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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12/7/2013 1:07:58 AM

JUJUBEAN90's SparkPage
These are some great ideas... though some dried fruit have more sugar in them than some sugary things do so you have to be careful about eating them.


11/21/2013 12:03:01 AM

Yummy :)


9/7/2013 10:15:38 PM

I just ate a 1/2 cup of Cabot 4% cottage cheese mixed with a 1/2 cup of fresh cut-up strawberries. Mmmm, mmmm good!


8/21/2013 9:12:09 PM

GSCHOCK's SparkPage
All easy delicious ideas, thank you


3/1/2013 8:01:51 AM

None of these are truly "sugar free" -- fruit has sugar! Dried fruit and bananas are especially high in sugar, so if you're watching your intake, skip them and stick to berries. Sugar-free candy is often made with sugar alcohols, which can be very rough on some people's digestive systems.


12/6/2012 2:06:54 AM

EBELLA9's SparkPage
There's 2 things i have absolutely no limit on: Fruits, and Vegetables. So this is great.


11/21/2012 8:18:03 PM

I agree about the artificial sweeteners. I have a very low tolerance to them and I do not use them. I used to have severe stomach problems and after listening to a friend talk about the problems she had with artificial sweeteners I decided to check myself out. I used to use sweeteners in my morning coffee and by the time I got to work would be doubled over in pain. Stopped the sweeteners and the pain went away.


9/23/2012 9:43:10 AM

Many of the recipes have a high glycemic index. I find that carbs prevent me from losing weight whether they are simple sugars or compex carbs. Therefore I wouldn't use many of the ingrediants in these recipes. Cool whip has hydrogenated oil in it which is bad for heart health. Carbs should represent no more than 7% of your daily carb. intake.



9/17/2012 2:46:28 AM

Many of these do appeal, but could trigger my sugar blues and binges if not careful. There is no added sugar, but....

Sometimes i can tolerate this kind of 'snack'/dessert, but others i would just go for too too too much. And then head to the candy aisle.

Gotta be careful.


8/22/2012 9:00:30 PM

JOBINKY's SparkPage
Mostly yuk. None of those things looks even slightly appetizing.


8/21/2012 7:26:41 AM

These are some great ideas. Pretzels have sugar in them, if you are really trying to avoid sugar totally.I found this out after checking those labels.


7/4/2012 10:14:20 AM

MONTREAL12's SparkPage
Love it! Thank-you!


6/25/2012 3:43:45 PM

I use stevia instead of artificial sugar or real sugar. It's completely natural.


6/24/2012 12:55:59 PM

I'd forgotten that baked apples could be so good! I'm off to see if we have any raisins


6/21/2012 10:35:44 AM

Does anyone out there count the sugars in fruit in their daily allowance? I find myself eating lesss fruit than I should, only because if I have used up my amount for the day I don't want to add more. Fresh berries, pineapple and grapes seem so innocent but can they really be bad for you?

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