Added sugar plays a big role in most holiday treats, like cookies, candy, and pies. But all that extra sugar is terrible for your skin, heart, and teeth—and diabetic patients have even more to worry about. The following recipes get their sweetness from natural ingredients like sweet potatoes and berries—not the powdery white stuff that comes in a bag. That way, you can get your sugar fix just like the rest of the family, without feeling like you’re missing out.
These flourless brownies from Running With Spoons get their sweetness from sweet potatoes and a couple teaspoons of honey. They’re also grain-free, oil-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free, making them a perfect choice to satisfy everyone at your holiday table, dietary restrictions or no.
Yes, it’s possible to make fudge without any sugar. This amazing fudge recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie contain just two tablespoons of honey (or maple syrup), as well as coconut butter and an overripe banana. Get your chocolate fix without worrying about your teeth!
Lumpia is a delicious Filipino treat traditionally made with pork or another meat filling. In this sweet take on the classic, the Lumpia is made with toasted coconut butter and bananas, making it taste a whole lot like Nutella crepes without the sugar content. Get the recipe here.
Tart cranberries are the perfect complement to sweet, fresh cherries in this super easy recipe. No one ever needs know it’s both flourless and sugarless, unless of course you decide to tell them. Get the recipe at Family Fresh Cooking.
Layered desserts aren’t just great for your Instagram. These beautiful dessert bars — made with dates, almonds, and coconut — are good for your body and your smile, too. Get the recipe at Yummy Mummy Kitchen.
The secret in these tart-yet-sweet goodies? A filling made with cauliflower! (Yes, seriously!) While this recipe does call for a ½ cup of maple syrup, we think the abundance of veggies earns it a spot on this list. Tip: If you can’t get your hands on arrowroot starch, corn starch will work just fine.
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