10 Low-Sugar Desserts That Will Shock and Delight You
Last Updated: Apr 19, 2016
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If you don’t have a sweet tooth, you might be in the minority, but you’re sure to be a lot better off health-wise. (As long as you don’t have taste for salty, fatty foods instead!) But for the rest of us who dream of sugar plum fairies -- though know we shouldn’t -- finding treats that won’t cause a major blood sugar overload is tough. The average adult should only consume 24 grams of sugar a day, but many sweets can contain triple that amount. So we searched high and low for companies that have mastered the art of creating delicious desserts with 10 grams or less per serving. Just watch the portion size!
HAIL MERRY MIRACLE TARTS: 3 GRAMS OF SUGAR (1 TART)
These tarts have a creamy, flavorful taste, leaving you baffled that they are certified clean, vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO. Ingredients consist of creamy coconut, low-carb almond flour, mineral-rich maple syrup and heart-healthy cashews. You can indulge in flavors like Dark Chocolate or Strawberry Rhubarb. Each Hail Merry Tart has 100 calories, 6 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein.
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KRISPY KREME ORIGINAL GLAZED DOUGHNUT: 10 GRAMS OF SUGAR (1 DOUGHNUT)
Light and delicious, it is hard to find a better doughnut than this classic. If you have a Krispy Kreme nearby, you know the indescribable experience of consuming a “hot glazed” made just minutes before. No, these are not a health food, but you can have one without doing too much damage. With 190 calories, 21 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein, you stay on the lower side of the guilt spectrum, assuming you only eat one.
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FRENCH BROAD TRUFFLES: 5 GRAMS OF SUGAR (1 TRUFFLE)
French Broad is a quaint chocolate factory located in Ashville, North Carolina. The environmentally friendly company makes top-quality, sustainably sourced chocolate products. Truffles come in a variety of unique, natural flavors, such as Strawberry Balsamic or Lavender and Honey. The Signature and Buddha collections have the least amount of sugar and contain certified-organic ingredients like antioxidant-rich 65% cacao dark chocolate and local raspberries, cane sugar and lemon. Not feeling truffles? French Broad’s Peru Chocolate Bar has 8.4 grams of sugar per 1-ounce serving, and the Costa Rica Bar only has 5.6 grams per ounce.
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ARCTIC ZERO COOKIE SHAKE ICE CREAM: 5 GRAMS OF SUGAR (1/2 CUP)
It’s remarkable that an ice cream with such a small amount of sugar exists. Arctic Zero Cookie Shake Ice Cream is made with water, whey protein, organic cane sugar, sugar cane fiber and anti-inflammatory monk fruit. The treat is low-glycemic, non-GMO and gluten- and lactose-free. The taste is similar to a much less sweet Wendy’s Frosty, but it only contains 35 calories, 7 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fiber and 3 grams of protein. Arctic Zero comes in a variety of other flavors like Vanilla Maple and Key Lime Pie. They also ship their ice cream!
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THE ONE FUDGE CHOCOLATE BAR: 10 GRAMS OF SUGAR (1 BAR)
Creamy, indulgent and a chocolate lover’s dream, The One Fudge bar is made with superfoods like cacao and amino acid-containing coconut sugar. Nutrition specialist Gabrielle Brick designed the sneakily healthy dessert to not only be tasty, but also low-glycemic, raw, organic and vegan. At 330 calories, 23 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fiber and 5 grams of protein, The One Fudge Bar stomps unhealthy desserts.
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LAUGHING GIRAFFE SNACKAROONS: 7 GRAMS OF SUGAR (2 SNACKAROONS)
A Snackaroon is a ball of naturally flavored coconut that could be a dessert or a health food. Rich coconut and cacao are sweetened with agave and flavored with mineral-rich Himalayan pink salt. A few ingredients vary, depending on which flavor you choose, but, generally, two Laughing Giraffe Snackaroons have 140 calories, 11 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein.
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LUNA AND LARRY’S NAKED COCONUT BARS: 10 GRAMS OF SUGAR (1 BAR)
See a theme here? Coconut milk is rich, creamy and lower in sugar than regular milk. It is the main ingredient in Luna and Larry’s Naked Coconut Bar, followed by a variety of other coconut-based ingredients and sweetened with agave nectar. The 220 calories, 13 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fiber and 1 gram of protein make the frozen treat a well-balanced choice.
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PLANET SMOOTHIE PEANUT BUTTER DREAM: 10 GRAMS OF SUGAR (12 OUNCES)
Sweet and satisfying, the Peanut Butter Dream comes in at 210 calories, 29 grams of carbs and 7 grams of protein. Peanut butter, which can stabilize blood sugar, along with cocoa, bananas and gut-healthy yogurt make this a not-too-guilty pleasure.
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EARTH CAFE COCONUT CREAM CHEESECAKE: 8 GRAMS OF SUGAR (1 SERVING)
This wouldn’t be a dessert compilation without cheesecake, even if it's vegan. Earth Cafe’s Coconut Cream Cheesecake gets added protein from cashews, walnuts and almonds and is sweetened with lower-glycemic agave and dates, providing extra fiber. One serving has 206 calories, 13 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fiber and 3 grams of protein.
KOOCHIKOO CHEERFULLY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES: 0 GRAMS OF SUGAR (6 COOKIES)
Yes, Koochikoo Cookies have zero grams of sugar per serving, but they are sweetened with stevia, agave inulin, monkfruit extract as well as erythritol, which has been known to cause diarrhea and bloating when eaten in excess. However, sugar alcohol hasn’t been shown to affect glucose levels. Koochikoo uses non-GMO vegan ingredients like whole wheat flour, whole-grain oat flour and rice flour. You can munch on six cookies for 120 calories, 18 grams of carbs and 2 grams of protein.
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