Four Sugarless Treats for Your Post-Holiday Cravings

Oh, how I love the sugar-filled plates of this season.

The current treat count in our house is two snickerdoodles, three chocolate chip cookies, a box of chocolate mints, three frosted sugar cookies, Dove chocolates, homemade chocolate balls, two M&M cookies and a bowl of mini Snickers.

To say I feel like a kid in a candy shop is an understatement. My kitchen has become a little slice of paradise.

Melt-in-your-mouth drizzles of cocoa. Gooey bites washed down with cold milk.  Crunchy sweetness hopping about on the tongue. It’s a party in there!

Still, even my sweet teeth—I’m sure I have five rather than one—have been known to call it quits at times like these. Sometimes they simply walk out until I lure them back with a jar of pickles.

If the current sugar influx has you feeling like Willy Wonka should take a hike after the holidays, you’re definitely not alone.

But, if your sweet tooth starts throwing a tantrum in the new year and wonders who ate the last bite of gingerbread, here are four delicious sugarless recipes to keep it happy:

A Spoonful of Heaven:

The easiest of these four recipes is presented by yours truly. When I cut sugar out of my diet (for a month in 2013), this was the most satisfying dessert substitute. 

Ingredients and Directions: Stir together a cup of natural yogurt, a drizzle of honey and pinch of pecans. Test for taste, and then don’t stop until you’re licking the bowl clean.

Pecan Maple Breakfast Cookies:

Breakfast and cookies in the same title? Someone is speaking my language. 

Homemade Chocolate Spread:

Ooh la la.  This Nutella substitute requires 5 ingredients and one of them is water. So easy! Bring home a bag of croissants, s’il vous plait.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies:

Some say money makes the world go round, but I say it’s peanut butter. This is the closest thing to a shake with no ice cream in the mix. Now, how can we get this on McDonald’s dollar menu...