12 Easy Refined Sugar Free Sweet Treats

Refined sugar is bad news. It's what you'll find (sadly) in most supermarket sweet treats, cakes, chocolate and other tasty treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. It's not all bad news though - you can have your refined sugar free cake and eat it too! Our 12 tasty sweet treat recipes are all free of refined sugar and super-easy to make, so why not whip up a batch the next time you're feeling like something sweet? These are all great for kids too, and many are so easy you can get them involved in creating healthy treats; a great way to teach them about the importance of healthy eating.

#1. Peanut Butter Fudge

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If you haven't tried this fudge, you haven't lived. A world away ingredient-wise (and health-wise) from the commercially produced, processed fudge you'll find in stores (sorry, Thorntons!), this healthy peanut butter fudge recipe is free from refined sugar and only uses three ingredients. Sorry, what? Yes, three ingredients! Honey, coconut oil and peanut butter - that's it! You might want to add some vanilla extract and/or a pinch of salt, but this recipe couldn't be simpler to make. Great for treating the kids, or yourself.

#2. Roasted Almond Chocolate Bars

Step away from that Dairy Milk that's loaded with fat and sugar. There is a healthier alternative. These chocolate bars are made with antioxidant rich dark chocolate, roasted almond butter and honey - that's it! You can add some crushed roasted almonds for extra texture, if you like. Because dark chocolate is richer in flavour than milk chocolate (and contains less sugar), you're likely to feel satisfied eating just a small amount.

#3. Vanilla Cookies

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Refined sugar free cookies? Yum, yes please! Keeping it simple, this recipe uses dessicated coconut, maple syrup, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. These are super-easy to make and will keep in an airtight container for handy treats throughout the week - or on cheat day!

#4. No-Blend Bliss Balls

Do you have dessicated coconut (look for the type without added preservatives or sugar), honey, nut butter and cacao or cocoa powder in your cupboard? Then you can make these yummy nut butter balls - no blending required! Just mix the ingredients well in a bowl, shape into balls and leave to set in the fridge. Thanks to the nut butter (we used almond butter), these are a great high-protein treat!

#5. Choc Chip Caramel Bars

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Not quite Millionaire's Shortbread, but damn close! These bars are super-delicious and packed with goodness from the dates, coconut, cacao nibs and macadamias, a source of healthy fats. They take a little longer to make than some of the other sweet treats here, but the end results are well worth it.

#6. Coconut Vanilla Slice

This slice doesn't contain any chocolate, so it's ideal if you fancy a sweet treat with a ligher flavour. The base is made with dessicated coconut, honey and macadamia nuts, whilst the topping is a blend of eggs, honey, coconut oil (great for heart health) and vanilla extract. Delicious, and great to pop in the kid's lunchboxes as a healthy treat.

#7. Mars Bar Slice

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Before you start thinking that Mars Bars contain refined sugar - yes, they do. However this slice doesn't actually use Mars Bars, it just recreates the delicious chocolatey caramel flavour we all know and love! So next time you're craving a Mars Bar, make sure you pick up the ingredients to make this during your weekly shop.

#8. Coconut Butter Bites

Coconut butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract combine to make these delicious bites. They're definitely not for everyday, but they're a far healthier alternative to commercially-produced chocolate bars and cakes! We love storing a stash of these in the fridge or freezer for a healthy dessert or to enjoy with a cup of tea.

#9. Chocolate Mint Bliss Balls

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We're a huge fan of any sweet, portable yet healthy treats we can pack and take with us on-the-go, whether that's for a quick post-workout snack or something to enjoy at the office on our break. These chocolate mint bliss balls tick all those boxes! Made with healthy coconut cream, cashews and dates, they're so yummy, easy to make and ready in minutes. Try and resist having more than one!

#10. Banana Pudding

Sometimes you just need dessert. That's all there is to it. That doesn't mean you have to break your clean eating by chowing down on a shop-bought apple crumble though! This three-ingredient, refined sugar free banana pudding is easy to make and uses basic ingredients including bananas, dates and almond butter. Plus, you can squeeze in a yoga workout in the time it takes these puddings to bake in the oven!

#11. Coconut Crackles

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Got a bag of dessicated coconut lying around and want to do something more interesting with it than just top your morning porridge? Make these coconut crackles, with coconut, honey, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Leave them to set in the fridge overnight and they're perfect picnic fodder for an active day out at the park with the kids!

#12. Honey Joys

Whether you enjoy these as part of a nice-but-slightly-naughty weekend brunch or just as an occasional sweet treat, we think this recipe is pretty special! Flaked almonds (rich in vitamin E, for healthy skin), coconut, honey, coconut oil and vanilla extract make these yummy treats, and you can even spoon them into cupcake wrappers if you're throwing a birthday party for the kids!

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Author By Paula Beaton
Date On 9th Jun 2015 at 11:54

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