Christmas is just around the corner, and everyone is already making their Christmas meal plans. Calories are important, so that’s why we are making a 5 sugar-free recipes so you don’t worry about that calorie count.
When it comes to desserts, it’s hard to think of a way to make them healthy without compromising flavor.
Replacing the sugar in Christmas desserts with natural sweeteners is one way to make a healthier dessert.
Considering that just one cup of sugar contains as much as 774 calories, you’ll also be reducing the calorie count by skipping sugar this Christmas.
Plus we are concerned about saving your teeth this holiday season. To help you do just that, here are 5 easy-to-make sugarless Christmas desserts.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Whole Grain Scones
These healthy scones are great for several reasons.
Firstly, the recipe calls for whole-grain pastry flour instead of refined grain.
Studies on whole grains show that they reduce your risk of chronic illness and help with weight control.
Secondly, they’re sweetened with stevia powder instead of sugar.
Stevia is a plant-derived sweetener with zero calories, and that was scientifically proven to be safe for human consumption.
And lastly, they’re made with pumpkin, and who doesn’t love pumpkin?
If you choose a sweet pumpkin variety such as butternut squash or Hokkaido pumpkin, you can reduce the amount of stevia in your scones.
One serving of these delicious pumpkin-flavored scones contains just around 30 calories for guiltless indulgence.
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tablespoon stevia powder
- 5 tablespoons cold butter cut into 1/4 inch pieces
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk of choice I used 1%.
- 1 cup pure pumpkin1
- /2 cup chocolate chips I use sugar-free
Paleo Ginger-Snap Balls
If your Christmas diet plan involves healthy eating, then this paleo, vegan, and a gluten-free recipe that is healthy in more ways than we can count, may be just what you are looking for.
To make these aromatic truffle-like deserts, you’ll need some pumpkin seeds, ground flaxseed, dried raisins and apricots, a vanilla bean, and spices.
The recipe yields 24 delicious balls and takes around 45 minutes to prepare.
Store them in the fridge for up to two weeks that is if you have any left following Christmas day which is unlikely to happen considering how delicious these treats are.
- 1 cup raw shelled pumpkin seeds
- ⅓ cup finely ground flax seed
- 2 cups packed unsweetened raisins
- 12 dried apricots
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
Christmas just isn’t the same without the eggnog, but how do you make one without the eggs? Well, this delicious, healthy, and sugar-free recipe uses cashew nuts as a substitute for eggs.
Cashew nuts are rich in tryptophan, magnesium, and vitamin B6 which is why they’re believed to be great in relieving anxiety. When soaked, they give a fluffy texture similar to cooked eggs.
The sweetness in this eggnog comes from the added Medjool dates, and the drink is flavored with rum, vanilla, and nutmeg.
The recipe also calls for coconut milk instead of dairy milk.
This very healthy and enticingly textured recipe yields a total of 14 servings and is almost like the real thing.
- 3/4-1 cup raw cashews, soaked for 30 minutes
- 2 cups fresh water
- 1 15 oz. can of full-fat coconut milk
- 6 Medjool dates pitted
- 1 tsp. Kahlua or vanilla extract
- 3 Tbsp. spiced rum (optional)
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum (optional)
Sugar-Free Gingerbread Men
Gingerbread men are everyone’s Christmas favorite.
But you’re probably under the impression that you can’t make these cute cookies without brown sugar.
Well, this amazing recipe replaces the sugar with just ¼ of a cup of Erythritol, and it also calls for Almond flour instead of regular flour. Of course, you can’t make gingerbread cookies without the spices.
This recipe takes a traditional approach in this regard with vanilla, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ground cloves to entice your senses. The recipe yields 10 large gingerbread cookies and takes 25 minutes to make.
The almond flour will give these cookies plenty of nutritional value, and we suggest limiting yourself to one gingerbread man. One cookie can have up to 180 calories, so they may not be a part of the best diet plan.
Nevertheless, they’re still pretty healthy.
- 2 cups Almond flour
- 1 tbsp Cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp gluten-free baking powder
- 1/4 cup Erythritol
- 1/4 cup butter (softened)
- 1 large Egg
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
Chocolate Lava Cake
To make these lava cakes, you’ll need 4 greased ramekins. Also, make sure not to over-bake them to avoid your cakes from becoming too dry.
To make the cakes, you’ll also need dark chocolate, butter, milk, eggs, buckwheat flour, cornflour, and the very healthy stevia powder as a sweetener.
The antioxidant-rich dark chocolate and gluten-free buckwheat flour make this recipe healthy, but they’re still big on the calories with an individual lava cake containing over 400 calories.
So, make sure to serve a light Christmas meal if you are considering serving these lava cakes to your guests.
- 7 oz unsweetened 100 % cocoa chocolate or 85% dark chocolate (200 g)
- 4.2 oz butter or coconut oil (120 g)\
- 4 whole eggs
- 1 egg yolk
- 2.1 oz swerve or natural sugar-free sweetener Natvia in NZ or Truvia in Europe (60 g)
- 1 oz cornflour (30 g)
- 1 oz buckwheat flour (30 g)
- 1/4 cup coconut milk or milk of your choice (60 ml)
Christmas would not be complete without an enticing dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Luckily, you don’t have to rely on the highly fattening and very unhealthy sugar to satisfy your cravings. There are many substitutes out there for refined sugar, some of which you can find in the recipes provided here.
Dried fruits, stevia, honey, molasses, and agave are some options you can consider.
But keep in mind that just because a desert does not contain refined sugar that does not mean that it is low in calories, however, it will help keep your teeth sugar free. Just remember to brush them after your big dinner and you’ll be alright.
Happy Holidays and remember if during the holidays you suffer for any dental problem, don’t worry contact us and we will help you!