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