We all love a good dessert, but if you’re trying to eat less processed sugar, it can be hard to get the sweetness you may be craving in a dessert. That’s where dates come in! Dates are deliciously and naturally sweet, and using them to sweeten your desserts will help you eat less processed sugar.

Try out these 15 date-sweetened dessert recipes from our Food Monster App to get you started!



1. Double Decker Carrot Cake

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No-bake carrot cake with a silky cashew cream cheese frosting? Yes please! If you like carrot cake, you will love this Double Decker Carrot Cake from Michaell Johnson that has zero consequences. You can eat this vegan carrot cake for breakfast, lunch dinner, or dessert, guilt free!

2. No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Doughnuts

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These No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Doughnuts from Amanda Smith are packed with all kinds of goodies. Made from dates, almonds, buckwheat, coconut, and cacao, they’ll fulfill your craving for something sweet while leaving you feeling nourished and energetic. Plus, they’re topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting. Yum!


3. Raw Cacao and Cardamom Cream Tartlets

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You’ve got to try these Raw Cacao and Cardamom Cream Tartlets from Clémence Moulaert — we’re becoming bigger fans of chocolate + cardamom with every new recipe we try. It’s a flavor combination that is highly underrated!


4. Chocolate Fudge Truffles

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These Chocolate Fudge Truffles from Michele Elizabeth are healthy and you would never even know! Vegan and gluten free, gooey and rich, indulgent without the guilt!


5. Raw Carrot-Orange Cupcakes With Coconut Cream

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These Raw Carrot-Orange Cupcakes With Coconut Cream from Adam Graczynski are a burst of fresh, citrusy goodness that is perfect for spring! The “cupcake” is made from sweet, sticky dates, orange, warm spices, coconut, and carrot and they’re topped with whipped coconut cream.

6. Oreo Cheesecake Tartlet With Chocolate Ganache Drizzle

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These Oreo Cheesecake Tartlets With Chocolate Ganache Drizzle from Rita Marie are the perfect treat to make when you are craving just a little bit of sweetness in your life. This Oreo-style cheesecake is melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Share them with the other Oreo-lovers in your life or keep them all to yourself. We won’t tell.

7. Raw Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge

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This Raw Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge recipe from Pauline Hanuise is not only delicious and decadent but it’s also good for you and super simple! It only takes five minutes to prepare and you only need five ingredients!


8. Ferrero Rocher Copycat

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These Ferrero Rocher Copycat balls from Amarilis Moldes are perfect to impress your guests at any occasion! They are a healthy alternative to the real Ferrero Rocher chocolates. You can also melt some dark chocolate and add an extra layer of chocolatey goodness to these awesome treats!

9. Raw Orange and Chocolate Cake

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Chocolate and orange is one of the best citrusy and sweet combinations that is reminiscent of fall, winter, and seasonal holidays. This Raw Orange and Chocolate Cake recipe from Lili Basic Capaccetti lets you enjoy the tasty combo while still being healthy! The orange juice and orange peel give a lovely refreshing citrusy note that goes so well with other flavors.

10. 15-Minute Banana Caramel Fudge Tart

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When it comes to quick desserts, this 15-Minute Banana Caramel Fudge Tart from Karen Kitto is going to become one of your favorites! Made with fairly standard pantry staples, it’s something you could whip up in an instant, stick it in the fridge and voila, you have a dessert, snack, treat or just a plain old late night indulgence.

11. Matcha Zebra Cheesecake

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Matcha has a special place in our heart because it is super high in antioxidants, more potent than regular green tea, and it has a smooth and delicious flavor. It’s also worth mentioning that the vibrant green color is beautiful! This all makes matcha a great ingredient not only for drinks, but for desserts! This Matcha Zebra Cheesecake from Maya Sozer is creamy but light, absolutely delicious and flavorful, and very aesthetically pleasing.

12. Creamy Raw Chocolate Espresso Pie

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Your guests will never believe this Creamy Raw Chocolate Espresso Pie from Erin Druga is healthy! The crust is made from almonds and dates and the filling is made from soaked cashews, brewed coffee and espresso beans — it’s a coffee lover’s dream!

13. Caramel, Hazelnut, and Coffee Tartlets With Chocolate Ganache

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These Caramel, Hazelnut, and Coffee Tartlets With Chocolate Ganache from Pamela Higgins may be small but they are packed full of a more flavor than most full sized tarts. The crust is made with coconut oil and hazelnut and then topped with a creamy date caramel and finished off with a rich, chocolate ganache. This recipe makes enough to share . . . thought you probably won’t want to.

14. Black Bean Fudge Brownies With Sweet Potato Caramel

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Everybody loves brownies, but brownies with caramel are by far the best. This Black Bean Fudge Brownies With Sweet Potato Caramel recipe from Ashley Madden uses a rich chocolate, black bean, and date brownie batter and then marbles homemade sweet potato caramel throughout the dessert.

15. Raw Cocoa Vanilla Swiss Roll

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In spite of the name, Swiss rolls are actually thought to have originated in Austria. Regardless of where they come from, they’re a delicious treat worthy of any occasion. This Raw Cocoa Vanilla Swiss Roll from Adam Graczynski can be enjoyed by many because it’s gluten-free and grain-free; the chocolatey outer roll is made from dates and almonds and it’s stuffed with a cashew cream filling that can also be made with macadamia.

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These tasty date oatmeal cookies use the natural sweetness of the dates rather than any added sugar to make a relatively healthy, easy and delicious treat.

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For a long time my son didn’t have a particularly sweet tooth, other than fruit. Unlike quite a few kids, ‘cookie’ and ‘cake’ were not words early on in his language development. In fact he wouldn’t even try his own cake on his second birthday. I have to admit being pretty glad, but also knew that realistically that would change, even with parents who are not hugely sweet-toothed.

And true enough, it now has. There’s one coffee shop that I go to where he almost immediately asks “cookie?” and starts pointing at various things he would like. While I don’t mind now and then, I would prefer it to not be too much of a habit.

In preparation of that becoming more common, I wanted to make cookies that didn’t have too much, or any, sugar in them to feel better about the times he does have them. But for both him and me, they still need to taste good. After all, it’s still being sold as a treat. So here’s version one – sugar free date oatmeal cookies.

How they’re made

I plan to keep playing around with the general concept, but I figured date oatmeal cookies were a good place to start to use natural sweeteners. In this case, the sweetness comes from dates. You start by blending the dates with butter, as you would sugar in most regular cookies.

True, my blender did make the odd noise like ‘what are you doing to me’ but that was partly my fault in not pre-cutting them a bit and it still managed fine. I have used medjool dates which might seem a bit indulgent, but I don’t think regular dates would blend as easily without being soaked. I didn’t want to do that as it would probably make the cookies too moist.

Here I have added oats for a bit of texture and a little cinnamon for flavor. Both are pretty natural partners to dates and work well. I debated adding vanilla and didn’t, but I think I might try it next time as I am pretty sure it would also be good.

You may look at the recipe and say ‘what, half an egg?’ I know, it’s a bit odd, but I prefer to make smaller quantities when I am experimenting and we don’t get through cookies all that quickly. Feel free, of course, to just double the recipe. These date oatmeal cookies hardly melt and expand in the oven. As a result, you do need to flatten them a bit before baking but don’t worry about leaving too much space between them on the tray.

These date oatmeal cookies are soft, flavorful and so tasty. They’re not chewy or crunchy, so I guess it’s almost verging into scone territory. But they look like and are sold as cookies in my house, and get both kid and grown up thumbs up. And that’s good enough for me.

Try these other healthier cookies:

  • Healthy apple oatmeal cookies
  • Spiced maple cookies(GF, vegan)
  • Healthy cranberry apricot cookies(GF, vegan)
  • Plus get more sweet and savory snack recipes in the archives.

4.13 from 8 votes

Sugar-free date and oatmeal cookies

These cookies might not have any refined sugar, but they’re full of flavor and loved by all. Prep Time10 mins Cook Time12 mins Total Time22 mins Course: Snack Cuisine: American Keyword: date oat cookies, healthier baking Servings: 12 cookies Calories: 94kcal Author: Caroline’s Cooking


  • 4 oz medjool dates 110g, pitted weight – around 1/2 cup, well packed
  • 2 oz unsalted butter 1/2 stick/55g, softened to room temperature and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour 60g plain flour
  • 1/2 cup oats 40g, old fashioned rather than quick
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350F/175C
  • Roughly chop dates and blend with the butter.
  • Add egg and mix in.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined.
  • Take spoonfuls and roll slightly in your hand then put on a baking tray and flatten.
  • Bake for 12-15mins until starting to brown.


Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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Date Paste is an all-natural sweetener that is simple to make with only 2 ingredients! This is the perfect sugar substitute if you are looking to remove refined sugars from your diet. Dates are full of fiber, vitamins and minerals that add nutritional value to your recipes!

Are you on board with dates yet?? It took me quite a while to try them … because to be honest … they just don’t look very appetizing!

My first date … with a date:

The first time I mustered up the “courage” to try dates was at a restaurant, years ago. It was a savory appetizer of dates stuffed with goats cheese and wrapped with bacon. It quickly became my new favorite appetizer because hey … the combination of sweet, savory, smokey and tangy all in one bite?? Yes please!

Dates contain vitamins and minerals like potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, iron and vitamin B6 … just to name a few. They are also high in antioxidants!

Use date paste to naturally sweeten recipes like Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal. Lightly sweeten beverages like almond milk and coffee or add a dollop of date paste to plain yogurt and granola for a healthy breakfast or snack.

Date paste is surprisingly delicious added to savory dishes like Instant Pot Black Bean Soup.

How to make Date Paste:

  • Bring about 4 cups of water to a simmer.
  • Place 12 oz. of pitted Medjool dates into a 4 cup glass measuring cup. Cover the dates with the water and let sit for 10 minutes to soften.
  • Reserve 1.5 cups of the soaking water and then drain the dates. You will use about 1 cup of this soaking water … maybe more depending on how thick or thin you’d like your date paste to be.
  • Add the dates and 1 cup of the soaking water into a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender to make sure it is blended well.
  • Pour the date paste into a clean storage container and cover. (Mason jars make great storage containers!)
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

How long can you keep date paste? Date paste will keep in the fridge for about 3 months in an air-tight container. You can also keep the paste in the freezer stored in freezer bags.

Can I use date paste instead of sugar? Yes you can! I would start out substituting date paste for sugar in a 1:1 part ratio. This might be a little trickier when using it for baked goods because it does add moisture along with sweetness. If you are looking for desserts that use dates or date paste, visit the food blog Feasting on Fruit. It is a great site to find recipes that use dates!

How do you remove the pits from dates? Dates are sold whole with the pits still intact or pitted. I prefer to buy dates that are already pitted to avoid the extra step of removing the pits. If you buy dates that are not pitted, remove the pits by slicing open a date on one side with a knife. Peel back the flesh and take out the pit. Your fingers will be very sticky!

How do you soften hard dates? Place the dates in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Allow the dates to soak for 10-30 minutes or until soft.

Can date paste be eaten on a Whole30 diet? Dates are allowed on the Whole 30 diet. This date paste can be used to add natural sweetness to a variety of dishes including savory recipes, salad dressings, drinks and cereals on a Whole30 diet. (It does specify that processed date syrup is NOT allowed.) Dates can be eaten on a Vegan and Paleo diet as well!

Is date paste healthy? Dates seem to be one of the best natural sweeteners to use in recipes that call for sugar. They are loaded with fiber and nutrients that are not found in refined sugars. They fall somewhere between 46-55 glycemic index rating depending on the type of date. Check out NutritionFacts.org for more health information on dates.

What’s the difference between date paste and date syrup? Date syrup is thinner than date paste and is more concentrated in sugar. It does not contain the pulp of the dates.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Date Paste

A delicious natural sweetener that you can use in baked goods, desserts and more! 5 from 3 votes Pin Course: Dessert Cuisine: American Prep Time: 10 minutes Blend Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Servings: 32 Calories: 29kcal Author: Amy Duska

  • 12 oz. pitted Medjool dates about 18-20 dates
  • water see instructions
  • Bring 4 cups of water to a simmer and remove the pot from the heat.
  • Place dates into a 4 cup glass measuring cup and cover with hot water. Let dates sit for 10 minutes to soften. Reserve 1.5 cups of the soaking liquid and drain the remaining water from the dates.
  • Place the dates and 1 cup of the reserved water into a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Add more water if you’d like a thinner consistency. Transfer to a glass container and cover.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator up to 3 months.

Dates are the fruit from a palm tree and can be referred to as the date palm. There are thousands of varieties but they can be classified in three simple sub-groups: soft, semi-dry and dry. Depending on your recipe or your preference will determine which kind of date you look for.

Dates also happen to be a mineral and vitamin rich food as well as a great source of dietary fiber. Recent studies show that dates can contribute to several health benefits such as can help lower cholesterol, improve bone health, promote digestion and so much more. They may be high in sugar but like other fruits, it’s the natural kind. So when introduced into the diet correctly, the sugar and calories can be harmless. Considering they contain natural sugars this makes them the perfect addition to many sweet recipes. We have discovered 15 sweet yet healthy recipes that are also vegan-friendly that you are definitely going to enjoy.

1. 3-Ingredient Date Caramel

Caramel is delicious but typically not very healthy. It is often made with refined sugars and sometimes artificial flavors. This recipe provides a healthier alternative. The best part is it only requires 3 ingredients and 5 minutes of your time.

This caramel is made from pitted Medjool dates, non-dairy milk and sea salt. It is so gooey and sweet you’ll be tempted to eat it with a spoon. If you have enough self-control you can save it for the perfect caramel sauce that can be added to many delicious desserts.


2. 5-Ingredient Homemade Twix Bars

Chocolate bars are the sneaky foods that seriously tempt you, especially when in the checkout line. They’re delicious but are seriously unhealthy when consumed often. The next time you reach for the candy bar leave it there. Instead, make this delicious homemade Twix bar. Its the perfect healthy alternative you’ve been looking for.

It’s time to replace the highly processed foods with real, wholesome foods. Firstly, these Twix bars begin with a coconut flour shortbread cookie and is then topped with a caramel made of dates. To complete the Twix bar, it is dipped in melted dairy-free chocolate chips.


3. Chia Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Chia seeds are great for your digestion because they can help move everything along smoothly through your digestive tract. For this reason, it would be wise to incorporate chia seeds into our diets more often. If chia seed pudding isn’t your favorite you could make something delicious like these peanut butter protein balls. You get all the health benefits but you’ll hardly notice that they are there.

These protein balls take 10 minutes and only need 4 ingredients. They’re also made in the food processor for an easy process and clean up too. The dates help give these protein balls a sweet flavor and the peanut butter helps make them very filling. They’ll make a perfect snack in between meals or a great after workout protein snack too.


4. Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars

The taste and smell of apple pie always reminds me of family time. This is because at almost every family gathering apple pie is there. I love how the smell of warm flavors fill the kitchen as it bakes. These bars take on the flavors we love about apple pie but enhances them ever so slightly.

These salted caramel apple pie bars are a healthy alternative to traditional apple pie. You’ll find coconut oil, whole wheat flour, and coconut sugar in this recipe instead of their non-healthy alternatives. The salted caramel sauce is made from dates. Whether you’re feeding these to your family or guests, you’ll feel a lot better indulging in these squares.


5. No-Bake Dairy-Free Strawberry Cheesecake

This heavenly cheesecake is creamy and delicious and is completely dairy-free. The color alone is so vibrant that it will capture everyone’s attention. Once they bite into it they’ll taste all the fragrant and fresh flavors that it has to offer.

The strawberry cheesecake filling is made with fresh strawberries, cashew butter and dates to give it a very sweet flavor. The crust is made with 3 easy ingredients; dates, sea salt, and almonds. This is a no-bake recipe is the perfect dessert to make when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen. You will, however, still want to make this ahead of time because it needs several hours to freeze.



6. Chewy Raspberry Protein Brownies

It’s hard to resist a soft and chewy brownie. Add fresh flavors like raspberries and then they’re even harder to resist! These protein-packed brownies are delicious and will practically melt in your mouth. You’ll have a hard time holding back from eating the entire batch.

You can feel good about eating and serving these brownies too because they’re refined sugar-free. Instead, you’ll find Medjool dates and pure maple syrup that sweeten them ever so nicely. The dates also give these brownies their ooey-gooey texture that you’ll love. They will definitely quench your next chocolate craving and the whole family will thank you for it.


7. Healthy Carrot Bread With Dates

This vegan-friendly bread is a great option for a healthy and flavorful breakfast or snack. It has no sugar added but is still slightly sweet thanks to the dates. Even though this carrot bread is healthy it has the decadent flavors of carrot cake making it the perfect healthy treat.

This recipe calls for fresh ginger which gives the bread a bright flavor with the perfect amount of spice. You’ll also find traditional flavors of carrot cake like cinnamon and shredded carrot that make a great addition to this moist carrot bread. Finish the bread by drizzling it with a sweet coconut yogurt glaze.


8. Healthy No-Bake Samoa Cookies

I love easy recipes especially when they call for minimal ingredients. This recipe does just that, with only 5 simple ingredients. Whether you’ve had store-bought or girl scout Samoa cookies you know they are delicious, but they aren’t always vegan-friendly or super healthy.

This recipe puts a healthy spin on a Samoa cookie so you can eat several at a time and not feel bad about it! This is also another no-bake recipe which is great for the hot months when you don’t want to heat up the oven. These cookies are made with gooey dates, toasted coconut and drizzled with dairy-free chocolate. Your whole family will love these.


9. Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Truffles

You don’t need to leave truffle making to the professionals because this recipe proves how easy it can be to do all on your own. Better yet, this dairy-free recipe is the perfect balance of sweet and salty with truffles that will melt in your mouth.

The salted caramel peanut butter balls are dunked in a dairy-free chocolate making the perfect truffle. They are crunchy on the outside and super soft and delicious on the inside. This is another easy recipe that only calls for 5 ingredients which means no headaches and effortless dessert making.



10. Ridiculously Healthy Carrot And Oat Cookies

Following a healthy regime can feel hard when we restrict ourselves. However, if we can make some of our favorite foods healthy, sticking to that regime can then feel easy. These cookies will help you do just that. They are sweet enough to fulfill your cookie craving while remaining healthy to help you stay on track.

You won’t need any elbow grease in this recipe because all the ingredients are finely chopped in a food processor. All you will need for these cookies is a carrot, a banana, dates, walnuts, old-fashioned oats, and cinnamon for extra flavor. These cookies are flavorful, soft and chewy and you and the kids will love them.


11. Chai Spice Granola

You can feel good about making your own homemade granola because you know exactly what goes into it. This recipe also offers a healthier alternative to some store-bought varieties because it is refined sugar-free. Instead, this granola is sweetened with yet again, dates.

This granola is oil-free and uses the dates to help hold the chunks of granola together. It has warm flavors of chai spice that’ll make your breakfasts a little more inviting. Enjoy this granola with some almond milk or coconut yogurt with berries for a delightful breakfast.


12. Date Baklava

Baklava is known as a Middle Eastern dessert that is often made of a pastry filled with nuts and is then soaked in honey. This recipe takes a traditional Middle Eastern recipe and puts a slightly healthier and vegan-friendly twist on it.

The filling is made up of sweet dates and mixed nuts. Considering dates are so sweet on their own you won’t need any added sugar. Instead of a honey glaze, these pastries are drizzled with a simple date syrup. The syrup is very inexpensive and effortless to make. This delightful dessert is made of sweet flavors with the perfect hint of spices and zest from oranges.


13. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bars

Warm flavors of pumpkin taste perfect especially when fall rolls around. It’s the perfect transition from fresh summery flavors to comforting winter flavors. However, these pumpkin bars are so delicious you’ll find yourself making them all year round.

The savory middle layer is made from pumpkin puree and sweet dates. That delicious layer is then engulfed between layers of an almond oatmeal crumble. These bars will make a great snack but are sweet enough to be served as a dessert.



14. Oil-Free Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon buns were always a specialty dessert in my house. For good reason, they’re warm, sweet and delicious. But they are often high in sugar. This recipe puts a fun and healthy spin on a traditional cinnamon roll. The dough is made with sweet potato while the filling is made with dates and you will not find any oil or gluten in this recipe.

To top off these delightful rolls you could add a dollop of coconut whip cream. Considering these cinnamon rolls are a healthier variation, you could eat these for breakfast and feel good about it too.


15. Magic Bars

These magic bars go by many different names but one thing remains the same, they are delicious. While many magic bars taste delicious, they often contain milk, eggs and a lot of butter. This recipe maintains an enticing flavor but is made healthier and secretly vegan, no one will even notice.

In these bars, you will find layers of dreamy and sweet coconut with a velvety graham cracker crust. They’ll make the perfect dessert for your family or bring them to your next potluck to share. These will definitely be gobbled up in no time.

Dates are by far my favorite way to sweeten anything and everything! Blend ’em, stuff ’em, sneak ’em in under the guise of chocolate–anytime I can use those gooey sweet fruits instead of sugar I will. But I’m not the only one who loves creating date-sweetened treats, so I asked other bloggers to share their favorite recipes that use dates as the source of sweetness. And whoa do we have lots of creativity going on here!

From drinks to desserts, breakfasts to healthy on-the-go bites, and even a few sauces and spreads–this post is packed with a little bit of everything from slightly sweet to insanely decadent! All things date-sweet all in one place.

If you don’t have a pack of dates in your kitchen right now then hurry and go stock up because you are going to find something (or many things!) to crave, pin, and want to make ASAP! All of these fruit-sweetened recipes are vegan, many are gluten-free, and most are oil-free too.


1. Matcha Made in Heaven by Fried Dandelions

2. Majoon (Banana and Date) Smoothie by Ahead of Thyme

3. Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie by Veggie Inspired

4. Ingredient Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate by Pepper and Peaches

5. Date Sweetened Hazelnut Milk by Elephantastic Vegan

6. Green Power Smoothie by Green Evi

7. Chocolate Almond Chia Seed Smoothie by The Endless Meal

8. Plum Smoothie by The Veggie Sisters

9. Iced Carob Latte by Feasting on Fruit

10. Vegan Homemade Strawberry Milk by Veggies Don’t Bite


11. Cardamom Ginger Millet Bowls by Chronicles of Passion

12. Oil-Free Cinnamon Rolls by Feasting on Fruit

13. Green Chia Pudding by Veggies Save the Day

14. Pumpkin Spice Pancakes by Phruitful Dish

15. Chocolate Banana Avocado Smoothie Bowl by Emilie Eats

16. Carrot Cake Overnight Oats by Veganosity

17. Vanilla Date Breakfast Bars by Feasting on Fruit

18. Going Green Smoothie by A Virtual Vegan

19. Morning Glory Breakfast Muffins by Natural Girl Modern World

20. Magic Porridge Pot by Trinity’s Conscious Kitchen

Healthy Snacks

21. Caramel Apple Swirl Bars by Healthy Helper

22. Tahini Date Raw Snack Balls by Contentedness Cooking

23. Dark Chocolate Orange Rawnola by Vanilla Crunnch

24. Flax Pudding by Win-Win Food

25. Chewy Chocolate Goji Granola Bars by Fresh Off The Grid

26. Gingerbread Granola by Rainbow Nourishments

27. Lemon Millet Bliss Balls by Feasting on Fruit

28. How To Make Granola Bars (just 4 ingredients!) by It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

29. Ginger Berry Energy Balls by Fit Mitten Kitchen

30. Date-Sweetened Nutty Apple Granola by The Conscientious Eater

31. The Best Little Snack Cookies To Nibble by Healthy Happy Life


32. Girls Night Cookies by Hungry Haley

33. Gingerbread Avocado Mousse by Vegan Heaven

34. Dark Chocolate Covered Dates Stuffed with Orange Coconut Cream by Vegetarian Gastronomy

35. Easy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies by Feasting on Fruit

36. Crustless No Bake Rutabaga (Swede) Pie by Vegan Lovlie

37. No Churn Dairy-Free Almond Butter Ice Cream by Unconventional Baker

38. Save The Date Squares by Ashley Madden

39. Raw Apple and Blueberry Tarts by Rainbow Nourishments

40. No Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Cocoa Cookies by Vegan Sandra

41. Vegan White Mulberry Pecan Blondies by Fragrant Vanilla Cake

42. Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Bars by Emilie Eats

43. 5 Ingredient Vegan Turtle Truffles by Veganosity

44. Fruit-Sweetened Pumpkin Pie by Feasting on Fruit

45. Flourless Black Bean Brownies by Chronicles of Passion

46. 5 Ingredient Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies by Carob Cherub

47. Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream by Craving Nature

48. Raw Goji Cardamom Rose Truffles by Oh Holy Basil

49. Raw Pecan Pie Tartlets by My Darling Vegan

50. Healthy Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes by Feasting on Fruit

51. Chocolate Orange Protein Brownies by Food Porn Vegan Style

52. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls by Veggies Don’t Bite

53. No Bake Peach Raspberry Crumble by Fitting Into Vegan

54. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies by Fit Mitten Kitchen

55. Vanilla Pretzel Fig Bars by Feasting on Fruit

56. 3 Ingredient HCLF Vegan Fudgsicle Bites by Healthy Helper

57. Snickerdoodle Blizzard by Feasting on Fruit

58. Raw Vegan Fudge Truffles by Well and Full

59. Crazy Fruity Carob Pudding Cake by Unconventional Baker


60. Homemade Teriyaki Sauce by Veggie Primer

61. Slow Cooker Salted Date Caramel Apple Butter by Yup It’s Vegan

62. Oil Free French Dressing by Veggie Primer

63. 5 Minute Health(ier) Brownie Batter Dip by Craving Nature

64. Date-Sweetened Homemade BBQ Sauce by Glue and Glitter

65. Fruit-Sweetened Roasted Balsamic Strawberries by Feasting on Fruit

7 Dessert Recipes With Zero Added Sugar (Seriously, Not Even Honey)

By now we know that most of the world consumes way too much sugar. But it’s not like our sweet tooth cares—when a dessert craving hits, it hits bad. Many turn to alternative ways to satisfy it, using less-refined sugars like agave, honey, and coconut sugar, but we’re going a step further this time, with treats that use no added sweeteners whatsoever. From tarts to mousse, these sugar-free recipes still manage to make dessert even sweeter.

1. 2-Ingredient Homemade Peach Ice Cream

This fruity treat doesn’t just come without added sugar, it also uses a simple food processor instead of a fancy ice cream maker. If that wasn’t enough, there are only two ingredients in here (neither of which involves dairy), and it takes a mere five minutes to whip up.It doesn’t get much better than that.

2. Sugar-Free Apple Tart

Want to impress guests without stressing yourself out? This apple tart should do the trick; it looks fancy, but a premade pastry crust, a simple layering pattern, and unsweetened applesauce make it super simple to put together.

3. Healthy Extra Moist Chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake without sugar? When puréed dates and unsweetened baking chocolate are involved, it’s possible. Mixed with eggs and coconut oil, these naturally sweet ingredients make for fudgy results that taste anything but sugar free.

4. Gluten-Free Date Bars

There’s a reason dates are called “nature’s candy”—they lend so much sweetness without any added sugar. These gooey bars make the most out of the chewy fruits, using them for both the crust and the top layer, while a touch of sea salt adds a slightly savory element, and walnuts provide a complementary crunch.

5. Creamsicle Chia Pudding

While regular creamsicles are almost too sweet, this thick and fluffy pudding goes for a much more subtle flavor. The rich coconut milk and the clementine segments add just enough natural sugar.

6. Chocolate Avocado Mousse Au Chocolove

Who needs heavy cream and sugar when dates and avocados can do just as good a job of producing a killer chocolate mousse? With zero added sweeteners and a good amount of healthy fat, this isn’t just a perfect dessert, it could pass off as a filling breakfast too.

7. No Added Sugar Cinnamon Spice Raisin Cookies

Make sure your raisins and nut butter have no added sugar to make these cookies totally free of sweeteners. Almond meal keeps them gluten-free, while coconut oil instead of butter and eggs means they’re completely vegan too.

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These sugar free desserts are so rich and flavorful that you won’t even know that there’s no sugar added! From decadent chocolate chia pudding and avocado mousse to colorful fruit tarts and healthy cookies, all of these recipes are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth while maintaining a healthy diet. Plus they’re all gluten free, paleo and grain free as well!

What do I mean by sugar free desserts?

In this case, none of the sugar free desserts in this post use any concentrated sweeteners (especially not artificial sweeteners) not even natural concentrated sweeteners…so that means no honey, no coconut sugar, no maple syrup, no raw sugar.

These no sugar recipes are allowed to use whole fruit like bananas or in some cases whole dates. For the most part these recipes rely on the natural sweetness of whole fruit or other ingredients without added sugar.

Why make sugar free desserts?

Consuming whole fruit with some added healthy fats helps to mitigate against blood sugar spikes since the nutrients and fiber in the fruit along with the fat help you to avoid a straight shot of just sugar and carbs.

If you want to know more about why you should should cut down on the sugar, make sure you read my article on 5 Scary Effects of Sugar on Your Health.

Not all of these recipes are low carb or keto, but many of them are, making it perfect if you’re on a low carb diet or for diabetics.

How Can I Stop Sugar Cravings?

There are many useful tips to make sugar cravings go away. I’ve consumed no added sugar for years now and have some helpful tips to make it easier!

If you’re feeling the need to eat something sweet often, the tips in this guide will help you gain control over your cravings.

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Want Even More Delicious Sugar Free Paleo Recipes??

Now you can satisfy your sweet tooth and stay on track of your healthy diet with indulgent delectable paleo sweets and treats that are SUGAR FREE.

My book Sugar-Free Paleo Desserts can help you stick to your sugarless lifestyle without feeling deprived of the joys of the occasional sweet treat. Each recipe has been crafted to bring out the sweetness and flavor that the natural sugarless ingredients have to offer.

Imagine This…

  • Your daily sugar cravings GONE
  • Your appetite normalized
  • Being able to enjoy a sweet treat without it causing a sugar binge or cravings
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  • Clearer skin when you look in the mirror in the morning
  • Dropping down on the scale without much effort
  • Enjoying the flavor of healthy foods again without having to add tons of salt or sugar

All 35 recipes in Sugar-Free Paleo Desserts are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and sugar-free…but you wouldn’t even be able to tell from the decadent richness of the 3-ingredient fudge or the creamy brightness of the coconut cream fruit tart.

Sugar Free Paleo Desserts Cookbook includes over 30 delicious recipes like…

♦ Rich Chocolate Fudge …
♦ Watermelon Slushie…
♦ Chocolate Nut Butter Cups…
♦ Cookie Dough Balls …AND MORE!

My Sugar Free Paleo Desserts ebook provides the flavorful nutritious recipes that hits the sweet spot every single time…all without added sugar!

Treat Yo Self! You owe it to yourself to have a delicious treat without having to resort to unhealthy processed sugar-laden desserts…

30+ Sugar Free Desserts (Gluten Free & Paleo):

1. 3-Ingredient Raspberry Yogurt Popsicles

If you’re on a keto diet and looking for a sweet treat then this no sugar dessert is for you! These 3 ingredient yogurt popsicles are made with triple cream yogurt, juicy berries and chocolate. They’re healthy, super delicious and easy to prep too! To make it dairy-free or paleo, make sure you use coconut yogurt.

2. No Bake Coconut Cashew Bars

Made with whole ingredients, these no bake coconut cashew bars are vegan, paleo, grain free, gluten free, flourless and oil free! Perfect if you’re looking for a healthy sugar free dessert or snack on the go!

3. No Bake Fruit Tart

This no bake fruit tart recipe has a nutty crust, rich creamy filling all topped off with bright sweet berries. It’s also sugar free, vegan, gluten free, dairy free and paleo! It has become one of my favorite healthy desserts to serve at parties or holidays.

4.Chewy Banana Spice Cookies

Delicious, soft and chewy cookies that are dairy, egg, grain, nut, seed and refined sugar free. They’re easy, healthy and perfect for those of you on an autoimmune paleo diet. These cookies use gelatin as an egg substitute which works perfectly.

5. No Bake Apple Pie Bars

These no bake bars are a Copycat recipe for Larabar’s apple pie bars and are perfect for snacking on the go. They’re super quick to make plus they’re so delicious you’ll never guess they’re made of just fruit and nuts.

6. Healthy Chunky Monkey Ice Cream

Cold, smooth and creamy ice cream that’s the texture of soft serve and incredibly easy to make at home! Made with bananas, peanut butter, cocoa and vanilla it’s the perfect healthy treat to curb those chocolate cravings!

7. Superfood Protein Bars

Packed with goodness these superfood protein bars are extra delicious, healthy and so easy to make. Made with nuts, seeds, dates and cocoa they make a great healthy snack or breakfast on the go.

8. 1-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

I love this one ingredient banana ice cream recipe because it’s so quick and easy to make when you want a little sweet vegan and paleo no sugar added dessert.

9.Cantaloupe Nice Cream Bowls

If you’re looking for a summery frozen sweet treat that’s also healthy and dairy free then this cantaloupe nice cream is for you. It’s ready in only 15 minutes and looks so impressive served in these cantaloupe melon bowls. Top with edible flowers and berries for the ultimate summer dessert.

10. Chocolate Chia Pudding Parfait

By using chia seeds you can create a smooth, creamy and indulgent pudding that’s also healthy! These puddings have a delicious fudgy chocolate flavor and are layered with coconut cream. Easy to prepare and perfect for a healthy afternoon snack or dessert.

11. Flourless Pumpkin Brownies

If you’re looking for an easy brownie recipe that just happens to be healthy too then these flourless pumpkin brownies are for you. Made with everyday ingredients they’re rich, dark, fudgy and so delicious. They’re also vegan, gluten free and paleo too!

12. No Bake Coconut Blueberry Pie

When it comes to dessert, everyone loves a slice of pie and this no bake coconut blueberry pie is the perfect way to enjoy a slice whilst maintaining a healthy diet. It’s easy to prepare and packed with flavor plus it’s dairy free and whole 30 too!

13. Chocolate Banana Bites

These easy chocolate banana bites are a great healthy treat and perfect for whipping up when you’re entertaining! They are also paleo, vegan and can be made sugar free too!

14. Acai Berry Bliss Bowls

You’ll have no problem getting yourself out of bed in the morning if this acai berry bliss bowl is on your breakfast menu. It’s not only a fun way to start the day but it’s packed with healthy ingredients and delicious flavors plus you can have it for dessert too. Made with coconut, nuts and berries.

15. 2-Ingredient Cantaloupe Ice Cream

This cantaloupe ice cream is super creamy, easy and incredible good for you. It’s made with 100% fruit and only two ingredients making it perfect for whipping up last minute.

16. Carrot Cupcakes

Everyone loves carrot cake and now you can enjoy these sweet, soft and delicious carrot cupcakes on a paleo, AIP and vegan diet. topped with a delicious zingy lemon frosting these cupcakes are the perfect healthy sugar free treat!

17. Sunflower Fig Balls

Five minutes is all you need to whip up these sunflower fig balls! They’re so easy and made with only four ingredients making them a great healthy sweet treat on the go or for when that sweet craving strikes.

18. Pineapple Mint Sorbet

This mint and pineapple sorbet recipe is super easy to make. If you want a healthy and sweet treat you can whip this up in 5 minutes and it’s the perfect way to cool down during the summer months!

19. Strawberry Men

If you’re entertaining for young children or looking for a fun weekend activity to do with your kids then these strawberry men are perfect. Not only are they adorable and easy to make but they are super healthy and delicious!

20. Carob Cupcakes

These cupcakes are made with carob powder and 3 fresh fruits! They’re super healthy and have such a delicious flavor plus there’s no added sugar. They’re sweet, moist and so easy to whip up!

21. 2 Ingredient Banana Coconut Cookies

Can you believe these cookies are made with just 2 ingredients? Not only are they a healthy sweet treat but they’re free from gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts and added sugar!

22. Spiced Sweet Potato Apple Fruit Leather

You can make your own fruit leather at home and it’s so easy! This fruit leather is made with sweet potatoes, apple and spices such as cinnamon and cloves. It’s super delicious and makes a fun and healthy snack on the go.

23. Banana Bread (sweetener-free)

Everyone needs a good go-to banana bread recipe. It’s great for breakfast, dessert or snacking on and this recipe is dairy free and has no added sweetners. It’s sweet, soft and so easy to whip up…why not try adding chopped nuts or chocolate chips for added texture too?

24. Pineapple Ice Cream

A creamy frozen sweet treat without any dairy. This pineapple nice cream hits all the spots when it comes to refreshing summer desserts plus it’s incredibly easy to whip up with just 2 ingredients!

25. Strawberry Banana Bread

Another banana bread recipe but with a strawberry fruity twist! It’s paleo and has no added sugar making it a great breakfast or snack option. Try spreading it with nut butter and serve with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

26. Strawberry Ice Cream

Looking for a healthy fruity strawberry ice cream to satisfy your sweet tooth? This 3 ingredient nice cream is incredibly easy to make and is bursting with flavor. Plus there’s no need for an ice cream machine so you can make it at home within a matter of minutes!

27. Almond Coconut Fudge Bars

Fudgy, rich and decadent almond coconut fudge bars that are so easy to make. These chocolately treats make a delicious after dinner dessert or would be perfect served up at parties.

28. Date Pumpkin Cookies

These healthy date pumpkin cookies are the best easy fall recipe! They’re paleo, AIP, vegan and sugar free, so enjoy them without worrying about unhealthy ingredients!

29. Healthy Birthday Cake

A delicious and healthy chocolate cake that’s naturally gluten free and sweetened with fruit. This cake would be great to celebrate birthdays or any special occasion where you want to serve a healthier cake but have all of the delicious flavor!

30. Cherry Berry Bars

These grain free cherry berry bars are loaded with sweet and tart flavors from dried berries, nuts, coconut and dates. There’s no added sugar making them great for breakfast on the go or a healthy afternoon snack.

31. Chocolate Avocado Mousse

This paleo avocado chocolate mousse is made with only 4 ingredients and has a delicious fudgy chocolate texture. It’s the perfect healthy dessert to whip up when you need that chocolate fix plus it’s sugar and dairy free!

32. Strawberry Shortcake Chia Pudding

This strawberry shortcake chia pudding is great for either breakfast or for a sugar free dessert. There’s sweet red berries, creamy coconut pudding and buttery and crumbly macadamia nuts. It’s super healthy too!

33. Four Ingredient Chocolate Caramel Truffles

These sugar free chocolate caramel truffles have a rich chewy texture and are so easy to make. With just four simple ingredients, you can make them any time you have a chocolate craving and have a quick treat ready in no time!

This 30+ tasty sugar free desserts post was originally posted in March of 2017 but has been republished in October 2018 to include new and improved recipes.

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Have you ever tried a treat made with dates? You’ll love these desserts made with rich, sweet and healthy dates.

You might be surprised by these three delicious desserts made with dates. Dates are sweet on their own, which is why they make a nice, healthy addition to treats that satisfy your sweet tooth.

Dates have been around a long time… like, since 6000 B.C. They’re super sweet and rich, and therefore they make a great addition to indulgent desserts. Not only that, but dates are good for you.

There are several varieties of dates, but you might be most familiar with the Medjool date. Medjool dates are made up of mostly sugar (and almost no fat), they’re an excellent source of fiber and potassium, and they’re also a good source of antioxidants. Try one of these delectable recipes made using dates. I bet you’ll be hooked.


Creamy orange-date shakes recipe

This creamy shake makes a fantastic blended dessert. The orange juice and zest brighten things up, and the dates add to the sweetness of these shakes. You’ll want to blend these up regularly.

Serves 2


  • 1/3 cup pitted dates, cut in half
  • Zest from 1/2 a large orange
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 4-6 scoops vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 4 ice cubes
  • Whipped topping (optional)


  1. Add all the ingredients except the whipped topping to a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into glasses, garnish with the whipped topping (optional), and serve immediately.


Chocolate-coconut date truffles with almonds recipe

Who doesn’t love decadent chocolate truffles? You’ll think you’re biting into a fancy, lavish truffle, but these are made with just a few ingredients, take only a few minute to make and are a healthy alternative to the standard goodies.

Yields 20

  • 1/4 cup almonds, finely chopped
  • 10 dates, pitted
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons water, plus extra 1-2 teaspoons, reserved
  1. Add the dates, cocoa powder, coconut flakes, salt and the 2 teaspoons of water to a food processor, and blend until mostly smooth. You might need to scrape down the sides of the processor with a rubber spatula.
  2. The consistency of the mixture should be somewhat dry, but you should be able to shape it without it crumbling apart. If you think you need more water, then add 1 of the reserved teaspoons of water to start, and blend to combine.
  3. Place the chopped almonds in a shallow bowl.
  4. Remove the mixture from the food processor. Lay out a sheet of waxed paper on a flat work surface near the bowl of almonds.
  5. Pinch enough from the mixture to shape into 1- to 2-inch balls. Gently roll each ball in the almonds, and then place them on the waxed paper until you’re finished.
  6. Serve the truffles on a platter, or place them in a mini muffin paper. These should keep in an airtight container in your refrigerator for about 5 days.


Spiced date-carrot cookies with cinnamon drizzle recipe

Super soft and spiced, these cookies are packed with all sorts of goodies. I like the way the spices add something extra to these cookies — inside and out (the cinnamon drizzle over the top is divine).

Yields 30

For the cookies

  • 1-1/4 cups chopped, pitted dates
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

For the glaze

  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 teaspoons milk

For the cookies

  1. Place the chopped dates in a bowl. Add about 3 to 4 tablespoons of very hot water to the dates (enough to cover them), and allow them to soak as you prepare the remaining ingredients.
  2. In a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, and sift to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, add the butter and yogurt. Use a hand mixer to blend until combined. Next, add the brown sugar, and blend again. Add the egg and vanilla, and blend until the mixture is combined and smooth.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture, and use a wooden spoon to stir the batter until combined.
  5. Add the date pieces to a strainer, and use the back of a spoon to press out the remaining water.
  6. Gently fold the dates, carrot, ginger and walnuts into the batter, and mix.
  7. Refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes. When you’re ready to bake the cookies, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  8. Measure out a heaping teaspoon of dough for each cookie, and place them on the baking sheets at least 1-1/2 inches apart.
  9. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until the cookies turn golden. After a few minutes, transfer the cookies to a baking rack to cool.

For the glaze

  1. In a bowl, add the powdered sugar and cinnamon, and mix to combine.
  2. Add the milk, and mix until smooth. If your glaze is too runny, then add a bit more powdered sugar. If it’s too thick, then add a bit more milk.
  3. When the cookies are completely cooled, use a fork or small whisk to dip into the glaze, and drizzle over each cookie.

More date recipes

Walnut-stuffed dates
Celery and date salad
Date nut bread

Easy recipes using dates

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