Desserts

’ Tis the Season for Sweets

Make the holidays merry, bright—and sweet—with these low- and no-sugar desserts.

Holiday sweets can add up to unwanted carbohydrates. But there is a way to have your cake and eat it too with ingredients that won’t spike blood sugar. We’ve come up with some memorable treats to add to your recipe files that use sugar-free sweeteners, low-glycemic sweeteners, and low- and no-carbohydrate flours. Not getting together with family this year? You can still share the joy of holiday desserts! Wrap them up and leave on friends’ and family members’ doorsteps.

Best Sugar Alternatives

Erythritol, monkfruit, stevia, inulin, and allulose work best in these recipes. When the recipe calls for confectioners’ sweetener, try using your blender to pulverize the no-calorie granulated sweeteners into a fine powder.

Spice Apple and Zucchini Cake

Spice Apple & Zucchini Cake Recipe
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This moist, family-friendly, gluten-free cake is ideal for small family gatherings. This works with all-purpose flour as well as an all-purpose gluten-free flour (with xanthan gum).

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Lime Cheesecake with Lime Curd

Lime Cheesecake with Lime Curd
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Key lime cheesecakes are a tart, fresh way to brighten up the cold winter months.

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Dark and Dreamy Sugar-Free Chocolate Cake

Dark & Dreamy Sugar-Free Chocolate Cake
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You might not want to tell anyone this is a gluten-free, sugar-free chocolate cake. They will never know. At the very least, wait until the plates are cleaned.

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Pecan Almond Orange Cinnamon Biscotti

Pecan Almond Biscotti
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You will love dunking these crispy cookies in your morning coffee. The recipe works well with almond flour alone or a mixture of both pecan and almond.

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Italian Pine Nut Cookies

Italian Pine Nut Cookies
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Almond paste gives these Italian treats a moist rich center. The recipe can be easily doubled.

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