Who doesn’t want a sweet treat now and then? Especially during the holidays, when deserts seem to appear at every turn while celebrating the holidays.
In the last couple of years I’ve had to give up sugar pretty much all together due to health issues. I still wanted to have a fun treat from time to time, so I decided to modify some fun favorites into sugar free options.
Checkout some recipes that you can enjoy during the holidays or any time. A great way to stick with your New Year’s resolution and still have some fun food.
Low Carb Sugar Free Desserts
Low Carb Shortbread Cookies
This is one that I modified from a friend’s Snowball recipe.
- 1/2 cup butter (room temp)
- 1/3 cup Swerve Erythritol sweetener
- 1 Tbsp Water
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2/3 cup coconut flour
- dash salt
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup sugar free chocolate chips (Lily’s stevia sweetened)
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
Mix softened butter and Erythritol sweetener with a hand mixer. Add water and vanilla making sure that all ingredients are mixed thoroughly. In a separate bowl, measure out the coconut flour. Sift the coconut flour with the salt so that coconut flour is no longer lumpy. A little bit at a time, mix dry ingredients into butter mixture using a rubber spatula or a fork until all of the coconut flour has been mixed in uniformly. Add walnuts, chocolate chips, and coconut, mixing them in well. Preheat oven to 300*. I like my cookies to be uniform, so I weigh the dough for each cookie. You can eyeball it if you wish. I use 32 grams of dough for each cookie, shaping it into a round cookie, about 1/2 inch thick. Placed cookies about 1/2 apart on an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake for 16 minutes. Do not brown top. Cookies will not rise. they will be the same size that you shape them into. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet until cool to the touch before you move them to another container. They tend to crumble if moved too soon.
I love to eat these cookies with a hot beverage.
This is a recipe I modified from a coconut pancake recipe. This is one of my favorites.
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup erythritol (Swerve) sweetener
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 4 whole extra large eggs
- 16 oz liquid egg white
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- `1 tsp vanilla
- 100 drops liquid stevia (additional 50 drops if you don’t use erythritol)
- 98 grams Lily’s dark chocolate baking chips
Preheat oven to 350*. Whisk dry ingredients together. (if coconut flour is lumpy, run dry ingredients through a sifter) Set aside. Mix wet ingredients together except coconut oil. Slowly mix wet ingredients into dry ones until blended. Melt coconut oil. Using a hand mixer on low to medium, blend coconut oil into the mix until mixture is smooth. Place 1/3 cup mix into greased (coconut oil spray) silicone muffin cups. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Let stand for a few minutes and pop muffins out of muffin cups.
For chocolate muffin tops, melt dark chocolate (I like to use sugar free dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s) in a double boiler. When chocolate is melted, dip the muffin tops in. Let them sit until chocolate hardens.
For a fun option, add chocolate chips to batter before pouring into muffin cups.
Makes approximately 15 muffins weighing about 72 grams per muffin. 146 calories and 7 grams of protein in each muffin. This does not include the chocolate.
Low Carb Pumpkin Bread/muffins
This recipe comes from modifying a pumpkin muffin recipe. What makes this one so yummy is all the spices.
- 1 cup pure unsweetened pumpkin puree
- 4 large eggs
- 3 Tbsp melted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 2 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1/4 cup dry stevia
- 1/4 cup erythritol
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- If you add a handful of raisins or dates it increases the carbs of this recipe
- For extra texture and nutrition add 75 grams flax seed meal
Preheat oven to 325*. In a large bowl mix (using a hand mixer) pumpkin and melted butter. Then add vanilla and beat in the eggs. Add all spices and salt and blend real well. In a separate bowl whisk together almond flour, stevia powder and erythritol (as well as flax meal if you’re adding it). Stir in dry ingredients and walnuts (as well as dates or raisins) into wet ingredients until well blended. Batter will be thick. Spoon batter into muffin cups or small bread tins. Smooth tops as much as possible. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.
Hi Protein aka Bodybuilder pancakes/muffins
I started making these when I was body building for a quick high protein snack or breakfast. They’re not as sweet as the previous recipes, but these are great when you are dieting strict, have gotten used to not eating sweet stuff and want to enjoy something with bread like texture that’s low in carbs and high in protein.
- 16 oz egg whites
- 4 egg yokes
- 420 grams pumpkin (1 15 oz can)
- 1 tsp vanilla and/or 2 tsp almond extract
- lots of cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coco
- 115 grams unflavored, unsweetened whey protein
- 8 packets of dry stevia or 70 drops liquid stevia
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries
Preheat oven to 350*. Combine wet ingredients (except the coconut oil) in a large bowl using a hand mixer. With mixer running add cinnamon, coco, whey protein and stevia. By hand, using a rubber spatula, add quick oats and blueberries. Let stand in fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight. Place silicone muffin cups in a muffin tin or on a cookie sheet. Fill muffin cups with 1/3 cup batter or just below the top of the cup. I like to spray the muffin cups with a little cooking spray just to make sure muffins don’t stick to the cup. Bake for 25 to 28 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for a few minutes before popping the muffins out of the cups.
Total weight of whole batch cooked = 1140 grams, Total calories = 1557, Total protein = 163 grams, Total carbs = 96.5, Total fat = 48.5. If you get 15 muffins out of this batch the average weight per muffin is 76 grams, average calories per muffin = 103.8, average protein = 10.9 grams, average carbs = 6.4 grams, average fat = 3.2 grams.
If you decide to give one of these a try, let me know how they turn out and of course let me know if you have any questions. I’d love to hear from you.
12 Replies to “Low Carb Sugar Free Desserts – Recipes you can enjoy during the holidays”
Oh my, these recipes look yummy. I am very interested in trying the bread. That looks delicious. I also make proteinpancakes and they are always a hit.
Great! Thanks for your comment Alexandra! What type of flour do you use for your protein pancakes?
Thanks for sharing your own recipe for some sugar-free desserts recipe!
I was a big fan of desserts before. But i stop taking them gradually with my age grows. As i realized they are not good for my health and bad for my tooth as well.
Quite informative posts. And i will keep tuned for some recipes that i would like to try myself. Thanks!
Great! Thanks for your comment Shaun.
Hi Doctor Dina,
As I was reading through your scrumptious recipes, you’ve made my palate come alive. Awesome post. I also read your post on how bad sugars are in one’s diet and I have been battling with sugar for a few years. With a very strong will power and determination, I will go cold turkey as you suggested. Again, your incite is priceless,
Thank you and have a Blessed Day,
Hi Doctor Dina,
Excellent post. Your choice of recipes has sent me down memory lane with images of my late grandmother, who was an avid baker, coupled with your suggestion has bought my palate alive.
Also read your article on the bad effects of sugars and you have changed my perspective 180 degrees, with your incite.
Thank you very much,
Thanks for your comment Paul! I am glad that my other article on “The bad effects of sugar” was helpful to you. Let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you for this! It is a challenge to create baked items that are healthier than the ones that use sugar or corn syrup!
I am one of the odd people that dislikes the taste of swerve. Does the cooling effect transfer over to baked foods? Can I substitute another sweetener like xylitol?
Thanks for your comment Irma. Yes, you can use Xylitol, however I want to make sure you know that sugar alcohols such as xylitol, malitol, and sorbitol can cause abdominal bloat and diarrhea if consumed in excess. Some may be more tolerant and be able to ingest more and others may not be tolerant to even the smallest amount. It’s very individual. Erythritol does not have that same affect. Swerve is a brand of Erythritol. You can also try stevia, however I’ve found that some of the sweetness gets baked out of the stevia.
These recipes look awesome! I’m a recovering sugar addict and I’ve been on the low-carb/low-sugar train for the better part of a year. I feel so much better but I always have a hard time with desserts and will occasionally cheat. These are all right up my alley.The coconut muffins sound particularly delicious. Thank you so much for these. Can’t wait to try them out!
Thanks for your comment Dan. The coconut muffins are definitely my favorite, especially with the chocolate on top. Let me know if you have any questions about the recipe.
This sounds delicious…and healthy!