13 Sugar-Free Dessert and Snack Ideas

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Sugar-Free Desserts and Snacks

Written by Melinda Hershey, Health Educator

Put down the ice cream pint! There are better ways to satisfy those pesky sugar cravings. Check out these sweet suggestions for fun, simple desserts and snacks that will leave you feeling satisfied without the sugar crash.

Soft-Serve Banana Ice Cream

Yes, you can make fat-free, sugar-free soft-serve at home! You only need two things: frozen bananas and a food processor. Sweet and simple on its own, you can also top with dark cocoa powder, nuts, or sugar-free caramel sauce before you devour it.

Sugar-Free Blueberry Muffins

These sugar-free muffins make quick, portion-controlled snacks that will bust your sugar craving without wreaking havoc on your waistline. You can easily tweak this simple recipe to suit your tastes and dietary preferences. Don't like white flour? Use whole wheat pastry flour instead. Not crazy about blueberries? Substitute chopped apples, raspberries, or blackberries. The sky's the limit!

Microwaved Baked Apples

Apples are delicious raw, but warming them takes the texture and flavor up a notch and makes for a quick and easy comfort food.

Core an apple and put it in a microwave-safe bowl. Stuff the middle with dried fruit and nuts of your choice and pour a few tablespoons of water over the dried fruit to soften it. Dust the apple with cinnamon (and a sprinkle of artificial sweetener, if desired). Microwave on high until the apple is tender, about 5 minutes, and let it stand for 5 additional minutes before digging in.

Dried Fruit

Love gummy, chewy candies like licorice or gummy bears? Satisfy your cravings with dried fruit instead. It's a great way to get in some nutrients while quelling your sweet tooth. Just beware of portion sizes since dried fruit is highly concentrated, it contains more calories per ounce than fresh fruit. Additionally, make sure to select varieties that say "no sugar added" on the label, as many dried fruits are made with added sweeteners.

Faux Frosty

Skip the drive-thru and whip up a faux frosty at home for a satisfying dessert without the sugar crash later on.

Sugar-Free Candy and Gum

Sugar-free candy is a great way to get a taste of the sweetness you crave without the added sugar and calories. Keep a portion-controlled package of sugar-free sweets on hand to satisfy your cravings in a pinch.

Trail Mix

Trail mix is one of the easiest snacks to throw together. Simply mix up your favorite nuts, dried fruits, and sugar-free cereals and store in an airtight container. Try pretzels, nuts and raisins for a sweet and salty combination, or add in some plain shredded wheat for a boost of sugar-free fiber.

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Love the taste of pumpkin pie but not all the calories? This crustless pumpkin pie recipe is a comforting, sugar-free, and low-fat way to enjoy the health benefits of pumpkin.

Apple Slices with Peanut Butter

A sliced crunchy apple mixed with smooth, creamy peanut butter is always a winning combination. Make sure to choose the natural variety of peanut butter, as conventional brands tend to be filled with hidden sugars. Sprinkle raisins on top for added chewiness!

Mock Kettle Corn

Who doesn't love the classic sweet-and-salty snack combination? Munch on this kettle corn for the crunch and flavor that you crave without all the added sugar and fat.

Luscious Fruit Dip

This dip tastes so decadent that you won't even realize it's sugar-free! It's a great vehicle for fruit, graham crackers, or pretzels. Try experimenting with different flavors of yogurt for even more variety.

Fruit Smoothies

When you make them right, smoothies can feel just as indulgent as milkshakes do--without all the calories. Experiment with your favorite sugar-free yogurts, frozen fruits, fruit juice and/or milks. Most fruit smoothies are so sweet and delicious that they don't even need any added sweetener.

Try this peanut butter-banana smoothie, which is sweetened with honey. To make it completely free of sweeteners, omit the honey and use plain or sugar-free yogurt.

Grilled Strawberry Sandwich

This recipe from Chef Meg makes for a sweet, creamy, and crispy afternoon snack, or a great alternative to sugary stuffed French toast.

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SHAHAI16

7/5/2016 11:15:14 PM

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Some of the recipes seem interesting, but I think it is slightly misleading. I didn't realize most of them would use artificial sweeteners, and fat free products (which usually have sugar added to make them decent). I've been trying to eat more real foods so this wasn't too helpful. I actually can't have artificial sweeteners so it's hard to find good recipes on this site.

CP_BELIEVE

7/5/2016 10:10:36 PM

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The slid show format is not mobile friendly... frustrating. And rather than calling them sugar free it's more like no extra sugar added. A few things look do able but sugar free isn't an appropriate description.

AZSAVAGE34

7/5/2016 6:42:24 PM

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Come on people! Sugars are naturally occurring in foods this article is great for people trying to cut down on the sugar/sweetner intake. All of the comments regarding this is deceitful you all need to understand that if you have been told you can't have sugars due to health reasons you are not going to be able to have anything sweet again. There is no magic sweetner that is going to get you there!

MICHELELAMBERT

7/5/2016 2:50:31 PM

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I am an insulin diabetic and I disagree with your recipes as being sugar free . Fruit and dried fruit have a natural sugar called fructose which is a carbohydrate. Therefore it is not sugar free.

SILLYFILLY7

7/5/2016 1:49:14 PM

I wish that you wouldn't put some of your articles in a slideshow format. Or at least give us the option of reading it as a list, or by the page. I'm sure I have missed some good information because I don't have the time to go through it frame by frame. I hope you will consider this suggestion. It is not difficult to set the web page as either/or. Thank you. (I do appreciate and look forward to your articles and have learned a lot!)

IRAIDA17

7/5/2016 1:16:38 PM

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I was not happy with the artificial sweeteners added some of the recipes. :(

IAGIRL69

7/5/2016 11:30:01 AM

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some were great options but I agree with the others, that there are still sugars and such that are not good for our healthy way of eating. I will stick to what I have been eating i think.

LIFESGREAT2DAY

7/5/2016 8:49:05 AM

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I thought this was going to be a healthy article on desserts and snacks since it said no added sugar. Too bad almost all these ideas are loaded with unhealthy artificial sugar, yikes. One adds honey as the sweeter which is added sugar. But thank you for the article anyway.

JAMIEM28

4/6/2016 12:38:08 PM

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I am glad that there are some people commenting that dried fruit is not sugar free. I am diabetic and I found it's inclusion on your list to be inaccurate. The nutrients and calories in dried fruit are more condensed than in fresh fruit, and so is the sugar. There would be as much sugar in 5 dried strawberries as 5 fresh strawberries, but the dried ones are much smaller, so you tend to eat more. Healthy snacks, just not sugar free. Also, all dried fruit brands are not created equal, and some add sugar or sweeteners to the already concentrated sugars in the fruit itself. It's a snack to be careful with for sure..

MISSNELLZ

3/20/2016 6:22:59 AM

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Great ideas.

VICTORIA691

3/10/2016 11:25:23 AM

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I guess, if it is a bad splurge, or one of these, these are the better choice, even though some of them may not be perfect.

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KIKIATTHELAKE

12/22/2015 5:02:52 PM

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I tried the crustless pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving and we liked it better than a regular pumpkin pie that has a crust. It was delicious. I've made it again since then, too, it's that good! It has some sugar in it, but as with anything, use moderation. There are great suggestions here. Some have artificial sweeteners in them, but Stevia is a good one and some don't have any sweeteners at all. Fruit is always a good choice! And you can find dried fruit without sugar, or make your own in the oven! It doesn't have to be complicated to live with less sugar!

PIDDYCAN

12/22/2015 10:12:25 AM

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dried fruit is loaded with natural sugars and no diabetic or anyone limiting sugars can eat this, it should not be on your list

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