is sure to be a fan favorite this holiday.
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