5 Low Sugar / Healthy {er-ish} Desserts & Drinks

Because omg I love sweets and because I’m trying to eat less of my favorites just to be healthier and because I NEED alternatives to my favorites because like I said I LOVE SWEETS, so here are a few I’ve been loving.

 

Coconut Bliss Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

Okay so, if I’m getting dessert, it’s going to be chocolate ice-cream. It’s my favorite thing on the planet. Not all ice-cream, just chocolate ice-cream, and mostly Haagen Dazs, and when I get it {meaning, when the husband buys it at the market for me even though I tell him not to} I eat it all. And if I happen to get a half-gallon of some generic version because the good stuff was sold out, even that fluffy air-filled excuse for chocolate ice cream will literally be gone in two days flat. I cannot help myself when chocolate ice-cream is in the vicinity. I am an addict, a chocolate ice-cream junkie, and so my best plan is just not keeping it in the house.

coconut bliss chocolate ice cream

But in my attempt to eat less sugar and chocolate ice cream, I’ve found I’ve been eating more of EVERYTHING ELSE because I’m not quenching that chocolate ice cream craving, and that’s not any healthier at all. So I found this Coconut Bliss Dark Chocolate ice cream by Luna and Larry, which has less sugar, is dairy-free, and all around healthier than regular ice cream. And here’s the thing: it’s really good… but not SO GOOD THAT I EAT THE ENTIRE CONTAINER.

It does have a coconut taste, which is surprisingly good, and uses Agave sugar {which I know, reacts and breaks down the same as regular sugar} but overall, it’s healthier and obviously better than me eating an entire pint or half gallon in two days. You can read all of the nutrition facts here.

 

Low Sugar Ice Blended Mocha Coffee Drink

My favorite coffee drink is an ice blended mocha from Coffee Bean. However, being that we have no Coffee Beans up on this island, Starbucks and the local coffee shop are my only alternatives. And what makes me choose Coffee Bean over Starbucks is the fact that they use powder in theirs vs Starbucks who uses syrup. I just prefer it. But alas, I’ve been getting Starbucks lately because it’s my only option. And in my attempt to consume “less sugar” I tried their “sugar free” version, but I HATE the taste of fake sugar like aspartame and splenda — I can feel it in my throat for hours after consumer and it drives me nuts and gives me stomach cramps as well. So yuck yuck yuck. I’d rather have the real sugar in moderation… but it’s summer and moderation is out the door when it’s warm and a cold ice blended mocha frappaccino sounds so delicious.

ice blended mocha low sugar

So I tried to make my own… and it actually tastes pretty good. It’s not as sweet, since the only thing I use to sweeten it is a banana which also kind of gives it a banana chocolate flavor, I can get past it pretty quickly as I slurp it down.

I think it’s a good alternative.

low sugar ice blended mocha frap

* 1 Frozen Banana
* 1 cup leftover morning coffee
* 1 cup coconut milk {or whatever milk you like}
* 1/4 cup {more or less to your liking} raw cacao powder
* Lots of ice

Toss it all in a blender and mix until you like the consistency.

I just got Sweet Leaf Sweet Drops, so I may add this to make it a bit sweeter.

 

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding with Mini Chips

chia seed pudding with chocolate chips

Okay, this is admittedly better than the last time I made it… mostly because I created it more for the purpose of dessert than breakfast.

Follow the Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding Recipe here…

chia seed pudding with chocolate  chips

BUT FOR THIS ONE I used coconut milk instead of almond milk {because I am not a fan of almond milk I have concluded} and I did NOT include maple syrup but instead, as I was whisking it, added semi-sweet mini chocolate chips for my chocolate/sugar addition. Then after it was ready, I added a few more mini chips to the top. The chocolate chips made it feel more dessert-like and tasted way better too. NOTICE the lighter chips? They are the ones that I whisked in and set overnight and became soft within the pudding… then the fresh chips on top added a harder texture to the pudding.

 

Strawberries with Raw Honey & Sesame Seeds

As a kid, my grandma always kept a tupperware of sugared strawberries in her fridge and they were delish! Mostly though, I don’t think fruit needs additives to be good. HOWEVER, I also don’t consider fruit to be a dessert, so this was my attempt to trick myself into thinking that fruits can be just as tasty as ice creams for dessert.

It was omg delish, but I have yet to convince myself it’s better than ice cream.

strawberries with raw honey sesame seeds

* Strawberries
* Raw honey {from rescued bees if you live up here & get your honey from the Farmer’s Market}
* Sesame seeds

Simply wash and cut your strawberries, drizzle honey over them and sprinkle sesame seeds on top. It’s strangely delightful.

 

Black Bean Brownies

My favorite probably because they have the most sugar, but is still more healthy than regular brownies…

black-bean-brownie-recipe-chocolate

Find my Black Bean Brownie Recipe here.

Enjoy!

* If you have any great recipe links to low-sugar chocolate-y desserts, PLEASE leave them in the comments 😉 The more the merrier.

 

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

7 Comments

  • Andrea Twidle

    June 4, 2014 |

    I think the brownie would be my fav too 🙂

    http://www.andrea-clare.blogspot.com

  • Anna

    June 4, 2014 |

    There’s a great book called “I quit sugar” it is full of amazing receipes and really helps!

  • Always So Sweet

    June 4, 2014 |

    Excellent recipes……….and I’m not a fan of almond milk either. Coconut milk (and also regular milk in my case) are much better tasting. I’ll begin trying your recipes tomorrow!

  • Fashion Musings Diary

    June 4, 2014 |

    They look so yummy!
    XO
    Jeanne
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr

  • Mikala

    June 5, 2014 |

    Add cinnamon to your coffee and banana drink – it’s amazing!!!!!

    • Maegan Tintari

      June 7, 2014 |

      I JUST got some Ceylon {sp?} cinnamon and I’ve been meaning to try it! I keep forgetting! Thank you!!

  • Crystal

    June 5, 2014 |

    It’s not chocolate–But we always keep frozen fruit bags in the house for when the sweet tooth fairy hits. Blend it up with some almond milk and a few bananas (banana’s not necessary). It always hits the spot. Also, if you have chocolate chips on hand, you can always melt them with a bit of milk, creamer, almond milk etc over the stove-top to make some chocolate dipped fruit….