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5 delicious desserts, no sugar added

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., October 5, 2009 - 11:17am

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Just last week I posted a blog on Guiltless Indulgences: Six 100-Calorie Desserts,” with diet-friendly versions of S’mores and more yummy treats. And for as many readers who loved the recipes as much as I do, there were a handful of people who wished I had included desserts that didn’t contain any added sugar. (Great feedback, thanks!) One of the many comments came from Rick, who said, “Can you come up with a dessert using much less sugar and one with fresh whole fruits instead?”

No problem. To continue my theme of guiltless indulgences, here are 5 desserts with no sugar added. Dig in!

1. Cherries with Ricotta & Toasted Almonds
Warm cherries topped with luscious ricotta cheese and toasted almonds makes for a rich-tasting—yet calorie-conscious—treat.

2. Broiled Mango
Broiling fruit brings out its inherent sweetness. A squeeze of tart lime juice balances it out. Try this technique with pineapple as well.

3. Cocoa-Nut Bananas
Cocoa- and coconut-crusted bananas are a treat for the whole family.

4. Melon & Apple Granita
This granita uses sweet ripe melon for flavor, apple juice instead of sugar and a touch of lime juice to perk up the flavors.

5. Frosted Grapes
These frozen grapes are healthy mini-popsicles. Try freezing other fresh fruit, too, like raspberries or cubes of watermelon.

How do you satisfy your sweet tooth without overloading on sugar? Tell us what you think below.

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Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D.
Brierley holds a master’s degree in Nutrition Communication from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

Brierley asks: How do you satisfy your sweet tooth without overloading on sugar?

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