If youre trying to avoid refined sugar, you might think dessert is off the table. After all, not only do so many store-bought sweets use it, its also present in so many recipes. Well, fear not €” we can still indulge in sweet treats, even without the help of refined sugar. So first, what counts as a refined sugar? White granulated sugar and powdered sugar, also known as confectioners sugar, are both refined sugars. High fructose corn syrup, which is found in most candies and sodas, is also a refined sugar. It can be difficult to avoid these products, especially if you have a sweet tooth (we know we do). But, there are plenty of alternatives out there like maple syrup, agave nectar, stevia, and fruit €” ah, natures candy!
We love using fruit as a sweetener and there are so many ways to use it to make delicious and decadent desserts. Medjool dates are a popular choice because of their rich, gooey texture and their caramel-like flavor. Bananas are another great option. Not only can they be used to sweeten baked goods, they also act as an egg replacer and they can be used to make ice cream, like in this Banana, PB, and Chocolate Ice Cream. Just like there are so many different ways to sweeten desserts without refined sugars, there are also so many different desserts you can make by using only fruit! Try these 15 naturally sweet desserts that are 100 percent vegan and include no added sugar!
1. Peanut Butter and Jelly Cups
These Peanut Butter and Jelly Cups are ridiculously simple to make and absolutely delightful. It starts with a peanut butter shell. Then, comes the juicy berry chia jam stuffed inside. And finally, another layer of the creamy peanut butter shell. A little salty, a little sweet, and a lot of delicious. Refined sugar-free, too!
2. Blueberry Lime Cheesecake With a Cookie Crust
This Blueberry Lime Cheesecake With a Cookie Crust might be the best cheesecake youll ever have. Its extremely creamy, not overwhelmingly sweet or tangy, and it has a stay-in-place crust that will let you cut beautiful, picture-esque slices. The batter for the filling tastes like a vanilla milkshake, so be sure to taste-test before you pop it in the refrigerator.
3. Coconut Kiwi Pops
Homemade popsicles are the perfect, effortless snack for the warmer season. These Coconut Kiwi Pops contain pink dragonfruit, coconut milk, banana, kiwis, and a squeeze of lime. The results? An amazingly fruity, refreshing, colorful, affordable, and healthy snack!
4. Lemon Lavender Truffle Bites
Looking for a delicious snack without the refined sugar? Try these Lemon Lavender Truffle Bites! Sweetened with Medjool dates, this decadent bites of goodness are made from cashews, fresh lemon juice, and culinary lavender. Citrus combined with lavender is a definite win-win.
5. Raw Salted Caramel Slices
Decadent and creamy, its hard to believe these Raw Salted Caramel Slices are refined sugar-free! These bars consist of three layers: an almond crust, cashew vanilla filling, and a rich, fig-based caramel topping. Best part is, you can enjoy them in two ways, soft and velvety or slightly frozen for a refreshing summer treat!
6. Chocolate Mug Cake
You have to be a hardcore chocolate lover to fully appreciate the beauty of this Chocolate Mug Cake. Decadent and chocolatey, it cooks in under five minutes and can be made sugar-free. Keep your pantry stocked with these ingredients because never again will you have a sudden chocolate craving that goes unsatisfied.
7. Date Plum Sorbet
Fresh, juicy, red plums blended smooth with flavorful, sweet, and nutritious dates churned into a delicious frozen treat! Instead of sugar or any other sweetener, Medjool dates are used to bring a natural sweetness to this Date Plum Sorbet. This is a frozen treat you can indulge in on a hot summer morning and feel good about it.
8. Sugar-Free Turmeric Power Bars
These Turmeric Power Bars contain no added sugars or syrups €” the only sweetener is bananas! This makes them the perfect treat for when youre trying to cut back on sugar. Turmeric gives them their golden color, but with goji berries raisins, peanut butter, cinnamon, and nuts acting as the base, the taste is undetectable. Grab one of these on your way out the door so you have a tasty, filling snack on hand.
9. Oil-Free Black Forest Cake
Black Forest cakes are just about as indulgent of a dessert as you can get. This Oil-Free Black Forest Cake is made with layers of chocolate-cherry cake, with thickened coconut cream, and cherry chia jam sandwiched in between. You wont believe this decadent cake is wheat-free, refined sugar-free, and oil-free!
10. Mano Ginger Popsicles
These three-ingredient Mango Ginger Popsicles are perfect for the summer! Refreshing mango, gingery zing, and almond milk come together in these tasty and super easy-to-make treats. These babies need to be set in the freezer for at least four hours, but believe us, its worth it!
11. No-Bake Strawberry Cream Pie
Strawberries and coconut cream are truly a match made in heaven. Super easy, super healthy, and super delicious, this No-Bake Strawberry Cream Pie is made from under five ingredients. This is the beauty of raw desserts, they do not take long to make and they are pretty darn good for you.
12. Hot Fudge Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cakes
These individual Hot Fudge Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cakes are completely raw, gluten-free, sugar-free! Made with only a handful of all-natural ingredients, these summer treats are both delicious and guilt-free. Creamy peanut butter banana ice cream sits on a grain-free chocolate crust and its all topped with a rich peanut butter hot fudge. These cakes are so good, you wont want to share €” good thing its single-serve.
13. Raw Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake
Celebrate summer with this gorgeous Raw Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake! It starts with a no-bake crust made from dates and almonds. Its then topped with a creamy, tart lemon cheesecake filling, followed by a layer of raspberry cheesecake. As a bonus, both layers of this cheesecake are made vibrant through use of natural food coloring!
14. 4-Layer Blackberry Jam and Chocolate Crumble Bars
These melt-in-your-mouth Blackberry Jam and Chocolate Crumble Bars are made up of four amazing layers €” its sweet, chocolatey, and even a little spicy. The base is made from sweet potatoes and dates, giving it a soft, slightly chewy texture with a flavor similar to caramel. The second layer is blackberry jam with a pinch of cayenne pepper and black pepper to give it more character. The chocolatey layer uses the caramel-y date layer to make rich and fudgy chocolatey goodness and its all topped with an easy oat crumble.
15. Blueberry Pie Ice Cream
Pie? Ice cream? Pie in ice cream?! Wait, wait, wait. Isnt this the kind of stuff dreams are made of? This Blueberry Pie Ice Cream is dairy-free, paleo friendly, and theres no added sweetener €” just a few dates. Best of all, you need no ice cream maker to whip up this delicious summertime treat.