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It's evident that our country is drowning in sugar. The astounding amount of sugar we drink and eat every year has gone up nearly 30 percent since 1983 and is probably a major factor to the soaring rates of overweight and obesity in this America. Sugary foods often replace more healthy foods which indirectly contributes to diseases like osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancer. These can all be influenced by what we eat.
Sugar free recipes are typically made of natural ingredients, avoiding granular sugar. Granular sugar is found in so many things and is the type of carbohydrates that people commonly try to avoid. The purpose of this site is to help you search recipes for you sugar free diet. Our recipes substitute sugar with other ingredients including fruit, agave nectar, and artificial sugar. More recently popping up is coconut nectar as it's lower on the glycemic index than other options. SugarFree-Recipes.com currently has no recipes using coconut nectar but hopefully after some experimentation, will be able to add that to the collection. These diabetic recipes prove that sugar free cooking can be tasty while still cutting the calories.
Living without sugar doesn't have to be difficult although it does take time to get used to avoiding the temptation. Avoid desserts from restaurants or bakeries and cook them from home instead where you can control what goes in them. There is no need to cut desserts out of your diet altogether when you can make healthier sugar free alternatives at home.
Featured Sugar Free Recipe
For the dough:
2 1/2 C flour
1 tsp Splenda
1 C unsalted butter, cubed
1 1/8 tsp. salt
1/3 C cold water
For the filling:
1 lb strawberries
1/4 C Agave Nectar
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 tbs cubed unsalted butter
1 egg yolk
1 Tbs Agave Nectar
1 Tbs water
Make the crust by mixing the flour, salt, and Splenda in a food processor, pulsing. Place butter in food processor and pulse until it has a crumbled texture. Add water a little bit at a time and pulse until just mixed. Mix will still be crumbled looking. Place dough in a bowl and make a ball.
Meanwhile, for the filling slice strawberries lengthwise and place in a bowl. Add Agave Nectar and cornstarch and mix. With the dough, pull a palm sized piece off and make a ball. Roll out into a circle and place onto a cookie sheet. Size will vary depending on how large you want them. I like to make mini sized ones so that they are individual servings. Once dough is on a cookie sheet place a layer of strawberries, leaving a half inch with no strawberries on the side. Fold dough up around the edges and pinch.
Mix the egg yolk, water, and Agave nectar together and brush onto crust. Dab the strawberries with the butter. Bake about 40 minutes or until crust is browning. Serve warm or cool. I prefer cooled. They are also great with icecream. See below for remaining pictures.
Even if you eat healthy meals on most days of the week, it's normal to crave a sweet treat on occasion. Finding healthy, sugar free desserts can be challenging. Regardless of your reason, whether that be trying to cut calories for weight loss, eat less sugar to control your blood sugar, or enjoy a dessert without consuming any fat, there are sugar free desserts you can prepare and enjoy without the guilt.
Eating both a sugar free and fat free dessert helps you save on calories. A gram of fat contains about 9 calories and a gram of carbohydrates, including sugar, contains about 4 calories. A good example to put this into perspective is if you switch from regular vanilla ice cream to a no-sugar-added vanilla ice cream then you would consume 38 fewer calories, 3 less grams of fat, and 10 grams of sugar less. Eating little sugar can benefit your blood glucose levels, especially if you have diabetes or prediabetes.