How to Make Desserts Healthy & Sugar-Free

"Sugar-free" doesn't have to mean a dessert is not sweet. Try alternatives that are rich and satisfying without compromising your healthy lifestyle.

You will need

  • Heat-stable sugar substitutes
  • Sugar-free syrups
  • Avocado
  • nuts
  • Chia seeds
  • Raw cacao
  • coconut milk
  • chocolate
  • Applesauce or pureed fruit
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar-free sweetener
  • Apple and lemon juices
  • Reduced-fat cream cheese
  • Fresh fruit
  • Pecans
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger
  • Dried
  • unsweetened fruit (optional)
  • Low-fat ricotta cheese (optional)
  • Plain Greek yogurt (optional)

Step 1 Experiment with substitutes Experiment with baking breads and cakes using heat-stable sugar substitutes for baking healthy desserts. Use sugar-free syrups and low-calorie replacements in banana bread and muffins.

Step 2 Blend smoothies Blend chocolate smoothies or shakes without sugar, using avocado, nuts, and Chia seeds as thickening agents. Flavor it all with raw cacao, coconut milk, and chocolate.

Step 3 Replace the oil Replace half the oil in muffin or cake recipes with applesauce or pureed fruit to make them moist without using sugar.

Step 4 Use cinnamon, sweetener, and apple juice Surprise the family with an apple pie sweetened with cinnamon, sugar-free sweetener, and apple juice. Use the same sweeteners for cranberry streusel pie, or an apple pizza over reduced-fat cream cheese.

Step 5 Go natural Go natural and put together frozen fruit cups with fresh fruit, lemon juice, and sugar-free sweetener. Add pecans, which are low in oxidants and high in vitamin E, for a healthy balance.

Step 6 Bake anything Bake a cheesecake, pineapple upside-down cake, banana cream pie, or rice pudding with measures of nutmeg, cinnamon, real fruit, and ginger, and use sugar free sweetener.