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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.


  • 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.
  • TIP: Use dried, unsweetened fruit, such as raisins or diced dates, to add natural sweetness to everything.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Be creative and substitute low-fat ricotta cheese for whole-milk or plain Greek yogurt for sour cream in your recipes.
  • 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.
  • FACT: Sara Lee started in 1939 when Nathan Cummings bought the C.D. Kenny company, a wholesaler of sugar, coffee, and tea.

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)

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