None of These Dessert Recipes Have Any Sugar (You're Welcome)

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If you're like us, when the sugar cravings hit, they hit hard. While it’s easy to give in to them and grab a cookie from the pantry, the entire world has been warned by nutritionists like Isabel Smith, MS, RD, and CDN, of the low nutritional value and high amount of calories found in sugar. So sometimes, we try our best to stave off these urges. But that doesn't necessarily mean you should always try to stave off your sweet tooth. Thanks to Laurel Gallucci, founder of Sweet Laurel bakery, you can now indulge your cravings with these refined sugar–free dessert recipes that taste just as good as the real thing, but have a bit more nutritional value.

Gallucci’s concoctions don't have sugar, but they are wholesome, healthful, and extremely delicious. (If you’ve ever had the privilege of tasting one of her cakes, you know exactly what we’re talking about.) However, for those of you who don't have Sweet Laurel nearby, she shared a few of her easy, healthy recipes, all of which are free of refined sugar, gluten, and dairy.

From an Instagram-worthy chocolate cake to delectable strawberry waffles, both of which are made with maple syrup (a healthy sugar alternative that Smith says has 54 antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties), Gallucci has provided us with easy-to-follow recipes so that you can stick to your diet and avoid the guilt.

Strawberry Shortcake Waffles

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For a breakfast in bed that's sweet-as-can-be (minus, of course, the sugar), try Laurel's Strawberry Shortcake Waffles topped with a delicious coconut-based waffle butter. Our mouths are already watering.

Ingredients for Waffles:

1/3 cup coconut or almond milk
3 tbsp. coconut oil (plus a little extra for greasing the waffle iron)
1 tbsp. 100% maple syrup
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 1/4 cup almond flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3 eggs

Ingredients for Topping:

2 cans of coconut cream (refrigerate overnight)
2 tbsp. 100% maple syrup
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
3 cups strawberries (chopped)

Directions for Waffles:

Grease your waffle iron with coconut oil. Mix all of the ingredients except the eggs in a blender on high. Next, switch your blender settings to low, and slowly add the eggs. Pour the mixture into a waffle iron, and prepare according to the waffle iron instructions. 

Directions for Topping:

Once your coconut cream topping has sat in the fridge overnight, you'll see that the coconut cream has now separated. The coconut fat will be solid, leaving just the coconut water behind. Beat the solid coconut cream until stiff peaks form. Slowly stir in your vanilla extract and maple syrup. Make sure to refrigerate until you're ready to use it.

Festive Snowball Cake

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Laurel's Snowball Cake would be a beautiful addition to any holiday spread, but we see no issue with baking this beauty year-round!

Ingredients for Cake:

2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup cacao
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. Himalayan pink sea salt
2 eggs
1 cup 100% maple syrup
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp. vanilla extract

Ingredients for Frosting:

4 cups cashews (soaked in water overnight)
1 cup of water
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup 100% maple syrup
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. sea salt

Directions for Cake:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease one eight- to nine-inch pan with coconut oil. Mix almond flour, cacao, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Add the eggs, maple syrup, water, and vanilla. Stir until it forms a batter, then pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.

Directions for Frosting: 

Blend all of your frosting ingredients together in a high-speed blender or Vitamix until the mixture is smooth and creamy, then refrigerate until you're ready to use.

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These simple chocolate chip cookies are a sugar-free rendition of everyone's favorite sweet treat, but twice as tasty.

Ingredients:

3 cups almond flour
1/2 tsp. Himalayan pink salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup 100% maple syrup or honey
1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup refined sugar–free chocolate chips 

Directions:

Set your oven to 350°F. Stir together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Separately, whisk together all wet ingredients, then stir into the dry ingredients. Add refined sugar–free chocolate chips, and stir to combine. Place one- to two-inch balls of batter onto greased or parchment-lined baking pans, and lightly press down. Bake for seven to nine minutes, until just golden brown around the edges. Remove from the oven, and place the cookies on a cooling rack.

There you have it! A few delicious sugar-free dessert options that will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. Try these out and let us know what you think!

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