Refined Sugar-Free Desserts Allow You to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too

Don’t disappoint your sweets-loving guests—get savvy about sugar-free desserts

Don’t sugarcoat it—most people love sweets a little more than they should. They’re forever a great crowd pleaser, and the scrumptious stuff of pomp and circumstance at events, instantly spreading cute joy throughout a room. But as folks are generally becoming more health conscious, chefs are turning away from refined sugars and toward healthier, natural alternatives, such as fruit (fructose), honey, maple syrup and agave.

Fruit juice: Fructose, the sugar fruit makes, carries so many vitamins and antioxidants, you’d be silly to avoid it.

Honey: Though it contains glucose, it has more types of sugar than the refined stuff, so your body works hard to break it down, meaning you accumulate fewer calories.

Maple syrup: It largely skips all the factory refinement sugar goes through, preserving its trace minerals in the final product.

Agave: Made from the same plant used to make tequila, it’s beloved for its lower glucose levels than sugar, so it doesn’t spike blood sugar as much.

Here are three desserts that allow you to have your cake and eat it, too.

Raspberry Lemon Mini Vegan Cheesecakes: Ella Leché, blogger and author of Cut the Sugar cookbook, offers this scrumptious raw, gluten-free, Paleo and sugar-free cheesecake.

Mint Chocolate Chunk Nicecream: This delicious “nicecream” (aka, a frozen dessert made without dairy, eggs or sugar) from Feasting on Fruit rivals any traditional ice cream on the market.  

Chocolate Cake: In this version by 101 Cookbooks, everyone’s favorite—chocolate cake—dodges the dreaded s-word with maple syrup, without sacrificing any of the flavor.