It can be tricky to make delicious desserts without sugar. This is especially true during the Christmas season. There are some yummy variations on traditional sweet delights for the holidays that you can make in your own kitchen. These recipes highlight healthier ways to sweeten desserts instead of loading them with white sugar. Stevia is one natural sweetener that doesn't add extra calories, and today's artificial sweeteners work well in classic recipes. You can even find brands that measure and pour just like sugar.
The rich and creamy textures of many desserts can be reproduced in a sugar-free version, and there are tasty sugar-free variations of baked goods, too. Here are a few ideas: a quick and easy recipe, a classic chocolate dessert and a treat that’s a holiday tradition in many homes. Enjoy!
Cottage cheese is a secret ingredient in many low-carb, low sugar creamy desserts. Of course, there are also some delicious whipped treats that rely heavily on whipped cream, cream cheese and pudding. But don't fret, there are low-fat, sugar-free alternatives. This one is so simple that you can whip it up in minutes, then chill in the fridge for a luscious cold and creamy dessert to have with dinner.
In a blender or food processor, blend the cottage cheese to a smooth consistency. Place the blended cottage cheese in a mixing bowl. Using a whisk, slowly add the gelatin powder. Fold in the lite whipped cream, but don't mix too much.
You can chill this recipe in a decorative bowl, or spoon it into individual serving cups. It looks beautiful in wine glasses with a little bit of lemon zest on top. As a variation, any flavor of gelatin can be used in the recipe.
Makes: 6 Desserts
Calories (each): 180
Fat: 4 g
Carbs: 18 g
Protein: 16 g
This is one of the most sinfully delicious treats you can get in a restaurant, and it's wildly popular on cruises, too. Unfortunately, it's also full of sugar and calories. That's why it's so exciting to find a sugar-free version that has way fewer calories but still tastes divine. You can make it with naturally sweetened sugar-free chocolate or with unsweetened dark chocolate and your own artificial sweetener.
Preheat the oven to 370 degrees. Grease 6 individual ceramic ramekins. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together in a saucepan over low heat, stirring continually. Remove from heat when melted. Mix the artificial sweetener, eggs and yolk together until smooth. Stir in the flour to make the batter. Heat the milk but don't let it boil. Drizzle the warm milk over the batter while whisking vigorously. Evenly fill the 6 cups and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. As soon as a crust forms, use a skewer to check the middle of one of the cakes. Once the inside is molten but not runny, it's time to take them out of the oven.
This isn't a low-fat recipe, but it's a rich chocolate dessert that's completely sugar-free. For best results, the molten lava cakes should be eaten warm from the oven.
Makes: 6 Individual Cakes
Calories (each): 340
Fat: 28 g
Carbs: 36 g
Protein: 12 g
Christmas wouldn't be the same without decorating sugar cookies, but you don't have to use real sugar. These cookies have the same delicious flavor, and you can roll them out and use your Christmas cookie cutters with them just like traditional sugar cookies.
Whisk the butter and stevia until fluffy. Add the egg until blended, then the vanilla. Stir the salt, baking powder and flour together until well mixed. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture, one-half at a time. Refrigerate the dough in plastic wrap for 30 minutes. Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut out cookie shapes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, then bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until golden. Decorate with sugar-free icing.
For edible Christmas ornaments use a skewer to poke a hole in each cookie. Once they're cool, thread each hole with narrow ribbon and tie them to the Christmas tree.
Makes: 24 Cookies
Calories (per cookie): 80
Fat: 3 g
Carbs: 8 g
Protein: 1 g