Quick and Easy Sugar-Free Dessert Recipes (and Some Reviews)
I'm trying to reduce my sugar intake and tried these items out. And now I'm here to share my experience with you! Here's what I'll go over:
- Review of Sans Sucre Mixes
- Review of Pillsbury Sugar-Free Mixes
- Recipes for using Packaged No-Sugar Mixes
- Recipe for Homemade No-Sugar, No-Fat Banana Bread
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Sans Sucre Cake Mixes
Whether you are trying to cook for a diabetic, eat healthier meals, or are just trying to cut down on sugar, you may find it hard to make good desserts which satisfy a sweet tooth. One brand, Sans Sucre, has developed several mixes which can help. Made with Stevia, these mixes offer low-fat versions of favorite treats like:
- Chocolate Fudge Brownie
- Milk Chocolate Brownie
- Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake
- Classic Blonde Brownie
While dieting and trying to reduce my sugar intake, I decided to try these out. While these are definitely not as good as regular baking treats, I do think these can satisfy that craving I get for something sweet, especially when the rest of the family is indulging. However, these do need a bit of dressing up from the regular mix to make them look and taste like something that doesn't seem second-rate. I'm including my review of the different mixes as well as ideas for how to make them seem like a real dessert. I'm also including my own recipe for Banana Bread that has no fat or sugar.
Alone on a plate, these desserts look a bit bare. However, if you dress them up a little and put them on a nice plate, you can have a very elegant end of the meal which makes you feel like you are getting something you shouldn't have. To make my brownies taste and look better, I've used different combinations of:
- Smuckers No Sugar Caramel Sauce
- Hersheys No Sugar Fudge Sauce
- Whipped Cream that uses Stevia
- No-sugar ice cream
- Chopped apples, sliced strawberries, blueberries or other fruit.
Review of Sans Sucre Mixes
Good Taste: The mixes taste sweet but not overpoweringly so. The taste is very rich so that a small piece is very filling. The chocolate brownies almost taste like a chocolate mousse, and I know the company also makes a Mousse Mix. Sans Sucre
Sweet and Filling: The mix is made with stevia, and people who don't like artificial sweeteners may not like the taste. But if you are used to them like I am, you probably will find it plenty sweet for you. I did not notice any aftertaste. The only thing I did not like was the fact that it is very dense and tends to stick to your mouth, kind of like peanut butter. That is actually not a bad thing, because it made me take smaller bites and the brownie lasted longer.
Useful for Guests: I think I will always keep one of these in my cupboard so that I'm always prepared for a guest who can't eat a regular dessert. I could pop it in the oven at the last minute and it would be ready when we are finished with our meal.
Fat and Calories:
The 2 TB of fat you add to the mix means they are not fat-free, but they are low in fat. I've tried making the mix with applesauce in place of the oil and it turned out pretty well, although it didn't rise as much. Although the box says it is not a low-calorie dessert, the 1/7 of a pan serving is a pretty big piece for just 130 calories. In fact, I'd probably cut the brownies into about 10-12 pieces for serving, so each one would probably be only 100 calories.
Brownies: Both the Sans Sucre Fudge Chocolate and Blonde Brownies baked up about the same and had a similar texture. I had the feeling that you could probably put a tablespoon of unsweetened chocolate into the Sans Sucre Blonde Brownie mix and turn it into the Fudge Brownies. They don't cut very well and the brownie tends to stick to the knife. That is the same problem I've had with the Pillsbury sugar-free mixes. What I have done is to make these into muffins and that seems to work better.
Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake was a bit lighter and rose higher. The rich taste makes this feel more like you are eating a dessert then many of the packaged sugar-free cookies and other desserts I've tried. Because you bake it yourself, it really does have a better homemade taste.
Homemade No-Sugar, No-Fat Banana Bread
Another dessert I've enjoyed is my own recipe for banana bread which I've modified so it has no added sugar or fat. I was very surprised the first time I made it because no one in my family guessed that I'd changed the recipe.
- 4 bananas, mashed (or 1 to 1 1/2 cups any fruit)
- 2 eggs or egg substitute
- 1/4 cup oil, (or 1/4 cup apple sauce for fat free)
- optional: 1/2 to 1 cup no calorie sweetener for baking, (Stevia or equal work well)
- 1/2 cup milk, (I sometimes add another banana instead)
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tea. vanilla
- 1 tea. salt
- 1 tea. baking soda
- 1 tea. baking powder
- Mash bananas and mix in bowl until well blended. Add eggs and oil (or applesauce), milk and vanilla. Mix until blended.
- Add sugar substitute, flour, soda, and salt. Mix until just blended and most throughout. Don't over mix. Note: I often make it without the sugar substitute and it is less sweet but tastes very good.
- Pour batter into two 8" loaf pans. Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 30-40 minutes. Banana bread is done when top springs back when gently touched.
If you don't like bananas, you can use the same recipe to make other kinds of baked goods. Just replace the bananas with 1 cup of applesauce and oneof the following:
- Blueberry bread (1 cup blueberries)
- Strawberry bread (2 cup sliced strawberries)
- Pumpkin Bread (1 cup mashed canned pumpkin)
- Apple Bread (1 cup chopped apples)
- Zucchini Bread (2 cups of grated Zucchini)
You can also add:
- 1/2 cup of nuts (pecans or walnuts would work best)
- 1/2 cup of no-sugar chocolate chips
Of course, all of these taste great just as a snack or even for breakfast, but you can turn them into a dessert by serving them sliced with some of the toppings I suggested above. Have fun, save calories, and enjoy!
No-Sugar, No-Fat Banana Bread
I tried it again and replaced the oil with apple sauce in this banana bread recipe. The results were not quite as good since the bread fell flat after it came out of the oven. However, I still had to take pictures fast because my family ate up all the loaves in one day! I loved the taste myself, even though it had a dense texture. It definitely did fill up my need for sweets.
Sugar-Free, Fat-Free Banana Bread (Serving Size Is One Slice)
|Calories from Fat||0|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 0 g|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 10 g||3%|
|Sugar 1 g|
|Fiber 1 g||4%|
|Protein 1 g||2%|
|Cholesterol 10 mg||3%|
|Sodium 72 mg||3%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|