Sugar-free Alternatives for your Favorite Holiday Treats

If you think that the sugar raid is over after the Halloween celebrations are through, think again! The end of the year holiday season is full of sugary desserts that leave us feeling happy but simultaneously destroys our teeth and overall health. Unfortunately, it’s hard to stay away from the goodness of holiday treats and surprises.

 

We have scoured the internet finding the best ways people combine their sugar craving with their need for a healthy lifestyle. Discovering a yummy “sugar-free” recipe is not the same as finding a natural alternative with a flavor that is still to die for.

 

There is a difference between added sugar, natural sugar, and a sugar substitute. In these recipes, we have focused on treats that use natural sweeteners to avoid added sugar and other health complications that come from sugar alternatives. Here are a few alternatives to holiday sweet treats that will keep you sugar-free without leaving you to craving more sugar.

 

Triple Peanut Butter Cookies

 

Peanut butter is a great alternative to sugary treats for the holiday season. Not only are they very festive, peanut butter is naturally sweetened leaving you satisfied without over indulging in sugar.

 

The recipe is fairly simple, using all natural sweeteners from coconut sugar and sugar-free chocolate chips:

 

  • 1 cup Unsalted Natural Creamy or Chunky Peanut Butter
  • ½ cup Coconut Oil, soft like soft butter
  • 1⅔ cup Coconut Sugar
  • ½ cup Applesauce, at room temperature so it doesn’t the seize the coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1½ cups Peanut Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Sea Salt (omit if using salted peanut butter)
  • 1 cup Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips
  • ½ cup Salted Peanuts, crushed

 

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Sugar-Free Maple Jam Thumbprint Cookies

 

Thumbprint cookies are a staple for any assortment of holiday cookies. Traditionally known to have a piece of chocolate on top, this recipe found a vegan, gluten free alternative that tastes just as good using the natural sweeteners in pure maple syrup and vanilla extract.

  • 1½ cup Almond Meal
  • 1½ cups Rice Flour
  • ¼ teaspoon Xanthum Gum
  • ½ teaspoon Sea or Pink Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Flax
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup Grape Seed Oil
  • ½ cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons Almond Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

 

For the full recipe, click here.

 

There are dozens of natural recipe resources for those of you who choose to take the high road and eat consciously while still enjoying the sweet traditions of the holiday season. For more ideas on how to eat smart and keep your oral health up to date during the holidays, contact Greenspoint Dental in Houston, Texas for an oral exam and professional advice from our dentists.