I don't know about you, but when fall comes, I crave all things cozy, including baking. You may feel like baking and eating desserts are off the table if you have insulin resistance, but they aren't! I am all for honoring cravings, even that sweet tooth. Denying cravings only makes us want them more, and sets us up for binging on the food we crave or another food.
Like so many things with insulin resistance, it's just about being smart with your choices so your blood sugar doesn't spike. For desserts, replacing refined sugar with a sweetner that has a lower glycemic index is key (here are some of my favorite sweeteners)! I've rounded up some desserts that don't have added sugar, but still taste delicious thanks naturally sweet ingredients. Enjoy!
No-Bake Apple Cake
This simple apple cake features only two ingredients and is free of wheat flour, butter, oil, eggs and refined sugar. They also have an optional healthy "cream cheese" frosting that takes them to the next level. Adding a dash of cinnamon would make these perfect for fall!
Oh my goodness - healthy snickers?! Chocolate, banana, peanut butter, and chopped peanuts combine to make a super simple and delicious treat. Thanks to bananas' natural sweetness, this treat is perfect for whenever you have a sweet craving.
Again, bananas are used to naturally sweeten this dessert. These cookies are quick and easy to make, and are gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan. They remind me of macaroons.
Who doesn't love brownies? Traditional brownies are loaded with sugar that sets you up for a blood sugar disaster. Instead, these brownies are sweetened with dates - one of my favorite natural ways to sweeten baked goods.
No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts
Chocolate and peanut butter is one of my favorite flavor combinations and these no-bake donuts do not disappoint. In addition to a healthier sweetener (dates), these donuts are a great source of healthy fiber and fat, which are a win in my book.
Chocolate Fudge Truffles
I love having little energy bites or healthy truffles in the freezer to satisfy my sweet tooth. While these truffles taste as decadent as the "real deal", they are much healthier, featuring healthy fats and with no added sugars.
Raw Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge
More chocolate? You bet! Not only does chocolate taste good, but it have so many health benefits. This fudge recipe is made healthy with dates, cacao powder, peanut butter, and coconut oil. I think you'll like these better than the "real deal."
While this isn't a dessert per say, this recipe will help you in all your baking for insulin resistance. This simple date paste is a great substitute for refined sugar in recipes.
Easy Fig Newtons
If you loved fig newtons as a kid, you need to try this elevated and healthier version. Plus they are no-bake, and feature two natural sweeteners - dates and dried figs. These would be perfect paired with a bulletproof coffee.
Healthy Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Instead of grabbing a packaged granola bar next time you're running out the door, make a batch of these healthy granola bars featuring three simple ingredients - oats, peanut butter, and dates.
Who's excited to get baking? I hope you enjoy these healthy dessert recipes as much as I have!