Desserts don’t have to break the scales and can be tasty, healthy, and easy to make, as seen with these three recipes.
Low-Sugar and Sugar-free brings to my mind dieting. We all know diets are hard to stick with, so I prefer thinking of it as a lifestyle change rather than dieting. Still, change or not, I was not giving up dessert. This lead me to decide that low sugar to sugar-free was the way to go. While you can purchase all kinds of sugar-free treats, homemade are often better, just like the following three of my favorite recipes that won’t burst the scales: Chilled Chai, Apple Roll-ups, and Carob Fudge.
Chilled Chai requires chai tea bags, milk, and stevia (a natural sugar free sweetener). You can also use whatever sugar free sweetener you prefer, but I like stevia or sucralose. Boil a pot of water, place the tea bags and steep until the tea is dark brown. Remove the tea bags and pour into a pitcher to cool and then chill. When making a cup, your ratio should be around 3/4 tea, stevia to taste, and 1/4 milk. I like this chilled or hot and enjoy a cup to help wind down late at night. It also makes the house smell wonderful.
Apple Roll-ups require applesauce (I like using the no sugar added applesauce) and a food dehydrator. Spread the applesauce on the thin round insert placed in a tray and cook for about four hours or until dry on the fruit setting. These taste just like fruit roll ups but have so much less sugar and additives. Sometimes I blend in other fruit to make flavors like raspberry apple, etc. If it seems to be too brittle when done, try drying it less time the next time and spreading the applesauce thicker.
Carob Fudge brings to mind Christmas, because that’s when dad would make it for us. Still fudge is tasty no matter what season. This was also the one thing my dad could make without setting something on fire. All you need are two cups of sugar free carob chips, and a cup of chopped nuts (I prefer pecans). Melt the carob, then stir in the nuts. You might find the carob too dry when melting, if so add some milk or butter. Next spread the mixture thinly over wax paper to cool. Once it’s cool snap it into pieces and eat. I like to freeze it and then eat it frozen.