Here are some delicious, sugar free desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth, without any added white sugar or other harmful artificial sweeteners. If you or someone in your family has recently been diagnosed with diabetes, here are a few healthy dessert recipes for you to enjoy.
Remember the packaged cake mixes that you could mix right in the pan? Well here is something almost as simple, except that it is a much healthier version. Your family will never know that this moist cake is made without any sugar at all.
1 cup dates
1 cup water
1/4 cup sunflower oil
1 banana (squished with a fork)
1 egg slightly beaten
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Place the dates and water in a small pot. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, simmer and stir with a wooden spoon, until thick and smooth. Remove from heat and let cool. If not smooth, purée in a blender, then transfer to a bowl.
Mix in the oil, banana, egg and vanilla.
For a vegan version you can omit the egg. The cake will be a little more dense.
Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, add the date mixture and mix gently with a fork.
Pour into a lightly oiled 8”x8” square pan and cook at 350º for 25 to 30 minutes.
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup chopped figs
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped apricots
1/3 cup first cold-pressed sunflower oil
3/4 cup ripe banana purée
Mix all ingredients in this order.
Press into an oiled 8x8 inch pan.
Cook at 350 F for 20 minutes.
Cut while still warm.
Have you ever read the ingredients on a box of jello? A little scary! It is easy to make sugar free homemade jello.
2 cups fruit juice
1/2 cup or more fruit
1 tbsp agar agar flakes or 1 1/2 tsp agar agar powder
Heat the juice in a saucepan, do not boil. Add in the agar agar flakes and stir over low heat for 5 minutes. Pour 1/2 into a bowl, add the fruit and pour the rest over the top. Cover and chill in the fridge for 3 to 4 hours.
Agar agar is a sea vegetable derived from red seaweed. You can find it at your health food store. It is rich in iodine and trace minerals.
Avoid the following fruits - kiwi, pineapple, papaya, mango and peaches - as they contain enzymes which break down the gelling ability.