If you are on a diet, one of the hardest things to give up is sugar. It’s everywhere, and there are so many different types of sugar that it can be hard to pinpoint exactly which type you should eliminate from your diet. When your blood sugar drops below a certain point, your body reacts by reducing your insulin levels, which means you have to turn to other sources of sugar to bring it back up. This is where sugar free treats come into the picture. They give you something else to munch on when you are craving sweets, without all the added sugar that usually goes with them. The problem is, some people cannot completely give up their sugary pastries and cookies, and they are left at a loss as to how to get through the day without bringing that sugar rush home.
One option for a sugar-free treat is to use sugar substitutes instead. Some of these products are more appropriate for people who are on a diet than others, though. You want to make sure the sugar substitute you choose does not come from an actual food, so look for ones that are made from sugar substitute ingredients like corn syrup, fructose, glucose, sucrose, and sucrose. However, if the product is an ingredient you already use in your baking, such as flour, don’t assume it’s sugar free just because it says ‘sugar’ on the label.
Another option for your sugar free treats to make is using raw fruit. Apples, bananas, dates, raisins, and pineapple are all great choices for desserts that feature a natural sweetness without the added sugar. You can also make fudge out of just about any fruit or nut, which is another great way to get your sugar levels back on track without adding any artificial sweeteners. Just be sure you don’t add too much sugar to the fudge mixture, as it will need to keep its natural sweetness. You can refrigerate the fudge to make it better at keeping its natural flavor, but you can eat the fudge right off of the fruit or nut.
Healthy Sugar Free Desserts
Nuts are a great sugar free treat, too, but only when you cook them! Any nut can be used as a base for sugar free cake mix, but cashews are probably the best choice. Almonds have a nice nutty flavor that goes well with just about any dessert. You can bake a chocolate version of almond cake, or dip a plain chocolate bar into the mixture (be sure not to overdo the chocolate sauce). Both of these options are very simple to prepare and taste great.
Peanut butter is another sugar-free treat that comes to mind when you think of sugar-free desserts. Again, it is best to bake these when you are able to, but you can certainly use a store-bought peanut butter cake mix or bars. Again, try to stay away from adding any oil to the mixture, as this will reduce the overall sweetness of the dessert. Again, this is not a very difficult process. Just simply take some of your favorite nuts and lightly toast them.
Sugar free cake mix can also be used in place of regular sugar in sugar free cookies and brownies. When mixing this mix with sugar, be sure to mix the dry ingredients thoroughly. After that, add the wet ingredients and continue to blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy. This may take some time, depending on the consistency of your mix. It’s worth it though, because sugar free cookies and brownies usually taste much better than their traditional sugar counterparts do.
Finally, don’t forget to add any additional sweetener to your sugar free desserts if you like. Adding nutmeg, cinnamon, or baking powder to your sugar free cake mix will add a lot of flavor, without using any extra sugar. It will also add a bit of texture, as the mixture will harden a bit when baking. If you are using a sugar free cake mix that already has some sugar added to it, you can also use a little more sugar free cake mix to ensure a smooth, moist result. It will also help cut down on the amount of time it takes to bake your desserts, which is great for anyone who loves to get out of the kitchen and spends a few hours in the kitchen.
In The End
There are some things you should know before purchasing any sugar free desserts. First of all, check the ingredients. Some brands will say “as is” and that means they are free of additives and other things not in the product. Others, though, are not so transparent and say “containing” something with sugar in it. Either way, make sure you read the label and make sure it says “free from sugar” before purchasing it.