When it comes to our general health and well-being, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that the foods we consume on a regular basis can play pivotal roles in determining just how fit and healthy we are. Take unhealthy ingredients such as fat and sugar for instance. Although these ingredients often taste delicious, they unfortunately do our bodies a great deal of harm rather than good, which is why we should do our best to cut them out entirely. If you’re a dessert lover then that can be tricky as most desserts are packed full of fat and sugar. Fear not however, because not every dessert has to be bad for you and not every dessert has to be loaded with fat and sugar either. Here are a couple of quick and easy sugar free dessert recipes.
Blueberries with toasted almonds and ricotta
This dessert is quick and easy to make, it’s extremely healthy as it contains protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and best of all is that it tastes superb.
• 150 – 200 grams of fresh blueberries
• 2 tablespoons of semi-skimmed reduced fat ricotta cheese
• 1 heaped tablespoon of toasted silvered almonds
1. Take your blueberries out of the fridge and allow to sit at room temperature for an hour.
2. Next, gently heat them in hot water on a low heat for 3 – 5 minutes
3. Next, place the blueberries in a bowl or decorative glass, and top with the ricotta cheese.
4. Take a dry frying pan, add the almonds, and gently toast them until they turn a golden brown.
5. Scatter them on top of your blueberries and ricotta cheese and enjoy.
Sugar-free fruit cake
This cake is soft, moist, is low in fat and contains no sugar. It is full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants thanks to the fruit, and it tastes wonderful.
• 150 grams of diced raisins
• 150 grams of chopped nuts
• 200ml of fresh orange juice
• 100 grams of fresh cranberries
• 100 grams of crushed pineapple
• 150 grams of flaked coconut
• 30 grams of lemon zest
• Half a teaspoon of salt
• 1 teaspoon of mace
• 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon of all spice
• 1 teaspoon of baking powder
• 500 grams of all-purpose flour
• 6 tablespoons of artificial sweetener
1. Begin by mixing the artificial sweetener with the fresh orange juice and pour over the top of the cranberries and leave for an hour.
2. Next, mix your raisins, your nuts, coconut, and your lemon zest together with the flour until everything is fully coated.
3. Add the orange juice and sweetener mixture and sprinkle the baking soda over the top, before giving everything a good mix.
4. Now add the spices and the salt, and carefully fold in your crushed pineapple.
5. Pour the thick batter mixture into a greased and lightly floured loaf tin and bake at 165 degrees Celsius (325 Degrees F) for around 40 minutes.
6. Check the cake is cooked throughout by inserting a skewer into the middle and seeing if it comes out clean.
7. Allow to cool and enjoy.