No disrespect to Mary Poppins, but a spoonful of sugar is the last thing we need. In the age of the paleo, keto, and low-carb diets, refined sugars are a big no-no. There are tons of amazing sugar-free desserts out there that won’t make you miss the sweetener one bit. Check out these delectable dessert recipes that will have you saying buh-bye to sugar, and hello to flavor instead.
Until the 16th century, no European had ever heard of the popular drink from the Central American peoples. Christopher Columbus and his son Ferdinand encountered the cacao bean on Columbus's fourth mission to the Americas on 15 August 1502, when he and his crew seized a large native canoe that proved to contain cacao beans among other goods for trade. Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés may have been the first European to encounter it, as the frothy drink was part of the after-dinner routine of Montezuma. Jose de Acosta, a Spanish Jesuit missionary who lived in Peru and then Mexico in the later 16th century, wrote of its growing influence on the Spaniards:
These sugar free desserts are so rich and flavorful that you won’t even know that there’s no sugar added! From decadent chocolate chia pudding and avocado mousse to colorful fruit tarts and healthy cookies, all of these recipes are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth while maintaining a healthy diet. Plus they’re all gluten free, paleo and grain free as well!
Less sugar means better digestive function for most people, since sugar feeds “bad bacteria” that can thrive in the gut. The result of a diet too high in sugar and carbs can mean the development of candida virus, IBS and worsened symptoms of leaky gut syndrome. Plenty of vegetables, quality proteins and healthy fats, on the other hand, can act like fat-burning foods that also help nourish the digestive tract and reduce bacterial growth.
That’s a great question and I’m sorry to say that I don’t have a scientific answer for you. I can only say this: When you add water to cocoa powder, you get a liquid or goo consistency, not a solid. I can only imagine – and this is just an educated guess, since I’m not a food scientist! – that that means that cocoa powder doesn’t have enough saturated fat to hold the chocolate together, so adding more, via coconut oil, provides the structure of the chocolates. Again, just a guess, but from decades of experience baking with cocoa powder, I can tell you that it alone is not a sufficient source of saturated fat to create the rich, solid mass we consider to be good chocolate. I’ll bet if you googled a little, you could find a more scientific answer! 🙂
Yay, another kiwi has discovered my website xxx I tend to shop mainly at New World and buy seeds, nuts, almond meal etc when they are discounted. The bulk bins are fine, but check the price per 100g, sometimes they are not as good value as regular packets that are “on special”. I also buy my veggies form the fruit and veg shops when I am near them, I find the supermarkets to be incredibly overpriced generally. Good luck and enjoy all the new recipes here. 🙂
An extreme form of low-carbohydrate diet – the ketogenic diet – is established as a medical diet for treating epilepsy. Through celebrity endorsement it has become a popular weight-loss fad diet, but there is no evidence of any distinctive benefit for this purpose, and it risks causing a number of side effects. The British Dietetic Association named it one of the "top 5 worst celeb diets to avoid in 2018".
Hi Mel, Assuming that your ranch dressing doesn’t have sugar added, you don’t need to worry too much about limiting it, but within reason. This is my homemade ranch dressing recipe, which has 0.9g net carbs per 2-tbsp serving. It would be hard to find a store bought one with much less than that, even though some round anything less than 1g down to 0g, which isn’t truly accurate. Also, keep in mind that if weight loss is your goal, some people find that too much dairy can cause a stall. Finally, make sure you aren’t using all your “available” carbs on ranch dressing – have it with some low carb veggies!
Hi Stacey, I can’t give medical advice and definitely recommend following your doctor’s recommendations. You can ask him/her if low carb would be better suited for you. Also, you may want to double check with him/her if the kidney concern was related to high protein, because that is a common misconception about keto – it is not a high protein diet/lifestyle.
I keep using xylitol because we tolerate it well and it’s cheaper. Even though it does raise blood sugar levels, it is minimal so I figure it’s an ok compromise. I have melted down baking chocolate and sweetened it with xylitol but haven’t used it to bake because one recipe I read pointed out that it will melt and run all over the place but still have good flavor (in something like chocolate chip cookies). My kids don’t need any help making chocolate messy! Recently, I’ve been making coconut oil candies that I sweeten with a simple syrup made with xylitol. Since it’s made with cocoa powder it doesn’t seize. We can leave it out of the fridge for 10-15 mins before we need to chill it again. I’ve also mixed in shredded coconut and just poured it in a dish and cut it into squares or eaten it with a spoon at room temperature. That’s great for satisfying the need for a sweet treat but I love the idea of cocoa butter to firm up the chocolate so you can bake with it and eat it at room temperature. I think those benefits might make it easy to live with a little crunch from the sweetener. Going to order some cocoa butter now!
"Soups have a high water content, which means they fill your stomach for very few calories," says Rolls. Broth-based bean soups, in particular, contain a hefty dose of fiber and resistant starch -- a good carb that slows the release of sugar into the bloodstream -- to make that full feeling really stick. "Once in the stomach, fiber and water activate stretch receptors that signal that you aren't hungry anymore," Rolls says. All this for a measly 150 calories per cup.
Then don’t give up the fruit! Go for it. You sound like a fit and active person within the normal weight range. Generally the advice is to stay off excessive fruit, and high sugar fruit especially if people are overweight or have other health issues, then in that case fruit is not your friend. But with everything, eat within your personal carb limitations and eat to what is appropriate to you. Whole fruit is somewhat self limiting due to the fibre and water anyhow. You obviously have worked out a fabulous routine and it is working, so why change, stick with it Tom and enjoy 🙂
Thank you, Paula! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipes. Sometimes sunflower seed flour (which is basically finely ground sunflower seeds) can work as an almond flour replacement, but it depends on the recipe. It should work fine for this one (I haven’t tried it, but think it would). I also have recipes categorized by diet type on my Recipe Index page, which includes a nut-free section. Hope that helps, too!
A great selection of our best tasting & most popular sugar free chocolates! Sugar Free Chocolate Lover’s Assortment: This is our best-selling assortment because it has the most delicious mix of our favorite chocolates! Our box is packed full of a little bit of everything. Although the mix is always changing, you will always receive a selection of the following: tempting turtles, luscious meltaways, creams and caramels, tantalizing truffles, and maybe even a chocolate-dipped cookie or two!. Of course, we always try to include milk, dark and white chocolates in this selection. We hope you enjoy our “solid brick” of sugar free chocolates, guaranteed to satisfy the most discriminating palate. Please be aware that we measure by weight, not by piece count. This product contains nuts. Ingredients: Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Lactitol, Maltitol, Cocoa Butter, Butter, Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Palm Kernal Oil, Wheat, Pecans, Cashews, Vegetable Oil, Malt, Sodium, Natural & Artificial Flavors. Serving Size 40 g (2 large or 3 small pcs) Calories: 220 Total carbs 28g Sugar Alcohols 25g Fiber <1g Sodium 90 mg Total Fat 16g Allergy Information: Shares Equipment with Products Containing Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Milk, Egg and Wheat Assortment subject to change to reflect daily inventory changes...
Sugar is addictive and has dramatic effects on the brain, especially when it comes to increasing cravings, anxiety and fatigue. On the other hand, certain kinds of healthy fats, including cholesterol, act like antioxidants and precursors to some important brain-supporting molecules and neurotransmitters that control learning, memory, mood and energy. Your brain is largely made up of fatty acids and requires a steady stream of fats from your diet in order to perform optimally.
My numbers are all excellent. Take a look at my page on the cholesterol myth where I summarise some fabulous books on the subject. Once you go low carb, your triglycerides drop, HDL goes up and LDL becomes the larger fluffy type instead of the small oxidised destructive type. This is an incredible simplification but have a read and see what you think.
A low-carbohydrate diet has been found to reduce endurance capacity for intense exercise efforts, and depleted muscle glycogen following such efforts is only slowly replenished if a low-carbohydrate diet is taken. Inadequate carbohydrate intake during athletic training causes metabolic acidosis, which may be responsible for the impaired performance which has been observed.
Christy, I love this dessert and am so happy you liked it, too. I have found that the xanthan gum stabilizes the whipped cream enough to be good for about 5 days. It does make it stiff and it’s a little tricky smoothing it over the pudding layer. I just go slowly and gently. Just so you know, my recipe card has a recipe scale function. Hover over the serving size and slide it to how many servings you would like to make. It is very handy. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and let me know how much you liked the recipe. -Kim
You probably hear the most about low-carb eating for weight loss, but for some people, the approach could also help optimize their health, says Schmidt. “Research shows that women who are obese or have metabolic problems [may] do better hormonally on lower carbs,” says Schmidt, pointing out that other outcomes of the diet can include better sleep, mental clarity, and increased satiety. (1)
Please note that I am not a medical or nutritional professional. I am simply recounting and sharing my own experiences on this blog. Nothing I express here should be taken as medical advice and you should consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I provide nutritional information for my recipes simply as a courtesy to my readers. It is calculated using MacGourmet software and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count, as it does not affect my own blood glucose levels. I do my best to be as accurate as possible but you should independently calculate nutritional information on your own before relying on them. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.
Think about it: That tablespoon of maple syrup in your salad dressing, the honey in your Asian-inspired stir-fry sauce, the generous drizzle of ketchup on your burger. Despite many people’s best efforts, that sugar still manages to creep into so many healthy dinner dishes. But meals can be just as tasty and easy to make without the slightest hint of added sweetener. We’ve rounded up 25 added-sugar-free dinners proving just that.
The film originally included Zen watching scenes from Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan movies (in addition to Tony Jaa), but these scenes were eventually cut due to licensing problems. These licensing problems also caused other scenes to be removed from the original movie. The ice factory scene was originally shot as a split screen of Zen imitating the exact same moves she had seen Bruce Lee do in a fight scene from the movie The Big Boss (1971). It showed a clip of Bruce Lee doing his fight moves at the same time as Zen was mimicking Bruce Lee's moves. The warehouse scene was shot in a similar fashion, but this time it showed a split screen of Zen imitating Jackie Chan, wherein she would do her interpretation of a Jackie Chan fight routine. Eventually not only were the split screen scenes removed, but any scenes that involved Zen performing moves that too closely resembled fight sequences from Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan movies were all cut as well. The original full version that included these scenes has not been released anywhere in Thailand. See more »
One of the main elements sugar adds to cookie recipes is, of course, sweetness. When you’re baking with sucralose or SITR, less is more, as they tend to be about twice as sweet as sugar. Sugar free cookie recipes for diabetics often contain far less sweetener than their full-sugar equivalents, and this is not a mistake. If you like your cookies extra-sweet, feel free to add a little more; unlike sugar, which changes form when exposed to high heat, sucralose and SITR don’t need to be measured precisely for the finished product to come out well. Their main function in sugar free cookie recipes is to add sweetness, and they have little impact on the rising, spreading, or texture of the finished cookie.