Healthy Sweet Tooth Solutions

If you have an overactive sweet tooth like me, there’s a good chance your sugar habit has left you feeling a fair amount of guilt from time to time. Thankfully, healthy sweet tooth solutions are available to make it possible to have your cake and eat it too, without feeling bad about it the next morning. If you’re looking to clean up your dessert repertoire, here are a few tips you can implement in the kitchen, as well as a few darn good (and relatively guilt-free) recipes I picked up over the years.

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Sugar Substitutes

Cane sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners should not be your sweeteners of choice. The first two are high in calories, have high glycemic loads, and have no nutritive value; simply put, they will spike your blood sugar levels (inevitable energy crash to follow), and over time, can damage your pancreas as it struggles to make insulin (leading to Type 2 diabetes, strokes, kidney failure, and other ailments). Artificial sweeteners are synthetic products whose long-term affects haven’t been definitively proven. The FDA attempted to ban Saccharin in 1977, for example, because they had evidence that it caused cancer in animals. There are several natural sweeteners with lower glycemic indices, fewer calories, and more vitamins and minerals. Some of the best sugar substitutes include (click each sugar substitute for a recipe conversion chart):

Stevia 

Honey 

Agave Nectar

Maple Syrup

Molasses

Butter/Shortening/Vegetable Oil Substitutes

Many people are negatively affected by dairy, even if they haven’t been diagnosed as lactose intolerant. The oils listed above are laden with calories, and are high in polyunsaturated fats. Here are a few alternatives:

Coconut Oil (Use in equal amounts)

Apple Sauce (Replace half the butter in your recipe with applesauce)

Avocado (Replace half the butter in your recipe with avocado0

Silken Tofu (1c butter = ½ c tofu)

Cannellini or Black Beans (Replace half the butter in your recipe with pureed beans)

Dates (Use in equal amounts)

Other Ideas

-Use less frosting

-Try more fruit desserts

-Add flavor (without calories) by using more seasonings (almond extract, vanilla extract, cinnamon, etc.)

-Use 25% less sweetener than what the recipe calls for

-Use whole wheat flour or grain-less flour (ie: coconut, almond, or hazelnut) over white flour

-Use high-quality dark chocolate (it has less sugar, and a little bit goes a long way)

Here are a few healthy dessert recipes to get you started:

Paleo-ish Molten Lava Chocolate Cake

Light Swag Bars

No Bake Coconut Crack Bars

 Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs

Watermelon Granita

Carrot Cake Bites

Paleo Summer Crunch Trifles

Healthy Nutella

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