And I might have said on occasion that I didn’t understand why non-chocolate desserts even existed. Ok, I definitely said that.
But as I continue to read all the studies linking sugar to disease, I try to eat less sugar. Not no sugar – I still don’t want to miss a fabulous piece of chocolate cake – but definitely less. In fact for the past two Monday-through-Friday work weeks, I’ve skipped all sweet treats, including those that are technically paleo but trigger sugar cravings for me.
(Geeky details, if you are curious: I have avoided dried fruit and honey, which my body reads as straight up sugar. I certainly didn’t have dark chocolate with any sugar; I love that stuff and won’t stop until the bar is done. I did chose to eat whole fruits and unsweetened cocao powder since I don’t feel like I ever overindulge in either of those. )
But even when I am avoiding sugar, I still want a little after-dinner treat. So I’ve been making – and really digging — these super low sugar desert options. These recipes have been floating around paleo-ville for a little while, but I want to share them with you in case you are thinking of cutting back on sugar and looking for good options.
Two quick notes:
- All photographs are from the blogger who posted the recipe – not me. Dang fine photographs too!
- These recipes are starting points for sure. I’ve tweaked them around when I make them – changed proportions, swapped ingredients, omitted things. Some modifications have been better than others but they all worked fine for satisfying my need for an after-meal indulgence.
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Recipe: Green Apple and Coconut Treats
Summary: Add cinnamon and other tasty things to coconut oil. Let it harden in the freezer.
Possible variations: Add berries, nuts and shredded coconut. Mix in almond butter and/or cocoa powder.
Main point to remember: Anything that sort of looks like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup feels like a treat.
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Recipe: Lemony Carrot Apple Bombs
Blogger: Urban Poser
Summary: Mash fruits and carrots with almond butter and form into balls.
Possible variations: She lists mentions a few in her post — vary carrot and apple proportions, make them without the popsicle sticks so they are just little balls.
Main point to remember: Carrots are sweeter than you think.
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Recipe: Chocolate Chia Pudding
Blogger: Ancestral Chef
Central theme: Soak chia seeds in coconut milk until they get all pudding like.
Possible variations: So many! Add fruit. Don’t add cocoa. Mix in pumpkin puree. Blend until smooth.
Takeaway: Chia seeds are strangely delicious.