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Dessert is by far my favorite meal course as I’m sure it is for many. It’s too bad that the best part of the meal is also the worst for our waistlines, if not our health. I like to mitigate problems so I can enjoy the best of all possibilities, this is why I always research ways to make life easier and more enjoyable. It is with this state of mind that I present some of my favorite sugar-free dessert recipe.
If you are diabetic and miss having a bit of sweetness in your life, this post is for you. If you’re on a diet or striving for a healthier way of eating, this post if for you. As a matter of fact, anyone will enjoy these dessert recipes and if you don’t tell them, no one will guess they’re sugar free!
Just a heads up that most of these recipes will be chocolate-based (because, chocolate) and use my favorite sugar-free sweetener, monksweet+ with stevia. If you prefer, feel free to substitute with any sugar free sweetener of your choice. Just make sure that you account for the bulk factor when substituting. If possible, stick as closely as possible to the recipes as written and you should achieve excellent results. Now without further ado, sugar free dessert recipes coming up!
Chocolate Trail Mix Bark
This chocolate trail mix bark is my go-to when I feel like eating a crunchy, nutty, chocolate bar. Of course since I’m watching my weight, I can’t just go out and buy a cadbury’s fruit and nut bar or a snickers bar. Instead, I came up with my own candy bar in the form of this chocolate trail mix bark. As with most of my recipes, this chocolate bark is made with only a few ingredients – cocoa butter, cocoa powder, anti-oxidant trail mix and my favorite sugar free sweetener, monksweet+ with stevia.
I feel a twinge of guilt every time I take a bite of this bark and I have to remind myself that it doesn’t have any added sugar and will not throw me off my weight loss goals. This chocolate trail mix bark is just sweet enough with the addition of monksweet+ with stevia along with the dried fruit from the anti-oxidant trail mix. I achieve dessert nirvana with this bark – chocolatey, crunchy, and sweet!
Sugar Free Cheesecake
I am an avowed chocoholic, but every so often I like a nice, silky piece of cheesecake. At one point I thought I’d never be able to enjoy cheesecake again. Although it is one of the more decadent of desserts, the dairy and sugars in cheesecake threatened to derail my diet.
I’m lactose intolerant and on a low carb diet so I thought I had to forego enjoying cheesecake for the foreseeable future. My outlook changed when I discovered that there is such a thing as lactose-free organic cream cheese. Not only could I have cream cheese and lox again, I could have cheesecake too! The right recipe sweetened with monksweet+ with stevia is just what I needed.
I found a basic cheesecake recipe and modified it using Green Valley Lactose-free Cream Cheese. I also made it keto-friendly by making a THM flour and nut crust instead of the usual graham cracker crust. This recipe results in a creamy, tangy cheesecake with just the right amount of sweetness. I make this anytime I have a craving for cheesecake and it hits the spot perfectly.
Keto Chocolate Mousse
And I’m back to chocolate, it’s inevitable because chocolate is my weakness and my strength. To be honest, I don’t have dessert every day. I have evolved in my eating and I’m at the point where I am able to listen to my body and feed it what it needs. There are some days when I feel like eating something sweet and other days when I absolutely must have some chocolate.
My diet these days is essentially high fat and low carb, so any dessert I make has to incorporate these tenets. Although I could make this chocolate mousse using traditional ingredients like eggs, heavy cream, milk, etc. and sweeten with a low carb sweetener, I chose to make a modified version that’s much healthier to my view.
I make my keto chocolate mousse using coconut cream, coconut milk, vanilla extract and a bit of coffee powder for a hint of mocha flavor. I’ve offered this chocolate mousse to people who are not following any particular diet and they rave about it every time. My cousin who is a vegan fitness trainer and a fellow chocoholic inhales it every time I make it. It’s definitely a keeper.
I can’t claim to be a chocoholic if I didn’t include a brownie recipe in this post. I use a basic brownie recipe and substitute some of my favorite ingredients to make it sugar free, healthy and delicious. For this brownie I use einkorn flour, monksweet+ with stevia as well as walnuts for crunch and chocolate chips for an extra pop of chocolate.
I use earth balance spread instead of butter, but feel free to modify this sugar-free brownie as you see fit. The only caveat is you have to use a sugar-free sweetener instead of sugar. This brownie is not cakey or too dense, it has a soft crumb with just enough chew. It’s delicious with a bowl of vegan ice cream (sugar-free of course!).
Yes, You Can Have Your Dessert And Eat It Too
No matter what way of eating you follow, there’s always room for dessert. Even if you are diabetic, you can still enjoy dessert. You can modify almost any dessert recipe to make it sugar free and healthier. I’ve only offered but a few of the possibilities in this post, but the possibilities are endless and limited only by your imagination.
Do you have a favorite dessert recipe that you don’t enjoy anymore because of sugar or another forbidden ingredient? Let me know and we can work together to come up with a version of your dessert recipe that you can enjoy. Until then, Happy Eating!